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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.

October 2023


A Cold Highland Wind by Tasha Alexander - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250872333 | Published October 3, 2023

Lady Emily, husband Colin Hargreaves, and their sons embark on a vacation at Cairnfarn Castle. But a  celebration at the beginning of their stay comes to a grisly end when the gamekeeper Agnus Sinclair is found murdered. What is the meaning of the curious runic stone left on his forehead? Clues may be found in the story of Lady MacAllister, wife of the Laird of Cairnfarn Castle, who in 1676 found herself widowed and thrown out of her home. When her neighbors found a poppet in her isolated cottage, Lady MacAllister was accused of witchcraft. Hundreds of years later, Lady Emily searches for the link between Lady MacAllister’s witchcraft trial and the death of Sinclair. She must follow a trail of motives, an illicit affair and a mysterious stranger to reveal the dark side of a seemingly idyllic Highland village.

A Haunting on the Hill by Elizabeth Hand - Fiction, Gothic, Horror, Paranormal, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

Mulholland Books | 9780316527323 | Published October 3, 2023

Holly Sherwin has been a struggling playwright for years, but after receiving a grant to develop her play "Witching Night," she may be close to her big break. When she stumbles across Hill House, she is immediately taken in by the mansion. It’s enormous, old and eerie --- the perfect place to rehearse her play. Holly’s girlfriend, Nisa, joins Holly in renting the house for a month, and soon a troupe of actors, each with ghosts of their own, arrive. As they settle in, the house’s peculiarities are made known: strange creatures stalk the grounds, disturbing sounds echo throughout the halls and time itself seems to shift.  Holly and her friends find themselves at odds not just with one another, but with the house itself. Something has been waiting in Hill House all these years, and it no longer intends to walk alone...

A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial by Viet Thanh Nguyen - Culture, Family, Memoir

Grove Press | 9780802160508 | Published October 3, 2023

At the age of four, Nguyen and his family are forced to flee his hometown of Ban Mê Thuột and come to the USA as refugees. But there is violence hidden behind the sunny façade of what he calls AMERICATM. When Nguyen is nine, he learns that his parents have been shot while working at their grocery store. Years later, as a teenager, the films of the Vietnam War throw Nguyen into an existential crisis: how can he be both American and Vietnamese, both the killer and the person being killed? When he learns about an adopted sister who has stayed back in Vietnam, and ultimately visits her, he grows to understand just how much his parents have left behind. And as his parents age, he worries increasingly about their comfort and care, and realizes that some of their older wounds are reopening.

A Traitor in Whitehall by Julia Kelly - Crime, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Historical Romance, Mystery, Romance

Minotaur Books | 9781250865489 | Published October 3, 2023

1940, England: Evelyne Redfern is working at a munitions factory in wartime London. When one of her father’s old friends spots Evelyne on a night out, Evelyne finds herself plunged into the world of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet war rooms. Shortly after she settles into her role as a secretary, one of the girls at work is murdered, and Evelyne must use all of her amateur sleuthing expertise to find the killer. Doing so puts her right in the path of David Poole, a minister’s aide who seems determined to thwart her investigations. Evelyne finds out David’s real mission is to root out a mole selling government secrets to Britain’s enemies, and the pair begrudgingly team up. Will Evelyne be able to find out who’s been selling England’s secrets and catch a killer, all while battling her growing attraction to David?

A Winter in New York by Josie Silver - Comedy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Dell | 9780593722862 | Published October 3, 2023

When young chef Iris decides to move to New York to restart her life, a little family-run gelateria catches her eye. Iris meets the handsome Gio, who tells her that the shop is in danger of closing. His uncle, sole keeper of their family’s gelato recipe, is in a coma, so they can’t make more. When Iris samples the last remaining batch, she realizes that their gelato and her gelato are one and the same. But how can she tell them she knows their secret recipe when she’s not sure why Gio’s uncle gave it to her mother in the first place? Iris offers her services to help them re-create the flavor and finds herself falling for Gio and his family. But when Gio’s uncle finally wakes up, all of the secrets Iris has been keeping threaten to ruin the new life --- and new love --- she’s been building all winter long.

Brooklyn Crime Novel by Jonathan Lethem - Coming of Age, Fiction

Ecco | 9780062938824 | Published October 3, 2023

On the streets of 1970s Brooklyn, a daily ritual goes down: the dance. Money is exchanged, belongings surrendered, power asserted. The promise of violence lies everywhere, a currency itself. For these children, Black, brown and white, the street is a stage in shadow. And in the wings hide the other players: parents; cops; renovators; landlords; those who write the headlines, the histories, and the laws; those who award this neighborhood its name. The rules appear obvious at first. But in memory’s prism, criminals and victims may seem to trade places. The voices of the past may seem to rise and gather as if in harmony, then make war with one another. A street may seem to crack open and reveal what lies behind its glimmering facade. None who lived through it are ever permitted to forget.

