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New Holiday Fiction

New Holiday Fiction

Do seasonal stories give you all the cozy feelings for the holidays and cold nights ahead? Then look no further! Here we have snow-cased some new holiday fiction, as well as an expanded list of new holiday stories to delight in. If holiday fiction is not your way of embracing the season, you may always contact us via readers@mppl.org or by calling 847/590-4070 to help you find books that may make your season brighter!

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Silent Bite by David Rosenfelt

Finally getting into the Christmas spirit, lawyer Andy Carpenter, while running a dog rescue organization, which is his true passion, agrees to help his partner prove the innocence of a man wrongly accused of murder.

 

 

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An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen

Haunted by an old secret and the shadows of his past, gentleman Richard Brockwell prefers to stay away from Ivy Hill–until his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life unless he returns for Christmas. Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with all of its divine hope, unforeseen surprises, and unexpected romantic encounters, work its magic in his heart?

 

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The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss

Signing up with a dating agency during the holiday season against her better judgment, a jaded career woman endures one disastrous date after another before finding romance in an unexpected place.

 

 

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Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

A young widow wanting to give her little boy a wonderful Christmas moves to Silver Bells, Colorado. She finds herself working for a single-minded businessman restoring his historic family mansion for the holidays.

New Fiction in November

New Fiction in November

A new month means new fiction to be thankful for! Highlighted here is just a small array of new fiction titles arriving in November. Click for a larger list of new fiction in November or, if you don’t see something exciting and new for you, you may always email readers@mppl.org or call and ask for Fiction/AV/Teen Services to get personalized suggestions.

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Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Helping run her boyfriend’s small Greek island hotel, a homesick London editor is irresistibly drawn to the story of a murder on the Suffolk coast and the wrongful incarceration of an innocent immigrant.

Mystery

 

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Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

At a century-old Tokyo coffee shop rumored to offer patrons the chance to travel back in time, four customers reevaluate their formative life choices.

Magical Realism

 

 

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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

Visiting an octogenarian relative in Italy who declares that she will break a family curse that has prevented all second-born daughters from marrying, three second daughters embark on a journey to help their great-aunt fulfill her final wish.

Relationships; Romance

 

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Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti

Increasingly obsessed with uncovering the truth about her older sister’s unsolved disappearance 17 years earlier, Hannah exposes disturbing secrets that threaten her present-day life.

Psychological Thriller

 

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The Golfer’s Carol by Robert Bailey

Contemplating suicide in the face of his shattered dreams, an aspiring pro golfer is approached by the ghost of his successful late friend before commencing four rounds of golf with four champions who impart life-changing lessons.

Inspirational

 

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Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleuer

A lighthearted romance inspired by Pride and Prejudice depicts the experiences of a free-spirited social media astrologer who agrees to a fake relationship with a no-nonsense actuary to appease their respective families.

Romance; Humorous 

 

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The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly                                        Series: Mickey Haller novels, 7

Defense attorney Mickey Haller utilizes his legal team’s resources from behind bars to organize his own defense when he is framed for murder by an unknown adversary. By the best-selling author of the Harry Bosch series.

Legal Thriller

 

 

Witches in Fiction

Witches in Fiction

Double, double, toil, and trouble, witches abound in fiction! Below we have gathered some recommended witchy reads to hold you spellbound. There are witches from different centuries, locales, and practices, and whether they are the cause of troubles or plagued by them, the boil and bubble promise pure story enchantment.

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The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson 

Observing a life of strict submission to minimize discrimination for her mixed heritage, Immanuelle discovers dark truths about her community’s church and her late mother’s secret relationship with the spirits of four witches.

 

 

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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author’s novel of magic amid the suffragette movement.

 

 

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The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

A tale inspired by Manhattan’s 19th-century witchcraft revival finds a celebrated teahouse proprietress and a gifted medium teaming up with a dream interpreter in the aftermath of a psychic colleague’s disappearance.

 

 

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Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Born into post-apocalyptic Africa by a mother who was raped after the slaughter of her entire tribe, Onyesonwu is tutored by a shaman and discovers that her magical destiny is to end the genocide of her people.

