EarlyWord GalleyChat, #ewgc, April, 2023 -- Titles discussed, by pub. date
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PUB DATES are as of April 11, 2023, according to Edelweiss. Some may change.
DRC = Digital review copies, also called "digital ARCs". Unless otherwise noted in comments, all titles are available from Edelweiss and may also be on NetGalley
Diversity = by or about people from under-represented communities
HEATING UP = growing enthusiasm among GalleyChatters
HOT = has come up many times. Multiple chatters have read and loved.
LMR = Library Marketing Rep recommendation
LR Deadline = LibraryReads voting deadline,
Multiple "Much Love" on Edelweiss = Titles that are getting a significant number of "Much Love" on Edelweiss, some may not be "HOT" or "Heating up" among GalleyChatters
NO DRC = Digital Review Copy not yet listed
New = first time title has been mentioned on GalleyChat
PAST DUE = Library Reads voting deadline has passed
Bisac Category Description
Publisher Name
Format Description
EANList PricePubDatePrint RunNewDiversityLR Votes DueComments
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Rico, Lauren E.Familia
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
LMR Michelle Lauren Addo @MichelleAddo, "FAMILIA by Lauren E. Rico. Against the beauty of San Juan, two twenty-something women connect across cultures & class when a genealogy test forces them to question their understanding of family and their places in the world."
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Regency
Putney, Mary JoSilver Lady
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
LMR, Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "SILVER LADY Mary Jo Putney's swashbuckling Regency TP romance is set on the atmospheric coast of Cornwall where a woman with no memory & a mysterious gift complicates the life of a spy hunter."
Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Dolan, Naoise
The Happy Couple
LMR librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "THE HAPPY COUPLE by Naoise Dolan. Leline & Luke are engaged. He's a serial cheater, she's absorbed in her career. Her sister/bridesmaid doesn't like Luke. Luke's best man has feelings for him. What could go wrong? Hilarious & insightful!" -- From Publishers Summary, "QUEER THEMES: THE HAPPY COUPLE flips the traditional, heterosexual marriage plot on its head with its ensemble of queer characters. But it's a novel that speaks to everyone who has ever struggled to match their own happiness to societal expectations."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Khan, Ausma Zehanat
Blood BetrayalMacmillanMinotaur Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
GalleyChat interest
Fiction / Literary
McDermott, Alice
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hardcover with dust jacket
Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "Alice McDermott sets her latest novel, ABSOLUTION, in the world of American personnel living in 1960s Vietnam. So much to love and ponder in this tale of Americans convinced they know what's best for the people of another culture and country."
Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Harrow, Alix E.Starling HouseMacmillanTor Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Robin B @robinsbooks, "I'm eager to read Alix Harrow's next book, STARLING HOUSE, a departure from her fairy tale fables. This one had me at haunted house"
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Singer, Matt
Opposable Thumbs
PRH/Random House
G.P. Putnam's Sons
Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "I loved learning the backstory of how Siskel and Ebert became the most influential movie critics in America. Made me realize how much I miss these guys. OPPOSABLE THUMBS: HOW SISKEL AND EBERT CHANGED MOVIES FOREVER."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary
Day, Maddie
Murder Uncorked
PRH/Random House
Kensington Cozies
LMR Larissa @Laroodoo, "Fans of Maddie Day rejoice: she's releasing a brand-new cozy mystery series in HARDCOVER!!! Set in California wine country, wine bar manager Cece Barton finds herself at the center of a murder investigation in MURDER UNCORKED."
Fiction / AnimalsTalks, Tatum
Tatum Comes Home
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
DEBUT, LMR, Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "TATUM COMES HOME by Tatum Talks & Mica Stone. Everyone's favorite talking dog, TikTok star has his own Homeward Bound journey in this hilarious and charming first novel from the Dog Agency series."
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Chin, Curtis
Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant
Little, Brown and Company
Jessica T. @JessLibrarian, "I'll be picking up EVERYTHING I LEARNED, I LEARNED IN A CHINESE RESTAURANT by Curtis Chin (10/2023) because of the Michigan angle in particular."
