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.



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June 2016

Note: Due to the new fiscal year beginning July 1, the July fiction list may be delayed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Author Title Librarians’ Picks
Abramson, Neil Just Life
Adams, Alice Invincible Summer Four close friends who graduate college together in 1998 and venture off to pursue their fortunes in the new Millennium find themselves drawn back together 20 years later amidst broken dreams, lost jobs and shattered relationships.
Adler, Elizabeth The Charmers
Ahrnstedt, Simona All In Swedish corporate raider David Hammar hopes that winning over Natalia de la Grip–a member of an aristocratic owning family–will be the final step in a hostile takeover of the Investum company, but he is thrown for a loop when sparks fly between the two of them. An international best-seller.
Alam, Rumaan Rich and Pretty
Anam, Tahmima The Bones of Grace
Ausubel, Ramona Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty Preparing for a family birthday celebration over a 1976 Labor Day weekend spent at Martha’s Vineyard, Fern and Edgar discover that Fern’s inheritance has suddenly run dry, prompting the couple to engage in reckless affairs while their children are left for days at a time without guardians.
Barton, Emily The Book of Esther Witnessing the plight of Jewish refugees fleeing Europe through the isolated Khazar kaganate during an alternate-history World War II, Esther, the daughter of the chief policy adviser, realizes that she must fight for her country and searches for a fabled village of Kabbalists.
Beauregard, Mark The Whale A literary tale set in mid-19th-century New England reimagines the emotionally volatile, intimate relationship between a debt-ridden Herman Melville and a passionate Nathaniel Hawthorne to explore how their connection shaped the writing of Moby-Dick.
Beck, Jamie Secretly Hers
Berry, Flynn Under the Harrow After arriving in London to discover that her sister has been brutally murdered, Nora unravels the mystery, uncovering a side of her sibling that was mired in secrets and danger and putting her own life at risk.
Botton, Alain De The Course of Love
Brown, John Gregory A Thousand Miles from Nowhere
Carlson, Melody All Summer Long
Cluchey, Dan The Life of the World to Come After losing the woman of his dreams, lawyer Leo Brice becomes a junior death row advocate and gets obsessed with the question of the afterlife after immersing himself in the esoteric world of a born-again condemned man in Georgia.
Coes, Ben First Strike
Cogman, Genevieve The Invisible Library An undercover librarian who works for an occult organization that collects books from different realities must determine what happened to a particularly dangerous book that has been stolen and becomes mired in a mystery infused with peril and conflicting clues.
Craven, Michael The Detective & the Chinese High-fin Michael Craven, author of The Detective & The Pipe Girl, delivers another mystery–for fans of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen–featuring private detective John Darvelle, who must crack a cold case that pulls him into the high-stakes world of exotic fish collectors.
Deboard, Paula Treick The Drowning Girls
Dugoni, Robert In the Clearing
Dunne, Rachel In the Shadow of the Gods A breathtaking talent makes her debut with this first book in a dark epic fantasy trilogy, in which a mismatched band of mortals led by a violent, secretive man must stand against a pair of resentful gods to save their world.
Engel, Patricia The Veins of the Ocean Blaming herself for the horrifying crime that sent her brother to death row, Reina Castillo moves to a sleepy town in the Florida Keys, where a friendship with an exiled Cuban helps her understand her connection to the life-giving and destructive forces of the ocean.
Fay, Juliette The Tumbling Turner Sisters
Foenkinos, David Charlotte
Gardam, Jane Bilgewater
Gentill, Sulari A Few Right Thinking Men Historical crime fiction which brings together art, money, crime, politics and treason in an extraordinary tale set in Australia’s Great Depression of the 1930s.
Geye, Peter Wintering
Giffin, Emily First Comes Love
Grimes, Linda All Fixed Up
Haseldine, Jane The Last Time She Saw Him A reporter searching for her kidnapped son must untangle the connection to her brother’s long-ago disappearance.
