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.

July 2014

Author Title Picks
Abercrombie, Joe Half a King
Adler, Elizabeth Last to Know When the western Massachusetts lakeside getaway where Boston Detective Harry Jordan escapes his stressful job is rocked by an explosion targeting an enigmatic newcomer’s house, Harry discovers that a victim did not die in the explosion and that the son of a famous local author may have seen the killer.
Akhtiorskaya, Yelena Panic in a Suitcase Follows a family of Russian immigrants who move to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, and discover that the lines between the old world and the new are very blurred and the things they thought they had left behind are readily available in America.
Andersen, Laura The Boleyn Reckoning
Andrews, Donna The Good, the Bad, and the Emus
Andrews, Ilona Magic Breaks
Armstrong, Kelley Visions
Atkins, Ace The Forsaken County sheriff Quinn Colson is determined to find those responsible for lynching an innocent black man in Jericho, Mississippi 30 years prior, in the fourth book of the series following The Broken Places.
Backman, Fredrik A Man Called Ove A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.
Banks, Maya Taking It All
Barclay, Linwood No Safe House
Barrett, Lorna Book Clubbed
Beauman, Sally The Visitors
Billingsley, Reshonda Tate What’s Done in the Dark After her best friend’s husband dies of a heart attack while sleeping with her, Felise is overcome with guilt and grief and must decide whether to come clean to everyone or let it go and move past the mistake on her own.
Bloom, Amy Lucky Us Forging a life together after being abandoned by their parents, half sisters Eva and Iris share decades in and out of the spotlight in golden-era Hollywood and mid-20th-century Long Island.
Bowen, Michele Andrea Pastor Needs a Boo
Bowen, Rhys Queen of Hearts Lady Georgianna Rannoch investigates a jewel thief while travelling with her mother by steamship to America to get a quickie divorce in Nevada, in the eighth novel of the series following Heirs and Graces.
Box, C. J. Shots Fired The author of the Joe Pickett novels presents ten suspense stories about the Wyoming he knows so well–and the dark deeds and impulses that can be found there–in a collection that includes four stories that feature Pickett himself.
Brooks, Malcolm Painted Horses
Brown, Sandra Mean Streak
Buckell, Tobias S. Hurricane Fever
Burke, James Lee Wayfaring Stranger
Cain, Chelsea One Kick A debut installment in a new series by the author of the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell best-sellers introduces Kick Lannigan, a famous kidnapping survivor who as an adult uses her martial-arts mastery and affiliation with a wealthy patron to find and rescue missing children.
Carcaterra, Lorenzo The Wolf
Carter, Stephen L. Back Channel
Castillo, Linda The Dead Will Tell Investigating a murder, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder follows clues to a long-ago tragedy, a case that is complicated by a second suspicious suicide and the acquittal of the man responsible for killing an agent’s family.
Chadwick, Elizabeth The Summer Queen
Cheney, J. Kathleen The Seat of Magic
Child, Lee Personal
Clarke, Breena Angels Make Their Hope Here After the Underground Railroad brings Dossie Bird to Russell’s Knob, New Jersey, she enjoys a new life in a racially diverse and harmonious highlands settlement with the Smoot family, until an act of violence leads her to the mayhem of New York City.
Crider, Bill Half in Love With Artful Death
Cumming, Charles A Colder War
Cush, Jean Love Endangered When her son Malik is accused of murder, Janae reluctantly agrees to let a white human rights attorney represent him, and as she battles to save her son, his trial sparks a national firestorm of debate over race, prison, and politics.
Cussler, Clive The Eye of Heaven
Dailey, Janet Texas True
Davis, Lindsey Enemies at Home A follow-up to The Ides of April finds the first-century Roman daughter of Marcus Didius Falco investigating a murder and burglary for which the victims’ innocent slaves will be executed unless the real culprit is found.
Deutermann, P. T. Sentinels of Fire
Doherty, Paul Candle Flame
Doiron, Paul The Bone Orchard Questioning his decision to change careers when his mentor is murderously targeted in the wake of a "suicide by cop" incident, former Maine Warden Service member Mike Bowditch joins the hunt for a sniper while investigating his friend’s secret past.
Downie, Ruth Tabula Rasa Tending to the reluctant builders of Hadrian’s Great Wall in the aftermath of a costly rebellion, the medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, investigate the disappearances of Ruso’s clerk and the son of a native family, an effort that is complicated by rising tensions between the Britons and Romans.
