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MYSTERY / THRILLER
Apollo’s Murders by Chris Hadfield
Full of fascinating technical details that fans of The Martian loved, and that recall the claustrophobia, twists and thrilling tension of The Red October Hunt, The Apollo Murders is a high-stakes thriller like no other. Chris Hadfield captures the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of space, and the fear of hanging on the outside of a spacecraft orbiting Earth at 17,000 miles per hour as the the only one to have experienced all of these things in real life. can.
The madness of the crowds by Louise Penny
While residents of the Quebec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, the Chief Inspector sees his family vacation interrupted by a simple request. He was asked to provide security for a conference at the nearby university. Gamache begins to investigate Professor Abigail Robinson and discovers a program so disgusting that he begs the university to cancel the lecture. They refuse, citing academic freedom, and accuse Gamache of censorship and intellectual cowardice. In no time, Professor Robinson’s opinions begin to creep into conversations, so that the truth and the facts, the reality and the delusion are so muddled that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart. Discussions become debates, debates become arguments, which turn into fights. As the camps are declared, madness sets in.
A line to kill by Anthony Horowitz
When ex-Detective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz, are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find himself in the middle of a murder investigation … or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky and haunted past. Both a brilliant satire on the world of books and writers and an immensely enjoyable closed-room mystery, A Line to Kill is a triumph – an enigma of a story full of brilliant management errors, beautifully exposed clues, and devilishly intelligent outcomes.
The list of judges by John Grisham
Investigator Lacy Stoltz follows the trail of a serial killer and gets close to a shocking suspect, a sitting judge. Suspicion is easy enough, but proof seems impossible. The man is brilliant, patient and always ahead of the police. He’s the most cunning of all serial killers. He knows forensic medicine, police procedure and most importantly: he knows the law. He has a list, with the names of his victims and targets, all of unsuspecting people unlucky enough to have crossed his path and harmed him in one way or another. How can Lacy go after him, without becoming the next name on his list?
The velvet was the night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
From Todd: âCigarette smoke winds through every scene in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new detective story. Elvis and Maite, the rock’n roll and comic book-loving twin protagonists, must follow a missing woman in Mexico City in the 1970s before all the bad people find her first. While the dark plot finally caught my eye, it was the unlucky characters of Moreno-Garcia who grabbed me from the start and never let go until the very end.
The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery by Richard Osman
An unexpected visitor arrives accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from bad men. Then the first body is found. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron and Ibrahim confront a ruthless murderer who would not hesitate to put down four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? What if they also find the diamonds? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club. Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of The Thursday Murder Club The series is just as smart and warm as the first – timeless reading pleasure and bursting with laughter.
SCIENCE-FICTION / FANTASY / HORROR
Under the whispering door by TJ Klune
When a Reaper comes to pick up Wallace at his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect that he might be dead. And when Hugo, the owner of a particular tea shop, promises to help him cross, Wallace decides he’s definitely dead. But even in death, he’s not ready to give up the life he’s barely lived, so when Wallace is given a week to go through, he sets out to live a life in seven days. Hilarious, bewitching and kind, Under the whispering door is an uplifting story about a life spent in the office and a death spent building a house.
Vampire empire by Jay Kristoff
It has been 27 years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have fought the war against humanity. Gabriel de LeÃ³n is a silver saint: member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to the defense of the kingdom and the church against vampires. But even the Silver Order couldn’t stem the tide after daylight failed us, and now only Gabriel remains. Imprisoned by the monsters he has sworn to destroy, the last silver saint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of lost faith and friendships won, wars of blood and the Eternal King and the quest for humanity’s last hope: the Holy Grail.
History of Olympus: Volume 1 by Rachel Smythe
Persephone, the young goddess of spring, is new to Olympus. Her mother, Demeter, raised her in the realm of mortals, but after Persephone promises to train as a holy virgin, she is allowed to live in the glamorous and rapidly changing world of the gods. When Artemis takes her to a party, her entire life changes: she ends up meeting Hades and feels an immediate spark with the charming but misunderstood ruler of the Underworld. Now she must navigate the politics and confusing relationships that rule Olympus, while discovering her own place – and her own power.
