Librarians by Day, Authors by Night

By Rachel Mann | April 9 2024 | NewsFrom the Author

Come nighttime these current and former library staff are writing the next big novel you’ll sink your teeth into. Browse below for forthcoming and recently published recs in mysteries, romance, fantasy, and more.



All the Colors of the Dark
From the New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End comes a soaring thriller and an epic love story that spans decades."Impeccably crafted, deeply emotional, entirely shattering. I was captivated from page one." ―Bonnie Garmus, New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

Summers End
A unique take on dark academia, featuring everyone's favorite vulpine sleuth, Vera Vixen.

The Hollywood Assistant
Offered a dream job in Hollywood with a famous director and his actress wife, an insecure woman becomes their personal assistant where their secrets and lies place her in the crosshairs of a murder investigation.

The Crimson Crown
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the greatest villain of them all? Snow White's dark queen tells her side of the story in this queer, witchy re-imagining of the classic fairy tale from the author of Malice.

We Shall Be Monsters
A Novel
A girl marked for death ventures into the wooded realm of the fairies to rescue her mother in this dark, lyrical fantasy about vengeful witches, beastly fathers, and the stories mothers tell to keep their daughters safe—from the author of Nocturne.


Louder Than Hunger

Read by Jeff Ebner with a note read by the Author

Revered teacher, librarian, and story ambassador John Schu explores anorexia—and self-expression as an act of survival—in a wrenching and transformative novel-in-verse.

But another voice inside me says,
We need help.
We’re going to die.

*This audiobook edition includes a downloadable PDF with resources from the book.

Age 10 and up

A Cryptic Clue
A retired librarian gets back to the books—and into a devilish murder case—in acclaimed author Victoria Gilbert’s new series, the perfect literary adventure for fans of Kate Carlisle and Jenn McKinlay.

How Can I Help You
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEARThe New York Times Book Review • Publishers Weekly • CrimeReads • Book RiotA LibraryReads PickThe lives of two librarians become dangerously intertwined in this razor-sharp exploration of human nature and the lure of artistic obsession.

With Love from Wish & Co.
A Novel
A heartwarming novel about what we are prepared to give—and give up—in the name of love, from the author of Star-Crossed and The Lost Love Song. Two boxes, both alike in size and shape . . .

A Novel
A fierce debut novel about mothers and daughters, haves and have-nots, and the stark realities behind the American Dream.