Category Archives: Fiction

Holiday Fun & Romance

IT STARTED WITH A DOG
By Julia London

“Sparkling chemistry, fancy frappés, and a host of quirky characters keep the rivalry light and lively while Harper and Jonah both face up to some unpleasant truths about themselves. The couple’s palpable attraction and adorable pets accentuate the charm of this lovable riff on You’ve Got Mail.” ~Publishers Weekly

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HAPPILY THIS CHRISTMAS
By Susan Mallory

“Happily This Christmas brings out the best in Susan Mallery’s arsenal of family-centric storytelling. Looking for a book that will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart? Look no further…It is sure to brighten your day and this holiday season, guaranteed!.”                 ~Fresh Fiction

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THE MATZAH BALL
By Jean Meltzer

“In her first novel, Meltzer makes sure that, despite some misunderstandings and hurt feelings, Rachel and Jacob do find their bashert (soulmate) in the glow of the Hanukkah candles. Fans of second-chance and holiday romances will find much to enjoy in this welcome variation on the holiday theme.” ~Booklist

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THE HOLIDAY SWAP
By Maggie Knox

“There’s both tenderness and comedy as the sisters rediscover their priorities and sibling bond while hilariously struggling to draw the line between their roles and reality. This light romantic romp is delicious fun, perfect for rom-com fans in need of some Christmas cheer.”    ~Publishers Weekly

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A LITTLE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
By Sheila Roberts

“With this neatly wrapped, sweetly charming treat, Roberts once again proves her mastery of uplifting, heartwarming love stories.” ~Booklist

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Spotlight on Author Stuart Neville

If you like Irish crime fiction, or you just want to find a new author, you should give Stuart Neville a try. Neville is a staff favorite (especially for one particular staff member), and has a great backlist to choose from. His newest, THE HOUSE OF ASHES, is last on this list, but certainly not least. Here are a few titles you can find at the Fairfield Public Library.

THE GHOSTS OF BELFAST

“Stuart Neville’s tightly wound, emotionally resonant account of an ex-IRA hit man’s struggle to conquer his past, displays an acute understanding of the true state of Northern Ireland, still under the thumb of decades of violence and terrorism.”  ~Los Angeles Times

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COLLUSION

“Neville’s deft style builds mounting tension, and his characters, all tragic figures, are skillfully developed. The collusion he describes sounds all too plausible; it’s devious and endemic enough to impress even descendants of the infamous Borgias. The violence, administered up close and personal—and the rage of those who commit it—is almost operatic. A feast for thriller fans.” ~Booklist

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STOLEN SOULS

“Neville slowly ratchets up the tension—and the violence—until each page practically twangs with suspense.” ~Publishers Weekly

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RATLINES

“Thrilling…. Readers will hope to see more of Ryan, a formidable yet damaged hero.”
~Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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THE HOUSE OF ASHES     Published September 7, 2021

“[A] gut-wrenching novel of psychological suspense with ghostly undertones . . . This unforgettable tale of servitude and subservience, domestic abuse, and toxic masculinity builds to a resolution offering redemption and heartfelt solace. Neville has outdone himself.”
~Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Spellbinding . . . Neville hooks his reader with the opening sequences of his story, mystery, and horror emerging prominently. The multi-narrative structure that plays out is effective and gripping. Impressive just begins to describe Neville’s latest offering.”
~Seattle Book Review

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Spotlight on Author Belinda Bauer

Thriller writer Belinda Bauer is a Fairfield Public Library staff favorite. Here are a few of her books you can find or reserve at the library.

BLACKLANDS

“Blacklands is leading the pack of profound new mysteries. . . . Atmospheric . . . . bewitching . . . . a brilliant analysis of an exceedingly twisted mind.” ~Chicago Tribune

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DARKSIDE

“Bauer joins such contemporary masters of psychological suspense as Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters with her twisted and tricky second novel . . . The shattering conclusion pulls no punches and will leave many readers stunned, even as they realize how everything fits together.” ~Publishers Weekly

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FINDERS KEEPERS

“A remarkable achievement . . . The story rushes along on a tide of suspense.” ~Independent (UK)

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RUBBERNECKER

“Breathtaking. I read this and wished I’d written it.” ~Val McDermid

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THE BEAUTIFUL DEAD

“This is one exclusive that Eve Singer, an attractive iWitness News crime reporter, doesn’t want, in this taut thriller from British author Bauer . . . Readers will root for Bauer’s spunky heroine on this suspenseful slay ride through a snow-globe London.” ~Publishers Weekly

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SNAP

“Bauer deftly interweaves a West Country cold-case murder, a teenage master burglar, some ill-assorted coppers and a pregnant wife, knowing exactly when the turn the dial to humor, pathos or something darker. Intelligent entertainment that keeps you guessing.” ~Sunday Times Crime Club (UK)

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EXIT

“[Exit] not only unearths deception and greed, but also shows readers that kindness and yearning for good sometimes undergird everyday life . . . Readers who enjoy explorations of the underside of human nature are the perfect audience for this one.” ~Booklist

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Discover a New Author This Summer

The whole family can participate in Summer Reading at the Fairfield Public Library. You can register here.

