The Scribe of Siena

Sara’s Pick: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer When Beatrice Trovato, a neurosurgeon in New York, has to go to Siena, Italy to deal with the estate of her historian brother who has been writing about the city during the time of the Plague, she finds her face in the paintings of an artist…

The Question of the Missing Head

Sara’s Pick: The Question of the Missing Head by E. J. Copperman and Jeff Cohen Who stole a frozen head from the cryogenics institute? Samuel Hoenig is glad you asked. He answers questions for a living, his Asperger’s syndrome enabling him to take a unique look at other’s problems (as long as they are presented…

A Robot in the Garden

Sara’s Pick: A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install This is a delightful story of a man (Ben) who finds a broken robot (Tang) in his garden and sets out on a mission to find someone who can fix him. Ben’s life is falling apart and he decides to do something worthwhile by helping…

Magpie Murders

Sara’s Pick: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Alan Conway is a disagreeable, but popular mystery author whose books are set in the English countryside. A cleaning lady dies in an accident (or was she pushed?), the lord of the manor is murdered, his Roman antique coins and jewelry are stolen … Then Alan dies after…

It’s Always the Husband

Sara’s Pick: It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell Three college roommates: an out-of-control New York sophisticate, a townie, and one on scholarship from the Midwest, share a dysfunctional relationship with each other at a small Ivy League school. There is a shocking tragedy spring of their freshman year and a murder twenty years later…

I’m Traveling Alone

Sara’s Pick: I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork Someone is killing six-year-old girls and posing them with their school backpacks at their feet and a note saying “I’m traveling alone”. Police race to stop the killer as they realize the granddaughter of the chief investigator is the next target. A psychological thriller with another twist…

Gone Without a Trace

Sara’s Pick: Gone Without a Trace by Mary Torjussen Hannah is excited to share the news of her impending promotion with her live-in boyfriend Matt, only to discover when she arrives home that every trace of him has been removed from their house. But while she searches for him, he seems to be coming back…

The Garden of Small Beginnings

Sara’s Pick: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman A young widow who illustrates books for a living is asked to take a gardening class in preparation for illustrating a new book for her publishing house. She includes her 2 young daughters and her sister and meets an eclectic group of people who soon…

The Heirs

Sara’s Pick: The Heirs by Susan Rieger Six months after Rupert Falkes passes away, his wife Eleanor and his 5 adult sons are sued by a woman who claims to have been his mistress and have 2 sons by him. He has apparently provided for them for decades and she is unhappy not to have…

Missing Reels

Sara’s Pick: Missing Reels by Farran Smith Nehme Set in New York in the 1980’s a young woman transplanted from Mississippi, finds out her downstairs neighbor is a silent movie star with a movie that has been forgotten and lost. Her quest, with the aid of an English math professor, is to recover the film….

Father’s Day

Sara’s Pick: Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy Orphaned when her parents are killed in a car accident, six-year-old Harvey discovers her lone relative is an uncle, a recovering alcoholic and disabled felon. With the aid of Wanda, an unconventional social worker, Jason is convinced to take in Harvey and the novel then moves back and…