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Allison Pataki's Novel Details the Remarkable Life of a Woman Almost Lost to History

THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE is about Desiree Clary, who captured Napoleon’s heart, created a dynasty and changed the course of history.

Sr. Evelyn and Her Fellow Nuns Preside Over a Safe Haven for the Abused and Abandoned

Little daunts Evelyn, until she receives word that Mercy House will be investigated by Bishop Hawkins, with whom she shares a dark history.

The Sins of the Past Come Back to Haunt Doc Ford and His Old Friend Tomlinson

Caught between watching his own back and Tomlinson's, Doc must get creative before past decisions escalate to deadly present-day dangers.

Ian Rutledge is Assigned One of the Most Baffling Investigations of His Career

The Scotland Yard detective must solve a cold murder case with an unidentified victim and a cold trail with few clues to follow.

In Deepa Anappara's Debut Novel, Three Friends Try to Find Their Missing Classmate

As they venture into dangerous parts of their Indian city, nine-year-old Jai has his first perilous collisions with an unjust and complicated wider world.

We're Giving Away a Different Book on Select Days Throughout the Winter

Our final prize book is SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59am ET.

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Bookreporter.com's Winter Reading Contests and Feature

Our Winter Reading Contests and Feature have returned for a sixth year! On select days through February 19th at noon ET, we are hosting a series of 24-hour contests spotlighting a book releasing this winter (or a recently published title that we would like to get into your hands now) and giving five lucky readers a chance to win it. We also are sending a special newsletter to announce the day's title, which you can sign up for here.

Our final prize book is SAINT X by Alexis Schaitkin, which is now available and will be a Bookreporter.com Bets On pick. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59am ET.

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

We are happy to share our latest "Bookreporter Talks To" interview with Allison Pataki, whose new historical novel, THE QUEEN'S FORTUNE: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire, will be a Bets On pick. In addition to talking in-depth about the book, Allison and Carol discuss women at the forefront of history, Allison's research in Paris, and the ways in which her personal life has affected her historical storytelling over the years. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

Bookreporter's co-founder Jesse Kornbluth stopped by the office to talk to Carol about his new novel, JFK AND MARY MEYER: A Love Story. They also reminisce about the early days of The Book Report Network, making it a fun trip down memory lane for them. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

Liz Moore's new novel, LONG BRIGHT RIVER, is a "Good Morning America" Book Club pick and Carol's first Bets On selection of the year. Carol talked to Liz about her inspiration for the book, the origin of the title, the opioid crisis and lots more. Click here to listen to the podcast of this interview.

» See more video interviews on The Book Report Network YouTube channel here, featuring William Kent Krueger, Cara Wall, Whitney Scharer, Beatriz Williams, Sheila Weller, Heather Morris, Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille, Karen White, Raymond Khoury, Patti Callahan, Linwood Barclay, Gilly Macmillan, Marjan KamaliFiona Davis, Shari Lapena, Mary Beth Keane, Sally Hepworth, Jean Kwok, Wendy Walker and Melanie Benjamin.

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On June 21, 1964, more than 20 Klansmen murdered three civil rights workers. The killings, in what would become known as the “Mississippi Burning” case, were among the most brazen acts of violence during the civil rights movement. And even though the killers’ identities, including the sheriff’s deputy, were an open secret, no one was charged with murder in the months and years that followed. It took 41 years before the mastermind was brought to trial and finally convicted for the three innocent lives he took. Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell takes readers on the twisting, pulse-racing road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement, decades after the fact.

Known as the "American Sherlock Holmes," Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest --- and first --- forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural. Heinrich was one of the nation's first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence. However, with his brilliance, and commanding presence in both the courtroom and at crime scenes, Heinrich spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools that police still use today. His work, though not without its serious --- some would say fatal --- flaws, changed the course of American criminal investigation.

Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the United States. Benjamin Franklin, an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north, and George Washington, a slaveholding general from the agrarian south, were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention. Yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since. Illuminating Franklin and Washington’s relationship with striking new detail and energy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project.

Cristiana is the daughter of the biggest arms dealers on the West Coast, Angus Byrne. She's also the sole witness and number one suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, found dead in her Newport Beach boutique. Isaiah Quintabe is coerced into taking the case to prove her innocence. If he can't, Angus will harm the brilliant PI's new girlfriend, ending her career. The catch: Christiana has multiple personalities. Five radically different ones. Among them, a naïve, beautiful shopkeeper, an obnoxious drummer in a rock band, and a wanton seductress. Isaiah's dilemma: no one personality saw the entire incident. To find out what really happened the night of the murder, Isaiah must piece together clues from each of the personalities --- before the cops catch up.

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

The author of a bestselling thriller called Thief River Falls, Lisa Power is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the “Dark Star.” Then a nameless runaway boy shows up at her door with a terrifying story: he’s just escaped death after witnessing a brutal murder --- a crime the police want to cover up. Obsessed with the boy’s safety, Lisa resolves to expose this crime, but powerful men in Thief River Falls are desperate to get the boy back, and now they want her too. Still under the strange, unforgiving threat of the Dark Star, Lisa must find a way to save them both, or they’ll become the victims of another shocking tragedy she can’t foresee.

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey - Science Fiction/Adventure

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her --- a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.

The Burn by Kathleen Kent - Mystery/Thriller

Betty Rhyzyk’s wounds are still fresh from an encounter with an apocalyptic cult known as The Family. She's back at work as a narcotics detective, but something isn't right --- at work, where someone has been assassinating confidential informants, or at home, where she struggles to connect with her loving wife, Jackie. To make matters worse, Betty's partner seems to be increasingly dependent on the prescription painkillers he was prescribed for the injuries he sustained rescuing her. Betty decides to go rogue, investigating her own department and chasing down phantom sightings of the cult leader who took her hostage. The chase will lead her to the dark heart of a drug cartel terrorizing Dallas, and straight to the crooked cops who plan to profit from it all.

The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Mystery/Thriller

The police find out about the crime the way everyone does: on Snapchat. The video shows a terrified young woman begging for forgiveness. When her body is found, it is marked with a number “2”. Detective Huldar joins the investigation, bringing child psychologist Freyja on board to help question the murdered teenager's friends. Soon, they uncover that Stella was far from the angel people claim, but who could have hated her enough to kill? Then another teenager goes missing, more clips are sent to social media, and the body with a “3” is found. Freyja and Huldar can agree on two things at least: the truth is far from simple. The killer is not done yet. And is there an undiscovered body carrying the number “1” out there?

A body so badly burned that it could be mistaken for a movie prop...except for the smell. That's not something the LAPD finds lying on the street every day. And when Detective Tully Jarsdel is called to the scene, it's clear to him that something about the placement of the corpse is intentional, even ritualistic. Jarsdel's former career in academia finally seems to be coming in handy. But nothing Jarsdel learned in school can prepare him for the deep evil behind this case, which appears to be as hopeless as it is violent. As Jarsdel and his partner, Morales, attempt to uncover the motive behind the horrendous crime, they find themselves dragged into the underbelly of a city notorious for chewing up and spitting out anyone dumb enough to turn their back on survival.