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.

December 2014

Author Title Picks
Abel, James White Plague
Abercrombie, Joe Half the World
Adler-olsen, Jussi The Alphabet House
Alcott, Kate A Touch of Stardust From The New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker, comes a novel that takes you behind-the-scenes of the filming of Gone with the Wind, while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress, Carole Lombard.
Allen, Sarah Addison First Frost A tale set 10 years after the events in Garden Spells finds Claire’s happy contentment shattered by her father’s revelations, which challenge everything she ever believed about herself.
Archer, Jeffrey Mightier Than the Sword
Barbieri, Maggie The Lies That Bind
Barker, Clive Tortured Souls
Barnett, Lashonda Jam on the Vine
Barrett, Colin Young Skins
Barry, Quan She Weeps Each Time You’re Born The tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before reunification – and with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead.
Baxter, Charles There’s Something I Want You to Do In a collection of interrelated stories, the author explores virtues and vices, which are cast with unforgettable characters who appear and reappear throughout, where their actions are equally divided between hateful and heroic.
Bear, Elizabeth Karen Memory
Beaton, M. C. Death of a Liar
Berenson, Alex Twelve Days
Bilal, Parker The Burning Gates Makana, a Sudanese investigator in Cairo, comes closer to resolution of questions about his own past in this fourth installment of the acclaimed Makana Mysteries.
Blackwood, Scott See How Small
Burke, Shannon Into the Savage Country From the author of Black Flies (a 2008 New York Times Notable Book): an adventure set in the American West of the 1820s that gives us a tale of complex friendships, a love story, and a panoramic retelling of a crucial moment in American history.
Caldwell, Ian The Fifth Gospel A lost gospel, a contentious relic, and a dying pope’s final wish converge to send two brothers—both Vatican priests—on an intellectual quest to untangle Christianity’s greatest historical mystery. By the co-author of The Rule of Four.
Camilleri, Andrea The Brewer of Preston The New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Montalbano series brings us back to Vigàta in the nineteenth century for a rip-roaring comic novel.
Carter, M. J. The Strangler Vine In 1837 India, disenchanted soldier William Avery and secret political agent Jeremiah Blake start by trying to find a missing writer and end up enmeshed in the dangerous Thuggee cult. Long-listed for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize and short-listed for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.
Chapman, Vannetta Murder Tightly Knit
Chazin, Suzanne Land of Careful Shadows Latino homicide detective Jimmy Vega must investigate the ethnically charged murder of a Hispanic woman found fifty miles north of New York City, as well as locate the baby pictured in a photograph found on the dead woman.
Clare, Alys Blood of the South
Crummey, Michael Sweetland Refusing to leave when the few remaining citizens of his Canadian island shore community are offered resettlement packages, enigmatic Moses Sweetland recalls the town’s rugged history and colorful characters.
Davis, Brooke Lost & Found An award-winning debut novel from Australia follows a shared encounter between an abandoned 7-year-old, a widowed shut-in and a nursing home escapee who embark on a road trip across Western Australia to find the child’s mother.
De los Santos, Marisa The Precious One
De Mariaffi, Elisabeth The Devil You Know
Doherty, Paul The Book of Fires
DuLong, Terri Farewell to Cedar Key
Eccles, Marjorie The Firebird’s Feather
Ekback, Cecilia Wolf Winter Moving with her husband and children to early 18th-century Swedish Lapland to escape the traumas of their life in Finland, Maija investigates a suspicious local death that reveals their new community’s dark history of betrayals.
Ellison, Jan A Small Indiscretion A first novel by an O. Henry Prize-winning writer finds successful designer and family woman Annie Black journeying to London to piece together the events of a fateful night of indiscretions from her past.
Faulkner, Colleen As Close As Sisters
Ferris, Monica Darned If You Do
Fluke, Joanne Double Fudge Brownie Murder
Freud, Esther Mr. MAC and Me A rich WWI historical novel, drawing inspiration from the life of the Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Gaiman, Neil Trigger Warning The latest collection of short fiction by the #1 best-selling author of Fragile Things includes previously published stories, verses and a 50th anniversary Doctor Who tale, as well as an original short story.
