Mr. and Miss Anonymous – Fern Michaels
Like many college students struggling to get by, Lily Madison and Peter Kelly help pay for tuition by making donations to a local fertility clinic. One day they meet each other at the clinic and find they have more in common than their mutual attraction, like the odd feeling all is not as it seems at the clinic. But their meeting is brief and Lily and Pete go their separate ways.
Twenty years later, Pete, now a wealthy entrepreneur, sees Lily in an airport and instantly falls for her all over again. While they enjoy their unlikely reunion, a story on the news captures their attention: the disappearance of two teenage boys may be linked to the fertility clinic Pete and Lily visited in college. In a shocking twist, one of the boys looks exactly like Pete. . .
River of Smoke – Amitav Ghosh
(Second book of the Ibis triology, sequel to Sea of Poppies)
In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured labourers from Calcutta to Mauritius is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared – two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those of the Anahita, am opium carrier heading towards Canton? And what fate befell those abroad the Redruth, a sturdy two-masted brig heading east out of Cornwell? Was it the storm that altered their course or were the destinies of these passengers at the mercy of even more powerful forces?
On the grand scale of a historical epic, River of Smoke follows its storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbours of China. There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes of tea, silk, porcelain and silver. Among them are Barham Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower has thrown them together. All struggle to cope with their losses – and for some, unimaginable freedoms – in the alleys and crowded waterways of nineteenth-century Canton. As transporting and mesmerising as an opiate-induced dream, River of Smoke will soon be heralded as a masterpiece of twenty-first century literature.
A Murderous Procession – Ariana Franklin (A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel)
In 1178, King Henry II sends his daughter Joanna to Palermo to marry his cousin, the King of Sicily. War on the continent and outbreaks of plague make it especially dangerous, so the king chooses Adelia Aguilar to travel with her. As a medical doctor, and the king’s personal mistress of the art of death, it is Adelia’s duty to leave behind her own cherished daughter in order to safeguard the princess on the arduous year-long journey.
Someone else has also joined the royal procession – a murderer bent on the worst kind of revenge. When people in the princess’s intimate circle begin to die, Adelia suspects that the killer could be a trusted companion hiding in plain sight. But is his ultimate, intended victim the princess, or Adelia herself?
The Sari Shop Widow – Shobhan Bantwal
Since becoming a widow at age twenty-seven, Anjali Kapadia has devoted herself to transforming her parents’sari shop into a chic boutique, brimming with exquisite jewellery and clothing. Now, ten years later, it stands out like a proud maharani amid Edison’s bustling Little India. But when Anjali learns the shop is on the brink of bankruptcy, she feels her world unravelling…
To the rescue comes Anjali’s wealthy, dictatorial Uncle Jeevan and his business partner, Rishi Shah – a mysterious Londoner, complete with British accent, cool grey eyes, and skin so fair it makes it hard to believe he’s Indian. Rishi’s cool, foreign demeanour triggers distrust in Anjali and her mother. But, for Anjali, he also stirs something else, a powerful attraction she hasn’t felt in a decade. And the feeling is mutual…
Love disappointed, Anjali once before and she’s vowed to live without it – though Rishi is alowly melting her resolve and, she the shop regains its footing, gaining her trust. But when a secret from Rishi’s past is revealed, Anjali must turn to her family and her strong cultural upbringing to guide in finding the truth…
The Templar Salvation – Raymond Khoury
CONSTANTINOPLE, 1203: As the ravaging armies of the Fourth Crusade lay seige to the city, a secretive band of Templars infiltrates the imperial library. Their target: a cache of documents that must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the Doge of Venice. They escape with three heavy chests filled with explosive secrets that these men will not live long to learn…
VATICAN CITY, PRESENT DAY: FBI agent Sean Reilly infiltrates the pope’s massive Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition, No one but the pope’s trusted secondi is allowed in, but Reilly has earned the Vatican’s trust – a trust he has no choice but to violate. A vicious, uncompromising terrorist bent on revenge has kidnapped Tess Chaykin, and the key to her freedom lies in this underground crypt, in the form of a document known as the Fondo Templari – the secret history of the infamous Templars…