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3.4 hrs • Jan/17/2017
In 1887, Nellie Bly had herself committed to the notorious Blackwell’s Island insane asylum in New York City with the goal of discovering what life was like for its patients. While there, Bly experienced firsthand the shocking abuse and neglect of its inmates, from inedible food to horrifyingly unsanitary conditions. Ten Days in a Mad-House is Bly’s exposé of the asylum. Written for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World, Bly’s account chronicles her 10 days at Blackwell’s Island and, upon its publication, drew public attention to the abuse of the institutionalized and led to a grand jury investigation of the facility. This series of articles established Bly as a pioneering female journalist and remains a classic of investigative reporting.Available Formats:11.1 hrs • Jan/10/2017 • Unabridged
From Cleo Coyle, the New York Times bestselling author of Dead to the Last Drop, comes a gripping new entry in the Coffeehouse Mystery series.The perfect proposal leads to a chilling cold case …Coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi sheds tears of joy when her NYPD detective boyfriend surprises her with an engagement ring. But her bridal bliss is put on hold when a chilling mystery brings a wave of deadly danger to those she holds dear.After everything Clare and Mike have been through, they deserve a little bit of happily ever after. So when Mike decides to put a ring on Clare’s finger, Clare’s eccentric octogenarian employer is there to help. She donates the perfect coffee-colored diamonds to include in the setting and the name of a world-famous jeweler who happens to be an old family friend. But while the engagement is steeped in perfection, the celebration is not long lived. First, a grim-faced attorney interrupts their party with a mysterious letter bequeathing a strange hidden treasure to Clare’s daughter. Next, the renowned jeweler who designed Clare’s ring is found poisoned in his shop. Both events appear to be connected to a cold-case murder involving a sunken ship, an Italian curse, a suspiciously charming jewel thief, and a shocking family secret. With deadly trouble brewing, Clare must track down clues in some of New York’s most secret places before an old vendetta starts producing fresh corpses.With recipes to die for, including how to make cold brew coffee at home!Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental10.6 hrs • Dec/13/2016
Lily Bennett is less than thrilled to be the new kid as she starts her junior year in high school. But soon after classes begin, she meets a classmate, Cole Drepeau, with whom she forms an immediate and intimate bond. As Cole and Lily grow closer, Lily learns about the murder that divided the town more than thirty years before. In 1985, graduating senior Amber Greeley snapped, killing her boyfriend Ben-Cole’s uncle-and taking her own life. Lily feels inexplicably linked to Amber, and she can’t help but think that there’s more to the girl’s story. Determined to investigate the truth about Cole’s uncle’s death, Lily and Cole are pulled into a dark mystery-one that shakes the constraints of the world they’ve always believed in.Available Formats:7.6 hrs • Aug/02/2016 • Unabridged
Edited by the bestselling author of The Ice Harvest, St. Louis Noir thickens the Midwest quotient for the Akashic Noir series.Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each story is set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.In the wake of Chicago Noir, Twin Cities Noir, and Kansas City Noir—all popular volumes in the Akashic Noir Series—comes the latest Midwest installment, St. Louis Noir. Masterfully curated by Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest (adapted for film, starring John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton), this volume will chill the listener with heartland menace.Featuring brand new stories by Calvin Wilson, LaVelle Wilkins-Chinn, John Lutz, Paul D. Marks, Colleen J. McElroy, Jason Makansi, S. L. Coney, Michael Castro, Laura Benedict, Jedidiah Ayres, Umar Lee, Chris Barsanti, L. J. Smith, and Scott Phillips.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental8.8 hrs • Aug/02/2016 • Unabridged
In Mississippi Noir, literary crime fiction master Tom Franklin has assembled a phenomenal short-story collection that highlights a mesmerizing and diverse set of styles and subject matter. Urban, suburban, and rural settings alike unveil new shades of darkness that fall upon Mississippi’s past and present.Mississippi Noir features brand-new stories by Ace Atkins, William Boyle, Megan Abbott, Jack Pendarvis, Dominiqua Dickey, Michael Kardos, Jamie Paige, Jimmy Cajoleas, Chris Offutt, Michael Farris Smith, Andrew Paul, Lee Durkee, Robert Busby, John M. Floyd, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, and Mary Miller.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental8.9 hrs • Jan/12/2016 • Unabridged
