weekend getaway

Because nothing says 'I'm going to crush this weekend' like a new book and a comfy spot to read.

Get Swept Up in Adventure in 1920s Mexico With 'Gods of Jade and Shadow'
Get Swept Up in Adventure in 1920s Mexico With 'Gods of Jade and Shadow'
Casiopea is a heroine you can believe in: smart, brave, sweet but scrappy. Each of her days is much like the one before and the one after, until she meets the Mayan god of death and has the adventure of her life.
Get Ready to Rumble with a Roller Derby Mystery in 'Rolling Thunder'
Get Ready to Rumble with a Roller Derby Mystery in 'Rolling Thunder'
Who could resist women on wheels, racing around the track and tackling each other with glee? Certainly not (anti)hero Hammerhead Jed, pro-wrestler-turned-P.I., who delves into Vancouver's dark side to solve a case.
Gourmet Meals, Champagne, and Adventure Aboard a Vintage Train in 'The Dining Car'
Gourmet Meals, Champagne, and Adventure Aboard a Vintage Train in 'The Dining Car'
Is there anything quite so romantic as the notion of riding the rails? This weekend, embark on a madcap adventure across the United States while you relax in the velvet-linen-and-teak luxury of a vintage train car.
Salem is Bewitching and Beguiling in 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane'
Salem is Bewitching and Beguiling in 'The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane'
Who could possibly resist the allure of secret family history, a crumbling mansion, a hidden 17th-century book, and an antique key?! Certainly not our heroine Connie Goodwin, which makes for a great story, indeed.
Sneak Into Tel Aviv, Vienna, London, Paris, and More With Super-Spy Gabriel Allon
Sneak Into Tel Aviv, Vienna, London, Paris, and More With Super-Spy Gabriel Allon
Let's go jet-setting around the world this weekend (from the safety of our couches, obvs). Yes, it's potentially dangerous, but when you're hanging out with the world's best assassin, excitement is to be expected.
Travel to Victorian Yorkshire and Meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'
Travel to Victorian Yorkshire and Meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'
This weekend, travel back in time in Yorkshire and meet Helen Graham, a surprisingly independent woman who finds herself stuck in the social mores of the Victorian age — until she forges her own path to happiness.
Adventure in WWII Yugoslavia with Detective Bernie Gunther in 'The Lady from Zagreb'
Adventure in WWII Yugoslavia with Detective Bernie Gunther in 'The Lady from Zagreb'
This weekend, travel back to the 1940s with Bernie Gunther, a good detective and good man in bad circumstances. You'll visit Yugoslavia, go toe-to-toe with Joseph Goebbels, fall in love — and oh! solve a murder.
It's Music, Mystery, and Murder at an Isolated Hotel in 'Bellweather Rhapsody'
It's Music, Mystery, and Murder at an Isolated Hotel in 'Bellweather Rhapsody'
An isolated hotel. A brutal snowstorm. A mysterious death. And a high school music festival?! This novel has everything! It's a thrill ride, and we love when an author bends our favorite literary tropes to her will.
Travel from Old Czechoslovakia to Sunny L.A. with the Magical Novel 'The Trick'
Travel from Old Czechoslovakia to Sunny L.A. with the Magical Novel 'The Trick'
Let this story enthrall you as it travels from you from WWII-era Czechoslovakia to modern Los Angeles with a family of unforgettable characters. It will make you believe in the pure, unstoppable magic of love.
Get Caught Up in Brontë-Mania with the Literary Thriller 'The Madwoman Upstairs'
Get Caught Up in Brontë-Mania with the Literary Thriller 'The Madwoman Upstairs'
Literary mysteries abound in this smart, suspenseful love letter to literature set at Oxford University. Our heroine Samantha has known too much tragedy for her young age, and her life is about to upended again.
Solve a Mystery and Drink Champagne with Phryne Fisher in Australia
Solve a Mystery and Drink Champagne with Phryne Fisher in Australia
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to Queenscliff, Australia. You'll enjoy a lovely holiday by the sea and join in the search for buried treasure. A little bubbly and a pearl-handled pistol go a long way.
It's Moxie, Mayhem, and Murder in Victorian London with 'A Murderous Relation'
It's Moxie, Mayhem, and Murder in Victorian London with 'A Murderous Relation'
London, 1888. So posh, polite, and perilous. Go undercover with Veronica Speedwell and her partner Stoker as they try to avert royal embarrassment, dodge flying bullets, thwart Jack the Ripper, and flirt up a storm.
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