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 2015

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Albom, Mitch The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto
Allende, Isabel The Japanese Lover From New York Times and internationally bestselling author Isabel Allende, a love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.
Baldacci, David The Guilty
Balson, Ronald H. Saving Sophie
Banville, John The Blue Guitar A semi-famous artist and petty thief, despairing of limits in his talents, flees when his latest theft is discovered and sequesters himself in his childhood home, where he struggles to understand how he reached his current state.
Bartsch, Jeffrey Two Across
Baxter, Stephen Ultima
Berlin, Lucia A Manual for Cleaning Women Set in the Southwest, an anthology of short stories, featuring the author’s blend of humor and melancholy, finds everyday miracles and uncovers moments of grace in cafeterias, laundromats, upper class homes, and hotel dining rooms.
Black, Saul The Killing Lessons Investigating the latest victims of a pair of serial killers, increasingly unstable San Francisco homicide detective Valerie Hart investigates the murderers’ only survivor, a traumatized ten-year-old girl. Getting great reviews.
Block, Lawrence The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes
Butcher, Jim The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Campbell, Bonnie Jo Mothers, Tell Your Daughters A collection of stories featuring the working-class struggles and self-sabotaging betrayals of mother and daughter protagonists.
Cantor, Jillian The Hours Count A tale based on the story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans put to death for espionage during the Cold War, traces the experiences of their friend and neighbor, who takes in the couple’s young sons when they are arrested by the FBI in 1950.
Chamberlain, Diane Pretending to Dance
Chance, Maia Come Hell or Highball

After her cheating husband dies suddenly, leaving her with nothing, a society woman makes a deal with one of her spouse’s former mistresses to retrieve a mysterious reel of film and winds up in way over her head. Publishers Weekly calls it a "flawless first in a 1920s cozy series."

Chiaverini, Jennifer Christmas Bells
Cho, Zen Sorcerer to the Crown
Clare, Alys A Shadowed Evil
Clark, Clare We That Are Left Coming of age in the shadow of their adored brother, two women of privilege respectively dream of visiting London and pursuing a university education before their lives are transformed by a physics prodigy during World War I. For Downton Abbey fans.
Clark, Mary Higgins All Dressed in White
Clarke, Cassandra Rose Our Lady of the Ice Private investigator Eliana Gomez goes up against a ruthless gangster – just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in Hope City, an Argentine colony in Antarctica.
Cohen, Nancy J. Peril by Ponytail
Connelly, Michael The Crossing
Cook, Robin Host
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels Depraved Heart
Crais, Robert The Promise
Cullen, Lynn Twain’s End A tale inspired by Mark Twain’s controversial public denouncement of his private secretary reimagines the tangled relationships between the iconic writer and his intimate colleagues to illuminate events in Twain’s childhood that challenged his ability to love.
Cussler, Clive The Pharaoh’s Secret
Davidson, MaryJanice Undead and Unforgiven
De Gramont, Nina The Last September
DeCarlo, Melissa The Art of Crash Landing
Dickey, Eric Jerome Naughtier Than Nice A continuation of the story of the McBroom sisters finds Frankie outmaneuvering an increasingly threatening pair of stalkers, while Tommie postpones her wedding in the face of a new infatuation and Livvy pursues an unconventional marriage.
Dicks, Matthew The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs
Donati, Sara The Gilded Hour
Dorsey, C. Michele No Virgin Island
Dunnett, Kaitlyn The Scottie Barked at Midnight
Eco, Umberto Numero Zero From the best-selling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery, a novel about the murky world of media politics, conspiracy, and murder.
Evanovich, Janet Tricky Twenty-two
Fernando, Chantal Tracker’s End
Fink, Joseph Welcome to Night Vale Handed a message by a mysterious man, a young pawn shop owner embarks on a psychologically dangerous mystery that entangles her in the life of the local PTA treasurer, who helplessly watches her son’s growing obsession with his absent father. Based on the #1 international hit podcast.
