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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

If you had the chance to re-live your life by making pivotal choices differently, would you? And would you be any happier? This look at what we do to create our lives for ourselves is sensitive and affecting.

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Cuyahoga by Pete Beatty

An American mythological tale along the lines of Paul Bunyan or Pecos Bill, this wild story of early Ohio life is peppered with politics, drinking, romance, fighting, bizarre characters and a cartload of humor.READ MORE

Snow by John Banville

The Irish countryside in winter, a murdered priest in the library, immoral goings on everywhere and a self-doubting detective make this an intriguing and engaging murder mystery with a unique flavor.

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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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Jeeves and the Leap of Faith by Ben Schott

A more than worthy successor to the legendary P.G. Wodehouse, Schott has captured in every respect the perfect Jeevesian world. Funny in ways we have mostly forgotten, this is pure delight in printed form.

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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