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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


Poster Girl by Veronica Roth - Dystopian, Fiction, Mystery

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780063325609 | Published October 10, 2023

For decades, everyone in the Seattle-Portland megalopolis lived under constant surveillance in the form of the Insight, an ocular implant that tracked every word and every action, rewarding or punishing according to the rigid moral code set forth by the Delegation. Then there was a revolution. The Delegation fell. Its most valuable members were locked in the Aperture, a prison on the outskirts of the city. And everyone else, now free from the Insight’s monitoring, went on with their lives. Sonya, former poster girl for the Delegation, has been imprisoned for 10 years when an old enemy comes to her with a deal: find a missing girl who was stolen from her parents by the old regime and earn her freedom. The path Sonya takes to find the child will lead her through an unfamiliar, corrupt post-Delegation world.

Santa's Little Yelpers: An Andy Carpenter Mystery by David Rosenfelt - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250828835 | Published October 10, 2023

Lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara, are surrounded by holiday cheer. It’s even spread to the Tara Foundation. The dog rescue organization, not used to having puppies, has their hands full with a recent litter. Eight puppies are a lot to handle, and Andy is relieved when his co-worker, Chris Myers, agrees to foster them. Myers, a newer employee at the Tara Foundation, did time for a crime he swears he didn’t commit. When Myers discovers a key witness against him lied on the stand, he goes to Andy to ask for representation in getting the conviction overturned. Myers thinks they can have this wrapped up by Christmas. But when the witness is murdered, and Myers is arrested for the crime, things go from bad to worse.

Secrets Typed in Blood: A Pentecost and Parker Mystery by Stephen Spotswood - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | 9780593469040 | Published October 10, 2023

New York City, 1947: For years, Holly Quick has made a good living off of murder, filling up the pages of pulp detective magazines with gruesome tales of revenge. Now someone is bringing her stories to life and leaving a trail of blood-soaked bodies behind. With the threat of another murder looming, and reluctant to go to the police, Holly turns to the best crime-solving duo in or out of the pulps, Willowjean “Will” Parker and her boss, famed detective Lillian Pentecost. The pair are handed the seemingly impossible task of investigating three murders at once without tipping off the cops or the press that the crimes are connected.

Such a Pretty Smile by Kristi DeMeester - Fiction, Horror, Supernatural Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

St. Martin's Griffin | 9781250785497 | Published October 10, 2023

2019: Thirteen-year-old Lila Sawyer has secrets she can’t share with anyone. But when young women around her begin dying, wild speculation ensues. Soon Lila feels haunted from within, terrorized by a delicious evil that shows her how to find her voice --- until she’s in danger for using it. 2004: Caroline Sawyer sees dogs everywhere that no one else seems to notice. As these snarling, teeth-bared delusions begin to take shape in the sculptures she makes in a trance-like state, her fiancé is convinced she needs help from a professional. But Caroline’s past is a dark cellar, filled with repressed memories and a lurking horror that others around her can’t understand. As past and present demons converge, Caroline and Lila must chase the source of this unrelenting power to its core, either to obliterate it or lose themselves forever.

The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series by Tyler Kepner - History, Nonfiction, Sports

Anchor | 9780593081884 | Published October 10, 2023

The World Series is the most enduring showcase in American team sports. It’s the place where legends are made, where celebration and devastation can hinge on a fly ball off a foul pole or a grounder beneath a first baseman’s glove. In THE GRANDEST STAGE, New York Times national baseball columnist Tyler Kepner delivers an indelible portrait of baseball’s signature event. He digs deep for essential tales dating back to the beginning in 1903, adding insights from Hall of Famers like Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Jim Palmer, Dennis Eckersley and many others who have thrived --- and failed --- when it mattered most.

The Lost Metal: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson - Fantasy, Fiction

Tor Books | 9781250757319 | Published October 10, 2023

Return to Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn world of Scadrial as its second era comes to an earth-shattering conclusion. For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set --- with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders --- since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner, Wayne, find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate --- whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose --- and Bilming is even more entangled.

The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy by S. A. Chakraborty - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Harper Voyager | 9780063233911 | Published October 10, 2023

Bestselling author S. A. Chakraborty’s acclaimed Daevabad Trilogy gets expanded with this new compilation of stories from before, during and after the events of THE CITY OF BRASS, THE KINGDOM OF COPPER and THE EMPIRE OF GOLD, all from the perspective of characters both beloved and hated, and even those without a voice in the novels. THE RIVER OF SILVER gathers material both seen and new --- including a special coda fans will need to read --- making this the perfect complement to those incredible novels.

