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.

June 2015

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Abramowitz, Andy Thank You, Goodnight Teddy Tremble, the former lead singer of a one-hit-wonder ’90s band, gets a chance to rekindle his past fame when he gets a reason to reunite the band–but first he has to convince his estranged band members that getting back together is a good idea.
Alvar, Mia In the Country A collection of short stories depicts the Filipino experience, including a man who smuggles pharmaceuticals from New York to Manila for his sick father, and a struggling writer and college student who is jealous of her brother’s exciting life.
Arango, Sascha The Truth and Other Lies Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.
Backman, Fredrik My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry Seven-year-old Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending the girl on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother’s fairy tales. By the internationally best-selling author of A Man Called Ove.
Bakopoulos, Dean Summerlong
Banks, Maya Safe at Last
Bannalec, Jean-Luc Death in Brittany An international bestseller, this captivating whodunit introduces Commissaire Dupin — a clever but cantankerous traditional police inspector in an idyllic French seaside village.
Blackwood, Grant Tom Clancy Under Fire
Bollen, Christopher Orient A series of mysterious deaths in a small Long Island town is investigated by a young loner who would identify the culprit before his own time runs out.
Burkett, Janice Kiss Me on the Inside 2
Bushnell, Candace Killing Monica
Carr, Robyn A New Hope
Chapman, Vannetta Murder Freshly Baked In the Amish artisan village of Middlebury, Indiana, poetic notes warning of poisoned baked goods begin appearing and village manager Amber decides to help the police find the culprit before he can strike.
Clark, Mary Higgins (EDT) Manhattan Mayhem The New York Times best-selling author presents a selection of mystery stories that each offer a tour through parts of New York City, including pieces from Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver and T. Jefferson Parker.
Cleeves, Ann Thin Air When a woman mysteriously disappears, Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are assigned to the case and discover that the victim had an unhealthy and obsessive interest in a cold case involving the drowning of a local child. Sixth in the Shetland series.
Crompton, Richard Hell’s Gate A former Maasai warrior who now works as a detective uncovers a murder plot, as well as extortion and bribery outside a national park. By the author of Hour of the Red God.
Dailey, Janet Long, Tall Christmas
Daniel, Ray Corrupted Memory
Doiron, Paul The Precipice When a pair of lovers are declared the victims of a coyote attack on a remote stretch of the Appalachian Trail, Mike Bowditch clashes with his biologist girlfriend, who believes that the victims were murdered.
Estleman, Loren D. Detroit Is Our Beat During World War II, while most of the Detroit police department is fighting overseas, the “Four Horsemen” — Lieutenant Max Zagreb, Sergeant Starvo Canal, and Detectives McReary and Burke — struggle to keep the city safe from draft-dodging troublemakers, gangsters, racial tension and enemy saboteurs.
Evanovich, Janet Wicked Charms
Evans, Harriet A Place for Us
Fowler, Karen Joy Black Glass
Gage, Eleni N. The Ladies of Managua
George, Nina The Little Paris Bookshop Prescribing books that offer therapeutic benefits to his customers, a literary apothecary in a floating bookstore on the Seine struggles with private heartbreak before embarking on a journey of healing at the side of a blocked writer and a lovelorn chef. If you love books, don’t miss this one!
Gilly, Alex Devil’s Harbor Discovering a dead body in the wake of a phantom boat off the coast of Los Angeles, two border-protection agents are challenged by red tape and false accusations before one is set up for the other’s murder.
Glatt, Lisa The Nakeds
Gornick, Lisa Louisa Meets Bear Follows the passionate affair between Louisa and Bear, who meet at Princeton in 1975, and the impact they make on each other’s lives long after they’ve broken up, in a collection of linked stories from the author of Tinderbox.
Graham, Heather The Silenced
Green, Jane Summer Secrets
Green, Simon R. The Dark Side of the Road
Greenwood, Ed The Iron Assassin A tale set in an alternate steampunk 19th-century England finds energetic young inventor Jack Straker creating a reanimated corpse to defend the Crown, with unexpected consequences.
Grimes, Linda The Big Fix
Guild, Nicholas Blood Ties
Harbour, Katherine Briar Queen
Harper, Tom Zodiac Station
Jackson, Naomi Star Side of Bird Hill
James, Bill Blaze Away
Jarvis, Stephen Death and Mr. Pickwick A novel based on the life of artist Robert Seymour describes the birth of "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club," a series of whimsical sketches by Seymour that were paired with stories by a young Charles Dickens, using the pen name Boz.
