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.

February 2016

Author Title Librarian’s Picks
Akers, Tim The Pagan Night
Albert, Susan Wittig Blood Orange
Alger, Cristina This Was Not the Plan
Arlen, Tessa Death Sits Down to Dinner Lady Montford and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson once again become entangled in a clandestine murder investigation, this time in the glittering world of London high society.
Baker, Mishell Borderline A cynical, paraplegic screenwriter with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series.
Baldacci, David The Last Mile
Barbery, Muriel The Life of Elves Two girls from France and Italy who possess uncanny respective abilities to communicate with nature and perform music at a preternatural level come into contact with magical and malevolent forces before meeting each other in world-changing ways.
Barker, Pat Noonday An ambulance driver races through Blitz-torn London to save lives while reflecting on how the war has shattered the dreams and bonds of her generation, a situation that leads to confrontations with a profit-mongering spirit medium and an impossible choice. By the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy.
Bass, Rick For a Little While A definitive collection of stories, both new and old, from one of the most gifted practitioners of the short story, is overflowing with magic and wonder as unforgettable characters attempt to triumph against fate.
Baume, Sara Spill Simmer Falter Wither Two damaged creatures–a man who has been shunned by his village, and a one-eyed dog–accidentally find each other and form a lasting relationship that transforms their lives as they travel the Irish countryside.
Berlinski, Mischa Peacekeeping A UN policeman in Haiti gets caught up in a web of corruption.
Berry, Steve The 14th Colony
Bishop, Anne Marked in Flesh
Brennan, Allison Poisonous
Brett, Simon The Killing in the Cafe
Carr, Robyn What We Find
Carter, M. J. The Infidel Stain A sequel to The Strangler Vine finds Jeremiah Blake and William Avery reunited in mid-19th-century London by a series of underworld murders that have disturbing ties to a growing movement in support of voting rights.
Cherryh, C. J. Visitor
Chickering, V. C. Nookietown Agreeing to sleep with her desperate friend’s husband to save their troubled marriage, lonely divorcee Lucy works with her friend to establish similar arrangements among their married and divorced friends before everything goes wrong in profoundly riotous ways.
Cooper, Marla Terror in Taffeta
Cossette, Connilyn Counted With the Stars The young Egyptian slave Kiya leads a miserable life. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, she’s in the middle of it all. Choosing to flee with the Hebrews, Kiya finds herself reliant on a strange God and developing feelings for a man who despises her people. Facing the trials of the desert, will she turn back toward Egypt–or find a new place to belong?
Daheim, Mary Here Comes the Bribe
Dickey, Eric Jerome The Blackbirds
Doyle, Brian Chicago
Dubois, Brendan Night Road
Ellory, R. J. Bad Signs Orphaned by a senseless crime and raised in a closeted state institution, half-brothers Clarence and Elliott are taken hostage by a psychopathic death-row escapee who forces them to confront the truth about their relationship and the role of violence in their lives.
Erdrich, Louise Larose
Faye, Lyndsay Jane Steele Suffering at the hands of cruel family members and brutal school administrators, sensitive orphan Jane Steele murderously retaliates against her abusers and takes a job as a governess working with mysterious servants while falling in love with her employer, in a serial-killer reimagining of Jane Eyre.
Flanders, Judith A Bed of Scorpions
Fletcher, Jessica Design for Murder
Freeman, Brian Goodbye to the Dead When fellow detective Serena witnesses a brutal murder with ties to a case from the last year of his wife’s life, detective Stride investigates human trafficking activity in the Duluth port and struggles with the possibility that he may have sent an innocent woman to prison.
French, Nicci Thursday’s Children Counseling a rape victim to tell the police what happened in spite of the attacker’s threats, Frieda Klein is horrified when the young girl turns up dead in a case that exposes dark community secrets and unfinished business in Frieda’s own life.
Gallagher, Matt Youngblood As the U.S. military prepares to leave Iraq, Lieutenant Jack Porter becomes obsessed with the story of a lost American soldier who had a romance with a local sheikh’s daughter and tries to discover what happened to him.
Gonzales, Manuel The Regional Office Is Under Attack!
Gray, Claudia Bloodline Taking place approximately six years before the events in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a supplemental novel to the much-anticipated blockbuster describes the politics and machinations of the evil Empire in a galaxy far, far away.
Gustine, Amy You Should Pity Us Instead
Hamilton, Glen Erik Hard Cold Winter
Hamilton, Jane The Excellent Lombards Desiring nothing more than to tend her family’s apple orchard and enjoy time with her loved ones, young Frankie finds her peace threatened by urbanization, disinheritance and college and must choose between clinging to the past and letting go.
Harris, C. S. When Falcons Fall The much-anticipated new entree in the Sebastian St. Cyr “simply elegant” historical mystery series, from the national bestselling author of Who Buries the Dead and Why Kings Confess.
Harrison, Jim The Ancient Minstrel
Hodgson, Antonia The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins An early 18th-century gentleman with a penchant for trouble, facing hanging for a crime he did not commit, endeavors to secure his freedom while reflecting on the careless choices that led to his condemnation, including placing trust in a calculating royal.
