Seasonally stressed? Read a book

The busyness of December may take you away from your regular reading habit so take note of a few of these new releases so you can catch up when the holiday rush ends.

In the meantime, pick up a cozy book from our holiday display. They’re short and sweet and give you a few moments of relief from your hectic schedules.

Nora Roberts has a new three-book series called The Chronicles of the One and book 3, “The Rise of Magicks” was just released. It begins in a post-apocalyptic world where magic rises as the power of science and technology recedes. The witchcraft practiced by Lana is good but there is also unimaginable evil in surprising places. The story follows a handful of survivors as they shape their new lives in a world where nothing is certain.

James Patterson has a new Alex Cross mystery called “Criss Cross.” Alex Cross is called to a copycat murder after witnessing the execution of a man he helped convict. But the corpse has a note that says, “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Cross is soon racing from crime scene to crime scene and spotting familiar details that are linked to the Cross family secrets. His life is on the line but I have a feeling he’ll be okay.

Danielle Steel’s latest is called “Spy” and is perfect for lovers of historical fiction. Alexandra was once presented to King George V and Queen Mary wearing satin and lace but life changes significantly when she joins the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Soon she’s drafted to become a secret agent and must hide her activities from family, friends and lovers.

Alan Furst returns to one of his favorite subjects in his latest book titled “Under Occupation.” In it, Paris is gripped by the privations of World War II, and Ricard, an author plagued by writer’s block is asked to join the resistance. Many consider Furst to be the best modern day writer of espionage fiction.

M.C. Beaton continues her long-lasting Agatha Raisin series with “Beating About the Bush.” Raisin is on the trail of a murderer who dumped the elderly Mrs. Dunwiddy’s body in the woods outside of Mircester. As always, Agatha fumbles her way to solving the murder as she faces factory bosses and Russian officials who do not want to cooperate with the amateur detective. At the same time, she struggles with her feelings for long-time friend Sir Charles Firth.

Other authors with new releases include Tom Brady, Rita May Brown, Bernard Cornwell, Dexter Palmer, Anne Perry, Susan Wilson, Ace Atkins, Eliza Casey, Janet Evanovich, Jessica Fletcher, Con Lehane and Noble Shelley. Happy reading everyone.

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Tina Winstead is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Monday. Her columns may also be found online at

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