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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 2019

Hardcover

The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson - Fiction

Ecco | 9780062899873 | Published December 3, 2019

A young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in Iceland. During her time there, a young student at the school watches the school’s headmaster, Father August Franz, fall to his death from the church tower. Two decades later, the child --- now a grown man --- calls the nun back to the scene of the crime. This trip brings her former visit, as well as her years as a young woman in Paris, powerfully and sometimes painfully to life. In Paris, she met an Icelandic girl who she has not seen since, but whose acquaintance changed her life, a relationship she relives all while reckoning with the mystery of August Franz’s death and the abuses of power that may have brought it on.

This Is Happiness by Niall Williams - Fiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635574203 | Published December 3, 2019

The rain is stopping. Nobody in the small, forgotten village of Faha remembers when it started. Now --- just as Father Coffey proclaims the coming of electricity --- it is stopping. Seventeen-year-old Noel Crowe is standing outside his grandparents' house shortly after the rain has stopped when he encounters Christy for the first time. Though he can't explain it, Noel knows right then: something has changed. This is the story of all that was to follow: Christy's long-lost love and why he had come to Faha, Noel's own experiences falling in and out of love, and the endlessly postponed arrival of electricity --- a development that, once complete, would leave behind a world that had not changed for centuries.

Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250205711 | Published December 3, 2019

Natalie Lockhart is a rookie detective in Burning Lake, New York, an isolated town known for its dark past. Tasked with uncovering the whereabouts of nine missing transients who have disappeared over the years, Natalie wrestles with the town’s troubled history --- and the scars left by her sister’s unsolved murder years ago. Then Daisy Buckner, a beloved schoolteacher, is found dead on her kitchen floor, and a suspect immediately comes to mind. But it’s not that simple. The suspect is in a coma, collapsed only hours after the teacher’s death, and it turns out Daisy had secrets of her own. Natalie knows there is more to the case, but as the investigation deepens, even she cannot predict the far-reaching consequences --- for the victim, for the missing of Burning Lake and for herself.

Winter Grave: An Embla Nyström Investigation written by Helene Tursten, translated by Marlaine Delargy - Fiction, Mystery

Soho Crime | 9781641290760 | Published December 3, 2019

When a little girl disappears a few weeks before Christmas, suspicion falls on the last person she was seen with: the mentally disabled teenage boy who gave her a ride home after school. Complicating the matter is the fact that detectives can hardly get a word out of him. When a second child disappears and a police officer is found dead, tensions in the small town of Strömstad reach an all-time high. As Detective Inspector Embla Nyström hunts for the missing children, she can’t help but think of the case that has been haunting her for years: the disappearance of her childhood best friend. Could the incidents be linked?

A New World Begins: The History of the French Revolution by Jeremy D. Popkin - History, Nonfiction

Basic Books | 9780465096664 | Published December 10, 2019

The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society --- even if, after more than 200 years, they are more contested than ever before. In A NEW WORLD BEGINS, Jeremy D. Popkin offers a riveting account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. We meet Mirabeau, Robespierre and Danton, in all of their brilliance and vengefulness; we witness the failed escape and execution of Louis XVI; we see women demanding equal rights and black slaves wresting freedom from revolutionaries who hesitated to act on their own principles; and we follow the rise of Napoleon out of the ashes of the Reign of Terror.

Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Amistad | 9780062913722 | Published December 10, 2019

Structured as a triptych, AFRICAVILLE chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family --- Kath Ella, her son Omar/Etienne, and her grandson Warner --- whose lives unfold against the tumultuous events of the 20th century from the Great Depression of the 1930s, through the social protests of the 1960s to the economic upheavals in the 1980s. As it explores notions of identity, passing, cross-racial relationships, the importance of place, and the meaning of home, Jeffrey Colvin’s debut novel tells the larger story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States.

