The Story Of America's Most Notorious Female Serial Killer Hits Shelves This Week

Plus new titles from Malinda Lo and Nnedi Okorafor.

the best new books, week of January 18
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This week brings plenty of new reads for historical fiction and thriller fans alike.

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This timely work of true-crime details the investigation and trial of the late Stan Li: a doctor who sold prescriptions for narcotics and benzodiazepines to dozens of patients every day. Written by the ADA assigned to the case, Bad Medicine is one of the year's must-reads.
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Based on a true story, Camilla Bruce's new novel takes on one of American history's most vilified women: Belle Gunness, the prolific midwestern serial killer believed to have faked her own death in a house fire — and murdered several other people in the process — in 1908.
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Years after her old boarding school shuttered in scandal, Josephine returns to visit her old haunts and is forced to confront the school's sordid history in Ellie Eaton's riveting debut novel, The Divines.
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The Barclay family needs money, and what better way to make it than by mass-producing their cook's rib sauce? Miss Mamie's sauce sells well with groundskeeper August's picture on the bottle, but tensions rise when neither of them receives any of the new product's profits.
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When her guardian dies without naming an heir, Tanya, a tavern-owner's ward, stands to lose everything she's ever known. To keep her home and livelihood, Tanya must convince the queen to bequeath the property to her, but getting to the capital will be half the battle in Wench.
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Ash author Malinda Lo's new novel is a queer, Chinatown romance set against the backdrop of the Red Scare. Last Night at the Telegraph Club centers on Lily, a 17-year-old who falls in love with another girl in 1950s San Francisco.
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The United States' first woman physician and her younger sister, also a medical doctor, take center stage in this new biography from Daughters of the Samurai author Janice P. Nimura. Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell co-founded a hospital together, among many other accomplishments.
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After gaining lethal powers, a Ghanaian girl named Sankofa sets out on a journey to better understand her shocking transformation, in Nnedi Okorafor's new Africanfuturist novella, Remote Control.
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Five old friends reconnect at an Alpine resort, only to find themselves stranded and isolated in the snowy landscape. Someone lured them there, someone who knows about their sixth friend — the one they all thought was dead.
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