Fiction On Order

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.

Books October 2018
AuthorTitleLibrarian's Picks
Abdul-Jabbar, KareemMycroft and SherlockMystery
Albert, Susan WittigThe Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Mystery
Alexander, TashaUneasy Lies the CrownMystery
Andrews, DonnaLark! The Herald Angels SingMystery
Archer, JeffreyHeads You WinA stand-alone epic by the best-selling author of Kane and Abel follows a 1968 Russian teen who escapes an oppressive life in Leningrad and is forced to choose between parallel lives in London and New York.
Arikawa, HiroThe Travelling Cat ChroniclesAn ode to kindness, sacrifice, and the power of small things traces the experiences of adventurous Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they embark on a road trip across Japan to visit three old friends.
Austin, LynnLegacy of MercyChristian
Baldacci, DavidLong Road to MercyThriller
Berg, ElizabethNight of MiraclesWomen
Berlin, LuciaEvening in ParadiseA follow up to the award-winning A Manual for Cleaning Women features previously uncompiled selections from the late author's remaining story collection.
Blackstock, TerriCatching ChristmasChristian
Bohnhoff, Maya KaathrynThe Antiquities HunterTo flush out the person stalking her best friend Rose, an undercover agent about to testify in an upcoming case, PI Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko takes her place and is plunged into a world of murder and illegal antiquities trafficking and must fight to make it out alive.
Bonde, Golnaz HashemzadehWhat We OweA compressed, visceral novel about exile, dislocation, and the emotional minefields between mothers and daughters.
Bowen, LilaTreason of HawksFantasy
Boyd, WilliamLove Is BlindAccompanying a famed pianist on a tour from Paris to Saint Petersburg, a brilliant but haunted piano tuner risks everything to pursue a Russian soprano with ties to his employer.
Boyne, JohnA Ladder to the SkyAn aspiring writer meets a celebrated novelist in a hotel in 1988 and uses the man's long-held secret.
Brackston, PaulaThe Little Shop of Found ThingsFantasy
Braithwaite, OyinkanMy Sister, the Serial KillerRealizing that her beautiful, beloved younger sister has murdered yet another boyfriend, an embittered Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from the family, until a handsome doctor she fancies asks for her sister's number.
Brennan, AllisonToo Far GoneMystery
Brown, RosellenThe Lake on FireHistorical
Bruen, KenIn the Galway SilenceMystery
Canadeo, AnnePurls and PoisonMystery
Carey, EdwardLittleFollows the story of a Swiss orphan who is apprenticed to an eccentric wax sculptor in the seamy streets of Paris, learns her craft, and hones her art to become the famous Madame Tussaud.
Cato, BethRoar of SkyFantasy
Chance, MaiaNaughty on IceMystery
Chidgey, CatherineThe Wish ChildThis international bestselling historical novel follows two children and a mysterious narrator as they navigate the falsehoods and wreckage of WW II Germany.
Child, LeePast TenseThriller
Clare, AlysThe Angel in the GlassMystery
Clark, Mary HigginsYou Don't Own MeThriller
Colgan, JennyChristmas on the IslandWomen
Crosby, EllenHarvest of SecretsMystery
Cussler, CliveSea of GreedAction
Daly, PaulaOpen Your EyesA best-selling crime novelist navigates her tragic turn from fictional perpetrator to real-life victim in a tale of domestic suspense.
Datlow, EllenThe Best of the Best Horror of the YearHorror
Delany, VickiA Scandal in ScarletMystery
Donkor, MichaelHousegirlThree adolescentstwo Ghanaian "housegirls" and the daughter of wealthy immigrantsmust come to terms with themselves and the secrets they have kept from each other.
Duncan, DaveTrial by TreasonFantasy
Dunnett, KaitlynOverkiltMystery
Dyachenko, SergiyVita NostraA young girl falls under the spell of a strange, sinister man who asks her to perform odd tasks before convincing her to enroll in a strange and magical school called The Institute of Special Technologies.
Eisenberg, DeborahYour Duck Is My DuckA collection of stories features characters that are either swimming or drowning in a disintegrating environment, including some Hollywood actors and an entitled young man who falls in love with a human rights worker on a mysterious quest.
Ellicott, JessicaMurder Flies the CoopMystery
Eskens, AllenThe Shadows We HideMystery
Estep, JenniferKill the QueenWhen her mother the queen is assassinated by a usurping cousin, Evie, a magically resistant noblewoman in a realm where everyone is gauged by their magic, trains as a gladiator in a plot to exact justice.
Evanovich, JanetLook Alive Twenty-FiveMystery
Evans, Richard PaulThe Noel StrangerHolidays
Faulks, SebastianParis EchoAn American historical researcher in Paris and a Moroccan teen who risked his life to enter France find the realities of the city's past Nazi occupation transforming their ideas about sacrifice and happiness.
Fellowes, JessicaBright Young DeadMystery
Fink, JosephAlice Isn't DeadHorror
Fletcher, MartinPromised LandFollows two brothers as they, after the horrors of Nazi Germany are over, reunite in Israel where they lead very different lives as one builds the budding nation-state and the other protects it.
Flower, AmandaDeath and DaisiesMystery
Francis, FelixCrisisThriller
Frost, Jacqueline'twas the Knife Before ChristmasMystery
Golden, ChristopherHark! the Herald Angels ScreamAnthologies
Hardt, HelenUnchainedRomance
Harman, PatriciaOnce a MidwifeHistorical
Harris, Robert J.The Thirty-One KingsThriller
Harvey, SamanthaWestern WindIn 1491, when the wealthiest resident of the small village of Oakham is swept away by the river in the early hours of Shrove Saturday, the local priest, John Reve, attempts to discover the cause of the suspicious death, revealing some of the villager's darkest secrets.
Hayes-McCoy, FelicitySummer at the Garden CafeWomen
Higashino, KeigoNewcomerMystery
Hill, SusanThe Comforts of HomeMystery
Horowitz, AnthonyForever and a DayAn explosive prequel to Casino Royale follows the mysterious demise of Agent 007 in the French Riviera underworld and the emergence of new agent, James Bond.
Huang, S. L.Zero Sum GameCas Russell wields her math skills like a superpower, using vector calculus to dodge bullets and beat up armed men but is very surprised to find someone with a power more dangerous than her own, the ability to control minds.
Hunt, LairdIn the House in the Dark of the WoodsA Puritan woman goes missing deep in the woods of colonial New England, and soon must face the supernatural horrors that her people had only imagined up until then.
James WendyThe Golden ChildWomen
Johnson, LizA Sparkle of SilverChristian
Jonasson, RagnarThe DarknessFacing an unwanted early retirement, Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdottir of the Reykjavik Police is given two weeks to solve a cold case of her choosing and reopens the investigation into the murder of a Russian asylum seeker.
Lackey, MercedesThe Bartered BridesFantasy
Lethem, JonathanThe Feral DetectiveConvincing an enigmatic loner to help her search for a friend's missing daughter, Phoebe traverses the outskirts of California's stunning Inland Empire, where she discovers her companion's complicated relationship with warring tribes of outcasts.
Lin, Ed99 Ways to DieMystery
Lostetter, Marina J.Noumenon InfinityScience Fiction
Lupica, MikeRobert B. Parker's Blood FeudMystery
Maberry, JonathanDeep SilenceThriller
Maher, KerriThe Kennedy DebutanteHistorical
Mallery, SusanNot Quite over YouRomance
McCarthy, KevinWolves of EdenWhile a post-Civil War military lieutenant and his long-suffering orderly navigate violence in their search for a band of killers, two war-weary Irish immigrants are swept into a coalition of Native American tribes fighting American expansion.
McCoy, SarahMarilla of Green GablesComing of Age
McKevett, G. A.Murder in Her StockingMystery
Mclean, PeterPriest of BonesFantasy
McNaught, JudithThe Sweetest ThingRomance
Meier, LeslieYule Log MurderMystery
Morgan, SarahThe Christmas SistersRomance
Moriarty, LianeNine Perfect StrangersWomen
Munier, PaulaA Borrowing of BonesIntroduces a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog, who become embroiled in an investigation involving an abandoned baby, a missing mother and a cold-case murder.
Nixon, RosieThe StylistAmber Green is thrown into the fast-paced world of fashion, where the treacherous undercurrents of Hollywood shape her prospects for a fairy-tale romance.
Noble, ShelleyAsk Me No QuestionsMystery
Oates, Joyce CarolHazards of Time TravelThe National Book Award-winning author of We Were the Mulvaneys presents the story of a recklessly idealistic girl who tests the limits of her oppressively controlled, dystopian world only to fall fatefully in love. 
