New and Recommended Fiction for February
Finding Camlann (FICTION) -- An intellectual and emotional journey of myriad pleasures, Finding Camlann is at its heart a love story—not only of romantic love but also the love between parents and grown children; the intense feelings of professors and students; the love of language, place, and home; and the thrill of scholarly research and detective work. Throughout, Sean Pidgeon’s lyrical prose brings together history, myth, and dream, sweeping the reader into the mysteries of the past and the pure delight of storytelling.
A memory of light (FANTASY FICTION) -- In the field of Merrilor the rulers of the nations gather to join behind Rand al'Thor, or to stop his plan to break the seals on the Dark One's prison -- which may be a sign of his madness, or the last hope of humankind. All humanity is in peril -- and the outcome will be decided in Shayol Ghul itself. The Wheel is turning, adn theAge is coming to its end. The Last Battle will determine the fate of the world.
The beggar king : a hangman's daughter tale (MYSTERY FICTION) -- The year is 1662. Alpine village hangman Jakob Kuisl receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. Arrested and framed for the murder, Kuisl faces first-hand the torture hes administered himself for years. Jakob's daughter, Magdalena, and a young medicus named Simon hasten to his aid. With the help of an underground network of beggars, a beer-brewing monk, and an Italian playboy, they discover that behind the false accusation is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
The painted girls (FICTION) -- In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.
Vanity fare : a novel of lattes, literature, and love (FICTION) -- When her husband leaves her for a younger, blonder woman, overwhelmed single mother Molly Hagan takes a copywriting position at a new bakery where she, after meeting a sexy British pastry chef, just might get her own "happily ever after."
Star Wars. Scoundrels (SCIENCE FICTION) -- Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.
The typewriter girl (FICTION) -- A historical debut novel about a young woman in turn-of-the-century England who finds love and independence at a seashore resort. As Betsy and Mr. Jones grow closer, she begins to dream that she might finally have found her place in the world--but when her past returns to haunt her, she must fight for everything she's worked for.
Semper fidelis : a novel of the Roman Empire (MYSTERY FICTION) -- Resuming his medical duties in the Twentieth legion in Roman-occupied Britain, Gaius Petreius Ruso investigates an outbreak of mysterious injuries and deaths and discovers possible links to the revered Centurion Geminus and the long-awaited Emperor Hadrian.
Unusual uses for olive oil : a Professor Dr von Igelfeld entertainment novel (FICTION) -- Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld despairs over an academic rival's undeserved acclaim and stumbles into a haphazard romance with a charming widow before a mountaineering accident catapults him into unwanted fame.
The lost art of mixing (FICTION) -- Restaurant owner Lillian manages an unexpected challenge while sharing her days with a circle of friends and regulars, including ritual-performing accountant Al, heartbroken chef Chloe, and unobtrusive giant Finnegan.
Speaking from among the bones (MYSTERY FICTION) -- When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce, where greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light, along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.
The wrath of angels : a Charlie Parker thriller (MYSTERY FICTION) -- Racing against a serial killer in the depths of the Maine woods, private detective Charlie Parker searches for a secret list of names in the wreckage of a plane that has never been reported missing.
Great north road (SCIENCE FICTION) -- Futuristic speculation combines with murder when a scientific expedition on a faraway planet searches for an alien species only to be stalked by a determined killer who may be a hostile alien or a member of their own team.
Ever after (FANTASY FICTION) -- When witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan sets off a chain of events that could lead to the end of the world - demonic and human- she must use her gifts to save those closest to her while preventing an apocalypse. The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic and it's up to Rachel to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.
Watching the dark (MYSTERY FICTION) -- When Detective Inspector Bill Reid is found murdered, Chief Inspector Alan Banks, suspecting police corruption, handles the investigation with the utmost discretion until he discovers that Reid's murder is linked to the disappearance of a young English girl six years earlier.
Seed (FICTION) -- Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Years later, when Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn't divine intervention. The profound evil from his past is back, and it's hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I've always been here, and I'll never leave.
A study in revenge (MYSTERY FICTION) -- A sequel to The Truth of All Things finds late-19th century police detective Archie Lean and his half-Native American partner, Perceval Grey, investigating the theft of a recently buried body and the staging of a bizarre occult scene that is linked to a centuries-old magical relic.