Death Valley by Melissa Broder - Fiction, Magical Realism

Scribner | 9781668024843 | Published October 3, 2023

A woman arrives alone at a Best Western seeking respite from an emptiness that plagues her. She has fled to the California high desert to escape a cloud of sorrow --- for both her father in the ICU and a husband whose illness is worsening. What the motel provides, however, is not peace but a path, thanks to a receptionist who recommends a nearby hike. Out on the sun-scorched trail, the woman encounters a towering cactus whose size and shape mean it should not exist in California. Yet the cactus is there, with a gash through its side that beckons like a familiar door. So she enters it. What awaits her inside this mystical succulent sets her on a journey at once desolate and rich, hilarious and poignant.

Edenville by Sam Rebelein - Fiction, Gothic, Horror, Psychological Thriller, Suspense

William Morrow | 9780063252240 | Published October 3, 2023

After publishing his debut novel, The Shattered Man, to disappointing sales and reviews, Campbell P. Marion is struggling to find inspiration for a follow-up. When Edenville College invites him to join as a writer-in-residence, he’s convinced that his bad luck has finally taken a turn. His girlfriend Quinn isn’t so sure --- she grew up near Edenville and has good reasons for not wanting to move back. Cam disregards her skepticism and accepts the job, with Quinn reluctantly following along. But there’s something wrong in Edenville. Poison lurks beneath the surface. As a series of strange and ominous events escalate among Edenville and its residents, Cam and Quinn find themselves entangled in a dark and disturbing history.

How to Say Babylon: A Memoir by Safiya Sinclair - Memoir, Nonfiction

37 Ink | 9781982132330 | Published October 3, 2023

Throughout her childhood, Safiya Sinclair’s father, a volatile reggae musician and militant adherent to a strict sect of Rastafari, became obsessed with her purity, in particular, with the threat of what Rastas call Babylon, the immoral and corrupting influences of the Western world outside their home. In an effort to keep Babylon outside the gate, he forbade almost everything from pants to long skirts to even opinions. As Safiya watched her mother struggle voicelessly for years under housework and the rigidity of her father’s beliefs, she increasingly used her education as a sharp tool with which to find her voice and break free. Safiya’s voice grows, lyrically and poetically, a collision course is set between her and her paranoid, fearful father.

In Light of All Darkness: Inside the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and the Search for America's Child by Kim Cross - Crime, Nonfiction, True Crime

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538725061 | Published October 3, 2023

On October 1, 1993, a 12-year-old girl was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom in Petaluma, California, during a sleepover with two friends, while her mother slept soundly in the room next door. This rarest of all kidnappings --- a stranger abduction from the home --- triggered one of the largest manhunts in FBI history.  Riddled with red herrings, grave mistakes, dead ends and false leads, from fake ransom calls to junior high pranks to dramatic SWAT raids, the 65-day search for “America’s Child” became every FBI agent’s --- and every parent’s --- worst nightmare. The emotional gravity of Polly’s story touched every agent, police officer and forensic technician who worked on her case. Many of these investigators have never shared their stories --- until now.

Judgment Prey by John Sandford - Crime, Fiction, Thriller

G. P. Putnam's Sons | 9780593542811 | Published October 3, 2023

Alex Sand was spending the evening at home playing basketball with his two young sons when all three were shot in cold blood. A wealthy federal judge, there’s no short list of people who could have a vendetta against Sands, but the gruesome murders, especially that of his children, turn their community on its head. Grieving widow Margaret, distraught over the death of her family, struggles to move forward, and can’t imagine how or why anyone would target her husband. With public pressure mounting and both the local police force and FBI hitting dead end after dead end, Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers are called in to do what others could not: find answers. 

Mary and the Birth of Frankenstein by Anne Eekhout - Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Gothic

HarperVia | 9780063256743 | Published October 3, 2023

Switzerland, 1816. A volcanic eruption in Indonesia envelopes the whole of Europe in ash and cloud. Amid this “year without a summer,” 18-year-old Mary Shelley and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley arrive at Lake Geneva to visit Lord Byron and his companion John Polidori. One famous evening, Byron issues a challenge to write the best ghost story. Contemplating what to write, Mary recalls another summer, when she was 14. Scotland, 1812. A guest of the Baxter family, Mary arrives, befriending young Isabella Baxter. The girls soon spend hours together. As their bond deepens, Mary and Isabella’s feelings for each other intensify. But someone has been watching them --- the charismatic and vaguely sinister Mr. Booth, Isabella's older brother-in-law, who may not be as benevolent as he purports to be…

Menewood by Nicola Griffith - Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction

