Best Books of September | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our September 2023 print issue, spanning audio, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, and more.









Starred titles reviewed in our September 2023 print issue, spanning audio, mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, and more. 


Archer, Jeffrey. Traitors Gate. HarperCollins.

de Castrique, Mark. Dangerous Women. Poisoned Pen. 

Herron, Mick. The Secret Hours. Soho Crime. 

McDermid, Val. Past Lying. Atlantic Monthly. 

Mukerji, Ritu. Murder by Degrees. S. & S. 

Osman, Richard. The Last Devil To Die. Pamela Dorman. 

Simon, Nina. Mother-Daughter Murder Night. Morrow. 


Baldree, Travis. Bookshops & Bonedust. Tor.

Jacobs, Bethany. These Burning Stars. Orbit. 

Mammay, Michael. Generation Ship. Harper Voyager. 

Turnbull, Cadwell. We Are the Crisis. Blackstone. 


Allen, Nancy Campbell. Protecting Her Heart. Shadow Mountain. 

Callender, Kacen. Stars in Your Eyes. Forever: Grand Central. 

Caña, Natalie. A Dish Best Served Hot. Mira: Harlequin. 

Martin, Alexa. Next-Door Nemesis. Berkley. 

Robb, Kate. This Spells Love. Dial. 

Spencer, Minerva. The Cutthroat Countess. Kensington. 

Walker, Carlie. The Takedown. Berkley. 


Hill, Nathan. Wellness. Knopf. 

Howe, Katherine. A True Account. Holt. 

Hunter, Lindsay. Hot Springs Drive. Grove Atlantic.

Mathis, Ayana. The Unsettled. Knopf. 

Millner, Denene. One Blood. Forge. 

Morgan, Sarah. The Book Club Hotel. Canary Street. 

Palma, Raul. A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens. Dutton. 

Vance, Anise. Hush Harbor. Hanover Square. 

Ward, Jesmyn. Let Us Descend. Scribner. 

Washington, Bryan. Family Meal. Riverhead. 


Powner, Katie. The Wind Blows in Sleeping Grass. Bethany House. 


Alcott, Louisa May. A Strange Life. Notting Hill Editions. 

Banner, Lois W. Ideal Beauty. Rutgers Univ. 

Baum, Carol. Creative Producing. Allworth. 

Britt, Ryan. The Spice Must Flow. Plume. 

Cohen, Douglas J. How To Survive a Killer Musical. Applause. 

Davidson, Mark & Parker Fishel. Bob Dylan. Callaway Arts & Entertainment. 

Denise, Lynnée. Why Willie Mae Thornton Matters. Univ. of Texas. 

Evry, Max. A Masterpiece in Disarray. 1984 Publishing. 

Goodman, Elyssa Maxx. Glitter and Concrete. Hanover Square. 

Gulman, Gary. Misfit. Flatiron. 

Hayes, Terrance. So To Speak. Penguin Bks. 

Hirschfeld, Al. The American Theatre as Seen by Hirschfeld: 1928–1961. Applause. 

Hirschfeld, Al. The American Theatre as Seen by Hirschfeld: 1962–2002. Applause.

Hughes, London. Living My Best Life, Hun. Grand Central. 

Lerner, Ben. The Lights. Farrar. 

Mantel, Hilary. A Memoir of My Former Self. Holt. 


Ahmed, Sara. The Feminist Killjoy Handbook. Seal. 

Bunker, Nick. In the Shadow of Fear. Basic. 

Dimond, Diane. We’re Here To Help. Brandeis Univ. 

Fancy Feast. Naked. Algonquin. 

Nobel, Jeremy. Project UnLonely. Avery. 

Shane, Scott. Flee North. Celadon. 

Tadros, Sherine. Taking Sides. Scribe. 

Thrall, Nathan. A Day in the Life of Abed Salama. Metropolitan. 

White, Ronald C. On Great Fields. Random. 


El-Waylly, Sohla. Start Here. Knopf.

Jones, Tom. Space Shuttle Stories. Smithsonian. 

Pierce, Jessica. Who’s a Good Dog? Univ. of Chicago. 

Silver Spoon Kitchen. The Chocolate Spoon. Phaidon. 

Tipton-Martin, Toni. Juke Joints, Jazz Clubs, and Juice. Clarkson Potter. 

Yellowstone’s Birds. Princeton Univ. 


Business Statistics of the United States 2022. Bernan. 

Gray, Theodore (text) & Nick Mann (photos). Tools. Black Dog & Leventhal. 

Hopeful Visions, Practical Actions. ALA Editions. 

Jones, Marie D. & Larry Flaxman. The Afterlife Book. Visible Ink. 

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