Check It Out Category: Fiction

New Fiction in November

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Looking for something new to be thankful for? Check out new fiction in November! Devour one or more of the titles below, or feast your eyes on an expanded list for even more reads to fit your current taste.

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All Her Little Secrets by Wanda Morris

The lone black female corporate attorney in midtown Manhattan discovers her white boss, and lover, dead with a gunshot wound to his head, and must deal with office suspicions and gossip when she is promoted as his successor.

Thriller/Suspense, Intricately Plotted, Intensifying

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A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Robin Blyth is accidentally named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society and is forced to contend with the beauty and danger operating beneath normal reality while uncovering what happened to his predecessor.

Historical Fantasy, Atmospheric, Compelling

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The Dark Hours by Michael Connelly

LAPD Detective Renée Ballard, investigating a New Year’s Eve murder along with an unsolved murder, teams up Detective Harry Bosch once again when their two cases–one old and one new–intersect, while an undetected killer watches their every move.

Police Procedural, Suspenseful, Gritty

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Dava Shastri’s Last Day by Kirthana Ramisetti

After receiving a brain cancer diagnosis at seventy, one of the world’s richest women tells her children that she wants to announce her death early so that she can read her obituaries, which ultimately reveal devastating secrets.

Domestic Fiction, Character-driven, Family Drama

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The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams

Britta didn’t plan on falling for her personal trainer, and Wes didn’t plan on Britta. Plans change and it’s unclear if love, career, or both will meet them at the finish line. They convince themselves their attraction is harmless, but when they start working out in person, Wes and Britta find it increasingly challenging to deny their chemistry and maintain a professional distance.

Romantic Comedy, Banter-filled, Steamy

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Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

It’s March 2020 and a calamity is unfolding. A group of friends and friends-of-friends gathers in a country house to wait out the pandemic. Over the next six months, new friendships and romances will take hold, while old betrayals will emerge, forcing each character to reevaluate whom they love and what matters most.

Realistic Fiction, Humorous, Moving

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The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

A novel set in the decades between the two World Wars offers the story of a man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, and is saved by good friends, a loyal dog, and a surprise visit that changes everything.

Historical Fiction, Leisurely Paced, Likeable

New Fiction in August

New fiction in August

August is National Romance Awareness Month, and if that quickens your heart, there are several new, sizzling romance books ready for you to meet! New Fiction in August offers much more than romances, though, as you may see from the variety featured below, as well as from a broader spotlight here

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Bloodless by Douglas J. Preston

When completely exsanguinated bodies are found in Savannah, Georgia, FBI Agent Pendergast investigates amid growing panic and whispers of an infamous local vampire in the 20th novel in the series, following Crooked River.

Thriller; Fast-Paced

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The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang

When she suddenly loses her ability to play the violin, Anna Sun must learn to listen to her heart and falls in love with a man her parents disapprove of, forcing her to choose between meeting expectations and finding happiness in who she really is.

Romance; Amusing

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Protected by horror movies — especially the ones where the masked killer seeks revenge on a world that wronged them, Jade Daniels, an angry, half-Indian outcast, pulls us into her dark mind when blood actually starts to spill into the waters of Indian lake.

Horror; Stylistically Complex

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Edge Case by Y.Z. Chin

After another taxing day as the sole female employee at her New York City tech startup, Edwina comes home to find that her husband, Marlin, has packed up a suitcase and left. The only question now is why. Did he give up on their quest to secure their green cards and decide to return to Malaysia? Was it the death of his father? Or has his strange, sudden change in personality finally made Marlin and Edwina strangers to each other?

Darkly Humorous; Thought-Provoking

Sisters in Arms by Kaia Alderson

The first Black women allowed to serve in the army, Grace Steele and Eliza Jones, helping form the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, navigate their way through the segregated ranks, finally making it overseas where they do their parts for the country they love.

Historical Fiction; Compelling

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Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In 1970s Mexico City, Maite, a secretary with a penchant for romance novels, searches for her missing neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, which leads her to an eccentric gangster who longs to escape his own life, and together, they set out to discover the dangerous truth.

Atmospheric; Suspenseful

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Another Kind of Eden by James Lee Burke

After hopping off a boxcar in early 1960s Denver, aspiring novelist Aaron Holland Broussard meets and instantly connects with Joanne McDuffy, a college student who is involved with a shady professor caught up in a drug-addled cult.

Family Saga; Noir

For Fans of Psychological Suspense

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The dark underbelly of suburbia. Secrets kept from spouses, siblings, coworkers. Longtime friendships betrayed. And perhaps the most disturbing of all: the terrible thing someone just like you might do under just the right (or wrong) circumstances. These are some of the hallmarks of psychological suspense, in which no one – sometimes not even the hero or heroine – can be trusted, but readers of tense, twisty, moody stories tell us they can’t get enough. If this means you, please join us for a virtual conversation with summer sensations Megan Miranda and Shari Lapena on Thursday, August 12. While you are waiting to sample their newest releases, keep yourself distracted with these other stories of not-so-perfect neighbors.

