The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew is alarmed when Nathan Gombet threatens her father. Gombet sold a piece of land for a railroad bridge through Carson Drew and now believes that he was cheated. Meanwhile, valuable objects are disappearing from rooms in the Turnbull mansion even while the Turnbull sisters, Rosemary and Florette, are at home in their locked house. Having heard about her reputation for solving mysteries, the sisters invite Nancy Drew to stay in the mansion and discover the thief.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Drugging
  • Attempted murder by a truck accident
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Disappearance of a father
  • Home invasion
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The Empress of Xytae by Effie Calvin 

The Empress of Xytae by Effie Calvin

Crown Princess Ioanna of Xytae has kept her truthsayer blessing a secret for twenty years. In any other nation, her powerful magic would be cause for celebration. But Xytae’s patron is the war goddess Reygmadra, and the future empress is expected to be a brutal warrior.

Reserved and peaceful by nature, Ioanna knows the court sees her as a disappointment. She does her best to assuage their worries every day, working quietly beside her mother to keep the empire running while… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Drugging
  • Kidnapping
  • Loss of autonomy (mind control)
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The King of Crows by Libba Bray

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.

While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Domestic violence & abuse recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Medical experimentation
  • Eugenics
  • Needles
  • Seizures
  • Loss of vision mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend in an explosion recounted
  • Death of a mother from cancer recounted
  • Death of a grandmother from a fall mentioned
  • Murder of an uncle by strangulation
  • Gun violence
  • Imprisonment for sedition mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Fire
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Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny. Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Drugging
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Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan 

Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

Poppy Lane is keeping secrets. Her powerful gift has earned her membership in the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, but she must keep both her ability and her alliance with the Society from her husband, Winston. Yet when Winston is brutally attacked by a werewolf, Poppy’s secrets are revealed, leaving Winston’s trust in her as broken as his body. Now Poppy will do anything to win back his affections . . .

Winston Lane soon regains his physical strength but his face and heart still bear the scars… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Racism
  • Antiziganism
  • Sexism
  • Rape, off-page
  • Physical child abuse recounted
  • Infertility mentioned
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Drugging
  • Scars
  • Decapitation
  • Death of a mother by murder recounted
  • Police brutality
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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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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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Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran 

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

When teenage queen Lia inherits her corrupt uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, she brings a new spymaster into the fold … Xania, who takes the job to avenge her murdered father. Faced with dangerous plots and hidden enemies, can Lia and Xania learn to rely on each another, as they discover that all is not fair in love and treason?

In a world where the throne means both power and duty, they must decide what to sacrifice for their country and for each other … 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drugging
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Blood & injury depiction
  • Dead body
  • Emesis
  • Death of a father mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Poisoning
  • Near-drowning incident mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Solitary confinement & sensory deprivation, off-page
  • Animal death
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A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena 

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk-taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Slut shaming
  • Victim blaming
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Physical & psychological child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Depression
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Death of a parent
  • Graphic car accident
  • Death of a pet
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The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett 

The Windsor Knot by S.J. Bennett

The morning after a dinner party at Windsor Castle, eighty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth is shocked to discover that one of her guests has been found murdered in his room, with a rope around his neck. When the police begin to suspect her loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they’re looking in the wrong place.

For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life since her coronation. Away from the public eye, she has a brilliant knack for solving crimes. With her household’s happiness on the line, her secret must not get out. Can the Queen and her trusted secretary Rozie catch the killer, without getting caught themselves?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Suicide mentioned
  • Drugging
  • Murder
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