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BAD HABITS de Amy Gentry

A whip-smart psychological thriller from the author of Good as Gone (a New York Times Notable Book), in which a grad student becomes embroiled in a deadly rivalry that changes her into someone unrecognizable to her struggling family, her ambitious academic friends, and even herself.

by Amy Gentry
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2021
(via Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)

Claire “Mac” Woods—a professor enjoying her newfound hotshot status at an academic conference—finally has the acceptance and admiration she has long craved. But at the conference’s hotel bar, Mac is surprised to run into a face from a past she’d rather forget: the moneyed, effortlessly perfect Gwendolyn Whitney, Mac’s foil, rival, and former best friend. When Gwen moved to town in high school, Claire—then known as Mac, a poor kid from a troubled family who had too much on her plate—saw what it meant to have. Money, sophistication, culture, the very blueprints to success. Mac had almost nothing, except the will to change. Change she did, habitually grinding herself to work as hard as straight-A Gwen, even eventually getting admitted into the same elite graduate program as Gwen. But then Mac and Gwen become entangled with the department’s power-couple professors and compete head-to-head for a life changing fellowship. The more twisted the track toward success becomes, the more Mac has to contort herself to stay one step ahead—which deception signals the point of no return? Jack-knifing between Mac’s world-expanding graduate days and the crucible of the hotel and its unexpected guests, Bad Habits follows Mac’s reckoning between her hardscrabble past and tenuous present. What, exactly, did Mac do to get what she has today? And what will she do to keep it? With taut, powerful prose, Amy Gentry asks how far we’ll go to get what we want—and whether we can ever truly leave the past behind.

Amy Gentry is a writer and critic with a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago. She has been a regular book reviewer for the Chicago Tribune since 2012, and her work has also appeared in Salon, Fusion, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Austin Chronicle, Gastronomica, and more.

THE ROSEWOOD HUNT de Mackenzie Reed

Irresistible intrigue, captivating suspense, a swoony friends-to-rivals-to-lovers romance, and heartbreaking betrayal drive this thrilling debut novel that is perfect for fans of The Inheritance Games and Knives Out.

by Mackenzie Reed
HarperTeen, October 2023
Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)

Lily Rosewood dreams of taking over her family’s company one day. Her grandmother, Rosewood Inc.’s current chair, has always encouraged her, and Lily can’t wait for Gram to teach her everything she needs to know to run the business.

But then Gram dies suddenly, and Lily’s world is upended. When it’s revealed that Gram’s quarter of a billion dollar fortune is missing, Lily can’t fathom what her future will hold now.

Even in death, Gram has a few tricks up her couture sleeve. A last letter from her with a cryptic clue sends Lily and three other teens on a treasure hunt that could change their lives forever—if they can survive it. And if they pull it off, they may be rewarded with more than just money. But they’re not the only ones hunting for Gram’s treasure, and soon the hunt becomes more dangerous than they ever could have imagined.

Mackenzie Reed is the author of young adult fiction, including her debut thriller THE ROSEWOOD HUNT. She cultivated her love of storytelling at Nazareth College, where she graduated with a BA in Communication and Media and shifted her focus from songwriting to novel writing. A native and resident of Rochester, New York, she loves going for brainstorming walks when the weather’s behaving and spending time with her family. In the sparse moments she’s not writing or daydreaming about her next book, she’s usually winging her eyeliner and hunting for the best slice of pizza in town.


THE LAST DRAGON OF THE EAST shares the vibrant worldbuilding of R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War and the magical fantasy of Elizabeth Lim’s Six Crimson Cranes.

by Katrina Kwan
Saga (Simon & Schuster), Fall 2024
(via Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)

Sai, a happy-go-lucky tea shop owner, has a surprising gift: the ability to see red strings of fate, an invisible magic thread that connects two halves of one soul. While he loves helping people find their Fated Ones, he himself has a problem—his own string of fate is grey and fraying before his very eyes.