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Swanson, Peter
The Christmas Guest
HarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover978006329745619.9910/17/202375000New9/1/23
Annette Jones @ZenLibrarian, "Murder at a Cotswold manor house during the holidays written by Peter Swanson?! Sign me up for THE CHRISTMAS GUEST!"
Fiction / WomenKwok, Jean
The Leftover Woman
HarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover97800630314633010/10/2023100000NewDiversity9/1/23
LMR librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "THE LEFTOVER WOMAN by @JeanKwok! A gripping mystery about motherhood & identity that follows two very different women who eventually collide. So much to say about this book, & so few characters!" -- Publishers Summary, "An evocative family drama and a riveting mystery about the ferocious pull of motherhood for two very different women-from the New York Times bestselling author of SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE and GIRL IN TRANSLATION. Jasmine Yang arrives in New York City from her rural Chinese village without money or family support, fleeing a controlling husband, on a desperate search for the daughter who was taken from her at birthMeanwhile, publishing executive Rebecca Whitney seems to have it all: a prestigious family name and the wealth that comes with it, a high-powered career, a beautiful home, a handsome husband, and an adopted Chinese daughter she adores. "
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Campbell, Bonnie Jo
The WatersNorton
W. W. Norton & Company
No DRC as of 4/11/23
Fiction / LiteraryWard, JesmynLet Us DescendS&SScribnerHardcover97819821044982810/3/2023N/ADiversity9/1/23
Vicki Rock @VickiRock11, "I just started LET US DESCEND by Jesmyn Ward. This will be an emotional read." -- Publishers Summary, "From Jesmyn Ward-the two-time National Book Award winnercomes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War."
Fiction / HorrorSharpson, Neil
Knock Knock, Open Wide
MacmillanTor Nightfire
Hardcover with dust jacket
Mara @mrlzbth, "KNOCK KNOCK, OPEN WIDE by Neil Sharpson is a huge departure from his SF debut (which I loved!), but I also really enjoyed this--an enormously creepy horror tale that blends Irish folklore with the frequently uncanny world of children's television."
Fiction / HorrorRebelein, SamEdenvilleHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover97800632522403010/3/202375000New9/1/23
DEBUT, LMR librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "EDENVILLE by Sam Rebelein is an unsettling & immersive debut about a writer who moves after his first novel disappoints. He's offered a job at Edenville College & thinks his luck is taking a turn for the better, but something sinister is lurking beneath the surface..."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Winstead, Ashley
Midnight Is the Darkest Hour
Sourcebooks Landmark
LMR Sourcebooks Library @SBKSLibrary, "If you like: Twilight references. Southern gothic thrillers, Murder(ers?). Small-town legends. A book that will keep you up way past your bedtime, You'll want to read MIDNIGHT IS THE DARKEST HOUR by @ashleywinstead."
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Rash, RonThe Caretaker
PRH/Random House
No DRC as of 4/11/23 - JW Bookworm @jwbookworm, "I spied a new Ron Rash CARETAKER coming in September. Love an exhausting Southern novel." -- Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "sounds fantastic. Love his characters."
Fiction / Historical
Follett, Ken
The Armor of Light
PRH/Random House
No DRC as of 4/11/23
Fiction / Historical / World War II
Alexander, V.S.
The Novelist from Berlin
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
LMR, vida @BookOfVida, "From Weimar Republic Germany, through WWII Amsterdam & the rise of the Berlin Wall, V.S. Alexander's THE NOVELIST FROM BERLIN (Oct 2023) is inspired by the very mysterious real life of writer Irmgard Keun (a literary cold case if you ask me).So good!"
Fiction / LiteraryMcElroy, IslePeople CollideHarperCollinsHarperViaHardcover978006328375628.999/26/202350000New8/1/23
LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "PEOPLE COLLIDE by Isle McElroy is a gender-bending, body-switching novel about identity, marriage, and sex that raises questions about the nature of true partnership. Original, witty, & profound!"
