This is a list of new fiction titles ordered for the Springfield City Library this month. If you wish to place a hold on a title, you may do so by placing a request yourself through the online catalog, or by calling your local library branch, or by using our AskaLibrarian service.

May 2016

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Amend, Allison Enchanted Islands
Anderson, Alison The Summer Guest When she discovers the diary of young Ukrainian doctor Zinaida Lintvaryova, who documented her extraordinary friendship with Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Katya Kendall, believing that this journal could save her publishing house, is captivated by the voice of the dying young doctor and determined to solve the great mystery that lies within its pages.
Asher, Neal War Factory
Atherton, Nancy Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure
Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda June Learning that she is the sole heir to the fortune of a legendary Hollywood movie star who claims her as his granddaughter, an astonished Cassie investigates the truth in her prim grandmother’s past and discovers secrets involving blackmail, murder, betrayal and broken hearts.
Bilal, Parker City of Jackals Hired to investigate the disappearance of a university student who may have become involved in political activities, Makana Hafiz is drawn by a gruesome murder into an ethnic rivalry and gang war among young men from South Sudan with ties to a charismatic religious couple.
Billingham, Mark Die of Shame
Black, Cara Murder on the Quai
Black, Lisa That Darkness An origin tale starring future investigator Aimée Leduc traces her first year of college at Paris’ preeminent medical school, where her life by the Seine with her detective father is thrown into chaos by the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and a saboteur who would orchestrate her academic dismissal. A prequel to the New York Times best-selling series.
Blackwood, Grant Tom Clancy Duty and Honor
Bond, Larry Fatal Thunder
Brooks, Terry The Sorcerer’s Daughter
Cameron, Stella Melody of Murder The arrival of a talented, ambitious and unusual new family leads to mayhem and murder in the peaceful Cotswold village of Folly-on-Weir. By the acclaimed author of Folly.
Carlisle, Kate Books of a Feather
Church, Elizabeth J. The Atomic Weight of Love An aspiring ornithologist in a post-World War II world where women are expected to assume traditional roles reluctantly shares an unfulfilling marriage with a professor before bonding with a Vietnam vet who helps her recognize the changes happening throughout the world.
Clare, Alys The Night Wanderer
Clark, Marcia Blood Defense
Cleverly, Barbara Diana’s Altar When a man known to Scotland Yard dies under suspicious circumstances, Assistant Commissioner Joe Sandilands finds himself in a deadly ring of cloak-and-dagger politics and high-society hedonism surrounding a powerful and elite society of aristocrats and intelligentsia. By the author of Enter Pale Death.
Cline, Emma The Girls Mesmerized by a band of girls in the park she perceives as enjoying a life of free and careless abandon, 1960s teen Evie Boyd becomes obsessed with gaining acceptance into their circle, only to find herself drawn into a cult and seduced by its charismatic leader.
Coonts, Stephen Liberty’s Last Stand
Dailey, Janet Christmas on My Mind
Daniel, Ray Child Not Found
Deon, Natashia Grace The dual stories of a mother, a runaway plantation slave, and the child she never knew are woven through the historic events of the mid-19th century, including the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Doiron, Paul Widowmaker
Durham, David Anthony The Risen
Evanovich, Janet The Pursuit
Farrow, John Seven Days Dead
Fenton, Liz The Year We Turned Forty Three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned 40–the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small–in turn get the opportunity to change their future.
Furst, Alan A Hero of France A tale set in World War II occupied Paris follows the experiences of French Resistance network members from diverse walks of life who engage in clandestine actions to regain the country’s freedom.
Goddard, Robert The Corners of the Globe
Gordon, Alex Jericho
Gortner, C. W. Marlene A historical tale inspired by the life of Marlene Dietrich traces her rise from the seedy worlds of Weimar Berlin’s cabarets and drag balls to the lush film studios of golden-era Hollywood, where she becomes entangled in a series of stormy love affairs.
Greene, Thomas Christopher If I Forget You
Gutcheon, Beth Death at Breakfast
Gyasi, Yaa Homegoing Two half-sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.
Hall, Rachel Howzell Trail of Echoes
Hand, Elizabeth Hard Light Reunited with long-lost paramour Quinn in London, Cass learns that Quinn is wanted by both Interpol and the Russian mob and fears she will be next when he goes missing, a situation that forces her to go on the run.
Harvey, Michael Brighton Nearly three decades after his best friend takes the fall for a heinous act of violence they both committed so that Kevin Pearce’s future could remain bright, Kevin becomes a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist before reporting on a string of murders in which his long-ago friend has been declared a prime suspect.
Housewright, David Stealing the Countess
Humphrey, Claire Spells of Blood and Kin When her beloved grandmother dies suddenly, 22-year-old Lissa Nevsky takes over the magical duties of their small-folk community and must honor a debt to a dangerous man who infected a partying college student after losing magical control over a brutal nature.
Jewell, Lisa The Girls in the Garden When a young girl discovers her thirteen-year-old sister lying unconscious from an attack during a festive neighborhood party, the once-picturesque garden-square community is thrown into turmoil by the awareness that someone among them may be responsible.
Kane, Andrea The Murder That Never Was
Kay, Guy Gavriel Children of Earth and Sky A khalif from the Ottoman Empire sends an enormous army to attack the fortress that separates the Western World from the Turkish lands.
Kenner, J. Dirtiest Secret
Kleypas, Lisa Marrying Winterborne
Lawrenson, Deborah 300 Days of Sun Traveling to scenic Faro, Portugal, to escape an unfulfilling relationship and a stalled career, journalist Joanna Millard agrees to help a handsome new acquaintance investigate a long-unsolved kidnapping with ties to a World War II novel.