Hoover, Michelle Bottomland A German family in the Iowa plains tries to fight the rising tide of anti-German sentiment in the years following World War I while searching for their two youngest daughters who vanished suddenly in the middle of the night.
Johansen, Iris Hide Away
Johnson, Sadeqa Second House from the Corner A stay at home mom contemplating the drudgery of her life receives a phone call that threatens everything she holds dear and must return to her childhood home to grapple with an ex-boyfriend and several old, buried secrets.
Kasasian, M. R. C. Death Descends on Saturn Villa In 1883 London, March Middleton — the niece of the city’s greatest, and most cantankerous, private detective — must prove her innocence with the help of her uncle when she is accused of murdering a wealthy long-lost relative.
Kerr, Philip The Other Side of Silence Approached by famous writer W. Somerset Maugham to help defend against a blackmailer who knows dangerous secrets, Berlin homicide detective and unwilling SS officer Bernie Gunther follows leads back to Hitler’s Third Reich and the development of the bomb in Russia.
King, Laurie R. The Murder of Mary Russell
Kingsbury, Karen Brush of Wings Sherlock Holmes is on the case when Mary Russell goes missing and the shabby carpet of 221B Baker Street is found drenched in blood. By the best-selling author of the Kate Martinelli series.
Koenig, Minerva South of Nowhere Reformed criminal Julia Kalas travels from small-town Texas to Mexico on the trail of a missing persons case in the second installment in this atmospheric, critically-acclaimed series.
Lansdale, Joe R. Honky Tonk Samurai Blackmailed into accepting a missing-persons cold case, rebel Hap and gay veteran Leonard search for their client’s long-missing granddaughter, who they discover was involved in a prostitution ring.
Laurens, Stephanie A Buccaneer at Heart
Lawton, John The Unfortunate Englishman
Lee, Jonathan High Dive A tale inspired by the 1984 Brighton Hotel bombing assassination attempt on the lives of Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet is told from the perspectives of an IRA bomb maker, a former star athlete-turned-hotel manager and the manager’s teenage daughter.
Levy, Lawrence H. Brooklyn on Fire
Lewis, Beverly The Atonement
London, Julia Suddenly in Love
Lowell, Catherine The Madwoman Upstairs The last surviving descendant of the Bronte family searches for her ancestor’s long-rumored secret estate with the help of a handsome Oxford professor using clues left behind by her late, eccentric father and the Bronte’s novels.
Mallery, Susan Best of My Love
Marinovich, Matt The Winter Girl Attending a terminally ill parent during a Hamptons winter, Scott and Elise confront a growing dissatisfaction with their marriage that prompts a spiral of bad decisions made to reignite lost passion.
McCall Smith, Alexander The Revolving Door of Life
McKevett, G. A. Killer Reunion
Michaels, Fern Fast and Loose
Murphy, Warren Bloodline When their cousin, Nilo, arrives in America and falls in with a Mafia boss who comes from his hometown in Italy, Tommy Falcone, a cop, and his brother Mario, a priest, struggle to stay out of the dark world into which Nilo has dragged their family.
O’Nan, Stewart City of Secrets A moral thriller about the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after World War II follows the experiences of a hunted refugee, who, after losing everything, assumes a different identity and commits himself to the revolution while accepting increasingly dangerous missions.
Ould, Chris The Blood Strand In a thrilling new series, readers meet Jan Reyna, a British police detective. He is drawn back to the bleak Faroe Islands he left as a child when his estranged father is found unconscious, a shotgun by his side and covered in someone else’s blood. Then a body is discovered fatally shot.
Oyeyemi, Helen What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours A collection of stories by the award-winning author of Boy, Snow, Bird features entries about literal and metaphorical keys that open or shut the fates of lovers, the heart of a puppeteering student and the doors of a house of locks that holds unobservable developments.
Page, Katherine Hall The Body in the Wardrobe
Palmer, Dexter Version Control A woman deals with a strange and persistent sense of everything being slightly off, which may or may not be related to her scientist husband’s pet project, a "causality violation device" that might actually be working.
Pataki, Allison Sisi A tale inspired by the life of Empress Sisi in 19th-century Vienna places such events as the opening of the Suez Canal, Vienna’s World Exhibition and the outbreak of World War I against a backdrop of imperial court temptations, rivalries and cutthroat intrigues.
Patterson, James 15th Affair
Patterson, James NYPD Red 4
Pattison, Eliot Blood of the Oak Amidst the 1765 Stamp Tax dissension, Duncan McCallum investigates a series of murders that seem to be connected to a stolen Iroquois artifact.
Pettrey, Dani Cold Shot
Pullen, M. J. Regrets Only
Quick, Amanda ‘Til Death Do Us Part
Quindlen, Anna Miller’s Valley Coming of age in a dwindling 1960s farming community in eastern Pennsylvania, Mimi struggles with profound family secrets and the pain of falling in love with the wrong person against a backdrop of dynamic historical events.
Quinn, Julia Because of Miss Bridgerton
Quirk, Matthew Cold Barrel Zero Returning from exile to win back his family and take revenge on his accusers, a disgraced Black Ops soldier plots escalating attacks on U.S. soil and is targeted by doctor and former comrade-in-arms Thomas Byrne, who struggles with his loyalties during an explosive confrontation.
