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Curious about what books will be released in the months ahead so you can pre-order or reserve them? Then click on the months below.

Please note we have not included every book that is coming out, but rather some that caught our eye --- and that we thought should catch yours as well.

December 2018

Hardcover

Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley - Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Thomas & Mercer | 9781503904682 | Published December 1, 2018

Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears. When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst. But there’s also more to the story. Someone is sending them ominous texts and emails filled with information no one else should have. Could the secrets they’ve kept hidden --- even from one another --- have led to Danny’s abduction?

Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Lake Union Publishing | 9781503904743 | Published December 1, 2018

It’s been 20 years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has moved past her grief to have a successful career and a happy family. Pity about Anna. Recently released from incarceration, she’s struggling with addiction, guilt and shame --- a shattered life. Cara’s forgiveness seems to be the only thing that helps her pick up the pieces. But as Anna pulls herself together, her memories of that night on the bridge start to come into focus. And few of them match her sister’s. As past secrets unfold and nothing is what it seems anymore, Anna desperately searches for the truth. But what if Cara doesn’t want her to find it?

The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781503904699 | Published December 1, 2018

In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself. So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death. Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape. But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan’s success, she faces a painful choice: Will she choose to risk everything saving Daisy or take the new life offered by a loving man?

The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope by Ana Warner and Curt Warner, with Dave Boling - Memoir, Nonfiction

Little A | 9781503900561 | Published December 1, 2018

Seahawks star running back Curt Warner and his wife, Ana, were prominent figures in Seattle in the early 1990s. When they dropped from the public eye after Curt’s retirement, everyone assumed it was for a simpler life. But the reality behind their seclusion was a secret they hid from even their closest friends: their twins, Austin and Christian, had been diagnosed with severe autism. What followed was a painful struggle to hold their family and their marriage together in a home filled with chaos, emotional exhaustion, and constant fear for the safety of their unpredictable but beloved boys. Now, after years of silence, the Warners share their inspiring journey from stardom and success to heartbreaking self-imposed isolation.

Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard - Fiction

Little A | 9781503902985 | Published December 1, 2018

Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, 15-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mother’s old bedroom, surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, giving Wes fresh air to breathe in the suffocating small town. When buried truths come to light in the spring thaw, wounds are exposed and violence erupts, forcing Wes to embark on a search for his missing father, the truth about his mother, and a future he must claim for himself --- a quest that begins back at that frozen lake.

Army of Empire: The Untold Story of the Indian Army in World War I by George Morton-Jack - History, Nonfiction

Basic Books | 9780465094042 | Published December 4, 2018

While their story is almost always overlooked, the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who served the British Empire in World War I played a crucial role in the eventual Allied victory. Despite their sacrifices, Indian troops received mixed reactions from their allies and their enemies alike --- some were treated as liberating heroes, some as mercenaries and conquerors themselves, and all as racial inferiors and a threat to white supremacy. Yet even as they fought as imperial troops under the British flag, their broadened horizons fired in them new hopes of racial equality and freedom on the path to Indian independence.

Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Bantam | 9781101887097 | Published December 4, 2018

After accidentally sinking a barge painted like the Yellow Submarine, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are relegated to babysitting Monty Hatton-Jones, the star prosecution witness in the trial of a disreputable developer whose prefabs are prone to collapse. The job for the demoted detectives? Keep the whistle-blower safe for one weekend. The task proves unexpectedly challenging when their unruly charge insists on attending a party at the vast estate Tavistock Hall. With falling stone gryphons, secret passageways, rumors of a mythical beast, and an all-too-real dismembered corpse, the bedeviled policemen soon find themselves with “a proper country house murder” on their hands.

Death by Dragonfly: A Grace Street Mystery by Jane Tesh - Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464211126 | Published December 4, 2018

Flamboyant actor Leo Pierson's Art Nouveau treasures have been stolen, including a one-of-a-kind Lalique glass dragonfly he claims is cursed. David Randall, 302 Grace Street's private eye, agrees to recover the valuables before he realizes that murder has raised its ugly head in the Parkland art community. Samuel Gallant of the museum board is missing, until Randall and his landlord/consultant Camden find Gallant's body stuffed in a museum closet. When another board member suffers a fatal accident and the art critic for the Parkland Herald is attacked, Randall suspects that the stolen dragonfly is indeed cursed.

