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

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

December 2018

Hardcover

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

Thomas & Mercer | 9781503904682 | Published December 1, 2018

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 When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst.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

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

Lake Union Publishing | 9781503904743 | Published December 1, 2018

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

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

Lake Union Publishing | 9781503904699 | Published December 1, 2018

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

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

Little A | 9781503900561 | Published December 1, 2018

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

Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard - Fiction

Little A | 9781503902985 | Published December 1, 2018

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

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

Harper | 9780062408853 | Published December 4, 2018

The definitive biography of the deeply complex and widely misunderstood matinee idol of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Author 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.

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

Basic Books | 9780465094042 | Published December 4, 2018

While their story is almost always overlooked, the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who served the British Empire in World War I played a crucial role in the eventual Allied victory. Despite their sacrifices, Indian troops received mixed reactions from their allies and their enemies alike-some were treated as liberating heroes, some as mercenaries and conquerors themselves, and all as racial inferiors and a threat to white supremacy. Drawing on freshly uncovered interviews with members of the Indian Army in Iraq and elsewhere, historian George Morton-Jack paints a deeply human story of courage, colonization and racism, and finally gives these men their rightful place in history.

Broken Ground by Val McDermid - Crime, Fiction, Suspense

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802129123 | Published December 4, 2018

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, DCI 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.

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

Bantam | 9781101887097 | Published December 4, 2018

Hard to believe, but even positively ancient sleuths like Bryant and May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit were young once…or at least younger. Flashback to London 1969. After accidentally sinking a barge painted like the Yellow Submarine, Bryant and May are relegated to baby-sitting one Monty Hatton-Jones, the star prosecution witness in the trial of a disreputable developer whose prefabs are prone to collapse. The task proves unexpectedly challenging when their unruly charge insists on attending a party at the vast estate Tavistock Hall. With falling stone gryphons, secret passageways, rumors of a mythical beast and an all-too-real dismembered corpse, the bedeviled policemen soon find themselves with “a proper country house murder” on their hands.

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

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464211126 | Published December 4, 2018

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

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

Pegasus Books | 9781681778792 | Published December 4, 2018

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

Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza - Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250178282 | Published December 4, 2018

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

Into the Night by Sarah Bailey - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Grand Central Publishing | 9781538759950 | Published December 4, 2018

Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock finds herself lost and alone after a recent move to Melbourne, brokenhearted by the decisions she's had to make. Her new workplace is a minefield and Detective Sergeant Nick Fleet, the partner she has been assigned, is uncommunicative and often hostile. When a homeless man is murdered and Gemma is put on the case, she can't help feeling a connection with the victim and his lonely, isolated existence. Then Sterling Wade, an actor filming his breakout performance in a closed-off city street, is murdered in the middle of an action-packed shot. Who could commit such a brazen crime? Gemma can't imagine a pair of victims with less in common --- and yet as Gemma and Fleet soon learn, both men were keeping secrets that may have led to their deaths.

Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food by Ann Hood - Cooking, Essays, Nonfiction

W. W. Norton & Company | 9780393249507 | Published December 4, 2018

From her Italian-American childhood through raising and feeding a growing family and cooking with her new husband, food writer Michael Ruhlman, Ann Hood has long appreciated the power of a good meal. Growing up, she tasted love in her grandmother’s tomato sauce and dreamed of her mother’s special-occasion Fancy Lady Sandwiches. Later, the kitchen became the heart of Hood’s own home. She cooked pork roast to warm her first apartment, used two cups of dried basil for her first attempt at making pesto, taught her children how to make their favorite potatoes, found hope in her daughter’s omelet after a divorce, and fell in love again --- with both her husband and his foolproof chicken stock.
Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mystery

Minotaur Books | 9781250189295 | Published December 4, 2018

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

North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah - Culture, Family, Fiction, Religion

Riverhead Books | 9780735214231 | Published December 4, 2018

For decades, Gacalo and Mugdi have lived in Oslo, where they've led a peaceful, largely assimilated life and raised two children. Their beloved son, Dhaqaneh, however, is driven by feelings of alienation to jihadism in Somalia, where he kills himself in a suicide attack. The couple reluctantly offers a haven to his family. But on arrival in Oslo, their daughter-in-law cloaks herself even more deeply in religion, while her children hunger for the freedoms of their new homeland, a rift that will have lifealtering consequences for the entire family. Set against the backdrop of real events, NORTH OF DAWN is a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence --- and if so, at what cost.

Not of This Fold: A Linda Wallheim Mystery Set in Mormon Utah by Mette Ivie Harrison - Fiction, Mystery

Soho Crime | 9781616959425 | Published December 4, 2018

Gwen Ferris is quickly losing faith in the church, and her issues with the Mormon power structure are only reinforced when Gabriela Gonzalez, a young mother and Gwen’s friend, is found strangled at a gas station. The dead woman’s last phone call was to Gwen, and her voice mail reveals that she knew she was in danger. When Gwen decides the police aren’t doing enough to get justice for Gabriela, who was an undocumented immigrant, she decides to find the killer herself. Mormon bishop’s wife Linda Wallheim reluctantly takes part in Gwen’s vigilante sleuthing, fearing for her young friend’s safety, but what the pair discovers may put them both in danger.

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

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

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before --- the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted --- and the time is coming when her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin: She will learn the old ways of healing; study and spar; encounter faeries and elves and shifters; and find powers within herself she never imagined. When the time is right, she will take up the sword, and fight. For until she grows into her true identity, the world outside will never be whole again.

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9780743298070 | Published December 4, 2018

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

Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky - Fiction, Humor, Satire

Bloomsbury Publishing | 9781635571806 | Published December 4, 2018

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

The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash - Fiction

Ecco | 9780062258199 | Published December 4, 2018

It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when 23-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. His father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career. But the more he finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more Anton questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond.

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

Pegasus Books | 9781681778785 | Published December 4, 2018

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

The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone - Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Thriller

Atria/Emily Bestler Books | 9781501165504 | Published December 4, 2018

Years ago, Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford created a revolutionary computer called Eagle Logic. But they parted ways following a major falling-out. Now Billy is beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right --- and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

The Songbird by Marcia Willett - Family, Fiction, Love & Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Thomas Dunne Books | 9781250177414 | Published December 4, 2018

When Tim confides in Mattie that he needs a sabbatical from work and a fresh place to live, she suggests he move into one of the cottages at her family's home in the beautiful English countryside. She senses there's something he's not telling her, but she has faith that he'll fit right in with the eccentric but affectionate crowd at Brockscombe. As he gets to know the family, Tim discovers that everyone there has their own secrets. There is Kat, a retired ballet dancer who longs for the stage again; Charlotte, a young navy wife struggling to bring up her son while her husband is at sea; William, who guards a dark past he cannot share with the others; and Mattie...who has loved Tim in silence for years. Can Tim open up to her? Would it matter, he wonders, if he did?

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

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

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