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In an Orchard Grown from Ash

The duology’s conclusion (following In a Garden Burning Gold) is a raw, emotional journey of a family created and broken by the consequences of their actions.

The Carnivale of Curiosities

This novel will appeal to those who deeply loved V.E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue or Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, but may be a tough sell for others.

On Earth as It Is on Television

Jane’s energetic and contemporary debut will appeal to fans of family-focused sci-fi like Mike Chen’s Light Years from Home.

The Combat Codes

With surprising depth and touching relationships, this debut packs a punch and sets up a fascinating foundation for the rest of the series. Great for fans of Will Wight.

The Sword Defiant

This novel has the potential to become a fan-favorite among those who appreciate vast and eloquent epic fantasy. Readers will enjoy the unique twists, absorbing intrigue, and endearing characters.

City of Last Chances

This stand-alone epic fantasy from Tchaikovsky (Children of Memory) is highly recommended for lovers of big sprawling sagas who don’t want to wait years for a climactic conclusion.

A Shadow Crown

While still full of action and intrigue, Blair’s fantastic second book in the gripping “Halfling Saga” gives space for more introspection as Keera searches for answers about her family and her magical abilities and realizes that she’ll need to rely on others to achieve freedom for herself and all of the Halflings.

Titanium Noir

Harkaway (Gnomon) combines a satisfying mystery with a thought-provoking science-fictional setting and just the right touch of heartbreak to make for a compelling read. Recommended for those who enjoy reading SF/mystery blends such as The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal, Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty, and especially Drunk on All Your Strange New Words by Eddie Robson.

Ink Blood Sister Scribe

Törzs does a fantastic job creating a gripping and suspenseful story that keeps readers on their toes and wanting more. Fans of The Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern will love this magic- and suspense-filled novel.

Savage Crowns

The captivating finale (following Savage Bounty) to a series filled with action and themes of politics and classism features an epic world and showcases hidden power structures, family secrets, and women who believe in a better life for all.

Translation State

Readers who enjoyed Arkady Martine’s “Teixcalaan” series will see fascinating similarities in this portrait of a rapacious empire as it begins to fall, while any SF reader who loves political skullduggery told through fascinating and empathetic characters will be captivated by Leckie’s latest foray into the Imperial Radch in all its complexity and corruption. Highly recommended.

Mortal Follies

Stock up for Hall’s many fans.

Unladylike Lessons in Love

This book will appeal to readers seeking a multicultural historical romance heavy on adrenaline and intrigue. Recommended for fans of Sarah MacLean, Eva Leigh, and Julia Quinn.

Business or Pleasure

Sweet, steamy, and satisfying, this is sure to please readers.

All the Right Notes

A lyrical, romantic debut with tender, moving notes about Filipino American families and queer love stories. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexis Hall, this is a must-have for library shelves.

Marrying Off Morgan McBride

Settle in and get comfy for another entertaining adventure with the McBrides of Buck’s Creek, following Kit McBride Gets a Wife.

Can’t Let Her Go

This slow-burn, inclusive, friends-to-lovers romance highlights LGBTQIA+ and Black characters. While a much different pace from Alexander’s previous romance, Can’t Resist Her, the story is charming with realistic complexities that occur in budding relationships.


The first in the popular “Green Creek” tetralogy, reissued by Tor, pairs Ox, steady as a rock, with Joe, a tornado plagued by a demon from his past. Their contrasting natures and a pack split generate lots of tension between Joe and Ox and the members of their respective packs, for an exciting start to the series.

Wolf on the Wild Side

This new series spin-off of Spear’s (Jingle Bell Wolf) “Wolff Brothers” books will have readers falling even more for the shifters of Silver Town and the mysteries they encounter.

Single Dads Club

Beharrie (A Ghost in Shining Armor) manages to combine a South African setting, humor, a good deal of angst, and a satisfying amount of groveling into a fresh and moving novel. Highly recommended for all fiction collections.

The Diva Delivers on a Promise

With recipes, ghost kitchens, and family secrets, the follow-up to The Diva Says Cheesecake! will entertain fans of this long-running cozy mystery series.

The Bride Wore White

An action-packed mystery, suspenseful from page one, with intensity and plot twists that don’t let up. The follow-up to When She Dreams is a compelling romantic mystery with psychic connections and sparkling dialogue.

Strange Sally Diamond

How Peter and Sally interconnect is one of the disturbing twists in this deeply unsettling psychological novel. While it’s not a thriller, those who like thrillers and true-crime readers would enjoy this book.

The St. Ambrose School for Girls

Mental health, friendship, loyalty, jealousy, corruption, and love all have a place in this highly recommended novel that takes readers on a roller-coaster of events and emotions that the characters experience.