Olshan, JosephBlack Diamond FallMystery
Osborn, John JayListen to the MarriageLiterary
Palmer, DianaWyoming LegendRomance
Parry, AmbroseThe Way of All FleshAn apprentice to a mid-19th-century anesthesia pioneer unexpectedly partners with a quick-witted housemaid in order to survive an investigation in the Edenburgh underworld to solve a string of grisly deaths.
Patterson, JamesTargetThriller
Penny, LouiseKingdom of the BlindMystery
Reid, IainFoeIn a novel set in the near future, farm dwellers Junior and Henrietta have their lives disrupted when Junior is called for a distant mission and Henrietta receives an unconventional replacement so he won't be missed.
Roberts, NoraOf Blood and BoneFantasy
Robotham, MichaelThe Other WifeThriller
Rossner, RenaThe Sisters of the Winter WoodA tale inspired by Jewish mythology is set in a woodland village on the border of Moldova and Ukraine and follows the experiences of two sheltered sisters who uncover a secret magical heritage.
Scalzi, JohnThe Consuming FireScience Fiction
Setterfield, DianeOnce Upon a RiverSuspenseful, richly atmospheric tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth.
Silver, JosieOne Day in DecemberWomen
Solomons, NatashaHouse of GoldThe outbreak of World War I forces headstrong Austrian heiress Greta Goldbaum to choose between the family she built in her new life in England and the family she left behind in Vienna.
St. Vincent, SarahWays to Hide in WinterA young widow living in the Pennsylvania mountains and flipping burgers for hunters and hikers befriends a stranger visiting from Uzbekistan and becomes embroiled in a manhunt after he confesses to committing a terrible crime in his home country.
Steel, DanielleBeauchamp HallWomen
Stone, JeanA Vineyard ChristmasHolidays
Taylor, PatrickAn Irish Country CottageMedical
Thompson, VictoriaCity of SecretsMystery
Trigiani, AdrianaTony's WifeHistorical
VanLiere, DonnaThe Christmas StarHolidays
Wang, KathyFamily TrustStruggling to fulfill a terminally ill father's final bequest, a privileged Chinese-American family in Silicon Valley is forced to contend with the realities of their ambitions and actual desires.
Warren, Tiffany L.The Outside ChildAfter her newborn son succumbs to a terrible heart ailment, Chenille Abrams is forced to pick up the pieces of her life and marriage.
Williams, KateInto the DarknessHistorical
Wilson, JosephineExtinctionsFunny, poignant, and galvanizing by turns, Josephine Wilson’s award-winning novel explores many kinds of extinction—natural, racial, national, and personal—and what we might do to prevent them.
Young, SamanthaFight or FlightRomance
Zeldis, KittyNot Our KindForced to hide her Jewish identity from her employer's post-World War II Park Avenue community, Vassar-educated tutor Eleanor Moskowitz forges unexpected bonds before a crossed line leads to life-changing decisions.
Books September 2018
AuthorTitleLibrarian's Picks
Abbott, JeffThe Three Beths
Ackerman, ElliotWaiting for EdenA veteran enduring life trapped in his own mind begins to find a way to communicate before troubling realities about his marriage come to the surface.
Adjei-Brenyah, Nana KwameFriday BlackA piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it’s like to be young and black in America.
Albom, MitchThe Next Person You Meet in Heaven
Aleman, GabrielaPoso WellsCelebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance.
Alexander, EllieThe Pint of No Return
Anthony, GretchenEvergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners
Axelrod, StevenNantucket Counterfeit
Balson, Ronald H.The Girl from Berlin
Barker, PatThe Silence of the GirlsReimagines "The Iliad" from the perspectives of the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War, as Briseis, conquered queen of one of Troy's neighboring kingdoms, becomes caught between the two most powerful Greek leaders.
Beaton, M. C.The Dead Ringer
Berney, LouNovember RoadFrank Guidry, a street lieutenant for a New Orleans mob boss, flees when his knowledge about JFK's assassination makes him a target, a situation that is dangerously complicated by his relationship with a fugitive housewife.
Bolton, SharonThe CraftsmanWhen eerily familiar child abductions and murders start recurring in a small Lancashire village, a local cop struggles to figure out if she sent the wrong person to jail decades earlier or if a copycat killer is responsible.
Brooks, TerryStreet Freaks
Callahan, PattiBecoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis
Carlson, MelodyA Christmas by the Sea
Chamberlain, DianeThe Dream Daughter
Childs, LauraGlitter Bomb
Coelho, PauloHippieA Brazilian man and a Dutch woman embark on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery as they travel by bus from Amsterdam to Kathmandu against a backdrop of the protests and sexual-liberation experiments of the Civil Rights era.
Connelly, MichaelDark Sacred Night
Copperman, E. J.Bird, Bath, and Beyond
Cornwell, BernardWar of the Wolf
Crawford, IsisA Catered Cat Wedding
Cussler, CliveShadow Tyrants
Dangarembga, TsitsiThis Mournable BodyThe protagonist of Nervous Conditions struggles to make a life for herself in Harare, Zimbabwe, eventually taking an ecotourism job that forces her to return to her parents' impoverished homestead, leading to an unforgivable betrayal.
Dekker, TedRise of the Mystics
Deveraux, JudeA Willing Murder
Dubus, Andre, IIIGone So LongA man living a solitary existence in seaside New England travels to a quaint Florida community in search of his traumatized, estranged daughter.
Early, BarbaraDeath of a Russian Doll
Edugyan, EsiWashington BlackUnexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self.
Enger, LeifVirgil WanderEmerging from an accident with damaged memories and compromised language skills, Virgil Wander, a movie-house owner from a small Midwestern town, pieces together his story and the story of his community with help from affable locals.
Evans, DianaOrdinary PeopleIn South London and the surrounding suburbs, two couples struggle through a year of marital crisis.
Fluke, JoanneChristmas Cake Murder
Flynn, VinceRed War
Forsyth, FrederickThe Fox
Fowler, Therese AnneA Well Behaved WomanMarrying into the newly rich but socially scorned Vanderbilt clan, Alva navigates society snubs and dark undercurrents in the lives of her in-laws and friends while testing the limits of her ambitious rule-breaking.
French, TanaThe Witch Elm
Frey, JamesKaterinaTwenty-five years after a passionate affair with a model, a successful writer is on the brink of suicide, until he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior.
Fuller, ClaireBitter Orange
Galbraith, RobertLethal White
Gowar, Imogen HermesThe Mermaid and Mrs. HancockWhen one of his trading vessels returns to 18th-century London with the remarkable body of a mermaid, Jonah gains entry into high society and falls in love with a highly accomplished courtesan, with unexpected consequences.
Green, HankAn Absolutely Remarkable ThingThe first to document the appearance of the Carls, giant robot-like statues popping up around the world, April May finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight that puts her relationships, identity and safety at risk.
Griffiths, EllyThe Vanishing Box
Grisham, JohnThe Reckoning
Guillory, JasmineThe Proposal
Haines, CarolynA Gift of Bones
Harkness, DeborahTime's ConvertA Revolutionary War-era doctor seizes a chance to become a vampire, only to find the ancient traditions governing his new life clashing with the deeply held beliefs of his former one.
Harris, CharlaineAn Easy DeathGuiding two wizards through the magic-wary country of Texoma, a gunslinger navigating the Great Depression in the wake of FDR's assassination searches for a low-level magician who may be able to save the tsar.
Harvey, MichaelPulse
Heley, VeronicaMurder by Suggestion
Hendrix, GradyWe Sold Our SoulsA has-been heavy metal artist discovers that her failed band's lead singer sold their souls in a Faustian exchange for his solo-career fame and fortune.
Hilderbrand, ElinWinter in Paradise
Hosseini, KhaledSea Prayer
Hunting, HelenaThe Good Luck Charm
Ide, JoeWrecked
James, VicBright Ruin
Johansen, IrisVendetta
Johnson, CraigDepth of WinterWhen Walt Longmire's daughter, Cady, is kidnapped by an international hit man and the head of a vicious drug cartel, Walt heads into the Northern Mexican desert to find her before they can auction her off to his enemies.
Jonasson, RagnarBlackout
Karrington, BlakeScheming for Love
King, StephenElevation
Kingsbury, KarenWhen We Were Young
Kingsolver, BarbaraUnshelteredThe award-winning author of The Poisonwood Bible traces the experiences of a woman whose efforts to protect her family from sudden unemployment are shaped by the story of an ostracized 19th-century science teacher.
Kirkpatrick, JaneEverything She Didn't SayTen years after writing a memoir about her life travelling throughout the American West with her railroad promoter and writer husband, Carrie Strahorn reflects on the truths of her pioneering life that she didn't tell.
