Bon Appetempt by Amelia Morris. Published by Grand Central

Author Morris looks back at her somewhat checkered career history (lady wrestler anyone?) and over time realizes that her happiest times have been in the kitchen, cooking with and for friends and family. She shares her family with us, and they have all the foibles and ticks the rest of us do. The difference is that crap is funny when it happens to other people

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Save Me by Kristyn Kusek Lewis. Published by Grand Central

Daphne feels like the luckiest woman on earth. She loves her work as a physician, she has a wonderful husband and a creaky, lovely old farmhouse. So when her husband comes home and tells her he loves another woman, she can’t quite take it in. It would be easy if she could hate him but she can’t. When his girlfriend is hospitalized with life threatening injuries after s car wreck, Daphne is the one who stands by her ex. She lets him lean on her and after a time, she begins to believe that they might be able to get back together. The only question is, does she want him back?
A story of marriage and betrayal. Of moving on and learning to live again

Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston. Published by Grand Central

When Aloysius Pendergast finds the body of one of his greatest enemies on his doorstep. It looks to be a perfect murder. There is only one clue, a piece of turquoise found in the dead man’s stomach. Pendergast traces the stone to an abandoned mine in California where he begins an odyssey into his own family’s rather shady past. Pendergast is being pursued by a killer possessed by a need to right an ancient wrong.
Preston and Child have hit paydirt with the Pendergast series and there seems little chance of them stopping any time soon.

Burn by James Patterson. Published by Little, Brown

Detective Michael Bennett and his super sized family have returned to New York after the crime lord threatening them has been caught. Bennett has now been assigned to take over the Outreach Squad in Harlem where he fields a strange call from a man claiming to have seen a group of well dressed men partying in a condemned building. Bennett writes off the call as the ramblings of a mentally unstable man, but when a man’s incinerated body is found in the same building, he knows this is more than a hoax.
Patterson is easily the most prolific writer being published today. Sometimes the sheer number of books has a negative effect on the quality, but this story is a winner

The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Ferguson. Published by Little, Brown

When Henry’s girlfriend Val leaves him behind to go to another school he is so distraught, he begins to wonder if he’s losing his mind. He’s not sleeping and the hallucinations are becoming prevalent. He decides he must find Val, if they can be together again, maybe he’ll be alright. He runs away from home, determined to find Val, then has a hallucination so vivid, it leaves him unconscious on the George Washington bridge. He comes too in the company of two strangers, one elderly, one middle aged, both claiming to be him at different stages of his life. They claim that they let Val get away and now they need to be sure that he secures her for “their” futures. Meanwhile, Henry’s best friend Gabe also begins to experience hallucinations of a future Henry. Gabe decides there’s only one person who can provide answers. He must find Val.
A mind bending, terrifying look at sanity¬† and/or the loss of it. How do you know what’s real?

Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay. Published by Forever

The last thing high roller Mike Taggert wants is to assume guardianship of his five year old niece, but it doesn’t look like he has a choice. He heads to Last Chance to find a crying kid, a sick cat and a sexy vet. Charlene Polk loves animals and little kids and this little girl’s guardian looks pretty good too. Too bad he doesn’t want to stick around.
Sweet, small town romance with a kick

Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow by Tilly Bagshawe. Published by William Morrow

For many years Tracey Whitney and her partner Jeff Stevens have had the time of their life, pulling off some of the most notorious heists in the world. But now, Tracey is thinking about slowing down. Maybe she and Jeff could have a child. She had just one last job, but that job will put her in contact with an old enemy and all of a sudden, Tracey is playing a game of Russian roulette.
I’m not sure anyone could replace Sidney Sheldon, but Bagshawe does an admirable job. For readers who miss the big glitzy reads of the 80s.