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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 2017

Hardcover

A War in Crimson Embers by Alex Marshall - Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Military, Relationships

Orbit | 9780316340724 | Published December 5, 2017

Former warrior queen and now pariah, Cold Zosia wakes in the ashes of a burning city. Her vengeance has brought her to this --- her heroic reputation in tatters, her allies scattered far and wide, and her world on the cusp of ruin. General Ji-Hyeon has vanished into the legendary First Dark, leaving her lover Sullen alone to carry out the grim commands of a dead goddess. The barbarian Maroto is held captive by a demonic army hell-bent on the extermination of the Crimson Empire, and only his protégé Purna believes he can be saved. Zosia must rally her comrades and old enemies one last time, for what will prove the greatest battle of her many legends...if anyone lives to tell it.

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired edited by Lawrence Block - Anthology, Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

Pegasus Books | 9781681775616 | Published December 5, 2017

Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Edward Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper’s place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a painting from the whole panoply of visual art. In artists ranging from Art Frahm and Norman Rockwell to René Magritte and Clifford Still, the impressive concept goes on to include Thomas Pluck, Sarah Weinman, David Morrell, Craig Ferguson, Joe R. Lansdale, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Jonathan Santlofer, Gail Levin, Nicholas Christopher and Lee Child, with each story accompanied in color by the work of art that inspired it.

Beau Death: A Peter Diamond Investigation by Peter Lovesey - Fiction, Mystery

Soho Crime | 9781616959050 | Published December 5, 2017

A wrecking crew is demolishing a row of townhouses when they uncover a skeleton in one of the attics. The dead man is wearing authentic 1760s garb, and on the floor next to it is a white tricorn hat --- the ostentatious signature accessory of Beau Nash, a fashion icon who some say ended up in a pauper’s grave. Or did the Beau actually end up in a townhouse attic? Chief Inspector Peter Diamond, who has been assigned to identify the remains, begins to fantasize about turning Nash scholarship on its ear. But one of his constables is stubbornly insisting the corpse can’t be Nash’s and threatens to spoil Diamond’s favorite theory, especially when he offers some pretty irrefutable evidence.

Blood Truth: A Rick Cahill Novel by Matt Coyle - Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Oceanview Publishing | 9781608092390 | Published December 5, 2017

Rick Cahill has long feared the truth about his own blood --- the blood of his father coursing through his veins. When a long-hidden safe unlocks clues about why his father was kicked off the police force 27 years ago and then spiraled into an early drunken death, Rick determines to find the truth even if it proves the one thing he's always feared. But as he grapples with his father's past, the woman he still loves pleads with him to find out if her husband is having an affair --- or is involved in something much more sinister. Could the truth send her back into Rick’s arms? Would he have a last shot at happiness? He may never get the chance to find out, as killers who will do anything to protect their secrets lurk in the shadows.

Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery by Christopher Fowler - Crime, Fiction, History, Mystery, Suspense

Bantam | 9781101887066 | Published December 5, 2017

Helen Forester takes her West Highland terrier for a walk in her street’s private garden. But minutes later she is dead, strangled yet peacefully laid out on the path, her dog nowhere to be found. The only other person in the locked space is the gardener, who finds the body and calls the police. He expects proper cops to arrive, but what he gets are Bryant, May and the wily members of the Peculiar Crimes Unit. Before the detectives can make any headway on the case, a second woman is discovered in a public park, murdered in nearly identical fashion. Bryant and May have to think and act fast to save innocent lives, the fate of the city’s parks, and the very existence of the PCU.

