New and Upcoming Fiction (Jan. 2022)

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Violeta: A Novel – Isabel Allende

‘Violeta’ tells the epic story of Violeta Del Valle, a woman whose life spans one hundred years and bears witness to the greatest upheavals of the 20th century. From the author of ‘A Long Petal of the Sea’.

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The Deepest of Secrets – Kelley Armstrong

.In this seventh entry of the ‘Casey Duncan’ series, the town of Rocktown thrives because the residents’ many secrets stay just that – secret. But when someone begins to expose those secrets, the people begin to turn on each other, and when one resident turns up barely alive, it’s clear that the trickster is actually a murderer. It’s up to Casey Duncan and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, to find the culprit while protecting those who have been thrust into the spotlight. 

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Death of a Green-Eyed Monster – M.C. Beaton

 In the 34th entry of the ‘Hamish Macbeth Mystery’ series, Hamish has met the woman of his dreams, and he spends the summer traveling with her up and down Sutherland until finally, he gets down on one knee and begs her to marry him – and she says yes. But the wedding is not to be. Instead, Hamish finds himself with a new murder on his hands – and he’s the prime suspect. If he doesn’t find the real killer, fast, Hamish may find himself locked up for good. 

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Life Without Children – Roddy Doyle

Love and marriage. Children and family. Death and grief. Life touches everyone the same. But living under lockdown, it changes us alone. In these ten, beautifully moving short stories, Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle paints a collective portrait of our strange times and cuts to the heart of how we are all navigating loss, loneliness and the shifting of history underneath our feet.

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The Mitford Vanishing – Jessica Fellowes

In this fifth entry of the ‘Mitford Murders’ series, the Mitford sisters former maid Louisa Cannon and her policeman husband, Guy, are surprised when a call comes in from Nancy Mitford requesting that they look into the disappearance of her sister Jessica in Spain. But one case leads to another as they are also asked to investigate the vanishing of a soldier. As the two cases come together, Louisa and Guy discover that every marriage has its secrets – but some are more deadly than others.

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Caramel Pecan Roll Murder – Joanne Fluke

 Embracing a sweet escape from her usual routine at The Cookie Jar, Hannah gets asked for her help in baking pastries at the local inn for a flashy fishing competition with big prizes and even bigger names. But the fun stops when she spots a runway boat on the water and, on board, the lifeless body of the event’s renowned celebrity spokesperson . . .

Famed TV show host Sonny Bowman wasn’t humble about his ability to reel in winning catches, and no one knew that better than his tragically overworked sidekick, Joey. Did Joey finally take bloody revenge on his pompous boss—or was Sonny killed by a jealous contestant?

With goodies to bake and a mess of fresh challenges mixed into her personal life, it’s either sink or swim as Hannah joins forces with her sister, Andrea, to catch a clever culprit before another unsuspecting victim goes belly up . . .

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The Paris Apartment – Lucy Foley

Jess needs a fresh start. She’s broke and alone, and she’s just left her job under less than ideal circumstances. Her half-brother Ben didn’t sound thrilled when she asked if she could crash with him for a bit, but he didn’t say no, and surely everything will look better from Paris. Only when she shows up – to find a very nice apartment, could Ben really have afforded this? – he’s not there.

The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess starts to dig into her brother’s situation, and the more questions she has. Ben’s neighbors are an eclectic bunch, and not particularly friendly. Jess may have come to Paris to escape her past, but it’s starting to look like it’s Ben’s future that’s in question.

The socialite – The nice guy – The alcoholic – The girl on the verge – The concierge

Everyone’s a neighbor. Everyone’s a suspect. And everyone knows something they’re not telling.

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Sierra Six – Mark Greaney

Before he was the Gray Man, Court Gentry was Sierra Six, the junior member of a CIA action team.

In their first mission they took out a terrorist leader, but at a terrible price–the life of a woman Court cared for. Years have passed and now The Gray Man is on a simple mission when he sees a ghost: the long-dead terrorist, but he’s remarkably energetic for a dead man.

