The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
The bookworld's leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has been forced into semi-retirement following an assassination attempt. When Thursday's former SpecOps division is reinstated, she assumes the obvious choice to lead the Literary Detectives. But our banged-up heroine is no spring chicken, and her old boss has a cushier job in mind for her: chief librarian of the Swindon All-You-Can-Eat at Fatso's Drink Not Included Library. But where Thursday goes, trouble follows, and pretty soon impressively engineered synthetic Thursdays called Day Players are not only waking up in the stacks, they're downloading her very consciousness.
Dick Francis's Bloodline by Felix Francis
When race-caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she lost on purpose, that the race was fixed. That night, he confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off after an explosive argument--and it's the last time he sees her alive. Hours later, she jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel...or so it seems.
Red Rain by R.L. Stine
Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life. In the storm's aftermath, she discovers two orphaned boys--twins. Filled with a desire to do something to help, to make something good of all she witnessed, Lea impulsively decides to adopt them. The boys, Samuel and Daniel, seem amiable and immensely grateful; Lea's family back on Long Island--husband Mark, a child psychologist, and their two children, Ira and Elena--aren't quite so pleased. But even they can't anticipate the twins' true nature--or predict that, within a few weeks time, Mark will wind up implicated in two brutal murders, with the police narrowing in.