Cooking / Essays & Narratives
Miller, KlancyFor The CultureHarperCollinsHarvestHardcover9780358581277409/19/202340000NewDiversity8/1/23
No DRC as of 4/11/23 - LMR, Librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "FOR THE CULTURE by Klancy Miller is an anthology about how Black women & femmes have shaped today's food & hospitality culture! Featuring interviews with amazing people like Leah Penniman (author of BLACK EARTH WISDOM), recipes, & essays about matriarchs who paved the way!"
Fiction / HorrorGrecian, AlexRed RabbitMacmillanTor Nightfire
Hardcover with dust jacket
Matthew @fine_plan, "Partway through Alex Grecian's RED RABBIT and I'm totally enthralled. Old West horror is my favorite -- particularly when the characters are so compelling. Plenty of secrets in this hodge podge bounty hunting crew after a murderous witch."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
March, Nev
The Spanish Diplomat's Secret
MacmillanMinotaur Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
GalleyChat interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "In summer 1894, Anglo Indian Jim Agnihotri, a former British army captain now with Boston's Dupree Detective Agency, and wife Diana, a Parsi Zoroastrian woman originally from Bombay (now Mumbai), are heading to England for a holiday aboard an ocean liner. Alas, a passenger winds up murdered, and guess who the captain asks to solve the crime before the ship docks? Third in a series launched with Edgar, Anthony, Barry, Hammett, Macavity, and Audie finalist MURDER IN OLD BOMBAY; with a 50,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / HorrorChapman, Clay
What Kind of Mother
PRH/Random House
Quirk BooksHardcover978168369380221.999/12/2023N/ANew8/1/23
Annette Jones @ZenLibrarian, "A twisty missing child case is behind the new Southern Gothic by @claymcleod"
Fiction / LiteraryBerney, LouDark RideHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover9780062663863309/12/202350000New8/1/23
Vicki Nesting @VNesting, "Lou Berney has a new book coming out this fall! DARK RIDE features a 21-year-old drifting through life, until he sees two kids in danger and suddenly finds himself stepping up and taking responsibility. I love a thriller with heart, don't you?"
Fiction / WomenGodfrey, Sierra
The Second Chance Hotel
Sourcebooks Landmark
Trade Paperback
LMR, Sourcebooks Library @SBKSLibrary, "Welcome to THE SECOND CHANCE HOTEL, where it's all fun and games until you accidentally marry a stranger in Greece and inherit a hotel..."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Simon, Nina
Mother-Daughter Murder Night
HarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover9780063315044309/5/2023100000New8/1/23
DEBUT, LMR librarylovefest @librarylovefest, " 'Nothing brings a family together like a murder next door.' MOTHER-DAUGHTER MURDER NIGHT by Nina Simon is a twisty debut about three generations of women who try to solve a murder after a dead body is found while kayaking. A heartfelt whodunnit!"
Fiction / LiteraryKim, AngieHappiness Falls
PRH/Random House
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
King, StephenHollyS&SScribnerHardcover9781668016138309/5/2023N/ANew8/1/23
No DRC as of 4/11/23
Fiction / Literary
Krueger, William Kent
The River We Remember
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978198217921228.999/5/2023N/ANew8/1/23
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Goldberg, LeeMalibu Burning
Brilliance Publishing
Thomas & Mercer
No DRC as of 4/11/23 - LesaHolstine @LesaHolstine, "Serious subject, but so funny at times - Lee Goldberg's MALIBU BURNING. A master thief plots revenge during CA wildfires with a former U.S. Marshal & an arson investigator in opposition."