Leary, Ann The Children A wealthy but unconventional New England family of four stepsiblings struggles to come to terms with their legacy and the myths they have built their lives upon during a lavish family wedding that exposes long-standing resentments and unfortunate truths.
Lynch, Jim Before the Wind Growing up on the Puget Sound, the Johannssen family has sailing in their blood, but the oldest brother, Josh, is left puzzling over what caused his siblings to flee, one to Africa, the other to points unknown as a fugitive and pirate.
Marshall, Alex A Blade of Black Steel
Maxwell, Edith Murder Most Fowl
McFadden, Bernice L. The Book of Harlan A successful pair of Harlem jazz musicians are invited to Montmartre France to perform right before the Nazi occupation of Paris and end up in Buchenwald.
Meltzer, Brad The House of Secrets
Mosley, Walter Charcoal Joe Easy Rawlins’ plans to marry his girlfriend and start a new detective agency are interrupted by the case of a promising Stanford student who has been charged with the race-related murder of a white man.
North, Claire The Sudden Appearance of Hope A young woman recounts a strange decline in people noticing her existence, including her parents who forget to take her to school or set a place at the table.
Novik, Naomi League of Dragons
O’Connor, Stephen Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings A historical tale inspired by the decades-long relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings details their first encounters in late-eighteenth-century Paris and the inconsistent values that shaped their affair.
Owens, Lisa Not Working
Palmer, Daniel Forgive Me
Palmer, Matthew The Wolf of Sarajevo
Percer, Elizabeth All Stories Are Love Stories
Perez-Reverte, Arturo What We Become Describes the powerful and ongoing secret love affair between Mecha, a gorgeous high-society woman, and Max, a masterful and elegant thief who has both Spanish spies and the KGB on his trail during their nearly 40 year relationship.
Pratchett, Terry The Long Cosmos
Proulx, Annie Barkskins Working as woodcutters under a feudal lord in seventeenth-century New France, two impoverished young Frenchmen follow separate journeys, one of extraordinary hardship, the other of wealth and craftiness, that shape their families throughout three centuries.
Richards, Emilie When We Were Sisters
Robb, Candace M. The Service of the Dead
Rowe, Rosemary The Ides of June A compelling new mystery for Libertus, set against the backdrop of the Roman Empire in turmoil . . .
Rowley, Steven Lily and the Octopus A man is reminded of how it feels to love fiercely, to fight for a loved one and to work through the pain of letting go as he becomes gradually aware of his devoted bond with his aging canine companion.
Schine, Cathleen They May Not Mean To, but They Do
Seay, Martin The Mirror Thief In three interconnected stories–part thrill, part supernatural mystery, part historical adventure–that are in the same vein of Cloud Atlas, one of the old world’s most wondrous inventions, the mirror, becomes the object of glittering yet fearful fascination and subject to industrial espionage throughout time.
Sefton, Maggie Knit to Be Tied
Simses, Mary The Rules of Love and Grammar Returning to her Connecticut hometown after leaving a grueling city job, Grace Hammond endeavors to correct past mistakes and reconcile herself to her sister’s death while reconnecting with a high school sweetheart.
Smith, Alexis M. Marrow Island After a mysterious group with a charismatic leader takes over her childhood home in the wake of a natural disaster that killed her father, Lucie Bowen returns to Marrow Island in an attempt to uncover the group’s secrets and rescue one of her friends from its hold.
Stillman, Whit Love & Friendship A cult film-maker re-imagines Jane Austen’s unfinished early novella Lady Susan.
Sund, Erik Axl The Crow Girl Confronting bureaucracy and apathy while investigating the brutal murder of a young immigrant boy, Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg uncovers the work of a twisted serial killer and enlists the help of psychologist Sofia Zetterlund in unraveling an evil dynamic worn deep into Swedish society.
Sundin, Sarah Anchor in the Storm
Swinson, David The Second Girl Thrust into the spotlight after rescuing a kidnapped teenage girl from a drug den, Frank Marr, a decorated former police detective turned P.I. and long-functioning drug addict, is reluctantly drawn into the search for another girl, possibly connected to the first, a search that could bring his own secrets to light.
Tagg, Melissa Like Never Before
Taylor, Jodi Just One Damned Thing After Another The first book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea.
Thomas, Rosie Iris and Ruby An octogenarian bonds with her teenage granddaughter, who has run away from a difficult relationship with her mother in England to seek refuge in Cairo.
Thor, Brad Foreign Agent
Timmer, Julie Lawson Untethered
Tyler, Anne Vinegar Girl A modern retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew" follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man’s deportation.
Unger, Lisa Ink and Bone When Finley Montgomery’s psychic ability lands her in the middle of an investigation involving a little girl’s disappearance, she seeks help from her grandmother to control her gift.
Vyleta, Dan Smoke In an alternate nineteenth-century England where the lower classes emit smoke from their bodies that is believed to reflect wicked natures, three students at an elite boarding school for future leaders make discoveries that could cost them their lives.
Wechsler, Pamela Mission Hill
Wells, Dan Over Your Dead Body
White, Karen Flight Patterns
Williams, Kate The Edge of the Fall
Wohlsdorf, Gina Security As hotel manager Tessa and her employees ready the posh and indulgent Manderley Resort for its invitation-only grand opening, a killer is in their midst, despite the best security money can buy.
Woods, Janet Foxing the Geese