Gardner, Lisa Crash & Burn
Graham, L. T. The Blue Journal
Grahame-Smith, Seth The Last American Vampire A follow-up to the best-selling Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter follows the offbeat historical experiences of Reconstruction-era vampire Henry Sturges.
Graves, Sarah Winter at the Door
Hagberg, David Blood Pact
Hagberg, David Retribution
Handler, Daniel We Are Pirates
Hannah, Kristin The Nightingale
Hannah, Sophie The Carrier
Harrison, Mette Ivie The Bishop’s Wife Inspired by a true crime. A Mormon mother of five investigates the missing wife of a fellow parishioner as she becomes increasingly unsettled by the patriarchal structure and secrecy of their church.
Hauser, Thomas The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens Writing what he believes will be his final story in 1870 England, an ailing Charles Dickens dramatically recounts how as an enamored young journalist he discovered the corrupt and murderous activities of a powerful businessman.
Hayes, Samantha What You Left Behind
Hearst, Dorothy Spirit of the Wolves
Hitchman, Beatrice Petite Mort
Hoag, Tami Cold Cold Heart
Hogan, Phil A Pleasure and a Calling
Hornby, Nick Funny Girl Intrepid young Sophie Straw navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of eccentric characters in 1960s London.
Horowitz, Anthony Moriarty Pinkerton agent Frederick Chase arrives in London to help Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones track down the sinister figure determined to be Moriarty’s successor.
Howard, Ravi Driving the King Explores race and class in 1950s America, witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary.
Hunt, Angela Elwell Esther A New York Times best-selling author endows The Bible’s Esther with new life and passion in a dramatic and emotional fictional portrayal.
Hunt, James Patrick The Reckoning
Jennings, Regina A Most Inconvenient Marriage
Joyce, Rachel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy When Queenie Hennessy is told she has days to live she sends a letter on pink paper in which she bids goodbye to Harold Fry. It is a letter that inspires an unlikely walk, a cast of well-wishers and the examination of many lives unlived. But there is a second letter, a longer, quieter more complicated letter which she will never send. It is this letter, the one we did not know about in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which reveals the shocking and beautiful truth of Queenie’s life.
Kava, Alex Breaking Creed
Kellerman, Jonathan Motive
Kells, Claire Girl Underwater
Keneally, Thomas Shame and the Captives Based on true events, this beautifully rendered novel from the author of Schindler’s List and The Daughters of Mars brilliantly explores a World War II prison camp, where Japanese prisoners resolve to take drastic action to wipe away their shame.
King, Laurie R. Dreaming Spies Discovering a peculiar stone from the Imperial gardens of Kyoto, Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes recall a dangerous job they performed for the emperor before reconnecting with a Japanese tutor who is not who she seems.
Klassen, Julie The Secret of Pembrooke Park
Lethem, Jonathan Lucky Alan Nine short tales by the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist vacillate between reality and surrealism and include the stories “Pending Vegan,” “The King of Sentences” and “The Porn Critic.”
Lippman, Laura Hush Hush
Lish, Atticus Preparation for the Next Life
Lord, Karen The Galaxy Game
Macallister, Greer The Magician’s Lie
Manaster, Tracy You Could Be Home by Now
Marche, Stephen The Hunger of the Wolf
May, Peter The Chessmen Ex-Detective Inspector Fin McLeod discovers a light aircraft at the bottom of a spontaneously drained loch while investigating illegal activity on the estate of a poacher and former childhood friend.
McCarthy, Tom Satin Island
Miller, Emma Plain Killing
Miller, Robert Tate Forever Christmas
Mosley, Walter Inside a Silver Box Two people struggle to protect humanity from an imposing alien race that aims to regain control over the powerful Silver Box. By the award-winning author of the Easy Rawlins mysteries.
Muller, Marcia The Body Snatchers Affair Conducting a dual investigation in the opium dens of Chinatown, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon search for missing millionaires against a backdrop of a brewing tong war.