Kowal, Mary RobinetteThe Fated Sky
Larison, JohnWhiskey When We're DryFacing starvation and worse when she is orphaned on her family's 1885 homestead, a 17-year-old sharpshooter cuts off her hair and disguises herself as a boy to journey across the mountains in search of her outlaw brother.
Lauren, ChristinaJosh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Lester, NatashaThe Paris Seamstress
Levine, LauraDeath of a Neighborhood Scrooge
Lewis, Marjorie HerreraWhen the Men Were Gone
Macmillan, GillyI Know You Know
Macomber, DebbieAlaskan Holiday
Mallery, SusanWhy Not Tonight
Markley, StephenOhioFour former classmates converge on their recession- and opioid-ravaged hometown on a fateful summer night that finds them pursuing respective goals based on haunting memories from their shared past.
Mason, DanielThe Winter SoldierA young doctor and nurse fall in love while navigating the brutal realities of World War I at an underequipped and understaffed field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains.
Mason, J. D.The Woman Trapped in the Dark
Mayor, ArcherBury the Lead
Mccaffrey, GigiDragon's Code
McGuire, SeananNight and Silence
McKinlay, JennHitting the BooksDragged into a hit-and-run investigation after a stack of library materials is found at the scene, library director Lindsey Norris must piece together the clues to crack the case--especially once someone is murdered.
McPherson, CatrionaGo to My Grave
Meier, LeslieSilver Anniversary Murder
Mejia, MindyLeave No TraceMaya Stark, a language therapist at a psychiatric facility, is challenged when a boy missing for 10 years refuses to speak about his father, the ransacked campsite they both disappeared from, or what has transpired over the last decade.
Mizushima, MargaretBurning Ridge
Monique, AijaLife of the Rich and Most Wanted
Monroe, MaryRemembrance
Moore, WayetuShe Would Be KingReimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond.
Moretti, KateIn Her Bones
Morris, HeatherThe Tattooist of AuschwitzAn international best-seller based on the true story of an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor traces the experiences of a Jewish Slovakian who uses his position as a concentration-camp tattooist to secure food for his fellow prisoners.
Morton, KateThe Clockmaker's Daughter
Murakami, HarukiKilling CommendatoreA portrait painter deals with the upcoming divorce from his wife by moving into an old house in rural Japan that used to belong to a famous artist.
Paretsky, SaraShell Game
Parker, MiriamThe Shortest Way Home
Parnell, SeanMan of WarEric Steele, an elite clandestine intelligence operative, draws on the skills he learned as a Special Forces soldier when an adversary from his past attacks a military convoy and steals a nuclear weapon.
Patterson, JamesAmbush
Perry, SarahMelmothHelen, an English translator working in Prague, disregards an obscure local monster legend before a friend's disappearance reveals that Helen is being watched.
Peterson, TracieIn Times Gone By
Picoult, JodiA Spark of Light
Pike, SigneThe Lost QueenA first novel of a debut trilogy reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin.
Rice, AnneBlood Communion
Robinson, Kim StanleyRed MoonTwenty-five years after China established the first colony on the moon--an American who witnesses a murder, a celebrity travel reporter, and the daughter of China's Minister of Finance--all find that it is a very deadly place.
Rosenfelt, DavidDeck the Hounds
Rosnay, Tatiana deThe Rain WatcherAs the Malegarde family gathers in Paris for their patriarch's seventieth birthday, a natural disaster causes the Seine to flood the city, revealing to young Linden Malegarde hidden fears and secrets that test the limits of family bonds.
Salvatore, R. A.Timeless
Sandford, JohnHoly Ghost
Sawyer, Kim VogelOurs for a Season
Serle, RebeccaThe Dinner ListIn a novel imbued with magical realism, Sabrina Nielsen arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner in New York City to find at the table not just her best friend, but also her favorite professor from college; her father; her ex-fiance, Tobias; and Audrey Hepburn.
Shapiro, B. A.The Collector's Apprentice
Smith, Wilbur A.Courtney's War
Sparks, NicholasEvery Breath
Stoker, DacreDraculA prequel to Dracula, based on original author notes and co-written by a family descendant, reveals the iconic vampire's origin story, the early years of Bram Stoker and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connected them.
Swinson, KikiWifey's Next Sticky Situation
Taneja, PretiWe That Are YoungA modern-day "King Lear," set in contemporary India, traces the power struggles of a turbulent family that becomes painfully subject to the anti-corruption riots of 2011 and 2012, a father's advancing dementia, and an unwanted arranged marriage.
Thomas, SherryThe Hollow of Fear
Thompson, TadeRosewater
Todd, CharlesA Forgotten Place
Tokarczuk, OlgaFlightsA meditative collection explores themes of travel, movement, and existentialism in stories that feature protagonists who question their shifting perspectives in time and space as they tackle extreme agendas.
Tracy, P. J.The Guilty Dead
Turton, StuartThe 7 and a Half Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleDoomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden Bishop must solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle in order to escape the curse, in a world filled with enemies where nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Unger, LisaUnder My Skin
Ward, J. R.Consumed
Weber, DavidUncompromising Honor
Williams, BeatrizThe Glass Ocean
Williams, DrewThe Stars Now UnclaimedRecruiting supernaturally gifted kids to help stop a cataclysmic force from decimating countless worlds, agent Jane Kamali teams up with a telekinetic teen to navigate the madcap schemes of a power-hungry fascist cult.
Wilson, KevinBaby, You're Gonna Be MineDraws on the author's signature quirky language to explore the emotional complexities between parents and children.
Woods, StuartDesperate Measures
Books August 2018
AuthorTitleLibrarian's Picks
Aaron, RachelGarrison Girl
Adler-Olsen, JussiThe Washington DecreeDoggie, a dedicated advisor who has spent more than half her life supporting a remarkable Democratic candidate's path to the White House, is shattered when the President-elect's wife is assassinated on election night by Doggie's Republican father.
Afshar, TessaThief of Corinth
Aguinis, MarcosAgainst the Inquisition
Al-Shaykh, HananThe Occasional Virgin
Andrews, DonnaToucan Keep a Secret
Andrews, IlonaMagic Triumphs
Andrews, V. C.Echoes in the Walls
Arthurs, AlexiaHow to Love a Jamaican
Atherton, NancyAunt Dimity and the King's Ransom
Atkinson, KateTranscriptionA BBC radio producer finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past as a World War II espionage monitor for MI5.
Bannister, JoKindred Spirits
Barclay, LinwoodA Noise Downstairs
Bennett, Robert JacksonFoundrysideA thief in a city controlled by industrialized magic joins forces with a rare honest police officer to stop an ancient evil ritual that endangers thousands of lives.
Berry, FlynnA Double Life
Bird, SarahDaughter of a Daughter of a QueenIn 1864 Missouri, newly freed slave Cathy Williams makes the difficult decision to fight in the Army disguised as a man with the Buffalo Soldiers.
Black, LisaSuffer the Children
Blauner, PeterSunrise HighwayA young Latina detective in the NYPD tracks a serial killer who has been operating for 40 years and who may have been enabled by the chief of police himself.
Bowen, RhysFour Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
Bracher, BeatrizI Didn't TalkA professor packing up for retirement in the countryside of Brazil is besieged by memories of being arrested and tortured alongside his brother-in-law, who was eventually killed, in 1970 during the country's totalitarian rule.
Brandman, MichaelOne on One
Brandreth, BenetThe Spy of VeniceSeeking his fortune in 16th-century London, a talented wordsmith joins a band of players before he is dispatched to Venice on an assignment that renders him the target of Catholic assassins and a shadowy killer.
Brennan, AllisonAbandoned
Brett, SimonA Deadly Habit
Brook, AllisonRead and Gone
Brown, SandraTailspin
Brunstetter, Wanda E.The Hope Jar
Burns, V. M.Travellin' Shoes
Buzzelli, Elizabeth KaneIn Want of a Knife
Candlish, LouiseOur House
Cannon, JoannaThree Things About ElsieA novel set in England about eighty-four-year-old Florence, a resident in a nursing home, who has fallen in her apartment, leading her to think about her childhood friend and the secrets of their past that are about to come to light.
Carlan, AudreyInternational Guy
Carpenter, LeaRed, White, BlueMourning the charismatic father who died suspiciously the day before her wedding, Anna becomes estranged from her new husband before meeting an enigmatic stranger who alludes to her father's secret past.
Carriger, GailCompetence
Chariandy, DavidBrotherComing of age during a sweltering summer in their Toronto housing complex, two boys, the sons of Trinidadian immigrants, dare to imagine better lives in the face of a violent shooting and the pulsing beats of 1990s hip-hop culture.