Sai stumbles upon the opportunity to find out why when he comes into possession of a unique and forbidden medicine for his ailing A-Ma: a dragon’s scale. Long thought extinct, Sai can hardly believe his eyes when he sees the magic at work. Unfortunately, he is not the only one eager for the power of the long lost dragons. Sai is quickly discovered and apprehended by the Emperor’s Imperial Guard, thrown into prison without trial or sentencing. He is given a choice: to seek out the last dragon in exchange for his freedom, or death.

He is quickly swept up in panic and turmoil, finding himself embroiled in the middle of a conflict he wants no part of. He witnesses the horrors of war, famine, and plague. Just when all hope is lost, a mysterious savior emerges from the shadows. A dragon. And that dragon is connected to Sai at the other end of his grey and fraying string.

Unable to comprehend how this dragon could be his Fated One, Sai nevertheless feels bound to this other being. Together, they must evade capture, struggling to comprehend their shared past, and fighting for their lives.

Katrina Kwan is a Vancouver-based actress and author of romance and fantasy. After graduating from Acadia University in 2017 with a BA in Political Science, she decided to pursue her love of storytelling. When she isn’t busy writing, you can sometimes spot her on TV, or desperately trying to keep her houseplants alive.

MAY THE WOLF DIE d’Elizabeth Heider

MAY THE WOLF DIE by Elizabeth Heider is a riveting debut infused with an unforgettable sense of place, in the tradition of suspense masters like Jane Harper and Tana French.

by Elizabeth Heider
Viking, Summer/Fall 2024
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Nikki Serafino is enjoying the sunset from her boat in her beloved port city of Naples, Italy when she discovers the body of a strangled man in the warm waters of the bay. As an investigator with a security unit, Nikki is certainly no stranger to violence, but this case grows complicated when the autopsy reveals that the victim has been boiled. And the next day, Nikki comes across another dead body in an abandoned car – surely two bodies in as many days is no coincidence. While local police suspect a lowlevel crime syndicate is responsible, Nikki isn’t so sure. But when she delves into the case, her search for answers brings her face to face with the possibility that those closest to her are living darker lives than she wants to admit. To catch a killer, Nikki must untangle the cords of past and present that keep her and her family vulnerable to Naples’ dangerous sides.

A richly textured and mercilessly gripping debut, MAY THE WOLF DIE by Elizabeth Heider brings the character-driven procedural crime fiction of Dervla McTiernan and Anne Cleeves to the streets of present-day Naples, exploring the dynamics of people trapped in the currents of crime and in the pain of their own family legacies.

Elizabeth Heider is a PhD physicist who works for Microsoft’s AI4Science Research Program. Her short fiction has earned recognition from the Santa Fe Writer Awards and the New Century Writer Awards, as well as writing and research for government agencies and for the European Space Agency’s Human Spaceflight program where she worked as a scientist. Raised in Utah, she lived and worked in Naples for several years, deploying as a civilian analyst aboard U.S. and European Naval ships. She is based in The Hague.

A BITE ABOVE THE REST de Christine Virnig

Welcome to Samhain . . .

by Christine Virnig
Aladdin, August 2024
(via Dystel, Goderich & Bourret)

Imagine moving to a town where every day is like Halloween: where costumes are worn daily, Halloween decorations stay up year-round, and the town hall looks like a vampire’s castle. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, not if you’re Caleb Fisher. Caleb thinks Samhain, Wisconsin, is the strangest place he’s ever been—and not strange in a good way. Strange in a creepy something-is-definitely-not-right-around-here way.

Then things become even stranger when a terrifying run-in with the mayor leaves Caleb wondering: Are the citizens of Samhain really just humans playing dress-up as monsters? Or are actual witches and werewolves and blood-sucking vampires hiding in plain sight?

With the help of his best friend, Tai, Caleb sets out to uncover the truth . . . ideally before a werewolf devours them for breakfast, or a witch turns them into earwigs. But if Caleb’s growing suspicions are correct—and he and Tai are the only ones who realize what’s actually going on—can they find a way to save a town that doesn’t want saving?

Christine Virnig makes her kidlit debut with Dung for Dinner. Christine is a pediatric physician specializing in allergies where—in addition to dodging the occasional snot rocket or projectile vomit—she gets to talk about topics that most adults find downright repulsive, like phlegm, snot, and dust mite poo. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, two children, and two hairball producers.