The Buzziest Books of February | 2021

The Buzziest Books of February | 2021

The month of February was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of February. Happy reading!


The Four Winds

by Kristin Hannah

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains.

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The Survivors

by Jane Harper

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away…

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A Court of Silver Flames

by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: February 16, 2021

The fifth book in A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas… Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

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The Paris Library

by Janet Skeslien Charles

Release Date: February 9, 2021

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

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Good Neighbors

by Sarah Langan

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world. But menace skulks beneath the surface of this exclusive enclave, making its residents prone to outrage. When the Wilde family moves in, they trigger their neighbors’ worst fears. Dad Arlo’s a gruff has-been rock star with track marks. Mom Gertie’s got a thick Brooklyn accent, with high heels and tube tops to match. Their weird kids cuss like sailors. They don’t fit with the way Maple Street sees itself.

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The Kindest Lie

by Nancy Johnson

Release Date: February 2, 2021

It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past.

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Winter’s Orbit

by Everina Maxwell

Release Date: February 2, 2021

Prince Kiem, a famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, has been called upon to be useful for once. He’s commanded to fulfill an obligation of marriage to the representative of the Empire’s newest and most rebellious vassal planet. His future husband, Count Jainan, is a widower and murder suspect.

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How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

by Bill Gates

Release Date: February 16, 2021

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | February 2021

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! December had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors John Grisham, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Elin Hilderbrand, A.G. Riddle, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction

Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Must-Read Thriller & Suspense Novels | February 2021

Must-Read Thriller & Suspense Novels | February 2021

Have you been searching everywhere for some exciting new thriller and suspense novels? We’ve created a list of some of our favorite new releases and wanted to share it with you. Don’t miss the latest from bestselling authors Nina Atwood, Edwin Dasso, Erik Therme, J.D. Robb, Jonathan Kellerman, Luanne Rice, and more. We hope you enjoy these new thriller & suspense novels!


Free Fall

by Nina Atwood

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Hannah Lee Winn has it all, or so it seems—dream home, fantasy husband, money—until she wakes up one day on the side of a mountain in California, severely injured. Was it an accident? Or was it something far worse? Did someone try to kill her, and if so, who? And why? As Hannah Lee struggles to recover from her injuries, including traumatic memory loss, her life unravels, revealing terrible mistakes and misplaced trust. Is her loving, new husband all he appears to be? Or did she marry a total stranger who now threatens her very life?

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Her Silent Shadow

by Edwin Dasso, Judith Lucci, Kevin Tumlinson, and more

Release Date: February 23, 2021

No one is safe. Obsession, abduction and murder are the order of the day. She senses the impending danger with nowhere to hide. Fear has frozen her, sapped her of her will. She hears something… Is there a killer on the loose? Someone savoring the moments in their mind… Planning, Scheming, Plotting to kill. Is there a serial killer lurking? Will she be his first victim? Don’t miss this edge-of-your-seat thrill ride consisting of thirteen brand new, psychological suspense thrillers penned by Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors.

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If She Dies

by Erik Therme

Release Date: February 21, 2021

Nine months ago, Tess’s five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in prison. It didn’t make Tess’s pain go away. Brady also has a daughter: A twelve-year-old named Eve who walks to Chandler Middle School every day. Tess knows this because she’s been watching Eve for the last three weeks. It isn’t fair that Brady’s daughter gets to live, while Tess’s daughter does not. When Eve goes missing, all eyes turn to Tess, who doesn’t have an alibi. But Tess isn’t guilty. Or so she believes.

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Faithless in Death

by J. D. Robb

Release Date: February 9, 2021

The 52nd book in the Eve Dalla Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J.D. Robb… The scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wineglasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in. But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don’t add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the body—but why did it take an hour to report it? And why is she lying about little things?

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Serpentine

by Jonathan Kellerman

Release Date: February 2, 2021

The 36th book in the Alex Delaware Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Kellerman… LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a master detective. He has a near-perfect solve rate and he’s written his own rule book. Some of those successes—the toughest ones—have involved his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. But Milo doesn’t call Alex in unless cases are “different.” This murder warrants an immediate call.

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The Shadow Box

by Luanne Rice

Release Date: February 1, 2021

After artist Claire Beaudry Chase is attacked and left for dead in her home on the Connecticut coast, she doesn’t know who she can trust. But her well-connected husband, Griffin—who is running for governor—is her prime suspect. Just before the attack, Claire was preparing for an exhibit of her shadow boxes, one of which clearly accuses Griffin of a violent crime committed twenty-five years ago. If the public were to find out who her husband is, his political career would be over.

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Interview with Edwin Dasso, One of the Authors of Her Silent Shadow

What can you tell us about your new release, Her Silent Shadow?