All That's Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums - Fiction, Mystery

Crooked Lane Books | 9781643852379 | Published December 10, 2019

There's plenty about the grownup world that six-year-old Aoife doesn't understand. Like what happened to her big brother, Theo, and why her mama is in the hospital instead of home where she belongs. Uncle Donny says she just needs to be patient, but Aoife is sure her mama won't be able to come home until Aoife learns what really happened to her brother. The trouble is no one wants to talk about Theo because he was murdered. But by whom? With her imaginary friend, Teddy, by her side and the detecting skills of her nosy next-door neighbor, Aoife sets out to uncover the truth about her family. But she will learn that some secrets can't stay hidden forever, and sometimes the pain we bury is the biggest secret of them all.

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent by Owen Matthews - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781408857786 | Published December 10, 2019

Richard Sorge moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. Born to a German mother and a Russian father, Sorge became a fanatical communist --- and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy. Like many great spies, Sorge was an effortless seducer, combining charm with a ruthless manipulation. He did not have to go snooping to find out closely guarded state secrets --- his victims willingly shared them. Hiding in plain sight as a foreign correspondent, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including World War II. His intelligence proved pivotal to the Soviet counteroffensive in the Battle of Moscow, which determined the outcome of the war.

Crossroad by W.H. Cameron - Fiction, Mystery

Crooked Lane Books | 9781643852805 | Published December 10, 2019

Melisende Dulac’s life takes an ominous turn when she comes upon a grisly multiple car wreck and three shattered bodies on an isolated road. Near the scene, Melisende trips over a fourth body, that of a newborn girl lying a physics-defying distance from the wreckage. There is no one to claim the infant, nor a clear indication she was even part of the accident. The crash offers plenty of opportunities for an apprentice mortician --- but when the victims' bodies are stolen from her family's mortuary, Melisende is branded suspect number one. Then Portland lawyer Kendrick Pride arrives on the scene on behalf of one of the victim's families --- or so he says --- and Melisende begins to see that there's much more to this enigmatic figure than meets the eye.

Sidney Lumet: A Life by Maura Spiegel - Biography, Entertainment, Movies, Nonfiction

St. Martin's Press | 9781250030153 | Published December 10, 2019

Acclaimed as the ultimate New York movie director, Sidney Lumet began his astonishing five-decades-long directing career with the now classic 12 Angry Men, followed by such landmark films as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon and Network. His remarkably varied output included award-winning adaptations of plays by Anton Chekhov, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill, whose Long Day’s Journey into Night featured Katharine Hepburn and Ralph Richardson in their most devastating performances. With the help of exclusive interviews with family, colleagues and friends, author Maura Spiegel provides a vibrant portrait of the life and work of this extraordinary director whose influence is felt through generations.

The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally - Fiction

Atria Books | 9781982121037 | Published December 10, 2019

An award-winning documentary filmmaker, Shelby Apple is obsessed with reimagining the full story of the Learned Man --- a prehistoric man whose remains are believed to be the link between Africa and ancient Australia. From Vietnam to northern Africa and the Australian Outback, Shelby searches for understanding of this enigmatic man from the ancient past, unaware that the two men share a great deal in common. Some 40,000 years in the past, the Learned Man has made his home alongside other members of his tribe. Complex and deeply introspective, he reveres tradition, loyalty and respect for his ancestors. Willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good, the Learned Man cannot conceive that a man millennia later could relate to him in heart and feeling.

The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters - Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Crooked Lane Books | 9781643851631 | Published December 10, 2019

In 1991, Heather Cole and her friends were members of the Dead Girls Club. Obsessed with the macabre, the girls exchanged stories about serial killers and imaginary monsters, like the Red Lady, the spirit of a vengeful witch killed centuries before. Heather knew the stories were just that, until her best friend, Becca, began insisting the Red Lady was real --- and she could prove it. That belief got Becca killed. It's been nearly 30 years, and Heather has done her best to put that fateful summer, Becca and the Red Lady behind her. Until a familiar necklace arrives in the mail, a necklace she hasn't seen since the night Becca died. The night Heather killed her. Now, someone else knows what she did...and they're determined to make Heather pay.

