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The Lesson

A compelling tale of invasive occupation and emotional uprising, Turnbull’s debut is complex and enthralling. It’s a must for all libraries, and the writer, who crafts speculative stories with black characters on par with Octavia Butler, is definitely one to watch.

Murder Once Removed

The winner of Minotaur's Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel competition, this debut features an intelligent genealogist detective, a strong supporting cast, some romantic tension, and information about Texas history that should appeal to readers of Rett MacPherson's genealogy mysteries as well as cozy lovers who prefer a dash of history in their mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]

Scot & Soda

McPherson stands apart in her ability to tell a hilarious tale while balancing the ramifications of crime. The author follows up Scot Free with another riveting cozy starring Lexy and her quirky yet fiercely loyal friends. This time, however, the deadpan humor is countered by a somber resolution and a story about consequences.

Daisy Jones & The Six

This latest from Reid (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) is for music lovers, romance fans, and anyone who wants to feel invincible with youth, intoxicated by music, and a powerful longing for days gone by. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18; also check out the Spotify playlist and forthcoming Amazon Video web-based miniseries.—Ed.]

White Elephant

Funny, spot-on satire relevant in today's divisive noise-machine of battling egos.


Meyers (The Widow of Wall Street) delivers a timely examination of body image, family, friendship, and what it means to be a woman in modern society. It will appeal to anyone who has ever dreaded stepping on a scale; even those who haven't will learn from it. Culturally inclusive and societally on point, this is a must-read. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18.]

Park Avenue Summer

Recommended for fans of Fiona Davis and Melanie Benjamin.

Trouble on the Books

Lang has written previous cozies as Linda Wiken (Roux the Day) and Erika Chase. In this new series, the setting is more enticing than the sleuth. Shelby lacks people skills, hasn't become part of the community, and is uptight and nosy. Readers looking for book-centric mysteries featuring more likable sleuths should be steered toward Eva Gates or Jenn McKinlay.

The Binding

With astonishing unpredictability, YA novelist Collins enters the adult arena with a spellbinding blend of history, mystery and fantasy. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

Misadventures with a Book Boyfriend

This latest entry in the "Misadventures" series posits a gentle premise that veers quite sharply into political drama, while remaining consistently sexy throughout. Recommended.

The Paris Diversion

Pavone gives us a fresh, pulsating, and introspective thriller that delivers on its tourist-heavy Parisian setting and expands and connects territory from his previous novels. An ensemble cast with alternating points of view enhances the wheels-within-wheels plot and are sure to please fans of Daniel Silva or Stella Rimington. Absolutely not to be missed. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

Unto Us a Son Is Given

Ideal for aficionados of Louise Penny's Kingdom of the Blind. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]

The Library of Lost and Found

Patrick (Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone; The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper) has once again crafted a heartwarming and tender tale of growth and redemption. Martha is a charming character whose journey of becoming is welcomed by all around her. Curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a biscuit and be entranced by this delightful story. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]

Throw Me to the Wolves

Familiar plot elements are reinvigorated by McGuinness (a prize-winning poet and author of a previous novel, The Last Hundred Days, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), his piercingly acute descriptions and telling sense of detail. This novel has the touch of a flayed poet about it, and that's meant in the best sense. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/18.]

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

The first-person narrative gives authenticity to the voice of this complex woman, as Thornton expertly weaves the events of her life. Fans of presidential fiction will devour this book, and biography lovers may be intrigued as well.

The Quintland Sisters

While the Dionne story is fascinating, the fictional elements are underdeveloped, with historical reportage taking the lead. For a deeper understanding of the true story, readers would be better off with one of the classic biographies or one of the Dionne sisters' memoirs. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]


Overall, a charming read for fans of women's fiction; Carty-Williams sets herself apart with her relatable and poignant writing. [See Prepub Alert, 10/1/18.]

Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)

Landvik (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons) has written a poignant but humorous, warm, and touching homage to writers while confirming the power and the importance of words.

The Loch Ness Papers

The intriguing Scottish bookshop and wedding details will satisfy fans of Amanda Flower's "Magic Garden" mysteries. Readers who relish eccentric characters and bookstores, as seen in Vicki Delany's "Sherlock Holmes" bookshop series, will savor this fourth entry (after Lost Books and Old Bones) in an atmospheric series.