Clark, GeorgiaThe Bucket List
Cleeves, AnnWild Fire
Coes, BenBloody Sunday
Cole, DanielHangman
Coleman, Reed FarrelRobert B. Parker's Colorblind
Contreras, Ingrid RojasFruit of the Drunken TreeA novel set against the violence of 1990s Columbia follows a sheltered girl and a teen maid, who forge an unlikely friendship as the families of both struggle to maintain stability amidst Bogotâa's rapidly escalating violence.
Cotterill, ColinDon't Eat MeDr. Siri Paiboun, the ex-national coroner of Laos, must figure out how to use a high-tech movie camera so he can film a Lao adaptation of War and Peace while helping his friend Inspector Phosy with a murder investigation involving gnawed human remains.
Coulter, CatherineParadox
Dailey, JanetTexas Free
Dalcher, ChristinaVox
Davis, FionaThe MasterpieceA recently divorced information-booth worker stumbles on an abandoned art school within a crumbling Grand Central Terminal before learning the story of a talented woman artist who went missing 50 years earlier.
De Bernieres, LouisSo Much Life Left Over
Dearman, LaraDark Sky Island
Delaney, J. P.Believe Me
Deutermann, Peter T.The Iceman
Dewitt, PatrickFrench Exit
Diamond, De'neshaNo Loyalty
Drayden, NickyTemperAn underprivledged twin, marked by tattoos of his vices, worsens his strained relationship with his brother when he begins hearing voices and experiences an inexplicable craving for blood.
Eames, NicholasBloody Rose
Elkins, Aaron J.A Long Time Coming
Ellison, J. T.Tear Me Apart
Feehan, ChristineDark Sentinel
Florio, GwenSilent HeartsAn American aid worker and her local interpreter forge an unexpected friendship in spite of disparate life experiences and the increasing violence that surrounds them in 2001 Kabul.
Ford, JackChariot on the Mountain
Foster, Alan DeanRelic
Foster, LoriCooper's Charm
Franqui, LeahAmerica for BeginnersA widow from India travels to California to learn the truth about what happened to the son who was declared dead shortly after he revealed his sexual orientation to their traditional family.
Frear, CazSweet Little LiesA London policewoman from a troubled family is forced to investigate dark secrets in her estranged father's past to solve the murder of a young housewife and the disappearance of a teen girl years earlier.
French, NicciDay of the Dead
Gessen, KeithA Terrible CountryAfter Andrei Kaplan returns to Moscow to care for his ailing grandmother, he becomes entangled with a group of leftists and is forced to come to terms with the Russian society he was born into and the American one he has enjoyed since he was a kid.
Gordon, DavidThe BouncerA strip-club bouncer who was expelled from Harvard crosses paths with a beleaguered FBI agent over a terrorist plot that sends them to a high-stakes perfume heist.
Gould, Howard MichaelLast Looks
Graham, HeatherEchoes of Evil
Graham, HeatherPale As Death
Greenwood, T.Rust & StardustTraces the story of the eleven-year-old kidnapping victim whose 1948 abduction inspired Nabokov's "Lolita," recreating in detail Sally Horner's exploitation and assault by predatory former inmate Frank LaSalle.
Gross, AndrewButton Man
Hambly, BarbaraCold Bayou
Hamilton, Laurell K.Serpentine
Hamilton, SteveDead Man Running
Hannah, SophieThe Mystery of Three QuartersAccused by strangers of trying to set them up for murder, Hercule Poirot teams up with Scotland Yard policeman Edward Catchpool to investigate the drowning death of an elderly man.
Harbison, BethEvery Time You Go Away
Hart, ElsaCity of InkForced to return home to unravel the mystery surrounding his mentor's execution, Li Du confronts painful memories while investigating a double murder, the secrets of several Beijing residents, and threats against his safety.
Hartsuyker, LinneaThe Sea Queen
Headley, Maria DahvanaThe Mere WifeA modern retelling of "Beowulf" recasts classic themes from the perspectives of the attackers and finds a suburban housewife and a battle-hardened veteran navigating dark realities to protect the sons they love.
Healey, EmmaWhistle in the Dark
Higgins, KristanGood Luck With ThatWhen their best friend Emerson passes away unexpectedly, she leaves a final wish for Georgia and Marley to conquer the fears they still carry as adults, a task that leads them to love themselves just the way they are.
Hill, EdwinLittle Comfort
Hollis, LeePoppy Harmon Investigates
Holmes, J. M.How Are You Going to Save YourselfFour friends come of age in a Rhode Island postindustrial enclave and struggle to liberate themselves from the limitations imposed on African Americans while navigating the dynamics of sex, drugs, class and family.
Hooper, EmmaOur Homesick Songs
Hua, VanessaA River of Stars
Hurley, BlairThe DevotedSeeking solace in Buddhism to the chagrin of her Irish Catholic family, an enlightenment-seeking store clerk becomes dangerously entangled with her Zen Master and reinvents herself in New York City before the past catches up in disturbing ways.
Jance, Judith A.Field of Bones
Jefferies, DinahThe Sapphire Widow
Jones, SandieThe Other Woman
Joy, DavidThe Line That Held UsA deer hunter and his friend cover up the accidental shooting death of a man from a notoriously violent family that retaliates in nightmarish ways.
Karjel, RobertAfter the Monsoon
Kearsley, SusannaBellewetherAs war is raging, young French Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, becoming an unwilling and unwelcome guest who soon has feelings for the daughter of the house, Lydia Wilde.
Keller, JuliaBone on BoneAn investigation involving the suspicious deaths of a drug addict's parents is complicated by former deputy Jake Oakes' struggles to adjust to his physical challenges and Bell's grief over the loss of her sister.
Kellerman, FayeWalking Shadows
Kellerman, JonathanA Measure of Darkness
Kenyon, SherrilynStygian
Kim, Crystal HanaIf You Leave MeForced into the life of a refugee when the North Korean army invades her home, 16-year-old Haemi must choose between love and security in ways that resonate throughout generations of her family.
Koontz, Dean R.The Forbidden Door
Kowal, Mary RobinetteThe Calculating Stars
Krueger, William KentDesolation Mountain
Kubica, MaryWhen the Lights Go Out
Kumar, AmitavaImmigrant, Montana
Kwon, R. O.The IncendiariesA dark tale of violence, faith and loss follows the experiences of a young Korean-American woman at an elite university who is drawn into acts of domestic terrorism by a cult with ties to North Korea.
Lapena, ShariAn Unwanted Guest
Lewis, BeverlyThe First Love
Liu, CixinBall LightningAfter witnessing his parents' bizarre death by ball lightning, Chin uncovers a new frontier in particle physics that pits him against a weapons-obsessed army major and an unscrupulous physicist.
Logan, T. M.Lies
Ma, LingSeveranceA survivor of an apocalyptic plague maintains a blog about a decimated Manhattan before joining a motley group of survivors to search for a place to rebuild, a goal that is complicated by an unscrupulous group leader.
MacNeal, Susan EliaThe Prisoner in the Castle
Martin, AlexaIntercepted
Mason, ZacharyMetamorphicaPresents a reimagining of Ovid's "Metamorphoses" that artfully reconstructs and astrologically connects the stories of such classic figures as Narcissus, Pygmalion, and Midas.
McCall Smith, AlexanderThe Quiet Side of Passion
McFadden, Bernice L.Praise Song for the Butterflies
McGregor, JonThe Reservoir TapesReturns readers to the territory of the award-winning author's Reservoir 13, tracing the efforts of an interviewer who collects stories throughout a secretive English village to piece together the fate of a missing girl.
McGuire, SeananThe Girl in the Green Silk Gown
Michaels, FernSafe and Sound
Montefiore, SantaThe Secret of the Irish Castle
Morrison, Mary B.Head Games
Mosley, WalterJohn WomanA young man reinvents himself as a professor to share his late father's wisdom at an unorthodox university, only to encounter fellow intellectuals who have insights into his father's hidden past.
Muller, MarciaThe Breakers
Neggers, CarlaImpostor's Lure
Neill, ChloeWild Hunger
O'Connor, NualaBecoming BelleThe charming eldest daughter of a 19th-century middle-class military family reinvents herself to gain entry into London's cultural and social circles before falling in love with a young aristocrat whose brutal father disapproves of the match.
O'Dell, ClaireA Study in Honor
Owens, DeliaWhere the Crawdads Sing
Parker, T. JeffersonSwift Vengeance
Patterson, JamesJuror 3
Patterson, JamesTexas Ranger
Peebles, Frances De PontesThe Air You BreatheAn orphaned kitchen maid and the reckless daughter of a sugar baron embark on a volatile friendship marked by their ambitions to escape, their changing fortunes and unexpected fame.