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250066794 | Published December 10, 2019

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her. Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina's orbit one night and can never let her go, even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what's safe over what's right.

The Light of All That Falls by James Islington - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Orbit | 9780316274180 | Published December 10, 2019

After a savage battle, the Boundary is whole again --- but it may be too late. Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final, crushing blow. In Ilin Illan, Wirr fights to maintain a precarious alliance between Andarra's factions of power. With dark forces closing in on the capital, if he cannot succeed, the war is lost. Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate. As he tries to keep them from undoing Asha's sacrifice, he struggles to come to terms with his own path and all he has learned about Caeden, the friend he chose to set free. And finally, Caeden is confronted with the reality of a plan laid centuries ago --- heartbroken at how it started and devastated by how it must end.

A Small Town by Thomas Perry - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Mysterious Press | 9780802148063 | Published December 17, 2019

Twelve conspirators meticulously plan to throw open all the gates to the prison that contains them, so that more than a thousand convicts may escape and pour into the nearby small town. The newly freed prisoners rape, murder and destroy the town. An immense search ensues, but the 12 who plotted it all get away. After two years, all efforts by the local and federal police agencies have been in vain. Leah Hawkins, a former star basketball player and resident good cop, is placed on sabbatical so that she can tour the country learning advanced police procedures. The sabbatical is merely a ruse, however, as her real job is to track the infamous 12 and kill them. Soon, the surviving fugitives realize what she is up to, and a race to kill or be killed ensues.

Relentless: A Brick Kavanagh Mystery by Shawn Wilson - Fiction, Mystery

Oceanview Publishing | 9781608093700 | Published December 17, 2019

Cherry blossom season is Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful time of the year. But as tourists flock to the city, this year’s festivities are marred by the discovery of the naked body of a young woman floating in the Tidal Basin. Veteran homicide detective Brian (Brick) Kavanagh is assigned to the case. He’s shocked when he learns the victim is connected to another homicide, which makes the investigation very personal for him. Brick’s efforts to solve the case are thwarted by departmental politics and a rush to judgment. Convinced that justice has not been served and the wrong person is in jail, Kavanagh risks all to relentlessly pursue the truth.

Murder in Rat Alley: A Sam Blackman Mystery by Mark de Castrique - Fiction, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781492699385 | Published December 31, 2019

An interracial couple in the new South, Iraq War veteran Sam Blackman and his no-nonsense private eye partner, Nakayla Robertson, deploy humor both to bind them together and to deflect insults. Plus, it helps deal with the tragedies their work uncovers. Such a tragedy interrupts a meeting between the PIs and the neighboring law office when a body is unearthed from the grounds of the nearby Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. It monitored developing space programs during the Cold War, and today plays a vital role gathering weather and climate data. Why would its discovery spark off a new murder in Asheville's mountain music scene, the victim found amid the garbage of dark, dank Rat Alley?

Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown - Fiction, Women's Fiction

Dutton | 9781524744939 | Published December 31, 2019

When Alice Hale moves to the New York suburbs with her husband, she finds a vintage cookbook buried in a box in her new house’s basement and becomes captivated by the book’s previous owner --- 1950s housewife Nellie Murdoch. As Alice cooks her way through the past, she realizes that within the cookbook’s pages, Nellie left clues about her life --- including a mysterious series of unsent letters penned to her mother. When she uncovers a more sinister side to Nellie’s marriage, and has become increasingly dissatisfied with the mounting pressures in her own relationship, she begins to take control of her life and protect herself with a few secrets of her own.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid - Fiction, Women's Fiction

G.P. Putnam's Sons | 9780525541905 | Published December 31, 2019

Alix Chamberlain is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, and a bystander films everything. At 25, Emira is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

