We’ve got another installment of the Heat Index this week and we just had to make it a creepy one! You know how when you sit around a campfire there’s just something about the darkness around you that makes everyone want to start telling scary stories? Maybe it’s the Goosebumps lover in me, but I like the thrill of getting scared. So when a few of these mysterious reads crossed the BookTrib desk, we just had to give them a try. Well, we’re here to tell you, we weren’t disappointed! Check out these fabulous thrillers that forced us to keep the lights on a little longer than normal.

Long Upon the Land, Margaret Maron (Grand Central Publishing, August 11)

long upon the land margaret maronThermometers“Combines a superb cast of recurring characters, and a rare sense of place that transports readers to rural North Carolina…. It all adds up to another sparkling chapter of the Knott family saga.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Heat Index: In the 20th and final installment of the Knott Mystery series, Maron gives us her most exciting mystery yet. When Judge Deborah Knott’s father discovers a dead body on his farm, it’s the entire Knott family that comes under suspicion. Family secrets play a major role in this amazing page-turner.

Temperature: 86°

Promises To Keep, Maegan Beaumont (Midnight Ink, August 8)

promises to keep maegan beaumontThermometers“[R]eads like the transcript of a breathlessly bloody computer game.” —Publishers Weekly

Heat Index: In Beaumont’s third installment in the Sabrina Vaughn novels, Michael teams up with Sabrina to finally bring down Livingston Shaw, the man who’s been harming innocent children. It’s a race against time for the duo who are determined to free Michael of the hold Shaw has on him and save a kidnapped child.

Temperature: 89°


The Scribe, Matthew Guinn (W.W. Norton & Company, September 14)

the scribe matthew guinnThermometers“Graphic gothic horror and 19th-century American caste politics meld with unsettling force in this (often literally) scorching whodunit… Wait till you see who―or what―is behind the mayhem.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Heat Index: In 1881, Detective Thomas Canby joins with police officer Cyrus Underwood, Atlanta’s first African-American cop, when a serial murderer starts killing Atlanta’s most elite black entrepreneurs. But Canby’s presence only makes the slayings worse and he must question his own prejudices before he can begin to put an end to the murders. This is a must-read for any mystery and history buff.

Temperature: 91°

The Gates of Evangeline, Hester Young (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, September 1)

The Gates of evangeline hester youngThermometers“[H]aunting, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful…Young handles the spectral elements with restraint as her tremendously sympathetic heroine seeks to build a new life after death.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Heat Index: When nightmares take over journalist Charlotte Cates’ mind while she sleeps, she’s desperate to find out what’s making her go crazy. What she discovers is a 30-year-old mystery that involves secrets, lies and murder – oh my!

Temperature: 93°


Fates and Furies: A Novel
, Lauren Groff (Riverhead Books, September 15)

fates and furies lauren groffThermometers“The plotting is exquisite and the sentences hum; Groff writes with a pleasurable, bantering vividness. An intricate plot, perfect title and a harrowing look at the tie that binds.” –Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

Heat Index: Groff hit the ball out of the park with this novel based on the intricacies of marriage. Lotto and Mathilde have been married for 20 years and are admired by every one of their friends. But what happens behind closed doors? This novel will absolutely take your breath away, leave your heart racing and make you want to start all over again from page one. Be prepared to be seduced.

Temperature: 97°