MCD | 9780374208080 | Published October 3, 2023

Hild is no longer the bright child who made a place in Edwin Overking's court with her seemingly supernatural insight. She is eighteen, honed and tested, the formidable Lady of Elmet, now building her personal stronghold in the valley of Menewood. But Edwin needs his most trusted advisor. War is brewing --- bitter war, winter war. Not knowing who to trust, he becomes volatile and unpredictable. Hild begins to understand the true extent of the chaos ahead, and now she must navigate the turbulence and fight to protect both the kingdom and her own people. In the valley, her last redoubt, her community slowly takes root. She trains herself and her unexpected allies in new ways of thinking as she prepares for one last wager: risking all on a single throw for a better future…

Midnight Is the Darkest Hour by Ashley Winstead - Fiction, Psychological Thriller

Sourcebooks Landmark | 9781728269962 | Published October 3, 2023

In a small bayou town in Louisiana, people fear God's wrath and local superstitions --- like the story of the Low Man, a vampiric figure who steals into sinners’ homes to kill them on moonless nights. The daughter of the town’s fire-and-brimstone preacher is not immune to the fear. But when a skull found deep in the swamp reunites her with a man from her past with a dark reputation, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her town from evil: not the horrors rumored to dwell in the swamp, but the real evil that walks among them.

My Darling Girl by Jennifer McMahon - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Gallery/Scout Press | 9781668019061 | Published October 3, 2023

Alison has never been a fan of Christmas. But with it right around the corner and her husband busily decorating their cozy Vermont home, she has no choice but to face it. Then she gets the call. Mavis, Alison’s estranged mother, has been diagnosed with cancer and has only weeks to live. She wants to spend her remaining days with her daughter, son-in-law and two granddaughters. But Alison grew up with her mother’s alcoholism and violent abuse and is reluctant to unearth these traumatic memories. Still, she eventually agrees to take in Mavis, hoping that she and her mother could finally heal and have the relationship she’s always dreamed of. But when mysterious and otherworldly things start happening upon Mavis’s arrival, Alison begins to suspect her mother is not quite who she seems.

Princess of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson - Adventure, Fiction, Science Fiction

Tor Books | 9781250906212 | Published October 3, 2023

Raised in the Imperial court and born to be a political bargaining chip, Irulan was sent at an early age to be trained as a Bene Gesserit Sister. Now of marriageable age, Princess Irulan sees the machinations of the many factions vying for power. The young woman has a wise and independent streak and is determined to become much more than a pawn to be moved about on anyone’s gameboard. Meanwhile, on Arrakis, Chani --- the daughter of Liet-Kynes, the Imperial Planetologist who serves under the harsh rule of House Harkonnen --- is trained in the Fremen mystical ways by an ancient Reverend Mother. Chani soon learns the harsh cost of Fremen dreams and obligations under the oppressive boot heel of the long Harkonnen occupation.

Second Act by Danielle Steel - Drama, Fiction, Romance

Delacorte Press | 9781984821959 | Published October 3, 2023

As the head of a prestigious movie studio, Andy Westfield has had every conceivable professional luxury. But then Andy’s world is upended. The studio is sold, and the buyer’s son demands the top seat. Out of a job and humiliated, Andy decides to get as far away from Los Angeles as possible. Andy signs a six-month rental agreement for a luxurious home in a tiny, forgotten coastal town two hours from London. When he arrives, he hires a local woman to help get his affairs in order. A former journalist, Violet Smith is at a crossroads as well. When Violet leaves the manuscript of her unfinished novel behind after work one day, Andy lets his curiosity get the best of him and is captivated by a story that begs to be adapted for the big screen. Could this be the miracle they’ve both been looking for? 

Starling House by Alix E. Harrow - Fantasy, Fiction, Gothic, Paranormal, Supernatural, Supernatural Fiction

Tor Books | 9781250799050 | Published October 3, 2023

Opal is determined to find a better life for her younger brother Jasper. One that gets them out of Eden, Kentucky, a town remarkable for only two things: bad luck and E. Starling, the reclusive nineteenth century author of The Underland, who disappeared over a hundred years ago. All she left behind were dark rumors --- and her home. Almost everyone agrees that it’s best to ignore the uncanny mansion and its misanthropic heir, Arthur. Opal has been obsessed with The Underland since she was a child. When she gets the change to step inside Starling House, she can't resist. But sinister forces are digging into the buried secrets of Starling House, and Arthur’s own nightmares have become far too real. Opal realizes that she might finally have found a reason to stick around. And now she’ll have to fight.

