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.

September 2014

Author Title Picks
Abraham, Daniel The Widow’s House
Aguirre, Ann I Want It That Way
Anderson, Gillian A Vision of Fire Juggling her career and parenting responsibilities, child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara begins treating an ambassador’s daughter, who starts having violent visions and speaking in tongues right before children throughout the world demonstrate similar mystical symptoms.
Andrews, V. C. Secrets of Foxworth
Baldacci, David The Escape
Balzo, Sandra Hit and Run
Barthelme, Frederick There Must Be Some Mistake
Bennett, Robert Jackson City of Stairs Sent to a backwater colony that was once a god-supported conquering power, spymaster Shara Divani investigates the brutal murder of a historian and uncovers evidence that the city’s divine protectors may still be alive.
Beukes, Lauren Broken Monsters Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.
Bezmozgis, David The Betrayers
Black, Lisa Close to the Bone Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean stumbles across a murder rather too close for comfort when she returns to the Medical Examiner’s office following a late night call to find one deskman missing and the other beaten to death.
Bray, Carys A Song for Issy Bradley The five members of the Mormon Bradley family live and express their doubt and faith in the face of tragedy.
Brockway, Connie The Songbird’s Seduction
Brown, Rita Mae Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Cao, Lan The Lotus and the Storm In her triumphant new novel, Cao transports readers back to the Vietnam War, illuminating events central to twentieth-century history through the lives of one Vietnamese American family.
Carl, Joanna The Chocolate Clown Corpse
Carroll, Jonathan Bathing the Lion Five people who live in the same New England town discover that they were all at one time "mechanics," a kind of cosmic repairman assigned to keep order in the universe and clean up the messes made both by humans and the utterly fearsome Chaos.
Chan, Darcie The Mill River Recluse
Childs, Laura Gossamer Ghost
Christie, Alix Gutenberg’s Apprentice When his foster father, a wealthy merchant and bookseller, finances Johann Gutenberg and his printing press, Peter Schoeffer is ordered to become Gutenberg’s apprentice and begins his education in the “darkest art” as they print copies of the Holy Bible, drawing the wrath of the Church.
Clark, Mary Higgins The Cinderella Murder
Clark, Stephan Eirik Sweetness #9 Years after covering up unsettling side effects discovered while testing a popular artificial sweetener, David Leveraux’s family is exhibiting the same side effects, and he wonders if the cause is the sweetener or just the American condition.
Connelly, Michael The Burning Room
Connolly, John The Wolf in Winter
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels Flesh and Blood
Crais, Robert The Promise
Cussler, Clive Havana Storm
Dams, Jeanne M. Day of Vengeance
De la Cruz, Melissa Vampires of Manhattan
Donohue, Keith The Boy Who Drew Monsters Developing agoraphobia after nearly drowning, a ten-year-old boy draws increasingly disturbing pictures of monsters while his parents search for answers about strange noises coming from the nearby ocean at night.
Douglas, Penelope Rival
Evanovich, Janet The Job
Fesperman, Dan Unmanned
Fletcher, Jessica Death of a Blue Blood
Ford, Richard Let Me Be Frank With You Four richly detailed narratives set in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy trace the reinvention of much-discussed character Frank Bascome, who attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world in chaos. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Canada.
Francis, Felix Dick Francis’s Damage
Frost, Jeaniene The Beautiful Ashes
Gannon, Joe Night of the Jaguar
Giltrow, Helen The Distance
Gloss, Molly Falling from Horses In 1938, 19-year-old cowboy Bud Frazer escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider in the movies.
Goldberg, Tod Gangsterland
Goodkind, Terry Severed Souls
Hair, David Scarlet Tides
Harbison, Beth Driving With the Top Down In an attempt to rediscover joy in her life, Colleen Bradley takes an antiquing road trip down the East Coast with her old friend Bitty and teenager Tamara, where the three women learn about true friendship.
Hart, Brian The Bully of Order Set in a logging town on the lawless Pacific coast of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, this spellbinding novel tells the story of the Ellstrom family and the violent social and historical forces that tear them apart.
Hart, Carolyn Ghost Wanted
Hart, Ellen The Old Deep and Dark
Haynes, Dana Gun Metal Heart Moving from London to Edinburgh after tragically losing her fiancé, former actress Alex Morris accepts a drama-therapy teaching job for troubled teens and bonds with them over the Greek tragedies in ways that help her heal but inspire the teens in disturbing ways.
Haynes, Natalie The Furies
Hendrix, Grady Horrorstor
Hepner, Braden Pale Harvest In a sublime landscape, Jack Selvedge struggles against betrayal to save his farm, Mormon faith, and the girl he loves.
Hickman, Tracy Unwept
Higashino, Keigo Malice When a best-selling Japanese novelist is found murdered the night before he was scheduled to move to another country, police detective Kyochiro Kaga uncovers a deadly game involving the victim’s best friend and rival.