This week’s featured author is Eric Jerome Dickey, who sadly passed away on January 3, 2021 at the age of 59. An obituary in The New York Times described Dickey as “one of the most successful Black authors of the last quarter-century”. Here are just a few of the titles available at the Fairfield Library.

THE SON OF MR. SULEMAN

“This book is a powerhouse. It is impossible not to become fully absorbed in every scene, the vibrant, dynamic characters drawing you in again and again… All in all, the world through Pi Suleman’s eyes is dark, complex, and endlessly compelling.” ~Associated Press

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THE BUSINESS OF LOVERS

“In this sensual road trip across LA there are deep conversations, adult situations, and a sweet love story at every turn.” ~Kirkus Reviews

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NAUGHTIER THAN NICE

“Another white-hot Christmas….Romantic dramas and sexy secrets make for sultry seasonal reading.” ~BookPage

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AN ACCIDENTAL AFFAIR

“Once again, Eric Jerome Dickey has written a genre bending…story that is chalk full of danger, intrigue, mysterious characters with shady motives, murder, intrigue…and obsession. Oh, and there’s sex. Lots of graphic, erotic, steamy, sweaty, climactic earth-quaking sex…the reader is forewarned: you are in for a hardboiled, fast ride.” ~Seattle-Post Intelligencer

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A WANTED WOMAN

“A wild, thrilling ride.” ~Ebony

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Summer Reading is Here!

Sign up for summer reading fun for the whole family at the Fairfield Public Library. You can register here.

This week’s featured author is Paul Doiron, whose Mike Bowditch series is a staff and patron favorite.

THE POACHER’S SON

First in the series, the Down East Editor-in-Chief received great reviews for his debut:        “Equally a story of relationships and an outdoor adventure, this evocative thriller is sure to put Doiron on several 2010 must-read lists.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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TRESPASSER

“Doiron’s plot is heart-pounding, filled with startling twists and turns. The main characters, some lovable and others despicable, are all multidimensional. And the stylish prose is pitch-perfect, especially in its evocative descriptions of the beauty, and occasionally the ugliness, of coastal Maine in early spring. The story’s slam-bang ending leaves Mike’s life in tatters, and the reader anxious to know what the author has in store for him next.”~Associated Press

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BAD LITTLE FALLS

“A high-stakes, high-tension yarn in which you keep wishing everything would turn out fine for the deeply flawed, deeply sympathetic hero even though you know it won’t.” ~Kirkus

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MASSACRE POND

Booklist starred review: “This series follows Bowditch from the start of his warden career, and his evolution creates a constantly fresh perspective, nicely paired with solid procedural details and an outdoors education. Massacre Pond, arguably the best yet, boasts fair-minded exploration of Maine’s conflicting environmental and economic interests and marks a turning point for Bowditch, who questions his fit with a career that constantly requires suppressing his instincts.” ~Booklist

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THE BONE ORCHARD

Massacre Pond is a tough act to follow, but Doiron avoids series stagnancy by placing Bowditch outside of the law-enforcement circle he once loved and treating readers to another round of top-notch outdoors-Maine description. Highly recommended for fans of C.J. Box and Craig Johnson.” ~Booklist

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THE PRECIPICE

“Doiron brings his gift for making the Maine woods live and breathe to a taut whodunit in his stellar sixth novel featuring game warden Mike Bowditch…Multidimensional characters and a high level of suspense help make this a winner.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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WIDOWMAKER

“A violent, suspenseful, fast-paced tale written in Doiron’s customary tight, vivid prose, with his keen eye for both idiosyncratic Maine characters and the beauty of the natural landscape.” ~Associated Press

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KNIFE CREEK

“Doiron maintains a high level of suspense while adding new insights into the character of his complex lead.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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STAY HIDDEN

“Doiron captures the stark beauty of his setting without averting his eyes from the sick and starving wildlife, the rancorous feuds among the lobstermen or the homicidal impulses that push islanders off the deep end.” ~New York Times Book Review

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ALMOST MIDNIGHT

Almost Midnight twists between two crises like a braid being drawn ever tighter…each storyline reveals deeper truths about Bowditch and what ties him to people and things he loves…Doiron’s storycraft is razor sharp.” ~Maine Sunday Telegram

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ONE LAST LIE

“Before you read this book, clear your schedule. It’s the kind of story best read in one gulp…[Doiron] keeps getting better.”  ~New York Journal of Books

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DEAD BY DAWN

“Brilliant characterizations and a compelling narrative…this series just keeps getting better.” ~Booklist (starred review).