Read, Piers Paul Scarpia
Rhoades, J. D. Ice Chest
Richardson, Tarn The Damned In an alternative World War I where nightmarish creatures roam the earth and a ruthless Inquisition still has power, Poldek Tacit, tasked with the mission to protect the Church, must battle the forces of evil to reach the heart of a dark conspiracy that threatens to destroy the church and plunge the world into darkness.
Roberts, Nora The Obsession
Robotham, Michael Close Your Eyes When a former student bungles the investigation of a mother-daughter double murder, clinical psychologist Joseph O’Loughlin discovers a link between the case and a series of escalating attacks.
Rollins, James War Hawk
Romano-Lax, Andromeda Behave A tale inspired by the life of controversial psychologist Rosalie Rayner Watson traces the partnership between a young psychologist and behaviorist pioneer John B. Watson at Johns Hopkins, where they conducted scandalous experiments on hundreds of infants to prove their theories about nurture over nature.
Ross, Ann B. Miss Julia Inherits a Mess
Ryan, Shawna Yang Green Island A young woman born as her father goes missing during the 1947 uprising in Taipei describes his homecoming a decade later and how he unwittingly drew her into the uneasy and dangerous political atmosphere of the times.
Sahota, Sunjeev The Year of the Runaways A Man Booker Prize nominee follows the story of three young men and a woman who journey together from India to England to fulfill respective goals while hiding painful secrets from the past and struggling with financial limitations and the punishing realities of immigrant life.
Salvatore, R. A. Maestro
Sandford, John Extreme Prey
Sanghera, Sathnam Marriage Material
Scottoline, Lisa Most Wanted
Seeley, Nicholas Cambodia Noir Entreated to help find a young intern who disappeared in the Cambodian underworld, drug-addicted photojournalist Will Keller ventures into the dangerous region to follow clues left in the young woman’s diary and uncovers violent facts about her family history.
Sherry, Maureen Opening Belle A self-made, thirty-something Wall Street star juggles the impossible demands of working in sexist environments and raising her children with a deadbeat husband while considering the life she may have had with her former fiance.
Showalter, Elaine The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe Describes the life of the woman who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” who worked tirelessly as an outspoken abolitionist and women’s rights activist while she wrote and published poems and raised six children.
Sittenfeld, Curtis Eligible
Smale, Alan Eagle in Exile
Smith, Charlie Ginny Gall In an intricately woven tapestry of the South of the 1920s and 30s in all its brutal humanity, Delvin Walker, before his hopes for life and love can be realized, is falsely charged with the rape of two white women that leads to his imprisonment where he is forced to make an impossible choice.
Smith, Dominic The Last Painting of Sara De Vos Half a century after reluctantly painting a forgery of an only surviving landscape by a 17th-century female Dutch master, Sara curates an exhibit of women Dutch painters and risks exposure when both the original and her forgery arrive.
Sparks, Amber The Unfinished World Presents a collection of nineteen short stories which include elements of fantasy and apocalyptic events.
Spiotta, Dana Innocents and Others Becoming filmmakers after a shared childhood in 1980s Los Angeles, best friends Meadow and Carrie explore disparate creative and personal ventures before colliding with a mysterious woman who calls powerful men on the phone to seduce them.
Steel, Danielle The Apartment
Tan, Cecilia Taking the Lead
Tennant-Moore, Hannah Wreck and Order A young woman, sick of her abusive boyfriend and dead-end job sets out for adventure, traveling from California to Brooklyn to Sri Lanka in search of experiences and human connections to help fill the perceived void in her life.
Thomas, Sam The Midwife and the Assassin
Thorpe, Rufi Dear Fang, With Love A young father takes his teenage daughter to Europe, hoping that an immersion in history might help them forget his past mistakes and her uncertain future.
Tripp, Dawn Georgia A tale inspired by the romance between painter Georgia O’Keeffe and photographer Alfred Stieglitz describes how a young O’Keeffe becomes the married photographer’s mistress and muse as her star rises in the art world.
Upson, Nicola London Rain Intrepid writer and amateur sleuth Josephine Tey must unravel an intricate web of betrayal, jealousy and long-held secrets when a new murder throws her friend, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose, for a loop, while being caught in a love triangle of her own making.
Vidich, Paul An Honorable Man Discovering that the deaths of undercover agents and the foiling of anti-Communist missions are linked to a double agent in the CIA, agent George Mueller is tasked with identifying the mole at the height of the McCarthy era. A first novel.
Ward, J. R. The Beast
Woods, Stuart Family Jewels
Wynne, Anthony Murder of a Lady Dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the murder of Mary Gregor, the sister of the laird of Duchlan who was found dead in a locked room, Inspector Dundas, along with a local amateur sleuth, must catch a clever killer as more deaths occur. Reprint of 1931 crime classic.
Yun, Jung Shelter Kyung Cho, struggling to make ends meet for his family, must grapple with his increasing anger when a tragedy forces his wealthy and estranged parents to move in with him.