A decade may have gone by but the Gray Man hasn’t changed. He isn’t one to leave a job unfinished or a blood debt unpaid.

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The Overnight Guest – Heather Gudenkauf

In this chilling thriller from Heather Gudenkauf, a woman retreats to an isolated farmhouse to finish writing her book, but when she discovers a small child just outside during a snowstorm, she begins to search for answers. Soon it becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them.

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Free Love – Tessa Hadley

‘Free Love’ is a compulsive new novel about one woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London. With scalpel-sharp insight, Tessa Hadley explores her characters inner worlds, laying bare their fears and longings. Daring and sensual, ‘Free Love’ is an enthralling, irresistible exploration of romantic love, sexual freedom and living out the truest and most meaningful version of our lives.

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Reckless Girls – Rachel Hawkins

In this deliciously wicked gothic suspense novel from Rachel Hawkins, a group of people sail to an isolated Pacific Island with a dark history. When one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, they begin to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.

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Robert Ludlum’s The Treadstone Transgression – Joshua Hood

A blown mission and a dead team leave Adam Hayes the last loose thread in a tapestry of betrayal in this third high stakes international thriller in the ‘Treadstone’ series.

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Targeted – Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter returns with this 12th taut, white-knuckled thriller featuring master sniper Bob Lee Swagger as he protects a group of political hostages during a perilous standoff and once again proves his title of true American literary icon (Mark Greaney, author of ‘Mission Critical’).

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The Goodbye Coast – Joe Ide

Raymond Chandler’s iconic detective, Philip Marlowe, gets a dramatic and colourful re-invention at the hands of award-winning novelist Joe Ide. Detective Marlowe accepts two missing person cases, the first a daughter of a faded, tyrannical Hollywood starlet, and the second, a British child stolen from his mother by his father. At the center of ‘The Goodbye Coast’ is Marlowe’s troubled relationship with his father, a son who despises yet respects his dad, and a dad whos unable to hide his bitter disappointment with his grown boy.

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Nothing to Lose – J.A. Jance

In the 25th thrilling ‘Beaumont’ suspense novel from J. A. Jance, Beaumont is approached by a visitor from the past and finds himself drawn into a missing persons case where danger is lurking and family secrets are exposed.

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The Liz Taylor Ring – Brenda Janowitz

Loosely inspired by the real-life relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the Krupp diamond he gifted her as a symbol of their love, ‘The Liz Taylor Ring’ is a sweeping multi-generational novel about three siblings, the family heirloom that divides them, and the long-buried secret that forces them to question everything they thought they knew about their parents’ epic love story.

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Deadlock – Quintin Jardine

 In this 33rd ‘Bob Skinner’ novel, several residents in Skinner’s community seem to die of natural causes. But when a gruesome discovery is made in a Glasgow flat and one of Skinner’s long-time friends emerges as the prime suspect, things become very murky. After unpicking clues that go nowhere, Skinner and his team are left grappling the most baffling conundrum they have ever encountered – is there a mystery at all?

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Killer View – Roy Johansen

In ‘Killer View’, the first solo book written by Iris Johansen’s son and co-author, former soldier and bodyguard turned private investigator Jessie is hired by the co-owner of a consulting firm that prepares the wealthy for life in prison when his business partner goes missing.

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Mirror Man – Lars Kepler

In this eighth entry of the ‘Killer Instinct’ series, Detective Joona Linna realizes that the murder of a teenager has an eerie connection to a death that was declared a suicide years before. When Mia, a 17-year-old orphan, goes missing, it becomes clear to Joona that they are dealing with a serial killer whose murderous rampage has just begun.

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The Cage: A Novel – Bonnie Kistler

Combining the propulsive narrative drive of ‘The Firm’ with the psychological complexity of ‘The Silent Patient’, ‘The Cage’ is a gripping and original thriller about two professional women – colleagues at an international fashion conglomerate – who enter an elevator together… but only one is alive when they reach the ground floor. From the author of ‘House on Fire’

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Quicksilver: A Thriller – Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz takes readers on a surprising and exhilarating road trip with Quinn Quicksilver, a man in pursuit of his strange past. With every deeply disturbing mile, something sinister is in the rearview – an enemy that is more than a match for Quinn. Even as he discovers within himself resources that are every bit as scary.