Fiction / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Valdes, Valerie
Where Peace Is Lost
HarperCollinsHarper VoyagerPaperback978006308593019.998/29/202350000NewDiversity7/1/23
Joe_Jones @Joe_Jones, "I miss the psychic cats from her previous series but WHERE PEACE IS LOST by Valerie Valdes has great characters and world building in this new scifi novel!" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Kel Garda once belonged to an Order whose military arm was shattered and scattered across the galaxy when the Pale empire arose, and she dwells at the edge of a remote star system, knowing that if her enemies find her they might destroy everything around her. Now a Pale war machine has been reactivated, and two strangers offer to help Kel deactivate it-for a price. From the author of LJ best-booked, Arthur C. Clarke short-listed CHILLING EFFECT; with a 50,000-copy first printing." -- From Publishers Summary, "Key Selling Points, DIVERSE VOICE: Valerie is Cuban-American and there are not many Latinx voices in the Sci-Fi world so we're extra excited to call Valerie a member of the Voyager family."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Connor, CJBoard to Death
PRH/Random House
Kensington Cozies
Trade Paperback
LMR Larissa @Laroodoo, "BOARD TO DEATH by @cjconnorwrites has a queer sleuth who returns to Salt Lake City to run his dad's #boardgame shop-and may be sent straight to jail (do not pass go) for a murder over the first edition of a game that inspired Monopoly if you'd like a print ARC of BOARD TO DEATH when they come in, feel free to email me at lackerman @ kensingtonbooks dot com!"
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Waddell, Mark
The Body in the Back Garden
PRH/Random House
Crooked Lane Books
Matthew @fine_plan, "I really enjoyed Mark Waddell's THE BODY IN THE BACK GARDEN, a cozy mystery set in Canada featuring a journalist and the hot Mountie who was his childhood best friend, but as an adult man now holds a grudge, but also maybe a crush?" -- LMR Crooked Lane Books @crookedlanebks, "There are secrets buried in Crescent Cove, and the more Luke Tremblay digs, the more he fears they might change the town forever a queer cozy perfect for fans of Ellery Adams! "
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Parker-Chan, Shelley
He Who Drowned the World
MacmillanTor Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
Mara @mrlzbth, "Just finished my re-read of SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan and can't wait to dive into my galley of HE WHO DROWNED THE WORLD! Definitely one of my most anticipated 2023 reads" --.LJ Prepub Alert, "Following the LJ best-booked SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN, Parker-Chan continues her reimagining of the Ming dynasty's founding with Zhu Yuanzhang, the Radiant King, having successfully wrested southern China from Mongol control and eager to crown herself emperor. The only problem: courtesan Madam Zhang wants the throne for her husband. With a 200,000-copy first printing."
Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
Huang, Yunte
Daughter of the Dragon
LMR, Norton Library Marketing @WWNortonLibrary, "I hope to have DRCs soon for DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON by Yunte Huang - will be a good nonfiction followup for all you reading the Gail Tsukiyama novel about Anna May Wong!" -- LJ Prepub Alert, " In DAUGHTER OF THE DRAGON, Huang-an Edgar Award winner and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for the biography CHARLIE CHAN-reconstructs the life of Chinese American movie star Anna Mae Wong, also the subject of novelist Gail Tsukiyama's forthcoming THE BRIGHTEST STAR (HyperVia, Jun.)."
Fiction / Hispanic & Latino
Hughes, Lorena
The Queen of the Valley
PRH/Random House
Trade Paperback
LMR, Michelle Lauren Addo @MichelleAddo, "THE QUEEN OF THE VALLEY by Lorena Hughes. Against the backdrop of Colombia's beauty & the devastation of the 1925 Cali earthquake, 3 strangers search for a missing hacienda owner amidst an emerging cholera epidemic."
Fiction / Humorous / Black Humor
Danhof, LaurenIt's Not a Cult
PRH/Random House
Alcove Press
Trade Paperback
DEBUT, DRC on NetGalley -- LMR, AlcovePress @AlcovePress, "Mona Awad's ALL'S WELL meets 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" in @LaurenDanhof's darkly humorous debut IT'S NOT A CULT, in which a daughter races to save her mother from a dangerous cult before it's too late."
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Lessig, HughFadeaway Joe
PRH/Random House
Crooked Lane Books
LMR, Crooked Lane Books @crookedlanebks, "Battling early onset Alzheimer's Joe Pendergast must go all-in one last time as he grapples with the ghosts of his past-and present-in FADEAWAY JOE by @HughLessig, a gritty, high-stakes thriller."