Hayes, Antonia Relativity
Henderson, Dee Traces of Guilt
Hendrix, Grady My Best Friend’s Exorcism
Hickman, Tracy The Sword of Midras
Himes, Leigh The One That Got Away
Honda, Tetsuya The Silent Dead When a body wrapped in a blue plastic tarp and tied up with twine is discovered near the bushes near a quiet suburban Tokyo neighborhood, Lt. Reiko Himekawa and her squad take the case.
Hood, Joshua Warning Order
Howard, Kat Roses and Rot Two sisters obsessed with tragic fairy tales and getting their hearts’ desires discover that not everything is quite as it seems when they are both accepted into an elite, post-graduate arts program that eventually threatens to pit them against each other.
Huntley, Swan We Could Be Beautiful Feeling empty in spite of the wealth that affords her a luxurious Manhattan apartment, designer accessories, and fine art, Catherine West pursues a relationship with the son of a family friend who her Alzheimer’s patient mother only remembers negatively.
Jennings, Holly Arena A fast-paced and gripping near-future science fiction debut about the gritty world of competitive gaming.
Jones, Darynda The Curse of Tenth Grave
Kelly, Brynn Deception Island
Kenyon, Sherrilyn Born of Legend
Kope, Spencer Collecting the Dead
Koreto, R. J. Death on the Sapphire An extraordinary woman living in extraordinary times, Lady Frances Ffolkes is an Edwardian-era suffragette who has an uncanny ability to attract danger and romance.
Kuhns, Eleanor The Devil’s Cold Dish Will Rees, a local farmer in 1796 Maine, must defend both his good name and his family when his wife is accused of witchcraft and he is suspected of foul play after having a public dispute with a man who turns up dead. By the Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning author of A Simple Murder and A Death in Salem.
Lancaster, Jen By the Numbers Undaunted by the end of her marriage, Penny Sinclair organizes a wedding for her daughter in the backyard of her old Victorian house before putting it up for sale and finds herself surrounded by her adult kids and ex, who all need her support.
Larsen, Ward Assassin’s Silence
Laurens, Stephanie The Daredevil Snared
Levine, Laura Murder Has Nine Lives
Lindsey, Johanna Make Me Love You
Lustbader, Eric Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne Enigma
MacDonald, Patricia J. Don’t Believe a Word A daughter sets out to discover the truth about her mother’s death in this novel of pyschological suspense.
Malladi, Amulya A House for Happy Mothers
McCafferty, Keith Buffalo Jump Blues
McKillip, Patricia A. Dreams of Distant Shores A fantastical volume features a World Fantasy Award-winning author’s previously uncollected stories that introduces such characters as a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and two friends who are obsessed with a haunted estate.
McKillip, Patricia A. Kingfisher
McLaughlin, Emma So Close From the #1 best-selling authors of The Nanny Diaries and others comes a scandalous tale of a different kind of employer/employee relationship.
Mina, Denise The Long Drop Centered around the “trial of the century” in Glasgow in 1950, the innocence and guilt of those involved is explored, starting with Peter Manuel who has been found guilty of a string of murders, starting with the Watt family, and is waiting to die by hanging.
Miranda, Megan All the Missing Girls In a story told in reverse over the course of fifteen days, Nicolette Farrell, returning to her rural hometown ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, attempts to unravel the truth about the disappearance of another young woman.
Mitzner, Adam The Girl from Home
Monroe, Mary Alice A Lowcountry Wedding
Muller, Marcia Someone Always Knows
North, Freya The Turning Point Forging an intense bond after a chance meeting, Canadian musician Scott and British writer Frankie pursue a relationship that is challenged by the distance between their homes, their respective family obligations and a tragic event.
Older, Malka Ann Infomocracy
O’malley, Daniel Stiletto
O’Malley, Thomas We Were Kings Cal O’Brien and his police detective cousin, Owen Lackey, suspect the Irish Republican Army of running guns and ammo in 1950s Boston after a body is found shot to death, tarred and feathered in this follow up to Serpents in the Cold.
Palmer, Ada Too Like the Lightning In the 25th century, to pay for his crimes, Mycroft Canner is required to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets; Carlyle Foster is a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed religion; and a young boy named Bridger with the ability to make his wishes come true may hold the key to destabilizing the chaotic form of utopia they all live in.
