LibraryReads, the nationwide library staff-picks list, offers the top 10 March titles public library staff across the country love:
The Lost Apothecary: A Novel by Sarah Penner (Park Row, $27.99, 9780778311010). "Caroline travels alone to London after discovering her husband's betrayal. Looking for a distraction, she finds one while mudlarking along the Thames: a small glass vial. Inspired to research its origins, Caroline uncovers a dark tale of poison and murder in the 1700s, where an apothecary owner with a unique talent, a dark past, and a keen sense of revenge meets a young girl with a curiosity that might lead her astray. A stellar debut that balances two intriguing storylines and three wonderful characters to create one page-turning story. For fans of The Clockmaker's Daughter, Once Upon a River, and The Essex Serpent." --Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, N.Y.
The Conductors by Nicole Glover (John Joseph Adams/Mariner, $15.99, 9780358197058). "Hetty and Benjy meet as Underground Railroad conductors, settling in Pennsylvania where they're known for their celestial magic. Glover does an incredible job of world building in this supernatural mystery. Her cast is almost exclusively Black, and the characters are rich, with Hetty and Benjy's relationship showcased as a lovely progression of romantic ideals. For readers of N.K. Jemisin and Victor LaValle." --Rachel Reddick, Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo.
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai (Berkley, $16, 9780593100585). "Daisy is shocked when she runs into Liam, who stood her up at her high school prom. To save her employer and Liam's family legacy, they must fake an engagement and marriage and not fall in love. A whirlwind of a romcom with South Asian American and Irish American families providing background drama and entertainment. Daisy and Liam are lovably imperfect in this quick escapist read. Give to readers who liked Take a Hint, Dani Brown and The Right Swipe." --Laura Bonds, Harris County Public Library, Houston, Tex.
Eternal by Lisa Scottoline (Putnam, $28, 9780525539766). "Set in Italy during the Fascist regime and subsequent Nazi involvement, this historical fiction, a departure for the author, is a solid dose of history told through the lives and loves of characters, personally affected by the politics. The impact of decisions and the efforts of individuals to change the course of their country and their lives are vividly portrayed. Perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Nightingale." --Carol Tuttle, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, Willoughby, Ohio
Every Last Fear: A Novel by Alex Finlay (Minotaur, $26.99, 9781250268822). "This tightly plotted thriller changes perspective and travels through time to explore a family torn apart by tragedy. The arrest of the oldest Pine son for his girlfriend's murder rocked their small town, was the subject of a high profile true crime documentary, and is followed years later by an even greater tragedy. Could these events be connected? Who is really the murderer? A gripping novel for fans of Mary Kubica or Peter Swanson." --Maggie Thomann, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook, Ill.
Float Plan by Trish Doller (St. Martin's Griffin, $16.99, 9781250767943). "After the death of her fiancé, Anna decides to complete the sailing voyage they had planned, alone. This is a heartfelt story of navigating through grief, and finding oneself and a new direction in life along the way. Good for fans of Pretending and The Fifteen Wonders of Daniel Green." --Sandra Woodbury, Burlington Public Library, Burlington, Mass.
Libertie: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616207014). "Libertie is a Black girl living with her mother, a doctor who helps slaves in their run to freedom. Libertie thinks her mother is herself enslaved by her work, but after she marries and moves to the Caribbean, things seem less clear. For readers who enjoyed Washington Black and Underground Railroad." --Marie Byars, Sno Isle Public Library, Oak Harbor, Wash.
The Lost Village: A Novel by Camilla Sten, trans. by Alexandra Fleming (Minotaur, $26.99, 9781250249258). "Set in a rural village in Sweden, where 800 inhabitants vanished in 1959, Alice and her crew set out to make a documentary about the mysterious event. The book weaves together the story of the current day documentarians with the story of the villagers of the past. For readers who enjoyed Ghost Wall and Disappearing Earth." --Sandra Heitzman, Forest Park Public Library, Forest Park, Ill.
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker (Holt, $27.99, 9781250759665). "Compelling and heartbreaking, this story brings together two of the most compelling characters you may ever meet. Duchess Day Radley and Walk are bound together by uneasy threads, each compelled to dig in and survive, even as they try to move beyond their pasts and what seem to be their inevitable futures. For readers who enjoyed The Good Daughter and The Roanoke Girls." --Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Mo.
The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett (Morrow, $27.99, 9780063050006). "When a mysterious death occurs at Windsor Castle, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Private Secretary Rozie must solve the case when MI5 and the police head in the wrong direction. A great cast of characters and a wonderful sense of setting make a fun and entertaining read. For readers who loved Hope Never Dies and Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts." --Jennifer Williams, Normal Public Library, Normal, Ill.