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 2015

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Afsharirad, David (EDT) The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera
Alexander, Tamera To Win Her Favor
Anderson, Kevin J. Blood of the Cosmos
Asim, Jabari Only the Strong The lives of a reformed hit man, a crusading doctor, a genteel mobster, and a headstrong college student cross in a sweltering Midwestern city in 1970.
Barrett, Lorna A Fatal Chapter
Barrows, Annie The Truth According to Us Refusing to marry according to her senator father’s wishes before taking a job with the Federal Writer’s Project, Miss Layla Beck boards with an eccentric family in a backwater West Virginia town before discovering long-kept secrets. By the #1 best-selling co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Bass, Jefferson The Breaking Point
Ben-david, Mishka Duet in Beirut When Ronen, an expelled Mossad agent, vanishes after a failed assassination attempt against a Hezbollah operative responsible for suicide bombings in Israel, Gadi, his former commander, must find Ronen before he harms both himself and his country.
Billingham, Mark Time of Death
Bostwick, Marie The Second Sister A stand-alone tale by the author of the Cobbled Court Quilts series follows the hometown return of campaign advisor Lucy after the death of her estranged and mentally disabled sister, whose will compels Lucy to bond with her sister’s friends.
Bowen, Brenda Enchanted August
Brooks, Terry The Darkling Child From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes a thrilling stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series–the perfect place for new readers to begin.
Cabot, Meg Royal Wedding From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding – but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.
Campbell, Karen Rise An exhilarating, luminous novel about freedom and forgiveness, and finding your place in the world, by an award-winning Scottish writer, with her first US publication.
Canadeo, Anne The Postman Always Purls Twice
Carmack, Cora All Played Out During her senior year at college, Nell De Luca, who is seriously lacking a social life, creates The Ultimate College Bucket List and hooks up with wide receiver Mateo Torres, who is the perfect person to help her lose her inhibitions and complete everything on her list.
Casey, Jane The Kill
Cato, Beth The Clockwork Crown
Charles, Edward Inheritance of Power
Cherryh, C. J. Tracker
Clark, Martin The Jezebel Remedy
Coes, Ben Independence Day Sidelined after a series of missteps, former Delta agent Dewey Andreas goes rogue to surreptitiously augment intelligence efforts to stop a Russian hacker who is routing money to al-Qaida terror cells.
Cohen, Joshua Book of Numbers Hired by a dying tech company tycoon to ghostwrite his memoirs, failed novelist Josh Cohen learns the history of the man’s profoundly influential company before being initiated into the high-stakes truth behind the autobiography project.
Collins, Jackie The Santangelos
Corbett, David The Mercy of the Night
Couch, Dick Into the Fire
Crownover, Jay Asa
Da Costa, Portia Suite Seventeen
Dailey, Janet Texas Tough
Dams, Jeanne M. The Gentle Art of Murder Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired police detective Alan Nesbitt, attend the Sherebury University art department’s cocktail party, but the evening turns sour when, while the partygoers are on a tour of the sculpture department, the lift breaks down—revealing a corpse at the bottom of the elevator shaft.
Dave, Laura Eight Hundred Grapes When her wedding is cancelled after her fiance reveals a shocking secret, Georgia Ford returns to her family’s Sonoma vineyard where she, expecting the comfort of her long-married parents, her brothers and everything familiar, discovers that her fiance wasn’t the only one keeping secrets.
Dinerstein, Rebecca The Sunlit Night In the barren landscape of the Far North, under the ever-present midnight sun, Frances, who lives in an isolated artist colony, and Yasha, who arrives from Brooklyn to fulfill his beloved father’s last wish, form a bond that offers them solace amidst great uncertainty.
Drager, Lindsey The Sorrow Proper This debut novel explores the hypothetical end of the public library system and a young theory in the hard sciences called Many Worlds, a branch of quantum mechanics that strives to prove mathematically that our lives do not follow a singular, linear path.
Dubberley, Emily Blue Mondays
Dugan, Polly The Sweetheart Deal
Ellison, J. T. What Lies Behind
Emery, Anne Ruined Abbey A prequel to the Collins-Burke series is set against a backdrop of the 1989 Troubles in Ireland and finds Father Brennan Burke rushing to the side of his arrested sister at the same time his cousin, Conn, is implicated in a terrorist plot.
Estleman, Loren D. The Long High Noon
Farrow, John The Storm Murders Investigating the discovery of two murdered bodies in an isolated Canadian farm house the day after a massive blizzard, two policemen are baffled by the complete lack of tracks surrounding the house, and soon, Emile Cinq-Mars, the Hercule Poirot of Canada, is on the case.