The Vicious Circle by Katherine St. John - Fiction, Psychological Suspense, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

William Morrow Paperbacks | 9780063224063 | Published October 10, 2023

On a river deep in the Mexican jungle stands the colossal villa Xanadu, a wellness center that’s home to an ardent spiritual group devoted to self-help guru Paul Bentzen and his enigmatic wife, Kali. But when Paul mysteriously dies, his entire estate --- including Xanadu --- is left not to Kali, but to his estranged niece, Sveta. Shocked and confused, Sveta travels from New York City to Mexico to pay her respects. At first, Xanadu seems like a secluded paradise with its tumbling gardens, beautiful people and transcendent vibe. But soon the mystical façade wears thin, revealing a group of brainwashed members drunk on promises of an impossible utopia, guided by a disturbing belief system and a charismatic, dangerously capable leader.

Triple Cross: An Alex Cross Thriller by James Patterson - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538752890 | Published October 10, 2023

A precise killer, he always moves under the cover of darkness, flawlessly triggering no alarms, leaving no physical evidence. Alex Cross and John Sampson aren’t the only ones investigating. Also in on this most intriguing case is the world’s bestselling true-crime author, who sees patterns everyone else misses. The writer, Thomas Tull, calls the Family Man murders the perfect crime story. He believes the killer may never be caught. Cross knows there is no perfect crime. And he’s going to hunt down the Family Man no matter what it takes. Until the Family Man decides to flip the narrative and bring down Cross and his family.

Veil of Doubt by Sharon Virts - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Girl Friday Books | 9781959411253 | Published October 10, 2023

Emily Lloyd, a young widow in Reconstruction-era Virginia, is accused of poisoning her three-year-old daughter, Maud. Her husband and three other children all died of mysterious illnesses, so when Maud succumbs to an unexplained malady, the town suspects foul play. Soon Mrs. Lloyd is charged not only with poisoning the child but also with murdering her children, her husband and her aunt. Enter Powell Harrison, a soft-spoken, brilliant attorney who recently returned to his Virginia hometown to help his brother manage their late father’s practice. As details about the widow’s erratic behavior and her reclusive neighbors emerge, Harrison begins to suspect that an even more sinister truth might lurk beneath the family’s horrible fate and finds himself irresistibly drawn to the case.

Which Side Are You On by Ryan Lee Wong - Fiction

Catapult | 9781646222025 | Published October 10, 2023

Twenty-one-year-old Reed is fed up. Angry about the killing of a Black man by an Asian American NYPD officer, he wants to drop out of college and devote himself to the Black Lives Matter movement. But would that truly bring him closer to the moral life he seeks? In a series of intimate, charged conversations, his mother --- once the leader of a Korean-Black coalition --- demands that he rethink his outrage and, along with it, what it means to be an organizer, a student, an ally, an American and a son. As Reed zips around his hometown of Los Angeles with his mother, searching and questioning, he faces a revelation that will change everything.

A Heart Full of Headstones: An Inspector Rebus Novel by Ian Rankin - Fiction, Mystery

Back Bay Books | 9780316473651 | Published October 17, 2023

John Rebus stands accused: on trial for a crime that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life. It’s not the first time the legendary detective has taken the law into his own hands, though it might be the last. But what drove a good man to cross the line? Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke may well find out. Clarke is tasked with the city’s most explosive case in years: an infamous cop, at the center of decades of misconduct, has gone missing. Finding him will expose not only her superiors, but her mentor John Rebus. And Rebus himself may not have her own interests at heart, as the repayment of a past debt places him in the crosshairs of both crime lords and his police brethren.

All the Blood We Share: A Novel of the Bloody Benders of Kansas by Camilla Bruce - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Berkley | 9780593102602 | Published October 17, 2023

Something dark and twisted has taken root at the Bender Inn. At first the townspeople of Cherryvale welcome the rising medium Kate Bender and her family. Kate's messages from the Beyond give their tedious dreams hope, and her mother's potions cure their little ills --- for a price. No one knows about their other business, the shortcut to a better life. And why shouldn’t their family prosper? They’re careful. It’s only from those who are marked, those who travel alone and can easily disappear, that the Benders demand their pound of flesh. But even a gifted seer like Kate can make a misstep. Now, as the secrets festering beneath the soil of the family orchard threaten to bring them all to ruin, the Benders must sharpen their craft --- or vanish themselves.

