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The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries

Penzler’s latest is remarkable in size and scope, but listeners may want to enjoy in print rather than audio.

Her Little Flowers

Overall, the novel provides a compelling supernatural mystery that will hold a reader’s attention right up to the last page. Recommend to fans of Kate Morton and Eve Chase.

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Cosmic Detective

An outstandingly inventive and thrilling cosmic noir.

Save What’s Left

Funny and relatable, this fast-paced debut novel is guaranteed to give pause to anyone thinking about moving to a beach town.

The Duchess Effect

Sexy and insightful, this title should be popular with fans of multicultural, interracial, and royal, and romance novels.

Farrell Covington and the Limits of Style

For fans of romantic comic novels and LGBTQIA+ literature.

The Rachel Experiment

A light romance about embracing one’s distinct quirks, this book spotlights one woman’s journey to self-acceptance as she opens up to strong female friendships and the possibility of love.

The Rebel King

This second installment in Maxwell’s “Deviant Kings” series, after The Dark King, reads well as a stand-alone novel, as the author gently weaves the backstory from the first book through this new narrative. The bond shared by Tiernan and Fiona, fueled by love and lustful BDSM, will leave fans of paranormal erotica melting and ready for more.

President-Adjacent | Historical Fiction About the First Ladies and Their Circles

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New Romances Featuring the Grumpy/Sunshine Trope


Cinderella’s Secret Fling

A solid purchase for libraries where the first “One Summer in Italy” book, Unbuttoning the Tuscan Tycoon, was popular.

Targeted in Silver Creek

Fans will be delighted with this first book in a new series as Fossen (Spurred to Justice) slowly unfolds Hanna and Jesse’s story while setting the series up for future books.

Conard County: Code Adam

Lee (Conard County: K-9 Detectives) continues this long-running series with well-developed characters and thought-provoking story lines.

Disappearance in Dread Hollow

Readers will want to scoop up this book (and Jacob) to take home with them.

The Evidence Next Door

Miller writes another deliciously tantalizing “Kansas City Crime Lab” novel (following Decoding the Truth) that will keep readers up long into the night. Technically the third book in the series, this title can be read and enjoyed on its own and is an excellent choice for fans of Nora Roberts, Colleen Hoover, and Nicholas Sparks.

Ozarks Witness Protection

Wells continues the “Arkansas Special Agents” series (following Ozarks Double Homicide) with well-developed characters and skillfully written plotlines in this suspenseful romance.

Pretend Honeymoon with the Best Man

Laney and Ian come from different worlds, and it’s fun to watch them come together, especially when it leads to awkward miscommunications and fun banter in this stand-alone from Bolter (The Heir’s Cinderella Bride).

Not That Duke

Readers need not have read previous books in the series to enjoy this light and humorous historical romance.

It’s Only Fake ’Til Midnight & Trapped with Temptation

Readers of Garbera’s first “Gilbert Curse” book, One Night Wager, likely won’t want to miss this one. The second of St. Aubin’s “The Renaud Brothers” books, after Blue Blood Meets Blue Collar, satisfyingly combines three favorite tropes: opposites-attract, snowed-in, and only-one-bed.

Hunting a Hometown Killer

Readers drawn to fast-paced adventure and slow-burn love stories will find themselves reaching for this book, the first in a new series.

Second Time’s the Charm & Her Secret Billionaire

Since both books are series continuations, regular readers will undoubtedly want to get their hands on them.

The Baby Swap That Bound Them

An absolutely heartwarming story from Sheik (Forbidden Kisses with Her Millionaire Boss) that will keep readers yearning for more of this sweet, beautiful family.

More Than Rivals… & Seven Years of Secrets

Readers will enjoy being able to devour a complete series from start to finish in one volume. Many beloved tropes add to this duo’s appeal.

Billionaire’s Second Chance in Paris

Readers will be eager to see how the last entry in the “Son of a Parisian Dynasty” series (after Falling for Her Secret Billionaire) plays out.

The Other Mistress

Williams has a winner on her hands. Recommended for fans of Alyssa Cole, Liv Constantine, and Megan Goldin.

