Middletown Thrall Library presents fresh perspectives... Beyond the Bestsellers - Your Quarterly Guide to New and Interesting Authors - Fall 2015 Edition

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Beyond the Bestsellers highlights new and notable authors not often found on bestseller lists. Discover new books and writers you might enjoy!

To learn more about a book and check on its availablity within the library system, please click or tap on its cover or title.

You can also click / tap an author's name to locate any additional titles by that writer in the library catalog.

General Fiction

  • Only the Animals - Ceridwen DoveyOnly the Animals - Ceridwen Dovey - The souls of ten animals whose lives were entwined with both a writer and an historical event, relate stories of human suffering and success.
  • Did You Ever Have a Family - Bill CleggDid You Ever Have a Family - Bill Clegg - The night before her daughter's wedding, June Reid loses her entire family in a house fire. Consumed with grief, she leaves her small Connecticut hometown and heads to Moonstone Motel across the country in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Jimmy Bluefeather - Kim HeacoxJimmy Bluefeather - Kim Heacox - Ninety-five year old Keb Wisting is part Tlingit Native and the last living canoe carver in Jinkaat, Alaska. When his grandson James, an up-and-coming basketball player, is hurt in a logging accident, the two embark on a canoe journey of self-discovery through the Alaskan wilderness.

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Historical Fiction

  • Villa America - Liza KlaussmannVilla America - Liza Klaussmann - Sara and Gerald Murphy, a young married couple, live a lavish life of art and society in the south of France with frequent guests such as Picasso, Hemingway, and the Fitzgeralds. This eloquent story about love and marriage, secrets and creativity, is based on the true story that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is The Night.

Other titles to consider:


  • The Zig Zag Girl - Elly GriffithsThe Zig Zag Girl - Elly Griffiths - In post World War II England, a former Special Ops member turned policeman, investigates a murder in the style of an old magic trick made famous by an illusionist who was a member of the same Special Ops team. The team is reunited when it appears that they are the real target of the killer.
  • Hangman's Game - Bill SykenHangman's Game - Bill Syken - Nick Gallow, an injured quarterback turned 2nd string punter, gets caught in the middle of a murder investigation involving his teammates including the up and coming player that would be taking Nick's job. First in a new football-themed mystery series.
  • Dragonfish - Vu TranDragonfish - Vu Tran - Robert Ruen, an Oakland cop, finds himself blackmailed into looking for his Vietnamese ex-wife, who has run off to Vegas and married someone with ties to her past. As Robert navigates the sleazy underworld of Las Vegas gambling, the sad story of his wife's refugee past unfolds.

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  • The Highwayman - Kerrigan ByrneThe Highwayman - Kerrigan Byrne - First in a new series. Widow Farah Leigh MacKenzie is kidnapped by Dorian Blackwell, a shadowy figure from Victorian London's dark and dangerous underground. Dorian knows Farah's secrets from his time spent in prison and makes her an offer of help - but for a price.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • Updraft - Fran WildeUpdraft - Fran Wilde - First in a new series. Kirit Densira is excited to pass her wing test and begin her career as a trader, flying through a world of towers. When Kirit accidentally breaks tower law, she discovers a special ability that sets her at odds with the keepers of the laws. She uncovers truths that could change her world forever.
  • Lightless - C.A. HigginsLightless - C.A. Higgins - Althena, an engineer on an experimental spaceship, finds herself, her crew, and the ship taken over by two revolutionary outlaws. While Althena works to free the ship's code from this hostile takeover, the ruthless and powerful Earth-based government - The System - watches over the ship as it moves through the solar system.

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  • Black-Eyed Susans - Julia HeaberlinBlack-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin - In 1995 seventeen year old Tessa was the lone survivor of the Black Eyed Susan serial killer and able to testify against him to send him to jail. Seventeen years later, a month before the killer's execution, black-eyed susans are planted outside her home, and Tessa worries the wrong man has been imprisoned.
  • Clear By Fire - Joshua HoodClear by Fire - Joshua Hood - First in a new series. Black-Ops soldier Mason Kane is on the run from his own unit after he refuses to take part in a mission requiring him to kill an innocent Afghan family. When his former unit commander goes rogue, Kane teams up with special ops agent Renee Heart to take down the commander and unravel a conspiracy that reaches to the upper levels of the government.

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