"Dying for Mercy"
Mary Jane Clark (William Morrow, $24.99)
It's another typically lavish, elegant gala at a sprawling estate in New York's exclusive Tuxedo Park, until the wealthy host is found dead. Eliza Blake, co-host of a popular morning TV show, witnesses the grotesque scene, and decides to put together the pieces of the puzzle before a brutal murderer wipes out the entire community.
"Don't Know Much About Literature"
Kenneth C. Davis (Harper, $14.99)
Brush up on your Bronte, your Kafka, your Faulkner, your Melville and more with Davis' newest installment in the "Don't Know Much About" series of informational yet entertaining guides to just about everything. Little-known facts and fun anecdotes add insight into literature's most influential writers and works.
Joyce Maynard (William Morrow, $24.99)
Thirteen-year-old Henry has spent most of his summer playing with his hamster, trying to cheer up his heartbroken mother and daydreaming about girls, until a late-summer weekend changes everything. A mysteriously bleeding man, Frank, asks Henry for help one night, and in turn teaches Henry some vital life lessons about love, baseball, betrayal and pie.
Cathy Lamb (Kensington, $15)
After years of running away from their hometown secrets, Isabelle, Cecilia and Janie Bommarito must return to Oregon to help their family. In addition to caring for their post-open-heart surgery mother, ill grandmother and handicapped brother, and running the family bakery business, together they must face the past to embrace future happiness.
- Compiled by Kate McNaboe