Four strangers are silently working at a table in the reading room of the Boston Public Library when a scream causes a commotion. Instructed to stay where they are by security guards, the four begin to chat, and quickly make friends. Each is there for something different, but only one is there for murder. There’s big buzz for this book, scheduled to be released in just a few weeks on June 7. This is a good pick for mystery readers who like their puzzles especially twisty, and their characters unreliable.

Try it if you liked: The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz or Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson.

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Mystery readers know that poison is one of the most enduring and popular options for the aspiring murderer. Poisoning can happen through eating and drinking, touching contaminated surfaces, or even just breathing the air. This versatility historically made poison a challenge to detect, and poisoners difficult to find and prosecute. In this fascinating blend of true crime and popular science, Bradbury explores the history and detection of poison through the stories of eleven notorious cases from ancient times until today. Click here to find a copy.

Try it if you liked: 18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, or Stiff by Mary Roach.

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At the height of WWII, Ellie and her Uncle Mick make ends meet in a bit of an unconventional way-they break into the homes of the rich and crack their safes. When they’re caught red handed during a particularly tricky heist, the British government makes an offer they can’t refuse. Either Ellie agrees to break into a safe to retrieve blueprints vital to the war effort, or both will be turned over to law enforcement. With a solid puzzle, espionage and double agents, humor, and a little romance, this is a great pick for mystery readers. Click here to find a copy

Try it if you liked: Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood, Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer, or mysteries by Rhys Bowen.  

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When crew members start disappearing one by one from the USS Abraham Lincoln, leadership blames a string of suicides. Navy SEAL sniper Finn, on his way home from the Persian Gulf, has other ideas and starts quietly investigating the murders. Set over the course of just a few tense days, this is a pressure cooker of a thriller that kicks off what’s sure to be a solid series. Click here to find a copy.

Try it if you liked: Tom Clancy, Stephen Coonts, Jack Higgins, and Mark Greaney.

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Stolen from her German parents and raised in the woods, Yona is alone after her kidnapper dies. When she encounters a group of Jews fleeing the Nazis, she joins their party to help them through the winter. Part survival story, part WWII epic, and a lovely story of found family. Click here to find a copy

Try it if you liked: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

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Struggling single mom Finlay is in the middle of a nasty divorce, behind on her bills, and months late delivering her latest book to her agent. When a woman overhears her explaining the plot of her newest murder mystery to her agent in a Panera, she thinks that Finlay is a contract killer, and tries to hire her to murder her husband. Needless to say, things don’t go as planned. This is a smart, laugh out loud book for both mystery lovers and non-mystery readers alike. Click here to find a copy

Try it if you liked: the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

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To save her job at her beloved radio station, Shay partners with irritating colleague Dominic on a new show where they’ll pretend that they’re friendly exes giving dating advice. When the show takes off and they start developing real feelings, their careers and budding romance are suddenly at stake. This is a fun, witty romance that's perfect for some light summer reading. 

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Anna does boring things for awful people, because even the most evil need office assistants. When a run-in with a superhero leaves her badly injured, Anna loses her job and vows to show the world the true cost of heroics. With an impressive set of spreadsheets and a cheerful disregard for boundaries, Anna proves her point, and draws the attention of one of the most impressive bad guys around. This is a fast, laugh out loud funny novel for anyone who likes a good superhero movie.

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Fourteen years ago, Emmie released a balloon with her biggest secret tied to the string. Weeks later and hundreds of miles away, Lucas found the balloon and started emailing Emmie. As the years passed, the two became inseparable, and Emmie fell secretly, desperately in love with Lucas. Now an adult, Emmie’s life revolves around Lucas, until the shocking announcement that he’s gotten engaged. Her greatest hopes dashed, Emmie is finally able to see-and nurture-the parts of her life that she's long neglected. 

 Try it if you liked: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman or Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

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After the brutal murders of her closest friends, half-Fae Bryce is left heartbroken and alone. When the murders continue even after a suspect is jailed, Bryce vows to find the real killer and take revenge, aided by the Fallen angel Hunt. 

This novel has everything I love to see in good fantasy. The worldbuilding is entirely convincing and absolutely meticulous, and the stakes feel appropriately high. I thought that the characters were nuanced and well done, and the romance added to the plot instead of distracting from it. While this is clearly meant for an adult audience, I thought that there was plenty of crossover potential for mature YA/new adult audiences. I read the whole thing in one sitting, and I wish I didn’t have to wait for the next!

 Try it if you liked: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s the height of the Great Flu and the tail end of WWI, and seasoned nurse Julia Power finds herself in charge of her Dublin maternity ward, where each patient has the Flu. Over the course of three fraught days, she helps three women deliver with the help of new volunteer Bridie and revolutionary Dr. Lynn, two women destined to change her entire life. It’s always a big deal when Donoghue publishes a new book, and this is no exception. It’s a beautiful, often challenging slice of life in pandemic times that sometimes uncomfortably mirrors what we’re experiencing today.

Content warning: this novel contains child loss and detailed descriptions of medical procedures.

 Try it if you liked: My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira.

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Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for space ship captain Nia, who lives for nothing more than her next paycheck. When a young boy unexpectedly enters her life, she finds new purpose in raising him and hiding his existence from the company that stands to make a fortune by exploiting a genetic anomaly that only he has. This is a beautifully written, accessible novel for readers who’d like to try science fiction but aren’t sure where to start.

Try it if you liked: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel or Light From Other Stars by Erika Swyler.

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