For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger - Anthology, Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

Pegasus Books | 9781681778792 | Published December 4, 2018

FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME is the latest volume in the award-winning series from Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger, with stories of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and friends in a variety of eras and forms. King and Klinger have a simple formula: ask some of the world’s greatest writers --- regardless of genre --- to be inspired by the stories of Arthur Conan Doyle. Some tales are pastiches, featuring the recognizable figures of Holmes and Watson; others step away in time or place to describe characters and stories influenced by the Holmes world. Some of the authors spin whimsical tales of fancy; others tell hardcore thrillers or puzzling mysteries. One beloved author writes a song; two others craft a melancholy graphic tale of insectoid analysis.

Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250178282 | Published December 4, 2018

When a young woman linked to a list of missing Fire-Sky tribal members commits suicide, Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews is assigned to the case. As the investigation unfolds, she uncovers a threat that strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Fire-Sky Native: victims chosen and murdered because of their genetic makeup. But these deaths are not just about a life taken. In a vengeful twist, the killer ensures the spirits of those targeted will wander forever, lost to their family, their People and their ancestors. When those closest to Nicky are put in jeopardy, she must be willing to sacrifice everything --- her career, her life, even her soul --- to save the people she is sworn to protect.

Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250189295 | Published December 4, 2018

Iris Grey rents a quaint cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighboring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer. At the Wetherbys’ Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow --- but so are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime?

Of Blood and Bone: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts - Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250122995 | Published December 4, 2018

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed. Fallon Swift, approaching her 13th birthday, barely knows the world that existed before --- the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted --- and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden.

Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky - Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635571806 | Published December 4, 2018

Lilian Quick is a 40-year-old single woman working as a pet portrait artist. Her estranged cousin has become internet-famous as "Eleven" Novak, the face of a massive feminine lifestyle empowerment brand. When Eleven comes to town on tour, the two women reconnect. Despite 20 years of unexplained silence, Eleven offers Lilian a place at The Temple, her Manhattan office. Lilian accepts, moves to New York, and quickly enrolls in The Ascendency, Eleven's signature program: an expensive, three-month training seminar on leadership, spiritual awakening and marketing. Eleven is going to help her cousin become her best self. In just three months, Lilian's life changes drastically. But can she trust everything Eleven says?

The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath by Garrett Peck - History, Nonfiction

Pegasus Books | 9781681778785 | Published December 4, 2018

The Great War’s bitter outcome left the experience largely overlooked and forgotten in American history. This timely book is a reexamination of America’s first global experience as we commemorate World War I's centennial. The U.S. had steered clear of the European conflagration known as the Great War for more than two years, but President Woodrow Wilson reluctantly led the divided country into the conflict with the goal of making the world “safe for democracy.” The country assumed a global role for the first time and attempted to build the foundations for world peace, only to witness the experience go badly awry and it retreated into isolationism.

The Songbird by Marcia Willett - Fiction

Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250177414 | Published December 4, 2018

When Tim confides in Mattie that he needs a sabbatical from work and a fresh place to live, she suggests he move into one of the cottages at her family's home in the beautiful English countryside. As he gets to know the warm jumble of family who share their lives, Tim discovers that everyone there has their secrets. There's Kat, a retired ballet dancer who longs to take the stage again; Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; and William, who has tried hard to get over his estranged wife --- though it's much harder now that she's trying to move into the cottage Tim just occupied. And, even when she's far away, Tim knows there's Mattie. Can he open up to her? Would it matter if he did?

Wrong Light: A Rick Cahill Novel by Matt Coyle - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Oceanview Publishing | 9781608093168 | Published December 4, 2018

A demented soul is stalking Naomi Hendrix, waiting for the right moment to snatch her and fulfill a twisted fantasy. When Naomi’s radio station hires PI Rick Cahill to protect Naomi and track down the stalker, he discovers that Naomi is hiding secrets about her past that could help unmask the man. However, before Rick can extract the truth from Naomi, he is thrust into a missing person’s case --- an abduction he may have unwittingly caused. The investigating detective questions Rick’s motives for getting involved and pressures him to stop meddling. While Rick pursues Naomi’s stalker and battles the police, evil ricochets from his own past and embroils Rick in a race to find the truth about an old nemesis.

A Moment in Crime: A Santa Fe Revival Mystery by Amanda Allen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Crooked Lane Books | 9781683318811 | Published December 11, 2018

The golden age of cinema is dawning, and Santa Fe is in the grip of movie fever when director Luther Bishop arrives for the filming of his new cowboy flick. Maddie Vaughn-Alwin’s cousin, Gwen Astor, is in town with a bit part in the movie --- but Gwen finds herself caught in a whirlwind of mischief before shooting even begins. However, the plot only thickens when the detestable director is found hanging in his office. When it comes to light that Gwen was having a torrid affair with Luther, she gets pegged as the prime suspect, much to Maddie’s dismay. But Maddie knows that Luther had his fair share of enemies, and there’s no shortage of contenders.