 

 

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The Age of Witches by Louisa Morgan

In Gilded Age New York, a centuries-long clash between two magical families ignites when a young witch must choose between love and loyalty, power and ambition, in this magical novel by Louisa Morgan.

 

 

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The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

In Finnmark, Norway, 1617, after 40 fishermen are drowned in the sea, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardo must fend for themselves especially when a sinister figure arrives, bringing with him a mighty evil that threatens their very existence.

Scandinavian Chills

Scandinavian Chills book list

Winter’s cold chill is right around the corner, and Scandinavian mysteries and thrillers are bound to give you a different kind of icy sensation. Grisly murders, dark settings, and daring detectives connect these tales to make your blood run cold.

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The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup 

When a serial killer begins leaving handmade dolls at his murder scenes, two detectives struggle to put aside their differences and follow forensic clues linking the case to a politician’s kidnapped daughter.

Bleak; Gruesome

 

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The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund 
Series: Victoria Bergman novels, 1

Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg investigates a serial killer who is targeting children.

Disturbing; Suspenseful

 

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The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg 
Series: Patrik Hedstrom mysteries, 1

After she returns to her hometown to learn that her friend, Alex, was found in an ice-cold bath with her wrists slashed, biographer Erica Falck researches her friend’s past in hopes of writing a book and joins forces with Detective Patrik Hedstrom, who has his own suspicions about the case.

Leisurely-paced; Compelling

 

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The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Series: Department Q, 1

Chief detective Carl Morck, recovering from what he thought was a career-destroying gunshot wound, is relegated to cold cases and becomes immersed in the five-year disappearance of a politician.

Atmospheric; Suspenseful

 

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Unseen by Mari Jungstedt
Series: Detective Anders Knutas mysteries, 1

In the midst of preparing for the midsummer tourist season, the island of Gotland is rocked by the brutal killings of a young woman and her dog, a crime that becomes only the first as a serial killer terrorizes tourists and locals alike and brings Inspector Anders Knutas into an alliance with journalist Johan Berg to find the murderer before more women die.

Intricately Plotted; Fast-paced

 

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Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel 
Series: Louise Rick and Camilla Lind novels, 1

Copenhagen Detective Inspector Louise Rick searches for an online predator who has brutally attacked a young woman in her home, a crime that prompts Louise to set up an online profile on the dating site where the predator is soliciting women.

Suspenseful; Gritty

New Fiction in October

NEW FICTION IN OCTOBER

Don’t be scared! New books in October aren’t all about thrills and chills. Below is a selection of titles from our larger list of October new fiction releases. Included are tempting stories for every reader. For personalized reading suggestions, feel free to email us at readers@mppl.org.

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Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Sheltering in a New York beach house with a couple that has taken refuge during a massive blackout, a family struggles for information about the power failure while wondering if the cut-off property is actually safe.

Psychological Suspense

 

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Simmer Down by Sarah Smith

Nikki quit her job to help her mom with her food truck, but she didn’t expect the Maui food truck scene to be so competitive and for the competition to be so attractive. Nikki doesn’t care how delectable food truck owner Callum is–he set up shop next to her coveted parking spot! The solution? Let the upcoming Food Festival decide. But the longer their rivalry simmers, the more Nikki starts to see a different side of Callum…

Romance; Humorous

 

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The Searcher by Tana French

Looking to start a new life in a small Irish village, former Chicago police officer Cal Hooper comes out of retirement to help find a missing kid and uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat.

Mystery

 

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The Wonder Boy of Whistle Shop by Fannie Flagg

Taking a final visit to the ghost town where his mother Ruth’s Whistle Stop Cafe made its famous fried green tomatoes, Bud Threadgoode discovers new friends and surprises about the community’s women while triggering unexpected changes in his daughters’ lives.

Humorous; Heartwarming

 

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Memorial by Bryan Washington

A Japanese-American chef and a Black daycare teacher begin reevaluating their stale relationship in the wake of a father’s death and the arrival of an acerbic mother-in-law who becomes an unconventional roommate.

Reflective; Love on the Rocks

 

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

Sailing back to Amsterdam in 1634 as a prisoner accused of an unknown crime, Detective Pipps relies on his faithful sidekick to help solve an onboard mystery in the new novel from the author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Mystery