"It's 1965, and Frances is at a country fair with her friends when she ducks into a fortune teller's tent and is given a fortune that predicts her murder. She then becomes obsessed with figuring out who will murder her. Many years later, when she sends for her great-niece, she starts a race against time for her murder to be solved. This novel is original, witty, and a real page-turner."
Linda Quinn, LibraryReads Ambassador
NoveList read-alike: One Puzzling Afternoon by Emily Critchley
The Other Side of Disappearing by Kate Clayborn"Four lives collide: two sisters whose mother deserted them 10 years ago to run off with a con man, a podcaster working on the case, and a journalist with a mission. The mystery -- where did their mom go? -- meshes neatly with the group's clashing goals as they follow the woman's trail across the country. This beautifully written novel is a thoughtful look at the many faces of love."
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, NY
NoveList read-alike: Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
James: A Novel by Percival Everett"In this superb counterpoint to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we get the point of view of the enslaved character Jim. Through Jim's eyes, readers experience many of the familiar events from Twain's novel. However, this narrative reveals more details and realities of the horrible state of slavery. With added storylines of Jim’s humor and family dedication, this book stands out as an illuminating addition to the American classic."
MarySue Waterman, Westport Library, CT
NoveList read-alike: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
The Mystery Writer: A Novel by Sulari Gentill"This intriguing mystery delves into the world of book publishing. Theo is an aspiring author who meets one of her childhood idols, Dan. As they grow closer, Dan is murdered and Theo becomes embroiled in scandal and conspiracies as she tries to solve his murder and outrun those who mean her harm -- before she or someone she loves is next. This novel has a million twists that will keep readers guessing until the last page."
Lauren Maxwell, Geneva Public Library District, IL
NoveList read-alike: Under Lock and Skeleton Key by Gigi Pandian
Everyone Is Watching by Heather Gudenkauf"Five people are brought together to be game show contestants with a prize of ten million dollars. They are to live in tense isolation as the show is broadcast to the world and secrets begin to be revealed amongst them. The show won't end until their secrets are all uncovered. This is a delicious book to be devoured in one binge reading session."
Beth Emmerling, Enoch Pratt Free Library, MD
NoveList read-alike: The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell
The Great Divide: A Novel by Cristina Henríquez"Set during the construction of the Panama Canal, this novel captures the lives of the people in the canal's orbit: locals, laborers, and a doctor studying mosquito-borne illnesses. An atmospheric and compelling novel filled with characters that leap off the page and into readers’ hearts."
Rachel Rooney, Mid-Continent Public Library, MO
NoveList read-alike: How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang
Bye, Baby: A Novel by Carola Lovering"Longing to reconnect with her best friend, Billie West stalks her on Instagram, and in one desperate moment takes her friends' infant baby, only to return her a few hours later, anonymously. Can she reconstruct her life and live with the consequences of her rash decision, or has she destroyed everything that was good in her life?"
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, NJ
NoveList read-alike: The Perfect Ones by Nicole Hackett
Happily Never After by Lynn Painter"Sophie Steinbeck finds out that her fiancé has cheated on her and wants to end the wedding. She hires a Professional Objector, Max, whose whole purpose is to show up and yell "I object!" When Sophie joins his team, they realize they are attracted to one another. What a funny, sweet, and hot rom-com! Definite stars for Sophie's elderly roommates!"
Joy K., Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
NoveList read-alike: Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma
Swift and Saddled: A Rebel Blue Ranch Novel by Lyla Sage"The second book in the Rebel Blue Ranch series is a swoony and sweet small-town romance. Readers who like found family, emotionally intelligent couples, and just overall cuteness will look forward to more in this quick-read cowboy romance."
Yentl Diego, Smith Public Library, TX
NoveList read-alike: The Cowboy Whisperer by Sabrina Sol
Listen for the Lie by Amy Tintera"Lucy murdered her best friend, Savvy -- at least, that's what her small town believes. When a podcaster comes along searching for the truth, Lucy finally confronts the past. A cast of morally corrupt characters lead readers on a wild goose chase to solve the murder and the mystery of Lucy’s missing memories."
Andrea Galvin, Mt. Pulaski Public Library, IL
NoveList read-alike: All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers
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