Chained: A Kate Turner, DVM, Mystery by Eileen Brady - Fiction, Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press | 9781464209536 | Published December 5, 2017

Everyone in the charming Hudson Valley town of Oak Falls expected Flynn Keegan, their handsome blond "Golden Boy," to make it big in Hollywood. So when veterinarian Kate Turner identifies a bone dug up by one of her dog patients as human, no one thinks back 10 years to remember Flynn. Until DNA and a smashed skull prove he was murdered. With few clues available to the forensic team, the grieving family begs Kate to investigate. His four closest friends plead ignorance. Neighbors and teachers remember the charismatic young man but offer no real help. Meanwhile, Kate is juggling her eccentric house call clients, a silly pot-bellied pig wedding and the sudden reappearance of an old college boyfriend.

Close to Me by Amanda Reynolds - Drama, Family, Family Life, Marriage, Mental Health, Motherhood, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

Quercus | 9781681440316 | Published December 5, 2017

When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in the hospital with partial amnesia. In fact, she finds that she's lost an entire year of memories, and she can't remember anything that happened the night she fell. Her husband and her two children assure her that everything's fine, but Jo's family seems to have gone through a lot of dramatic changes in the past year, and she can't let go of the suspicion that there's more they're keeping from her. As she pieces together the details of the past 12 months, it becomes more and more clear that her family wants her to stay in the dark. But why?

Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini - Coming of Age, English, Family, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Love & Romance, Prejudice , Science, Social Issues, Women's Fiction

Dutton | 9781101985205 | Published December 5, 2017

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada’s mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. Any troubling spark of imagination --- or worse yet, passion or poetry --- is promptly extinguished. Or so her mother believes. When Ada is introduced into London society as a highly eligible young heiress, she at last discovers the intellectual and social circles she has craved all her life. Little does she realize that her delightful new friendship with inventor Charles Babbage will shape her destiny.

Glass Town by Steven Savile - Crime, English, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, History, Magic, Mystery, Supernatural, Supernatural Fiction, Supernatural Thriller, Thriller

St. Martin's Press | 9781250077837 | Published December 5, 2017

In 1924, two brothers both loved Eleanor Raines, a promising young actress from the East End of London. She disappeared during the filming of Alfred Hitchcock’s debut, Number 13, which itself is now lost. It was the crime of the age, capturing the imagination of the city. Generations have passed. Everyone involved is long dead. But even now their dark, twisted secret threatens to tear the city apart. Joshua Raines is about to enter a world of macabre beauty, of glittering celluloid and the silver screen, of illusion and deception, of impossibly old gangsters and the fiendish creatures they command, and most frighteningly of all, of genuine magic. He is about to enter Glass Town. 

Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art by Sam Wasson - Comedy, Entertainment, History, Humor, Language Arts, Nonfiction, Performing Arts

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 9780544557208 | Published December 5, 2017

At the height of the McCarthy era, an experimental theater troupe set up shop in a bar near the University of Chicago. Via word-of-mouth, astonished crowds packed the ad-hoc venue to see its unscripted, interactive, consciousness-raising style. From this unlikely seed grew the Second City, the massively influential comedy theater troupe, and its offshoots --- the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, “SNL” and a slew of others.  Sam Wasson charts the meteoric rise of improv in this richly reported, scene-driven narrative that, like its subject, moves fast and digs deep.

Insidious Intent by Val McDermid - Crime, English, Fiction

Atlantic Monthly Press | 9780802127167 | Published December 5, 2017

In the north of England, single women are beginning to disappear from weddings. A pattern soon becomes clear: Someone is crashing the festivities and luring the women away --- only to leave the victims’ bodies in their own burned-out cars in remote locations. Psychologist Tony Hill and former police detective Carol Jordan are called upon to investigate, but this may be the toughest case they’ve ever had to face. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Paula McIntyre and her partner Elinor must deal with a cruel cyber-blackmailer targeting their teenage ward, Torin.

London's Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare's City by Stephen Alford - English, History, Nonfiction

Bloomsbury USA | 9781620408216 | Published December 5, 2017

For most, England in the 16th century was the era of the Tudors, from Henry VII and VIII to Elizabeth I. But as their dramas played out at court, England was being transformed economically by the astonishing discoveries of the New World and of direct sea routes to Asia. At the start of the century, England was hardly involved in the wider world and London remained a gloomy, introverted medieval city. But as the century progressed something extraordinary happened, which placed London at the center of the world stage forever.