Pelecanos, George P.The Man Who Came UptownUnexpectedly released from jail, Michael Hudson confronts profound changes in his Washington, D.C. home while struggling between loyalties to the person responsible for his freedom and the prison librarian who helped him develop a love of reading.
Perry, AnneDark Tide Rising
Piazza, JoCharlotte Walsh Likes to Win
Pinborough, SarahCross Her HeartA devoted single parent hides the truth about her daughter's absent father and asks her best friend for help when challenges from her past threaten her teenage daughter.
Robb, J. D.Leverage in Death
Roby, Kimberla LawsonBetter Late Than Never
Rose, M. J.Tiffany BluesA candidate at Tiffany's Jazz Age artist colony navigates her attraction to her host's grandson and competes for a gallery spot before an unknown rival exposes her traumatic past.
Ruiz Zafon, CarlosThe Labyrinth of the Spirits
Ryan, Hank PhillippiTrust Me
Saunders, PaulaThe Distance HomeTwo siblings enduring a hardscrabble existence in 1960s rural South Dakota pursue separate but equally extreme measures to find creative outlets and escape the dark, secretive elements of their community.
Scottoline, LisaFeared
Shin, Kyung-SookThe Court DancerSet during the dramatic final years of the Korean Empire, the new novelfrom Man Asian Literary Prize winner Kyung-Sook Shin features amysterious dancer caught up in the dizzying sweep of history.
Shteyngart, GaryLake SuccessWhen his seemingly perfect life implodes, a self-made millionaire takes a cross country bus trip in search of his college sweetheart and the ideals of his youth.
Slaughter, KarinPieces of Her
Slouka, MarkAll That Is Left Is All That Matters
Steel, DanielleIn His Father's Footsteps
Steinhauer, OlenThe MiddlemanTraces the rise and fall of a terrorist group from the perspectives of an FBI agent, an undercover agent, a convert, and a writer.
Stewart, AmyMiss Kopp Just Won't QuitIn 1916, New Jersey’s first female deputy, Constance Kopp, while trying to investigate two cases involving the same asylum, finds her controversial career on the line.
Tolkien, J. R. R.The Fall of Gondolin
Van Den Berg, LauraThe Third Hotel
Walbert, KateHis Favorites
Walker, NicoCherryRashly marrying his college girlfriend to keep their relationship active during his tour of duty, a college dropout-turned-army soldier is overwhelmed by the realities of war, PTSD, and opioid addiction before forging a desperate plan.
Walsh, RosieGhostedAn idyllic romance between Sarah and her boyfriend, Eddie, is shattered when Eddie abruptly disappears, prompting Sarah to ignore her friends' advice and investigate what really happened.
Walters, MinetteThe Last HoursAssuming control of her despised late husband's people in the wake of the Black Death, a 14th-century noblewoman struggles to protect formerly oppressed people who have been rendered superstitious and fanatical by the plague.
Weaver, AshleyAn Act of Villainy
Weber, CarlInfluence
Weis, MargaretPrivateer
Willett, MarciaSummer on the River
Wilson, Sariah#Moonstruck
Winton, TimThe Shepherd's HutA brutalized rural youth flees his father's violent death to live in exile in Western Australia's harsh saltlands, where his life comes to depend on a ruined priest he is not sure he trusts.
Wolas, CheriseThe Family Tabor
Woods, StuartThe Money Shot
Woodsmall, CindyAs the Tide Comes In
Yang, J. Y.The Descent of Monsters
Youngson, AnneMeet Me at the Museum
Zahn, TimothyThrawn
Books July 2018
AuthorTitleLibrarians' Picks
Abbott, MeganGive Me Your HandDistancing herself from an intense best friend who inspired her scientific ambitions before divulging a life-changing secret, Kit competes for a dream research job and finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
Anderson, Kevin J.Uncharted
Armstrong, KelleyRough Justice
Ashley, JenniferScandal Above Stairs
Atkins, AceThe Sinners
Bauer, BelindaSnapA taut, suspenseful new novel from award-winning thriller author Belinda Bauer in which a woman being menaced by a knife-wielding home invader is connected to a string of burglaries in a quaint bedroom community, and the brutal murder that left three children motherless three years before.
Bell, DavidSomebody's DaughterWhen Michael Frazier’s ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep, saying her 10-year-old daughter is missing—and Michael is the father—Michael, despite his skepticism about being the father, has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted.
Belle, KimberlyThree Days MissingA woman learns that her son has gone missing from a field trip and then receives a mysterious ransom call for another boy who is safe and at home.
Berenson, LaurienRuff Justice
Billingsley, Reshonda TateThe Book in Room 316Tells the stories of a wronged wife seeking revenge, a grieving widower, a mother bearing the consequences of a bad decision, and a young street hustler fighting to save his brother, as they all find their way to The Markham Hotel.
Borman, TracyThe King's WitchAttending the death of Elizabeth I and forced to navigate the decadence of James I's witch-hunting court, a talented herbalist becomes a pawn in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Cannon, NickKing of the Dancehall
Carlisle, KateBuried in Books
Castillo, LindaA Gathering of SecretsA deadly fire resulting in the death of an Amish teen exposes the dark side of the community to which Chief of Police Kate Burkholder once belonged.
Chamberlin, HollyThe Summer Nanny
Christensen, KateThe Last CruiseA final voyage for a 1950s vintage ocean liner is disrupted by strife and malfunctions above and below decks, unexpectedly testing a former journalist, a sous-chef and a violinist.
Coble, ColleenThe House at Saltwater Point
Connolly, SheilaMurder at the Mansion
Cooper, EllisonCaged
Davis, LindseyPandora's BoyWhen her new husband's hostile ex challenges her to investigate the poisoning of a naïve young girl, Albia uncovers both the victim's questionable associates and the activities of a local woman before a friend's murder exposes dangerous local corruption.
De Assis, MacHadoThe Collected Stories of Machado De Assis
Dimitri, FrancescoThe Book of Hidden ThingsWhen Art, the charismatic leader of their group, mysteriously disappears amidst bizarre and unbelievable rumors, three friends, while searching for the truth, discover a document that he left behind that promises to reveal dark secrets and wonders beyond anything previously known.
Doan, Amy MasonThe Summer ListReturning home after being away for 17 years, Laura is reunited with her former best friend, Casey, and as they embark on one last scavenger hunt, a devastating secret threatens to tear them apart once again.
Doiron, PaulStay HiddenWhen a woman is killed in an apparent hunting accident on an island off the coast of Maine, newly promoted Warden Investigator Mike Bowditch discovers that the victim, a controversial author writing about a local recluse, died of other causes.
Douglas, ClaireLast Seen Alive
Dunn, CarolaThe Corpse at the Crystal Palace
Fesperman, DanSafe HousesA CIA safe house inspector uncovers a nefarious secret at the heart of Agency operations in postwar Berlin, triggering a life on the run, her brutal murder and her daughter's search for answers.
Freeman, DianneA Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
Gabhart, Ann H.River to Redemption
Gilbert, VictoriaShelved Under Murder
Goldman, MattBroken IceThe disappearance of two teens from a hockey community becomes more urgent when one of the girls is found dead, pitting Minneapolis private detective Nils Shapiro against dangerous small-town secrets.
Gortner, C. W.The Romanov EmpressMarrying the Romanov heir, 19-year-old Danish princess Minnie becomes empress of Russia and treads a perilous path of compromise in a beloved but resistance-torn country where her son becomes the last tsar.
Greenlaw, LindaBimini Twist
Harrison, CoraDeath of a Novice
Hearne, KevinKill the Farm Boy
Heng, RachelSuicide ClubPossessing genetic advantages that offer the potential for immortality in a near-future New York City, a high-achieving exchange trader dealing in human organs is forced to choose between her future and her estranged father's suicide-oriented circle.
Hoover, ColleenAll Your Perfects
Johansen, IrisDouble Blind
Kidd, CorneliaDeath and a Pot of Chowder
Klehfoth, ElizabethAll These Beautiful StrangersWhile attending Knollwood, 17-year-old Charlie—to become a member of an elite, secret society—must play The Game, a semester-long, diabolical high-stakes scavenger hunt that will jeopardize everything and reveal the terrible truth about her family, her school and her own life.
Laplante, AliceHalf Moon Bay
Lim, TheaAn Ocean of MinutesIn the vein of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Station Eleven, a sweeping literary love story about two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart.
