New fiction roundup – December 2017

12/1: The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty – In the 18th outing for Dominican friar Brother Athelstan, he must figure out how someone committed two murders and escaped from a locked church with a king’s ransom. For lovers of locked room mysteries and historical fiction.

12/1: If the Fates Allow edited by Annie Harper – Five LGBTQ holiday stories of hope and romance set during the Christmas season.

12/5: The Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini – In this biographical novel Chiaverini imagines the life of Ada Lovelace – daughter of Lord Byron, mathematician, and the writer of the first computer program in the mid-1800s.

12/5: The Vanishing Princess by Jenny Diski – A posthumous collection of 12 darkly funny, subversive, and sexy short stories from a beloved British author.

12/5: To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Gray – Trying to arrange a marriage for his younger sister, Sloane Knox, Duke of Hawksthorn never guessed that he might find his own match.

12/5: Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors by Conn Iggulden – The conclusion to Iggulden’s vivid Wars of the Roses series.

12/5: The Years, Months, Days: Two Novellas by Yan Lianke – Two novellas by Chinese author Yan. One follows a 72 year old man and his blind dog, the only remnants of a town that picked up and fled endless drought. The second concerns a mother with four children, all with epilepsy, and her efforts to find them spouses.

12/5: Beau Death by Peter Lovesey – In the 17th case for DS Peter Diamond, a body wearing 1760s garb is found when a row of townhouses is demolished. Is it an historical case tied to one of Bath’s most famous historical men, or is it a much more modern murder?

12/5: Elmet by Fiona Mozley – Former enforcer John built a house in the remote woods of Yorkshire in which to raise his son and daughter. A clash with a local landowner unleashes a chain of violent events. This debut novel was shortlisted for The Booker Prize.

12/5: Year One by Nora Roberts – This first book in a new trilogy takes place after a plague has wiped out most of humanity, leaving the remaining few with paranormal powers. As the government begins hunting those using their powers, Lana and Max leave New York on a trip to find Max’s brothers and friends out west.

12/5: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak – Wealthy Peri attends a fancy party in Istanbul on a night that terrorist attacks rip through the city, and recalls her years spent studying at Oxford University and the friends she made. From one of Turkey’s most popular authors.

12/5: Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard – The final, posthumous novel from Shepard brings us a narrator ravaged by disease, remembering the work, adventure, travel and relationships of his life.

12/5: Her Beautiful Monster by Adi Tantimedh – Private investigator Ravi Chandra Singh sees gods I moments of heightened anxiety and stress. He’ll need all the help he can get as his latest case takes him on a search for a dead Russian oligarch’s last will.

12/12: Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami – Three haunting and lyrical stories of women experiencing romance and unsettling loss, from the author of The Nakano Thrift Shop.

12/26: A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev – Kimi grew up close to Rahul, but financial and class decisions kept them apart. When Kimi is threatened by a crime lord, Rahul knows that no one else can keep her as safe as he will.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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