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The Final Act of Juliette Willoughby

Will appeal to those who enjoyed The Girls in Navy Blue by Alix Rickloff, which also uses alternating perspectives and dual timelines. Both novels deal with an apparent death and an investigation into the event.

Alice B. Toklas Is Missing

With a multilayered plot, real figures from Jazz Age Paris, and puzzles for Ida and her friends to figure out, this novel will appeal to fans of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code or Sulari Gentill’s A Few Right Thinking Men.

Sun Damage

With a con artist pretending to be someone else, this title has a similar feel to Catch Me If You Can by Frank Abagnale. It’s also reminiscent of Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, in which a single decision can alter one’s life.

The Last Lifeboat

Gaynor’s immersive novel pairs well with Jessica Mann’s nonfiction book Out of Harm’s Way: The Wartime Evacuation of Children from Britain, in which firsthand accounts and extensive research relate the experiences of children who were removed from their families and taken to foreign countries. Similarly, Julia Kelly’s novel The Lost English Girl takes place at the very beginning of the war when children were being evacuated to the countryside.

The Lost English Girl

A fascinating novel about a woman’s struggle with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, her parents’ harsh treatment of both mother and child, and the separation from her child under the threat of an imminent war. For a different perspective of civilian life during the war, readers might try Maureen Lee’s “Pearl Street” series, also set in Liverpool.


The twisting plot keeps the story entertaining. Much as Clea Simon does in Hold Me Down, Lovesey makes the violence clear but does not place it front and center in the manner of grittier writers such as John Grisham or Michael Connelly. Fans of English detective stories will enjoy this novel and will want to read more books by Lovesey.

The Girls in Navy Blue

This extraordinary novel follows the stories of strong women who undertake struggles and become stronger for it. Peggy’s journey renovating the cottage recalls Frances Mayes’s memoir Under the Tuscan Sun and its run-down villa.

Disaster at the Vendome Theater

This is a slow-burn mystery with little gore or suspense, but the alternating points of view give readers a unique perspective on the murders. For fans of Miranda James’s “Cat in the Stacks” mysteries, which also walk the line between lighthearted fluff and suspense while dispensing with graphic violence.

Fault Tolerance

An unusual combination of National Treasure and Star Trek in which a space crew races across a universe filled with an array of different beings.

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