New Books, Holiday How To, and a Churchill Giveaway!
As the end of the year draws close, publishers have saved some of their best books for last! The New Books Newsletter this week showcases a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, a continuing series, the conclusion to a fantasy trilogy, a serial murder mystery, a female-focused work of historical fiction, and, as always, a work from a first time author we think you'll love.

Wondering what to do with friends and family this holiday season? Never fear, Fulton County Libraries is here with plenty of Holiday How To books full of everything from cooking to attending services to creating your own new traditions! If you're in a nostalgic mood, don't worry - you can listen to classic holiday music for free using our streaming service, Freegal, or download holiday movies from hoopla. If you don't find something just right online, visit one of our branches for even more books, DVDs, and more!
It's rare that the New Books Newsletter features a first time author in our top spot, but the advance word on Jeffery Colvin's debut novel is so positive that we know Fulton County Library readers will want to reserve this book above all others featured this week.

Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family—Kath Ella, her son Omar/Etienne, and her grandson Warner—whose lives unfold against the tumultuous events of the twentieth century from the Great Depression of the 1930s, through the social protests of the 1960s to the economic upheavals in the 1980s.

A century earlier, Kath Ella's ancestors established a new home in Nova Scotia. Like her ancestors, Kath Ella's life is shaped by hardship—she struggles to conceive and to provide for her family during the long, bitter Canadian winters. She must also contend with the locals' lingering suspicions about the dark-skinned "outsiders" who live in their midst.

Since the initial novel The Fire Rose started Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series, Fulton County Libraries has been sure to purchase each volume.

The fourteenth novel in the magical alternate history stories continues the reimagined adventures of Sherlock Holmes in a richly-detailed alternate 20th-century England.

While Sherlock is still officially dead, John and Mary Watson and Nan Killian and Sarah Lyon-White are taking up some of his case-load—and some for Lord Alderscroft, the Wizard of London.

Lord Alderscroft asks them to go to Dartmoor to track down a rumor of evil magic brewing there. Not more than four hours later, a poor cottager, also from Dartmoor, arrives seeking their help. His wife, in a fit of rage over the children spilling and spoiling their only food for dinner that night, sent them out on the moors to forage for something to eat. This is not the first time she has done this, and the children are moor-wise and unlikely to get into difficulties. But this time they did not come back, and in fact, their tracks abruptly stopped "as if them Pharisees took'd 'em." The man begs them to come help.

Reserve a copy of this newest entry into a beloved series in hardcover, or ebook. When the audio version of this novel becomes available for libraries to purchase, we'll be happy to add it to our collection.
The journey that began in The Shadow of What Was Lost and continued in An Echo of Things to Come now comes to its spectacular conclusion in The Light of All That Falls, the final chapter of the Licanius Trilogy by acclaimed epic fantasy author James Islington.

After a savage battle, the Boundary is whole again-but it may be too late. Banes now stalk the lands of Andarra, and the Venerate have gathered their armies for a final, crushing blow.

Imprisoned and alone in a strange land, Davian is pitted against the remaining Venerate. As he tries to keep them from undoing Asha's sacrifice, he struggles to come to terms with his own path and all he has learned about Caeden, the friend he chose to set free.

And finally, Caeden is confronted with the reality of a plan laid centuries ago—heartbroken at how it started and devastated by how it must end.

This trilogy can only been read with Fulton County Library through Overdrive, so if you haven't downloaded the Libby app, now is a great time! Reserve your copy of The Light of All That Falls for some great holiday escapism.
Kate Marshall was a promising young police detective when she caught the notorious Nine Elms serial killer. But her greatest victory suddenly turned into a nightmare. Traumatized, betrayed, and publicly vilified for the shocking circumstances surrounding the cannibal murder case, Kate could only watch as her career ended in scandal.

Fifteen years after those catastrophic events, Kate is still haunted by the unquiet ghosts of her troubled past. Now a lecturer at a small coastal English university, she finally has a chance to face them. A copycat killer has taken up the Nine Elms mantle, continuing the ghastly work of his idol.

Enlisting her brilliant research assistant, Tristan Harper, Kate draws on her prodigious and long-neglected skills as an investigator to catch a new monster. Success promises redemption, but there's much more on the line: Kate was the original killer's intended fifth victim...and his successor means to finish the job.

Click here to reserve Nine Elms in hardcover. When this title becomes available to libraries for purchase in ebook and audio formats, we'll be pleased to add it to our collection. Interested in why some audiobooks and ebooks are not available for purchase? Read more about the ebook embargo for libraries here.
Ripped from the headlines, this latest Robin Cook thriller explores the use of genetic databases in tracking unknown killers!

When the body of twenty-eight-year-old social worker Kera Jacobsen shows up on Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery's autopsy table, at first it appears she was the victim of a tragic yet routine drug overdose. But for Laurie and her new pathology resident, the brilliant but enigmatic Dr. Aria Nichols, little things aren't adding up. Kera's family and friends swear she never touched drugs. Administrators from the hospital where Kera worked are insisting the case be shrouded in silence. And although Kera was ten weeks pregnant, nobody seems to know who the father was--or whether he holds the key to Kera's final moments alive.

As a medical emergency temporarily sidelines Laurie, impulsive Aria turns to a controversial new technique: using genealogic DNA databases to track down those who don't want to be found. Working with experts at a start-up ancestry website, she plans to trace the fetus's DNA back to likely male relatives in the hopes of identifying the mystery father. But when Kera's closest friend and fellow social worker is murdered, the need for answers becomes even more urgent.

NEW BOOK NEWSLETTER GIVEAWAY

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
From Marie Benedict, the author of The Only Woman in the Room comes an incredible novel that focuses on one of the people who had the most influence during World War I and World War II: Clementine Churchill.

In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband.

Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

You can win a print galley (a paperback used to promote the book before official release) of this title by emailing us within 24 hours of the New Books Newsletter email. Just put "Clementine" in the subject line of your email to Collection.Development@fultoncountyga.gov. We'll pick a winner at random from messages received between 8:30am Monday, 12/09/19 and 8:30am Tuesday, 12/10/19.

The winner will be notified via email and must be able to pick the book up at an AFPLS branch within one month. Just in case you aren't chosen, why not click here to reserve a copy with Fulton County Libraries?
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