Apremont, by Stephen Louis Patrick (2008)

The fictional story of Stephen Patrick, a young gay man in the mid-1980s. The novel follows him from graduation to his first job in an amusement park, finds love and adventure, and witnesses tragedy at the hands of a marauding assassin. This is an exciting novel which is one part coming of age story, and one part murder mystery.

The Broken Teaglass

The Broken Teaglass, by Emily Arsenault (2009)

While flirting with each other to ease the boredom of working as dictionary updaters, Billy Webb and Mona Minot discover that someone has been lacing their dictionary files with clues to an unsolved murder.

Defenseman, by Michael J. Maloni (2009)

Steve Tomassini’s success as a talented defenseman for Boston University’s hockey team is in stark contrast to the trajectory his brother’s life is taking. While Tony, a Boston University graduate, shares Steve’s courage and determination, his efforts are focused on salvaging his battered and bruised life. After cycling in and out of mental institutions, Tony heroically confronts his personal challenges and resolves to win.

The Demon’s Ring, by Wayne H. Dusza (2009)

In a quiet little town in Vermont, a stalker obsessed with a young woman is routinely eliminating any man who tries to ‘steal the heart that belongs to him.’ Stricken with fear, the young woman tries to help a handsome undercover detective solve the grisly murders. It isn’t until she experiences an eerie phenomenon that she discovers that the undercover detective is not only her stalker, but none other than the devil himself.

House Arrest

House Arrest, by Ellen Meeropol (2011)

Home-care nurse Emily Klein finds herself facing a difficult decision after she is assigned to make weekly prenatal visits to Pippa Glenning, an Isis cult member under house arrest for the death of her daughter during a Solstice ceremony.

Moon’s Embrace, by Sparkie Allison (2009)

When Dr. Alexis Wolfe leaves the hectic pace of the Emergency Room in Chicopee, Massachusetts to visit her grandfather in the town of Teabag in the Catskills, she and her two small dogs, Sonnet and Spirit, learn much about small town life, a strong maternal community, diversity and inclusion.

The Pie Man, by Gerry FitzGerald (2009)

Set in the coal fields of McDowell County, West Virginia, The Pie Man is the story of a woman’s fight to save her marriage, support her family, raise a son with Down Syndrome, and oppose the destruction of her grandparents’ farm from mountaintop removal coal mining.

Playing Dead, by Jody Lebel (2012)

Police work is more than a career to Anthony, it’s an obsession. He specializes in cases involving female victims which leaves him no time for anything else. Until he meets Renee, a delicious mystery he yearns to explore. As danger closes in, Anthony fights to keep Renee safe despite her tendency to plunge headlong into danger.

Redwood and Wildfire

Redwood and Wildfire, by Andrea Hairston (2011)

Winner of the 2011 James Tiptree Jr. Award, Redwood and Wildfire is a novel of what might have been. At the turn of the 20th century, minstrel shows transform into vaudeville, which slides into moving pictures. Hunkering together in dark theatres, diverse audiences marvel at flickering images. This ”dreaming in public” becomes common culture and part of what transforms immigrants and ”native” born into Americans.

Rest Stops, by Elizabeth Slade (2012)

After their mother’s death, Edgar and Kianna are driven by their uncle from Massachusetts to Florida to live with their grandmother. Their journey sends them on many unexpected twists and turns as they learn about each other and themselves. A first novel about finding and claiming home, redefining family, and every person’s quest for identity.

The Rhythm in Blue, by Crystal Senter Brown (2012)

See how the lives of Mason and Jasmine intertwine with those of Jacob, Keisha, Frankie, and so many others in the small southern town of Blue, Virginia. Blue is full of good food and sweet Southern graces, but it also proves to be filled with a few dark secrets.

The Size of a Mustard Seed

The Size of a Mustard Seed, by Umm Juwayriyah (2009)

Jameelah, a 27 year-old Muslim woman, is a member of one of the inner city’s stronger blended American Muslim families. She has a successful career as a hairstylist and seems to have a good life: a good family, a nice car, her own apartment, a good education. However, Jameelah’s life is slowly slipping out of her control. When a prominent Imam proposes marriage, she believes that the proposal and a new life will be the key to regaining control of her life.

Spirit of a Rare Breed, by Sandra Howell (2011)

A novel for horse lovers filled with spirited women, light humor, breathtaking scenery, adventure and a bit of romance. Follow Samantha Steele’s journey as she works to introduce her American Curly horses into the world of established horse breeds.

Testing the Heart, by Isabel Barry (2010)

Follows the struggle of an urban high school teacher determined to rescue students from life on the drug-ridden streets, salvage her school from being deemed a failure, and save herself from the enigmatic man who distracts her from her purpose. Barry is the pen name of Melva Michaelian and Lorene Morin.

Tumultuous Affairs, by Durham Caldwell (2009)

TV newsman Buzz Buckley has to cope not only with the competition, but also with the moral myopia of a station owner aligned with the city’s big shots, the distractions of a romance with an old high school sweetheart, and a growing fondness for his politically ambitious city councilor daughter-in-law.

Washington's Child

Washington’s Child, by Michael Dialessi (2010)

Detective Dayton McCormick had accomplished his father’s dream: authoring a book and getting it published. Little did he know that his writing would attract the attention of a mysterious stranger, whose words and gifts would lead him on both the adventure of a lifetime and a discovery of great significance.

The Writing Circle, by Corinne Demas (2010)

In a tale of love, betrayal, and literature, six members of an elite writing circle share much more than their works-in-progress. Corinne Demas is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College.


List composed 9/2012