Poetry / European / German
Sessner, Max
Whoever Drowned Here
Ingram Publisher Services
Red Hen Press
Hardcover with dust jacket
No DRC as of 4/11/23 -- Robin B @robinsbooks, "I'm immersed in T J Newman's DROWNED and whoo-boy, what an intense read! I'm never steeping foot on an airplane."
Fiction / LiteraryAlam, Nigar
Under the Tamarind Tree
PRH/Random House
G.P. Putnam's Sons
DEBUT, GalleyChat interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Pakistan-born Alam revisits the horrors of Partition as she introduces us to Rozeena, thinking back on its consequences as she struggles to keep herself and her parents safe in 1960s Karachi even as her childhood friendships begin to crumble. Decades later, a request to watch after a friend's teenage daughter brings back the past. Part of a surge of new books, fiction and nonfiction, addressing the Partition."
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Hartl, SoniaRent to Be
PRH/Random House
Alcove Press
Trade Paperback
LMR, AlcovePress @AlcovePress, "The grind of the millennial struggle is a lot more fun when you add falling in love to the mix in RENT TO BE by @SoniaHartl1, a bright, laugh-out-loud rom-com."
Fiction / Women
Wood, Tracey Enerson
The President's Wife
Sourcebooks Landmark
Fiction / Indigenous
Power, Mona Susan
A Council of Dolls
HarperCollinsMariner BooksHardcover9780063281097308/8/202375000NewDiversity7/1/23
LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "A COUNCIL OF DOLLS by Mona Susan Power follows three generations of Native American women told in part by the dolls that they carried. This absolute masterpiece is a must-read! Learn more when we host the author on our Writers to Watch program:" -- LJ Prepub Alert, "The PEN Award-winning Power, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, chronicles three generations of Yanktonai Dakota women aided by their 'council of dolls.' In the late 1800s, Cora's beaded doll Winona is burned at the white-run school she's forced to attend, but Winona's spirit lingers. In the mid-1900s, a doll named Mae defends Lillian and her classmates at a similar school. And Sissy overcomes personal trauma in the Sixties with help from the doll Ethel. With a 75,000-copy first printing."
Fiction / Historical
Benjamin, Melanie
California Golden
PRH/Random House
Delacorte PressHardcover9780593497852288/8/2023N/ANew7/1/23
Fiction / Historical / World War II
Pearce, AJ
Mrs. Porter Calling
Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "The latest installment in the story of Emmy Lake just went up on @edelweiss_squad. Can't wait to read MRS. PORTER CALLING by @ajpearcewrites."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Danvers, Holly
Read to Death at the Lakeside Library
PRH/Random House
Crooked Lane Books
DRC on NetGalley - LMR Crooked Lane Books @crookedlanebks, "Librarian turned sleuth, Rain Wilmot, is back in the third installment of the Lakeside Library Mystery series, READ TO DEATH AT THE LAKESIDE LIBRARY by #HollyDanvers!"
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Roberts, AmberText Appeal
PRH/Random House
Alcove Press
Trade Paperback
LMR AlcovePress @AlcovePress, "STEM gets steamy when a coder takes up sexting to pay the bills in this daring debut novel. TEXT APPEAL by @ARobertsWrites is perfect for fans of Olivia Dade and Kate Stayman-London."
Fiction / Dystopian
Cast, P. C.Out of the Dawn
PRH/Random House
Crooked Lane Books
LMR, Crooked Lane Books @crookedlanebks, "The thrilling sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author @pccastauthor's INTO THE MIST is finally here! PRACTICAL MAGIC meets STATION ELEVEN IN OUT OF THE DAWN."
