Finally! We are into the New Year of 2021 and it couldn’t have gotten here any sooner. We’re super excited about all of the upcoming debut books for 2021 and we’ve got a great list for you to check out here. Thrillers, mystery, rom-com, and more, here are just a few of the debuts we think you should add to your TBR this coming year.
Madam by Phoebe Wynne
Haunting and darkly feminist, Madam is the story of Rose Christie, who is hired at Caldonbrae Hall as the new Classics teacher. An elite boarding school for girls, there hasn’t been a new hire in over ten years. While Rose is excited for her new position, she quickly learns that there’s something sinister about the culture at Caldonbrae. There is a darkness at the center of the school, and Rose gets swept into that darkness and the mystery of what happened to her predecessor.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
In this cozy culinary mystery, Lila Macapagal returns home after a bad breakup but things just get worse. The family restaurant is falling apart and her ex-boyfriend, who happens to be a nasty food critic, ends up dead after a confrontation with Lila. When the cops decide that Lila is the only suspect to the murder, she takes it on herself to investigate what happened to her ex. With the help of her busybody aunts, a barista friend, and one trusted pup, Lila takes on the case, hoping that she won’t end up dead too.
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
In the 1800s there was a secret shop in London where women could purchase poison to use against the men who have wronged them. In present-day London, historian
Caroline Parcewell is alone on her tenth wedding anniversary when she discovers a clue to the apothecary murders of long ago. As she dives into the mysterious apothecary shop and the secrets buried, Caroline will connect the past with the present and learn about the secret network of women who used poison to seek revenge for wrongdoing.
The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter
New York City photographer Delta Dawn moves from behind the lens of the camera and inserts herself into the Straub family dynamic. Soon she’s babysitting for eleven-year-old Natalie, drinking wine with her parents, and considering a move into their finished garden apartment. How far will Delta go to manipulate the family before her obsession is exposed?
Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi
In this mysterious and vivid story, readers meet Antara, the adult daughter of Tara. As the story unfolds, we learn that Tara joined an ashram and chased after a homeless artist for years, with a young Antara in tow but always neglected. Now as an adult, Antara is married with a child of her own, and she is grappling with her childhood memories, while her mother Tara is forgetting her past. Whose memories are real? Can Antara heal from the betrayal of her mother when she was a child?
Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
Betrayal, the choices of motherhood, and memories are at the center of Of Women and Salt, by Gabriela Garcia. Jeanette is the daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, and is battling addiction. Desperate to learn more about her family history, she travels to Cuba to learn secrets of the past from her grandmother. Family legacy and personal and political betrayals are examined as the characters in this book tell their stories despite attempts to be silenced.
The Tiger Mom’s Tale by Lyn Liao Butler
When Lexa’s estranged father in Taiwan dies, she is tasked with the chore of returning to claim her place in her heritage or risk her family losing their home. She has never felt as if she belonged – neither white enough or Asian enough, and now she must confront the person who forced her out of Taiwan. Two half-sisters who can’t stand each other, a sexually charged mother, and a man who makes her knees weak offer support and angst as Lexa grapples with what to do. Will she open her heart and forgive, or allow the past choices of her family members to dictate her future?
Mona at Sea by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
In the Great Recession of 2008, Mona is lost. Usually a perfectionist, she is now unemployed, living at home, and completely adrift. Her parent’s marriage is crumbling and as Mona strives for a perfect life and order, she discovers that what she wants might not be attainable.
The Lockhart Women by Mary Camarillo
Set during the O.J. Simpson murder investigation, Brenda’s husband has left them and the family is struggling. Her oldest daughter Peggy thinks she’s going to college, but instead finds herself working for her dad and attending community college. High school senior Allison is falling in love with Kevin. As Brenda fixates on the O.J. case, her daughters remain self-absorbed, until Allison starts getting unexplainable bruises. In a time when their family is falling apart, the Lockhart women will come together in unexpected ways.
Hot Copy by Ruby Barrett
In this meet-cute, Corinne Blunt is the tough unapproachable executive in the office. When Wesley Chambers, the new intern, makes an office faux pas, Corinne assigns him grunt work as punishment. But Wes is going to prove to her that he’s a decent person. When he apologizes for his office mistake, Corinne believes he is truly sorry. As their office relationship turns into something more, things get complicated for both of them.