The Late Mrs. Willoughby

Gray continues her homage to Jane Austen with this sequel that wonderfully reimagines the lives of Austen’s characters yet stays faithful to the spirit of the classic works. Readers should be aware there are spoilers from the first novel woven into this story. It’s fun to anticipate the other Austen characters the young sleuths might encounter in future novels.

Blow Up

Recommended for fans of Crosby and of novelists who specialize in intricate plots and amateur detectives.

The Tip Line

There are echoes of Patricia Highsmith and Margaret Millar, but this debut takes too long to get there and is not so much about detection as about obsession.

An Honest Man

Fans of Lee and Lincoln Child and of Koryta’s previous works will enjoy his new offering.

I Didn’t Do It

Readers might find the five narrating voices to be too many and the overall premise to be manipulative, but it could be fun for those interested in stories of backstabbing and suspicion. Suggest for fans of Sulari Gentill’s The Woman in the Library.

We Love To Entertain

Intricately plotted, entertaining, and full of red herrings, Strohmeyer’s latest (after Do I Know You??) is a fun romp of a thriller that will keep readers guessing until the last page. For fans of Lisa Jewell and Clare Mackintosh.

A Man of Lies

While the book perfectly captures the near fatalistic tone of noir crime fiction at its best, Crane also gives world-weary readers a small measure of hope for the future with his pointed and poignant insights into life and love.

Malibu Burning

The author of the Eve Ronin mysteries returns with a fast-paced, over-the-top caper that entertains while keeping readers guessing.

Where They Lie

The plot takes many twists and turns and keeps readers guessing until the surprising end. For fans of Harlan Coben, Riley Sager, and Linwood Barclay.

Cold Fire

The fight scenes are exceptional in this action-packed chase thriller that will have broad appeal.

The Devil’s Playground

A large cast of characters and extensive use of red herrings make this a complex and atmospheric novel, perfect for fans of Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Between Two Strangers

White (The Second Husband) relies too much on coincidence and uncertainty in this psychological suspense novel that is low in tension. Several characters are primed to be more threatening, but little develops, leaving the plot curiously flat. For readers who like a puzzle with a twist.

A Stolen Child

The follow-up to The Drowning Sea takes the series in a new direction; it’s a step-by-step riveting police procedural filled with red herrings.

Famous for a Living

Ferguson’s (Meet Me in the Margins) chaste, heartfelt, hilarious novel is perfect for fans of Sophie Cousens and Jen DeLuca.

His Study in Scandal

Frampton follows up the first “School for Scoundrels” book, Her Lessons in Persuasion, with another scorching pairing. Recommended for romance fans who like it hot, hot, hot.

The Boyfriend Candidate

This is a fast-paced, hard-to-put-down novel whose happily-ever-after isn’t what readers will expect; it’s better.

Love at First Set

This adult debut from YA novelist Dugan (Melt with You) has a strong mix of humor and emotional depth; book clubs will likely find a lot to discuss.

Leave It to the March Sisters

A clever premise is hampered by some odd plot choices, but literature fans may have fun with this creative take on a classic.

That Summer Feeling

If readers don’t mind the instalove timeframe or singular first-person narrative, they’ll find a lot to like in the latest from Morrissey (A Thousand Miles). It tells a story of emotional healing and an adult’s discovery of her bisexuality; there are also strong sibling connections and a fun camp setting.

The Only Purple House in Town

This charming, cozy, contemporary romance from Aguirre (the fourth in the “Fix-It Witches” series, following Extra Witchy) is filled with wonderfully quirky characters. The protagonists are well-developed, and the storyline is well-paced. It’s drama-free, but there are surprises around every corner and humor on every page; readers won’t want the magic to end.

Bookshop Cinderella

The story contains a great mix of wit and attraction as opposites clash and romance blooms. Recommended for readers who like historical romance, independent women, high-society romance, and transformation stories.

Once More with Feeling

The novel drags out the mysterious past events between Kathleen and Cal and focuses far more on musical theater, boy-band references, and Jewish summer camp nostalgia than the romance. Recommended for purchase where the author’s previous book Funny You Should Ask circulates well.

Stars Collide

Like Anna’s very online fans, readers may find themselves shipping #EdAnna, but Anna’s burgeoning professional confidence and Eden’s discovery of her desire for women also take center stage.

A Love Catastrophe

A delightful tale that will appeal to animal and romance lovers alike.

Charlotte Illes Is Not a Detective

Not since Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files has there been such a delightful literary marriage of endearingly quirky characters and deliciously dry wit. Fans of Francine Prose’s The Maid or Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells mysteries will equally embrace the arrival of Charlotte and her cohorts on the detecting scene.