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House of Sky and Breath – Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller “House of Earth and Blood”, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it.

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Wahala: A Novel – Nikki May

Ronke wants happily ever after and 2.2. kids. She’s dating Kayode and wants him to be “the one” (perfect, like her dead father). Her friends think he’s just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.

Boo has everything Ronke wants—a kind husband, gorgeous child. But she’s frustrated, unfulfilled, plagued by guilt, and desperate to remember who she used to be.

Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle. No one knows she’s crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her “urban vibe.” Her husband thinks they’re trying for a baby. She’s not.

When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, it seems at first she’s bringing out the best in each woman. (She gets Simi an interview in Hong Kong! Goes jogging with Boo!) But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, and Ronke, Simi, and Boo’s close friendship begins to crack.

A sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal, “Wahala” (trouble) is an unforgettable novel from a brilliant new voice.

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The Chase – Adrian McKinty

Adrian McKinty returns with this new high-concept fast paced standalone thriller. From the author of ‘The Chain’.

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Recitatif: A Story – Toni Morrison

‘Recitatif’ is an arresting short story by the legendary Nobel Prize-winning author – the only short story she ever wrote – about race and the relationships that shape us, in a stand-alone hardcover, with an introduction by Zadie Smith.

Twyla and Roberta are two young girls who meet at St. Bonneventure’s orphanage for girls. They become instant friends, not because of their age, but because both of their mothers are still alive.

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Undermoney – Jay Newman

In the tradition of Jason Matthewss ‘Red Sparrow’, ‘Undermoney’ is an electrifying debut thriller about a group of American patriots who secretly take over the worlds largest dark money operation with the help of a beautiful female CIA agent – written by a seasoned global finance insider.

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When We Lost Our Heads – Heather O’Neill

Marie Antoine is the charismatic, spoiled daughter of a sugar baron. At age twelve, with her pile of blond curls and unparalleled sense of whimsy, she’s the leader of all the children in the Golden Mile, the affluent strip of nineteenth-century Montreal where powerful families live. Until one day in 1873, when Sadie Arnett, dark-haired, sly and brilliant, moves to the neighbourhood.

Marie and Sadie are immediately inseparable. United by their passion and intensity, they attract and repel each other in ways that set them both on fire. Marie, with her bubbly charm, sees all the pleasure of the world, whereas Sadie’s obsession with darkness is all-consuming. Soon, their childlike games take on the thrill of danger and then become deadly.

Forced to separate, the girls spend their teenage years engaging in acts of alternating innocence and depravity, until a singular event unites them once more, with devastating effects. After Marie inherits her fathers sugar empire and Sadie disappears into the city’s gritty underworld, the working class begins to foment a revolution. Each woman will play an unexpected role in the events that upend their city – the only question is whether they will find each other once more.

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A Thousand Steps – T. Jefferson Parker

Laguna Beach, California, 1968. The Age of Aquarius is in full swing. Timothy Leary is a rock star. LSD is God. Matt Antony is just 16 and trying to find his missing sister, Jazz. But in a town where the cops don’t trust the hippies and the hippies don’t trust the cops, uncovering what’s really happened to Jazz is going to force him to grow up fast. If its not already too late.

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Steal – James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Imagine everyone’s surprise when Carter von Oehson, a sophomore in Dr. Dylan Reinhart’s Abnormal Psychology class, posts on Instagram that he plans to kill himself. 24 hours later and still no one has seen him.

Release the hounds. A massive search ensues. But when Carter’s sailboat rolls in with the tide without him or anyone else on it, the worst seems to be confirmed. He really did it… Or did he?

The one person convinced he’s still alive is his father, Mathias von Oehson, founder and CEO of the world’s largest hedge fund. But what Mathias knows and how he knows it would ultimately reveal a secret so damaging that it would be as if he were committing suicide himself. There’s no way he can go to the police. But there’s still someone he can turn to.