Hilderbrand, Elin Winter Street
Hoover, Colleen Ugly Love
Hunt, Laird Neverhome
Jackson, Lisa Close to Home
James, Peter Want You Dead
Jones, Darynda Seventh Grave and No Body
Kallentoft, Mons Autumn Killing
Kauffman, Donna Sandpiper Island
Kearsley, Susanna Season of Storms
Keller, Julia Summer of the Dead Hunting an elusive killer who is terrorizing the citizens of Acker’s Gap during a West Virginia summer, county prosecutor Bell Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong find the case complicated by a coal miner’s secretive daughter and the prison release of Bell’s sister.
Kelly, Erin Broadchurch A novelization of the hit television show follows detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy’s killer among numerous suspects and a brewing media storm.
King, Stephen Revival Years after a charismatic minister is banished in the wake of a faith-shattering tragedy, a heroin-addicted rock-and-roll guitarist from the same hometown reconnects with the man and forges a terrible pact.
Knight, Anouska Since You’ve Been Gone
Lackey, Mercedes The House of the Four Winds
Leckie, Ann Ancillary Sword
Liss, David Day of Atonement Returning to mid-eighteenth-century Lisbon to avenge the death of his father, Sebastian Foxx, the protege of bounty hunter Benjamin Weaver, stealthily collects funds and identifies friends and allies among Inquisition spies.
Lynn, J. Be With Me
Maberry, Jonathan Fall of Night
Macomber, Debbie Mr. Miracle
Mankell, Henning An Event in Autumn A first English-language translation of a latest Kurt Wallander short novel finds the Inspector discovering a shallow grave in the garden of his new house and investigating the truth about the residence and its previous owner.
Marwood, Alex The Killer Next Door The secretive tenants of a dodgy old building are forced into an uneasy alliance by a terrible accident that reveals one of them to be a killer. By the Edgar Award-nominated author of The Wicked Girls.
McCall Smith, Alexander The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café
McNear, Mary Butternut Summer
Meyer, Deon Cobra
Miller, Karen The Falcon Throne
Minato, Kanae Confessions
Moran, Caitlin How to Build a Girl After she shames herself on local television, Johanna Morgan reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde–a fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero–until two years later, while eviscerating bands as a music critic, she realizes she’s built Dolly with a fatal flaw.
Moss, Todd The Golden Hour Stymied by infighting and turf battles after being appointed director of the new State Department Crisis Reaction unit, Judd Ryker attempts to prove himself during a coup in Mali that becomes a violent maelstrom of dominating personalities and shifting loyalties.
Moyes, Jojo The Ship of Brides
Munaweera, Nayomi Island of a Thousand Mirrors
Traces the experiences of two women on opposing sides of the Sri Lankan civil war who connect in unexpected ways when a Tamil aspiring teacher is arrested by soldiers and placed in the path of a young woman from a loving Sinhala family.
Oates, Joyce Carol (EDT) Prison Noir “A remarkable anthology of stories written by inmates of correctional institutions across America…Most importantly, this landmark volume amplifies the voices of the incarcerated.” — Publishers Weekly
Palahniuk, Chuck Beautiful You
Parker, T. Jefferson Full Measure
Patterson, James Private India
Preston, Douglas Blue Labyrinth Investigating the murder of a long-time enemy, Aloysius Pendergast journeys to an abandoned California mine only to uncover a dark secret from his family’s past and a plot by a vengeful killer.
Rendell, Ruth The Girl Next Door Discovering an earthen tunnel in their 1944 London suburb, six children share a summer of subterranean exploration and reunite six decades later when a box with skeletal remains is found in the same location. By the Edgar Award-winning author of the Inspector Wexford series.
Rice, Anne Prince Lestat
Robards, Karen Her Last Whisper
Scott, Joanna De Potter’s Grand Tour Drawing on real letters, legal documents, and diaries, the author delivers a historical novel about a widow in 1905 trying to piece together the secretive life of her husband, a black-market antiques dealer who mysteriously disappeared off the coast of Greece.
Scott, Kylie Lick
Scott, Kylie Play
Shafer, David Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Sheldon, Sidney Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow
Siger, Jeffrey Sons of Sparta
Smith, Haywood Queen Bee Goes Home Again
Smith, Wilbur A. Desert God Taita the fusspot slave, spiritual wiseman and advisor to the Pharaoh, is caught in a maelstrom of passion and danger in his efforts to destroy the Hyksos army by forming a dubious alliance with Crete.
Steel, Danielle Pegasus
Steinke, Rene Friendswood
Szarlan, Chrysler The Hawley Book of the Dead When an intruder sabotages a stunt weapon used in her family’s Las Vegas magic act, igniting a devastating tragedy, Reve fears for the safety of her children and flees to a Massachusetts forest where she learns about her family’s mysterious past.
Taylor, Patrick An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War
Toibin, Colm Nora Webster Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow Nora Webster struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.
Vandermeer, Jeff Acceptance
Wallace, Sean (EDT) The Mammoth Book of Steampunk Adventures Looking to the future through the lens of the past, here is a second fantastic collection of over 30 typically anarchic mash-ups that push the boundaries of steampunk from the same editor of the bestselling Mammoth Book of Steampunk.
Weber, David A Call to Duty
Willig, Lauren The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla
Wilson, F. Paul Fear City