Palmer, Diana Defender
Parker, Harry Anatomy of a Soldier Two childhood best friends are separated by invading British forces before one is trained to fight against the side of the other in an evocative tale that depicts the sensory and symbolic experiences of being at war from the perspectives of dozens of narrators.
Patterson, James The Games
Peters, Ralph The Damned of Petersburg
Porter, Max Grief Is the Thing With Feathers A recently widowed father of two has difficulty dealing with his grief and the overwhelming sadness of his children, until they are visited by Crow, an actual crow, who serves as an antagonist, protector, therapist and babysitter and helps them heal.
Proehl, Bob A Hundred Thousand Worlds Six years after abandoning her sci-fi television series and co-star husband in the wake of a devastating tragedy, Valerie Torrey embarks on a road trip back home to introduce their son to his estranged father, making life-changing stops at comic-con conventions along the way.
Reid, Iain I’m Thinking of Ending Things A man and his girlfriend, on their way to a secluded farm, take an unexpected detour that leaves the woman stranded in a deserted high school, wondering if there is any escape from the twisted manifestations that are haunting her.
Roby, Kimberla Lawson A Sinful Calling
Runcie, James Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation Embarking on a 1969 summer against a backdrop of the moon landing and the race-driven cricket matches in apartheid South Africa, Sidney Chambers flexes his sleuthing skills to help multiple clients, including a youth in a hippie commune, a student who is divested of a family heirloom and his former curate, who has been tied to an arson attack.
Schepp, Emelie Marked for Life When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects, including his wife. But no one expects to find the mysterious child-sized handprint in the childless home. International bestselling author Emelie Schepp introduces us to the enigmatic, unforgettable Jana Berzelius in this first novel of a chilling trilogy.
Schutt, Bill Hell’s Gate When a Japanese submarine is discovered abandoned deep in the Brazilian wilderness at the height of World War II, an adventurous zoologist uncovers a catastrophic Axis plot to destroy the United States and its allies.
Shriver, Lionel The Mandibles A near-future family saga spanning eighteen tumultuous years that redefine the nature of the United States explores the aftershocks of an economically devastating debt default and its impact on a once-prosperous American family.
Singh, Nalini Allegiance of Honor
Smith, Dinitia The Honeymoon Based on the life of George Eliot, famed author of Middlemarch, this captivating account of Eliot’s passions and tribulations explores the nature of love in its many guises.
Steel, Danielle Magic
Steiner, Susie Missing, Presumed Assigned to the high-profile case of a missing graduate student, brilliant detective and lonelyheart Manon Bradshaw uncovers the abductee’s erratic behavior, a close friend’s secrets, and the role of a sex offender, while struggling to maintain a professional distance.
Swados, Elizabeth Walking the Dog
Taylor, Brad Ghosts of War
Thompson, Jean She Poured Out Her Heart
Tremblay, Paul Disappearance at Devil’s Rock When her 14-year-old son disappears, Elizabeth learns that the boy and his friends had been hanging out near a reputedly cursed landmark, a situation that turns eerie when neighbors spot his ghostly shadow throughout the town.
Trow, M. J. The Circle Intrepid 19th-century private investigators American Matthew Grand and Englishman James Batchelor return in their second mystery in July, 1868.
Tucker, Todd Polaris
Watson, Larry As Good As Gone Calvin Sidey, an old-school cowboy who lives off the grid in a trailer on the prairie, agrees to help his adult son and stay with his grandchildren for a week during which he solves problems the Old West way, which has a powerful effect on those around him.
Weir, Alison Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
Wheeler, Richard S. Easy Pickings
Williams, Beatriz A Certain Age
Wright, Alexis The Swan Book Having grown up in a polluted dry Australian swamp where her adoptive mother fills her head with fantastical stories, Oblivia Ethelyne is whisked away by Warren Finch, Australia’s first Aboriginal president, who makes her his First Lady and confines her to a tower in a lawless southern city.