March has blown in while I have been busy with other things. It is time to take a break and enjoy a good book. If you want to join me, try these books.

Brand new titles include:

'The River' by Peter Heller

Wynn and Jack have been friends since college. Both young men enjoy the wilderness; Wynn comes from rural Vermont and Jack was raised on a ranch in Colorado. They decide to take a canoe trip together on the Maskwa River in northern Canada. Paddling upriver, they come across a fire ravaging the forest and then a few minutes later, a couple arguing by the foggy riverbank. Wynn and Jack decide to warn them about the fire. By the time they reach the shore, the couple is nowhere to be found. The next day, however, a man appears paddling his own canoe. Is he the same guy they heard arguing the day before? If so, what happened to the woman?

'Beautiful Bad' by Annie Ward

A psychological thriller about a devoted wife and loving husband set in Kansas. Travel writer Maddie met Ian at a party overseas, where Maddie was visiting her best friend Jo. A decade later, Maddie and Ian are living an ordinary life with their son Charlie. A camping accident leaves Maddie badly hurt and she takes up writing therapy to ease her pain. Through her journal, she reveals fears about her husband, her concern for her son and their turbulent past with Jo.

'Bird King' by G. Willow Wilson

Set in the Iberian Peninsula during the height of the Spanish Inquisition, this is a story about Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain. She is friends with Hassan, the palace mapmaker. When officials from the newly created Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the Sultan’s surrender, Fatima and Hassan must escape the palace in order to stay together.

'Library of Lost & Found' by Phaedra Patrick

Unassuming librarian Martha Storm keeps a superhero-themed notebook with lists of how to help others. Opening a book of fairy tales one day, Martha reads the dedication and realizes first that it is written to her and second, it was written by her grandmother Zelda, who died years earlier under mysterious circumstances. There are clues within the book that reveal what really happened to Zelda and Martha is determined to find the truth. Is it possible that Zelda could still be alive?

'Little Faith' by Nickolas Butler

Set in rural Wisconsin, Lyle Hovde lives a quiet life with his family: Peg, his wife of many years, Shiloh, their daughter and six-year-old grandson Isaac. Shiloh has returned home with Isaac after a long estrangement from her parents. She has joined an extremist church group and the devout pastor is courting her. He believes Isaac has the spiritual ability to heal the sick. Lyle is uneasy with this new development especially when the safety of his grandson is threatened. How far will he go to protect his family?

'Stranger Diaries' by Elly Griffiths

Clare Cassidy, a high school English teacher, knows a lot about murder. She specializes in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland. When her colleague is killed, a note is left by the body with a line from Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger.” The police suspect the killer is someone who knows Clare. Unwittingly drawn into the investigation, Clare shares her fears in her diary. One day while writing, she notices something odd in the journal. Writing that is not hers is left on the pages: Hallo Clare. You don’t know me. Has “The Stranger” come to life?

Two new titles from James Patterson, "The Chef" and "The 18th Abduction" are topping the library’s “Most Holds” list. Also on the list is the latest from Harlan Coben, "Run Away," a thriller about a daughter lost and her family’s journey to bring her home.

"The Malta Exchange" by Steve Berry is my current read. Cotton Malone is back in this latest thriller from Berry. Malone is in Italy searching for the lost letters between Churchill and Mussolini. Unbeknownst to him, there are others also searching.

I’m off to read.

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