Lindsey, JohannaMarry Me by Sundown
Lustbader, EricFour Dominions
Macomber, DebbieCottage by the Sea
Mallery, SusanWhen We Found Home
Martin, WilliamBound for GoldArriving in San Francisco to track down a mining tycoon's stolen 19th-century journal tracing the myth of the "lost river of gold," Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington uncover a dangerous plot involving a hidden fortune and Peter's own son.
Mazur, Grace DaneThe Garden PartyTwo wary Massachusetts families—one no-nonsense attorneys, the other impractical intellectuals—meet before the wedding that is supposed to unite them and share a single day of complicated fiascoes, miracles and unexpected eccentricities.
McElwain, JulieCaught in Time
Miller, LouiseThe Late Bloomers' Club
Morgan, SarahHow to Keep a Secret
Moriarty, NicolaThose Other Women
Moshfegh, OttessaMy Year of Rest and RelaxationAfter losing her parents, a young college graduate in New York City spends a year alienating the world under the influence of a crazy combination of drugs.
Murray, James S.Awakened
Novik, NaomiSpinning SilverDeciding to collect on the outstanding debts owed her family of moneylenders, a young woman is overheard boasting about being able to turn silver into gold by the creatures who haunt the wood, in a reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story.
Page, LibbyThe LidoAn anxiety-riddled cub reporter for a small London paper is assigned to cover the closing of a local recreation center and bonds with an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum in the community pool every day since childhood.
Patel, NeelIf You See Me, Don't Say Hi: StoriesA story collection by a first-generation Indian American gives voice to, and undermines, deeply held stereotypes through the subversive choices of protagonists who confront racism, discontinue hypocritical social mores, and navigate impossible secrets.
Patterson, JamesTriple Homicide
Pearce, A. J.Dear Mrs. BirdAn adventurous young woman takes a typist job to assist the war effort and lands in the employ of a renowned advice columnist before she begins secretly replying to heart-wrenching letters rejected as unsuitable.
Peterson, TracieIn Dreams Forgotten
Rawi, Shahad AlThe Baghdad ClockA heart-rending tale of two girls growing up in war-torn Baghdad.
Rindell, SuzanneEagle & CraneTwo young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II.
Roanhorse, RebeccaTrail of Lightning
Rosenberg, JordyConfessions of the Fox Discovering a mysterious manuscript from the 18th century, a recently jilted academic uncovers the story of the London underworld's most notorious thief, escaped convict and lover, in a bold reimagining of Brecht's Threepenny Opera.
Sager, RileyThe Last Time I LiedWhen Emma Davis, a rising star in the New York art scene, returns to teach painting at the summer camp she attended, she uses the opportunity to look into the disappearance of her friends fifteen years earlier.
Sefton, MaggieDyeing Up Loose Ends
Shaw, WilliamSalt Lane
Silva, DanielThe Other Woman
Stage, ZojeBaby TeethAn ailing woman fights to protect her family from her mute daughter's psychologically manipulative schemes, which are complicated by her doting husband's denial about their daughter's true nature.
Steel, DanielleThe Good Fight
Tan, LucyWhat We Were Promised
Thor, BradSpymaster
Tremblay, PaulThe Cabin at the End of the WorldA twist on the home-invasion horror story follows the experiences of a 7-year-old girl whose family is taken hostage in a remote cabin by men who are either the world's defenders or deranged apocalypse fanatics.
Tyler, AnneClock DanceA lifetime of painful milestones and fading grandchild prospects compel a woman to help her son's ex, whose 9-year-old daughter needs protection from violent local dynamics.
Verdon, JohnWhite River Burning When racial tensions in the small community of White River escalate to the shooting of a police officer, Dave Gurney investigates suspiciously inconsistent evidence that is clouded by deceptive additional killings.
Vincenzi, PennyA Question of Trust
Watts, PeterThe Freeze-Frame Revolution
Williams, BeatrizThe Summer WivesDrawn into and then banished from exclusive Winthrop Island when a complex relationship between her stepsister and a working-class college youth ends in violence, a Shakespearean actress returns after 20 years to pursue justice.
Wiseman, BethAmish Celebrations
Younts, Elizabeth BylerThe Solace of WaterByler Younts tells the story of two women, one white and one black, in racially charged 1956, who fight personal battles of freedom and form a friendship that neither expected.
Books June 2018
AuthorTitleLibrarians' Picks
Alexander, RebeccaA Baby's BonesA new crime series featuring archaeologist Sage Westfield, perfect for fans of Elly Griffiths, Kathy Reichs and Tess Gerritsen.
Black, Cara Murder on the Left Bank
Brooks, Terry The Skaar Invasion
Brown, Karma The Life Lucy Knew
Butland, Stephanie The Lost for Words Bookshop A secretly heartbroken woman who prefers books to people finds her world upended by the arrivals of a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries that reveal that someone has found out about her mysterious past.
Campbell, Jack Ascendant
Carey, Jacqueline Starless Trained as an elite warrior before learning a profound truth about his identity, Khai navigates the deadly intrigues of court before embarking on a quest to save his soul's twin.
Cohen, Jon Harry's Trees A 38-year old traumatized widow fortuitously meets an 11-year old girl who sets him on a feverish road to redemption.
Crace, Jim The Melody
De Muriel, Oscar A Mask of Shadows
Delbianco, Rae Rough Animals When a fearsome girl shoots his cattle and flees, Wyatt Smith is compelled to go after her for restitution, setting him on an epic twelve-day odyssey through a nightmarish underworld that forces him to look at who he is and what he is capable of.
Delinsky, Barbara Before and Again
Dion, Katharine The Dependents Feeling adrift after his wife of nearly 50 years passes away, Gene seeks to repair his relationship with his daughter and reflects on the loyalties, betrayals and secrets that shaped the family's ties to another couple.
Dovey, Ceridwen In the Garden of the Fugitives A correspondence between a South African woman living in Australia and an older man who was responsible years earlier for her fellowship to study in the United States explores their evolving relationship as it is shaped by their views on historical events, their obsessions and their changing senses of identity.
Dunnett, Kaitlyn Crime & Punctuation
Dybek, Nick The Verdun Affair A sweeping novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of World War I and Los Angeles in the 1950s follows a lonely young man, a beautiful widow and the amnesiac soldier whose puzzling case binds them together even as it tears them apart.
Dyer, Ashley Splinter in the Blood
Edwards, K. D. The Last Sun
Faye, Gael Small Country A prize-winning best-seller from France is set in 1992 Burundi and traces the shattered childhood of a 10-year-old boy whose life in an idyllic expatriate neighborhood is brutally impacted by war and genocide.
French, Jonathan The Grey Bastards Jackal, a proud member of a group of half-orcs tasked with protecting human civilization from their full-blooded brethren discovers a dark secret that threatens to dissolve the tenuous peace between species.
Gates, Eva The Spook in the Stacks
Gay, Roxane Ayiti
Giffin, Emily All We Ever Wanted
Glendinning, Victoria The Butcher's Daughter
Goldberg, Leonard A Study in Treason
Guelfenbein, Carla In the Distance With You Spanning from modern-day Chile to the 1950s, 60s and through the years of the Pinochet dictatorship, this Chilean literary thriller tells the story of three people whose lives are intertwined with that of a mysterious author.
Haohui, Zhou Death Notice
Hilderbrand, Elin The Perfect Couple
Hillier, Jennifer Jar of Hearts Fourteen years after Angela's disappearance, her remains are discovered near her friend Georgina's childhood home, so when the latter is arrested, Detective Kaiser, who was friends with both girls in high school, must unravel the truth.
Hirsch, Paddy The Devil's Half Mile
Hopkins, Ellen A Sin Such As This
House, Silas Southernmost A natural disaster inspires an evangelical preacher to reverse his position about gay rights, a transition that ends his marriage and job, forcing him to take desperate measures to introduce his son to a more accepting world.
Hummel, Maria Still Lives
Immergut, Debra Jo The Captives
Jackson, Lisa Liar, Liar
Jennings, Luke Codename Villanelle
Johnson, Caleb Treeborne Anticipating the end of her small Alabama community, an orchard keeper seeks to preserve its story by imparting the experiences of the ancestors who endured hardships and loss against a backdrop of regional history.
Kepnes, Caroline Providence
Khan, Vaseem Murder at the Grand Raj Palace
Kiernan, Caitlin R. Black Helicopters
Knecht, Rosalie Who Is Vera Kelly? Navigating the underground gay scene of 1962 Greenwich Village, quick-witted Vera Kelly is recruited for the CIA and infiltrates a group of student activists in Buenos Aires before a coup leaves her stranded in hostile territory. 
