It’s quite a blessing to fall in love with a prolific author. Not only do you get their extensive list of previous works to dive into, but you also get a wonderful annual treat to look forward to. If you want some new outstanding oeuvres to catch up on, I’ve got an exciting roundup of titles by beloved and prolific authors, including Stephen King, Lisa Jewell, and more. Plus, many of these authors have new books coming around the bend this fall! Now’s your chance to get caught up on all these writers’ works so that you can experience the sweet anticipation of a new release every year.
Stephen King is not only the author of multiple timeless novels, short stories, and horror classics; he has also written many books featuring the unforgettable detective character Holly Gibney. In HOLLY, coming out on September 5, King returns to this fan-favorite character as she encounters her most clever and diabolical adversaries yet. When young Bonnie Dahl goes missing, Holly is compelled by Bonnie’s mother to take the case. Meanwhile, down the street, in an idyllic home filled with books, live two seemingly harmless professors. But they have a secret in their basement—one they will use all their brilliance and ruthlessness to protect.
While you wait for HOLLY to come out in September, check out MR. MERCEDES for the first book featuring the beloved Holly.
Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.
“Sometimes the universe throws you a rope.” —BILL HODGES
Stephen King’s Holly marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney. Readers have witnessed Holly’s gradual transformation from a shy (but also brave and ethical) recluse in Mr. Mercedes to Bill Hodges’s partner in Finders Keepers to a full-fledged, smart, and occasionally tough private detective in The Outsider. In King’s new novel, Holly is on her own, and up against a pair of unimaginably depraved and brilliantly disguised adversaries.
When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her partner, Pete, has Covid. Her (very complicated) mother has just died. And Holly is meant to be on leave. But something in Penny Dahl’s desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down.
Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris. They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie’s disappearance. And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless.
Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outthink and outmaneuver the shockingly twisted professors in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.
“I could never let Holly Gibney go. She was supposed to be a walk-on character in Mr. Mercedes and she just kind of stole the book and stole my heart. Holly is all her.” —STEPHEN KING
In the kingdom of Talin, an annual fight to the death tournament is about to begin. Princess Calla, who has been in hiding since her parents’ massacre five years ago, is determined to win to kill her reclusive, double-crossing uncle. Meanwhile, aristocratic exile Anton is in debt for trying to keep his comatose lover alive. As Calla and Anton begin what will becoming an intense and passionate alliance, Calla must decide what she will do to win.
Author Chloe Gong is known for her popular YA series, especially THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, but she's breaking in the adult fantasy sphere with her newest release.
#1 New York Times bestselling YA author Chloe Gong’s adult epic fantasy debut, inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, is a fiery collision of power plays, spilled blood, and romance amidst a set of deadly games.
Every year, thousands in the kingdom of Talin will flock to its capital twin cities, San-Er, where the palace hosts a set of games. For those confident enough in their ability to jump between bodies, competitors across San-Er fight to the death to win unimaginable riches.
Princess Calla Tuoleimi lurks in hiding. Five years ago, a massacre killed her parents and left the palace of Er empty…and she was the one who did it. Before King Kasa’s forces in San can catch her, she plans to finish the job and bring down the monarchy. Her reclusive uncle always greets the victor of the games, so if she wins, she gets her opportunity at last to kill him.
Enter Anton Makusa, an exiled aristocrat. His childhood love has lain in a coma since they were both ousted from the palace, and he’s deep in debt trying to keep her alive. Thankfully, he’s one of the best jumpers in the kingdom, flitting from body to body at will. His last chance at saving her is entering the games and winning.
Calla finds both an unexpected alliance with Anton and help from King Kasa’s adopted son, August, who wants to mend Talin’s ills. But the three of them have very different goals, even as Calla and Anton’s partnership spirals into something all-consuming. Before the games close, Calla must decide what she’s playing for—her lover or her kingdom.