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Summer Reading Fun!

Sign up for summer reading fun for the whole family at the Fairfield Public Library. You can register here.

This week’s featured author is Jill Shalvis and her Wildstone series. These are perfect beach reads.

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS

“Shalvis has crafted a wonderful summer read that will fit right in with beach blankets, flip-flops, and maybe a little moonshine.” ~ Library Journal (starred review)

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RAINY DAY FRIENDS

“With a fast pace and a lovely mix of romance and self-discovery, Shalvis’s novel is chock-full of magnetic characters and seamless storytelling, rich with emotions, and impossible to put down.” ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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THE LEMON SISTERS

The Lemon Sisters is full of Shalvis’ signature verve and wit; it touches on sisterhood and forgiveness while also serving up plenty of romance. The perfect beach read for any romance reader.” ~ Booklist

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ALMOST JUST FRIENDS

“Tender … Believable, realistic characters are at the heart of this novel. Shalvis will immediately grab the reader’s attention with a strong heroine and caring connection between two wounded souls.” ~ Publishers Weekly

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THE SUMMER DEAL

“Readers will find it easy to root for Shalvis’s stubborn, vulnerable heroines to recognize both the decency and compassion of the sexy men who love them and their own worthiness to be loved. This heartfelt tale is thoroughly satisfying.” ~Publishers Weekly

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THE FOREVER GIRL

“Shalvis capably weaves the complex, intertwining relationships into an appealing story of second chances. This is sure to satisfy.”  ~ Publishers Weekly

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LOVE FOR BEGINNERS

“The novel whizzes by. Shalvis’s fans will be pleased with the message that everyone deserves a second chance.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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Popular Books This Month

Your friends and neighbors are busy reading and requesting books from the library. Here are a few of the most popular titles this month:

THE FOUR WINDS  by Kristen Hannah

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THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY by Matt Haig

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BLACK BUCK by Mateo Askaripour

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THE SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse

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Most Wanted Books For November

Looking for a good book? Here are a few of the most popular books at the Fairfield Public Library this month:

ANXIOUS PEOPLE
Frederik Backman

“Backman again captures the messy essence of being human…It’s clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry.” ~Washington Post

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THE BOOK OF TWO WAYS
Jodi Picoult

“A thrilling adventure . . . With Picoult’s stories, there is always something new to learn, and The Book of Two Ways is no exception. . . . A fun and interesting read, one that will lead readers to both learn a lot and also ask themselves key questions about how to create happy lives for themselves during the short time we have on earth.” ~Associated Press

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A TIME FOR MERCY
John Grisham

“Grisham has returned to the place closest to his heart… The trial is riveting…it’s striking how suspenseful the story is…how much we’re gripped by the small details.” ~Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

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Staff Picks

Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel - Audiobook

Queenie Malone’s Paradise Hotel
by Ruth Hogan

Tilda may be considered unusual by some. She can see ghosts and has particular ways of doing things. When she comes across her late mother’s diary, it’s content questions her entire childhood. Not everything is always as it appears to be. ~ Sharyn, Circulation

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Title details for News of the World by Paulette Jiles - Available

News of the World
By Paulette Jiles

The American Civil War has ended, and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels around Texas performing live readings from newspapers. Audiences are anxious for “news of the world” so his readings are always well attended. At one performance, Captain Kidd is offered $50 to transport a young orphan, who had been kidnapped by Kiowa Indians and since rescued, back to her relatives in San Antonio. Their journey back is an exercise in trust and hope. ~ Sue, Circulation

Tom Hanks will play Captain Kidd in the movie version due out in December 2020 from Universal Studios.

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Look Forward to Summer Sun & Fun With These Digital Downloads

Dreaming of summer days when you can go back to the beach? Why not read about it while you’re staying home and staying safe. Here are some of the most popular digital titles, both e-books and audio books, which you can download from Overdrive with your Fairfield Public Library card.

