Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Iron age Britain is the setting for this tale of love and loss, faith and betrayal, life and death overlaid with the brooding presence of Druidic belief and sacrifice. Vivid portrayals of everyday life and inner religious conflict make this a compelling read.

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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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