Lawhead, Stephen R. In the Region of the Summer Stars
Li, Lillian Number One Chinese Restaurant A working family that has built a busy life running a beloved Maryland Chinese restaurant is forced by youthful recklessness and a tragedy to confront interpersonal conflicts and the limits of what parents are willing to sacrifice for their children.
Lovering, Carola Tell Me Lies
Mah, Ann The Lost Vintage Returning to her ancestral vineyard in Burgundy, an aspiring master wine expert unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative and a family secret from World War II.
Makkai, Rebecca The Great Believers A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives.
Martin, George R. R. Low Chicago
McAulty, Todd The Robots of Gotham In a futuristic world dominated by a fascist coalition of machines, a Canadian businessman survives a rogue war attack and teams up with a Russian medic and a damaged robot to stop a genocidal machine conspiracy.
McLaughlin, James A. Bearskin Hiding out from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed in Arizona, Rice More, while protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia, exposes a bear-poaching scheme that revelas his location to the criminals he was running from in the first place.
Meyerson, Amy The Bookshop of Yesterdays
Millet, Lydia Fight No More Twelve interconnected stories follow Nina, a lonely real-estate broker who is estranged from her only relative, as she moves through the houses of the wealthy elite in Los Angeles.
Modesitt, L. E. Outcasts of Order
Morrow, Bethany C. Mem
Murata, Sayaka Convenience Store Woman A Japanese woman who has been working at a convenience store for 18 years, much to the disappointment of her family, finds friendship with an alienated, cynical and bitter young man who becomes her coworker.
Nakamura, Fuminori Cult X
Noble, Shelley Lighthouse Beach
Nugent, Liz Lying in Wait The wife of a respected judge and mother to a beloved son finds their home in Dublin thrown into devastating turmoil by her son's discovery of dark family secrets.
Palmer, Diana Unbridled
Paris, B. A. Bring Me Back Ten years after his wife Layla's disappearance, Finn gets a phone call that she's been seen, receives messages from strangers who seem to know too much, and long-lost items from the past begin showing up around the house.
Patterson, James Murder in Paradise
Perri, Camille When Katie Met Cassidy
Pittard, Hannah Visible Empire
Polk, C. L. Witchmark After going to war to escape his destiny, Miles Singer is unable to leave his past behind when he, after faking his own death, reinvents himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veteran’s hospital where he can no longer hide what he truly is.
Putney, Mary Jo Once a Scoundrel
Reardon, Bryan The Real Michael Swann Unable to find her husband after a terrorist explosion in New York City, Julia Swann frantically searches for him while recalling their life together, until troubling new developments raise questions about her husband's behavior and his failure to contact her.
Reed, Joe Mungo We Begin Our Ascent
Regan, Katy Little Big Love A 10-year-old boy who has never met his father haplessly endeavors to reunite his parents to give his heartbroken mother the happily ever after she deserves, an effort that reveals the shattering reasons that his father left.
Riggs, Cynthia Widow's Wreath
Sacks, Michelle You Were Made for This Visiting her childhood best friend's home in Sweden, where she is warmly welcomed and begins to appreciate the community's simple routines, Frank begins to notice treacherous undercurrents beneath her friend's social appearance of domestic tranquility.
Schepp, Emelie Slowly We Die
Shalvis, Jill Rainy Day Friends
Shepherd, Peng The Book of M
Singh, Nalini Ocean Light
Soli, Tatjana The Removes
Steadman, Catherine Something in the Water A shocking discovery while on their honeymoon in Bora Bora forces Mark and Erin to make a dangerous choice between speaking out or protecting their secret.
Stroud, Carsten The Shimmer
Umrigar, Thrity The Secrets Between Us After being fired from her job as a servant, Bhima forms a partnership with Parvati to sell produce at the local market and makes her first true friend.
Valmorbida, Elise The Madonna of the Mountains
Villareal, Raymond A.A People's History of the Vampire Uprising
Walker, Martin A Taste for Vengeance
Weir, Meghan Maclean The Book of EssieThe 17-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family’s hit reality show, has a secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.
Wiggs, Susan Between You and Me
Williams, Katie Tell the Machine Goodnight A personalized recommendation consultant observes how her work and the experiences of those around her, including her perpetually malcontented teen son, reflect respective beliefs about happiness.
Wood, James Upstate
Books May 2018
AuthorTitleLibrarians' Picks
Abel, HeatherThe Optimistic DecadeThe founder of a utopian summer camp and other locals navigate the ups and downs of idealism and good intentions gone wrong during years marked by the oil-shale bust, protests against the Reagan Administration, and the Gulf War.
Agresti, AimeeCampaign Widows
Aickman, RobertCompulsory Games
Anwar, ArifThe StormInterweaves five different love stories that take place over 60 years in Bangladesh including the tales of a privileged couple who leave everything in Calcutta, a Japanese pilot and a British doctor stationed in Burma during World War II.
Asher, NealRise of the Jain
Barsa, MichaelThe Garden of Blue Roses
Bates, CallieThe Memory of Fire
Bennis, RobynBy Fire Above
Betley, MatthewField of Valor
Billingham, MarkThe Killing Habit
Blum, JennaThe Lost FamilyResigning himself to solitude, chef and Auschwitz survivor, Peter Rashkin, in 1965 Manhattan, devotes himself to running Masha’s restaurant, until he meets and marries June, but the horrors of his past soon overshadow him, June and their daughter.
Blundell, JudyThe High SeasonForced to rent out her family's seaside Long Island home every summer just so they can afford to keep it, Ruthie goes to extreme lengths to protect the life she loves in the wake of a suddenly estranged marriage, the return of an old flame, and her teen daughter's destructive relationship.
Bostwick, MarieJust in Time
Broder, MelissaThe PiscesBottoming out after a dramatic breakup, doctoral student Lucy accepts her sister's invitation to dog-sit at her home on Venice Beach for the summer, where she meets an eerily attractive swimmer whose Sirenic identity transforms her understanding of what real love looks like.
Brown, HollyHow Far She's Come
Buckley, FionaThe Reluctant Assassin
Burton, Tara IsabellaSocial Creature
Butcher, JimBrief CasesPresents an urban fantasy-story collection starring Windy City wizard Harry Dresden and featuring an assembly of famous guest editors, in an anthology that includes the original novella, "Zoo Day."
Casale, JanaThe Girl Who Never Read Noam ChomskyA college student's procrastination over reading a Noam Chomsky work becomes a metaphor throughout subsequent decades of milestones that reflect the disparity between the carefully planned life she wants and the person she is really meant to be.
Celt, AdrienneInvitation to a BonfireSent to an elite all-girls New Jersey boarding school in the 1920s, a Russian scholarship student endures bullying and prejudice before falling into the obsessive circles of a much-admired writer and his scheming wife.
Chamoiseau, PatrickSlave Old ManMaking a daring escape from a Martinique plantation, an elderly slave is chased by his master and a fearsome hound through a lush rain forest where the slave's flight to freedom and the sinister but exhilarating aspects of nature transform the perspectives and senses of both pursued and pursuer.
Clark, TracyBroken Places
Cleverly, BarbaraFall of Angels
Cohen, ElisabethThe GlitchA high-profile, TED-talking, power-posing Silicon Valley CEO and mother of two finds her over-scheduled life turned upside-down by the baffling appearance of a woman claiming to be a younger version of herself.
Colgan, JennyThe Endless Beach
Connolly, JohnThe Woman in the Woods
Cusk, RachelKudosA literary visit to a Europe in transition finds a material-seeking writer deeply identifying with the people she meets before evaluating difficult questions about acclaim, justice, and the ultimate value of suffering.
Dallas, SandraThe Patchwork Bride
Dams, Jeanne M.Crisis at the Cathedral
De La Pava, SergioLost EmpressShocked when her brother inherits their father's NFL team in spite of her pivotal role in building the family dynasty, Nina takes over a small indoor football franchise, but her ambition is challenged by a criminal mastermind preparing to commit an audacious act.
Del Arbol, VictorA Million DropsA lawyer with a monotonous existence discovers that his estranged sister killed herself under dramatic circumstances and begins investigating the shocking events that led her down such a dark path, including having murdered a Russian gangster who had kidnapped her son.
Devenport, EmilyMedusa Uploaded
Dewitt, HelenSome Trick
Diamond, De'neshaCollusionWith charges of collusion sweeping across Capitol Hill, Abrianna and Kadir team up with their group of rebels and revolutionaries to burn through the deception and spin to uncover the truth.
Donnelly, Lara ElenaArmistice
Drucker, JohannaDowndriftSlowly at first, then with increasing speed, animals worldwide develop and surpass human skills in every field, from manual labor to theoretical thinking, with earth-shattering consequences for the future of humanity.