The Puzzle Master

This page-turner incorporates motifs of religion, security, meaningfulness, and loss into a mystical narrative that traverses different centuries focused on the same puzzle quest. This is a literary Da Vinci Code–like title that readers of quest-based thrillers and mysteries alike will enjoy.

The Judas Blossom

Aryan’s latest (after The Warrior) is perfect for those who enjoy dynamic historical fiction with a touch of magic, like the work of Guy Gavriel Kay.


The world as seen through the title character’s eyes is full of awe-inspiring wonder and fascination and is very relatable. The sincerity of Harold’s thoughts is often coupled with a cynical sense of humor that make for a droll and thought-provoking read that never ceases to prove enjoyable.


By the time Maud slowly starts to lay a groundwork for her new single life, readers who enjoy themes of women’s lives and relationships will be fully invested in her journey.

A Little Ray of Sunshine

Higgins tackles what it means to be part of a family and how family can look very different from person to person. Her signature humor sprinkled into a heavy topic makes this a must-read.

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Flesh and Blood

In this title recommended only for fans of the series, the past brutally crashes down on both officers.

The Nigerwife

British poet and playwright Walters, once a Nigerwife herself, paints a vivid picture of the financial and social constraints that European women face assimilating into Nigerian familial structure. Already optioned for HBO, this cultural critique couched in a mystery is a sure winner.

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‘We Could Be So Good’ by Cat Sebastian | Romance Pick of the Month

‘Emergent Properties’ by Aimee Ogden | SFF Pick of the Month

‘The Bitter Past’ by Bruce Borgos | Mystery Debut of the Month

‘Medusa’s Sisters’ by Lauren J.A. Bear | SFF Debut of the Month

‘Wanderlust’ by Elle Everhart | Romance Debut of the Month

‘All the Sinners Bleed’ by S.A. Cosby | Mystery Pick of the Month


Death Comes to Marlow

Thorogood gives the locked-room mystery a fun, modern twist that fleshes out the lives of its quirky protagonists; perfect for fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series.

Ciao for Now

Featuring two emotionally mature, career-minded protagonists and lush Roman locales, Bromley’s (Here for the Drama) breezy summer romance is perfect for fans of Elena Armas and Elissa Sussman.

Codename Charming

Parker returns with an endearing and equally humorous follow-up to Battle Royal with a serious but gentle bodyguard, an adorably sunny assistant, and a cast of secondary characters who deserve books of their own.


Once again, Hirahara illuminates the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II by embodying them in the lives of the Ito family. The author weaves a compelling tale, which is all the more poignant as it reminds readers of the shameful treatment of Japanese Americans, along with the racial prejudice still at work. A must-read.

The Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the Pacific

A great read for those enthralled with real-life stories of war and survival such as Laura Hilderbrand’s Unbroken and Adam Makos’s Devotion. Recommend to those looking for a new angle on World War II fiction.

Boys in the Valley

Libraries looking to add the leading edge of modern horror to their collection should purchase Fracassi’s new book. Some good read-alikes include The Troop by Nick Cutter, What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher, and Goddess of Filth by V. Castro.

Play for Me

Give Hubscher’s latest (after If You Ask Me) to fans of enemies-to-lovers stories and those looking for humor in their romance.

The Curse of Saints

Debut author Dramis’s new series has lots of potential, introducing an exciting world precariously balancing good versus evil magic in kingdoms ruled by ordinary humans.

Flight & Anchor: A Firebreak Story

A terrific entry point into this compelling, corrupt, dystopian world, with a story about the forging of unbreakable bonds set against harrowing adventure, heartrending choices, and traumatic consequences.

The Lie Maker

This is Barclay’s (Take Your Breath Away) 26th crime novel: he’s a pro. Some may find it overly convoluted but will still root for Jack to prevail. For mystery lovers.

A Thousand Recipes for Revenge

Cato’s (The Clockwork Crown) latest is an intriguing story filled with gods, magic, and enough culinary references to please any fan of epicurean magic.

