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Low-stakes fiction when you need a break from a high-stakes world

World-saving journeys and dark crime stories can wear you out, so here are some fantasies, mysteries, romances, and more that keep it on the lighter side.
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  • Legends & Lattes

    A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

    The much-beloved BookTok sensation from Travis Baldree, Legends & Lattes is a novel of high fantasy and low stakes.*The new paperback edition will include a very special, never-before-seen bonus story, 'Pages to Fill.'*Come take a load off at Viv's cafe, the first & only coffee shop in Thune. Grand opening!Worn out after decades of packing steel and raising hell, Viv, the orc barbarian, cashes out ... Read more

    $7.99 USD

  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built

    Book 1 - Monk & Robot
    In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk and Robot series gives us hope for the future.It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.One day, the life of a tea monk ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry

    **A Reviewers' Choice Best Book of the YearSparks fly in this enchanting fantasy novel from the author of Unnatural Magic when a down-and-out fire witch and a young gentlewoman join forces against a deadly conspiracy.**Dellaria Wells, petty con artist, occasional thief, and partly educated fire witch, is behind on her rent in the city of Leiscourt—again. Then she sees the “wanted” sign, ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

    Book 1 - Wayfarers
    The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, Hugo Award winner for Best Series!Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea

    by TJ Klune ...
    A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER!A 2021 Alex Award winner!The 2021 RUSA Reading List: Fantasy Winner!An Indie Next Pick!One of Publishers Weekly's "Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2020"One of Book Riot’s “20 Must-Read Feel-Good Fantasies”Lambda Literary Award-winning author TJ Klune’s... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold

    Book 1 - Before the Coffee Gets Cold Series
    ***OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD**NOW AN INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER***If you could go back, who would you want to meet?In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee—the chance to travel back in time.Over the course of one summer, four customers visit ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Paladin's Grace

    by T. Kingfisher ...
    Stephen's god died on the longest day of the year…Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • Summers at Castle Auburn

    by Sharon Shinn ...
    A woman blessed, or cursed, with a talent for witchcraft returns to Castle Auburn where she spent her childhood in joy-only to find an aura of dread awaiting her. ... Read more

    $7.99 USD $5.99 USD

  • Swordheart

    by T. Kingfisher ...
    Return to the world of Clockwork Boys in an all new novel of sword, sorcery, and romance by T. Kingfisher!Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle's estate... and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder ... Read more

    $5.99 USD

  • A Curious Beginning

    Book 1 - A Veronica Speedwell Mystery
    The New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries returns once more to Victorian England and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell....London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with ... Read more

    $2.99 USD

  • Under the Whispering Door

    by TJ Klune ...
    A NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, AND INDIE BESTSELLEROne of Buzzfeed's "Best Books of 2022"!An Indie Next Pick!**A Locus Awards Top Ten Finalist for Fantasy NovelA Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door, a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller The House in the Cerul... ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Thursday Murder Club

    A Novel

    by Richard Osman ...
    Book 1 - A Thursday Murder Club Mystery
    A New York Times bestseller | Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment“Witty, endearing and greatly entertaining.” —Wall Street Journal“Don’t trust anyone, including the four septuagenarian sleuths in Osman’s own laugh-out-loud whodunit.” —ParadeFour septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleevesA female cop with he... ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Half a Soul

    Book 1 - Regency Faerie Tales
    “Whimsical, witty, and brimming over with charm” (India Holton), Olivia Atwater’s delightful debut will transport you to a magical version of Regency England, where the only thing more meddlesome than a fairy is a marriage-minded mother!It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.Ever since she was cursed by a faerie, Theodora Ettings has had ... Read more

    $9.99 USD $4.99 USD

  • Murder at Pirate's Cove

    by Josh Lanyon ...
    Book 1 - Secrets and Scrabble
    First in an adorable new series!Ellery Page, aspiring screenwriter, Scrabble champion and guy-with-worst-luck-in-the-world-when-it-comes-to-dating, is ready to make a change. So when he learns he's inherited both a failing bookstore and a falling-down mansion in the quaint seaside village of Pirate's Cove on Buck Island, Rhode Island, it's full steam ahead!Sure enough, the village is charming, its ... Read more

    $5.99 USD $2.99 USD

  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

    A Mystery

    by Elle Cosimano ...
    Book 1 - The Finlay Donovan Series
    "Getting the job done" for one single mom takes on a whole new meaning in Finlay Donovan is Killing It.One of Suspense Magazine's "Best Thrillers of 2021"One of New York Public Library's Best Books of 2021Nominated for the Left Coast Crime 2022 Lefty Award for the Best Humorous Mystery“Funny and smart, twisty and surprising.”—Megan MirandaFinlay Donovan is killing it . . . except, she’s really not ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Death by Dumpling

    A Noodle Shop Mystery

    by Vivien Chien ...
    Book 1 - A Noodle Shop Mystery
    Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that helping wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on ... Read more

    $8.99 USD

  • Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies

    by Misha Popp ...
    series A Pies Before Guys Mystery
    Daisy Ellery’s pies have a secret ingredient: The magical ability to avenge women done wrong by men. But Daisy finds herself on the receiving end in Misha Popp’s cozy series debut, a sweet-as-buttercream treat for fans of Ellery Adams and Mary Maxwell.The first time Daisy Ellery killed a man with a pie, it was an accident. Now, it’s her calling. Daisy bakes sweet vengeance into her pastries, which ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Princess Bride

    S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

    William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • Arsenic and Adobo

    Book 1 - A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery
    **A RUSA Award-winning novel!The first book in a new culinary cozy series full of sharp humor and delectable dishes—one that might just be killer....**When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She's tasked with saving her Tita Rosie's failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking ... Read more

    $11.99 USD

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Book 1 - World of Howl
    This entrancing classic fantasy novel is filled with surprises at every turn. An international bestseller, this much-loved book is the source for the Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • The Ex Hex

    A Novel

    by Erin Sterling ...
    New York Times BestsellerErin Sterling casts a delightful spell with a spine-tingling romance full of wishes, witches, and hexes gone wrong.“A delightful and witty take on witchy mayhem.” — PopsugarNine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic ... Read more

    $10.99 USD

  • The Murder at the Vicarage

    A Miss Marple Mystery

    Book 1 - Miss Marple Mysteries
    The Murder at the Vicarage is Agatha Christie’s first mystery to feature the beloved investigator Miss Marple—as a dead body in a clergyman’s study proves to the indomitable sleuth that no place, holy or otherwise, is a sanctuary from homicide.Miss Marple encounters a compelling murder mystery in the sleepy little village of St. Mary Mead, where under the seemingly peaceful exterior of an English ... Read more

    $9.99 USD

  • Under Lock & Skeleton Key

    A Secret Staircase Mystery

    by Gigi Pandian ...
    "Wildly entertaining." —The New York Times Book ReviewKnown for her wonderfully addictive characters, multiple award-winning author Gigi Pandian introduces her newest heroine in this heartfelt series debut. Under Lock & Skeleton Key layers stunning architecture with mouthwatering food in an ode to classic locked-room mysteries that will leave readers enchanted.An impossible crime. A family legacy. ... Read more

    $13.99 USD

  • The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

    by Abbi Waxman ...
    **Instant USA Today bestseller!“Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin“Meet our bookish millennial heroine—a modern-day Elizabeth Bennet, if you will… Waxman’s wit and wry humor stand out. She is funny and imaginative, and “Bookish” lands a step above run-of-the-mill romantic comedy fare.”—The Washington Post“Abbi Waxman offers up a quirky ... Read more

    $9.99 USD