A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge Mystery by Clea Simon - Fiction, Mystery

Polis Books | 9781947993327 | Published December 11, 2018

Becca, newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic powers. With nothing but time, and a desire for empowerment, she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that her three cats --- Harriet, Laurel and Clara --- are the ones with the real power. And when Harriet --- “a cream-colored longhair with more fur than commonsense” --- conjures a pillow for her own comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws her aside to share a secret --- a confidence that may lead to murder?

A Suspicion of Silver: A Sir Robert Carey Mystery by P.F. Chisholm - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464210433 | Published December 11, 2018

Sir Robert Carey has just foiled a double plot against King James. He rides for Leith hunting the would-be assassin now identified as Joachim Hochstetter, also known as Jonathan Hepburn. Has he taken ship for the Continent, or ridden nearly 130 miles south and west into England? There at Keswick, his family, originally from Augsburg, runs a mining operation that pays a royalty to Queen Elizabeth in gold. It's ruled by the widow Radagunda Hochstetter, his mother. Sir Robert's other problem? His dour, difficult and now treasonous henchman, Sergeant Henry Dodd, has disappeared somewhere on the snowy moors. Why can't anyone find Dodd's body?

Do No Harm: A Dr. Katie LeClair Mystery by Dawn Eastman - Fiction, Mystery

Crooked Lane Books | 9781683317876 | Published December 11, 2018

Balancing the responsibilities of a new house and the joys of a new romance, Dr. Katie LeClair is finally ready to start enjoying life. But danger arrives just as the town of Baxter, Michigan, is gearing up for its annual Halloween festival --- and once again, this doctor-turned-sleuth will have to unmask a killer in their midst. Trouble comes in threes this Halloween. Katie sees a new patient who has just been released from prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. Inexplicably, the patient suddenly goes missing. And matters take an even more sinister turn when a college student who had been investigating Katie’s old murder case is found dead in the woods near Baxter.

Influenza: The Hundred-Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History by Dr. Jeremy Brown - Health, History, Nonfiction

Touchstone | 9781501181245 | Published December 18, 2018

While influenza is now often thought of as a common and mild disease, it still kills over 30,000 people in the US each year. Dr. Jeremy Brown, currently Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, expounds on the flu's deadly past to solve the mysteries that could protect us from the next outbreak. In INFLUENZA, he talks with leading epidemiologists, policy makers, and the researcher who first sequenced the genetic building blocks of the original 1918 virus to offer both a comprehensive history and a roadmap for understanding what’s to come.

Once Upon a River (Audiobook) written by Diane Setterfield, read by Juliet Stevenson - Fiction, Mystery

Simon & Schuster Audio | 9781508256779 | Published December 4, 2018

On a dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the river Thames, an extraordinary event takes place. The regulars are telling stories to while away the dark hours, when the door bursts open on a grievously wounded stranger. In his arms is the lifeless body of a small child. Hours later, the girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can science provide an explanation? These questions have many answers, some of them quite dark indeed. Those who dwell on the river bank apply all their ingenuity to solving the puzzle of the girl who died and lived again, yet as the days pass the mystery only deepens.

Watching You (Audiobook) written by Lisa Jewell, read by Gabrielle Glaister - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Simon & Schuster Audio | 9781508268628 | Published December 26, 2018

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all --- including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with him. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenage son Freddie --- a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5 --- excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father. One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced that her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. Meanwhile, 20 years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam.

Paperback

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Penguin Books | 9780525522805 | Published December 4, 2018

Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead. Fifteen years later, Kitty can't speak and has no memory of the accident that's to blame. She lives in an institution and is unlikely ever to leave. But that doesn't keep her from being frightened when she encounters an eerily familiar face. Art teacher Alison is struggling to make ends meet and to forget the past. When a teaching job at a prison opens up, she takes it, despite her fears. Then she starts to receive alarming notes; next, her classroom erupts in violence. Meanwhile, someone is watching both Kitty and Alison. Someone who never forgot what happened that day. Someone who wants revenge. And only another life will do.

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades - Fiction

Park Row | 9780778369813 | Published December 4, 2018

Hanna has never been outside her secluded community of Clearhaven, nor has she ever questioned why her father has four wives. And in only one week, on her 18th birthday, Hanna will follow tradition and become the fifth wife of a man more than twice her age. But just days before the wedding, an enigmatic stranger challenges Hanna to question her fate and to follow her own will, causing her world to begin unraveling around her. When her mother reveals a secret, Hanna is forced to decide if she was really meant for something greater than the claustrophobic world of Clearhaven. But can she abandon her beloved younger sister and the only home she’s ever known?