Suspense & Mystery Are Lurking

These November releases bring famous spies, little known detectives and an archeological dig.

1. Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn

In early spring, detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, a beautiful and popular camping spot near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. However, ice is still on the lake and snow hides the landscape.

Gemma meets three of the four friends who have been camping there. The fourth friend, Sari Chesney, disappeared overnight. An assistant curator at the local museum, Sari has been working for months on a gala the museum is hosting that night. She would never intentionally miss the event.

Gemma discovers this supposedly tight group of friends might not be what they seem. More than one person isn’t being truthful and that the picturesque Lost Lake might be covering up terrible secrets.

This is the third novel in the Gemma Monroe series.

“Readers who enjoy a steadfast cop who also has a caring side will find Littlejohn’s latest an inviting read. The mysteries involved, one of which hints at the supernatural, are satisfying and wrapped up in a way that readers won’t see coming. Recommend to fans of Louise Penny‘s Inspector Gamache novels.” —Booklist

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2. Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz

“Bestseller Horowitz boldly creates an origin story for 007 in his entertaining second James Bond pastiche (after 2015’s Trigger Mortis), a prequel to Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale (1953). The arresting opening sentence, ‘So, 007 is dead,’ refers to Bond’s predecessor, whose body was found floating in the water off Marseilles, where he was investigating the activities of the Corsican underworld. M dispatches Bond, newly recruited to the Double-O section, to the South of France to track down the agent’s killer. In his last radio transmission, the first 007 mentioned Sixtine, a mysterious independent operative, whom Bond makes a point of meeting at a casino. Sixtine leads him to Corsican mobster Jean-Paul Scipio, a classic Bond villain who’s so obese that he can ‘pulverize his enemies using his own weight.’ A fine storyteller, Horowitz employs all the tropes fans know and love (including an elegant explanation for the famous martini mandate, ‘shaken, not stirred’), but he also delivers a conclusion whose moral complexity will surprise anyone expecting an ending more in line with Fleming’s own. Bond aficionados will be well satisfied.”-Publishers Weekly

“This explosive adventure … marks him (Horowitz) as fully worthy to carry on the Bond tradition. Fleming would be pleased.”—Booklist (starred review)

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3. Dead Sea Rising by Jerry B. Jenkins

Follow Nicole Berman, an archaeologist on her first dig in Jordan. Nicole believes she’s discovered evidence of something that could change history books.

Injured after a cave-in, Nicole wakes up in a Saudi clinic believing she’s seen new evidence about Abraham and his sons Isaac and Ishmael. As she seeks to discover the truth and put together the pieces of an ancient puzzle, someone is determined to stop her.

“Jumping back and forth in time at a breakneck pace, Dead Sea Rising is a thriller as only Jerry B. Jenkins can tell it. Biblical history combines with gripping contemporary mystery. Just be aware—you’ll be hooked.”
James Scott Bell, International Thriller Writers Award Winner

“Jerry Jenkins’ dialogue is equal to the best of Nelson DeMille, his storylines equal to the best of John Grisham. And now Dead Sea Rising . . . this book may be Jerry’s best.”—Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer

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4. Ways to Hide in Winter by Sarah St. Vincent

Kathleen has retreated to a secluded campground lodge, flipping burgers for hunters and hikers, in a state park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Pennsylvania. At 27 she’s still mentally recovering from an accident that made her a widow at 22.

She meets a mysterious stranger who says he’s a student from Uzbekistan. Kathleen’s drawn to him and his stories that make her think about rejoining the wider world. He definitely has a secret and he may be hiding from something terrible. Although Kathleen has secrets of her own.

Ways to Hide in Winter is a taut, ferocious debut. Sarah St. Vincent is the new master teller of the tale of ‘our ordinary monsters.’” Kyle Minor, author of Praying Drunk

“The author’s background as a human rights attorney and advocate for victims of domestic violence serves her well as she makes subtle connections between socio-economic powerlessness and male rage… Sensitive prose conveys both compassion and outrage in this impressive debut.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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 5. Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

Recently transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochira Kaga is investigating the murder of a woman in the Nihonbashi area of the city. As he dives further into the investigation many possible suspects emerge. It seems that most of the people living and working in the business district have a motive to commit the crime.

If he wants to find the murderer, Kaga must dig into the life of the victim; her past, her family history and the last days of her complicated life.

“Part Sherlock Holmes, part Harry Bosch, Higashino’s hero is a quietly majestic force to be reckoned with.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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Jennifer Jones

I’m the library’s fiction selector and I’ve been suggesting new books to library and bookmobile customers for over 17 years. I keep up on all the new book reviews, and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love to talk about books and to read books. I like to tell library customers, “Try something new. If you don’t like it, at least the price is right!”