Janet Evanovich brings her patented expertise in the thriller genre to THE RECOVERY AGENT, an action-packed adventure that hits a little too close to home for recovery agent Gabriela Rose. Gabriela’s family home is set to be destroyed, unless they can quickly come up with a lot of money. Gabriela thinks the answer lies with an old family legend about a lost treasure. But to get the treasure from where it is hidden deep in the jungles of Peru, Gabriela will have to team up with her infuriating ex-husband, Rafer, and outsmart a vicious drug lord.
If the Gabriela Rose series leaves you wanting more (spoiler alert: it will!) and you've never picked up Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, now's the perfect time. You will be able to catch up and then dive right into the 30th book in the series, DIRTY THIRTY, publishing this fall!
“Prepare for twists, action, and one of the best books of the year” (Mystery and Suspense Magazine) with this new blockbuster series that blends wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired to seek lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.
Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Lima. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.
Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.
“A rollicking adventure and a great start to a new series” (Booklist, starred review), The Recovery Agent will have you clamoring for more and cheering for the unstoppable Gabriela Rose on every page.
On Memorial Day in 1958, the body of a local landowner is found in Jewel, Minnesota. War hero Sheriff Dern is on the case, even though the small-town rumor is that a Native American World War II vet is to blame. As tensions mount, Dern begins to learn that more seemingly innocent locals—a war widow and her son, the local newspaper’s publisher, and an ambitious female lawyer—may have their own secrets to hide. Like most of Willian Kent Kreuger’s novels, THE RIVER WE REMEMBER is an atmospheric American epic packaged as a slow-burn mystery, coming out this September 5.
Not only is William Kent Kreuger constantly releasing books in his bestselling Cork O'Connor Mystery series, he also releases a gorgeous standalone novel every so often. We are not worthy.
In 1958, a small Minnesota town is rocked by the murder of its most powerful citizen, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances in this dazzling standalone novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “expansive, atmospheric American saga” (Entertainment Weekly) This Tender Land.
On Memorial Day, as the people of Jewel, Minnesota gather to remember and honor the sacrifice of so many sons in the wars of the past, the half-clothed body of wealthy landowner Jimmy Quinn is found floating in the Alabaster River, dead from a shotgun blast. Investigation of the murder falls to Sheriff Brody Dern, a highly decorated war hero who still carries the physical and emotional scars from his military service. Even before Dern has the results of the autopsy, vicious rumors begin to circulate that the killer must be Noah Bluestone, a Native American WWII veteran who has recently returned to Jewel with a Japanese wife. As suspicions and accusations mount and the town teeters on the edge of more violence, Dern struggles not only to find the truth of Quinn’s murder but also put to rest the demons from his own past.
Caught up in the torrent of anger that sweeps through Jewel are a war widow and her adolescent son, the intrepid publisher of the local newspaper, an aging deputy, and a crusading female lawyer, all of whom struggle with their own tragic histories and harbor secrets that Quinn’s death threatens to expose.
Both a complex, spellbinding mystery and a masterful portrait of midcentury American life from an author of novels “as big-hearted as they come” (Parade), The River We Remember is an unflinching look at the wounds left by the wars we fight abroad and at home, a moving exploration of the ways in which we seek to heal, and a testament to the enduring power of the stories we tell about the places we call home.
In 1939 Paris, two young mothers, Elise and Juliette, become best friends. When Elise must flee from the German occupation, she leaves her daughter with Juliette for safekeeping. At first, Elise’s daughter seems safe living with Juliette and Juliette’s daughter in their quaint Parisian bookshop. That is, until a bomb destroys all Juliette holds dear. Years later, when Elise returns to find the shop in rubble and Juliette gone, Elise embarks on a journey to uncover what happened. Like Harmel’s other bestsellers, THE PARIS DAUGHTER is a heart-wrenching historical drama with strong women at its center.
Every historical fiction release from Kristin Harmel is brilliant and one of the most-talked about books of the season. If you're new to her list, you've got an exciting world of fiction to dive into!