Chocolate à la Murder

Weiss's follow-up to Deja Moo blends a strong sense of place with paranormal elements in a small-town cozy mystery. Fans of Juliet Blackwell or Christy Fifield will enjoy the supernatural aspects, while Dorothy St. James's chocolate-loving readers will want to sample this one.

The Dragonfly Sea

Caine Prize winner Owuor follows up her powerful debut, Dust, with a gentler but no less stunning novel of language, lineage, love, and family, those we're born into and those that we create.

The Electric Hotel

Smith tries to cover too much territory, but Ballard is finely rendered, and there are quite a few edge-of-your-seat moments. Recommended to fans of Graham Moore's The Last Days of Night and Amor Towles's The Gentleman from Moscow. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]


Full of substance and delightful characters with intriguing and intricate lives, Harrison's first novel will be a strong pick for fans of historical fiction featuring strong female leads, such as Kate Alcott's A Touch of Stardust and Jacqueline Winspear's popular "Maisie Dobbs" series.

Before We Were Wicked

Pages of two-person dialog can be clunky (e.g., "I'm a freshman when it comes to sex. You're a grad student"), and commentary about prejudice interrupts the plot with debates about Africans vs. African Americans, low credit scores, and the O.J. trial. Yet Dickey has fans who will appreciate Swift's backstory and especially the hot sex. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]


Seeking to demythologize an era, Furst upends our often nostalgic, peace-and-love view of the Sixties. He's particularly adept at painting a visceral picture of Freedom's surroundings, using the observational gifts of a child; glimpses of real-life activist figures such as William Kunstler and Phil Ochs add to the verisimilitude. Recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

Risky Play

An enjoyable romp that blends sex with soul-searching, as Mackenzie's and Slade's attempts to outrun their problems send them crashing into each other. Recommended for collections seeking erotica with a significant emotional arc.

The Rose

An otherworldly, titillating endeavor. Highly recommended for fans of the author and for readers seeking luscious erotica with more than a touch of magical realism.

Death of a New American

This follow-up to A Death of No Importance (a 2018 LJ Best Crime Fiction pick) is slow to develop, but with an astute amateur sleuth whose evaluation of the roles and positions of women is a crucial element, and a topical story line that emphasizes the immigrant experience and women's lives, this title comes highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/18.]

Stick Together

Quirky and engaging characters elevate a somewhat predictable mystery in this humorous novel that is sure to please fans of Jussi Adler-Olsen's "Department Q" stories.

Stay Up with Hugo Best

This poignant first novel will especially appeal to young people trying to make it in a confusing world. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

The Mother-in-Law

Lucy is hoping for when she overhears her future husband ask his mother, Diana, what she thinks of Lucy. Motherless herself, Lucy had been hoping for a warm relationship with Diana; her hopes are worse than dashed when she instead gains a mother-in-law who is cold and controlling. Known only to the reader is that Diana underwent a trauma that left her emotionally unable to function with others except in the most cautious way and frightened to help her children financially, even though she's rich, lest they become as vulnerable as she was. When Diana is found dead—perhaps by suicide but police mount a murder investigation anyway—the drama ramps up as family members and other characters take their turns under the microscope. Infertility issues play a large role in this Australian story and add to the tiptoeing around and agonizing that Hepworth (The Family Next Door) illustrates so well; the conversations among characters are another high point in the writing. VERDICT This absorbing, cleverly written tale is ideal for fans of Emily Elgar's If You Knew Her. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

Feast Your Eyes

Without being overt, this story is feminist at its core, as Lillian struggles twice as hard to subsist as an artist and is criticized for prioritizing her work over personal relationships. A strong book club pick.


Bold, imaginative, eclectic sketches feature women at the crossroads. Their resilience when faced with hardship and their methods of overcoming obstacles help to create a thoroughly challenging, pertinent, and ultimately uplifting read.

The American Agent

This is a fantastic read for historical mystery fans who enjoy complex and flawed characters. Highly recommended for all public libraries.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Fearless, revelatory, extraordinary; an essential acquisition for every library. [See Prepub Alert, 12/3/18.]

A Dangerous Collaboration

As there's little substance to the mystery, readers can concentrate on the slowly developing relationship between the fiercely independent Veronica and Stoker, who is still reeling from his wife's betrayal. Those new to the series should read the books in order. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]

Walking on the Ceiling

A poetic yet intellectual novel; highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 1015/18.]

The Spectators

A Whiting Award winner and Pen/Hemingway nominee, duBois writes an especially timely novel exploring the power of the media to foment chaos and the culpability of the public that validates the discord by watching. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/18.]