Fiction / Historical / World War I
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Canary GirlsHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover9780063080744328/8/2023150000New7/1/23
LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "CANARY GIRLS by Jennifer Chiaverini is an illuminating historical fiction novel about the courageous 'munitionettes' who built bombs for Britain in WW2! Jennifer will also be joining us for Writers to Watch: "
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / Culinary
Burdette, Lucy
A Clue in the Crumbs
PRH/Random House
Crooked Lane Books
DRC on NetGalley - LMR, Crooked Lane Books @crookedlanebks, "Bestselling author @LucyBurdette turns up the heat in the next installment of her Key West Food Critic mystery series, A CLUE IN THE CRUMBS."
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Dean, WillThe Last OneS&S
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Trade Paperback
Kelly @kellywellread, " enjoying THE LAST ONE by Will Dean so far, [includes] a simply wonderful dedication to librarians." -- FEB, Andrienne @deienara, "Imagine going on a wonderful cruise with your significant other only to wake up the next day and you realize that there is no-one else on the ship! Will Dean's FIRST BORN was the bomb and I'm guessing THE LAST ONE will deliver too! Hoping to see a galley of this soon! "-- Robin B @robinsbooks, "Forthcoming suspense title featuring a woman on a transatlantic cruise who wakes up to NO ONE on board with the ship barreling along? Yes, please! Can't wait for the DRC to appear."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Hirahara, NaomiEvergreen
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978164129359427.958/1/2023N/ADiversity7/1/23
JAN, Janet Lockhart, "Spent the past month reading several outstanding historical fiction novels. First up is EVERGREEN by Naomi Hirahara. A followup to her award winning CLARK AND DIVISION, we watch Aki and her family move to post WW2 L.A. and begin to rebuild their interrupted lives. Engrossing from first page to last" -- FirstClue newsletter Book of the Week, "Edgar Award-winning Hirahara's first novel in this series, CLARK AND DIVISION, was a New York Times Best Mystery Novel of 2021, among many other accolades; this follow-up will please fans with more thoughtful, poignant, and historically accurate investigations of Japanese American life after World War II."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Durrant, SabineSun DamageHarperCollins
Harper Paperbacks
Mara @mrlzbth, "SUN DAMAGE by Sabine Durrant was a really fun listen about a con artist forced to pose as the chef for a rich family on vacation. This one would be a great beach read!"
Fiction / Historical / World War I
Williams, PipThe Bookbinder
PRH/Random House
Ballantine BooksHardcover9780593600443288/1/2023N/ANew7/1/23
Vicki Nesting @VNesting, "If you loved THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS by Pip Williams as much as I did, be sure to grab her new book, THE BOOKBINDER, coming out in August. A young female bookbinder in 1914 England dreams of a more fulfilling life. In Williams' hands, this should be gold." -- Kimberly Mcgee @kimsbookstack, "I loved DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS. So quiet but I thought it was beautifully written and made me want to collect scraps of words."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
Mina, Denise
The Second Murderer
Mulholland Books
Janet Lockhart @HartGami, "Denise Mina brings her own inimitable stamp to the world of Chandler's Philip Marlowe in THE SECOND MURDERER. Funny, snappy, twisty and great fun. Who doesn't need a little noir in their life?"
History / Wars & Conflicts / World War II
Andrews, Lena S.
Valiant WomenHarperCollinsMariner BooksHardcover978006308833732.998/1/2023100000New7/1/23
LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "Fans of forgotten history- look no further! VALIANT WOMEN is about the 350,000 courageous women that helped the Allied Powers win in WWII. We're hosting the author on our Writers to Watch program on 4/20/23"
Fiction / WomenSkye, Evelyn
The Hundred Loves of Juliet
PRH/Random House
Del ReyHardcover9780593499245278/1/2023N/A7/1/23
FEB, Beth Mills @BethMills2, "Intrigued by Evelyn Skye's HUNDRED LOVES OF JULIET, with reincarnations of Juliet always doomed to die, and Romeo never able to forget."
