On the shelves — Nov. 24

These books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library:

John Wilkes Booth: Beyond the Grave by W.C. Jameson leads the reader through a series of amazing coincidences and surprising details suggesting that the assassin of President Lincoln was never captured but escaped to live for many decades after the pursuit and capture of the man that the government claimed was Booth.

Hotshot by Julie Garwood centers on Peyton Lockhart who inherits a small, luxurious oceanfront resort; but when an escalating chain of intimidating events puts her life in danger, she must call on her childhood friend and FBI agent Finn MacBain to rescue her again.

Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives by Becky Aikman affirms the power of friendship, new beginnings, and ability of the human spirit to survive as six widows form a support group that strengthens them to live past the worst thing they thought could happen and to remake their futures.

The Last Witness: A Badge of Honor Novel by W.E.B. Griffin involves Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne in an investigation into the murder of a young woman in Society Hill connected to the Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob.

Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia traces the epic story of a modern day homesteading family in the deepest reaches of the Alaskan wilderness and the chilling secrets of its maniacal, spellbinding patriarch who was not what he seemed.

Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs features forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a mysterious hit-and-run victim triggers an investigation into human trafficking that places Tempe at the center of a conspiracy extending from South America to Afghanistan to her own home town.

The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America From Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo details a journey of sixteen thousand miles in which the author and his wife with Airstream in tow travel from Key West, Fla., to Deadhorse, Alaska, asking everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as diverse as it is vast.

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Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon: It’s hard to have a life when your parents are supervillains.

Joshua Dread tries to keep a low profile, so not even his best friend, Milton, knows his secret. Lucky for Joshua, he’s not on anyone’s radar unlike Sophie, a new girl with a mysterious past that has everyone talking. Lately though, it’s getting harder for Joshua to stay unnoticed what with pencils exploding in his hands, leaving scorched butt marks on the carpet and being able to send bullies crashing into lockers. Turns out, Joshua has a superpower, but he doesn’t have to use it for evil, right

Even though his parents gave him a book to explain everything, he still isn’t prepared for when smoke creatures start kidnapping bad guys. Will Joshua’s family be next?

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg: Having just married off the last of her daughters, Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Ala., is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing standing in her way is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry.

For the most part, Lenore is an overbearing presence for her daughter even if she is a lot of fun for other people. Quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

While searching for answers, Sookie heads to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes just to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station.

As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich: As a New Jersey bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family, but when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him.

Nobody wants to turn in Uncle Sunny and even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because the godfather is his actual godfather.

Morelli understands the law is the law, but his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve a bizarre death and before she knows it, Stephanie is working side by side with Ranger and Grandma Mazur at the senior center bingo trying to catch a killer on the loose.

With henchmen on her tail, bullet holes in her car, and a giraffe running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.

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