New Releases – September 28
Halloween may be a month away but this week’s best new books are filled with enough chills and thrills to get you in the holiday spirit.
Our fascination with Victorian England makes this true story a must-read for us over at Shelf Pleasure. The Druce-Portland affair began when Anna Maria Druce requested that the grave of her father-in-law T.C. Druce be exhumed. What did she expect to find? An empty coffin! Anna Maria claimed that Druce had actually been the wealthy 5th Duke of Portland and, furthermore, the Duke (who was now dead) had actually faked the death of his alter ego. If Anna Maria’s assertion proved to be true then the entire Druce family would be heirs to Portland’s vast wealth. The case had many twists and turns over the course of 10 years—and, as is often the case, the story reads stranger than fiction.
In keeping with our thriller theme, this book is the first in a chilling new series from bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub (even the cover is foreboding!). Hudson Valley, New York, is known for its natural beauty, but behind the exterior, there lies a history of secrets, lies—and murder. No one in the charming small town of Mundy’s Landing will safe with a predator on the loose, one determined not to stop until he gets the ultimate vengeance.
Gracy Brooken is a respected midwife living in a Colorado mining town in 1880. But when a baby is found dead, it looks like the beloved Gracy may have been the murderer. Gracy swears she didn’t do it, but how can she prove her innocence—when it can cost her everything?
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