New Items ~ January 2022

FICTION

Autopsy (Kay Scarpetta, #25) by Patricia Cornwell. Relaunching the electrifying, landmark thriller series, chief medical examiner Scarpetta hunts those responsible for two wildly divergent and chilling murders.

The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale. Dare Me meets Black Swan in a captivating, debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School – with all culminating in a twist you won’t see coming.

Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding. A visceral, tender, and brave portrait of addiction, recovery, and motherhood on a journey towards rehabilitation and redemption.

Burntcoat by Sarah Hall. Set against the backdrop of a deadly global virus in an unnamed British city, a sculptor isolates in her immense studio, Burntcoat, with a lover she barely knows in a tale of mortality, passion, and human connection.

The Cat Who Saved Books by Sōsuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai. An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat — a story for all those for whom books are much more than words on paper.

City of Shadows (Counterfeit Lady, #5) by Victoria Thompson. Elizabeth Miles has returned from her honeymoon, proud of forsaking her past life as a con artist – that is, until a friend needs her devious skills to help take down a slew of professional fraudsters.

Criminal Mischief (Stone Barrington, #60)by Stuart Woods. Well needed downtime is quickly lost as Stone suddenly finds himself on an international chase and, with the help of old friends – and alluring new ones – facing a foe more unpredictable than ever.

Curse of Salem (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit, #20) by Kay Hooper. The small town of Salem has been quiet for months – until an eerie and horrifying warning leads Bishop and team to hunt down a vicious killer and uncover a dark and ancient curse haunting Salem.

The Deathwatch Beetle (Ann Lindell Mysteries, #9) by Kjell Eriksson. Four years ago, a woman disappeared from an island off Sweden. When Lindell, no longer police, receives a tip that the woman has since been seen alive, she can’t help getting involved.

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky. A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia. Also a coming-of-age story of 20th-century Brooklyn itself.

48 Hours to Kill by Andrew Bourelle. A prison inmate on furlough learns a terrible secret about his sister’s mysterious death and then descends back into the criminal underworld to uncover the truth.

The Hanged Man’s Tale (Inspector Mazarelle Mystery #2)  by Gerald Jay. In the shadowy back alleys and opulent homes of Paris, hard-nosed police inspector Paul Mazarelle sets out on the trail of a serial killer.

Hello, Transcriber by Hannah Morrissey. A captivating mystery suspense debut featuring a female police transcriber who goes beyond the limits to solve a harrowing case.

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw. A richly atmospheric debut novel following three residents of a secluded, seemingly peaceful commune as they investigate the disappearances of two outsiders.

Honor by Thrity Umrigar. Tender, riveting and immersive love stories tell the tales of two couples and their sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges across cultural divides. Two courageous women navigate truth to their homelands and themselves.

Invisible by Danielle Steel. The story of a woman who must decide how high a price she is willing to pay to pursue her passion—and whether it is possible to stay true to herself while she does.

The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. A moving, beautifully written, and delicately constructed story of love, division, transcendence, history, and eco-consciousness. — (Or A rich, magical new novel on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal.)

The Left-Handed Twin (Jane Whitefield #9) by Thomas Perry. Jane Whitefield helps people disappear. Her latest client’s case sets her on a harrowing chase that winds through the cities of the northeast, ultimately plunging into Maine’s Hundred Mile Wilderness in a pursuit where only one party will emerge alive. 

The Librarian Always Rings Twice (First Edition Library Mystery, #3) by Marty Wingate. When a mysterious stranger turns up making claims that threaten the legacy of Hayley Burke’s late-benefactor, she must uncover the truth and catch a conniving killer.

The Midnight Lock (Lincoln Rhyme #15) by Jeffery Deaver. When a Manhattan woman discovers that her personal items have been rearranged while she slept, police initially dismiss her complaint. But it soon becomes a murder that Rhyme is called to investigate.

My Darling Husband by Kimberly Belle. In this compelling domestic suspense thriller a masked home invader reveals the cracks in what appeared to be a perfect marriage.

The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery, #3) by Kate Saunders. A cozy mystery set in the world of Victorian theater, with an indomitable lady detective.

Orphans of the Storm by Celia Imrie. An epic novel set against the backdrop of the sinking of the Titanic and based on a true story.

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart. Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation — a story of love and friendship that reads like a great Russian novel set in upstate New York.

