Maureen Johnson's 'Nine Liars,' 'The Book of Everlasting Things': 5 new must-read books

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In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases. All books are on sale Tuesday.

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'Nine Liars'

"Nine Liars," by Maureen Johnson.
"Nine Liars," by Maureen Johnson.

By Maureen Johnson (Katherine Tegen Books, fiction)

What it's about: Senior year isn't going well for Stevie Bell, until her boyfriend David in London invites her and her friends to join him for study abroad and they're introduced to a tantalizing double-murder cold case, putting Stevie's detective skills to the test.

The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it "immersive and genre-savvy."

Exclusive excerpt: Check out Maureen Johnson's new YA murder mystery 'Nine Liars'

'The Book of Everlasting Things'

By Aanchal Malhotra (Flatiron, fiction)

What it's about: A Hindu perfumer and a Muslim calligrapher fall in love, both with each other and with their ancient crafts, against a backdrop of Indian Partition in this ravishing historical romance.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it "a quiet and moving portrait of eternal love and remembrance."

'The Secret of the Lost Pearls'

By Darcie Wilde (Kensington, fiction)

What it's about: In this Regency-era mystery, the Douglas family enlists Rosalind Thorne's help tracking down a stolen pearl necklace, but her investigations turn up dark family secrets, including murder.

The buzz: A starred review from Kirkus Reviews calls it "a compelling lesson in manners and morals."

'One Last Secret'

By Adele Parks (MIRA, fiction)

What it's about: High-class escort Dora takes one last job before calling it quits on sex work, going to a secluded estate with a client – where she quickly starts to fear for her safety.

The buzz: Kirkus Reviews calls it "a chillingly addictive story of sex, money, romance, and revenge."

'The Lost Witch'

By Paige Crutcher (St. Martin's Griffin, fiction)

What it's about: Brigid Heron, the village healer of Evermore in 1922, wakes in 2022 to find her village cursed, with no memory of how or why she time-traveled.

The buzz: "For fans of romantic fantasy adventures, this offers plenty to love," says Publishers Weekly.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New books this week: Maureen Johnson's 'Nine Liars,' 'One Last Secret'