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The Book of Lamps and Banners by Elizabeth Hand

A dark, punk-culture kind of thriller with plenty of sinister characters and flawed protagonists who are fighting their own personal demons propel this fast-moving story of drugs, music, photography and death. Not to mention the mind-altering potential of an ancient tome with mysterious embedded codes that can alter the mind.

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Crossings by Alex Landagrin

Complex, strange and eerie tale of a supernatural process whereby souls can exchange (or be made to exchange) bodies, minds and personalities. Sinister and fascinating, it’s for readers of mysteries, thrillers and historical fiction, who will find it delightful and rewarding.

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This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas

The most recent in a long line of Parisian murder mysteries always presented with a twist, the Adamsberg character is at his best here: quirky, instinctual, mercurial and enigmatic. A murder that initially seems to be a natural death by spider bite sends the sleuth and his team of eccentrics far and wide seeking the solution which plays out in typical fashion for this most unusual of detectives. Delightful.READ MORE

Next to the Last Stand by Craig Johnson

Once again the rangy, well-read and philosophical Walt Longmire is hunting down miscreants, this time the thieves of a fabulously valuable painting of Custer’s last stand. Using his intellect and considerable capacity for withstanding physical abuse, the big guy prevails, as we knew he would. Great fun and you might learn a thing or two (always) reading Craig Johnson.

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The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde

In a world where rabbits, foxes and weasels have gained near human status through an event no one understands, cultural differences are brought to a boil by factions dedicated to the eradication or preservation of the furry, long-eared creatures. This is classic Fforde, crazy and entertaining in equal measure.

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Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Circus-trained Willowjean Parker and erudite Brooklynite Lillian Pentecost become a team ferreting out murder most foul in the most entertaining way possible. A welcome addition to the mystery reader’s world that should not be missed.

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Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

A modern-day cozy with procedural underpinnings, this is bound to bring reading joy. A carnival of characters, each with their own charm populate this most enjoyable foray into English country murder.

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Four Lost Cities by Annalee Newitz

Why did people build the way they did? What were their daily lives like, how did it affect the structure of their communities and why did they leave? This is a careful look at domestic spaces, streets and gathering places and the remnants left by ordinary folk. It is enlightening and entertaining, two essential factors in nonfiction narrative.

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Tower of Fools by Andrzej Sapkowski

A complex and convoluted tale of 15th century politics, religion and spirituality with a vast complement of characters, enlivened by fighting, escape and flight and a pinch of romance. Entertaining and engaging.

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