August Genre Highlights | Wyatt’s World

From new and established authors alike, plenty of genre titles are published in August, just in time for a final, savor-the-summer-day read. These examples span romance, historical fiction, suspense, and more.

  • The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, Bk.1) by Tessa Dare (Avon).
    The first book in Dare’s new series builds on the Beauty and the Beast theme as the Duke of Ashbury decides seamstress Emma Gladstone might do very well as his wife. Scarred from war and hoping for a marriage of convenience, he is taken off guard by her sweet pull and strong spine. Expect wit, charm, and lavish romance.
  • The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone).
    Ample intrigue and royal politics fill Gregory’s latest, which examines the lives of three sisters, all heirs to the Tudor throne. Lady Jane Grey ruled England for less than two weeks before being imprisoned in the tower of London, where she was later executed for treason against Queen Mary. Her sisters, in turn, endured the wrath of Queen Elizabeth I, her management and domination of their daily existence.
  • The Talented Ribkins by Ladee Hubbard (Melville House).
    This Indie Next pick marks Hubbard’s debut, a grand mix of crime, superhero, historical fiction, and magic realism that follows Johnny Ribkins as he tracks down and digs up buried loot secreted away during his days as a thief, when his family served on a committee of superheroes during the civil rights movement. With his niece by his side, he drives around Florida and reconnects with other members of his remarkably talented clan.
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit: Hachette).
    The final book in Jemisin’s “Broken Earth” trilogy (following The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate) continues to highlight the award-winning author’s skills in creating thematically rich novels brilliantly set, wonderfully written, and dimensionally cast. New readers must start with the first book, but longtime fans of this critically acclaimed series will flock to the continuing and complex quests of protagonists Essun and Nassun.
  • Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker (St. Martin’s).
    This psychological thriller sees two sisters mysteriously vanish from their home on New York’s Long Island Sound. Three years later, the youngest, Cass Tanner, returns to her mother’s house with the story of what happened. As her mother is not a font of kindness and the novel spins out, an FBI psychologist investigates, unveiling unforeseen layers and twists.
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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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