Two mysteries by Maine authors top our hold list.  Are you on hold for one?  If so, check the Bestseller Express shelves — it just might be your lucky day.  We have Hatchet Island and The Midcoast on the Bestseller Express.  As well as lots of other popular titles.  The Bestseller Express  is a collection of popular books, sponsored by the Curtis Friends, and available only to Curtis patrons. They cannot be reserved or renewed — check out period is 7-days.

Here are titles we have just added:

Hatchet Island by Paul Doiron, Mike Bowditch mystery #13 (383 holds)

An eerie, windswept island off the coast of Maine becomes the site of a double murder and a disappearance in Hatchet Island.

The Midcoast by Adam White (245 holds)

Recently returned to a tourist haven on the coast of Maine, Andrew, a high school English teacher, is envious of his former friend Ed Thatch’s extravagant new lifestyle until he stumbles upon the truth, finding his envy turning to horror as the true story of the Thatches begins.  Maine author.

Horse by Geraldine Brooks (135 holds)

A scientist from Australia and a Nigerian-American art historian become connected by their shared interest in a 19th century race horse, one studying its remains, the other uncovering the history of the Black horsemen who were critical to its success.

The It Girl by Ruth Ware (128 holds)

After John Neville, the man convicted of killing her best friend April 10 years earlier, dies in prison, expectant mother Hannah Jones, after new evidence surfaces proving his innocence, reconnects with old friends to solve the mystery of April’s death and realizes they all have something to hide–including a murder.

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Daniel Silva, Gabriel Allon novel #22 (111 holds)

In this thrilling story of deception in the world of international fine art, restorer and spy Gabriel Allon scours Europe for the secret behind the forgery of a 17th-century masterpiece that has fooled experts and exchanged hands for millions.

A Life in Light: Meditations on Impermanence by Mary Pipher

The best-selling author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia returns with a series of essays drawing on her experiences as psychologist specializing in women, trauma and the effect of our culture on our mental health.

The Retreat by Sarah Pearse

On an island off the English coast, once a playground for a serial killer and rumored to be cursed, Detective Elin Warner, after a young woman is found dead and someone else drowns in a diving incident, finds history repeating itself.

The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

Every day without fail, Travis Devine puts on a cheap suit, grabs his faux-leather briefcase, and boards the 6:20 commuter train to Manhattan, where he works as an entry-level analyst at the city’s most prestigious investment firm. In the mornings, he gazes out the train window at the lavish homes of the uberwealthy, dreaming about joining their ranks. Then one morning Devine’s routine is shattered. Sara Ewes, his coworker and former girlfriend, has been found hanging in a storage room of his office building–presumably a suicide, at least for now–prompting the NYPD to come calling on him.

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The beautifully ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a woman’s terrified scream echoes through the room. Security guards immediately appear and instruct everyone inside to stay put until they determine there is no threat. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers who had been sitting in the reading room get to chatting and quickly become friendly. Harriet, Marigold, Whit, and Caine each have their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning – and it just happens that one of them may turn out to be a murderer.

Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola

A young Black British woman with a popular student radio show that dishes out relationship advice finds her show and her reputation on the line after she publicly makes out with a man she publicly denounced.

Jackie and Me by Louis Bayard

In 1951, debutante Jacqueline Bouvier, after catching the eye of young politician Jack Kennedy, is groomed to be the perfect political wife by Jack’s best friend and fixer, Lem Billings, leading up to a complicated marriage.

Cold, Cold Bones by Kathy Reich, Temperance Brennan mystery #21

After receiving a box containing a human eyeball, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan uncovers a series of gruesome killings eerily reenacting the most shocking of her prior cases.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Agreeing to a holiday escape to the country, literary agent Nora keeps running into a bookish, hardheaded, arrogant editor she knows from Manhattan, and wishes she didn’t, even as she discovers they have more in common than previously thought.

Keya Das’s Second Act by Sopan Deb

A discovered box in the attic leads one Bengali American family down a path toward understanding the importance of family, even when splintered.

The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor- The Truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown

Picking up where Brown’s The Diana Chronicles left off, The Palace Papers reveals how the royal family reinvented itself after the traumatic years when Diana’s blazing celebrity ripped through the House of Windsor like a comet. Brown takes readers on a tour de force journey through the scandals, love affairs, power plays, and betrayals that have buffeted the monarchy over the last twenty-five years.

Confidence by Denise Mina

Anna McDonald has made a terrible mistake. She has forced her blended family to vacation together. The weather is bad, her daughters are bored, and her ex-husband still insufferable. Oh, and Fin Cohen brought his latest girlfriend, too. So when news of a shocking kidnapping breaks, Anna and Fin do the responsible thing. They take off to solve the case.

Chrysalis by Lincoln Child, Jeremy Logan novel #6

Famed enigmalogist Jeremy Logan is summoned by a multibillion dollar tech company to investigate a disturbing anomaly in their new product rollout and discovers something very wrong in the sixth novel of the series following Full Wolf Moon.

Flying Solo by Linda Holmes

Returning to her Maine hometown to handle her great aunt’s estate, Laurie investigates a love letter and a mysterious wooden duck she found at the bottom of a cedar chest and is swept up in a journey of self-discovery.

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