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.

November 2015

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Abbott, Jeff The First Order
Aboulela, Leila The Kindness of Enemies While researching the life of a 19th century Muslim leader who led a resistance against Russia during the Caucasian War, a history professor discovers that one of her students is descended from the historical figure and also possesses his sword.
Anderson, Gillian A Dream of Ice
Andrews, V. C. Sage’s Eyes
Bannister, Jo Desperate Measures
Barry, Kevin Beatlebone Escaping New York City to search for an island off the west coast of Ireland that he bought nine years earlier, John Lennon of Beatles fame leaves behind domestic life and his floundering creativity to seek isolation, only to fall into the fantastical hands of a shape-shifting Irish guide.
Bate, Dana Too Many Cooks Accepting a job abroad after reading advice from her late mother about taking risks, cookbook ghostwriter Kelly becomes the assistant to a glamorous but self-centered movie star and has unexpected adventures marked by her attraction to her employer’s neglected husband.
Baugh, Carolyn Quicksand
Bear, Greg Killing Titan
Bear, Greg (EDT) Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 This annual volume features the nominees for the Nebula Awards, voted on by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and includes work from Ann Leckie, Nalo Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Aliette de Bodard and Vylar Kaftan.
Beck, Glenn The Immortal Nicholas
Benedict, Laura Charlotte’s Story A young housewife in 1950s southern Virginia will go to any lengths to uncover what truly was responsible for the sudden and tragic deaths of four of her family members.
Benjamin, Melanie The Swans of Fifth Avenue Steeped in the glamour and smoky atmosphere of New York’s high society, a novel from the best-selling author of The Aviator’s Wife follows Babe Paley, known for her high-profile marriage to CBS founder William Paley, her ranking in the International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame and her scandalous, headline-making friendship with Truman Capote.
Berne, Suzanne The Dogs of Littlefield A sociologist studying what makes "a good quality of life," arrives in a seemingly perfect Massachusetts town as someone begins poisoning the local dogs.
Bivald, Katarina The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor — not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together and change everything.
Black, Benjamin Even the Dead “In this seventh in a series from Black, the alter ego of Man Booker Prize winner John Banville, Dublin-based pathologist Quirke investigates when a car slams into a tree one especially hot summer night. Suicide? An accident? He thinks it’s neither. Meanwhile, a pregnant acquaintance of his daughter disappears after telling him that she fears for her life, and Quirke finds himself up against a powerful nemesis.” — Library Journal Reviews
Bohjalian, Christopher A. The Guest Room
Boroson, M. H. The Girl With Ghost Eyes It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes, the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of her husband bring great shame to Li-lin and her father.
Brown, Taylor Fallen Land A couple races through the destroyed South, relying on the kindness of strangers and foraging from abandoned farms, as they flee a slave hunter, tracking dogs and ex-partisan rangers during the final year of the Civil War.
Buckley, Christopher The Relic Master
Butterworth, William E., III The Hunting Trip
Cameron, Stella Out Comes the Evil
Canadeo, Anne A Murder in Mohair
Carr, Viola The Devious Dr. Jekyll
Carroll, Lewis The Annotated Alice Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland comes this richly illustrated and expanded collector’s edition of Martin Gardner’s The Annotated Alice, first appearing in 1960.
Cleeves, Ann Harbour Street Discovering the murdered body of a woman on the metro during the height of Christmas festivities, Vera Stanhope and Joe Ashworth launch an investigation near the victim’s home, only to confront dark local secrets and a second killing.
Cleland, Jane K. Ornaments of Death
Cornwell, Bernard Warriors of the Storm
Cox, Susan The Man on the Washing Machine An award-winning first novel follows the efforts of a former party girl to clear her name of multiple murder charges by finding the real killer, who may or may not be her best friend, her protégé, her grandfather or a stranger she found standing on her washing machine.
Coyle, Cleo Dead to the Last Drop
Day, Elizabeth Paradise City Four different people seek out the meaning of life and its various components, including a successful businessman whose daughter has gone missing, a lesbian who fled Uganda where homosexuality is illegal, and a nosy widow who spies on her neighbors.
Dhooge, Bavo Styx The award-winning Flemish crime writer presents a genre-expanding tale about a police officer who returns from the dead as a zombie in an alternate-world Ostend to track down the elusive serial killer who shot him.
Douglas, Penelope Misconduct
Eastland, Sam Red Icon The German Army begins to shatter before the advancing Soviet forces in 1944. Two Russian soldiers burrow into the crypt of a German church, where, clutched in the hands of a priest’s skeleton, they discover a priceless icon last seen in the grasp of Rasputin, the mad monk who mesmerized the Romanovs. When news of the discovery reaches Moscow, Stalin calls upon his most trusted investigator, Inspector Pekkala, to unravel the secret of the icon’s past.