Fiction / Coming Of Age
Patchett, AnnTom LakeHarperCollinsHarperHardcover9780063327528308/1/20233000007/1/23
MARCH, Jill Minor, "What makes Lara more than content on her Michigan orchard with her loving husband seems dull to her three adult daughters. They are more interested in her brief acting career and her youthful romance with a future major movie star. Lara decides to tell the three of them her whole story-with some omissions. TOM LAKE is lovely, deep, and real in the way that only #AnnPatchett can write." -- Kelly @kellywellread, "I'm always happy when I hear about a new novel from Ann Patchett. No one does relationships quite like Patchett, and TOM LAKE (8/1/23, Harper) explores them through a mother's secrets revealed to her three adult daughters over one summer in Northern Michigan." -- FEB, LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "You already know how excited we are to have a new Ann Patchett novel! TOM LAKE is about a mother and her daughters during the spring of 2020. Lara recounts the story of a youthful romance she had with a famous actor. The beautiful storytelling that Ann always delivers!E-galleys are expected in March." -- DEC, Vicki Nesting @VNesting, "Ann Patchett has a new book coming out! What more do I need to say? The title is TOM LAKE. If you love Ann Patchett, just go ahead and put it in your TBR right now."
Fiction / Romance / Paranormal
Singh, Nalini
Resonance Surge
PRH/Random House
Jessica T. @JessLibrarian, "I just need uninterrupted time to finish RESONANCE SURGE by Nalini Singh (7/2023). I still love this world."
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Romero Lacruz, Gabriela
The Sun and the Void
GalleyChat interest, Publishers Summary, "In a lush world inspired by the history and folklore of South America, a sweeping epic fantasy of colonialism, ancient magic, and two young women's quest for belonging unfolds …Born and raised in Venezuela, Gabriela Romero Lacruz now lives two-thousand miles from home, in the land of bayous and astronauts. She writes young adult and adult fantasy stories set in places that remind her of home, so in her mind she's never too far from the beaches and mountains of Venezuela."
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Gornichec, Genevieve
The Weaver and the Witch Queen
PRH/Random House
Lucy Lockley @colldev00, " ... hoping for an ARC for THE WEAVER AND THE WITCH QUEEN! Loved Gornichec's THE WITCH'S HEART! Excited to see she has another Norse setting/folklore themed, fantasy title coming out!"
Fiction / Historical
James, Kelsey
The Woman in the Castello
PRH/Random House
A John Scognamiglio Book
Trade Paperback
HOT, DEBUT, Multiple Much Love on Edelweiss -- LMR Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "The perfect late-summer read, parts mystery, ghost story, & drama, THE WOMAN IN THE CASTELLO by Kelsey James is about an American actress filming a horror flick in a crumbling medieval castle outside of Rome." -- MARCH, LMR, vida @BookOfVida, "A desperate American actress snags the starring role in a bizarre Giallo horror film being shot at a crumbling old castle in 1960s Italy. I'm obsessed with this bewitchingly glamorous debut!" -- FEB, LMR, Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "blends elements of mystery, suspense, romance, & a bit of a ghost story & pours it into a crumbling medieval castle in 1960s Italy. Fantastic book."
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Lippman, LauraProm MomHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover9780062998064307/25/20232000006/1/23
RobinB, "Lots of great psycho/suspense coming out over the next few months. [This is one of the titles] I want to read." --JAN, LMR, Virginia Stanley @VStan523, "Twisty mystery about a woman forced to return to her hometown and desperately trying to avoid her old high school flame-but when fate keeps pushing them together, dangerous, violent things are on the horizon."
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Koryta, MichaelAn Honest ManHachette
Mulholland Books
Continued GC interest from January chat.
Performing Arts / Film / Genres / Horror
Segaloff, Nat
The Exorcist Legacy
PRH/Random House
LMR, Matt Johnson @MattJMcLoughlin, "THE EXORCIST LEGACY is the definitive story of the scariest movie of all time and its cultural impact, from the an original publicist for the film."
Fiction / Historical / Medieval
Ahmed, JamilaEvery Rising SunMacmillan
Henry Holt and Co.