The set contains 13 psychological thrillers by WSJ, USA Today and Amazon best-selling authors. The stories run the spectrum for style and topics but all are engaging.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’d kept a log of strange things that I experienced over my years in medicine, thinking I’d use them for writing a book someday. My kids got tired of hearing me say, “someday I need to write a book with all this stuff” and finally told me “just do it already!” So I did. I’d enjoyed writing when I was younger and found I still did, so ended up writing a number of novels. It’s been fun!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Some that come to mind are Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy, Hong Kong by Stephen Coonts, Jackdaws by Ken Follett, Memorial Day by Vince Flynn, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. All had great characters.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Michele Obama. All kinds of things! Mostly, I want to understand her experiences as a black woman training in law and what it was like during her First Lady days.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite part is creating the first draft when all I focus on is being creative. People have often asked how I think of things to write and I tell them, when I’m in the groove, it’s like watching a movie in my head. I don’t consciously “think” about what to write – it just flows. The greatest challenge for me is typing fast enough to capture all the action!

What is a typical day like for you?

I’ve recently retired so “typical” still isn’t established. I’ve built my own house in the past 18 mos, wrote and published 2 books at the same time (I’d never do that again!). With Covid about, I’ve limited much travel or socializing but still volunteer for such things as working on fixing up homes for homeless Veterans (working with Operation Renewed Hope Foundation) and have recently come out of retirement to work at a Covid vaccine clinic. Oh yeah…I’m still writing, too!

What scene from Her Silent Shadow was your favorite to write?

My story contribution to the set is, Edge of Reality. My favorite scene is when Amanda Bass, the daughter of the main character, is attacked by 3 drunken thugs when she is leaving her college dorm. She kicks their asses! A theme throughout my books is strong female characters. I love giving them the power to be resilient and self-directed!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The Golden Rule. Simple, but powerful and if one keeps it in mind, it can be a guide to making good decisions when interacting with others. 

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Interview with Erik Therme, Author of If She Dies

What can you tell us about your new release, If She Dies?

My greatest fear, as it must be with most parents, I imagine, is the death of a child. How do you live through that moment, let alone the days, months, and years that follow? Tess, the protagonist of If She Dies, has no answer to this question: only pain, grief, and a struggling marriage. Her one solace is following and watching Eve Becker, the 12-year-old daughter of the man who killed her daughter, as a way to cope with her own loss. When Eve goes missing, Tess is the likely suspect and must learn the truth to prove her innocence.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I often joke that I learned to write by reading Stephen King, but it’s the truth. I discovered the novel Misery in junior high and immediately began crafting my own tales of horror. Most were pretty lousy, but the more King I devoured, the more respectable my writing became. Eventually I moved away from the ‘supernatural elements’ and found my own style and voice.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

My favorite novel, hands down, is Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn), which is a captivating story with dysfunctional characters you can’t help but root for. Winter’s Bone (Daniel Woodrell) is a beautiful and horrific tale of redemption, family, and survival, and A Simple Plan (Scott Smith) taught me an important “rule” of writing: tell a simple story with complex characters. I’m also a huge fan of Rachel Caine’s Stillhouse Lake series, which follows a woman who has lived through a horrible tragedy, and in many ways, was the inspiration for If She Dies. Last, but certainly not least, is Stephen King’s The Stand. King’s character development is always excellent, but there’s no question he raises the bar with this one. Even his most flawed characters have redeeming qualities—so much so, that you sometimes find yourself empathizing with the bad guys.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting the words just right. I’m a semi-compulsive organizer, and I can easily spend hours making spreadsheets, lists, or reorganizing the nooks and crannies of our home. Writing, for me, is the ultimate form of organization: You type words and sentences onto a screen​​, then rearrange them until they’re exactly the way you want.​ It’s not uncommon for me to spend an hour on a single paragraph, but once it’s finally right, it’s the most fulfilling feeling in the world.

What is a typical day like for you?

A typical writing session for me is as follows: open Word, type a few sentences, check e-mail, check Twitter, type a few more sentences, check Facebook . . . aaaand rinse and repeat. It’s a miracle I get anything written. It’s also probably the reason it takes me forever to finish a book. I do have moments where I get into the zone and write big chunks without distraction, but those are usually few and far between. Needless to say, I’m not a very prolific writer.

Any guilty pleasures?

I’m not a very outdoorsy person (outside of mowing my lawn or retrieving my mail), yet, for some inexplicable reason, I’m obsessed with reality shows like Mountain Men and Alaska: The Last Frontier. I think it’s because I’m so far removed from that life that it’s mind boggling to think people can be that resourceful and adventurous. And I commend them . . . as I sit on my couch, in front of my fireplace, eating Doritos.

What scene from If She Dies was your favorite to write?