Evanovich, Stephanie The Sweet Spot
Eve, Nomi Henna House
Fossum, Karin I Can See in the Dark Guilty of a terrible crime, Riktor isn’t surprised when a police officer bursts into his house to arrest him, except that he didn’t actually commit the particular crime he is being charged with and must defend his innocence without further incriminating himself.
Frank, Judith All I Love and Know When Daniel Rosen’s twin brother and sister-in-law are killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, he and his husband Matthew are confronted with challenges that threaten their relationship as they try to adopt the couple’s two children.
Fremantle, Elizabeth Sisters of Treason
French, Tana The Secret Place Investigating a photograph of a boy whose murder was never solved, aspiring Murder Squad member Stephen Moran partners with detective Antoinette Conway to search for answers in the cliques and rivalries at a Dublin boarding school.
Garwood, Julie Fast Track
Goodwin, Daisy The Fortune Hunter
Gordon, Mary The Liar’s Wife
Gregory, Philippa The King’s Curse
Griffin, W. E. B. Top Secret
Grossman, Lev The Magician’s Land
Harkaway, Nick Tigerman Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help.
Harkness, Deborah The Book of Life Historian and witch Diana Bishop and her vampire scientist husband Matthew Clairmont return from a trip to the past still searching for the elusive alchemy tome "Ashmole 782."
Hellenga, Robert The Confessions of Frances Godwin Retired high school Latin teacher Frances Godwin begins receiving direct messages from God after she intervenes between her daughter Stella and Stella’s abusive husband.
Holt, Jonathan The Abduction
Hurwitz, Gregg Don’t Look Back
Indridason, Arnaldur Strange Shores Decades after a woman disappears from the Icelandic fjords amid a tempest of lies, betrayal, and revenge, Detective Erlendur searches the same region for his long-lost brother, only to uncover disturbing secrets.
Jacob, Mira The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
Jance, J. A. Remains of Innocence
Johansen, Erika The Queen of the Tearling Coming out of exile to ascend her rightful throne, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, with a cadre of soldiers and the magical Tearling sapphire to protect her, makes a daring decision that evokes the wrath of the evil Red Queen.
Johansen, Iris Sight Unseen
Karon, Jan Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good While Father Tim Kavanagh struggles with ambivalence about returning to the pulpit in Mitford, his adopted son, Dooley, falls passionately in love with an aspiring veterinarian against the backdrop of a mayoral reelection campaign and the opening of a new cafe.
Kellerman, Faye Murder 101
Kenyon, Sherrilyn Son of No One
Kingsbury, Karen The Family of Jesus Offers a collection of scripturally based short story views of six of the family members of Jesus Christ, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah, and Elizabeth.
Krinard, Susan Black Ice
Kubica, Mary The Good Girl
Lawson, Mike House Reckoning
Little, Elizabeth Dear Daughter After being released from prison on a technicality, Janie Jenkins tracks down the one lead she has on her mother’s real killer and is startled by what she uncovers about her mother’s past in a small South Dakota town.
Macomber, Debbie Love Letters
Makkai, Rebecca The Hundred-Year House A couple living on a historic estate that once housed an artists’ colony make a discovery that leads them on a journey into the past as the secrets of the house and the people who lived there are revealed.
Manko, Vanessa The Invention of Exile
Mapson, Jo-Ann Owen’s Daughter
Mark, David Sorrow Bound Already awash in violent crime investigations due to a sadistic new drug lord, Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy and Detective Superintendent Trish Pharaoh must also hunt down a serial killer.
Maron, Margaret Designated Daughters
Martin, Nancy A Little Night Murder
McCall Smith, Alexander Sunshine on Scotland Street The residents of Scotland Street find their peace and friendships tested by an upscale wedding that puts traumatized best man Matthew on a troubled path, prompts an uncanny encounter between narcissist Bruce and his twin and causes Big Lou to go viral.
Mcgoran, Jon Deadout
McGrath, M. J. The Bone Seeker
Mcneal, Laura Lane Dollbaby After her father’s unexpected death in 1964, Ibby Bell finds herself living at a New Orleans Garden District estate with her eccentric grandmother and her house staff, including a sassy black cook named Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter Dollbaby.
McNeil, Gil A Good Year for the Roses Recently divorced and struggling to support her three boys, Molly is stunned when she inherits her aunt’s manor house, a house that includes her eccentric old uncle, an ailing bed-and-breakfast, and a beautiful rose garden.
Minier, Bernard The Frozen Dead A U.S. release of an international best-seller is set in a high-security French Pyrenees asylum for the criminally insane and follows the experiences of psychologist Diane Berg, who helps Commandant Martin Servaz investigate a brutal killing and the disappearance of medications. A first novel.
