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Cannery Row

Cannery Row

Author(s): John Steinbeck

Location(s): Monterey

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

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John Steinbeck’s paean to the Monterey County of his youth, Cannery Row contains an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw in Penguin Modern Classics. In the din and stink that is Cannery Row a colourful blend of misfits – gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists...

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Deep Down Dead

Deep Down Dead

Author(s): Steph Broadribb

Location(s): California, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

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Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start...

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The Secret Wife

The Secret Wife

Author(s): Gill Paul

Location(s): New York State, Russia, San Francisco

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 20th Century and 2011

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A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . . Love. Guilt. Heartbreak. 1914 Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future....

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The Tiger Catcher

The Tiger Catcher

Author(s): Paullina Simons

Location(s): London, Los Angeles

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance

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Can true love ever die? Julian lives a charmed life in Los Angeles. Surrounded by friends, he is young, handsome, and runs a successful business. Everything changes after he has a fateful encounter with a mysterious young woman named...

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Beneath the Same Heaven

Beneath the Same Heaven

Author(s): Anne Marie Ruff

Location(s): Dubai, Los Angeles, Pakistan, San Diego

Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller

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Kathryn, an American woman, and Rashid, a Pakistani-born Muslim man, seem to have bridged the divide between Western and Islamic world views with their marriage and two American-born children. But everything changes when Rashid’s father is suddenly killed by...

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Black Water

Black Water

Author(s): Louise Doughty

Location(s): California, Indonesia, Netherlands

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Present looking back

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John Harper lies awake at night in an isolated hut on an Indonesian island, listening to the rain on the roof and believing his life may be in danger. But he is less afraid of what is going to...

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Deep Blue Trouble

Deep Blue Trouble

Author(s): Steph Broadribb

Location(s): Southern California

Genre(s): Crime, Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback, and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking. Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death...

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Fever City

Fever City

Author(s): Tim Baker

Location(s): Dallas, Los Angeles

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): 1960s/2014

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Nick Alston, a Los Angeles private investigator, is hired to find the kidnapped son of America’s richest and most hated man. Hastings, a mob hitman in search of redemption, is also on the trail. But both men soon become...

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Orhan’s Inheritance

Orhan’s Inheritance

Author(s): Aline Ohanesian

Location(s): California, Turkey

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1915 and 1990s

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When Orhan’s brilliant and eccentric grandfather Kemal—a man who built a dynasty out of making kilim rugs—is found dead, submerged in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old business. But Kemal’s will raises more questions than it answers....

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Pretending to Dance

Pretending to Dance

Author(s): Diane Chamberlain

Location(s): North Carolina, San Diego

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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When the pretending ends, the lying begins . . . Molly Arnette is good at keeping secrets. As she and her husband try to adopt a baby, she worries that the truth she’s kept hidden about her North Carolina childhood...

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