Duffy, ErinRegrets Only
Feist, Raymond E.King of AshesYears after four of the once-peaceful kings of North and South Tembria betray an ancient covenant and kill a fifth ruler, the slain king's secret heir, an elite warrior; and another mysterious orphan, a master weapons smith, find their choices determining the fate of their world.
Fine, JuliaWhat Should Be Wild
Flanders, JudithA Howl of Wolves
Flower, AmandaFlowers and Foul PlayFlying to Scotland when she inherits her godfather's cottage in the wake of multiple losses, Fiona Knox discovers a body in the property's once-resplendent walled garden and must catch a killer to clear her loyal caretaker's name.
Franklin, Lindsay A.The Story Peddler
Frumkin, RebekahThe ComedownA street-smart drug dealer and a simpering addict become unlikely partners when a deal gone tragically wrong and the disappearance of a quarter of a million dollars set in motion a series of odd and captivating events that evince racial, class, religious, and generational divides.
Gabel, AjaThe EnsembleForging a familial bond over their shared artistic talents and secrets, four young people navigate a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love reinforce and divide them throughout the course of their lives.
Gable, MichelleThe Summer I Met JackA tale inspired by the affair between JFK and Alicia Corning Clark relates how a young Polish maid is forced to end her relationship with a rising political star before her Hollywood successes, and a chance encounter a decade later.
Hall, AramintaOur Kind of Cruelty
Hansen, MalcolmThey Come in All ColorsA mixed-race Georgia teenager experiences racism at a New York prep school in the late 1960s and after an outburst puts him on academic probation, he begins revisiting the sequence of events that led to him and his mother fleeing North.
Harris, Joanne M.The Testament of Loki
Hart, JoeObscura
Haywood, SarahThe CactusAvoiding messy emotions in a perfectly ordered life marked by a logic-oriented career and a friends-with-benefits arrangement, Susan tackles the unexpected double challenge of losing her mother and becoming pregnant and is challenged to ask for help while discovering herself in unlikely ways.
Heaberlin, JuliaPaper GhostsAn elderly man, once acquitted of a murder and suspected in many others, is removed from his assisted-living facility by a woman he does not recognize who claims to be his long-lost daughter, a situation that brings into question her motives and the legitimacy of his dementia.
Herron, MickLondon Rules
Heti, SheilaMotherhood
Hoang, HelenThe Kiss QuotientA 30-year-old math whiz with Asperger's tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department.
Hunter, DeniseHoneysuckle Dreams
Indridason, ArnaldurThe Shadow Killer
Isaac, CatherineYou Me EverythingA decade after leaving the disinterested father of her baby, Jessica is convinced by her terminally ill mother to make room for the child's father in their lives and embarks on a summer-long trip to France, where she visits the hotel her ex runs and endeavors to make him love his son.
John, D. B.Star of the North
Joukhadar, Jennifer ZeynabThe Map of Salt and StarsLiving eight hundred years apart, two girls, a modern day Syrian refugee and a medieval apprentice to a legendary mapmaker, experience the pain of exile and triumph of courage.
Kava, AlexLost Creed
Kidd, JessMr. Flood's Last ResortPresents the tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder who tackle notions of forgiveness, independence, sainthood, duty, and connections before dark family secrets are brought to light, revealing the sinister fate of a missing local schoolgirl.
Kilpack, Josi S.Miss Wilton's Waltz
King, JannaThe SeasonairesWorking as carefree seasonaires for a chic clothing brand, six Nantucket twenty-somethings find their summer fun interrupted by the machinations of the company's owner, who stages dramatic conflicts among her workers while demanding they post their lives on social media.
King, Laurie R.Island of the Mad
Kitson, MickSalArmed with a map, a compass, a Bear Grylis knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit, Sal, a young girl, goes on the run in rural Scotland with her 10-year-old sister, the victim of sexual abuse, in a disturbing, yet uplifting, story of survival, the kindness of strangers and the unbreakable bond between sisters.
Kuang, R. F.The Poppy War
Lackey, MercedesThe Hills Have Spies
Lawrence, MarkGrey Sister
Layne, LaurenHot Asset
Lindgren, MinnaDeath in Sunset Grove
Maden, MikeTom Clancy Line of Sight
Martin, CharlesSend Down the RainWhen Allie loses her second husband to a car accident, traumatized Vietnam War veteran Joseph reemerges from her past in time for them both to find comfort with one another, but a secret from the distant past might stand in the way.
McCauley, StephenMy Ex-Life
McClellan, BrianWrath of Empire
Milchman, JennyWicked River
Mirza, Fatima FarheenA Place for UsA family caught between two cultures yields a resonant story of faith, tradition, identity and belonging.
Mott, JasonThe Crossing
North, Claire84KTheo, an employee at the Criminal Audit Office dutifully assesses crimes and ensures that perpetrators pay their debts to society in cash instead of prison time, until his friend, Dani, is murdered.
Oates, Joyce CarolNight-Gaunts and Other Tales of Suspense
Onuzo, ChibunduWelcome to LagosResolving to abandon his post when he is ordered to kill innocent civilians, Nigerian army officer Chike Ameobi becomes the leader of a band of runaway rebels, each of whom imparts the difficult and remarkable experiences that drove them to seek better lives.
Orange, TommyThere ThereA novel that grapples with the complex history and identity of Native Americans follows twelve characters, each of whom has private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow.
Page, NoraBetter Off Read
Pattison, EliotSavage Liberty
Pearson, AllisonHow Hard Can It Be?When her husband quits his job to pursue cycling and mindfulness, middle-aged mom Kate Reddy returns to the workforce as an entry-level employee for her former employer.
Pekkanen, SarahThe Ever After
Pettus, CharltonExit StrategyHiring the services of a secretive organization that allows the wealthy and famous to fake their deaths and start over with a new identity, the brilliant founder of a financially ruined tech startup questions the circumstances that led to his decision and encounters violent resistance when he attempts to reclaim his life.
Phillips, CarylA View of the Empire at SunsetA suspenseful reimagining of the life of Jean Rhys, author of "Wide Sargasso Sea," traces her tempestuous life in Edwardian England and 1920s Paris before a brief visit transforms her views about colonization in the Caribbean of her childhood.
Poeppel, AmyLimelightOptimistically moving her family from suburban Dallas to Manhattan, Allison Brinkley finds New York unexpectedly bewildering, until an encounter with a famous pop star who has been cast in a Broadway musical provides her with a surprising opportunity.
Powers, KevinA Shout in the RuinsA sweeping and dramatic novel that spans 100 years and is set in Virginia during the Civil War and a century beyond explores the brutal legacy of violence and exploitation in American society as it examines the fates of the inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation and their descendants.
Preston, DouglasThe Pharaoh Key
Reichert, Amy E.The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
Rizzuto, Rahna ReikoShadow ChildHana and Kei, fatherless, mixed-race twin sisters raised in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s by their unstable mother, see their lives shattered by a near-fatal betrayal that neither one can forgive.
Robards, KarenThe Moscow Deception
Rovin, JeffFor Honor
Skenandore, AmandaBetween Earth and Sky
Sly Crane, GenevieveSororityIn the wake of a pledge's mysterious death, a house of sorority sisters hide secrets--including the truth about what happened--behind a strong wall of absolute sisterhood that is only partially compromised by one student's inability to forget the truth.
Teller, DanielleAll the Ever Afters
Thomson, RupertNever Anyone but You
Trevor, WilliamLast StoriesA notable storyteller presents 10 thought-provoking tales that illuminate the human condition.
Tuomainen, AnttiThe Man Who Died
Valente, Catherynne M.Space OperaThe fate of humankind and the Earth hang in the balance as species compete for glory in a galaxy-wide musical contestrife with glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars, where they must sing to survive.
Webb, BettyThe Otter of Death
Wechsler, PamelaThe Fens
Weisberger, LaurenWhen Life Gives You Lululemons
West, CatherineWhere Hope BeginsFrom break-through novelist Catherine West comes the story of a woman who seeks refuge in the Berkshires after the heartbreak of a broken marriage and finds hope in unexpected places.
Whelan, JuliaMy Oxford Year
White, KarenDreams of Falling
Winman, SarahTin ManShortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, a heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms gradually reveals a fallout between two longtime friends and Oxford students over the course of a decade marked by the marriage of one and the disappearance of the other.
Winthrop, Elizabeth H.The Mercy SeatIn the hours leading up to the scheduled execution of a black teen for the alleged rape of a white woman in 1943 Louisiana, the convicted boy, his father, the District Attorney, and other townspeople consider what the execution means to their community.