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Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174611
Availability: Coming soon - available for pre-order now
Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

If The Dresden Files and The Magicians had a book baby, this would be it. Our heroine is an ordinary private eye hired to solve a murder at a boarding school for magical teenagers. Unfortunately, it's also the school where her magical twin sister, Tabitha, works. As Ivy gets further involved in the inner workings of the school, its faculty, and its students, she questions her sanity and skill. Can she keep up appearances, find the killer, and reunite with Tabitha?


Excellent storytelling with a plot that had me guessing "whodunnit" until the last 50 pages.

Review by Danielle

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Lights All Night Long: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525558736
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Penguin Press - April 2nd, 2019

Exchange student Ilya has just arrived in the balmy heat of Louisiana from the frozen tundra of Russia. Smart, hardworking, and thoughtful his journey was to be the opportunity of a lifetime. But he can’t seem leave his home behind, or the brother he would do anything to save. In Lights all Night Long, Lydia Fitzpatrick juggles a coming of age tale; a murder mystery; and social commentary on addiction, drug use, and corruption. And it works. Beautifully. She somehow manages to avoid all the predictable tropes of each to create this sparkling world full of hope, friendship, and the power of family in all its forms.

Review by Erin

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Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

Don't let the title fool you, "Say Nothing" has a whole helluva lot to say. The Book is about the Troubles in Northern Ireland. But to say that this book is merely a dry recap of Ireland's darkest period would be even more misleading than the title itself. "Say Nothing" is ultimately about solving the disappearance and murder of a 38-year old widowed mother of ten, Jean McConville. But even as Keefe moves towards solving the case, he fills in the narrative through research, poetry and moving stories from people who endured the Troubles first hand.

Review by Josiah