Johnston, Linda O. Bite the Biscuit
Kuhns, Eleanor Death in Salem In 1796, traveling weaver Will Rees is visiting Salem, Massachusetts, when a friend’s betrothed is imprisoned for a murder he is sure she did not commit.
Kundera, Milan The Festival of Insignificance
Kwan, Kevin China Rich Girlfriend
Lansens, Lori The Mountain Story
Lévy-bertherat, Déborah The Travels of Daniel Ascher
Lynds, Gayle The Assassins
Macomber, Debbie Marriage of Inconvenience First released as a Silhouette Special Edition in 1992.
Mallery, Susan Kiss Me
McAdams, Molly Trusting Liam
Meltzer, Brad The President’s Shadow
Milchman, Jenny As Night Falls
Monroe, Mary Alice The Summer’s End
Mosby, Steve The Nightmare Place
Murray, Victoria Christopher Stand Your Ground Follows the experiences of a grieving mother who is reluctant to join a public outcry over her son’s murder while the mother of the accused keeps wrenching secrets that she knows will affect her entire family.
North, Anna The Life and Death of Sophie Stark An unapologetic filmmaker uses the stories of those around her to create movies that bring her both critical acclaim and ire from the people whose secrets she has exposed.
Norton, Carla What Doesn’t Kill Her When a psychopath who held her prisoner for four years escapes from a mental facility and begins a murderous rampage, college student Reeve LeClaire realizes that she is the only person who knows the killer well enough to stop him.
Okorafor, Nnedi The Book of Phoenix
Palma, Felix J. The Map of Chaos
Palmer, Diana Untamed
Park, Patricia Re Jane Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, escapes to Seoul where she reconnects with her family while struggling to learn the ways of modern-day Korea, and wonders if the man she loves is really the man for her as she tries to find balance between two cultures and accept who she really is.
Parr, Delia The Midwife’s Tale
Patterson, James Truth or Die
Pratchett, Terry The Long Utopia
Pronzini, Bill Vixen
Reynolds, Alastair Slow Bullets From the author of the Revelation Space series comes an interstellar adventure of war, identity, betrayal, and the preservation of civilization itself.
Roy, Lori Let Me Die in His Footsteps
Sheers, Owen I Saw a Man Relocating to London when his journalist wife disappears during an assignment in Pakistan, a bereaved Michael bonds with new friends until a terrible accident and a shattering secret complicate his healing. By the award-winning author of Resistance.
Silva, Daniel The English Spy
Spielman, Lori Nelson Sweet Forgiveness A local talk show host accidentally reveals some dirty laundry on-air and must earn the forgiveness of her family, friends and fans.
Steel, Danielle Country
Stevens, Taylor The Mask
Swyler, Erika The Book of Speculation Simon Watson, a young librarian on the verge of losing his job, finds a mysterious book that holds the key to a curse that has haunted a family of traveling circus performers for generations.
Talton, Jon High Country Nocturne
Taylor, Brad The Insider Threat
Taylor, Katherine Valley Fever
Teran, Andi Ana of California After getting kicked out of a foster home, a Los Angelean orphan girl decides to take her chances on a farm, in a contemporary take on the classic Anne of Green Gables.
Thoft, Ingrid Brutality
Tremblay, Paul G. A Head Full of Ghosts The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when 14-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of what at first seems to be acute schizophrenia, a condition which only gets worse, leading them to believe it’s actually demonic possession, as they become the center of a reality TV show.
Vincenzi, Penny A Perfect Heritage
Wagamese, Richard Medicine Walk Struggling with mixed feelings while helping his estranged father undertake a difficult mountain backcountry journey to die, Franklin Starlight learns about his father’s difficult struggles with childhood poverty and war-inflicted PTSD.
Wax, Wendy A Week at the Lake
Wells, Dan The Devil’s Only Friend
White, Karen The Sound of Glass
White, Kate The Wrong Man
Williams, Beatriz Tiny Little Thing
Wilson, Anne A. Hover When she is chosen as the exclusive helicopter pilot for a Navy SEAL team by Eric Marxen, Sara Dennings finds herself at odds with the other pilots, and must find her true self again, overcome her fear and follow the orders of her heart when the training missions become all too real.
Winslow, Don The Cartel A sequel to the acclaimed The Power of the Dog finds a drug lord’s prison transfer to Mexico upsetting a precarious balance of peace and forcing a DEA agent to come out of retirement to stop the ensuing violence.
Wright, Kim The Canterbury Sisters
Zink, Nell Mislaid Running off with her 3-year-old daughter Karen, leaving her 9-year-old son behind, Peggy goes underground, and as time passes, Karen, not knowing that she has any other family, attends the University of Virginia where she meets her long-lost sibling.