American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy's Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild - History, Nonfiction

Mariner Books | 9780063278523 | Published October 17, 2023

The nation was on the brink. Mobs burned Black churches to the ground. Courts threw thousands of people into prison for opinions they voiced --- in one notable case, only in private. Self-appointed vigilantes executed tens of thousands of citizens’ arrests. Some 75 newspapers and magazines were banned from the mail and forced to close. When the government stepped in, it was often to fan the flames. This was America during and after the Great War: a brief but appalling era blighted by lynchings, censorship and the sadistic, sometimes fatal abuse of conscientious objectors in military prisons --- a time whose toxic currents of racism, nativism, red-baiting and contempt for the rule of law then flowed directly through the intervening decades to poison our own.

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Random House | 9780553393989 | Published October 17, 2023

Hated and hailed, excoriated and revered, Abraham Lincoln was at the pinnacle of American power when implacable secessionists gave no quarter in a clash of visions bound up with money, race, identity and faith. In him we can see the possibilities of the presidency as well as its limitations. At once familiar and elusive, Lincoln tends to be seen as the greatest of American presidents --- a remote icon --- or as a politician driven more by calculation than by conviction. This illuminating new portrait gives us a very human Lincoln --- an imperfect man whose moral antislavery commitment began as he grew up in an antislavery Baptist community; who insisted that slavery was a moral evil; and who sought, as he put it, to do right as God gave him to see the right.

JUDAS 62 by Charles Cumming - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Mysterious Press | 9781613164686 | Published October 17, 2023

1993: Student Lachlan Kite is sent to post-Soviet Russia, a spy in the guise of a language teacher. Embedded in the town of Voronezh, Kite’s mission is to extract a chemical weapons scientist before the man’s groundbreaking research falls into the wrong hands and shuttle him across the border to freedom in Ukraine. But Kite’s mission soon goes wrong, and he is left stranded in a hostile city with a former KGB officer on his trail. 2020: Thirty years after that dangerous mission, Kite discovers that its outcome put his name on the notorious “JUDAS” list --- a record of enemies of Russia who have been targeted for assassination. Kite’s fight for survival takes him to Dubai, where he enters into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the Russian secret state.

Nights of Plague written by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Ekin Oklap - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Vintage | 9781984897619 | Published October 17, 2023

It is April 1900, in the Levant, on the imaginary island of Mingheria --- the 29th state of the Ottoman Empire --- located in the eastern Mediterranean between Crete and Cyprus. Half the population is Muslim, the other half are Orthodox Greeks, and tension is high between the two. When a plague arrives --- brought either by Muslim pilgrims returning from the Mecca or by merchant vessels coming from Alexandria --- the island revolts. To stop the epidemic, the Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II sends his most accomplished quarantine expert to the island --- an Orthodox Christian. Some of the Muslims, including followers of a popular religious sect and its leader Sheikh Hamdullah, refuse to take precautions or respect the quarantine. And then a murder occurs.

Seven Empty Houses written by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell - Fiction, Short Stories

Riverhead Books | 9780525541400 | Published October 17, 2023

The seven houses in these seven stories are strange. A person is missing, or a truth, or memory; some rooms are enticing, some unmoored, others empty. But in Samanta Schweblin's tense, visionary tales, something always creeps back inside: a ghost, a fight, trespassers, a list of things to do before you die, a child's first encounter with darkness or the fallibility of parents. In each story, twists and turns will unnerve and surprise. Schweblin never takes the expected path and instead digs under the skin, revealing surreal truths about our sense of home, of belonging, and of the fragility of our connections with others.

Sherlock Holmes and The Twelve Thefts of Christmas by Tim Major - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Titan Books | 9781803361949 | Published October 17, 2023

Sherlock Holmes’ discovery of a mysterious musical score initiates a devious Christmas challenge set by Irene Adler, with clues that are all variations on the theme of “theft without theft,” such as a statue missing from a museum found hidden in the room it was taken from. In the snowy London lead-up to Christmas, Holmes’ preoccupation with the "Adler Variations" risks him neglecting the case of his new client, Norwegian arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who has received a series of threats in the form of animal carcasses left on his doorstep. Could they really be gifts from a strange spirit that has pursued Nansen since the completion of his expedition to cross Greenland? And might this case somehow be related to Irene Adler’s great game?

