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St. Martin’s Press

The Golden Couple by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

The Golden Couple tells the story of Avery Chambers, a therapist who got tired of the slow therapy that waits for people to trip over their answers rather than give them direction. She took action and she lost her license... Continue Reading →

The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain's métier is crafting a story that links the past and the present in unique ways, from a contemporary artist restoring a historic mural in Big Lies in a Small Town to time-traveling in The Dream Daughter, she has... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead pick up right where Finlay Donovan Is Killing It left off. Someone wants her ex-husband murdered. Not that Finlay has not been tempted but she really wants to be off the list of professional assassins.... Continue Reading →

Desolation Canyon by P. J. Tracy

Desolation Canyon is the second in P. J. Tracy's new Margaret Nolan series. Nolan meets with a colleague for drinks knowing it is unwise, but did she really deserve to find a body on their date? The body is of... Continue Reading →

Truth of the Divine by Lindsay Ellis

Truth of the Divine is the sequel to Axiom's End, a first-contact science fiction novel I loved so much I was a bit afraid to read the sequel. Unlike most science fiction, this story takes place in the recent past.... Continue Reading →

Ethel Rosenberg by Anne Sebba

Ethel Rosenberg is a biography about the woman executed for treason by the U.S. government in 1953. For many people, when they think of her, they see Meryl Streep sitting at Roy Cohn's bedside as he lay dying of AIDS.... Continue Reading →

What Doesn’t Kill Us by David Housewright

What Doesn't Kill Us is the 18th installment in the P.I. Rushmore MacKenzie series and a real surprise. Early in the book, Mac is shot and spends the majority of the book in a medically induced coma while his friends... Continue Reading →

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True is a domestic suspense novel with three narrative threads woven together to tell stories from the past and the present. The primary thread is seen through Skye Starling's eyes as she falls in love with... Continue Reading →

Thief of Souls by Brian Kingborg

Thief of Souls is the first in a new mystery series featuring Inspector Lu Fei. Set in a backwater in contemporary northern China. Lu is a graduate from China's best police college who could reasonably be expected to be much... Continue Reading →

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds tells the story of a family broken apart and healed by the Dust Bowl. A childhood illness left Elsa Wolcott sickly and weak, at least in her family's eyes. She was destined to stay single, living with... Continue Reading →

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Spells Trouble is the first in a new series, The Sisters of Salem. The prologue begins long in the past when the village of Goodeville is founded by a survivor of the Salem Witch Trials, one who was sentenced to... Continue Reading →

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It begins with one of those mornings, Finlay is in a frenzied rush trying to make an appointment while her nanny is late and her kids are not cooperating, to say the least. She is in extremis,... Continue Reading →

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten

Tsarina is a historical novel that tells the story of Catherine I of Russia. The arc of her life is amazing. She was born a serf and became the Tsarina of Russia, ruling in her own name for two years... Continue Reading →

Don’t Look for Me by Wendy Walker

Don't Look for Me is a suspenseful thriller that becomes increasingly complex as the story advances. It begins with Molly Clarke driving home after visiting her son's school to watch him play football. He ignored her presence, another sign of... Continue Reading →

The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening is the ninth in the Vera Stanhope series. It begins during a blizzard. Vera is driving home and mistakes her turn. She finds a car has driven off the road. The driver is gone, the door of... Continue Reading →

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