The last graduate by Naomi Novik
âOur beloved school does its best to devour all of its students, but now that I have reached my senior year and have actually gained a handful of allies for myself, it has suddenly developed a very special envy for me. . And although somehow I make it through the endless waves of hex that he keeps throwing at me between grueling duties, I have no idea how my allies and I are going to make it through. living graduation room. With insight and biting humor, Novik reminds us that sometimes it’s not enough to rewrite the rules, sometimes you have to throw out the whole rulebook.
The death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
Emma says: “A mixture of The Haunting of Hill House and Rebecca, this book is both a gothic love story, a guide to ritual magic, and an obsession of the most puzzling variety. Once I entered the story, I couldn’t let go. There’s a lonely, crumbling mansion, metaphysics, and an author who refuses to give you flat ground on which to stabilize while reading. I loved the vestiges of ancient literature in the setting and the pressing feeling that remained with me long after the last sentence. If you are a fan of the macabre, there is no better book to read. “
The last house on the useless street by Catriona Ward
In a boarded up house in a cul-de-sac on the edge of Washington’s wild woods lives a family of three. A teenage girl who is not allowed to go out, not after the last time. A man drinking alone in front of his TV, trying to ignore the gaps in his memory. And a domestic cat who likes to take a nap and read the Bible. An unspeakable secret binds them together, but when a new neighbor moves in next door, what is buried among the birches can come back to haunt them all.
Call us what we wear: poems by Amanda Gorman
Presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s collection of luminous poetry captures a sinking moment in time and transforms it into words of hope and healing. In Call us what we transport, Gorman explores history, language, identity and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, these poems highlight a moment of judgment and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.
Hope this finds you well: poems by Kate Baer
The author of the New York Times # 1 bestseller What kind of woman returns with a collection of erasable poems created from notes she received from followers, supporters and detractors – an art form that reclaims the vitriol of online trolls and inspires readers to transform what is ugly or painful in their own life into something beautiful.
You better be lightning by Andrea Gibson
You better be lightning is a queer, political and feminist collection guided by self-reflection. The poems range from an in-depth examination of the deeply personal to the vastness of the world, exploring the breadth of the human experience from love to disease, from space to climate change, and much more. One of the most famous poets and performers of the past two decades, the honesty and vulnerability of Andrea Gibson is fully on display in You better be lightning, welcoming and inviting readers to be who they are.
Winter recipes from the collective: Poems by Louise Gluck
Winter recipes from the Collective is chamber music, an invitation into this privileged realm small enough for the individual instrument to be heard, mournful, its line sustained, carried, then taken up by the next instrument, fiery, animoso, while being large enough to contain a lifetime, the inconceivable gifts and losses of old age, little princesses rattling in the back of a car, an abandoned passport, the ingredients for an invigorating winter sandwich, the death of a sister, the joyful presence of the sun, its luminosity measured by the darkness it projects.
Stones: poems by Kevin Young
Whether it’s a Louisiana summer’s fireflies caught in a mason jar (condemned by their collection), or her grandmother, Mama Annie, who locks the screen door when someone comes out of the space. ‘for a moment all of this constitutes our faltering and precarious joy, everything we want to protect is brought to light in this moving book. Rocks becomes an ode to the places of origin of Young and his departed loved ones, and to what poetry can save from us.
Such a color: new and selected poems by Tracy K. Smith
Such a color brings together the best poems from Smith’s award-winning books and culminates in thirty pages of brilliant and scathing new poems. These new works confront racism and the historical and contemporary injustices of America, while also rising to the registers of ecstatic, ecstatic and sacred, inciting us to love as resistance to everything. that hinders it. This magnificent retrospective affirms Smith’s place as one of the most valuable poets of the 21st century.