New Fiction in December

End the year on a high note with one or more books hitting our shelves in December. Keep warm with a steamy romance, an action-packed thriller, or a hopeful fantasy featuring a talking cat! Choose from our spotlight selection below or explore more new titles. Looking for more personalized suggestions? Fill out this form for reading suggestions curated just for you, or feel free to give us a call at 847/590-4070. 
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Criminal Mischief by Stuart Woods 

After a dangerous adventure has him traveling up and down the coast, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some down time at his Manhattan abode. But when an acquaintance alerts him to a hinky plot being hatched across the city, he finds himself eager to pursue justice.

Thriller / Action-Packed / Fast-Paced 

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A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson 

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love. She’s making a mistake. Ivy enters Kate’s Scottish fairytale cottage . . . and she doesn’t come out. She’s the first to go missing. She won’t be the last.

Psychological Suspense / Disturbing / Atmospheric

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The Love Con by Seressia Glass 

Kenya Davenport finally has a chance to make it big when she joins the reality show competition Cosplay or No Way. There’s just one catch: the challenge for the final round is all about iconic pairs, and the judges want the contestants’ significant others to participate. Unfortunately, Kenya is as single as can be at the moment. Luckily her best friend, Cameron Lassiter, agrees to be her fake boyfriend for the show. Roleplaying a couple in love will force them to explore what they’re hiding under the mask of friendship. Can Kenya and Cam fake it until she makes it, or will she be real about her feelings, knowing it could cost her the best friend she’s ever had?

Contemporary Romance / Heartwarming / Steamy 

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The Perishing by Natashia Deaon 

Lou, a young Black woman, wakes up in an alley in 1930s Los Angeles, nearly naked and with no memory of how she got there or where she’s from, only a fleeting sense that this isn’t the first time she’s found herself in similar circumstances. When she befriends a firefighter at a downtown boxing gym, Lou is shocked to realize that though she has no memory of ever meeting him she’s been drawing his face for years. Increasingly certain that their paths have previously crossed-perhaps even in a past life-and coupled with unexplainable flashes from different times that have been haunting her dreams, Lou begins to believe she may be an immortal sent to this place and time for a very important reason. 

Science Fiction Mystery / Haunting / Lyrical 

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The Cats Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa 

When a talking cat named Tiger demands that he help save books with him, high school student Rintaro Natsuki and Tiger embark on an amazing journey, liberating books from their neglectful owners and meeting a colorful cast of characters along the way. 

Fantasy / Hopeful / Offbeat 

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The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss 

After her sister exposes the family’s fraud and runs away to Hollywood, Harriet, who has only ever known life onstage posing as a conjoined twin in a vaudeville act, begins to form her first relationships outside her family, which forces her to make a difficult decision. 

Historical Fiction / Richly Detailed / Moving