Miracle Creek

With touches of mystery, legal thriller, and character-driven storytelling, where nothing is ever quite as it seems, Kim's promising debut will certainly have readers looking forward to her next offering. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

Poplar Falls: The Death of Charlie Baker

The author of Dark Tales for Dark Nights claims he wrote this book for those who don't like scary stories. But readers who expect a police procedural will be surprised to find a town filled with sex addicts and scandalous behavior. Only for mystery fans with a sense of humor and a penchant for extensive sexual content.

Thomas and Beal in the Midi

Lovely literary fiction for not only fans of Tilghman's previous work but for anyone interested in that age-old question, What is true love? [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

The Healer's Daughter

Somewhat reminiscent of Jane Kirkpatrick's A Light in the Wilderness, this is far grittier. Readers who appreciate historical accuracy in their fiction will find this a powerful read. The impressive degree of realism and Hinger's skillful weaving of personalities and story lines make it a real page-turner.

A Stranger Here Below

With an atmospheric setting and strong sense of place, this leisurely paced historical mystery introduces a religious, reflective protagonist with a strong sense of duty and will be appreciated by readers who enjoy stories about the early development of the United States. The rich details of the experience and treatment of outsiders recalls Eleanor Kuhns's "Will Rees" stories.

Misadventures of a Curvy Girl

A thoroughly enjoyable addition to the series that is bound to tantalize readers. Highly recommended for fans of m/m/f and deliciously effective dirty talk.


Highly recommended for fans of weighty, emotionally raw erotica reminiscent of Anaïs Nin.

The Malta Exchange

Thrillers abound, but Berry has the lock on making history zing with breathless suspense and galloping action. Malta and the Vatican are superb settings for this ecclesiastical extravaganza. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]


Funny and enticing, this novel will appeal to readers who enjoy a hint of slapstick with their fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/26/18; library marketing.]

Blackberry and Wild Rose

Fans of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Chiaverini will be captivated by this story for its atmospheric, historically rich drama, and forbidden romance.

Cookin' the Books

This amusing series debut from Meade (Straighten Up and Die Right) contains a number of literary puns and eccentric supporting characters who steal the show. Additional development is needed for Tish, however, who's a little insecure as the lead. Recommend to readers of Tamar Myers's entertaining titles.

The Farm

Traveling from the glitz of Manhattan to multiethnic, immigrant Queens and the isolation of the rural Hudson Valley, this is an exciting read about the politics of motherhood and female autonomy. Highly recommended for readers of both popular and literary fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 11/12/18.]

The Invited

The latest from McMahon (Burntown) is like a nesting doll—a thriller inside a murder mystery inside a ghost story—and will chill readers with every sideways glimpse of a passing shadow.

Make Me a City

An ambitious literary debut that occupies a liminal space between alternative history and experimental literature.

The Nocilla Trilogy: Nocilla Dream, Nocilla Experience, Nocilla Lab

Readers of Borges, Cortázar, or Vila-Matas, all acknowledged in the text, will embrace the unconventional narration; for others it may be an original yet challenging reading experience.

Something Read, Something

This follow-up to The Spook in the Stacks once again casts Lucy and her close-knit, supportive group of friends in an engaging mystery. Readers who enjoyed Miranda James's "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries will discover this series similarly entertaining, complete with a library, a cat, and a captivating location and sleuth.

Cape May

This erotic debut novel will draw in readers and stay with them. The author's perceptive exploration of innocence and experience, corruption and betrayal, makes for compelling reading. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

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I'll Be Watching You

A must for mystery shelves.

Call Me Evie

With a story line that hooks readers immediately and twists and turns galore, this impressive debut is highly recommended for fans of Gillian Flynn and those who enjoy well-written psychological suspense tales. [See Prepub Alert, 9/17/18.]

The Perfect Alibi

Margolin introduces so many players so quickly it's difficult to keep track of everyone. Short chapters made to keep the story moving only lead to more confusion. An interesting mystery, but a miss for Margolin. Purchase only where Margolin fans clamor for more. [See Prepub Alert, 9/10/18.]

Her Father's Secret

Readers of more serious Scandinavian mysteries may be disappointed, but fans of Laura Lippman and Sophie Hannah might enjoy this novel. The cliff-hanger endings are sure to commit readers and libraries to the whole series.

