First Frost by Craig Johnson

A return to Walt and Henry’s youth shows the veteran reader of the Longmire series how and why they came to be the men they are. Younger, perhaps less wise but still with all the traits that have made them favorites, this story will fully satisfy any reader of the author’s works.
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The Throne by Franco Bernini

Filling in the blanks about one of the most famous figures of history, the story of how Machiavelli came to write his famous work “The Prince” will keep any reader of historical fiction, or fiction in general riveted throughout.
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To Die in June by Alan Parks

Fifth in a series of Tartan Noir mysteries, the estimable Harry McCoy once again walks a fine line between law and order and the forces of crime. A flawed but lovable character, his exploits will surely entertain.
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Daughters of Shandong by Eve J. Chang

The plight of women after the communist takeover of China is the subject of this engaging story, based on the life of the author’s grandmother. The historic second-class status of women was not erased entirely by the social, cultural and political upheaval of Mao’s ascendancy.
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Wild and Distant Seas by Tara Karr Roberts

Ishmael, he of Moby Dick notability, is the impetus for this far-ranging and entertaining novel of three women who seek his whereabouts and answers to their questions about his abandonment of them. Well-written and continuously engaging.
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The Fury by Alex Michaelides

A truly engaging tale with echoes of Agatha Christie will keep the reader’s attention riveted throughout this thriller/mystery with a magnificent twist at the end. As it should be.
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One Hour of Fervor by Muriel Barbery

The completion of a story left untold in the author’s book A Single Rose, this loving tribute to Japanese culture is an enlightening experience for westerners. Beautifully told and exquisitely translated, it is a profoundly pleasurable read.
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You Dreamed of Empires by Álvaro Enrigue

A wildly imaginative tale of the clash between the Spanish, as represented by Cortes and the American natives, led by Moctezuma. Bloody and violent, this depiction of a tragic historic encounter is enlightening, if grim.
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