From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Time of Departure: A Novel by Douglas Schofield (Minotaur, $24.99, 9781250072757). "Claire Talbot has a lot to prove in the misogynistic legal world in which she has immersed herself, but she puts it all on the line when Marcus Hastings enters her life with an old case that stirs an ominous feeling in the pit of Claire's stomach. Though the string of missing girls occurred before she was born, Claire senses a familiarity with the case, and with Marcus, that she can't explain. What begins with an ambitious young female prosecutor, a mysterious cold case, and an intriguing ex-cop who knows too much about both ends in a series of twists that readers won't see coming." --Rachel Kelley, Sunriver Books, Sunriver, Ore.
His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison (Soho Crime, $26.95, 9781616956103). "In this riveting and compassionate mystery, beloved counselor Carl Ashby is found dead at church, leaving the Mormon community devastated. But when Linda and Kurt Wallheim learn that Carl was originally a female the news turns their world inside out, directing their focus away from the bigger issues at hand. In a community that is so set with its gender roles, can the Wallheims look past that to discover who killed Carl and why?" --Rachael Drummond, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, Mich.
Tightrope by Simon Mawer (Other Press, $15.95, 9781590517239). "Picking up where he left off in Trapeze, Mawer reacquaints readers with Marian Sutro, whose role with the WWII Special Operations Executive resulted in interrogation, incarceration, and the brutalities of a concentration camp. Returning to London, Sutro attempts to put her life back together, but players from her past reemerge, leading her down the familiar paths of deceit and deception, this time within the shifting landscape of the Cold War. Mawer brilliantly blends fact and fiction, and what results is a gripping tale of suspense, intrigue, and espionage that will keep readers up late into the night." --Anderson McKean, Page and Palette, Fairhope, Ala.
For Ages 4 to 8
Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by London Ladd (Jump at the Sun, $17.99, 9781423114383). "Frederick's Journey is full of important stories and heart-wrenching illustrations. Following the life and adventures of Frederick Douglass, outspoken advocate for freedom and equality, readers will feel that this is more than just another history lesson, but rather a stirring reminder of what life was like for slaves in the United States. This book, weaving Douglass' own words with those of Rappaport, will inspire and provide hope to all readers." --Janice Tripp, Whistle-Stop Mercantile, Douglas, Wyo.
For Ages 9 to 12: Revisit & Rediscover
London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Yearling, $7.99, 9780385751841). "Salim boards the London Eye observational wheel but is nowhere to be found when the ride ends. His cousins, Ted and Kat, strive to solve his disappearance while the adults around them fear the worst. The sleuths' best asset turns out to be Ted's atypical mind. An empathic look at autism and lots of ring-true family dynamics combine in this happily perplexing mystery by beloved British author Dowd." --Carol Muller, Hicklebee's Children's Books, San Jose, Calif.
For Teen Readers
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood (Running Press, $9.95, 9780762458400). "With characters who are believable and a female lead who is compelling, Elwood has penned a captivating debut. The House of Fane is in trouble, but Asa, the youngest daughter of the House, thinks she knows how to save it. She just has to marry Eagle, the heir apparent to the throne. There's only one problem--he is her sister's fiancé. I can't wait for the next book in this new series!" --Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, Wash.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]