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DETAILS Title: THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME Author: Nafiza Azad Publisher: Scholastic Press ISBN: 9781338306040 Genre: YA Fantasy BACK COVER BLURB Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the …

DETAILS Title: THE WOO-WOO Author: Lindsay Wong Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press ISBN: 9781551527369 Genre: Biography | Non-fiction BACK COVER BLURB Lindsay Wong grew up with a paranoid schizophrenic grandmother and a mother who was deeply afraid of the “woo-woo”–Chinese ghosts who come to visit in times of personal turmoil. From a young age, she witnessed …

DETAILS Title: SALT TO THE SEA Author: Ruta Sepetys Publisher: Philomel Books ISBN: 9780399160301 Genre: Historical YA | WWII BACK COVER BLURB World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and …

DETAILS Title: THE DARK LAKE Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher: Grand Central Publishing ISBN: 9781538759929 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB The lead homicide investigator in a rural town, Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is deeply unnerved when a high school classmate is found strangled, her body floating in a lake. And not just any classmate, …

DETAILS Title: Forty Words For Sorrow [John Cardinal #1] Author: Giles Blunt Publisher: Vintage Canada ISBN: 9780735273542 Genre: Police Procedural | Mystery BACK COVER BLURB When four teenagers go missing in the small northern town of Algonquin Bay, the extensive police investigation comes up empty. Everyone is ready to give up except Detective John Cardinal, …

DETAILS Title: SHELL GAME [#19] Author: Sara Paretsky Publisher: William Morrow ISBN: 9780062868237 Genre: Mystery | Detective BACK COVER BLURB When V. I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel’s nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops …

DETAILS Title: THE INCENDIUM PLOT Author: A.D. Swanston Publisher: Corgi ISBN: 9780552172387 Genre: Historical Fiction BACK COVER BLURB Summer, 1572 and England is vulnerable. Fear of plague and insurrection taint the air, and heresy, fanaticism and religious unrest seethe beneath the surface of society. Rumour and mistrust lead to imprisonment, torture and sometimes murder. To …

DETAILS Title: BLACKLIGHT BLUE Author: Peter May Publisher: Quercus Books ISBN: 9781681443591 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACKCOVER BLURB Former forensics expert and current Toulouse professor Enzo Macleod is forced to take a break from his personal and professional pursuits when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Worse, though, it seems he has become the …

DETAILS Title: THE LOST MAN Author: Jane Harper Publisher: Flatiron Books ISBN: 9781250229106 Genre: Mystery | Suspense BACK COVER BLURB Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart. …

DETAILS Title: SCYTHE Author: Neal Shusterman Publisher: Simon & Schuster ISBN: 9781442472433 Genre: SF | YA BACK COVER BLURB Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they …