The Widening Gyre

Fans of David Weber or Elizabeth Moon will enjoy this debut, and experienced sf readers will catch some winks at other series.

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Lost Children Archive

The shifting sensibility from observer to child to child migrant gradually pulls readers inside the migrants' nightmare journey to create a story that, if fragmented, feels both timely and intelligent. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

Cherokee America

Verble, whose novel Maud's Line was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, provides historical context and rich details about the lives and relationships of Cherokees in Indian Territory after the Civil War. Highly recommended for readers of literary historical fiction in the vein of Lalita Tademy's Citizen's Creek and Paulette Jiles's News of the World. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]

The Altruists

For readers drawn to flawed characters and their redemption.

The Red-Hot Cajun

A former environmental lobbyist has his Bayou life thrown into chaos when his ecoactivist friends kidnap a TV personality (who turns out to be his high school crush), and he's left to sort it all out...

The Victory Garden

Lovers of history will better understand the sacrifices in England during the Great War, while romance fans will revel in the engagement and growth of the characters. Another great read from the award-winning author.

Me for You

Fans of Jonathan Tropper and Winston's other books will want to see Rudy safely along his journey. [See Prepub Alert 10/1/18; library marketing.]

Playing for Keeps

Total opposites bond over a three-legged dog and find they have much more in common. A heart-melting, laugh-out-loud sexy romp that adds another delightful chapter to Shalvis's San Francisco-set series. Shalvis (Hot Winter Nights) lives in the Sierras near Lake Tahoe.

Sea Monsters

Written by a young and highly regarded Mexican American author whose debut novel, Book of Clouds, won a major prize in France, this work deftly communicates the wonder and amazement of discovery characterizing Luisa's inner and outer worlds. Aridjis is an accomplished wordsmith, and readers will find themselves rereading many passages in this wise, marvelous novel.

What Doesn't Kill Her

Action-packed, littered with dead bodies, and brimming with heartfelt emotion, this edgy thriller keeps the tension high. The cliff-hanger ending will have fans anxious for the next title. Although the story is complete in itself, readers will benefit from taking on the series in order. Dodd (Dead Girl Running) lives in Washington State.

Leading Men

This is a tale of love and loneliness, the personal costs of genius and its attendant fame, and of the ultimate, inconsolable pain of loss. In its depiction of Americans in Europe, its closest literary cousin might be F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night.

Elsewhere Home

Aboulela succeeds because her characters are neither neatly defined nor one-dimensional, though the milieus can become repetitive. Several stories were included in 2001's Coloured Lights, and most have been published elsewhere, which recommends this collection especially for libraries that have not already discovered this accomplished author. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]

Noble Hops

Well-matched protagonists fueled by love and purpose risk everything to bring a slick gangster down in a thriller both hot and sweet, wrapping up a well-done M/M series in style. Reyne (Craft Brew) lives in San Francisco.

A Woman Is No Man

Rum admits in the introduction that "to tell this story would be the ultimate shame to my community." Through well-developed characters and a wonderfully paced narrative, she exposes the impact that the embedded patriarchy of some cultures can have on women while showing more broadly how years of shame, secrets, and betrayal can burden families across generations no matter what the cultural or religious affiliation. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

Governess Gone Rogue

Witty, sensual, and just plain fun, Guhrke's latest foray into the late Victorian world of "Lady Truelove" cleverly refreshes the classic cross-dressing heroine trope; highlights the cruel disparity between opportunities for men and women; and gives a deserving pair their happy ending. A thoroughly engrossing read. Guhrke (The Trouble with True Love) lives in the Northwest.

Normal People

This brilliantly nuanced second novel fulfills the promise evident in the stunning debut, Conversations with Friends, as Rooney once again portrays to dazzling effect intelligent young adults who negotiate social roles and scenarios reinforcing power structures that, for better or worse, define relationships. Marianne and Connell are unforgettable characters, alluring and sympathetic, and Rooney is a formidable talent. A major literary achievement. [See Prepub Alert, 10/15/18.]

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Not your typical multigenerational saga, this debut novel proffers a dark version of the female experience, where motherhood leeches life from the soul. Stella is an original character ahead of her time, and readers may be troubled by her negativity and not wholly convinced by her action—but kudos to an author who can evoke such a strong reaction. For fans of Amy Tan or Isabelle Allende. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]

Lady Derring Takes a Lover

Sparkling banter, deep character insights, and a colorful supporting cast bring a clever scheme to life, setting up a series to savor. Historical readers will rejoice with Long's return to the subgenre and will be intrigued by hints of the next "Rogues" title. Long (First Time at Firelight Falls) lives in Northern California. [An editor's pick, p. 21.]