Girls and Their Horses

This recommended, well-written suspense poses questions about the cost of parents living vicariously through their children.

The Quiet Tenant

A brutal, sad, heartbreaking story focused on resilience and survival. Recommended for fans of true crime stories, Gillian Flynn, or Jessica Knoll.

A Newlywed’s Guide to Fortune and Murder

The Agatha Award–winning author of A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder is adept at misdirection. Witty British conversation and social history as viewed by an American will continue to appeal to fans of Victorian mysteries.

Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge

Fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series will appreciate the latest addition to the ranks of older sleuths, by the best-selling author of the “Chet and Bernie” mysteries.

The Traitor Beside Her

World War II and espionage novels are popular, and the author of the Faye Longchamp mysteries brings both together in a story of young women undercover on the home front. Suggest for Joyce St. Anthony fans.

The Last Drop of Hemlock

The sequel to The Last Call at the Nightingale is a riveting historical mystery set in New York City’s demimonde.

Everything the Darkness Eats

LaRocca (They Were Here Before Us) has seen viral success with their shorter works, but their first full-length novel demonstrates their growth as a writer. A perfect example of how writers from historically marginalized communities, like Hailey Piper, R.J. Joseph, and V. Castro, are actively mining the horror of their personal experiences to create terrifying, original, and emotionally resonant works that speak loudly to readers.

The Salt Grows Heavy

With this brilliantly constructed tale that consciously takes on a well-known story and violently breaks it open to reveal a heartfelt core, Khaw cements their status as a must-read author. For fans of sinister, thought-provoking, horrific retellings of Western classics by authors of marginalized identity like Helen Oyeyemi and Ahmed Saadawi.

No One Will Come Back for Us and Other Stories

Will be enjoyed by fans of Cassandra Khaw and Lucy Snyder, but more importantly, it’s another stellar collection from Undertow, making the independent publisher a not-to-miss player in the horror marketplace.


Wellington (The Last Astronaut), one of the innovators of novel serializations, retains that spirit in this open-ended series starter. A solid entry in the popular space-horror subgenre, which will appeal to fans of S.A. Barnes and John Scalzi.

Maeve Fly

Obvious comparisons will be made to American Psycho, but this illicitly alluring tale pairs even better with current voices in the extreme-horror subgenre, such as Michael J. Seidlinger, Eric LaRocca, and Hailey Piper.

Graveyard of Lost Children

Monroe’s (They Drown Our Daughters) honest and thoughtful contemplation of the horrors of postpartum depression is as big a draw as the visceral dread of the suspenseful thriller/horror hybrid storyline. A perfect choice for fans of motherhood-framed psychological horror like Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester and Just Like Mother by Anne Heltzel.

The Friday Night Club: A Novel of Artist Hilma af Klint and Her Creative Circle

A great choice for discussion that will inspire a deeper look at marginalized women artists. An authors’ note and reader’s guide complete the journey.

Starring Adele Astaire

Will resonate with readers interested in show business, dance, and the history of women’s lives from the 1920s to World War II.

Casalvento: House of the Wind

While the characters and various subplots feel a little uneven and sometimes forced, the strength of this inspired-by novel rests in the author’s descriptions of Tuscany and the local cuisine. Cuillo’s love for this area of Italy shines through and will make readers want to pack up and head out on a winery adventure of their own.

That Reminds Me

Published earlier in the UK, Owusu’s slight novel was awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. Short chapters, some merely a paragraph in length, propel the narrative. Don’t be fooled by its slight size, however; this poetic story packs a big emotional punch and will engage a range of readers.

The Midnight News

Immersive, heartbreaking, and hard to put down, with an unforgettable heroine. Fans of Baker will enjoy the same compelling style the author is known for, and those who read World War II fiction will be delighted with her thorough research and fresh perspective on the period.

The Half Moon

A deep dive into the complexities of marriage makes this novel perfect fodder for book discussions. Should appeal to fans of Elizabeth Berg, Eleanor Lipman, and Meg Wolitzer.

Lucky Red

Recommended especially for readers looking for a literary Western with compelling queer content.

The God of Good Looks

For readers who enjoy allusions to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, blended with Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada.

Nothing Special

For fans of literary fiction and coming-of-age stories.

The Garden of Lost Secrets

Bowen has achieved success as a prolific romance author. While this novel is historical fiction framed around real events and directly inspired by real people, fundamental romance characteristics permeate the dual storylines.

Alchemy of a Blackbird

Readers of historical fiction and those who are interested in women’s roles in art and occultism will enjoy.


Well known in Australia for her critically acclaimed and compelling speculative fiction, Warren has written a must-read for fans of menacing, thought-provoking, horror-laced dystopias like Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender is the Flesh and Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves.

