Mystery & SFF from Summer, 2017

One of the most lauded stories of 2015 was Nancy Kress’s Nebula-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin, a story beginning with an evolutionary biologist and a space ship above New York, but at its heart (as with much of the best science fiction) about humanity. We couldn’t be more excited that this summer Kress expands upon her world and characters with the first entry in a new hard science fiction trilogy, Tomorrow’s Kin

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780765390295
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Published: Tor Books - July 11th, 2017

August. A month of heat, pressure, when the land of the dead is closer to ours. Jing-nan, “Taipei Johnny”, leaves his Joy Division-inspired night market food stall “Unknown Pleasures” to solve the murder of the woman he was to marry – the woman he hasn’t seen for ten years, since his failure to make a new life in the U.S. Punk rock, high school memories, syndicated crime, and, of course, food all combine to make this Taiwanese summer mystery delicious fun. - Jocelyn

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By Ed Lin
$9.99
ISBN: 9781616958374
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Published: Soho Crime - July 25th, 2017

Ignore the gimmicky title - Ruth Ware's writing is only getting better. The Lying Game has the fun, suspenseful feel of The Woman in Cabin 10 and the true-to-life characters of Into the Woods, but with richer character development. Four best friends meet at Salten, a boarding school near the Reach, a tidal estuary - a perfect setting for sneaking out to drink and smoke, swimming under the stars, and perhaps even...murder. My heart was racing through to the end. - Sara

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ISBN: 9781501156007
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 25th, 2017

Darktown is a smart literary suspense novel set in the steamy summer of Atlanta, Georgia, 1948. The police department has just hired its first black officers, including partners Boggs and Smith - both educated, accomplished, and rendered powerless by a city and department that doesn't want them. When the death of a young black woman implicates wrongdoing in the force itself, the two rookies must navigate secrecies, double dealings, and crooked cops, as well as heightened racial tensions, to find justice in this cinematically rich summer read. - Melinda

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781501133879
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Published: Atria Books - June 6th, 2017

The novel opens on a nameless boy and his grandmother, in an unspecified and wooded country, during a war that-- also unnamed-- resembles WWII. Lyrical, beautiful, and focused keenly how human connection struggles against the threat of mortality, this extraordinarily quiet work warmed me to my bones. Slowly paced, Durbin here writes a treatise on war, love and God which only just happens to contain a faun and a faerie puzzle. - a.c.

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ISBN: 9781481442237
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Published: Saga Press - June 13th, 2017

These are the stories of the comic book women whose storylines were hijacked, waylaid or destroyed by or in service to the men they love. I found myself drawn into each-and-every one of these, including one of the most fascinating looks at a Harley Quinn-esque character. Valente’s work is never for the faint of heart, but as always you will find it deeply moving and rewarding if you give it a try. - Jax

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By Catherynne M. Valente, Annie Wu (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481459341
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Published: Saga Press - June 6th, 2017

A young boy sees his dead father every night in his home, dressed head to toe in fancydance regalia. Why is he appearing now, and only at night, and only to the boy? There's conflict here-both inward in terms of identity, loss, and cultural ties, and outward with the disturbingly mystical events trailing behind the ghost's appearance. Reading before bedtime is thrilling, but not necessarily endorsed by this reader, due to creepiness. - Louise

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ISBN: 9780765395108
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - June 20th, 2017

This debut from Kat Howard both charmed me and blew my mind. At its core it is the story of two sisters who find not only themselves when they go to an artist's retreat, but also what it means to be sisters. It is also a fairy tale told in the modern world. Howard writes beautifully and with such talent that I can't wait to see her next offering to the fantasy world. - Karena

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781481451178
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Published: Saga Press - July 4th, 2017

Fans of alternate-history novels will find a compelling, thought-provoking story in this thriller/mystery. The setting is a contemporary America in which the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists in the southern states. The main character, Victor, is a former slave who now works for the government hunting escaped slaves who are on the run trying to reach Canada. This is a well written, intriguing and suspenseful read. - Trey

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ISBN: 9780316261258
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 18th, 2017

Dark Matter has the intrigue of a timeless thriller, the mystique of the metaphysical, and an emotional poignancy that twists the heart. It begins with easy normalcy, with the life of Jason Dessen, a college physics professor who lives in Chicago with his beloved wife and son. From there it careens into a mind-bending and frenzied fight for love and life. I scarfed down this book in one day because that’s how good it is. - Sairsha

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2nd, 2017

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