Mink, Meesha Kiss the Ring
Montefiore, Santa Secrets of the Lighthouse
Moriarty, Liane Big Little Lies An annual school Trivia Night ends in a disastrous riot leaving one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but evidence shows it might have been premeditated in the new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Husband’s Secret.
Murakami, Haruki Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage The award-winning author of IQ84 presents a U.S. release of a top-selling work of romantic lyricism set in contemporary Japan.
Netzer, Lydia How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky A deeply religious scientist who searches the stars for proof of the existence of God and a pragmatist mathematician overseeing the construction of a massive superconductor fall in love, only to discover that their mothers orchestrated their romance.
Nevill, Adam The House of Small Shadows
O’Dell, Tawni One of Us Haunted by the death of his younger sister, forensic psychologist Sheridan Doyle returns to his hometown and discovers a body at an infamous gallows site before teaming up with a mentor detective who helps him unravel disturbing family secrets.
Palmer, Diana Invincible
Penny, Louise The Long Way Home Enjoying a peaceful retirement, former Quebec homicide detective Armand Gamache reluctantly agrees to help a neighbor search for her missing estranged husband and teams up with two former colleagues on a search that reveals the workings of a damaged mind.
Peterson, Tracie A Moment in Time
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth Heroes Are My Weakness
Preston, Douglas The Lost Island After being tasked with stealing a page from a priceless, ancient book, brilliant scientist and master thief Gideon Crew discovers a hidden map on the back of the book’s parchment, in the third novel of the series following Gideon’s Corpse.
Quinn, Spencer Paw and Order
Rader-day, Lori The Black Hour Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet’s experience with violence becomes more than academic when a student shoots her and kills himself, and her new teaching assistant hopes to make the incident the topic of his dissertation.
Richardson, Kat Revenant
Rosenfelt, David Hounded
Rotert, Rebecca Last Night at the Blue Angel
Rowell, Rainbow Landline Recognizing that her marriage is in deep trouble in spite of her abiding and mutual love for her husband, television writer Georgie excludes herself from a Christmas family visit before discovering a way to reconnect with the man her husband used to be.
Rucka, Greg Bravo
Silva, Daniel The Heist
Snelling, Lauraine Heaven Sent Rain Dinah Taylor’s orderly, successful life is complicated when seven-year-old Jonah and his scruffy dog enter the scene and bring her into contact with artistically inclined veterinarian, Garret.
Steel, Danielle A Perfect Life
Stevens, Taylor The Catch
Sussman, Ellen A Wedding in Provence Inviting their closest friends and family to spend their Provence wedding weekend with them, Olivia and Brody find the festivities thrown off balance by the arrival of a stranger, a friend’s infidelity, and the disappearance of the groom’s father.
Taylor, Brad Days of Rage
Thor, Brad Act of War
Todd, Charles An Unwilling Accomplice While home on leave, World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford finds her career, honor and life in jeopardy when the wounded soldier she is supposed to accompany to Buckingham Palace, where he is to be decorated by the King, commits murder and then disappears.
Truman, Margaret Margaret Truman’s Undiplomatic Murder
Turtledove, Harry Last Orders
Verdon, John Peter Pan Must Die Helping his former partner to investigate the murder of a politically ambitious real-estate developer, retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney is targeted by a murderous cop and a Greek assassin.
Vollmann, William T. Last Stories and Other Stories This collection of connected ghost stories from the author of Europe Central includes tales about a farmer’s deceased wife who returns, a geisha who becomes a cherry tree and a man who romances the ghost of his high school girlfriend.
White, Karen A Long Time Gone
Wiehl, Lis W. A Deadly Business Single mother and Seattle prosecutor Mia Quinn’s life is turned upside down when homicide detective Charlie Carlson tells her he believes her husband’s death in a car wreck was by no means an accident.
Winters, Ben H. World of Trouble
Woodroof, Martha Small Blessings Resigning himself to a life of regrets with a heavily dependent wife whose neuroses were exacerbated by his infidelity, English professor Tom Putnam hopes for renewal through a new friendship, only to learn that his former mistress bore him a son a decade earlier.
Woods, Sherryl Swan Point
Woods, Stuart Cut and Thrust
Yanique, Tiphanie Land of Love and Drowning Chronicles the families of three siblings who survived a shipwreck off the Virgin Islands in 1916 and raised three generations on the islands, adapting to the unique language, rhythm and magic of island life over 60 years.