Dylan now finds himself wrapped up in multi-million-dollar secrets and danger and it’s going to take every bit of his wit, and the brilliant and headstrong NYPD Detective, Elizabeth Needham, to stay ahead of both his enemy… and his employer.

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Diablo Mesa – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

In this third entry of the ‘Nora Kelly’ series, archaeologist Nora Kelly uncovers two unknown murder victims buried at the site of the 1947 Roswell Incident. The FBI are called in and Agent Corrie Swanson is assigned to the case. The discovery eventually opens up a Pandora’s box of mystery and atomic espionage, and a present day menace that puts all their lives at grave risk.

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Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris – Anne Rice and Christopher Rice

The gilded adventures of Ramses the Damned, iconic creation of the legendary Anne Rice, continue in this breathtakingly suspenseful tale of a titanic supernatural power unleashed on the eve of war.

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Abandoned in Death – J.D. Robb

The woman’s body was found on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.

It seems clear the killer’s childhood was traumatic—a situation Eve is all too familiar with herself. Yet the clues point to a perpetrator who’d be around sixty, and there are no records of old crimes with a similar MO. What was the trigger that apparently reopened such an old wound and sent someone over the edge? When Eve learns that other young women have recently vanished, the case grows even more urgent—and to solve it she’ll need to find her way into a hidden place of dim light and concrete, into the distant past, and into the depths of a shattered mind.

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The Starless Crown – James Rollins

An alliance embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover the secrets of the distant past and save their world in this captivating, deeply visionary adventure, first in a new series from James Rollins.

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The Family You Make – Jill Shalvis

During the snowstorm of the century Levi Cutler is stranded on a ski lift with a beautiful stranger named Jane. After strong winds hurl the gondola in front of them into the ground, Levi calls his parents to prepare them for the worst…but can’t bring himself to say goodbye. Instead, wanting to fulfill his mother’s lifelong wish, he impulsively tells her he’s happily settled and Jane is his girlfriend–right before his phone dies.

But Levi and Jane do not.

Now Levi’s family is desperate to meet “The One.” Though Jane agrees to be his pretend girlfriend for just one dinner, she’s nervous. After a traumatic childhood, Jane isn’t sure she knows how to be around a tight-knit family that cherishes one another. But an unexpected series of events and a host of new friends soon show Jane that perhaps this is the life she was always meant to have.

As Jane and Levi spend more time together, pretend feelings quickly turn into real ones. Now all Jane has to do is admit to herself she can’t live without the man she’s fallen in love with and the family she has always dreamed of.

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The School of Mirrors – Eva Stachniak

‘The School of Mirrors’ is a lush, engrossing tale of love, deception and scandal in the 18th century French court of King Louis XV. A scintillating, gorgeously written historical novel about a mother and a daughter in eighteenth-century France, beginning with decadence and palace intrigue at Versailles and ending in an explosive new era of revolution.

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A Game of Fear: A Novel – Charles Todd

 In this 24th installment of the acclaimed ‘Inspector Ian Rutledge’ mystery series, Scotland Yards Ian Rutledge is faced with his most perplexing case yet: a murder with no body, and a killer who can only be a ghost.

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The Books of Jacob – Olga Tokarczuk

In the mid-eighteenth century, as new ideas–and a new unrest–begin to sweep the Continent, a young Jew of mysterious origins arrives in a village in Poland. Before long, he has changed not only his name but his persona; visited by what seem to be ecstatic experiences, Jacob Frank casts a charismatic spell that attracts an increasingly fervent following. In the decade to come, Frank will traverse the Hapsburg and Ottoman empires with throngs of disciples in his thrall as he reinvents himself again and again, converts to Islam and then Catholicism, is pilloried as a heretic and revered as the Messiah, and wreaks havoc on the conventional order, Jewish and Christian alike, with scandalous rumors of his sect’s secret rituals and the spread of his increasingly iconoclastic beliefs. The story of Frank–a real historical figure around whom mystery and controversy swirl to this day–is the perfect canvas for the genius and unparalleled reach of Olga Tokarczuk.

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