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Four Captivating Reads To Fill Your Days


“L.A.’s Last Street Cop” by Al Moreno

(NAPSI)—It’s been called probably the most entertaining and chilling police tale you’ll read this year. This gripping memoir vividly recounts Al Moreno’s rise as a gifted and fearless Los Angeles police officer, surviving gangs and homicidal situations in brutal urban war zones as he strives to achieve his personal and professional dreams.

Packed with unforgettable scenes of both beauty and despair, it culminates in his vocal stand against corruption within the LAPD and the political retribution that ensued—a dirty internal investigation that unleashed the murderous vendetta of a violent ex-con from the Aryan Brotherhood. A vivid, true- life tale of service, survival and sacrifice. From Highpoint Lit, purchase at

“Lakeshire Park” by Megan Walker

Brighton, England, 1820. Amelia Moore wants only to secure the future happiness of her younger sister, Clara. With their stepfather’s looming death, the two sisters will soon be on their own. An invitation arrives to join a house party at Lakeshire Park. If she can encourage a match between Clara and their host, Sir Ronald, then her sister will be taken care of.

But another guest, the arrogant Peter Wood, is after the same goal for his sister. Amelia and Peter begin a rivalry but competing against Peter makes Amelia vulnerable to losing the only thing she has left to claim: her heart. From Shadow Mountain Publishing, purchase at

“Watermark: The Broken Bell Series” by Elise Schiller

The oldest child in a troubled Philadelphia family, Angel Ferente struggles to care for her three sisters while pursuing her goal of attending college on a swimming scholarship. She has a problematic relationship with her mother, Pic, who uses alcohol and drugs and at one point lost custody, and a hostile relationship with her stepfather.

Angel is the center of stability in the household. Then Angel goes to a team party on New Year’s Eve—and doesn’t come home. In the wake of her disappearance, her teammates, her coach’s church, and her family search the city for her. The result changes their lives forever. From SparkPress, purchase at

“The Hairbrush and the Shoe” by Jeanne D. Stanton

When a workman is pushed and hissed at by something invisible on the stairs of her family’s 150-year-old townhouse, Jeanne Stanton must confront the possibility of a ghost. As a former Harvard Business School case writer, she embarks upon a rigorous search for proof, exploring the literature and lore of ghosts; mediums, psychics, and “ghost busters;” and more. A visit to a psychic provides insights but not proof. 

Notables encountered during her research include Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oliver Sacks, and Sigmund Freud. Determined to get to the bottom of the ghost business, Stanton searches for definitive evidence—and almost fails to find it. Almost. Purchase at

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"Four fascinating books can fill your days. “LA’s Last Street Cop,” a true tale of crime, corruption and justice. “Lakeshire Park,” a 19th century romance. “Watermark,” a coming-of-age story. And “The Hairbrush and the Shoe,” a ghost story."