Seven new books on tape have arrived at the Astoria Public Library:

"Ten Big Ones," written by Janet Evanovich, narrated by C. J. Critt. Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is the victim when a mini-mart robbery leads to her vehicle going up in flames and her seeing the killer's face.

"Killer Smile," written by Lisa Scottoline, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. Amadeo Brandolini was thought to have taken his own life after having been detained in an internment camp in World War II. But for lawyer Mary DiNunzio, it looks more like murder, and now her life is in danger.

"In the Moon of Red Ponies," written by James Lee Burke, narrated by Tom Stechschulte. Former Texas Ranger Billy Bob Holland is now a lawyer representing Johnny American Horse. Johnny is charged with murder, but the more he looks into the case, the more deceit Billy Bob uncovers.

"Twenty-Seven Bones," written by Jonathan Nasaw, narrated by Dion Graham. Retired FBI Agent E.L. Pender enjoys this rare chance to track down a killer. But this killer turns out to be a husband and wife serial killer duo who are organized, intelligent and good at their work.

"Black," written by Christopher Whitcomb, narrated by L.J. Ganser. Assigned to the FBI's elite hostage team, Special Agent Jeremy Waller is thrilled - until the world of black ops, wealth, ambition and murder clashes with his own sense of right and wrong.

"Garden of Beasts," written by Jeffrey Deaver, narrated by Jefferson Mays. Set in Germany during Hitler's rise to power, this new thriller features Mafia hitman Paul Schumann disguised as a journalist. His mission is assassination.

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The year is 1928, the setting is Australia, and the delightful Phryne Fisher is on the case. In "Murder in Montparnasse," by Kerry Greenwood, Phryne sets out to help two friends. In 1918, her friends witnessed a murder, along with five other Australian soldiers. Now two of the witnesses are dead under suspicious circumstances and the remaining five are worried.

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From more than 400 stories of unexpected kindnesses while traveling, 26 were compiled into "The Kindness of Strangers," edited by Don George. The many acts of kindness reported, along with hundreds of such acts George encountered in his own travels, lead him to believe that kindness toward others is an essential human value, and one that transforms us.

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Patricia O'Brien offers readers "The Glory Cloak," a novel featuring Louisa May Alcott and Clara Barton. Louisa has journeyed to a Union hospital to work with the wounded. There, she and her cousin meet Clara Barton. Louisa will go on to literary fame and Clara to an appointment by President Lincoln.


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