Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For February, we’re looking at a new short story collection from a classic author, a lighthearted romantic romp around the world, a tale of WWII-era espionage, and historical fiction set on a wagon train.
Ray Bradbury’s Killer, Come Back To Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury (2020)
This never-before-published collection of twenty short stories features some of Ray Bradbury’s earliest and most obscure work. The stories are all either crime or mystery-focused, but the characters aren’t just the run-of-the-mill private investigators you might expect from the pulpy cover. This collection’s got circus performers, time travelers, robots, and more.
Recommended for fans of Ray Bradbury, crime fiction, and/or short stories.
Jenn McKinlay’s Paris is Always a Good Idea (2020)
Chelsea is having something of a quarter-life crisis, prompted by her widowed father’s decision to remarry, though this crisis has long been building. A chronic workaholic who is still mourning her late mother, Chelsea decides to retrace the trip she took to Europe as a carefree teenager. That means stops in Ireland, France, and Italy. She also hopes to reunite with the three European men she fell in love with during that trip, but nothing goes quite according to plan.
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Abby Jimenez and Lauren Weiner.
Larry Loftis’s Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy (2019)
Odette Sansom may or may not be a name you recognize, but you likely won’t forget it after reading this compelling biography. The French-born Sansom joined Britain’s SOE in 1942 and entered France behind enemy lines as a spy. Along the way, she fell in love with her commanding officer and engaged in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with a notorious German spy-hunter.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Sonia Purnell’s A Woman of No Importance.
Amy Harmon’s Where The Lost Wander (2020)*
The audiobook I’m featuring for this month is a blend of romance, historical fiction, and literary fiction. In the early 1850s, a young widow named Naomi travels on the Oregon Trail with her family. Along the way, she meets John, a half-Pawnee man, with whom she feels an instant connection. But will the difficult trip, their respective backgrounds, and a terrible tragedy conspire to keep them apart?
Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Christina Baker Kline, Lisa Wingate, and Kristin Harmel.
*Also in the system as a book.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information on any of these items or to place them on hold.