Ellis, Helen American Housewife
Foster, Alan Dean The Force Awakens An official novelization of the highly anticipated latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, continues the epic story several decades after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Fowler, Christopher Bryant & May and the Burning Man Convinced that a series of violent incidents are related in the weeks leading up to Guy Fawkes Day, Detective Arthur Bryant, confined to bed after surgery, solves 10 cold cases with disturbing links to current events. By the award-winning author of The Victoria Vanishes.
Friedman, C. S. Dreamseeker
Fury, Dalton One Killer Force
Giordano, Paolo Like Family The delicate fabric of a young family unravels when a beloved maid who has become the glue in their household falls ill and reveals poignant incidents from her past, including a tragically short marriage.
Golden, Christopher Dead Ringers
Graves, Sarah The Girls She Left Behind
Hadley, Tessa The Past Assembling at their country house one final time before it is sold, four siblings and their children share past memories, hidden passions and devastating secrets that threaten to overwhelm them.
Hall, Parnell Presumed Puzzled
Harris, Lisa Vendetta
Harris, Robert Dictator
Harrison, Mette Ivie His Right Hand
Hartwell, Sadie Yarned and Dangerous
Hauck, Rachel The Wedding Chapel When photographer Taylor Branson elopes with top ad man Jack Forester and then returns to her home town in Tennessee, her doubts about her relationship are put into perspective by a retired football coach who has been holding onto a dream since 1949.
Hay, Mavis Doriel The Santa Klaus Murder “This extremely clever country-house murder mystery is the perfect holiday gift for the avid cosy crime fan. It has an aristocratic setting, a dead earl, and a major suspect… There are loads of clues, red herrings, and twists in a truly classic Christmas mystery with all the golden age patina.” –Globe and Mail
Hill, Lawrence The Illegal
Hoag, Tami The Bitter Season
Howard, Jonathan L. Carter & Lovecraft Private investigator Daniel Carter inherits a bookstore that employs bookseller Emily Lovecraft, the last known descendant of H. P. Lovecraft, and soon people start dying in impossible ways, leading Carter to discover that Lovecraft’s tales of strange creatures and entities were more than just fiction.
Hunt, Samantha Mr. Splitfoot
Hurwitz, Gregg Orphan X
Jaffarian, Sue Ann A Body to Spare
Johnston, Linda O. Knock on Wood
Jones, Darynda The Dirt on Ninth Grave
Kenyon, Sherrilyn Seize the Night
Kirk, David Sword of Honor Great samurai Musashi Miyamoto travels to Kyoto for a reckoning after a price is put on his head and falls in love with a blind witch.
Lambert, Charles The Children’s Home The disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins, Morgan Fletcher opens up his home to two strange children whose disturbing behavior escalates as they, and even more children, discover the truth of his past in the attic of his mansion.
Laurens, Stephanie The Lady’s Command
Lebedev, Sergey Oblivion An epic literary attempt to examine a very troubled Russia.
Lee, Ashton A Cherry Cola Christmas
Lee, Janice Y. K. The Expatriates A traumatized college graduate, a lonely housewife and a burned-out mother of three endure the challenges of their respective demons and families in the face of unexpected consequences within their American expat community in Hong Kong. By the best-selling author of The Piano Teacher.
Lindsay, Jeffry Red Tide
Lovett, Charlie The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge A sequel to "A Christmas Carol" set twenty years after Scrooge’s famous reformation finds him teaming up with a returning cast of ghosts to help the restless spirit of Jacob Marley make amends to victimized associates in order to find peace.
Malliet, G. M. The Haunted Season Former MI5 agent turned cleric Max Tudor must contend with his new role as a father as well as a murder all too close to home in Nether Monkslip.
May, Peter Entry Island An emotionally charged mystery set in the Gulf of St. Lawrence explores how violent happenstance can reveal profound connections between people—across the ocean and even across the centuries.
McDermid, Val Splinter the Silence Investigating the suspicious suicides of several women who had been victims of brutal cyberbullying, psychologist Tony Hill enlists the help of former police detective Carol Jordan, who finds a second chance to rebuild her life. By the award-winning author of The Mermaids Singing. This series was the inspiration for the British television crime drama, “Wire in the Blood,” which aired from 2002-2008.
Mckenzie, Elizabeth The Portable Veblen An aimless amateur translator struggling under the thumb of an oppressive parent and an ambitious medical researcher from a hippie family endure tests to their bond and question their priorities as their wedding approaches.
Me, Tara Sue The Exhibitionist
Messinger, Holly The Curse of Jacob Tracy Developing an overwhelming ability to see ghosts after nearly dying on the battlefield at Antietam, Civil War veteran Jacob Tracy accepts a job helping a wealthy Englishwoman retrieve a dead friend’s legacy in exchange for helping him control his powers.