Fletcher, Jessica The Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher
Francis, Felix Front Runner
Galbraith, Robert Career of Evil
Gass, William H. Eyes
George, Elizabeth A Banquet of Consequences
Gerritsen, Tess Playing With Fire
Guinn, Matthew The Scribe Investigating a series of murders targeting post-Civil War Atlanta’s wealthiest black entrepreneurs, a disgraced former detective partners with the city’s first African-American officer in a case marked by fierce racial, political and personal tensions.
Hallberg, Garth Risk City on Fire A tale set against a backdrop of the infamous 1977 blackout follows the experiences of two New York heirs, their paramours, two punk-loving teens, an obsessive reporter and a detective who would learn what any of them have to do with a Central Park shooting. A first novel.
Hannah, Sophie Woman With a Secret
Harrison, Cora A Shameful Murder
Hart, Ellen The Grave Soul
Hassib, Rajia In the Language of Miracles The affluent Al-Menshawy family find their American dream shattered when a devastating turn of events leaves their eldest son and their neighbor’s daughter dead, and, becoming pariahs in their upscale New Jersey community, they struggle to keep their family together.
Hegland, Jean Still Time
Heley, Veronica Murder by Suspicion
Higgins, Kristan If You Only Knew
Hilderbrand, Elin Winter Stroll
Holleman, Emily Cleopatra’s Shadows Reimagines the beginnings of Cleopatra’s epic saga through the eyes of her younger sister.
Hood, Joshua Clear by Fire
Houellebecq, Michel Submission
Hunter, Denise Falling Like Snowflakes
Irving, John Avenue of Mysteries John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of our most admired and beloved authors in this novel of fate and memory.
Katzenbach, John The Dead Student
Kellerman, Faye The Theory of Death
Kellerman, Jonathan The Golem of Paris
King, Stephen The Bazaar of Bad Dreams A master storyteller at his best–the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
Kinsella, Sophie Shopaholic to the Rescue
Lancaster, Jen The Best of Enemies
Land, Jon Strong Light of Day
Leckie, Ann Ancillary Mercy
Lee, J. M. The Investigation Ordered to investigate the murder of an unpopular fellow guard in a 1944 Korean prison, Watanbe Yuichi is unconvinced by a powerful inmate’s confession and examines clues to piece together the victim’s poetic nature and final months.
Lewis, Beverly The Photograph
Lispector, Clarice The Complete Stories
Macomber, Debbie Dashing Through the Snow
Maguire, Gregory After Alice A tale inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic follows the experiences of Alice’s friend, Ada, who, upon tumbling down the same rabbit hole, embarks on an odyssey to find and reclaim her friend from a surreal world. By the New York Times best-selling author of Wicked.
Mayer, Eric Murder in Megara John, former Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, has been exiled from Constantinople to a rustic estate John has long-owned in Greece, not far from where he grew up. But exile proves no escape from mystery and mayhem.
McCall Smith, Alexander The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine A latest entry in the best-selling series finds the Agency and Mma Ramotswe’s first-ever holiday thrown into unexpected turmoil by a case involving a Botswana war hero whose reputation is being called into question.
McCann, Colum Thirteen Ways of Looking A new story collection by the best-selling author of Let the Great World Spin includes the title novella, in which an octogenarian retired judge’s musings on his life are interrupted by police updates about his murder later that afternoon.
Mccrea, Gavin Mrs. Engels Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s first novel, the unsung Lizzie is finally given a voice that won’t be forgotten.
McDonald, Ian Luna
Meyer, Deon Icarus Captain Benny Griessel takes on a high profile murder case after a young tech wiz and the founder of an internet service for cheating spouses is discovered dead in Cape Town. By the author of Thirteen Hours.
Miller, Linda Lael Christmas in Mustang Creek
Mitchell, David Slade House Follows the narrative of five different people who disappear through a mysterious door in an unassuming alleyway to visit the titular house and also vanish completely from the outside world. By the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.