Mississippi Roll: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin - Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Tor Books | 9780765390523 | Published December 5, 2017

Now on its final voyage, the historical steamboat Natchez is known for her super-powered guest entertainers. But after the suspicious death of a crewmember, retired NY police detective Leo Storgman decides to make this incident his personal case. His findings only lead to a growing number of questions. Is there some truth behind the ghostly sightings of the steamboat’s first captain Wilbur Leathers? What secret does the current captain seem to be hiding? And could the Natchez be ferrying mysterious --- and possibly dangerous --- cargo onboard?

Nightblind by Ragnar Jonasson - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

Minotaur Books | 9781250096098 | Published December 5, 2017

Ari Thor Arason is a local policeman who has an uneasy relationship with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland --- where no one locks their doors. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by a murder. One of Ari’s colleagues is gunned down at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house. With a killer on the loose and the dark Arctic waters closing in, it falls to Ari Thor to piece together a puzzle that involves a new mayor and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik. It becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all.

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters by Ursula K. Le Guin - Essays, Motivational, Nonfiction

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 978-1328661593 | Published December 5, 2017

Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice --- sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical --- shines. NO TIME TO SPARE collects the best of Ursula’s blog, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her wonder at it.

One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning by David Moody - Disaster Fiction, Dystopian, Dystopian Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Sports

St. Martin's Press | 9781250108418 | Published December 5, 2017

Fourteen people are trapped on Skek, a barren island in the middle of the North Sea somewhere between the coasts of the UK and Denmark. Over the years this place has served many purposes, but one by one its inhabitants have abandoned its inhospitable shores. Today it’s home to Hazleton Adventure Experiences, an extreme sports company specializing in corporate team building events. A momentary lapse leads to a tragic accident, but when the body count quickly starts to rise, questions are inevitably asked. A horrific discovery changes everything, and a trickle of rumors becomes a tsunami of fear. Is this the beginning of the end of everything, or a situation constructed by the mass hysteria of a handful of desperate and terrified people?

One Station Away by Olaf Olafsson - Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Family, Fiction, Loss, Love & Romance, Mystery, Relationships, Suspense, Tragedy, Travel

Ecco | 9780062677488 | Published December 5, 2017

An overlooked pianist who finally receives fraught success after decades of disappointment. An elusive dancer whose untimely death her fiancé is desperate to untangle. A mysterious patient who is comatose after a violent accident. These are the three women who animate ONE STATION AWAY. Magnus, a New York neurologist --- son to one, lover to another, and doctor to a third --- is the thread that binds these women’s stories together as he navigates relationships defined by compromise and misunderstanding, guilt and forgiveness, and, most of all, by an obsessive attempt to communicate --- to understand and to be understood, to love and to be loved.

Pen 33 by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Quercus | 9781681440132 | Published December 5, 2017

Bernt Lund is a monster, an unrepentant child molester and serial killer. In the mind of society, in the minds of his nine-year-old victims' parents, and in the minds of his fellow inmates, he is a waking nightmare. And now he has escaped from custody. Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens is about to encounter the most profoundly appalling case in his career, and perhaps in Stockholm's history. During the course of one long, hot summer, Sweden will face an explosive series of events that spread across the country like wildfire, events that call into question the very nature of humanity, duty, forgiveness and self-defense. And justice.

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden - English, Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Relationships, Retelling, World History

Pegasus Books | 9781681776859 | Published December 5, 2017

King Edward of York has been driven out of England. Queen Elizabeth and her children tremble in sanctuary at Westminster Abbey. The House of Lancaster has won the crown, but York will not go quietly. Desperate to reclaim his throne, Edward lands at Ravenspur with a half-drowned army and his brother Richard at his side. Every hand is against them, every city gate is shut, yet the brothers York go on the attack. But neither sees that their true enemy is Henry Tudor, now grown into a man. As the Red Dragon --- “the man of destiny” --- his claim to the throne leads to Bosworth Field and a battle that will bring an end to the Wars of the Roses.

Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard - Current Affairs, Family, Fiction, Health, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Mind & Body, Nature, Novella, Relationships

Knopf | 9780525521563 | Published December 5, 2017

SPY OF THE FIRST PERSON tells the story of an unnamed narrator who traces his memories of work, adventure and travel as he undergoes medical tests and treatments for a condition that is rendering him more and more dependent on the loved ones who are caring for him. The narrator’s memories and preoccupations often echo those of our current moment --- for here are stories of immigration and community, inclusion and exclusion, suspicion and trust. But at the book’s core, and his, is family --- his relationships with those he loved, and with the natural world around him.

Strong to the Bone: A Caitlin Strong Novel by Jon Land - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Forge Books | 9780765384645 | Published December 5, 2017

1944: Texas Ranger Earl Strong investigates a triple murder inside a Nazi POW camp in Texas. The Present: His daughter, fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, finds herself pursuing the killer her father never caught in the most personal case of her career --- a conspiracy stretching from that Nazi POW camp to a modern-day neo-Nazi gang. A sinister movement has emerged from the shadows of history, determined to undermine the American way of life. Its leader, Armand Fisker, has an army at his disposal, a deadly bio-weapon, and a reputation for being unbeatable. To prevent an unspeakable cataclysm, Caitlin and her outlaw lover, Cort Wesley Masters, must win a war the world thought was over.

The Demon Crown: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins - Adventure, Drama, Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

William Morrow | 9780062381736 | Published December 5, 2017

Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing all but one --- Professor Ken Matsui, an expert on venomous creatures. Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber. The artifact was hidden away by a cabal of scientists --- led by Alexander Graham Bell --- to protect humankind. But they dared not destroy it, for the object also holds an astonishing promise for the future: the very secret of life after death.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden - Adventure, Fairy Tale, Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Magic, Women's Fiction

Del Rey | 9781101885963 | Published December 5, 2017

Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family’s wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Her gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko --- Frost, the winter demon from the stories --- and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost’s aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch. So Vasilisa opts to dress herself as a boy and sets off astride her magnificent stallion. But after she prevails in a skirmish with bandits, the Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow’s intrigues, Vasilisa will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.

The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fatherhood, Fiction, Health, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Parenting, Relationships

Grove Press | 9780802127082 | Published December 5, 2017

Johnny MacKinnon might be on the verge of losing it all. The ice factory he married into, which he’s run for decades, is facing devastating OSHA fines following a mysterious accident and may have to close. The only hope for Johnny’s livelihood is that someone in the community saw something, but no one seems to be coming forward. He hasn’t spoken to his son Corran back in Scotland since Corran’s heroin addiction finally drove Johnny to the breaking point. And now, after a collapse on the factory floor, it appears Johnny may have a brain tumor. But this may be his last chance to bridge the gap with Corran --- and to have any sort of relationship with the baby granddaughter he’s never met.

The Macedonian by Nicholas Guild - Fiction, Historical Fiction, History

Forge Books | 9780765378460 | Published December 5, 2017

On a cold, snow-swept night in the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon, a son is born to the king’s principal wife. His mother hates him for being his father’s child. His father hardly notices him. With two elder brothers, obscurity seems his destiny. The boy is sent off to be nursed by the chief steward’s wife. Yet, in a moment of national crisis, when Macedon is on the verge of being torn apart, the prince raised by a servant finds himself proclaimed the king. This is the story of Philip, prince and king, the forgotten boy who rose to save his country and became a legend in his own lifetime. His extensive military conquests across the Greek peninsula would pave the way for expansion under his son, Alexander the Great.