I read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and loved it. I want to read something similar, but I want it to be fiction, rather than non-fiction.
In a similar place? Good news! We had suggestions for this patron, and we are here to share them:
If you liked the history of an American city intertwining with a murder mystery, try The Gods of Gothamby Lyndsay Faye. Set in New York during the 19th century, Timothy Wilde investigates the death of a 12-year-old as a new member of the newly formed New York police force in this twisty first of a series.
However, if you liked the multiple perspectives as a detective investigates serial murders, try I, Ripperby Stephen Hunter. Hunter does not hold back in this gritty horrific suspense, as readers get taken to 19th century London during the Whitechapel murders, attributed to Jack the Ripper and even get into the horrific mind of the serial killer.
Before you are swept away by the romance of Valentine’s Day, take a cue from Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation and honor the female friendships in your life. That’s right! February 13 is Galentine’s Day, a day for ladies to celebrate ladies. Need a little inspiration? Try one of these:
Noreen, Tess, and Rosie walk and talk their way through life’s ups and downs in their town of Wildwater. As they tally their steps and share their secrets, life begins to take them in some new and surprising directions.
An unexpected bequest from a late friend takes five women on a wild and life-transforming road trip from the deserts of New Mexico to the shores of Lake Superior, as they celebrate the bonds of female friendship.
Since good is subjective, if you stop by the desk with this question and have time to talk we will try to narrow down what would be good specifically for you with questions like: What did you read last that you liked? Do you prefer your books to be set during a certain time period? What are you in the mood for today?
However, if you are looking to quickly glance at what’s been popular and/or notable recently, one good stop is the 2016 Reading List: Year’s Best in Genre Fiction for Adult Readers, created by The Reading Council. The award list is divided up by 8 different genres, with one title winning for each genre and 3-4 titles chosen for the short list.
Browse below what was chosen for mystery, science fiction, horror, and romance. Want to see what won for fantasy, historical fiction, woman’s fiction, and adrenaline? Check out our post from last Friday!
This unlikely frontier love story (based on the biblical story of Hosea, of all things!) has stayed with me for years. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a narrative of unconditional commitment that breaks through terrible brokenness and betrayal to invite real trust. Somewhat controversial, but absolutely rewarding.
Contrary to modern opinion, housewife is not a dirty word. It does, however, inspire a different picture than the ladies who populate the tartly incisive new collection of vignettes by Helen Ellis. In American Housewife, be introduced to the deciphering of Southern lady code, to a most disturbing book club, and to the reality show Dumpster Diving with the Stars. Identify with neighbor battles that veer from passive-aggressive to outright aggressive. Look over the shoulder of a writer whose next novel is sponsored by the good people at Tampax. Delight in stories that are caustically funny but contain the grit of truth, but be on your guard. Just when you find yourself chuckling at the odd practices of the best bra-fitter south of the Mason Dixon line, an entirely different story-behind-the-story is there to prick your heart.
In the mood for a new non-fiction title instead? Try here!