New Novels By Francine Rivers and Jonathan Kellerman Top the List of New Book Releases This Week

Nicholas Barron

This week, Francine Rivers returns a new novel that returns Rivers’ fans to familiar territory: a historical romance set in 18th century California.

Joining Rivers’ new book, The Lady’s Mine, in this week’s new releases is a new novel by Jonathan Kellerman and a short story collection by up-and-coming writer Dantiel W. Moniz.

Below are more about these new books, hitting shelves on Feb. 8, 2022.

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The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

Francine Rivers’ The Lady’s Mine has Kathryn Walsh arriving in 1875 in Calvada, Calif., a mining town in the Sierra Nevada. She’s come to collect an inheritance from an uncle she didn’t know.

Appalled at a community filled with saloons and brothels, Walsh decides to do something about the town’s hedonistic ways. However, her actions conflict with many of Calvada’s leaders, except for Matthias Beck, who runs a hotel and saloon.

Beck may disagree with Walsh’s methods, but he feels aligned with her views and spirit. Will that acknowledgment lead to romance and love?

Rivers may be best known for 1997’s Redeeming Love, and The Lady’s Mine treads similar ground. Both novels are historical romances set in California gold country with Christian themes.

From the publisher: A delightful new western romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love.

Get the book: Amazon | Bookshop

City of the Dead by Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is back with his 37th Alex Delaware detective novel. A forensic psychologist, Delaware solves crimes with the help of his LAPD detective pal, Milo Sturgis.

City of the Dead opens with a naked man getting struck and killed by a van near UCLA’s campus. Clues lead Delaware and Sturgis to the home of Cordelia Gannett, a woman Delaware remembers from a child custody case years earlier.

Gannett is an Internet celebrity, self-help guru, and self-proclaimed psychologist. Now, though, Delaware and Sturgis uncover Gannett’s dark and sordid past.

What ensues is a classic suspenseful “whodunit,” a Kellerman trademark.

From the publisher: The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Get the book: Amazon | Bookshop

Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

Dantiel W. Moniz’s Milk Blood Heat, a short story collection and her first published book, is getting a lot of buzz.

“A lot of collections consist of some duds, yet every single page in this book is a shimmering seashell that contains the sound of multiple oceans,” reviewer Michele Filgagte writes. “Reading one of Moniz’s stories is like holding your breath underwater while letting the salt sting your fresh wounds. It’s exhilarating and shocking and even healing.”

Moniz’s work has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s Bazaar, and Tin House. Now, in Milk Blood Heat, the writer shares stories that probe humanity’s complexity through vivid, haunting characters.

One story features young girls cloaked in sorrow, mixing their blood with milk. Another tale finds a woman suffering from a miscarriage, while in another two siblings confront their father’s legacy while traveling with his ashes.

From the publisher: Wise and subversive, spiritual and seductive, Milk Blood Heat forms an ouroboros of stories that bewitch with their truth, announcing the arrival of a bright new literary star.

Get the book Amazon | Bookshop

Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Dutch horror writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt is back with Echo, a novel in which mountaineer Nick Greeves is rescued from a Swiss mountain named Le Maudit. Nick is injured, his face disfigure, and his climbing buddy, Augustin, is missing.

Nick begins questioning why he and Augustin bothered climbing Le Maudit. Meanwhile, Nick’s boyfriend, Sam, investigates what really happened on the mountain.

Nick’s mental state detiorates, and Sam discovers Augustin and Nick aren’t the only ones who suffered tragedy after visiting Le Maudit.

From the publisher: From international bestselling sensation Thomas Olde Heuvelt comes Echo, a thrilling descent into madness and obsession as one man confronts nature—and something even more ancient and evil answers back.

Get the book Amazon | Bookshop

Four new novels available on Feb. 8, 2022

Francine Rivers returns with a Christian-themed historical romance novel, and Jonathan Kellerman releases his latest Alex Delaware book.

These and books by Dantiel W. Moniz and Thomas Olde Heuvelt are four notable new book releases for Feb. 8, 2022:

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