Fall Fiction: 9 Books That Embrace Autumn

The Bookshop on the Corner

by Jenny Colgan

Nina is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There Nina discovers plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

The Thirteenth Tale

By Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.

At Home in Mitford

By Jan Karon

In these high, green hills, the air is pure, the village is charming, and the people are kind. Yet, Father Tim, the bachelor rector, wants something more. Enter a dog the size of a sofa, an attractive neighbor who begins wearing a path through the hedge, and a lovable but unloved boy. Suddenly, Father Tim gets more than he bargained for. And readers get a rich comedy about ordinary people and their ordinary lives.

Still Life

by Louise Penny

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called onto the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

The Swallows

by Lisa Lutz

It starts with this simple writing prompt from Alex Witt, Stonebridge Academy’s new creative writing teacher. When the students’ answers raise disturbing questions of their own, Ms. Witt knows there’s more going on at the school than the faculty wants to see. Looking for answers, she finds more than she barganed for—with deadly consequences—in this dark and provocative novel.

The Secret History

by Donna Tart

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their peers. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.

The Pale Horse

by Agatha Christie

When an elderly priest is murdered, the killer searches the victim so roughly that his already ragged cassock is torn in the process. What was the killer looking for? And what had a dying woman confided to the priest on her deathbed only hours earlier? Mark Easterbrook and his sidekick Ginger Corrigan are determined to find out.

The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern

Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning. A fierce competition is underway between the two and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

Rebecca

by Daphne Du Maurier

Against the setting of a great English estate unfolds the story of Rebecca, its glamorous mistress, who had been dead for eight months. Maxim de Winter’s young and frightened second wife gradually realizes that there is some mystery surrounding her death, but it is not until the night of the big costume ball that her suspicions are confirmed and, with an ever-increasing atmosphere of impending disaster, the real story becomes known.