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A Heart Full of Headstones

For the many fans of Rebus and those who enjoy gritty Scottish noir.

No Strangers Here

Known for her cozies, O’Connor (“Home to Ireland” and “Irish Village” series) moves into darker territory here. For fans of Louise Penny.

The Shore

Runde’s debut is a heartbreaking family journey; a summer read that is at once sad, hopeful, frustrating, and ultimately uplifting.

Orphans of the Storm

While much of the first half of the book moves at a glacial pace, once characters are on board the ship, the writing flows and readers will be swept away.


The Mad Women’s Ball

Debut novelist Mas blends history with a gothic tale about being a woman in a patriarchal society. It’s a compelling and quick read with an ending that seems a bit rushed. For fans of Sarah Waters.

The Burning Girls

Tudor (The Other People) strikes again with another thriller filled with twists and turns right up to the mind-bending ending.

Still Life

In the sixth in her “Karen Pirie” series (after Broken Ground), McDermid rewards readers with a timely and cracking good mystery that keeps the pages flying. New readers are brought up to speed and will join longtime fans cheering on the well-drawn characters.

Code Name Hélène

Based on the real-life exploits of “socialite spy” Nancy Wake, Lawhon’s (I Was Anastasia) story presents Wake’s heroism, alongside the bravery and sacrifice of all who fought, giving hope that even in the darkest times there are real-life heroes. Readers will be transfixed by this story of a woman who should be a household name.


Lost Autumn

MacColl (In Falling Snow) weaves the threads of each story into a compelling account of friendship, love, loss, and betrayal. This gift to historical fiction readers is also recommended to fans of Pam Jenoff.

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