The Paris Detective (Detective Luc Moncrief series, #1-3) by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo. The most revered detective in Paris puts his skills to the test with the NYPD in three thrilling cases.

The Postmistress of Paris by Meg Waite Clayton. A haunting story of an indomitable woman, inspired by the real-life Chicago heiress, Mary Jayne Gold, who worked with an American journalist to smuggle artists and intellectuals out of France during WWII.

Psycho by the Sea (Constable Twitten Mysteries, #4) by Lynne Truss. This madcap mystery has 1950s Brighton detectives confounded by an odd disappearance, a puzzling death, and an escaped criminal obsessed with hunting policemen.

Renewed for Murder (Blue Ridge Library Mysteries, #6) by Victoria Gilbert. Librarian Amy Webber dances with death in this cozy library mystery.

Rogue Asset (Presidential Agent, #9) by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson. In this revival of the W.E.B. Griffin series, the secretary of state has been kidnapped by Islamic extremists and his only hope for survival is a reconstituted Presidential Agent team.

Sea Hawke (Alexander Hawke, #12) by Ted Bell. Gentleman spy and MI6 legend, Hawke is in troubled waters when an around-the-world journey becomes a fight against terror.

Seasonal Work  by Laura Lippman. A diverse and suspenseful collection of diabolically clever stories featuring fierce women, deception, murder, dangerous games, and love gone wrong by one of today’s top crime writers.

Sharpe’s Assassin: Richard Sharpe and the Occupation of Paris, 1815 (Sharpe, #22) by Bernard Cornwell. Outsider, Hero, Rogue, and the one man you want on your side. With the dust still settling after the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington needs a favor, he turns to Sharpe. For Wellington knows that the end of one war is only the beginning of another.

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan. The tale of one man’s courage and a remarkable portrait of love and family comprise this deeply affecting story of hope, quiet heroism, and empathy.

Tell Me How to Be by Neel Patel. An irreverent and tender novel about life’s early betrayals and the cost of reconciliation, as well as a love story of a mother and son each trying to figure out how to be in the world.

Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson. A sweeping, prescient thriller that transports readers to a near-future world in which the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and deadly pandemics.

The Winter Guest (Winter Guest, #1) by Pam Jenoff. A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart.

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult. Diana O’Toole’s perfectly planned life is right on track—until a virus breaks out and she finds herself solo and stranded in the Galápagos Islands. In her time alone, she examines her relationships, her choices, and herself – and wonders if she will have evolved into someone completely different when she returns home. (Rights sold for adaptation as a feature film.)

You Feel it Just Below the Ribs by Jeffrey Cranor & Janina Matthewson. A fictional autobiography in an alternate, dystopian 20th Century that chronicles one woman’s unusual life, including the price she pays to survive and the cost her choices hold for the society she is trying to save.

NON FICTION

Apparently There Were Complaints by Sharon Gless. A laugh-out-loud, juicy, and touching personal and professional memoir of Gless’s five groundbreaking decades in Hollywood.

Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch. A transporting and illuminating bibliographic voyage around the globe, seeing our world and its literature in new ways.

Audience-ology: How Moviegoers Shape the Films We Love by Kevin Goetz. Discover the fascinating and secretive process of audience testing of Hollywood movies through these first-hand stories from famous filmmakers, studio heads, and stars.

Brothers in Arms: One Legendary Tank Regiment’s Bloody War from D-Day to VE-Day by James Holland. Celebrated military historian James Holland chronicles the experiences in World War II of the legendary tank unit, the Sherwood Rangers.

Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman. This debut collection, full of musical language, exploring themes of identity, grief, and memory, is a lyric of hope and healing.

The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary Lives of Winston and Clementine’s Daughters by Dr. Rachel Trethewey. Previously unpublished letters from the Churchill archives help to bring these women out of the shadows to tell their remarkable stories for the first time.

Citizen Cash: The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash by Michael Stewart Foley. In addition to American icon, Foley argues that Cash was also the most important, albeit unrecognized, political artist in the United States.

The Defense Lawyer: The Barry Slotnick Story by James Patterson & Benjamin Wallace. Known for his sharp mind, sharp suits, and bold courtroom strategies, Slotnick is known as the best criminal lawyer in the US. His brilliance defines a profession, a city and an era.

New Children’s Titles