NEW BOOKS and a Haunted Yarn Shop Give Away
December is a great month for great reads at AFPLS. We have the new books everyone will be talking about ready for our readers - from the trendy Cook90 challenge cookbook, to the fun new tales about Cleopatra or missing Nazi treasury money. Discover new stories, enjoy favorite series, and gain a chance to be one of the first to read a Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery below in this week's New Books Newsletter.
On the 100th anniversary of the devastating pandemic of 1918, this book explores the troubling, terrifying, and complex history of the flu virus.

Dr. Brown digs into the discovery and resurrection of the flu virus in the frozen victims of the 1918 epidemic, as well as the bizarre remedies that once treated the disease. Breaking down the current dialogue surrounding the disease, explaining the controversy over vaccinations, antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, and the federal government's role in preparing for pandemic outbreaks, this medical history also addresses our modern concerns.

Influenza is an enlightening and unnerving look at a shapeshifting virus. Dr. Jeremy Brown is the current Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Cleopatra - seventh of her name - rules from Alexandria, that beacon of commerce and learning that stands between the burning sands of the desert and the dark waters of the Middle Sea.

But her realm is beset by ethnic rivalries, aristocratic feuds and courtly intrigues . Not only that, she must contend with the insatiable appetite of Julius Caesar who needs Egyptian grain and Egyptian gold to further his ambitions. The world is watching the young Queen, waiting for a misstep.

Now her most trusted servant - her Eye - has been murdered and a vast shipment of newly minted coin stolen.

Explore the the shadowy heart of Alexandria in 47 B. C. E. in this thrilling new historical mystery from Dana Stabenow, author of By The Shores of the Middle Sea and Everything Under the Heavens.
Special agent James Cronley Jr. finds that fighting both ex-Nazis and the Soviet NKGB can lead to strange bedfellows, in the dramatic new Clandestine Operations novel about the birth of the CIA and the Cold War. 

A month ago, Cronley managed to capture two notorious Nazi war criminals, but not without leaving some dead bodies and outraged Austrian police in his wake. He's been lying low ever since, but that little vacation is about to end. Somebody--Odessa, the NKGB, the Hungarian Secret Police?--has broken the criminals out of jail, and he must track them down again.

Evidence surfaces that in the war's last gasps, Heinrich Himmler had stashed away a fortune to build a secret religion, dedicated both to Himmler and to creating the Fourth Reich. Cronley is fast finding out that the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" can mean a lot of different things, and that it is not always clear which people he can trust and which are out to kill him.

This is the fifth book in the Clandestine Operations series. You can check out all four previous novels - Top Secret, The Assassination Option, Curtain Of Death, and Death At Nuremberg - at AFPLS.
Can you COOK90? For 30 days, challenge yourself to cook every meal--and you'll transform the way you eat and feel.

The 150,000+ people who take the COOK90 challenge every year know that cooking for yourself is one of the most satisfying, effective, and easy ways to improve your wellbeing. With expert support from the editors of Epicurious, the web's most trusted recipe site, you'll say goodbye to pricey takeout and fast food. Instead, say hello to all the benefits of home cooking: healthier and more delicious meals, a fatter wallet, a clearer mind, and sharper skills. 

With four weeks of meal plans for every way of eating, save time, money, and sanity with these easy meal plans. Enjoy meals like Baked Feta with Chickpeas and Greens, or Steak Soba Salad. Start your day with Perfect 7-Minute Eggs or Cocoa Oats with Yogurt, Honey, and Hazelnuts Indulge your sweet tooth with Cinnamon-Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie or Salted Almond Apple Crisp. By repurposing leftovers and planning ahead, you can make cooking work for your schedule. 

Take the COOK90 challenge, and become a better, faster, healthier, happier cook.
Not long after donning the uniform of the McCreary County Sheriff's department in Bone Gap, Tennessee, ex-Marine Brynn Callahan faces her first official homicide. On a cold February morning, a lone cross-country skier stumbles across the mutilated body of a young woman. Sent to investigate, Brynn is shocked when she recognizes the victim as a fellow Traveller, Maura Keene.

Maura held a solid standing both within the Travellers' insular community and among the settled townspeople--a fact that makes her murder all the more disturbing to Brynn, who also straddles the two worlds. After her trained K-9, Wilco, digs up human bones, and then a scrap of paper scrawled with arcane Latin phrases is uncovered, Brynn finds evidence leading her to question those closest to her--and closing the case becomes a deeply personal matter.

While trying to suppress local superstitions and prejudices, Brynn discovers that Maura was keeping a dangerous secret. And as the bones Wilco found are analyzed by forensics, Brynn harbors the troubling suspicion that she knows who they belong to. Still struggling with PTSD, Brynn must put her career on the line and her life at risk to find justice for a woman not unlike herself--haunted by her past, and caught in a vicious cycle she may never escape.
The fifth book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Series is almost here!

Yarn shop owner Kath Rutledge is looking forward to the grand opening of the Blue Plum Vault, a co-op of small shops on Main Street. But in the week before the grand opening, Kath and her needlework group, TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Fiber), hear rumors of an unpleasant rivalry developing between two of the new shopkeepers. Nervie Bales and Belinda Moyer declare each other's embroidery patterns and antique embroidered linens fakes, copies--and stolen goods. Kath is caught in the middle when she's asked to use her textile expertise to decide if there's any truth to the accusations.

This book isn't available for sale or as a library book until January, but you can win a print galley (a paperback used to promote the book before official release) of this title by emailing us within 24 hours of the New Books Newsletter email. Just put "Haunted Yarn Shop" in the subject line of your email to We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 12/3/18 and 8:30am Tuesday, 12/4/18.

The winner will be notified via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month.
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System |