As the year draws to a close and we revisit old friends and recount our favorite memories, it's time for some writers to revisit old characters or expand on their favorite themes. Every author in this week's New Book Newsletter is well established on the bestseller list! Should you like the new title from an admired series below, you'll be thrilled to discover the associated back catalog on our shelves. Re-reading a loved book from the past is often more surprising and enjoyable than you'd expect, so we've taken care to link series information with each new book below.

In line with catching up with old acquaintances, our give away this week features a novelization of silver screen legend Hedy Lamarr, highlighting her role as scientist and refugee from Nazi Germany. Take the time to revisit what you think you remember about Lamarr or your favorite writer's work by reserving your copy of these new books today.
An unfathomable loss or an unthinkable crime? #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag keeps you guessing in her most harrowing thriller yet. 

When Detective Nick Fourcade enters the home of Genevieve Gauthier outside the sleepy town of Bayou Breaux, Louisiana, the bloody crime scene that awaits him is both the most brutal and the most confusing he's ever seen. Genevieve's seven-year-old son has been murdered by an alleged intruder, yet Genevieve is alive and well, a witness inexplicably left behind to tell the tale. There is no evidence of forced entry, not a clue that points to a motive. Meanwhile, Nick's wife, Detective Annie Broussard, sits in the emergency room with the grieving Genevieve. A mother herself, Annie understands the emotional devastation this woman is going through, but as a detective she's troubled by a story that makes little sense. Who would murder a child and leave the only witness behind?

Click here to reserve your copy of The Boy in hardcover . While this new book can be read as a stand-alone novel, the main characters did appear previously in one early Hoag book, 1997's A Thin Dark Line . If you'd like to revisit that great read from a decade past, AFPLS has the 1997 novel available in hardcover , paperback and large print.
Tamara Duker Freuman's clients call her "The Bloated Belly Whisperer," for good reason--for many years she's successfully helped her clients accurately describe their symptoms and find a course of treatment that delivers rapid and lasting relief.

In The Bloated Belly Whisperer , Tamara guides readers through the same steps she would use in a consultation, first with a quiz to help them hone in on their specific symptoms, and then by discussing the latest research and patient stories to offer dozens of solutions that will reduce abdominal bloating.

This book hopes to help readers identify the specific cause of bloating and equip them with the right terminology and questions to take to their next doctor's visit. Tamara teaches the most effective dietary remedies for each particular brand of bloating and lays out the tools and healthy practices to assist in ending abdominal distress and bloating once and for all.

Reserve your copy in hardcover or mp3 audio download from AFPLS.
Stone Barrington uncovers a societal minefield in the forty-eighth book in Stuart Woods' bestselling detective series.

When an old acquaintance reaches out requesting Barrington's assistance, the job seems easy enough. She needs an expert in an esoteric field, someone with both the knowledge and careful dexterity to solve a puzzle. But the solution to one small problem blows the lid open on a bigger scandal going back decades, and involving numerous prominent New Yorkers who would prefer the past stay buried.

With this explosive information in-hand, Stone Barrington is caught between a rock and a hard place, his only options either to play it safe to the detriment of others, or to see justice done and risk fatal exposure. But when it comes to Stone Barrington, danger is usually just around the corner . . . so he may as well throw caution to the wind.

Click here to reserve a copy of A Delicate Touch in hardcover , ebook download , mp3 audiobook , or large print. A list of all the Stone Barrington novels in chronological order can be found by clicking here . All forty-eight books in the series are available to check out from AFPLS, many in every format we offer.
The bestselling author of Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a well-to-do English town.

Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It's not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret, and everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all--including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom's teenaged son Freddie--a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5--excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father. One of Tom's students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she's not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems.

Click here to reserve Watching You in hardcover. Fans of Lisa Jewell's writing can find all of her novels in the AFPLS catalog.
A new investigation threatens to unearth skeletons from the past in this twenty-second entry in the John Rebus series.

Rebus' retirement is disrupted once again when skeletal remains are identified as a private investigator who went missing over a decade earlier. The remains, found in a rusted car in the East Lothian woods, not far from Edinburgh, quickly turn into a cold case murder investigation. Rebus' old friend Siobhan Clarke is assigned to the case, but neither of them could have predicted what buried secrets the investigation will uncover. 

Rebus remembers the original case--a shady land deal--all too well. After the investigation stalled, the family of the missing man complained that there was a police cover-up. As Clarke and her team investigate the cold case murder, she soon learns a different side of her mentor, a side he would prefer to keep in the past. 
A gripping story of corruption and consequences, this new novel demonstrates that Rankin and Rebus are still at the top of their game.

Click here to reserve In A House of Lies in hardcover today. You can look up the order of all the Inspector Rebus novels here . Fans of the series may also enjoy the ebook download Ian Rankin and Inspector Rebus by Craig Cabell, which explores the relationship between the writer and his most famous character.

The Only Woman in the Room is a novelization of the life of Hedy Lamarr, famous actor and inventor.

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

Hedy knew a few secrets about the enemy and had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis...if anyone would listen to her.

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 "Hedy Lamarr" in the subject line of your email to . We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 12/24/18 and 8:30am Thursday, 12/27/18. The winner will be notified via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month.
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