The Screaming Child

A great suggestion for readers who enjoy the atmospheric, horror-adjacent novels of Simone St. James or psychological horror such as Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide.

Murky World

Corben’s (Shadows on the Grave) surreal imagination and highly detailed, stunningly textured illustration have earned him a place among the most highly acclaimed and influential creators of graphic novels and commercial art of the past five decades. This volume collects material originally serialized across various monthly publications in the years before his death in 2020.

Eden II

An ambitious, skillfully crafted satire of art, philosophy, and modern ennui.


Author Jensen (Bylines in Blood) balances an exploration of truth and systemic power with propulsive action and suspense, while illustrator Lonergan’s (Planet Paradise) page design and visual storytelling result in an uncanny sense of scale, movement, and pacing.

Night Fever

Another masterwork from a collaborative team that seems increasingly incapable of producing anything less.


A fast-paced crime thriller sure to garner an enthusiastic response from fans of the genre.

The Color of Always: An LGBTQIA+ Love Anthology

An eclectic collection of deeply felt and frequently uplifting stories from across the spectrum of human experience.

Mister Mammoth

Kindt (Mind MGMT: Bootleg) and illustrator Pendanx (A Fake Story) present an engrossing existential noir with a finale as shocking as it is genuinely affecting.

Ukulele of Death

With an enjoyable mix of sci-fi and mystery elements, Copperman’s latest (after And Justice for Mall) features an intriguing and likable pair of detectives whose complementary skills help them survive and thrive and maybe even find their family.

Eat, Drink and Drop Dead

The first in a new cozy series by the author of the “Nick and Nora” mysteries is the typical one with an amateur sleuth as a suspect, a hot cop, and recipes. It’s sure to satisfy fans of Lucy Burdette’s “Key West Food Critic” mysteries.

Falling Hard for the Royal Guard

The unusual setting provides a great history lesson and a peek at life behind the scenes at a world-renowned landmark. However, popular TikToker Clawson (who also lives in the Tower of London with her Beefeater father) doesn’t break any new ground with the novel or the characters.

The Enchanted Hacienda

An interesting, magical take on quarter-life crises for fans of Alice Hoffman and Zoraida Córdova.

The Book That Wouldn’t Burn

There is a lot to enjoy here, with a fantastic setting, a feisty heroine, and hints of a deeper mystery that calls to mind the depths of Frank Herbert’s Dune and its intertwined cultural and religious issues.


Lam’s (Goldilocks) newest trilogy is a powerful nod to pursuing one’s own path, wrapped in an intriguing magical system and dragon scales.

Perilous Times

Highly recommended for lovers of Arthurian reinterpretations and climate-disaster thrillers.

The Ghosts of Trappist

Wagers raises the stakes with exciting action, terrific characters, and an expansive view on life in the universe.

Picture in the Sand

A different kind of epic than The Ten Commandments, this novel focuses on Ali showing his love for and belief in his grandson by giving him not a tablet of principles but a story of human triumph that goes beyond Hollywood artifice.

Hell Bent

Fortgang’s and Axtell’s performances will have listeners eagerly awaiting the next book in Bardugo’s wholly engaging, well-narrated series.

Fake Money, Blue Smoke

Haven is a writer to watch. Share this highly recommended audio with fans of Steve Hamilton, Thomas Perry, and Brad Taylor.

Ghost Music

Chok’s graceful narration works in tandem with the otherworldly atmosphere that Yu has created. This unforgettable listen should please fans of Hiroko Oyamada.

Into the Forest: Tales of the Baba Yaga

A sometimes harrowing, sometimes gruesome, but always entertaining collection; listeners may want to take care not to listen near a forest! Fans of feminist folklore retellings will find much to love.

The Bird Tattoo

This powerful and heartbreaking work thrums with the rhythm of Mikhail’s lyrical and poetic language. Share with listeners who wish to learn more about Daesh rule of Mosul.

Godmersham Park: A Novel of the Austen Family

Highly recommended to fans of Jo Baker’s Longbourn, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, or the works of Miss Austen herself.

Summer Lightning

While readers of family sagas may enjoy, this is an optional purchase for most libraries.

The Boys from Biloxi

Fans of Grisham will enjoy this compelling mystery that delves into Biloxi’s gritty side and ends with a poignant twist.

A Quiet Retreat

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking an intricate, eerie suspense novel teeming with tension and twists. Recommended for fans of Marin Montgomery, Mary Kubica, and Rachel Hawkins.

Factory Girls

A testament to the strength and resilience of a teen on the cusp of adulthood. Fans of Derry Girls will love it.

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