Finder, Joseph The Fixer When Rick Hoffman loses his job and apartment, his only option is to move back into—and renovate—the home of his miserable youth, now empty and in decay since his father’s stroke. But when he starts to pull it apart, he makes an electrifying discovery that will put his life in peril—and change everything he thought he knew about his father.
Fine, Sarah Claimed
Flower, Amanda The Final Reveille
Foley, Bridget Hugo and Rose Experiencing fantastical dreams about a heroic man every night of her life, Rose stumbles across her dream lover in real life, triggering unexpected questions, lies and obsessions that threaten everything she knows.
Galassi, Jonathan Muse
Gallaher, Bill High Rider From a South Carolina slave to one of the most successful ranchers in Canadian history, John Ware was known for his incredible strength of character and sheer force of will.
Gaylord, Joshua When We Were Animals
Gazan, S. J. The Arc of the Swallow Maverick policeman Soren Marhauge helps a skeptical doctoral candidate investigate after the latter’s mentor at the biology department is found dead and the official police report indicates suicide. By the author of The Dinosaur Feather.
Gear, Kathleen O’Neal People of the Songtrail Follows the members of a Viking settlement in America, five hundred years prior to the arrival of Columbus, who left narrow-minded religious beliefs and political and civil unrest to face the unknown in a new world, long before the Pilgrims.
Goddard, Robert The Ways of the World
Gregorio, Michael Cry Wolf Sebastiano Cangio loves his dream job as a ranger in the stunning Sybillines national park in mystical Umbria, until the discovery of a body that bears all the hallmarks of a Mafia killing.
Grippando, James Cash Landing
Haldane, Sean The Devil’s Making In 1869 Victoria, British Columbia, policeman Chad Hobbes, recently arrived from England, must solve the murder of an American alienist, whose methods included phrenology, Mesmerism and sexual-mystical magnetation, and discovers that everyone who knew him seems to have something to hide.
Hall, Sarah The Wolf Border
Hamilton, Laurell K. Dead Ice
Harris, Joanne M. The Gospel of Loki Trickster god Loki describes the rise and fall of the gods of the Norse, detailing how he left Chaos to serve Odin until the fall of Asgard. By the best-selling author of Chocolat.
Harvey, Michael The Governor’s Wife Receiving a lucrative anonymous offer to track down an escaped criminal, private investigator Michael Kelly unwinds the past of the fugitive’s wife, who harbors deeply complicated and dangerous reasons for standing by her husband.
Hatcher, Robin Lee Whenever You Come Around
Hawkins, Scott The Library at Mount Char After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by "Father," a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her "siblings" begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.
Hazelgrove, William Jackpine
Hemon, Aleksandar The Making of Zombie Wars
Hewitt, Jason The Dynamite Room Fleeing her life as a child evacuee in 1940 Wales, 11-year-old Lydia returns to her abandoned English village and resolves to wait for her family’s return at the side of a wounded soldier who harbors a dangerous secret.
Hilderbrand, Elin The Rumor
Iggulden, Conn Wars of the Roses : Margaret of Anjou A sequel to Stormbird chronicles Margaret of Anjou’s efforts to represent the progressively ill king while the Duke of York extends his influence in ways that upset the balance of power throughout England.
Jackson, Lisa Renegade Son
Jeffrey, Elizabeth Meadowlands
Jewell, Lisa The Third Wife Successful architect and grief-stricken widower Adrian Wolfe begins to investigate his third wife’s death, trying to determine whether it was suicide or just a tragic accident.
Kelk, Lindsey About a Girl
Knoll, Jessica Luckiest Girl Alive
Kowal, Mary Robinette Of Noble Family
Leonard, Elmore Charlie Martz and Other Stories An anthology of 15 stories by the award-winning author of When the Women Come Out to Dance includes 11 previously unpublished tales and selections from the early years of his career.
Leotta, Allison A Good Killing After her sister, Judy, is accused of murdering her old high school coach, sex-crimes prosecutor Anna Curtis returns home to Michigan where no one is telling the truth, not even the people she thought she knew best, and resolves to do everything she can to save the only family she has left.
Lewis, Ted GBH British crime icon Ted Lewis’s lost masterwork, an unnerving tale of paranoia and madness in the heart of the 1970s London criminal underworld, published in the US for the first time.
Lindsey, Johanna Wildfire in His Arms
MacBride, Stuart The Missing and the Dead
Mann, Don Hunt the Fox
Marcus, Mary Lavina
McCafferty, Keith Crazy Mountain Kiss When the body of a promising young rodeo star is found in the chimney of a cabin, private detective Sean Stranahan is hired by the girl’s mother to find the truth and teams up with Sheriff Ettinger to investigate the mysterious legends of the Crazy Mountains to catch a killer.