Woman 99

Macallister follows up The Magician's Lie with a novel of the power of sisterhood, shining a spotlight on the barbaric treatment of the mentally ill in this period as well as society's view of women who don't fit the "traditional" mold. Readers will become engrossed in Charlotte's journey of self-discovery as she fights to free herself and her sister from a rigged system. [See Spring Editors' Picks, p. 20.]

Outside Looking In

While it may be hard to get behind many of the deeply flawed characters, there is much to learn and enjoy here, as Boyle takes us deep inside the lives of Leary and his convention-bashing acolytes, offering a brisk read that provides much food for thought. Boyle fans will enjoy. [See Prepub Alert, 8/15/18.]

The Moon Sister

In each of her series novels, Riley draws magnetic and strong women, polar opposites in personality but all of them fearless and determined. This entry will delight followers of Riley's series but also appeal to new readers since each book can be read as a stand-alone. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

A Soldier's Return

Touching, gently humorous, and overflowing with small-town Pacific Coast flavor, this charmer takes readers back to Brambleberry House, a grand old Victorian with a dash of matchmaking magic, and a story with sweet romantic appeal. A bonus includes The Daddy Makeover (2007), the first in the original "Women of Brambleberry House" trilogy. Thayne (Season of Wonder) lives in Northern Utah.

Stroke of Luck

Daniels again turns in a taut, well-plotted, and suspenseful tale with plenty of red herrings. Readers will be in from the start and engaged until the end. A strong launch to what promises to be an exciting series. Daniels (Wrangler's Rescue) lives in Montana.

Grace After Henry

Both funny and touching, this charming story with wonderful characters examines the nature of grief, love, friendship, and family. For fans of Jojo Moyes and Marisa de los Santos. [See Editors' Spring Picks, p. 22.]

A Spy's Guide to Seduction

Rife with witty repartee, adventure, and sweet devotion, this flawlessly written tale demonstrates Moore's impeccable understanding of the Regency period, attention to detail, and uncanny ability to make readers part of the era. Moore (A Lady's Guide to Passion and Property) lives in Mill Valley, CA.

The Parisian

Against a backdrop of Arab nationalism and unrest caused by shifting political control of the region and waves of Jewish immigration, this finely plotted, big-hearted novel explores the origin of Mideast tensions that continue to this day. A compelling first novel. [See Prepub Alert, 10/22/18.]

Daughter of Moloka'i

Although Moloka'i is more compelling and complex, this sequel will be welcomed by readers wanting to know more about the family. [See Prepub Alert, 8/20/18.]

When You Read This

Debut novelist Adkins brilliantly captures the rhythms and cadences of the epistolary format in the digital age through a delightful cast of quirky, imperfect characters, both dead and alive. Tart, sweet, poignant, and rich with humor; completely irresistible. [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

The Parting Glass

Well-researched historical details lend authenticity to Guadagnino's captivating work, right down to the diction of the dialog. The limited opportunities afforded to women and immigrants by society colors this tale of passion and lies, which will appeal especially to fans of Sarah Waters.

The Conspiracy

Drugs, lies, corruption, and long-held secrets are at the core of this hard-hitting romance and well-done series opener. Martin (After the Sunrise) divides her time between a ranch in Missoula, MT, and a beach in California. [See Prepub Alert 7/30/18.]

An Unconditional Freedom

A heroine torn by conflicting loyalties and a vengeance-driven hero haunted by the past struggle to come to terms with reality and their feelings in this emotionally compelling, information-rich story. Very nicely done. Cole (A Hope Divided) divides her time between New York City and Martinique. [An editor's pick, p. 22; previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]

Say You're Sorry

Chilling and remarkably complex, this is a thriller that, for all its length, will keep minds sharp and nightlights burning. An excellent series start. Rose (Death Is Not Enough) lives in Florida. [See Prepub Alert 8/10/18; previewed in Kathryn Howe's "Love Changes Everything," LJ 10/15/18.]

The DNA of You and Me

Great for readers who would enjoy a surprisingly literary love story set against the clinical, sterile, and cutthroat environment of an academic research lab. [See Prepub Alert, 9/24/18.]

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