Paperback

Once Night Falls by Roland Merullo - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Lake Union Publishing | 9781542007429 | Published December 1, 2019

Italy, 1943. Luca Benedetto has joined the partisans in their fight against the German troops ravaging the shores of his town on Lake Como. While risking his life to free his country, Luca is also struggling to protect Sarah, his Jewish lover who’s hiding in a mountain cabin. As the violent Nazi occupation intensifies, Luca and Sarah fear for more than their own lives. In the heart of their village, their mothers have also found themselves vulnerable to the encroaching Nazis. But Luca’s mother is devising her own revenge on the occupiers. With Mussolini deposed and Allied armies fighting their way up the peninsula, the fate of Italy hangs in the balance, and the people of Lake Como must decide how much they’re prepared to sacrifice for family, friends and the country they love.

All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin - Biography, Nonfiction

Harper Paperbacks | 9780062408860 | Published December 3, 2019

Devastatingly handsome, broad-shouldered and clean-cut, Rock Hudson reigned supreme as the king of Hollywood throughout the ’50s and ’60s. In a more conservative era, his wholesome, straight arrow screen image was at odds with his closeted homosexuality. Mark Griffin provides new details concerning Hudson’s troubled relationships with wife Phyllis Gates and boyfriend Marc Christian. And here, for the first time, is an in-depth exploration of Hudson’s classic films, including Written on the Wind, A Farewell to Arms and the cult favorite Seconds. With unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence and production files, Griffin pays homage to the idol whose life and death had a lasting impact on American culture.

Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna written by Mario Giordano, translated by John Brownjohn - Fiction, Mystery, Women's Fiction

Mariner Books | 9780358299622 | Published December 3, 2019

When Prosecco-loving Auntie Poldi retired to Sicily from Germany, she never dreamed her tranquil days would be interrupted by murder. But Sicily had other plans, and Poldi found herself honor-bound to solve the disappearance of her beloved (and cute) handyman. Now she’s finally ready for some peace and quiet --- interrupted by romantic encounters with Chief Inspector Montana, of course --- when the water supply to her neighborhood is cut off and a dear friend’s dog is poisoned, telltale signs that a certain familial organization is flexing its muscles. Poldi soon finds a body in a vineyard, tangles with the Mafia, and yet again makes herself unpopular in the pursuit of justice.

Broken Ground: A Karen Pirie Novel by Val McDermid - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Grove Press | 9780802147745 | Published December 3, 2019

Six feet under in a Highland peat bog lies Alice Somerville’s inheritance, buried by her grandfather at the end of World War II. But when Alice finally uncovers it, she finds an unwanted surprise --- a body with a bullet hole between the eyes. Meanwhile, cold case detective Karen Pirie is called in to unravel a case where nothing is quite as it seems. And as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that not everyone shares her desire for justice. Or even the idea of what justice is.

Brooklyn Legacies: An Erica Donato Mystery by Triss Stein - Fiction, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781492699347 | Published December 3, 2019

The search for a lost portrait of Walt Whitman sends urban historian Dr. Erica Donato into Brooklyn Heights. New York's first suburb has long weathered political battles about neighborhood preservation and destruction. Is a new one shaping up? Erica meets an idol, fiery community activist Louisa Gibbs, now locked in a dispute with the Watch Tower Society. One of Brooklyn's biggest landowners, the Jehovah's Witnesses are selling off their holdings. Then at a glittering party, Erica meets the threatening Prinzig clan who are trying to buy the Witnesses' property adjoining Louisa's historic home. The discovery of the Society's Daniel Towns' body in the Witnesses' underground tunnels reignites old conflicts.

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Ballantine Books | 9780525622116 | Published December 3, 2019

As soon as she learns that MGM is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece, THE WIZARD OF OZ, for the screen, Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book. But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of “Over the Rainbow,” Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story. Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her --- the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.