Hardcover with dust jacket
DEBUT, GalleyChat interest. Publishers Summary, "sprawling new take on the classic ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTSThe daughter of Pakistani immigrants, Jamila Ahmed is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Barnard College, where she studied medieval Islamic history."
Fiction / World Literature / Africa / Nigeria
Ogundiran, Tobi
Jackal, Jackal: Tales of the Dark and Fantastic
Undertow Publications
Trade Paperback
Joe_Jones @Joe_Jones, "Another book of short stories I am working my way through is JACKAL, JACKAL: TALES OF THE DARK AND FANTASTIC by Tobi Ogundiran. A great choice for fans of tales of African myths and folklore!"
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Borgos, BruceThe Bitter PastMacmillanMinotaur Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
DEBUT, LesaHolstine @LesaHolstine, "Bruce Borgos' debut, THE BITTER PAST. Not for the squeamish. A sheriff in Nevada's high desert is dragged into the past & the history of the nuclear arms race in the 1950s when a retired FBI agent is murdered."
Fiction / Historical / World War II
van Alkemade, Kim
Counting Lost Stars
William Morrow Paperbacks
LMR, librarylovefest @librarylovefest, "COUNTING LOST STARS by Kim van Alkemade is a historical saga that follows an unmarried college student who gave up her baby for adoption as she helps a Holocaust survivor search for his lost motherApril's Writers to Watch episode will feature the author.! We hope to see you on April 20th at 7 PM ET on Crowdcast or FB"
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
Tingle, ChuckCamp DamascusMacmillanTor Nightfire
Hardcover with dust jacket
Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure
Gong, Chloe
Immortal Longings
Gallery / Saga Press
Much Love on Edelweiss. -- LMR, S&S EducationLibrary @SSEdLib, "#1 New York Times bestselling YA author @thechloegong's adult epic fantasy debut, IMMORTAL LONGINGS, inspired by Shakespeare's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, is a fiery collision of power plays, spilled blood, and romance amidst a set of deadly games."
Fiction / Thrillers / Domestic
Baker, ChandlerCutting TeethMacmillanFlatiron Books
Hardcover with dust jacket
DEC, Ingram Library Services @TheLibraryLife_, "Becky is loving the 'bad seed' evil kid trend! CUTTING TEETH by Chandler Baker @cbakerbooks should be a hoot: preschoolers start craving blood! Motherhood metaphors likely abound."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Downing, Samantha
A Twisted Love Story
PRH/Random House
Shari Suarez @ShariSuarez, "TWISTED LOVE STORY by Samantha Downing had all the twists, turns and morally grey characters you have come to expect from her. This is one of her best." -- FEB, Andrienne @deienara, "I love mercurial marital relations and Samantha Downing knows how to do it. "
Fiction / African American & Black / Historical
Riley, VanessaQueen of ExilesHarperCollinsWilliam MorrowHardcover9780063270992327/11/2023100000NewDiversity6/1/23
GalleyChat interest -- Publishers Summary, "Acclaimed historical novelist Vanessa Riley is back with another novel based on the life of an extraordinary Black woman from history: Haiti's Queen Marie-Louise Coidavid, who escaped a coup in Haiti to set up her own royal court in Italy during the Regency era, where she became a popular member of royal European society."
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Massey, Sujata
The Mistress of Bhatia House
PRH/Random House
Soho CrimeHardcover978164129329727.957/11/2023N/ADiversity6/1/23
GC interest -- LJ Prepub Alert, "Burned when rescuing her young charge when he's maliciously set afire, an ayah named Sunanda is then falsely accused of criminal behavior by an unidentified stranger and taken on as a client by Perveen Mistry, 1920s Bombay's only female solicitor. Next in Massey's multi-award-winning series."
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Collins, Megan
Thicker Than Water
S&SAtria BooksHardcover978198219624027.997/11/2023N/ANew6/1/23
LMR , S&S EducationLibrary, @SSEdLib, "Two sisters-in-law find themselves at painful odds when the man who connects them-the brother of one, the husband of the other-is accused of a brutal crime in THICKER THAN WATER, a twisty thriller."