New and Recommended Fiction for May
The storied life of A. J. Fikry / Gabrielle Zevin (FICTION) -- A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.
Blackberry pie murder / Joanne Fluke (MYSTERY FICTION) -- Life is never really quiet for Hannah Swensen. Her mother's wedding is a month away and guess who's in charge of the planning? Yet just when her biggest challenge seems to be whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake, Hannah accidentally hits a stranger with her cookie truck on a winding country road in a raging storm. Hannah is wracked with guilt, but things get even worse when she's arrested . . .
The collector of dying breaths / M. J. Rose (FICTION) -- In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years Rene; le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen's rivals. But it's Rene's other passion--a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him--that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That's when Jac L'Etoile--suffering from a heartache of her own--becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene's secret to immortality.