The Dead Take the A Train by Richard Kadrey and Cassandra Khaw - Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Magic, Thriller

Tor Nightfire | 9781250867025 | Published October 3, 2023

Julie is a coked-up, burnt-out thirty-year-old whose only retirement plan is dying early. She’s been trying to establish herself in the NYC magic scene, and she’ll work the most gruesome gigs, exorcize the nastiest demons and make deals with the cruelest gods to claw her way to the top. But nothing can prepare her for the toughest job yet: when her best friend, Sarah, shows up at her door in need of help. Keeping Sarah safe becomes top priority. Julie is desperate for a quick fix to break the dead-end grind and save her friend. But her power grab sets off a deadly chain of events that puts Sarah --- and the entire world --- directly in the path of annihilation.

The Hurricane Wars by Thea Guanzon - Fantasy, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance

Harper Voyager | 9780063277274 | Published October 3, 2023

All Talasyn has ever known is the Hurricane Wars. Growing up an orphan in a nation under siege by the ruthless Night Emperor, she found her family among the soldiers who fight for freedom. But she is hiding a deadly secret: light magic courses through her veins, a blazing power believed to have been wiped out years ago. Prince Alaric, the emperor’s only son and heir, has been tasked with obliterating any threats to the Night Empire’s rule. He discovers the greatest threat yet in Talasyn: a girl burning brightly on the battlefield with the magic that killed his grandfather, turned his father into a monster and ignited the Hurricane Wars. This war can only end with them. But an even greater danger is coming, and the strange magic they can create together could be the only way to overcome it.

The Intern by Michele Campbell - Crime, Domestic Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

St. Martin's Press | 9781250274977 | Published October 3, 2023

Madison Rivera lands the internship of a lifetime working for Judge Kathryn Conroy. But Madison has a secret that could destroy her career. Her troubled younger brother Danny has been arrested, and Conroy is the judge on his case. When Danny goes missing after accusing the judge of corruption, Madison’s quest for answers brings her deep into the judge’s glamorous world. Is Kathryn Conroy a mentor, a victim or a criminal? Is she trying to help Madison or use her as a pawn? And why is somebody trying to kill her? As the two women circle each other in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game, will they save each other, or will betrayal leave one of them dead?

The List by Yomi Adegoke - Family, Family Life, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780063274877 | Published October 3, 2023

Ola Olajide, a celebrated journalist at Womxxxn magazine, is set to marry the love of her life in one month’s time. Young, beautiful and successful --- She and her fiancé Michael are considered the “couple goals” of their social network and seem to have it all. That is, until one morning when they both wake up to the same message: “Oh my god, have you seen The List?” It began as a crowdsourced collection of names and somehow morphed into an anonymous account posting allegations on social media. Ola would usually be the first to support such a list --- she’d retweet it, call for the men to be fired, write article after article. Except this time, Michael’s name is on it.

The Prospectors by Ariel Djanikian - Fiction, Women's Fiction

William Morrow | 9780063289734 | Published October 3, 2023

The middle daughter of struggling California fruit farmers, Alice Bush is accustomed to feeling inferior. But when her elder sister’s husband strikes gold in the Yukon Territory, Alice finally seizes control of her destiny by joining a wave of white settlers making the dangerous trek to the Klondike. What follows is an awakening of ambition for the quietly opportunistic Alice, who becomes tightly intertwined in the beginning of a generations-long family quest for wealth that unfolds against the Canadian wilderness and the oilfields of California. 100 years later, in 2015, Alice’s great-great-granddaughter Anna must grapple with moral conflict and questions of justice as she travels to the Klondike to bequeath her would-be inheritance to the First Nations peoples who paid the price for its creation.

The Scandalous Confessions of Lydia Bennet, Witch by Melinda Taub - Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Retelling, Romance

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538739204 | Published October 3, 2023

In this exuberant retelling of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Lydia Bennet puts pen to paper to relate the real events and aftermath of the classic story. Some facts are well known: Mrs. Bennet suffers from her nerves, Mr. Bennet suffers from Mrs. Bennet and all five daughters suffer from an estate that is entailed only to male heirs. But Lydia also suffers from entirely different concerns: her best-loved sister Kitty is really a barn cat; Wickham is every bit as wicked as the world believes him to be, but what else would one expect from a demon? And if Mr. Darcy is uptight about etiquette, that’s nothing compared to his feelings about magic. Most of all, Lydia has yet to learn that for a witch, promises have power...

The Witching Year: A Memoir of Earnest Fumbling Through Modern Witchcraft by Diana Helmuth - Memoir, Nonfiction

S&S/Simon Element | 9781668002988 | Published October 3, 2023

Diana Helmuth, 33, is skeptical of organized religion. She is also skeptical of disorganized religion. But, more than anything, she is tired of God being dead. So she decides to try on the fastest growing, self-directed faith in America: Witchcraft. The result is 366 days of observation, trial, error, wit and back spasms. Witches today are often presented as confident and finished, proud and powerful. Diana is eager to join them. She wants to follow all the rules, memorize all the incantations, and read all the liturgy. But there’s one glaring problem: no Witch can agree on what the right rules, liturgy and incantations are.