The Fleur-de-sel Murders by Jean-Luc Bannalec: Old salt farmers always say the violet scent of the Fleur de Sel at harvest on the salt marshes of the Guérande Peninsula can cause hallucinations. Commissaire Dupin also starts to believe this when he’s attacked out of the blue in the salt works.
The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy: Trace Riley has been self-appointed guardian of the trail ever since his own wagon was attacked. When he finds the ruins of a wagon train, he offers shelter to survivor Deborah Harkness and the children she saved. Trace and Deborah grow close working to bring justice to the trail, but what will happen when the attackers return to silence the only witness?
Varina by Charles Frazier: Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history.
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall: Mike Hayes has dedicated his life to making Verity (aka V) happy. It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t been returning his e-mails or phone calls. It doesn’t matter that she says she’s marrying Angus. It’s all just part of the secret game they used to play. If Mike watches V closely, he’ll see the signs. If he keeps track of every move, he’ll know just when to come to her rescue.
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz: A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she’s arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common?
The Outsider by Stephen King: An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. But Maitland has an alibi, and it turns out his story has incontrovertible evidence of its own. How can two opposing stories be true?
To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury: Since high school, Brady Bradshaw has lived alone. He likes it that way. Besides, he’s hardly ever home. When he isn’t fighting fires in Oklahoma City, he is volunteering throughout his community. It’s what he lives for. That and one other thing. He hopes that someday, somehow, he might find a girl he hasn’t seen in more than a decade. A girl named Jenna.
The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz: Jane Hawk tracks the powerful DOJ operative at the center of the murderous conspiracy that killed her husband, a decorated Marine, and now threatens others closest to her.
Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black: Aimée Leduc is accosted by Suzanne Lesage, a Brigade Criminelle agent on a counterterrorism squad. Back in Paris, Suzanne is convinced she’s being stalked by a ghost, a Serbian warlord her team took down. She begs Aimée to investigate: is it possible Mirko Vladić could be alive and in Paris with a blood vendetta? It seems that Suzanne is in fact paranoid, perhaps losing her mind, until Suzanne’s team begins to die in a series of strange, tragic accidents.