There isn’t a particular scene that stands out, but I really enjoyed crafting the scenes between Tess and her husband Josh, as this is the first time (in six published novels) I’ve written a married protagonist. Much to my wife’s chagrin, I often found myself drawing from our real life conversations, and many of Tess and Josh’s quirks and beliefs—good and bad—are based in fact. That said, my wife had preemptive “veto” power over anything that hit too close to home.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

“Worry does nothing but steal your joy and keep you busy doing nothing.” Of course, this is often easier said than done.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | February 23

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Erik Therme, Edwin Dasso, Nina Atwood, Nalini Singh, Joe Ide, Charlaine Harris, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Books From Black Authors To Add To Your Reading List

In the spirit of celebrating Black History Month, the NewInBooks team has compiled a list of new releases by Black authors. From biographies to steamy romances, literary fiction to young adult, we’ve got something for every book worm. Please enjoy our selection and let us know if you have any recommendations!


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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | February 16

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Mark Greaney, J.A. Jance, Charles Todd, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | February 9

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including J.D. Robb, Alex Berenson, Kelley Armstrong, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Cozy Mystery Books For Your Reading List | February 2021

New Cozy Mystery Books For Your Reading List | February 2021

Cozy mystery readers are about to get some amazing new additions to their library thanks to these latest releases hitting stores. Check out our latest recommendations from bestselling authors Erin Johnson, Molly Maple, Annabel Chase, Ellery Adams, Dale Mayer, and Samantha Silver. We hope you enjoy your new books!


Spelling the Tea

by Erin Johnson

Release Date: January 27, 2021

The first book in The Vampire Tea Room Magical Mysteries Series by Erin Johnson… You’re supposed to support your guy, right? Even if it means moving away from the watery source of your witchy magic and suffering through five years of writer’s block? Minnie Wells thought so, until her soon-to-be-ex left her high and dry for another woman. Now, she’s back in Bath, with the magic of the town’s enchanted springs flowing through her veins, ready to explore her newbie witch powers and pen her novel. Bath inspired her favorite writer Jane Austen, after all. Why wouldn’t it work for her?

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Vanilla Vengeance

by Molly Maple

Release Date: January 2, 2021

The first book in the Cupcake Crimes Series by Molly Maple… Charlotte McKay doesn’t know what to expect when she moves in to take care of her elderly aunt. When Charlotte discovers a dead body her first day in the cozy town of Sweetwater Falls, she worries she may have made the wrong choice, moving from the big city to a small town. She was hoping for a family feel and a fresh start, not a shakedown from local law enforcement and an aunt who keeps disappearing right when danger nears.

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Petal to the Metal

by Annabel Chase

Release Date: January 28, 2021

The first book in The Bloomin’ Psychic Series by Annabel Chase… Forty-two-year-old Mia Thorne is not living her best life. After a disastrous career-and-relationship-ending event, she escapes New York City and moves to a sleepy river town in Pennsylvania, courtesy of a dead aunt she never knew. Aunt Hazel was the reclusive family nut, a self-proclaimed psychic. Of course, Mia’s dad always told her that she, too, had the gift, but after his death, her mother made sure to squelch the notion. No square pegs allowed!

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Ink and Shadows

by Ellery Adams

Release Date: January 26, 2021

Nora Pennington is known for her window displays, and as Halloween approaches, she decides to showcase fictional heroines like Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Madeline Miller’s Circe. A family-values group disapproves of the magical themes, though, and wastes no time launching a modern-day witch hunt. Suddenly, former friends and customers are targeting not only Nora and Miracle Books, but a new shopkeeper, Celeste, who’s been selling CBD oil products.

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Lifeless in the Lilies

by Dale Mayer

Release Date: February 2, 2021

The twelfth book in the Lovely Lethal Gardens Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Dale Mayer… What was supposed to be a leisurely stroll through a peaceful cemetery after a recent funeral turns into the start of a new case. Someone clobbers Doreen over the head and leaves her facedown among the funeral flowers.
Is it random violence? Revenge? A warning of worse to come? No one knows, not even Doreen, but one thing is certain: the attack enabled the disappearance—perhaps the abduction?

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The Witching Flour

by Samantha Silver

Release Date: January 10, 2021

The first book in the Spellford Cove Mystery Series by Samantha Silver… Robin Carter’s life is less than stellar. All she has going for her are a minimum-wage job she hates, an uncanny ability to attract the biggest losers on her dating app, and a raccoon sitting in her kitchen sink eating her chips. So, when she finds out she’s inherited a bakery in a small Washington town, Robin thinks this might just be the fresh start she desperately needs. Upon her arrival, however, Robin finds out she’s inherited more than just a small business: she’s also got her mother’s magical powers.

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