Stella was born to sing. Someday Broadway. But everything changes when a tragic accident renders her deaf; she cannot hear, much less sing. Trapped in a strange new world of total silence, she must face not only the loss of her friends, her hopes, and her voice but also the loss of her identity and her life’s purpose. Who is she if she’s not a singer? Hayden is a quiet loner, an outcast, and the only person Stella can communicate with; his profound stutter makes him speak so slowly, she is able to easily read his lips. As they find new ways to communicate despite their disabilities, their friendship grows into an unexpected—but welcome—romance. But is it a romance that can last if Stella regains her hearing and resumes her former life? Alternating between Stella’s and Hayden’s points of view, Silence is a lyrical story of self-discovery, romance, and resilience, of two souls learning how to find their voices and break through the silence.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental7.7 hrs • Jan/04/2016 • Unabridged
When Zoey Donovan found out monsters are real, her life changed—mostly for the better. Since then, she’s fought bad guys, saved the world a time or two, and earned the love of a growing family of humans and Hidden creatures alike. But the danger that’s chased her from the beginning is finally here.Shadow Man, a.k.a. the Last Hidden, has stepped out of the story humans wrote for him and into the real world, hell-bent on stealing children. Fiction has become reality and Shadow Man intends to break the Covenant, reclaim the Hidden, and kill all Aegises along the way … triple bad news for Zoey and her mother, the only two Aegises still alive.Zoey will have to rescue the stolen kids and hunt down the most terrifying villain humanity has ever imagined. But how can she fight a creature only invented a few years ago? If Shadow Man triumphs, the world as she knows it will end. If Zoey succeeds in driving him out, the people she loves the most may be lost to her forever.Available Formats: CD8.7 hrs • Dec/15/2015 • Unabridged
Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland. In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. In The Boy in the Web, Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and giving up the crown to rescue the man who would become her husband. And in The Moth in the Mirror, Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental9.1 hrs • Dec/01/2015 • Unabridged
A Monster Haven Story, book fiveZoey Donovan—Aegis and co-opted protector of all things supernatural—is moving up in the Hidden world. Actually, she’s being dropkicked onto the front lines of a fight between the newly formed Cult of Imagination and Hidden governments everywhere.The Cult is opening portals and unleashing demons, vampires, and werewolves, growing closer to breaking the lock that holds back the zombie apocalypse with every world they crack open. Oh, and they want every last Aegis in the world dead, and a roving band of Hidden worshippers is only too eager to assist.On the upside, Zoey finally has her mother back. But having another Aegis around—one with very different ideas on how to run things—is proving difficult. For their own safety, they’re stuck inside Zoey’s home. What was once a haven is now a prison, further straining maternal relations and alienating her reaper boyfriend. Taking down a cult and saving the world—again—would be a lot easier if she could go farther than her own driveway.Available Formats: CD11.9 hrs • Dec/01/2015 • Unabridged
From the New York Times bestselling author of Once upon a Grind comes an exciting new installment in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. Clare’s visit to the nation’s capital is off to a graceful start. Her octogenarian employer is bunking with her in a charming Georgetown mansion, and a Smithsonian curator invites her to work on its culinary salute to coffee in America.Clare’s new Village Blend, DC is struggling to earn a profit—until it attracts a high-profile fan, the college-age daughter of the president. Clare’s stock rises as the first lady befriends her, but she soon learns a stark lesson: Washington can be murder.First she finds a dead body in a back booth. Then the president’s daughter goes missing. Is she a runaway bride or is something more sinister in play? After another deadly twist, Clare is on the run with her NYPD detective boyfriend. Branded an enemy of the state, she must piece together clues and uncover the truth before her life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness come to a bitter end.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental9.0 hrs • Nov/17/2015 • Unabridged