Mitchell, Shay Bliss
Morton, Kate The Lake House
Murakami, Haruki Wind / Pinball An omnibus release of the award-winning Japanese author’s debut short novels, nearly 30 years out of print, includes a retranslation and a first English-language release of stories exploring the loneliness, obsessions and eroticisms of two young men.
Neggers, Carla A Knights Bridge Christmas
Neville, Stuart Those We Left Behind
Novak, Brenda The Secret Sister
Oe, Kenzaburo Death by Water The recurring and literary alter ego of the Nobel Prize-winning author, Kogito Choko, searches for a red suitcase that may hold documents related to the details of his father’s death during World War II.
Okparanta, Chinelo Under the Udala Trees A young Nigerian girl, displaced during a civil war, begins a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community until the pair are discovered and must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices.
Ostlund, Lori After the Parade
Patterson, James Cross Justice
Piazza, Tom A Free State Escaping slavery to become a street performer in mid-19th-century Philadelphia, Henry Sims hides his identity to join a troupe of white minstrels until a ruthless slave hunter threatens his life.
Pratchett, Terry The World of Poo
Preston, Douglas Crimson Shore The #1 Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-selling team behind Relic presents a thriller in which Special Agent Pendergast takes on a private case in Exmouth, Massachusetts—an ancient village on the coast north of Salem—to investigate the theft of a valuable wine cellar.
Qiu, Xiaolong Shanghai Redemption Given a bogus promotion and targeted by an assassin after a controversial case, former Shanghai detective and Communist Party secretary Chen Cao risks his life to investigate an increasingly corrupt Party leader.
Ryan, Hank Phillippi What You See
Saylor, Steven Wrath of the Furies To rescue an old friend, Gordianus must go behind enemy lines, facing unspeakable danger in the greatest war of the ancient world.
Scottoline, Lisa Corrupted
Sheldon, Sidney Sidney Sheldon’s Reckless
Siger, Jeffrey Devil of Delphi “When Greek police go after the counterfeit-wine industry, they stir up a hornet’s nest of syndicate counteroffensives and unleash a psychopath.” — Kirkus. An Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery.
Swank, Denise Grover Twenty-nine and a Half Reasons
Taylor, Patrick An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea Decades after enduring painful losses throughout his World War II service, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly tends a series of medical challenges in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo while struggling to let go of the ghosts of his past.
Trigiani, Adriana All the Stars in the Heavens A re-imagining of the career of Tinsel Town star Loretta Young traces the decades she shared with her former nun assistant, from her early screen successes through the scandals and obstacles that tested their bond.
Trow, M. J. Secret World After discovering a family friend was found murdered in her bed, Kit Marlowe sets out to discover who is responsible, drawing the attention of Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster Francis Walsingham.
Turtledove, Harry We Install
Valente, Catherynne M. Radiance Rebelling against her father’s Gothic romance films, Severin Unck starts making documentaries and, while, investigating the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, is never seen again, with only her crew left to preserve her story.
Watkins, Claire Vaye Gold, Fame, Citrus In the wake of a devastating Southern California drought, two idealistic holdouts fall in love and scavenge for their needs before taking charge of a mysterious child and embarking on a perilous journey in search of water.
Weber, David A Call to Arms
Weber, David Hell’s Foundations Quiver
Williams, Kate The Storms of War When plans for a lavish family wedding are disrupted by the outbreak of World War I, the de Witt family confronts the loss of their privileged status and safety while youngest daughter Celia lies about her age to join the war effort. By the best-selling author of Becoming Queen Victoria.
Woods, Stuart Foreign Affairs
Young, William Paul Eve When a shipping container with a broken young woman washes up on his island between worlds, John the Collector oversees the woman’s recovery and discovers her genetic importance. By the best-selling author of The Shack.