Dead of Winter

Coates’s (The Twisted Dead) latest is a compelling page-turner for readers of horror and thriller fiction, in the vein of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. The writing is magnetic and descriptive in a way that will have readers shivering from both the cold and outright fear.


This hard sci-fi thriller is full of cinematic and wild suspense and would be great for fans of Andy Weir, although the tone is far more austere.

Charm City Rocks: A Love Story

Norman (All Together Now) has created a compulsively readable rom-com with nostalgic flair, unexpected twists, and affable characters whom readers will care about. Highly recommended.

The Best Summer of Our Lives

Themes about the endurance of friendship and the ability to come home give readers plenty to think about, and those nostalgic for childhood summers will enjoy this novel.

What’s a Duke Got To Do With It

This novel will appeal to readers seeking a well-developed and heartwarming historical romance about reputation, responsibility, and redemption. Recommended for fans of Sabrina Jeffries, Lenora Bell, and Anne Gracie.

Crook Manifesto

This isn’t the rollicking caper its predecessor was, but it’s still a worthy addition to one of the most distinguished oeuvres in modern fiction.


A delightfully twisted mash-up of fairy tales, filled with amusing dialogue and unusual character variations. Fans of Alix E. Harrow’s “Fractured Fables” series or Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson’s “The Tales of Pell” series will enjoy this story from Linwood (who wrote Bad Gods under the name Gaie Sebold).

Love, Theoretically

This banter-filled opposites-attract romance from Hazelwood (Loathe To Love You) is upbeat and realistic, with instant chemistry between the protagonists and an intricate plot. Highly recommended.

The Heart’s Choice

Readers looking for a clear gospel message, as found in the novels of Janette Oke, Gilbert Morris, and Lauraine Snelling, will want to begin this new series.

A Disappearance in Fiji

The Punjabi Sikh Akal Singh and the mystery of colonial Fiji will appeal to fans of Abir Mukherjee’s mysteries set in India.


Macdonald (H Is for Hawk) and Blaché’s fiction debut is a low-key sci-fi mystery that blends the genres into a fusion of something new. With a hard-to-pin-down genre, the novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers.

The Notorious Lord Knightly

Give Heath’s second “Chessmen” book, after The Counterfeit Scoundrel, to readers who love banter-filled second-chance love stories with a fake-dating trope.


Set against the backdrop of gorgeous international locales, this slow-burn rom-com will appeal to fans of travel and social media story lines as well as the forced proximity trope. Pair with Love and Other Flight Delays by Denise Williams.

The Edge of Sleep

Cosmic horror at its finest (and weirdest), this is a wild ride that is equally trippy and jarring.

Forget Me Not

A funny, heartfelt love letter to the author’s hometown of Sacramento, that will interest readers who enjoy second-chance romance, fiery sexual chemistry, and grumpy/sunshine relationship dynamics.

The Book of Gems

Recommended for fans of moody aesthetic academia or fantasy mystery and anyone who enjoyed The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older.

Ebony Gate

The contemporary setting and unusual magical system create an intriguing beginning to this series from Vee and Bebelle, who also write the “Seattle Slayers” series together. Put this book in the hands of fans of Fonda Lee’s “Green Bone Saga.”

Ethera Grave

The final book of “The Graven” trilogy, after Azura Ghost, digs deep into the multiverse, along with themes of genocide, utopian idealism, and autonomy.

An Evil Heart

The follow-up to The Hidden One is a compelling, violent police procedural, alleviated by the love and tenderness surrounding the upcoming wedding. Those who watched Kate’s developing relationship will enjoy the storyline surrounding the wedding and the skill with which the author juggles crime and kindness.

Cleveland Noir

One of the best in a very good series, this title should fly off the shelves.

A Rulebook for Restless Rogues

Readers who look for friends-to-lovers romance and stories of queer community will enjoy.

The Tumbling Girl

This atmospheric debut historical mystery captures the world of music halls and the danger to women in Victorian London. Will appeal to fans of Leonard Goldberg’s “Daughter of Sherlock Holmes” mysteries, Sherry Thomas’s “Lady Sherlock” books, or the show Miss Scarlet and the Duke.