McCammon, Robert The Border
McCoy, Sarah The Mapmaker’s Children The daughter of abolitionist John Brown uses her artistic talents to create and hide secret maps for the Underground Railroad, one of which is discovered years later by a modern woman who is inspired to redefine her beliefs about courage and family.
McFarlane, Mhairi It’s Not Me, It’s You
Merullo, Roland Dinner With Buddha
Monroe, Mary Bad Blood When the man of her dreams, Seth Garrett, dumps her because of her far-from-perfect relatives, beautiful and successful Rachel McNeal, done with forgiving and forgetting, sets out to take his world apart piece by piece.
Morris, Mary The Jazz Palace The son of a grieving Jewish family in jazz age Chicago impresses patrons of a mob-controlled saloon with his piano talents, which become subject to a changing music era, his need to survive, and exacting mob demands.
Nichols, Peter The Rocks A tale set around a popular Mediterranean seaside resort follows the story of two honeymooners who abruptly split in 1948 and live separately for decades until children from their rivaling families fall in love.
Palahniuk, Chuck Make Something Up
Palmer, Daniel Constant Fear
Parry, Leslie Church of Marvels
Pekkanen, Sarah Things You Won’t Say When husband Mike, a policeman, is charged with police brutality after a shooting, Jamie Anderson finds her world forever changed as she desperately tries to hold her family together no matter what it takes, while Mike’s ex sees this tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with him.
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen Balm At the end of the Civil War, Madge, who has the power to heal; Sadie, who can commune with the dead; and Hemp, who is searching for his family, arrive in Chicago where they are all caught up in a desperate battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.
Perry, Michael The Jesus Cow When Harley Jackson finds a calf in his barn bearing the image of Jesus Christ, he hopes to keep it to himself to avoid a scene, but word gets out anyway, and Harley has to decide how to deal with the media circus, and save his farm from developers.
Persson, Leif G. W. He Who Kills the Dragon Thinking something is off about a seemingly open and shut case of a dead alcoholic, irascible, obdurate Swedish detective Evert Bäckström has his hunch validated when the boy who found the body disappears.
Quick, Matthew Love May Fail Escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, Portia Kane returns to the South Jersey home of her youth and resolves to save herself by assisting a beloved English teacher who has retired after a traumatic incident.
Reich, Christopher Invasion of Privacy
Riggs, Cynthia Poison Ivy
Riley, Lucinda The Seven Sisters Gathering at their Lake Geneva estate when their adoptive father passes away, six sisters receive tantalizing clues about their true heritage, prompting Maia to journey to Rio de Janeiro to learn the story of her parents’ forbidden love.
Scott, Kylie Deep
Serafim, Leta The Devil Takes Half In this auspicious series opener, the chief of police investigates a grisly discovery at a remote archaeological site on the Greek island of Chios. Serafim’s debut novel introduces Chief of Police Yiannis Patronas, who, in his more than 20 years as an officer, has never investigated a murder.
Singh, Nalini Shards of Hope
Smith, Neil Boo A misfit victim of a school shooter lands in an afterlife exclusively for 13-year-olds, where he finds unexpected happiness and friendship with a boy who appears to be another victim of the same shooter.
Stuhler, Rachel Absolutely True Lies
Sykes, Lucy The Knockoff Discovering that her young former assistant is plotting to steal her job and transform their fashion magazine into an app, editor-in-chief Imogen Tate is challenged to find her inner geek to save her career and the magazine.
Tagg, Melissa From the Start
Thompson, Janice Every Bride Needs a Groom
Vaughan, Sarah The Art of Baking Blind
Vida, Vendela The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty
Vincent, Norah Adeline A reimagining of the events leading up to Virginia Woolf’s 1941 self-drowning considers her relationship with fellow writers, her battles with mental illness and her conflicted feelings about her inner identity.
Walbert, Kate The Sunken Cathedral A pair of widows, an art historian, their painting class instructor and an increasingly insecure neighbor navigate rapid changes and extreme weather in their Manhattan community.
Walker, Sarai Dietland Biding her time alone until she can have weight-loss surgery, Plum joins an underground community of empowered women and agrees to a series of challenges, including work with a group that stages anti-misogyny terrorist acts.
Watson, S. J. Second Life
Whitson, Stephanie Grace Daughter of the Regiment
Wilson, Robert Charles The Affinities
Wolf, Dick The Ultimatum When sensitive NYPD intelligence, including his home address, is released to WikiLeaks, Detective Jeremy Fisk is attacked by mysterious assailants linked to a serial sniper who is using cutting edge drone technology to murder innocent civilians.
Woodward, Gerard Vanishing From London’s Soho underworld and the 1930s art scene to the battlegrounds of North Africa, a literary thriller following the exploits of an enigmatic camouflage officer—and brilliant painter—before and after World War II, by Booker Prize-nominated novelist Gerard Woodward.