Check out these five popular adult titles that hit the shelves in November. To see more titles, including new titles in popular series, check out the booklist New November '19 Books You'll Want to Read and our new titles page.
Summaries provided by the publisher.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world - a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon The Starless Sea.
Vermont grad student Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues - a bee, a key, and a sword - that lead him to a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the Earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians - it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead.
A twenty-something British woman falls hard for her London flatmate in this clever, fun, and unforgettable holiday comedy, We Met in December, by Rosie Curtis.
Jess is following her dream and moving to London. It’s December, and she’s taking a room in a crumbling - but grand - Notting Hill house-share with four virtual strangers. On her first night there, Jess meets Alex, the guy sharing her floor, at a Christmas dinner hosted by her landlord. They don’t kiss but, as far as Jess is concerned, the connection is clear. She starts planning how they will knock down the wall between them to spend more time together. But when Jess returns from a two-week Christmas holiday, she finds Alex has started dating someone else - beautiful Emma, who lives on the floor above them. Now Jess faces a year of bumping into (even sharing a bathroom with) the man of her dreams...and the woman of his.
Be careful who you let in: The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell.
Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported living at Cheyne Walk were gone.
Twenty-five years later, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am. She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood that's worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well - and she is on a collision course to meet them.
In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to "your people" carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition in Nothing More Dangerous, by Allen Eskens.
After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high school freshman Boady Sanden is beyond ready to move on. He dreams of glass towers and cityscapes, driven by his desire to be anywhere other than Jessup, Missouri. Then Thomas Elgin moves in across the road, and Boady's life begins to twist and turn. Coming to know the Elgins - a black family settling into a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history - forces Boady to rethink his understanding of the world he's taken for granted.
New York homicide detectives pursue a serial killer in this apocalyptic thriller by Steven Pressfield: 36 Righteous Men.
When James Manning and Covina “Dewey” Duwai are called in to investigate a string of murders, their work takes them from the headquarters of the Russian mafia in Brighton Beach to a sweltering maze of shops in Little Hong Kong, with scant leads on the killer. But when Manning and Dewey apprehend a woman fleeing one of the crime scenes, they’re brought face-to-face with the shocking truth: the Jewish legend of the hidden Righteous Men, the 36 who protect the world from destruction, is no legend at all. They are real, and they are being murdered.
Bonus Title! This isn't just another case. This is family. How far will Stephanie Plum go to protect the one person who means the most to her? Find out in Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich.
Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again - this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn't have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, "I do." A sad day for Grandma Mazur turns into something far more dangerous when Jimmy's former "business partners" are convinced that his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. But the one thing these wise guys didn't count on was the widow's bounty hunter granddaughter, who'll do anything to save her.