Title details for Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas - Available

SECRETS OF A SUMMER NIGHT
By Lisa Kleypas

“Deftly evoking not only the romantic tension between hero and heroine but also the conflicts and challenges of the Victorian era, this superb romance from Kleypas launches her new series centered on the Wallflowers, four young ladies who are sick of being snubbed and overlooked by London’s bachelors and who have banded together to find themselves husbands.” ~Publisher’s Weekly

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Title details for One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan - Available

ONE SUMMER IN PARIS
By Sarah Morgan

“Picture it: you’re eagerly anticipating the trip-of-a-lifetime to Paris with your husband of 25 years when he says he wants a divorce. Would you do what Grace does, steeling her nerves to take the trip alone? In Paris, cautious Grace meets bold 18-year-old Audrey, distraught because she’s essentially been dumped in Paris by a mother who wants to focus on her new husband, and the two make a perfect team.” ~Library Journal

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THIS COULD CHANGE EVERYTHING
By Jill Mansell

“All it takes is one email to end her relationship, get her kicked out of her apartment, and just about ruin her life. Essie Phillips never meant for her private rant about her boss to be sent to everyone in her address book, but as soon as it goes viral, her life as she knows it is over. Solution: move to a new town, find a new job, make new friends. If only it were as simple as that…” ~Amazon.com

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THE HIGH TIDE CLUB
By Mary Kay Andrews

“Perennial bestseller Andrews returns with what’s sure to be a popular beach read. Struggling small-town lawyer and single mom Brooke Trappnell receives a call from 99-year-old Josephine Warrick. Josephine has received a terminal diagnosis and wants to ensure that her family’s island estate, Shellhaven, on wild, beautiful Talisa Island doesn’t become state property. She wants Brooke’s help to make amends for becoming estranged from her oldest and dearest friends, women who called themselves the High Tide Club, by leaving Shellhaven to their remaining families… With a unique setting, mysterious flashbacks, romance, and a surprising twist, this book will not disappoint readers looking for juicy escape.” ~Booklist

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THE PERFECT COUPLE
By Elin Hilderbrand

“In this latest novel by Hilderbrand, the wealthy Nantucket-based Winbury family prepares for the wedding of younger son Benji when the maid of honor is discovered dead on the shore the morning of the ceremony…Smooth storyteller Hilderbrand succeeds in creating another domestic drama with a beach setting and a satisfying conclusion that will please a variety of readers.” ~Library Journal

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BEACH HOUSE REUNION
By Mary Alice Monroe

“Primrose Cottage on the Isle of Palms, SC, has been a constant refuge for the Rutledge women. By 53, Cara Rutledge thought she’d lived a full life, with a good career and a husband she loved. After his death three years earlier, she fled Palms. Now she’s back, with an adopted one-year-old daughter. She’s struggling to adjust to taking care of a baby until her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate, also returns to Primrose. Reunited on the island, the Rutledges will once again walk the beaches together as part of the “turtle team,” and find the strength to break a cycle of family anger and abuse…As much nature- as character-driven, this atmospheric novel depicts a lush sanctuary that draws in the needy and provides heartwarming inspiration.” ~Library Journal

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THE SUMMER WIVES
By Beatriz Williams

“In summer 1951, when 18-year-old Miranda Schuyler comes to Winthrop Island in Long Island Sound with her mother and new stepfather, she enters uneasily into the high society there even as she befriends Joseph Vargas, who helps out on his father’s lobster boat. Tension between Joseph and Miranda’s half-sister Isobel results in tragedy, shattering the balance between the island’s have-a-lots and not-so-fortunates, and Miranda does not return for nearly two decades, renowned as an actress and questing for justice. Once again, thoughtful and substantive entertainment from the New York Times best-selling author.” ~Library Journal

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THE LEMON SISTERS
By Jill Shalvis

“The Lemon Sisters is full of Shalvis’ signature verve and wit; it touches on sisterhood and forgiveness while also serving up plenty of romance. The perfect beach read for any romance reader.” ~Booklist

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NO TIME TO EXPLAIN
By Kate Angell

“In Angell’s latest Barefoot William Beach tale, Joe “Zoo” Zooker, left fielder for the Richmond Rogues, is looking for a good time when he chances on the annual beach bridal event and meets Stevie Reynolds at the garter booth. For him, it’s lust at first sight. Her reaction is one of disgust. She can’t stand his cocky, narcissistic ways. He’s not used to women rejecting him. Quite the contrary, he has his “posse,” an eager bevy of bodacious beauties ready to fulfill his every desire. How could Stevie not be smitten by him? Angell’s sometimes humorous, sometimes serious battle between an entitled professional ballplayer and a no-nonsense woman is a steamy take on the endless war between the sexes.” ~Booklist

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SECRETS IN SUMMER
BY Nancy Thayer

“After her marriage into a picture-perfect family ends in an ugly divorce, librarian Darcy Cotterill retreats to her late grandmother’s home on Nantucket, settling into a routine as a year-round resident of the popular vacation spot. She rebuilds her life with new friends, a great job, and a boyfriend, but her past comes back to haunt her when her ex-husband unknowingly rents a nearby house for the summer.” ~Booklist

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THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY
By Susan Mallery

“New York Times best-selling author Mallery starts a new series that once again creates an absorbing world in which the challenges of life are made easier with the support of true friends.” ~Library Journal

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