The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next #7) by Jasper Fforde (Viking hardcover, 2 October 2012).
The Bookworld’s leading enforcement officer, Thursday Next, has
been forced into a semiretirement following an assassination attempt,
returning home to Swindon and her family to recuperate.
Thursday’s children have problems that demand she become a mother of
invention: Friday’s career struggles in the Chronoguard, where he is
relegated to a might-have-been; Tuesday’s trouble perfecting the
Anti-Smote shield, needed in time to thwart an angry Deity’s promise to
wipe Swindon off the face of the earth; and the issue of Thursday’s
third child, Jenny, who doesn’t exist except as a confusing and
With Goliath attempting to replace Thursday at
every opportunity with synthetic Thursdays, and a call from the
Bookworld to hunt down Pagerunners who have jumped into the Realworld,
Thursday’s convalescence is going to be anything but restful as the
week ahead promises to be one of the Next family’s oddest.
Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris (Viking hardcover, 2 October 2012).
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no
choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the
beautiful French village in which eight years ago she opened a chocolate
shop and first learned the meaning of home.
But returning to
one’s past can be a dangerous pursuit. Vianne, with her daughters, Anouk
and Rosette, finds Lansquenet changed in unexpected ways: women veiled
in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea—and there, on the bank
of the river Tannes, facing the church, a minaret. Most surprising of
all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her
Can Vianne work her magic once again?
The Other Woman by Hank Philippi Ryan (Forge hardcover, 4 September 2012).
Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to
reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper
reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on her assigned puff pieces, and
finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days
before a pivotal Senate election.
Detective Jake Brogan is
investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified
women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm
beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting the young women of
As the body count rises and election looms closer, it
becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected…and that
they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence