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My Father’s House

O’Connor’s latest is a page-turner from start to finish. This riveting listen is a must-purchase and is highly recommended for fans of Mark T. Sullivan’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky or the 1983 film The Scarlet and the Black, starring Gregory Peck as Father O’Flaherty.

Women Are the Fiercest Creatures

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking dramatic domestic fiction melded with a thought-provoking thriller. Recommended for fans of Laura Dave, Cate Ray, and Robyn Harding.

The Magic Kingdom

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a complex, character-driven coming-of-age historical fiction about belonging and betrayal. Recommended for fans of William Kent Krueger, Ann Patchett, and Jonathan Franzen.

I’ll Stop the World

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a retro roller coaster of suspense and supernatural mystery. Recommended for fans of J.L. Delozier, Stuart Turton, and Mary Kubica.

Defending Alice: A Novel of Love and Race in the Roaring Twenties

A smart, if overlong, depiction of a noteworthy trial initiated only because of a domineering father’s racist beliefs.

Sister, Maiden, Monster

A unique and thought-provoking horror, visceral and violent, but deepened by Snyder’s deft touch for relationships, both sexual and platonic. An enthralling portrait of a world teetering on the brink of destruction.

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

A gleefully grim and entertaining journey of life and death during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Highly recommended for fans of South Asian literature and historical fiction. Winner of the 2022 Booker Prize.

The Rebel and the Thief

A lush and evocative novel that may have listeners questioning how far they would go if given a choice to suffer or survive, by any means necessary.

The Lost English Girl

Kelly’s (The Last Dance of the Debutante) latest is a poignant story of love, acceptance, determination, and duty. Share with fans of Shirley Dickson, Pam Jenoff, and Julia Kelly.


A delightful yet emotional listen that will have listeners laughing and rooting for this ragtag group of women.

The White Hare

With its gothic atmosphere, genuine history, and fraught maternal relationships, this is perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley or Sarah Blake.


This playfully imaginative, enthusiastically narrated satire of influencers and the wellness industry would be a fun book club choice.

Natural Beauty

Recommend to those who enjoy social commentary and suspense combined with elements of science fiction and body horror. Listeners will have a hard time pressing pause, as each chapter reveals shocking twists and turns.

The Soulmate

Will appeal to listeners seeking scintillating suspense about loyalty, love, and lies. Recommended for fans of Nicola Moriarty, Jillian Medoff, and Joy Fielding.

Cold People

An excellent addition to any thriller or science-fiction audio collection. Fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Kassandra Montag’s After the Flood will find much to love.

Murder at an Irish Castle

Mystery readers will be delighted with Brannigan’s debut. Recommend to fans of Sheila Connolly.

In Farm’s Way: An Organic Cozy Mystery

Will appeal to listeners seeking an amusing, atmospheric culinary mystery. Recommended for fans of Maddie Day, Sarah Graves, and Barbara Ross.

Murder in Postscript

Fans of Bridgerton, fiction set in Victorian England, and the foibles of the English gentry will enjoy. Listeners will eagerly await more mysteries featuring Countess Amelia Amesbury and her handsome co-detective, Simon Bainbridge.

Murder at the Majestic Hotel

Although it may be best appreciated by fans of the series, the intricate plot and entertaining characters make this a recommended listen for all. Share with those who like Claudia Gray, Jessica Fellowes, and Rhys Bowen.

Murder Served Neat

Klump’s latest, aided by Lee’s engaging narration, makes for a captivating listen. Share with fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Ellie Alexander.

A Flaw in the Design

Oates’s psychological thriller entertains right up to the satisfying surprise ending. Recommended for fans of Riley Sager’s Survive the Night or Mary Kubica’s When the Lights Go Out.

How I’ll Kill You

A grim and gripping psychological thriller that will captivate listeners from the beginning. This would be a great addition to any suspense/horror collection and is a perfect recommendation for book groups.

Of Manners and Murder

It’s no mystery that this production will be an excellent addition to any library collection, leaving listeners eager for Violet’s next adventure.

Play the Fool

Sieh’s entertaining performance ensures that listeners will be delighted by this audiobook production. Add to collections where mystery novels are popular.

The Writing Retreat

Despite the abundance of well-worn tropes, this solid thriller should appeal to fans of Ruth Ware and J.P. Delaney.

The Secrets of Hartwood Hall

Listeners will be enthralled by this historical gothic mystery in which all the characters are pitted against one another. Fans of Victorian novels will find much to love.

The Furies

Harding’s excellent pacing combined with Connolly’s intriguing characters make for a captivating listen. Recommend to fans of Michael Koryta and Clive Barker.