The First Date Prophecy

This ’90s nostalgia–tinged love story will leave rom-com fans smiling and swooning.

You, with a View

Joyce’s delightful debut is perfect for fans of road trip romances and Sarah Adler’s Mrs. Nash’s Ashes.

We Could Be So Good

Fans of the author’s books will absolutely not want to miss this one. This sweetly angsty novel about two people finding themselves and figuring out a way forward together will appeal to anyone who enjoys reading opposites-attract romances with found family subplots.

A Cryptic Clue

Fans of Vicki Delany’s “Sherlock Holmes Bookshop” mysteries will appreciate this new amateur detective team.

The Bitter Past

This riveting debut has traces of Craig Johnson’s novels, with the personal nuclear fallout in Betty Webb’s Desert Wind.

The Road to Roswell

Recommended for readers of humorous SF, especially those who loved the author’s previous lighthearted books, such as Bellwether and To Say Nothing of the Dog.

The Legend of Charlie Fish

Rountree’s colorful palette brings together Western and fantasy elements to create a magical tale about the deep bonds forged by circumstance.

The All-American

Finkbeiner (The Nature of Small Birds) excels at illuminating history and the human condition through the voices of young people. Fans of the 1992 movie A League of Their Own will enjoy this, as will readers of women’s fiction such as Heirlooms by Sandra Byrd and The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

Capture the Sun

Following Eclipse the Moon, the “Starlight’s Shadow” trilogy ends as it began: with strong female protagonists, an engaging science-fiction setting, and a sexy romance.

The Wedding Confession

An enjoyable rom-com from Knight (Tasty Pickle) about childhood friends suddenly reconnecting, then turning into something much more substantial. Recommend to fans of Stephanie Rose.

A Likeable Woman

Cobb’s story is told from Kira’s and Sadie’s alternating points of view, allowing the author to delve into the secrets and seething tensions that exist in small towns. Though the suspense is a slow build, the final twist is nicely done.

Burn the Negative

Winning’s latest, after The Shadow Glass, is a spine-tingling, rip-roaring yarn that hearkens back to the thrills and chills of the best ’80s slasher horror. Hand this to readers who liked The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix, My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, or My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

It Happened One Fight

Entertainment Weekly reporter Lenker’s debut is a unique historical romance that takes readers back to the days of old Hollywood and the ritz of Reno, complete with the enduring themes of love, passion, and betrayal.

The Centre

The questions raised by this heady story and its abrupt ending are perfect for book club discussions.

Miss Matched

This enjoyable novel from Million (When Stars Fall) is recommended for general purchase.

Murder Off the Books

Fans of quirky casts and funny cozies will enjoy Berry’s third “By the Book” mystery (after On Spine of Death), with its eccentric characters and outrageous scenes.

Thicker Than Water

A page-turner told from alternating points of view, this thriller from Collins (The Family Plot) will especially appeal to those who enjoy exploring complicated female friendships.

The Dissident

A refreshing and literary take on the genre that appeals to the intellect as well as the pulse.

Night’s Edge

This vampire story from Kerin (The Phantom Forest) will sink its teeth into readers’ hearts.

Seven Exes

Recommended for fans of fast-paced contemporary romances set in the UK that feature engaging premises and strong female friendships.

August Blue

Twice nominated for the Booker Prize and admired for her inventive fiction, Levy (Real Estate; The Man Who Saw Everything) typically writes challenging books that appeal to fans of the work of Rachel Cusk and Ali Smith. Her latest, a more conventional novel, is well told and affecting.

The Brightest Star

Tsukiyama imagines Wong’s conversations, letters and emotions, but at times the narrative feels detached, like a history book or Wikipedia page. The novel is most effective at showing what it took to be a star during the movie business’s early years, especially for a Chinese American woman.

The Memory of Animals

A riveting, don’t-miss account of what some may see as the reality to come; long-time Fuller readers will relish this completely engrossing story, which questions what we value most.

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