Look no further for your October book club pick. We’ve rounded up six of this month’s must-read novels. Whether your group wants to visit an alternate Wild West or join a billionaire’s scavenger hunt, we’ve got a book that is sure to keep you talking.
Want even more book club recommendations? Check out our Fall Previews for a look at the best books of the season.
Diana Biller’s debut novel transports readers to the Gilded Age, where they’ll meet Alva Webster, who’s returning to Hyde Park, New York after the death of her abusive husband. There she purchases Liefdehuis, a crumbling mansion in need of some serious TLC. Rumor has it that the home is haunted. Alva tries to ignore the speculation about specters until the handsome Professor Samuel Moore arrives on her doorstep, determined to uncover the secrets Liefdehuis is hiding. Alva reluctantly agrees to help him and together they begin to unravel the mystery. If your book club loves historical fiction, romance, and mysteries, this blend of all three is sure to be a hit.
Readers, meet Tuesday Mooney. She works in fundraising at a Boston hospital and lives a relatively quiet life, but everything changes when billionaire Vincent Pryce passes away. Pryce was a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe, and before he died, he set up a massive city-wide treasure hunt with a large monetary prize. Tuesday joins in on the search alongside several friends, and finds herself wrapped up in a puzzle that is far more challenging than anything she and her teammates could have imagined. Your book club will love the Poe references, the thrill of the hunt, and Kate Racculia’s vibrant characters.
Stealing Green Mangoes by Sunil Dutta
For book clubs hooked on memoirs, Stealing Green Mangoes is a great book to read and discuss this month. Author Sunil Dutta and his brother Raju grew up together under exceedingly difficult circumstances during the partition of India. Sunil went on to become a police officer in Los Angeles, while Raju fell into a life of crime. When Sunil was diagnosed with lung cancer, he decided to try to unpack how he and his brother ended up with such different lives, which is exactly what he does in this book. Your club will be fascinated by Sunil’s examination of how we become the people we are.
Clementine and her sister Aster are known as Good Luck Girls, branded with tattoos on their throats that mark them as sex workers. On Clem’s first night working at their brothel, she accidentally kills her first customer. The sisters decide to run and are joined by three other girls looking to escape. Together, they begin to search for Lady Ghost, a woman they believe can remove the tattoos from their necks. Set in an alternate Wild West, this YA debut is sure to keep your group busy all night talking about Davis’ worldbuilding, power dynamics, and this band of powerful teen girls. Already eager to dive in? You can read an excerpt here!
Deborah Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series is beloved for a reason, and we think your club will love chatting about the 18th installment, A Bitter Feast (no need to start with the first in the series). In it, power couple Duncan and Gemma (he is a Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent and she is a Detective Inspector) plan to unwind in the scenic Cotswolds with their children for a few days. While there, they plan to attend a fancy luncheon that will draw a big crowd. Of course, the trip doesn’t go according to plan, and Duncan and Gemma find themselves involved in a murder investigation. Buckle up, readers, and enjoy your trip to the Cotswolds.
Is your book club missing Game of Thrones and longing for another epic fantasy to sweep you away? We’ve got just the thing. While seeking shelter from an ice storm created by a dragon, Janel Theranon asks the demigod Kihrin D’mon for help. She begins to recount the dangerous journey that brought her to Kihrin, the prophecy she fears is coming true, the dragon she must slay, and the fate of her people if he doesn’t agree to help. This is a follow up to Lyon’s The Ruin of Kings–the storylines run parallel so readers unfamiliar with the first can easily start here.