Above All Things
By Tanis Rideout
A tale inspired by the life and mysterious fate of explorer and mountaineer George Mallory also traces the experiences of his wife, Ruth, who maintains a hopeful vigil in war-ravaged England during Mallory’s fateful third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain
By Morgan Llywelyn
Remaining on the virtually abandoned island of Britannia after centuries of Roman rule, two cousins pursue very different efforts to unite disparate tribes and factions throughout the land, including throne-seeking Dinas and reluctant leader Cadogan.
By David Rosenfelt
Rendered a public hero when he is forced to kill a chief suspect in the murder of a high-profile judge, New Jersey police officer Luke Somers is targeted by the suspect’s vengeful older brother, who kidnaps Luke’s brother and insists that his own brother is innocent.
Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross)
By James Patterson
In the aftermath of a disgraced plastic surgeon’s release from prison, Detective Alex Cross investigates the murder of a young mother whose newborn has disappeared, a case that is further complicated by two additional killings.
Angel’s Gate (Shortcut Man)
By P. G. Sturges
Hired by the sister of a young woman who has gone missing from a harem of starlets kept by an aging Hollywood movie mogul, Shortcut Man Dick Henry investigates an assault by a drug-addled celebrity director and is confronted by a sordid but powerful web of private security henchmen, drug dealers and corrupt police officers.
By Lynn Coady
Mistaken for a goon because of his large size and strength, gentle Gordon Rankin, Jr. struggles to live up to everyone’s expectations until a cruel twist of fate forces him underground, where he learns that a former friend has written a satirical book based on his life.
By Elizabeth Wilhide
An epic saga of the upstairs and downstairs of residents of an English country house spans more than two hundred years and includes the stories of its original architect, a Victorian family that shared four decades of family history, soldiers billeted in the house during World War I and a young couple who restores the house in the 1950s.
Autobiography of Us
By Aria Beth Sloss
Struggling to define themselves against the backdrop of the 1960s social revolution, Rebecca and her reckless friend Alex long for lives beyond the limitations of their mothers’ narrow expectations and are separated by an act of betrayal that Rebecca reevaluates decades later.
By Stephan Talty
Returning to the working-class Irish-Catholic community of her childhood in South Buffalo to care for her ailing policeman father, Absalom Kearney joins the police department and begins receiving cryptic messages from a twisted serial killer only to find her investigation stymied by her own colleagues.
The Burn Palace
By Stephen Dobyns
When a Rhode Island nurse discovers that an infant left in her charge has been abducted, detective Woody Potter embarks on a baffling case with ties to a dead insurance investigator, a local Wiccan sect, a yoga center and an angry funeral director.
Calling Me Home
By Julie Kibler
A debut novel inspired by the author’s grandmother’s forbidden love with a black man follows the experiences of hairdresser and African-American single mom Dorrie who, while struggling with difficult family dynamics, reluctantly agrees to drive an octogenarian client to a funeral several states away.
The City of Devi
By Manil Suri
Resolving to reunite with her missing physicist husband as Mumbai is evacuated in the wake of a nuclear threat, statistician Sarita journeys through the surreal landscape of a dangerous near-abandoned city in the company of a prolific companion and meets an incarnation of the patron goddess Devi Ma.
Crossbones Yard (Alice Quentin)
By Kate Rhodes
Enjoying a successful career in London in spite of painful family secrets, psychologist Alice Quentin stumbles on a murder scene that eerily resembles the work of two imprisoned killers, a case that prompts her recruitment by police and places her life and loved ones at risk.
The Day Is Dark: A Thriller
By Yrsa Sigurdardottir
When contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated region on the coast of Greenland, Thora Gudmundsdottir’s investigations reveal another recent disappearance before she encounters unexpected local resistance and rumors about a curse.
By J. A. Jance
Contacted to investigate the gruesome murder of a gold-digging divorcee on behalf of the woman accused of the crime, police academy-trained former reporter Ali Reynolds is simultaneously drawn into another case that could be related to hers and must stop a dangerous killer.