Stone Cold Fox

An absorbing novel with deliciously unexpected twists and turns. Share with fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

Murder in Haxford

Harrison’s performance alone is enough to recommend this breezy village mystery to classic mystery fans, especially those who enjoy cozy, character-driven whodunits that don’t take themselves too seriously.

It Ends at Midnight

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a disturbing thriller with an intricate plot and an unreliable narrator. Recommended for fans of Gilly Macmillan, Mary Kubica, and Lisa Jewell.

Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

Beyond an enjoyable mystery, this book succeeds in offering some laugh-out-loud moments, sweet displays of intergenerational friendship, and food descriptions that will leave listeners’ mouths watering. Fans of Sutanto’s previous light mysteries will enjoy this latest installment.

Red Queen

Brick’s performance brings out the warmth, as well as the drama, in this witty thriller, the first in Gómez-Jurado’s trilogy featuring a Lisbeth Salander–like character paired with a wonderfully self-deprecating cop. Libraries should expect significant demand, especially with a TV series in the works.

The Drift

Like all great apocalypse stories, Tudor’s novel is a blizzard of brutality and despair with just the tiniest flickers of hope. Recommended for fans of Kevin A. Muñoz’s The Post or Ruth Ware’s One By One.

Ode to Hip-Hop: 50 Albums That Define 50 Years of Trailblazing Music

A useful reference for hip-hop fans and music streaming enthusiasts.

Twentieth-Century Man: The Wild Life of Peter Beard

Overall, Beard’s life reads like the adventure it was. Recommended for both general interest readers and photography enthusiasts.

The Sweetest Revenge

Readers will love the fast-paced wit of both Amy and the supporting characters while she discovers who she is, where she wants to be, and what is truly in her heart.

Welcome to Beach Town

Fans of the prolific Wiggs and of strong women protagonists will stay up all night to finish this speeding bullet to the best-seller list.

My Magnolia Summer

Plot discrepancies and uneven pacing detract from full enjoyment the narrative, but fans of Dorothea Benton Frank will appreciate revisiting Sullivan’s Island.

Time’s Mouth

Those who enjoy reading about California counterculture and cults may be intrigued.

Onlookers: Stories

Full of ambivalent love, modern Southern charm, and contemporary concerns, the stories in this collection are timeless as well as sharply contemporary.

One Summer in Savannah

While emotionally ambitious in its choice of topic, this debut takes on too many challenges and fails to fully execute.

Mrs. S

A powerful and introspective novel that fans of queer literary fiction will savor.

The Lookback Window

This forceful, necessary novel, which includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault, depicts the often silent suffering and unfathomable effects of sexual abuse. Readers of Garth Greenwell or Eimear McBride will find it well worth diving into.

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.

A Child for the Reich

Newton’s latest historical novel (following The Girls from the Beach) brings to light the kidnapping of Czech children during World War II. Readers who like this genre will enjoy.

The Fraud

Smith wrestles contemporary themes surrounding women’s independence, racism, and class disparity from centuries-old events in her beautifully crafted historical. Readers of Geraldine Brooks or Hilary Mantel will be enthralled.

The Year of Second Chances

The level of chaos in Robin’s life overwhelms the issue of widowhood at times in the novel, but there is a strong setting and many elements to engage readers. Recommended for fans of Emiko Jean or Marisa de los Santos.

The Beach at Summerly

This page-turner has depth of feeling and intriguing historical details that will sweep readers off their feet.

Gone to the Wolves

Wray deftly explores late adolescence with its roller-coaster intensity of friendship and the music that binds everything together, in this case heavy metal and its mythological fantasies, which here become all too darkly real.

The War Pianist

Robotham’s entertaining and well-paced novel is a great addition to any collection of World War II historical fiction.

Where Ivy Dares To Grow

Thompson combines a gothic novel, a time-travel romance, and a frank depiction of living with mental illness. Most compellingly, the protagonist’s mental state is central to the narrative without driving the plot.

I Went To See My Father

Shin successfully crafts yet another beautifully presented and heart-rending tale, giving readers much to ponder. Not to be missed, it will appeal not just to fans of Please Look After Mom but to anyone who enjoys strong, introspective storytelling; also a good candidate for book groups.

My Mother Says

A bittersweet and humorous take on falling in and out of love; give to readers who enjoy stories with quirky characters and tongue-in-cheek humor that still explore real emotions.

The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood’s Kings of Carnage

This helpful overview of ’80s and ’90s action films also ventures into the forgotten subsequent film failures of the far-from-invincible men stars, guiding readers to films to avoid or to reevaluate.

