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The Garden of Secrets Past: An English Garden Mystery (Detective Mystery)
By: Anthony Eglin

Book Description: Caught up in a centuries-old family conflict when he investigates a murder on the grounds of Shugborough Hall, Laurence Kingston tracks down clues pertaining to a code contained within an ancient, unbreakable garden monument.
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The Language of Flowers: A Novel (Romance)
By Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Also Available in: Large Print, Audio Disc, eBook

Book Description: The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.

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Roses (Historical Fiction)
By Leila Meacham

Also Available in: Large Print, Audio Disc, eBook, Downloadable audio

Book Description: Spanning the 20th century, the story of Roses takes place in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of the powerful timber and cotton industries, industries controlled by the scions of the town's founding families.

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The Tender Mercy of Roses (Ghost Stories)
By Anna Michaels

Book Description: Jo Beth Dawson was once a good detective, but the stress of the job led her toward alcohol and off the force in disgrace. When she comes across the body of Pony Jones, however, the murder of the energetic young rodeo star haunts her, compelling her to investigate Pony's death even though it puts Jo Beth in direct conflict with Sam Donovan, her former partner, and irks her own family. As it turns out, Jo Beth's family and Pony's family are linked, and investigating the tragedy will force decades-old secrets to the surface, where no one but Jo Beth wants them to be.

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The Scarlet Pepper (Murder Mystery)
By Dorothy St. James

Book Description: As the official organic gardener for the White House, Casey Calhoun is usually up to her elbows in something or other. But when someone starts tampering with the Presidential vegetable garden, she soon finds herself in way over her head. As if it wasn't bad enough that red peppers are growing instead of green ones and cabbage is popping up where the First Lady's favorite lettuce should be. A hard-nosed investigative reporter is found dead after targeting the President's unpopular Chief of Staff. Raking over the clues and rumors, Casey knows that someone is sabotaging both her garden and the First Lady's reputation. But when she has one close call too many, Casey realizes that the next thing buried in the dirt might just be her.

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Blood Vines (Suspense)
By Erica Spindler

Also Available in:  Large Print and Audio Disc

Book Description: When Alexandra Clarkson starts having terrifying visions filled with blood and ceremonial images, she tries to find a rational explanation – maybe her mind is playing tricks on her, resurrecting creepy tableaux from her research on religious ceremonies and sects.  But when Alex’s mother, Patsy, commits suicide without leaving behind any information, Alex is left wondering: could she be haunted by something from the childhood she doesn’t remember? Called on to investigate the identity of a baby’s remains unearthed in a Sonoma vineyard, Detective Daniel Reed had picked up a trail that led him to Patsy in San Francisco.  Now Reed and Alex both wonder if the cold bones could be her baby brother Dylan, and Alex decides to accompany Reed back to Sonoma for the investigation.  No sooner does she arrive, however, than she is drawn deep into the search for a twisted killer…

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Marrying Daisy Bellamy (Romance)
By Susan Wiggs

Also Available in: Large Print, Audio Disc, Downloadable ebook, Downloadable audiobook

Book Description: Daisy Bellamy has struggled for years to choose between two men -- one honorable and steady, one wild and untethered. And then, one fateful day, the decision is made for her.

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Lakeshore Chronicles Series

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On Hummingbird Wings (Christian Fiction)
By  Lauraine Snelling

Also Available in: Large Print

Book Description: On a mission to restore her hypochondriac mother to health, Gillian Ormsby also sets about reviving her mother's wilted garden to its former glory, enlisting the help of Adam, a handsome man who owns a family gardening business with his father.

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Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game
By John Thorn

Book Description: Think you know how the game of baseball began? Think again. Forget Abner Doubleday and Cooperstown. Forget Alexander Joy Cartwright and the New York Knickerbockers. Instead, meet Daniel Lucius Adams, William Rufus Wheaton, and Louis Fenn Wadsworth, each of whom has a stronger claim to baseball paternity than Doubleday or Cartwright. But did baseball even have a father—or did it just evolve from other bat-and-ball games? Thorn traces the rise of the New York version of the game over other variations popular in Massachusetts and Philadelphia. He shows how the sport’s increasing popularity in the early decades of the nineteenth century mirrored the migration of young men from farms and small towns to cities, especially New York. And he charts the rise of secret professionalism and the origin of the notorious “reserve clause,” essential innovations for gamblers and capitalists. No matter how much you know about the history of baseball, you will find something new in every chapter.

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In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
By Erik Larson

Also Available in: Large Print, Audio Disc, Downloadable ebook

Book Description: In 1933, President Roosevelt personally selected William E. Dodd to be the United States ambassador to Nazi Germany. Dodd took his family with him, including his daughter Martha. Initially enamored with the Nazi party and its passion, Martha supported the Third Reich. However, when Hitler's violent policies became apparent, Martha changed her opinion and watched in horror. Here, author Erik Larson offers a chilling first-person account of Germany's transformation under Hitler's rule.

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