A Deniable Death
By Gerald Seymour
Pulled from home country duty and assigned to a hated partner to carry out a covert mission to assassinate a roadside bomber in the Middle East, a talented surveillance operative engages in a painstaking process to save countless lives while working under a constant threat of disavowal.
The Death of Bees
By Lisa O’Donnell
Trying to keep the death of her parents a secret, Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own until several residents in Glasgow’s Hazelhurst housing estate suspect that something isn’t right and, as one lie leads to another, dark secrets emerge that threaten to tear the girls apart.
By Herman Koch
Meeting at a fashionable Amsterdam restaurant for dinner, two couples move from small talk to the wrenching shared challenge of their teenage sons’ shattering act of violence that has triggered a police investigation and revealed the extent to which each family will go to protect those they love.
By Mark Alpert
Discovering that his estranged hacker daughter is being targeted by an assassin who would stop her from exposing Chinese secrets, Jim Pierce learns that the Chinese military has developed a malevolent artificial life form that is threatening to destroy humanity.
The Fall of the Stone City
By Ismail Kadare
A tale blending history and folklore traces the occupation of the ancient Albanian stone city of Gjirokaster by Nazi forces in 1943 and the bizarre hospitality shown by a doctor to the Nazi colonel during a fateful dinner party.
By V. C. Andrews
When she discovers that her sister Roxy, who was kicked out of the house by their father eight years earlier, has become a high-priced New York call girl, Emmie sets out to spy on her sister and learn more about her life, setting in motion a chain of events that could destroy her family for good.
Frances and Bernard
By Carlene Bauer
Loosely inspired by the relationship of Robert Lowell and Flannery O’Connor, Bauer examines the intense friendship and literary bond shared by two mid-20th-century writers through an exchange of letters that explores their respective writing forms and beliefs about faith, passion and the nature of acceptable sacrifice.
By Roger Hobbs
A casino robbery gone wrong compels its orchestrator to call in a favor from a master criminal known only as “Jack,” whose activities are subject to mystery and speculation and who must test the limits of his considerable skills in order to protect his anonymity from FBI agents in close pursuit.
By Benjamin Nugent
Discovering that their respective parents are having an affair, 15-year-old friends Josh and Khadijah make a pact that they will never cheat on anyone, an agreement that is tested years later when they reconnect after becoming engaged to different people.
By Annapurna Potluri
Hosted by the wealthy Adivi family in a remote part of India while studying the Telugu language in the fall of 1911, ambitious French philologist Alexandre Lautens is condemned by the family patriarch for pursuing a relationship with the family’s polio-stricken daughter, who has been relegated to spinsterhood after the marriage of her beautiful younger sister.
Guilt (Alex Delaware)
By Jonathan Kellerman
When he is consulted on a cold case involving the discovery of infant remains in a neglected fixer-upper Tudor mansion, psychologist-investigator Alex Delaware, tracing the long history of past residents, is led down a bloody path littered with unprecedented narcissism and unspeakable cruelty.
By Jim Crace
A stable fire in a remote English village leads to disputes between newcomers who are wrongly accused and long-term residents who refuse to believe one of their own could be responsible, a situation that is further exacerbated by the observations and meticulous note-taking of another outsider.
Hikikomori and the Rental Sister
By Jeff Backhaus
Estranged from the husband who cloistered himself in his bedroom three years earlier after a devastating tragedy, Silke hires a young Japanese woman attuned to the hikikomori phenomenon of the isolated individual to draw him back into the world by establishing a deeply intimate and sensual relationship with him.
A History of the Present Illness
By Louise Aronson
An anthology of 16 linked stories by a Harvard-trained physician explores the marginalized humanity in communities, hospitals and nursing homes in San Francisco and includes such protagonists as an elderly Chinese immigrant who is forced to make a painful sacrifice, a psychiatrist whose own sanity is compromised and a young veteran whose injuries symbolize the rest of his life.
