Mysteries and A John Grisham Give Away!
On the week of Halloween, the New Books Newsletter is full of thrillers and mysteries. Which of the characters below keeps an opossum in their desk, and which will find their romantic partner murdered to keep the family together? Read about a world full of mysteries, traveling from Los Angeles to Korea, from Africa to Russia, and discover what all humans have in common - an innate curiosity about the unknown, and a desire to uncover the truth. All this and a John Grisham give away in this week's Newsletter.
When Phoebe Siegler first meets Private Investigator Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles, she's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella.

A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble--caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end.

Phoebe's trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous. . . .

Jonathan Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, The Feral Detective is a fun new read for anyone who enjoys noir, tales of the American desert, and a good mystery.
In 1948 the Cho family plans to immigrate to the United States. Knowing the transcontinental move will be a challenge, parents Najin and Calvin make the difficult decision to leave their infant daughter, Inja, behind with their extended family and plan to send for her once they are settled.

Unknown to the parents, war will soon break out in Korea and make retrieving Inja impossible. Older daughter Miran grows up in prosperous American suburbia as Inja grapples in her war-torn land. Najin and Calvin seek a reunion with Inja, but are the bonds of love strong enough to reconnect their family over distance, time, and war?

Told through the alternating perspectives of the children, this mystery inspired by a true story explores family secrets and the bonds between sisters. From the author of The Calligrapher's Daughter.
When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to Alex Buckley, the former host of the her television show Under Suspicion. Since then, the two have been happily planning a summer wedding and honeymoon, preparing for Alex's confirmation to a federal judicial appointment.

But then Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a famously charming and talented physician who was shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his Greenwich Village carriage house five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin's disgraced and erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove Kendra's guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son's case on Under Suspicion, ensuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate.

As Laurie researches the case, the story takes some interesting turns - and proves to have connections to Alex.

You Don't Own Me is the sixth book in the Under Suspicion series, which started with I've Got You Under My Skin and continued on through The Cinderella Murder, All Dressed in White, The Sleeping Beauty Killer and Every Breath You Take. All these titles are available in every format AFPLS offers, including large print. Join the series in progress or pick up at the beginning to enjoy this new character from Mary Higgins Clark.
In this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Precious Ramotswe finds herself running for office--much to her dismay. 

When Mma Potokwane suggests to Mma Ramotswe that she run for a seat on the Gaborone City Council, Mma Ramotswe is at first reluctant. But when she learns that developers plan to build the flashy Big Fun Hotel next to a graveyard, she allows herself to be persuaded. Her opponent is none other than Mma Makutsi's old nemesis, Violet Sephotho, who is in the pocket of the hotel developers. Although Violet is intent on using every trick in the book to secure her election, Mma Ramotswe refuses to guarantee anything beyond what she can deliver; hence her slogan: "I can't promise anything--but I shall do my best." Meanwhile, Mma Ramotswe has acquired a new client: one of her late father's old friends, who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

All the installments of this famously popular series are available through AFPLS, most in every format we offer. If you'd like to revisit the series from the beginning, or start reading along for the first time, you can check out The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in book, e-book download, audio download, or CD audiobook at any time. If you're a long-time fan and missed the television adaptation, we have the BBC production available on DVD.
In this work that begins in 1968 Leningrad, Russia, and ends in the contemporary political climate, Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child. From an early age, it is clear Alexander is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks before they leave, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin . . .

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander's future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and thirty years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realize where his destiny lies, and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

With a final twist that will shock even his most ardent fans, this is a stunning mystery thriller from New York Times bestseller Jeffrey Archer.
Pete Banning was Clanton, Mississippi's favorite son--a decorated World War II hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbor, and a faithful member of the Methodist church. Then one cool October morning he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed Reverend Dexter Bell. Pete's only statement was: "I have nothing to say." He was not afraid of death and was willing to take his motive to the grave.

In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, with one foot planted firmly in the tradition of Southern Gothic and the other planted in the court room.

The New Books Newsletter is pleased to offer one galley copy (an uncorrected paperback used to promote the book before official release) to the first reader to send us an email at with the subject line "Reckoning Give Away". The winner will be notified of their success via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month.
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