Here are a few of the super-special titles I've been tracking for you! Want something slightly off the beaten path? Maybe something you didn't even know you wanted? Read on!
The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware. New from the author of In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10. Described as atmospheric and twisty, The Lying Game is the story of four friends who became inseparable during their time together at a boarding school nestled near the cliffs of the English Channel. Together they play the lying game, lying to faculty and fellow students, a game disturbing enough that everyone avoided them, insulating them further. But their game had consequences, first their expulsion during their final year, and now, years later, the truth will finally out. Also available in Large Print.
The Painted Queen, by Elizabeth Peters & Joan Hess. When Elizabeth Peters (A River in the Sky, etc.) died in 2013, she left behind a mostly-finished manuscript as well as copious notes for the 20th in her much-beloved series featuring Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband. Joan Hess, a mystery writer in her own right (Deader Homes and Gardens, etc.) and a friend of Peters, agreed to complete the story, which features the duo chasing after a stolen bust of Queen Nefertiti even as Amelia dodges assassins. Fans will not be disappointed. Also available in Large Print.
The Lost Ones, by Sheena Kamal. This debut psychological thriller may be one of the big reads this summer: When Nora Watts is notified that her daughter is missing, she's immediately on the hunt. Only, Nora gave her daughter up for adoption 15 years earlier, and the adoptive parents are contacting Nora as a last resort. Nora herself has a brutal past that she is still struggling to overcome, but she knows that she may be the only one who can save young Bonnie. Readers who have been missing Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander may just fall for Kamal's damaged heroine.