From the bestselling author of the “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” (People) The Book of Lost Names comes a gripping historical novel about two mothers who must make unthinkable choices in the face of the Nazi occupation.
Paris, 1939: Young mothers Elise and Juliette become fast friends the day they meet in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne. Though there is a shadow of war creeping across Europe, neither woman suspects that their lives are about to irrevocably change.
When Elise becomes a target of the German occupation, she entrusts Juliette with the most precious thing in her life—her young daughter, playmate to Juliette’s own little girl. But nowhere is safe in war, not even a quiet little bookshop like Juliette’s Librairie des Rêves, and, when a bomb falls on their neighborhood, Juliette’s world is destroyed along with it.
More than a year later, with the war finally ending, Elise returns to reunite with her daughter, only to find her friend’s bookstore reduced to rubble. Surviving neighbors tell her that Juliette and a little girl survived. But which little girl—and what happened in the bookstore’s final moments? Juliette has seemingly vanished without a trace, taking all the answers with her. Elise’s desperate quest to find out what happened to her daughter ultimately leads her to New York—and to Juliette—one final, fateful time.
An “exquisite and gut-wrenching novel” (Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author) you won’t soon forget, The Paris Daughter is also a sweeping celebration of resilience, motherhood, and love.
With Percival Everett’s trademark wit and mischief, DR. NO follows Wala Kitu, a professor and an expert in “nothing.” In him, aspiring Bond villain John Sill—who plans to break into Fort Knox for a box of nothing—finds a perfect partner. As the professor teams up with a brilliant but brainwashed henchwoman to accomplish the task, he discovers that Sill’s villainy was inspired by the very real circumstances surrounding the death of Martin Luther King Jr. What is the appropriate response, Kitu wonders, to a country that has taken everything and given nothing back?
Percival Everett's books hold enough thought-provoking ideas that you'll stay engaged with the text even after the last page, and up until the next book comes out. Start now!
In NONE OF THIS IS TRUE, popular true crime podcaster Alix Summer meets seemingly innocuous Josie Fair at a bar. After they hit it off, Alix runs into Josie later outside her children’s school, where Josie reveals she would be a good subject for Alix’s podcast. As Alix falls down the rabbit hole of Josie’s life, she uncovers dark secrets and realizes that Josie might already have embedded herself too far into her own life to be forgotten.
Lisa Jewell’s domestic thrillers, with their fast-paced plots and twisty narratives, have long been fan favorites and her newest book is coming out in just a few weeks!
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author known for her “superb pacing, twisted characters, and captivating prose” (BuzzFeed), Lisa Jewell returns with a scintillating new psychological thriller about a woman who finds herself the subject of her own popular true crime podcast.
Celebrating her forty-fifth birthday at her local pub, popular podcaster Alix Summer crosses paths with an unassuming woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her forty-fifth birthday. They are, in fact, birthday twins.
A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again, this time outside Alix’s children’s school. Josie has been listening to Alix’s podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series. She is, she tells Alix, on the cusp of great changes in her life.
Josie’s life appears to be strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can’t quite resist the temptation to keep making the podcast. Slowly she starts to realize that Josie has been hiding some very dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix’s life—and into her home.
But, as quickly as she arrived, Josie disappears. Only then does Alix discover that Josie has left a terrible and terrifying legacy in her wake, and that Alix has become the subject of her own true crime podcast, with her life and her family’s lives under mortal threat.
Who is Josie Fair? And what has she done?
BABEL, set in 1828, follows orphaned Chinese boy Robin Swift as he is raised by a mysterious professor in London and trains to attend Oxford’s Royal Institute of Translation, known as Babel. There, he gives working at the world center of translation—and magic—a chance, serving the Empire’s colonization attempts. But when Britain begins an unjust war against China over opium and magicked silver, Robin will have to decide where his loyalties really lie.
R. F. Kuang’s propulsive and darkly humorous YELLOWFACE has been topping book lists this summer, and she also has many razor-sharp and immersive fantasy novels in her ouvre. I can't wait to see what she does next!
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