Equal parts hilarious, witty, and deeply compassionate, the Thursday Murder Club weaves a complicated murder into a touching story about growing old. The story treats its characters with dignity and respect while still managing to pack in plenty of humor. If Scooby-Doo was set at a retirement home, it would look something like this.
Equal parts steampunk fantasy and anti-colonialist alternate history, A Master Of Djinn creates a world where the arrival of magic led to Cairo becoming the most powerful city in world. When the (presumed dead) most powerful magician of all time mysteriously returns, and begins murdering civilians, it is up to government agent Fatma and her allies to get to the bottom of it, and maybe even save the world in the process.
Set in the backdrop of a Dia de los Muertos festival, Cemetery Boys delivers a spooky story about ghosts, finding love, and a young trans boy's quest to be accepted. All the while a dark plot threatens to upset the balance of life and death itself.
In Three Parts Dead, Max Gladstone has created one of the most unique fantasy worlds to date which expertly combines real world economics with magic. Necromancer-lawyer Tara Abernathy is tasked with resurrecting a dead god before he defaults on his loans and causes a worldwide financial crisis. Meanwhile, the followers of a goddess killed decades prior are stirring, poised to return to the city that betrayed them.
Despite creating a galaxy full of unique planets, cultures, and alien species, Beck Chambers somehow manages to make it feel hopeful rather than overwhelming. Perfect for fans of Firefly or anyone who just wants to spend some time with a ragtag found family finding their home amongst the stars.
Perfect for fans who wished Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell had been more queer. This delightful romance has it all: a compelling mystery, expert world-building, and a truly unique magic system.
Two agents of opposite sides of a time war discover they may have more in common than they think. What unfolds is a love story that transcends time and space itself. With prose so beautiful you'll have to read it twice!
Heartstopper meets Teen Wolf in this queer paranormal romance. Packed full with ghosts, werewolves, ancient curses, and plenty of romance, Blackwater is a perfect spooky good time.
Every 10 years, a select few demigod children are chosen to compete in the Sunbearer Trials, where one will be sacrificed to keep the world from ending. When Teo, an outcast among the other demigods, is unexpectedly chosen to compete, he will be forced to face off against former friends and alongside new allies. But only one of them can be Sunbearer. Percy Jackson meets The Hunger Games is this Latin American-inspired fantasy series.
Spell Bound has it all: Witches who drive sportscars instead of brooms, rebellion against a corrupt government institution, and an adorable queer rivals-to-lovers romance that will have you hooked from the moment they meet. Follow Rook and Sun as they learn magic, evade the law, save their teachers, and maybe even fall in love along the way.
When Meddelin Chan accidentally kills her date, she fears the worst. Luckily she has 4 Asian Aunties who will stop at nothing to protect their family. The only problem? They have to deal with the dead body while putting on a wedding for thousands of guests. What follows is a series of whacky hijinks and a story that is as heartfelt as it is funny. With plenty of humor, and a dash of romance, this is a book you won't want to miss.
Vera Wong is content to live out the rest of her life managing her failing tea shop. That is, until she finds a dead man in her shop. Upset at the incompetent police, she sets about solving the murder herself. It was an absolute joy to read this book. To slip into a world were every problem seems a little bit easier over a nice cup of tea and a kind soul to share them with. With lessons on grief and recovering from trauma, I was swept off my feet by just how much heart was packed into this book. Vera is an absolute delight to watch as she worms her way into people's lives and maybe even solves a murder.
Charlotte Illes is an FKD (Former Kid Detective) who spent her childhood finding missing pens, people, and the ocassional museum exhibit. Now a washed up 20-something, she has sworn to never solve a mystery again. Until her brother asks her to look into a seemingly innocuous mystery that soon spirals into a conspiracy involving union busting, missing people, and even murder. A perfect book for any "former gifted kid" out there.