Newman, Sandra The Country of Ice Cream Star In the aftermath of a devastating plague, a fearless young heroine embarks on a dangerous and surprising journey to save her world in this dystopian thriller.
Oates, Joyce Carol The Sacrifice
Otto, Shawn Lawrence Sins of Our Fathers After embezzling funds to support his gambling addiction, an unscrupulous white banker in Minnesota is blackmailed by his boss into sabotaging the creation of a competing, Native American-owned bank. As the banker befriends the people he’s trying to frame, he struggles to escape from his past and do the right thing.
Patterson, James NYPD Red 3
Pearlman, Edith Honeydew A collection of short stories from the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Binocular Vision, who describes tales full of teenage drug use, anorexia, cruise-ship stowaways and a widowed nail tech who finds herself falling for a client.
Perry, Thomas A String of Beads
Pratchett, Terry The Globe
Pyne, Daniel Fifty Mice A suspenseful, paranoiac tale about an innocent citizen whisked into the witness protection program because he knows something that he doesn’t know he knows.
Reilly, Matthew The Great Zoo of China
Rice, Christopher The Vines
Robb, J. D. Obsession in Death
Robertson, Kay A Robertson Family Christmas
Rollins, James Blood Infernal
Scotton, Chris The Secret Wisdom of the Earth Witnessing his younger brother’s accidental death, teenaged Kevin spends the summer traumatized in his grandfather’s Appalachia coal-mining community, which is fighting plans for a massive mountaintop-removal operation.
Shannon, Samantha The Mime Order A sequel to The Bone Season finds fugitive Paige Mahoney fleeing Scion while Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare for a rare assembly of the clairvoyant community that is clouded by dark secrets, the emergence of the Rephaim and an elusive Warden.
Sigurdardottir, Yrsa Someone to Watch over Me Hired to prove the innocence of a man with Down’s Syndrome who has been convicted of burning down his assisted-living facility and killing five people, Thóra Gudmundsdóttir discovers unsettling ties between the case and the suspicious hit-and-run death of a young woman.
Smith, Ali How to Be Both Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, a lively story about the versatility of art is presented as a genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and tales from the perspectives of a renaissance artist, the offspring of a 1960s parent and others.
Solomon, Asali Disgruntled
Steel, Danielle Prodigal Son
Sumell, Matt Making Nice
Takano, Kazuaki Genocide of One The internationally bestselling, award-winning Japanese thriller about a child who may be the future of the human race–or the cause of its extinction. First English-language translation.
Temple, Peter An Iron Rose
Thomas, Sam The Witch Hunter’s Tale
Toews, Miriam All My Puny Sorrows After her sister Elf’s latest suicide attempt, Mennonite-raised Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart and what it means to love someone who wants to die.
Truc, Olivier Forty Days Without Shadow
Tursten, Helene The Beige Man
Tyler, Anne A Spool of Blue Thread From the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning author–now in the fiftieth year of her remarkable career–a brilliantly observed, joyful and wrenching, funny and true new novel that reveals, as only she can, the very nature of a family’s life.
Ulitskaya, Ludmila The Big Green Tent An absorbing novel of dissident life in the Soviet Union, by one of Russia’s most popular writers.
Unger, Lisa Crazy Love You
Vaillant, John The Jaguar’s Children
Van Den Berg, Laura Find Me
Vargas Llosa, Mario The Discreet Hero
Walsh, Brighton Caged in Winter
Walsh, M. O. My Sunshine Away Set in Baton Rouge, this debut novel juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love.
Walton, Jo The Just City
Weber, Carl The Family Business 3 Agreeing to surrender the family business to his younger brother after a long stint in prison, Vegas Duncan battles his disapproving mother and a mysterious rival who attacks Vegas’ older brother.
Weir, Alison The Marriage Game
Yan, Mo Frog Chronicling the history of modern China through a controversial lens, a novel from a winner of the Noble Prize in Literature tells the story of Gugu, a revered midwife, who, to prove her allegiance to the Communist party, strictly enforces the one-child policy, performing abortions on women as many as eight months pregnant. By the author of Red Sorghum.