The History of Us
By Leah Stewart
Two decades after the tragic accident that killed their father, Theodora, Josh and Claire return to their childhood home to confront painful realities about their incapable mother and the devoted aunt who raised them.
Hostile Shores (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure)
By Dewey Lambdin
Participating in the 1805 Battle of Cape Town after the death of Admiral Nelson, Captain Lewrie voyages to South America to assist Britain’s campaigns on the Spanish colonies. While there, he confronts a formidable adversary that places his career and life at risk.
The House Girl
By Tara Conklin
Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, searches for the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
House of Earth
By Woody Guthrie
In this story of rural realism and progressive activism that is in many ways a companion piece to the author’s folk anthem This Land Is Your Land, Tike and Ella May Hamil struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle.
Hunt the Scorpion (SEAL Team Six)
By Don Mann
When a stolen nuclear device surfaces in the hands of known terrorists, Thomas Crocker and his squad are called into action to halt a catastrophic plot against the United States.
Immortal (Ethan Warner)
By Dean Crawford
When a county coroner goes missing after autopsying a body that was shot with a Civil War-era bullet, former war correspondent Ethan Warner and his partner, Nicola Lopez, conduct a discreet investigation that uncovers the workings of a twisted killer who is pursuing immortality.
The Imposter Bride
By Nancy Richler
Rejected by her fiancé after traveling to post-World War II Montreal, an enigmatic Lily accepts the marriage proposal of her ex’s smitten brother Nathan, who is shocked to discover that Lily is not the woman she claimed to be after she suddenly disappears, leaving behind their baby, a diary and a large uncut diamond.
By Charles Dubow
When Harry and Madeleine Winslow, who have been blessed with talent, money and charm, meet Claire, they are drawn to her youth, quiet intelligence and naivete, and over the course of the summer, reverence transforms into dangerous desire, in this complex novel of the consequences of wanting more.
The Jackal’s Share
By Christopher Morgan Jones
While working for a powerful billionaire, corporate investigator Benjamin Webster is catapulted into a grim world of blackmail, offshore money, arms dealing and terrorism when the billionaire’s dealings are questioned in the wake of a defamed art dealer’s murder.
By Abi Maxwell
Abandoned as an infant in a boathouse and raised by a young couple, Alice Thornton grows up aching for acceptance and wholly unaware of her true heritage, a situation that influences her pursuit of a man who cannot love her and deepens her mysterious bond with the lake where she was found.
Little Known Facts
By Christine Sneed
A debut novel by the award-winning author of Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cryexplores the consequences of fame as experienced by the family members of an A-list Hollywood celebrity, including his own grown children, who long for authenticity in a world where they are regarded as less-important extensions of their father.
Man in the Empty Suit
By Sean Ferrell
Wearying of endless visits to the myriad points of human history, a time traveler attends his own 100th birthday celebration every year with other versions of himself and encounters in his 39th year his murdered 40-year-old body, a situation that compels him to prevent his own death.
The Marlowe Papers
By Ros Barber
Exiled writer Christopher Marlowe shares the story of his life from his humble youth as a cobbler’s son who counted nobles among his friends to his adult misadventures as a Queen’s spy, fickle lover and religious skeptic whose talent for plays, poetry and trouble led him to hide his identity behind the name William Shakespeare.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Chosen as the personal dress designer for Mary Todd Lincoln, freedwoman Elizabeth Keckley is drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family as she supports Mary in the loss of her husband from the assassination that stunned the nation and the world.
News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories
By Jennifer Haigh
Portraying the close-knit community of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, through a series of interconnected stories, the author explores themes of regret, redemption and acceptance and depicts unforgettable characters from different generations who have been shaped by dreams and plagued by disappointments.
The Night Ranger
By Alex Berenson
When four friends, working at a giant refugee camp in Kenya for Somalis, are hijacked by bandits, John Wells is brought in to find them and goes undercover in a country that isn’t his usual playing field where he discovers that the truth behind the kidnappings is far more complex than he imagined.