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The Other Woman’s House by Sophie Hannah

A murder seems to have been committed in a house about which a woman named Connie is obsessing. Once Connie discovers the house has been put up for sale, she visits it constantly on the real estate website. During one view, she sees a body and the bloody evidence of a murder in the house, but the police cannot find any sign in the house that a murder took place there.

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The Wrong Family by Tarryn Fisher

Before moving in with the Crouch family, Juno thought Winnie and her husband, Nigel, had the perfect marriage, the perfect son – the perfect life. Only now that she’s living in their beautiful house, she sees the cracks in the crumbling facade are too deep to ignore. Still, she isn’t one to judge. After her grim diagnosis, the retired therapist simply wants a place to live out the rest of her days in peace. But that peace is shattered the day Juno overhears a chilling conversation between Winnie and Nigel…

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Those People by Louise Candlish

An idyllic suburban neighborhood is thrown into chaos by the arrival of new neighbors who disrupt the community with rude behavior, loud music and unsightly renovations, until a shattering murder exposes a network of secrets.

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What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son Ben when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry–until Ben vanishes. Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister.

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The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

Unnerved by her husband’s inheritance of a decrepit coastal property and the presence of a disturbed relative, community newcomer Sadie uncovers harrowing facts about her family’s possible role in a neighbor’s murder.

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Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

The friends of a seemingly perfect socialite couple begin to see cracks in the facade when they realize that the husband and wife are never apart and that there are bars on one of their upstairs windows.

Summer Reading Category Spotlight: Kindness & Community Fiction

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Studies have shown that when we witness kindness, we are inspired to be kind to others. Also, reading fiction encourages empathy and increases understanding. Experience for yourself a hopeful combination of these two truths by enjoying stories like these favorites about people and/or communities helping others. For more kindness and community inspired fiction, venture to Lists & Suggestions.

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Taken hostage by a failed bank robber while attending an open house, eight anxiety-prone strangers—including a redemption-seeking bank director, two couples who would fix their marriages and a plucky octogenarian—discover their unexpected common traits.

Witty; Moving

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist–even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books.

Quirky; Charming

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The Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson

Determined to keep his late adoptive mother’s Harlem knitting shop open, one of four brothers accepts the help of a craft-savvy businesswoman who is hiding her secret crush on him.

Big-Hearted; Sweet

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Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins

When a post-Reconstruction community succumbs to a desperate need for funds and purpose, its mayor puts the small town up for sale and finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown, who believes the town’s sale to be a sign from God.

Engaging; Heartwarming

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The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps…

Hopeful; Offbeat

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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim

Inheriting her grandmother’s restaurant in a crumbling San Francisco Chinatown neighborhood, Natalie Tan is advised by the local seer to prepare three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to help their struggling community.

Engaging; Sweet

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The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Ready for an adventure in the months after her husband of 60 years departs, a woman from a picture-postcard Yorkshire village offers to swap places with her burned-out adult granddaughter to pursue romance in bustling London.

Funny; Uplifting

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The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Meeting weekly in their retirement village’s Jigsaw Room to exchange theories about unsolved crimes, four savvy septuagenarians propose a daring but unorthodox plan to help a woman rookie cop solve her first big murder case.

Likeable; Suspenseful

Like These Authors? Try Talia Hibbert

The Rom-Com Renaissance in book publishing is still going strong, and readers who are in the mood for meet-cutes, fake relationships, hating-to-dating, and all the accompanying feels have more meant-to-be possibilities than ever before! If you recognize your soul mate in any of the popular authors below, be sure you join us for a live virtual conversation on Saturday, July 17 to hear from Talia Hibbert in an MPPL-exclusive Meet the Author program.

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The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Modern Love series

Cynical dating app creator Rhiannon Hunter must decide whether or not to give former pro-football player Samson Lima, who wooed her during one magical night and then disappeared, a second chance despite the fact that his in league with a business rival.

What do the stories have in common?
contemporary issues, passionate sensuality, complex and resilient heroine

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A 30-year-old math whiz with Asperger’s tries to make her love life as rich as her career by hiring an escort to help her with her lack of knowledge and experience in the dating department.

What do the stories have in common?
ability-diverse heroine, steamy encounters, compulsively readable

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The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa

A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch: she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

What do the stories have in common?
enemies-to-lovers theme, culturally diverse couple, both comic and spicy

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Headliners by Lucy Parker
London Celebrities series

For years, rival TV presenters Sabrina Carlton and Nick Davenport have traded barbs on their respective shows. The public can’t get enough of their feud, but after Nick airs Sabrina’s family scandals to all of Britain, the gloves are off. They can barely be in the same room together–but these longtime enemies are about to become the unlikeliest of cohosts.

What do the stories have in common?
hating-to-dating theme, banter-filled dialogue, both sweet and saucy

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Grin & Beard It by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers series

When a new role takes Hollywood comic actress Sienna to the Great Smoky Mountains but she finds herself continually lost, she’s rescued by handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger Jethro. Can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her heart?

What do the stories have in common?
opposites attract theme, culturally diverse couple, folksiness but with heat

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Stranded together in an elevator during a power outage, Drew and Alexa agree to pose as a couple at an ex’s wedding and discover afterwards that they are unable to forget each other.

What do the stories have in common?
snappy dialogue, dynamic characters, interracial romance