Minier, Bernard The Circle
Modiano, Patrick Paris Nocturne An accident, a vanishing, a memory gap, a strange dream: a classic noir work of fiction by Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano.
Moggach, Deborah In the Dark
Moning, Karen Marie Feverborn
Morgan, Ann Beside Myself
Nesser, Hakan Hour of the Wolf When a killer linked to a hit-and-run and a possible second murder proves increasingly unstable, a personally affected Van Veeteren comes out of retirement to face the greatest trial of his career.
O’Dell, Tawni Angels Burning
Orgain, Diana Yappy Hour
Oust, Gail Cinnamon Toasted
Paige, Laurelin First Touch
Patterson, James Private Paris
Penzler, Otto (EDT) The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories A massive collection of Sherlockian tales, presented by an Edgar Award-winning editor, features more than 80 stories about Holmes and Dr. John Watson written by such acclaimed authors as Laurie R. King, Anne Perry, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, P. G. Wodehouse, Anthony Burgess and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.
Perry, Thomas Forty Thieves
Peterson, Linda Lee The Spy on the Tennessee Walker Investigating a family scandal dating back to the Civil War, San Francisco magazine editor and amateur sleuth Maggie Fiori travels to Mississippi to uncover the true loyalties of an ancestor who was imprisoned for bigamy and espionage.
Pullen, M. J. The Marriage Pact
Ragen, Naomi The Devil in Jerusalem Investigating a case at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital involving two horrifically injured brothers and their young American mother, who refuses to answer questions, detective Bina Tzedek follows leads through Jerusalem’s Old City to expose a dangerous cult.
Rankin, Ian Even Dogs in the Wild Investigating the robbery-related death of a senior lawyer who had recently received a mysterious warning, Siobhan Clarke and John Rebus follow leads to a ruthless crime family. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Saints of the Shadow Bible.
Ray, Shann American Copper
Robards, Karen Darkness
Roby, Kimberla Lawson Best Friends Forever Tensions in Celine and Keith’s marriage are complicated by Celine’s diagnosis with breast cancer, a situation that strengthens her bond with best friend Lauren and forces her to make difficult decisions about her future. By the best-selling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series.
Rosenberg, Joel C. The First Hostage
Rosenfelt, David Blackout
Sakey, Marcus Written in Fire
Sanders, Ben American Blood A former NYPD officer living in the witness protection program becomes involved in a search for a missing, local New Mexico woman despite the fact that the Mafia wants him dead and has hired a hitman to find him.
Seung-u, Lee Private Life of Plants
Shimmin, Graeme A Kill in the Morning The year is 1955 and something is very wrong with the world. It is fourteen years since Churchill died and the Second World War ended. In occupied Europe, Britain fights a cold war against a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany.
Shin, Kyung-sook The Girl Who Wrote Loneliness Taking a sweatshop job in Seoul to support her family, a teenaged girl endures a life of extreme exploitation that contributes to Korea’s economic rise in the 1970s.
Sinisalo, Johanna The Core of the Sun
Smith, Donald The Constable’s Tale A former volunteer constable travels the Atlantic seacoast, searching for the murderer of a colonial farm family in North Carolina while refusing to believe it was the result of an Indian attack.
Stone, Nick The Verdict Leaping at a chance to make his career by taking a high-profile murder case, Terry Flynt is forced to make a terrible choice and confront secrets from the past when he discovers that his millionaire client is a former friend who brutally betrayed him years earlier.
Strout, Elizabeth My Name Is Lucy Barton After an appendix operation puts her in the hospital, New York writer Lucy Barton reconnects with her estranged mother as the pair reminisce about the past.
Swinson, Kiki The Score
Taylor, Brad The Forgotten Soldier
Toyne, Simon The Searcher After surviving a plane crash, a man with amnesia arrives in Redemption, Arizona, believing he’s there to save a man who already died.
Tursten, Helene The Treacherous Net
Webb, Betty The Puffin of Death
Weber, Carl No More Mr. Nice Guy
Weber, Tracy Karma’s a Killer
Weis, Margaret Doom of the Dragon
Williams, Andria The Longest Night Reluctantly moving to a remote Idaho outpost when her Army Specialist husband is reassigned, 1950s military wife Nat is horrified when her husband discovers that the local nuclear reactor is crumbling and that his superiors are more interested in concealing the imminent disaster.
Woo, Sung J. Love Love
Woods, Stuart Scandalous Behavior
Wright, Ronald The Gold Eaters Based on actual historical events, a novel of exploration and invasion in 16th-century Peru follows young Waman, the epitome of an everyman, as he, captured by the conquistadors looking to plunder gold, becomes an indispensible translator between cultures and must learn political gamesmanship in order to survive.
Yapa, Sunil Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist Follows seven different people, including a marijuana dealer and his estranged police chief father, who have their lives altered one afternoon in Seattle during the WTO protests that tried to shut the city down in 1999.