By Warren Fahy
Biologists Nell and Geoffrey are lured by a ruthless Russian tycoon to his underground metropolis where they are confronted by a vicious menagerie of biological horrors rising up to consume the world.
The Power Trip
By Jackie Collins
On a state-of-the-art luxury yacht off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Aleksandr Kasianenko, a billionaire Russian oligarch, his sexy supermodel girlfriend and their guests – five powerful and famous couples – all are held hostage by a master pirate who is working for a Russian mobster with a grudge.
Scent of Darkness
By Margot Berwin
Bequeathed an original fragrance designed just for her by her perfumer grandmother, 18-year-old Evangeline becomes an object of intense desire to the men, women and even pets around her and eventually wonders if a lonely artist who does not register her scent may be the only person who loves her for herself.
By Amity Gaige
Ensconced in a correctional facility at the height of a custody battle with his estranged wife, Erik, a first-generation East German immigrant who changed his name as a youth, surveys his childhood, marriage and experiences as a father to consider the disparity between his original and assumed identities.
Shadow on the Crown
By Patricia Bracewell
Marrying the much-older King of England in the year 1002, 16-year-old Emma of Normandy is surrounded by a treacherous court and regarded as a threat by her husband before drawing on her wits and her independent spirit to gain a few friends and protect her station, a situation that is complicated by her love for another man.
The Sixth Station
By Linda Stasi
Feisty reporter Alessandra Russo covers the sensational trial of a defendant regarded as both a terrorist and a messiah, a pursuit that causes her to be singled out for unwanted attention and set up for murder.
By Jodi Picoult
Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who is particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs and to wonder if his request would be murder or justice.
A Time for War
By Michael Savage
Recognizing that the U.S. is being targeted by a secret and lethal conspiracy in the wake of several seemingly unrelated accidents, disgraced television host Jack Hatfield taps the expertise of an idealistic staffer from the Office of Naval Intelligence to expose a billionaire’s espionage activities and an imminent biochemical attack.
A Town of Empty Rooms
By Karen Bender
Estranged and grieving separately after painful losses, Serena and Dan Shine are forced away from their New York City home and resettle in a North Carolina community where Serena becomes enmeshed with a small Jewish congregation and Dan and their young son are drawn into the Boy Scouts by a mysterious neighbor who possesses a dark agenda.
Truth in Advertising
By John Kenney
Struggling with encroaching middle age and a broken engagement, advertising agent Finbar Dolan is forced to cancel his Christmas plans to tackle a last-minute work assignment, only to learn that his estranged and abusive father has taken ill and that his siblings are unwilling to help.
Until the End of Time
By Danielle Steel
A couple destined to be together forever meet an untimely demise and wind up reincarnated as a hardened New York City publisher and a shy Amish woman writer, both of whom feel an uncanny attraction toward each other.
By Margaret Wrinkle
When a troubled Revolutionary War veteran requires his slave, Washington, to become a breeding sire, an ensuing power struggle and Washington’s resolve to stay faithful to his West African spiritual legacy lead to a loving relationship with an enslaved healer woman who imparts her own experiences and inspires Washington to forge a new understanding of his heritage.
A Week in Winter
By Maeve Binchy
A posthumously published novel by the late best-selling author of Tara Roadfollows the efforts of a woman who, against the opinions of local detractors, turns a mansion on the Irish coast into a holiday resort and receives an assortment of first guests who share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges over the course of a week’s stay.
The Winter Witch
By Paula Brackston
A follow-up to The Witch’s Daughter finds mute fledgling witch Morgana married for her safety to a kind farmer in the faraway hills before she is targeted by townspeople who are being manipulated by a murderous dark force that compels Morgana to harness her powers.
By Marjorie Celona
A foster child who has been shuffled through the system after being abandoned at the YMCA as a baby wonders about her birth family and the reasons she was given up, questions that lead to the tragic story of her flawed and desperate mother.