People of the Book: A Novel – by Geraldine Brooks; a fictionalized account of the Sarajevo Haggadah and the people who protected this early Jewish illuminated manuscript. The modern tale is of scientific research by a restoration expert and include romance, mystery and philosophy along with the history.
HIDDEN MICKEY: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! (Hidden Mickey, volume 1) – by Nancy Temple Rodrique; an action-adventure mystery series about friends who accidentally find the long lost diary of Walt Disney which includes clues to a hidden treasure in Disneyland.
Execution Dock: A Novel – by Anne Perry; the 16th historical mystery featuring ex-police inspector William Monk and his wife Hester in 1860’s Victorian London. Looks like this one has even more courtroom tension than some of the others in this series.
Room: A Novel – by Emma Donoghue; outside of my usual sphere but recommended, this is written from the POV of a 5-year-old boy who has only known a life in a single room with his beloved mother, who is in fact a captive of the bad guy.
The Emporer of All Maladies – by Siddhartha Mukherjee; a history of cancer, its origins, treatments, and research by a compassionate oncologist who includes his own experiences.
Finding Nouf: A Novel – by Zoe Ferraris; a contemporary mystery set in Saudi Arabia and dealing with family relations and social customs.
The House by the Dvina – by Eugenie Fraser; an autobiography of the author’s family, Russian and Scottish, and how the events of the early 20th century affected them.
The Hangman’s Daughter – by Oliver Potzch (Author), Lee Chadeayne (Translater); historical novel set in 17th-century Bavaria about a suspected cult of witches in a small town.
Bloodmaiden – by Christine Schulze; fantasy with humans and dragons living in the same world, a misfit group trying to save their world, and music as magic.
Song of the Silk Road – by Mingmei Yip; contemporary novel of a Chinese-American woman who must fulfill a quest by a long-lost aunt by traveling on the Silk Road.
A Discovery of Witches: A Novel – by Deborah Harkness; in a contemporary world where supernatural creatures and humans live together, an academic witch at Oxford finds an important ancient document and needs the help of a handsome vampire.
Lady Macbeth: A Novel – by Susan Fraser King; 11th-century Scotland and the story of the Celtic woman Gruadh, later Lady Macbeth.
The Map of Time – by Felix J. Palma; from the product description: “A page turner in which a skeptical H.G. Wells in called upon to investigate purported incidents of time-travel and save lives.”
Where Serpents Sleep: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery – by C.S. Harris; the fourth volume in the Regency-era gentleman investigator’s adventures.
A Crack in the Lens: A “Holmes on the Range” Mystery – by Steve Hockensmith; also the fourth in a series, one of my favs, with the cowpoke Armlingmeyer brothers in 1893, this time in Texas.
The Sword – by Bryan M. Litfin; post-apocolyptic world has started over with no knowledge of the previous civilizations, until a young man discovers an old bible.
Requested for the Kindle:
A Snowflake in My Hand by Samantha Mooney; about working with terminally ill cats in a veterinary clinic and their unconditional love.
Eon – by Alison Goodman; YA fantasy with a strong female protagonist and dragons.
© Jan McClintock of We Need More Shelves