In her role as Aegis, Zoey Donovan has rescued and cared for hundreds of monsters and mythical creatures. Now humans are the ones in need of her help. Someone with a personal vendetta against the Board of Hidden Affairs has kidnapped all the other Aegises in the country—including Zoey’s mother.With the Hidden government in shambles and a string of deadly clues to follow, Zoey and her reaper boyfriend set out on a cross-country chase to stop the kidnapper from killing the captured Aegises. Along the way, they pick up a miniature golem who’s on a quest to find his humanity … and who may be the key to solving the grisly clues.If Zoey succeeds in defeating this new evil, she’ll finally be reunited with the mother she lost over twenty years ago. But if she fails, she’ll become the final victim.Available Formats: CD8.9 hrs • Aug/11/2015 • Unabridged
After losing everything dear to her, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy spurs her to wonder if maybe love is worth the risk.Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the homey town of Wishing Springs, Texas, after her favorite advice columnist found love and a home there. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby too … if she’s brave enough to reach out and take it.Bo Monahan isn’t interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become—or the women who might be looking at him like he’s their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn’t looking for serious romantic commitments. But unexpectedly the young child he never knew about appears on his doorstep and Bo’s world is turned upside down.This confirmed bachelor might not need a wife, but he sure needs a woman—and newcomer Abby Knightly is definitely a woman. When she comes to his rescue to help him navigate fatherhood, he slowly uncovers her own history. And suddenly Bo’s thinking maybe together they can help each other work through the problems of the past to create a future of their own.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD6.6 hrs • Jul/15/2015 • Unabridged
Uncovering the family tree spells trouble for Jennie McGrady.Jennie McGrady is on the vacation of a lifetime—an extended trip to Ireland with Gram. And when the opportunity to stay in a castle arises, Jennie is ecstatic. For some reason, though, Gram doesn’t share Jennie’s enthusiasm. Then, just before their plane lands, Jennie discovers a threatening note: If you value your life, stay out of Ireland.Helen Bradley is returning to Ireland to settle the estate of her mother—a task she’s still not ready for. An old friend offers a welcome distraction, asking Helen to look into the suspicious death of his father fifty-five years ago. But Jennie can’t help wondering if Gram’s investigation will only stir up trouble.Mary O’Donnell, Jennie’s great-grandmother, left a houseful of history and memories when she died three years ago. As Jennie begins to explore the family records, she uncovers some facts that don’t match up with what she’s been told. What eventually comes to the surface could change their lives forever.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental4.8 hrs • Jun/15/2015 • Unabridged
Has Jennie stumbled into something she’ll never escape?Jennie McGrady is thrilled to be taking another flying lesson from Gram. But when menacing clouds roll in, Gram must take over the controls for a crash landing—and loses consciousness upon impact. Ignoring her survival instincts, Jennie leaves the plane in search of help. She ends up at a commune that appears wholesome and serene, but Jennie soon suspects something sinister.Eric, a member of the Desert Colony, knows the ins and outs of the compound and helps Jennie search for Gram. When they return to the site of the crash, the plane—along with Gram—is missing! But when Jennie suspects someone at the colony, Eric insists there’s nothing going on. Is he really so trusting, or is he hiding something?Donovan is the Desert Colony’s leader and claims that he’s doing everything he can to contact her family. As the days pass, however, Jennie doubts Donovan’s motives and begins to think the colony is a front for something illegal. Could he be involved in Gram’s disappearance?Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD, Digital Rental6.0 hrs • May/15/2015 • Unabridged
With a dangerous criminal on the loose, will Jennie make it to safety in time?In many ways, Jennie McGrady is just your average high schooler—but she has a peculiar knack for stumbling upon trouble. As a result, her detective skills are first-rate.In her latest adventure, Jennie manages to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a bank robbery, she is abducted by the thieves and left for dead. She wants more than anything to identify her captors for police, but she can’t remember them. What’s worse, remembering could prove deadly.Available Formats: CD, MP3 CD13.0 hrs • May/13/2015 • Unabridged
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens-including its beloved Guardian-Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House's new leader. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?Available Formats:Loading more titles...
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