The Abyss: Nuclear Crisis Cuba 1962 by Max Hastings - History, Nonfiction

Harper | 9780062980175 | Published October 17, 2023

In THE ABYSS, Max Hastings turns his focus to one of the most terrifying events of the mid-20th century --- the 13 days in October 1962 when the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. Hastings looks at the conflict with fresh eyes, focusing on the people at the heart of the crisis --- American President John F. Kennedy, Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, and a host of their advisors. As the action moves back and forth from Moscow to Washington, DC, to Havana, Hastings seeks to explain, as much as to describe, the attitudes and conduct of the Soviets, Cubans and Americans, and to recreate the tension and heightened fears of countless innocent bystanders whose lives hung in the balance.

The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction

Orbit | 9780316541541 | Published October 17, 2023

Lin Sukai has won her first victory as Emperor, but the future of the Phoenix Empire hangs in the balance --- and Lin is dangerously short of allies. As her own governors plot treason, the Shardless Few renew hostilities. Worse still, Lin discovers her old nemesis Nisong has joined forces with the rogue Alanga, Ragan. Both seek her death. Yet hopes lies in history. Legend tells of seven mythic swords, forged in centuries past. If Lin can find them before her enemies, she may yet be able to turn the tide. If she fails, the Sukai dynasty --- and the entire empire --- will fall. 

The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green - Fiction, Literary, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Celadon Books | 9781250888792 | Published October 17, 2023

It begins quietly on a balmy Southern night as some locals gather at Bo Peep’s, one of the town’s favorite watering holes. Within an hour, however, a man will be murdered and his companion will be “disappeared.” An unlikely detective, Morgana Musgrove, doyenne of Savannah society, is called upon to unravel the mystery of these crimes. Morgana is an imperious, demanding and conniving woman, whose four grown children are weary of her schemes. But one by one she inveigles them into helping with her investigation, and soon the family uncovers some terrifying truths --- truths that will rock Savannah’s power structure to its core.

The Magic Kingdom by Russell Banks - Fiction

Vintage | 9780593468616 | Published October 17, 2023

In 1971, a property speculator named Harley Mann begins recording his life story onto a reel-to-reel machine. After his father’s sudden death, his family migrated down to Florida’s swamplands --- mere miles away from what would become Disney World --- to join a community of Shakers. Led by Elder John, the colony devoted itself to labor, faith and charity, rejecting all temptations that lay beyond the property. But when Harley began falling in love with Sadie Pratt, a consumptive patient living on the grounds, his loyalty to the Shakers and their conservative worldview grew strained and, ultimately, broke. As Harley dictates his story across more than half a century, the truth about Sadie, Elder John and the Shakers comes to light, clarifying the past and present alike.

The Red Widow: The Scandal that Shook Paris and the Woman Behind It All by Sarah Horowitz - History, Nonfiction, True Crime

Sourcebooks | 9781728280332 | Published October 17, 2023

Paris, 1889: Margeurite Steinheil is a woman with ambition. But having been born into a middle-class family and trapped in a marriage to a failed artist 20 years her senior, she knows her options are limited. Determined to fashion herself into a new woman, Meg orchestrates a scandalous plan with her most powerful resource: her body. She takes elite men as her lovers, charming her way into the good graces of the rich and powerful. A real-life femme fatale, Meg influences government positions and resorts to blackmail --- and maybe even poisoning --- to get her way. Leaving a trail of death and disaster in her wake, she earns the name the "Red Widow" for mysteriously surviving a home invasion that leaves both her husband and mother dead.

The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre by Natasha Lester - Fiction, Historical Fiction

Forever | 9781538706923 | Published October 17, 2023

Alix St. Pierre grew up surrounded by Hollywood glamor but never truly felt part of that world. In 1943, with WWII raging, she lands a publicity job to recruit women into the workforce. Her skills catch the attention of the U.S. government, and she finds herself with an even bigger assignment: sent to Switzerland as a spy. Soon Alix is on the precipice of something very big. But how far can she trust her German informant? After an Allied victory that didn’t come nearly soon enough, Alix moves to Paris, ready to immerse herself in a new position as director of publicity for the yet-to-be-launched House of Dior. But when a figure from the war reappears and threatens to destroy her future, Alix realizes that only she can right the wrongs of the past…and finally find justice.