To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

To Catch an Earl by Kate Bateman

Alex Harland, Earl of Melton and dedicated rake, never pictured himself as an agent of inquiry. But the thrill of investigation is a challenge he now embraces. When he’s asked to pursue the Nightjar, a notorious thief who is reclaiming France’s crown jewels, the case throws him into the path of the beautiful and equally elusive Emmy Danvers, reminding him of the only puzzle he’s never solved: the identity of the mysterious woman who once stole a kiss from him—and left him wanting so much more… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Explosions mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Blackmail
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Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid 

Marriage and Murder by Penny Reid

Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin. Therefore, so must he. To a point. But truth be told, he wouldn’t mind if the meddlesome matriarch disappeared, at least until the nuptials are over… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blood depiction
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
  • Blackmail
  • Car accident
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The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna. But soon a series of vicious poison-pen letters destroys the village’s quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide. The vicar, the doctor, the servants—all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arrives from an unexpected quarter. The vicar’s houseguest happens to be none other than Jane Marple.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Suicide discussed
  • Drugging
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Plane crash recounted, off-page
  • Blackmail
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Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Seventeen-year-old Molly Gibson worships her widowed father. But when he decides to remarry, Molly’s life is thrown off course by the arrival of her vain, shallow, and selfish stepmother. There is some solace in the shape of her new stepsister Cynthia, who is beautiful, sophisticated, and irresistible to every man she meets. Soon the girls become close, and Molly finds herself cajoled into becoming a go-between in Cynthia’s love affairs. But in doing so, Molly risks ruining her reputation in the gossiping village of Hollingford – and jeopardizing everything with the man she is secretly in love with.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a friend
  • Blackmail
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The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Kinch Na Shannack owes the Takers Guild a small fortune for his education as a thief, which includes (but is not limited to) lock-picking, knife-fighting, wall-scaling, fall-breaking, lie-weaving, trap-making, plus a few small magics. His debt has driven him to lie in wait by the old forest road, planning to rob the next traveller that crosses his path. But today, Kinch Na Shannack has picked the wrong mark.

Galva is a knight, a survivor of the brutal goblin wars, and handmaiden of the goddess of death. She is… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape, implied
  • Child abuse
  • Cannibalism
  • Dismemberment
  • Torture
  • Imprisonment
  • Blackmail
  • War themes
  • Animal death, including attempted drowning of a pet
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Open Season by CJ Box

Open Season by C.J. Box

There’s nothing unusual about the sound of a gunshot in Twelve Sleep. Here in remotest Wyoming, where elk roam the pine forests and cougars prowl the mountains, everyone owns a gun. But when Joe Pickett hears two sharp cracks ring out months before hunting season, it’s his job to investigate. As game warden in Twelve Sleep, father-of-two Joe Pickett is not only badly paid and poorly housed, but deeply unpopular. So when the source of the shots – a well-known poacher – gets off scot-free after a humiliating confrontation, the locals are delighted. And then the poacher turns up dead in the Pickett’s backyard. Charged with… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Blackmail
  • Animal hunting
  • Animal cruelty
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Tempting Fate by Kerrigan Byrne

Tempting Fate by Kerrigan Byrne

Disfigured in fighting pits as a lad, Gabriel Sauvageau has lived his entire life without the touch of a woman. As the brains and brawn behind London’s most ferocious smuggling syndicate, he knows he doesn’t deserve shy, bespectacled Felicity Goode. But that doesn’t stop him from watching her. Guarding her.

Wondering if her gentle touch would soothe his savage soul. Though she wiles away hours… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a parent
  • Blackmail
  • Drugging
  • Gun violence
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How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut-shaming
  • Graphic rape of a child by a school headmaster recounted
  • Blood depiction
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Explosion
  • Blackmail
  • Animal attack, off-page
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Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has asthma, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. Abbi has lived almost her entire life in the shadow of the terrorist attacks of September 11. On that fateful day, she was captured in what became an iconic photograph: in the picture, Abbi (aka “Baby Hope”) wears a birthday crown and grasps a red balloon; just behind her, the South Tower of the World Trade Center is collapsing… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Blackmail
  • 9/11 (theme)
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Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano 

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan is killing it…except, she’s really not. A stressed-out single mom of two and struggling novelist, Finlay’s life is in chaos: The new book she promised her literary agent isn’t written; her ex-husband fired the nanny without telling her, and this morning she had to send her four-year-old to school with hair duct-taped to her head after an incident with scissors.

When Finlay is overheard discussing the plot of her new suspense novel with her agent over lunch, she’s mistaken for a contract killer … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic abuse mentioned
  • Cheating
  • Nonconsensual drugging (roofies)
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Blackmail
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