The Sacred Life of Bread: Uncovering the Mystery of an Ordinary Loaf

A wonderful conflation of all that is theological and spiritual with the art of bread making. Best for ministers, parish leaders, and bread makers.

The Monkees: Made in Hollywood

This work ably demonstrates how the well-oiled music machine in Los Angeles scored a short-lived megahit with their American answer to Beatlemania.

Creating the Canon: Composition, Controversy, and the Authority of the New Testament

Readers of the New Testament will find this book to be both intriguing and informative.

American Idolatry: How Christian Nationalism Betrays the Gospel and Threatens the Church

Heartfelt, incisive, and worthy of thoughtful consideration.

Ducktails, Drive-Ins, and Broken Hearts: An Unsweetened Look at ’50s Music

A captivating and surprising overview of the 1950s music scene.

A Man of Much Importance: The Art and Life of Terrence McNally

Highly recommended for all libraries with drama sections.

Punk Revolution!: An Oral History of Punk Rock Politics and Activism

Malkin’s book will be of interest to many, but it is not the sweeping, nuanced history that punk deserves.

Burn It Down: Power, Complicity, and a Call for Change in Hollywood

All workers, as well as TV and movie buffs, can appreciate this well-told book of essays about labor in Hollywood.

This Is Reggae: My Life in Jamaican Music, from Zap Pow to Bob Marley and the Wailers

Of particular interest to reggae fans; a good addition to large music collections.

Out There: The Science Behind Sci-Fi Film and TV

Waldman’s fun guide brings together a fascinating cast of experts to help readers discover the real-life influences behind science-fiction movies and TV shows.

Althea: The Life of Tennis Champion Althea Gibson

Recommended for tennis fans and readers interested in race.

Freaks, Gleeks, and Dawson’s Creek: How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Television

An enjoyable look at a key era in youth representation on television.

Dark Days: Fugitive Essays

Readers interested in Black history, community traditions, self-awareness, and the works of Toni Morrison will enjoy Reeves’s first essay collection, as will those searching for a unique voice to help make sense of today’s chaotic world.

All You Need Is HELP

A fun collection of Beatles-related information that adds to the canon. Readers looking to see what extra work the group from Liverpool did outside of their own recordings will find it in this title.

The Beat, the Scene, the Sound: A DJ’s Journey Through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City

Hardcore house music fanatics will enjoy this book’s discussions on various clubs, drum machines, and acetates. Give it to readers who fondly remember the genre.

The Tao of the Backup Catcher: Playing Baseball for the Love of the Game

Baseball and sports lovers will likely forever revere and quote this book. It belongs in all general and many academic libraries.

The Evangelical Imagination: How Stories, Images, and Metaphors Created a Culture in Crisis

Often insightful and rewarding in its commentary on the Victorian roots of evangelical Christian ideas, this book could confront current issues a bit more strongly.

I Must Be Dreaming

Truly fascinating, frequently hilarious, and not to be missed.

The Man in the McIntosh Suit

Ayuyang (Blame This on the Boogie) presents a gripping and romantic Depression-era noir about a fledgling community struggling to achieve the American dream without sacrificing who they are.

A Half-Baked Murder

This cozy mystery with a modern twist offers informative details about cooking with cannabis and includes several recipes too. A winner for fans of Maddie Day, Ellie Alexander, and Mia P. Manansala.

The Family Bones

Some may guess the surprise ending, but even so, Marr’s (Strangers We Know) latest will keep listeners engrossed until the end. Highly recommended for fans of Lucy Foley, Ruth Ware, and Gillian Flynn.

Better the Blood

This planned series-starter excels in audio, as the emotive and authentically accented narrators create an unmatched sense of place and character.

Lewis Sinclair and the Gentlemen Cowboys

Patrons looking for thrilling mysteries that include love, jealousy, and betrayal set against a music-festival backdrop will enjoy. Suggest to fans of Dolly Parton and James Patterson’s Run, Rose, Run and Peggy O’Neal Peden’s Your Killin’ Heart.

Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide

Vance and Harris are a listener’s dream team. This rollicking mystery is a must-purchase for all libraries.

The Motion Picture Teller

Will appeal to listeners seeking an offbeat, optimistic mystery with stress-free suspense. Recommended for fans of Andrew Shaffer, Christopher Moore, and Alexander McCall Smith.

All That Is Mine I Carry with Me

The use of multiple narrators enhances Landay’s (Defending Jacob) latest and will have listeners fully invested in Jane’s story. A production well worth the listen.

3 Days To Live

Share with Patterson’s many fans and patrons who enjoy thrilling mysteries chock-full of surprising twists and turns.

A Good Day To Pie

Fans of the Great British Baking Show and other elimination-style culinary competitions will eat this up.

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