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The Fervor by Alma Katsu (Apr 2022)
In 1944, Meiko Briggs and her daughter, Aiko, held in an internment camp in the Midwest, discover a mysterious disease spreading among the interned is linked to a demon from the stories of Meiko’s childhood, hellbent on infiltrating their already strange world.
Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang (Apr 2022)
A Chinese girl struggles to find her place in the 1880s American West after being kidnapped and smuggled, working at a calligraphy school and a San Francisco brothel as anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country.
Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Falade (Feb 2022)
Sergeant Richard Etheridge, the son of a slave and her master, must prove that his troops in the African Brigade are skilled and trustworthy as they raid the areas occupied by the Confederate Partisan Rangers in the fall of 1863.
Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough (Apr 2022)
Emma Averill worries that her crippling insomnia is a sign that she’s slowly going insane-like the mother she’s worked so hard to leave in her past.
Beat the Devils by Josh Weiss (Mar 2022)
Holocaust survivor and LAPD detective Morris Baker investigates a gruesome double-homicide in 1958 during the height of the Red Scare and stumbles upon a conspiracy that could destroy all of Los Angeles.
The Memory Librarian: and Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae (Apr 2022)
Singer-songwriter, actor, fashion icon, activist, and worldwide superstar Janelle Monáe brings to the written page the Afrofuturistic world of one of her critically acclaimed albums, exploring how different threads of liberation–queerness, race, gender plurality, and love–become tangled with future possibilities of memory and time in such a totalitarian landscape…and what the costs might be when trying to unravel and weave them into freedoms.
Let’s Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder (Apr 2022)
Nancy Harrison has all her credentials lined up for a run for office, but her listless, lackluster children could be a stumbling block. Son Nick is stalled on the musical he’s writing about Joan Didion, while daughter Greta whiles away her time as an Apple store salesclerk. Then Greta shows up on the news, leading a violent protest in Paris, and Nancy and Nick are on the next plane to control the damage to Greta, the family, and the campaign .
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Apr 2022)
In 1973 Montgomery, Alabama, Civil Townsend, a young Black nurse working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, grapples with her role when she takes two young girls into her heart and the unthinkable happens, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James (Mar 2022)
When Shea Collins, who runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases, gets a chance to interview Beth Greer, an infamous woman acquitted of two cold case slayings, she senses something isn’t right and wonders if she is in the presence of a manipulative murderer.
When Blood Lies by C. S. Harris, Sebastian St. Cyr mystery #17 (Apr 2022)
In 1815 Paris, Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, investigates the murder of his long-lost mother, who had been living under an assumed name as the mistress of the scion of a noble Scottish Jacobite family, and makes a shocking discover that could upend a hard-won world peace.
A Change of Circumstance by Susan Hill, Simon Serrailer series #11 (Mar 2022)
Chief police inspector Simon Serrailler investigates the death of a drug addict in a neighboring town and gets pulled into the underbelly of a sprawling drug running operation.
Cold Clay by Juneau Black, Shady Hollow novel #2 (Mar 2022)
It’s autumn in Shady Hollow, and residents are looking forward to harvest feasts. But then a rabbit discovers a grisly crop: the bones of a moose. Soon, the owner of Joe’s Mug is dragged out of the coffee shop and questioned by the police about the night his wife walked out of his life – and Shady Hollow – forever. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but dogged reporter Vera Vixen doesn’t believe gentle Joe is a killer. She’ll do anything to prove his innocence… even if it means digging into secrets her neighbors would rather leave buried.
The King Arthur Case by Jean-Luc Bannalec, translated by Peter Millar, George Dupin mystery #7 (Apr 2022)
The forest of Broceliande, with its picturesque lakes and castles, is the last remnant of the fairy kingdom, if Breton lore is to be believed. Innumerable legends spanning thousands of years are set here, including the tale of King Arthur and the Round Table. It seems to be an appropriate destination for Commissaire Dupin and his team to take a late summer field trip. But when the body of a historian turns up, Dupin is called upon to investigate in the brutal murder case. Before too long, there are more victims.
Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian, Secret Staircase novel #1 (Mar 2022)
Tempest Raj, while visiting her dad’s latest renovation project, discovers the body of her former stage double and wonders if she was the original target, and as she dives into this impossible mystery, she wonders if the Raj family curse has finally come for her.
The Vanishing Type by Ellery Adams, Secret Book & Scone Society series #5 (Apr 2022)
Book store owner Nora Pennington helps Deputy Andrews plan a wedding proposal for his intended bride, Hester, and suddenly notices that all her shop’s copies of The Scarlet Letter have been vandalized in the fifth novel of the series.
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