Stephen's Picks

Stephen's parents used to put books in his crib to keep him quiet when he woke up early in the morning, thus starting him on a lifetime of loving literature.  At home, he enjoys reading mysteries and poetry, with occasional forays into horror and fantasy.  A displaced Vermonter, he has lived in southwest Michigan since the mid-'90s. 

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Westside: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062853998
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 7th, 2019

In an alternate 1921 New York, a wall running the length of Broadway divides Manhattan into the normal, although overcrowded, Eastside and the strange, magical, dangerous, feral Westside. Westsider Gilda Carr works as a private detective solving “small mysteries.” But one of her cases—finding a missing glove—drags her into the very large mystery of why the Westside is the way it is and who is profiting from it. A stunningly imaginative debut novel.

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If She Wakes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316294003
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 14th, 2019

After a brutal car accident, college student Tara Beckley finds herself in a “locked in” coma: aware of everything happening around her but unable to move. Meanwhile, insurance investigator Abby Kaplan discovers the accident may not have been all that it initially seemed. Her discovery, and what follows, put both women in the sights of a ruthless young hit man. Excellent suspense from a master of the genre.

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The Hiding Place: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524761011
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Published: Crown - February 5th, 2019

Joe Thorne is back in the northern English mining town her grew up in, ostensibly to get a new start as a teacher, but also to avoid some nasty people collecting gambling debts. That’s at least the top two layers, but there are even greater depths, involving the disappearance (and reappearance) of his sister as a child and strange goings-on in an abandoned mine. Tudor has written another compulsive page-turner, with enough creepiness and mystery to keep readers hooked.

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The Boy at the Keyhole Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335652928
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Published: Hanover Square Press - September 4th, 2018

Samuel lives a lonely life in a run-down manor, his only companion the strict housekeeper Ruth.  His mother has been gone for months, supposedly tending to his late father’s business interests abroad. But Samuel starts to suspect that his mother is in fact dead, killed by Ruth. And so begins a cat-and-mouse game between the two. An excellent, suspenseful mystery that has been compared to the works of Daphne Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson.

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Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062856395
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Published: Custom House - October 16th, 2018

Helen Franklin is a reclusive Englishwoman living in Prague. Her friend Karel tells her about a letter he found that speaks of a mysterious figure known as Melmoth, an immortal woman who is doomed to wander the earth forever and who tries to trap others into joining her. Helen is skeptical, but when Karel disappears and unexplained events start piling up, she begins to wonder if there is some truth behind the legends.  An atmospheric novel in the Gothic tradition, marked by beautiful writing.

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Vox Cover Image
ISBN: 9780440000815
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Published: Berkley - July 16th, 2019

In a near-future America, women have been reduced to second-class citizens, limited (among other things) to speaking only 100 words a day, a limit enforced with electric-shock cuffs. But that’s only the beginning of this story of family sorrow, political oppression, and eventual redemption. Bears comparison to A Handmaid’s Tale.

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What Should Be Wild: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062684141
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2019

A girl whose touch can kill or resurrect. A house on the edge of a haunted forest. Mysterious disappearances. Handsome heroes and scheming villains. What Should Be Wild reads like a classic fairy tale with unique modern twists. A stunning debut novel.

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Force of Nature: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250105653
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 8th, 2019

Five women on a corporate team-building exercise hike off into the Australian bush; only four come out. Federal Agent Aaron Falk becomes involved because the missing woman is a whistle-blower in case of corporate money laundering. Another excellent mystery from Harper, whose debut, The Dry, also featured Falk.

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The Chalk Man: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524760991
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Published: Broadway Books - December 31st, 2018

In the mid-80’s, Eddie and his friends made a game of communicating with little chalk drawings, until a set of chalk figures led them to a dismembered body.  Now, thirty years later, the past is intruding on Eddie’s comfortable life. Old mysteries will be revisited and old secrets will be revealed before it all ends. A gripping thriller with truly startling twists and turns.

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The Woman in the Window: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062678423
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 5th, 2019

Anna is agoraphobic, spending her days communicating online with fellow sufferers, watching old movies, spying on her neighbors, and mixing psychiatric medications and Merlot. When she sees one of her neighbors being murdered, she has trouble convincing anyone of the fact, and she finds herself in middle of a ever deeper mystery. Fans of The Girl on the Train will definitely enjoy this gripping novel.

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250080554
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 8th, 2018

(PB releases May 8) Marzano-Lesnevich has written an intriguing combination of a true crime story and a memoir. Startled by her reaction to a murder case in Louisiana, she starts to examine the secrets of her own childhood while simultaneously trying to learn as much as she can about the murderer and his history. A fascinating read.

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