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Our top 10 books of July 2023

Our top 10 books for July 2023 include Ruth Ware’s engrossing technothriller, the latest from rising rom-com star Rachel Lynn Solomon and an ode to owls.

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Book jacket image for A Lady's Guide to Scandal by Sophie Irwin
Contemporary Romance

Sophie Irwin’s Regency-set novel boasts an impressively unpredictable love triangle, plus standouts from Jess Everlee and Jodie Slaughter in this month’s romance column.

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Book jacket image for First to the Front by Lorissa Rinehart
History

Lorissa Rinehart’s authoritative biography makes it clear why Dickey Chapelle, a courageous photojournalist and the first female war correspondent to be killed in combat, deserves wider recognition.

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Book jacket image for The Housekeepers by Alex Hay
Mystery & Suspense

Alex Hay’s The Housekeepers is mischievous, suspenseful and just plain fun as it follows a gang of female thieves in Edwardian England.

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Book jacket image for Loot by Tania James
Fiction

Tania James’ third novel is brilliant and unique, her creative liberties mixing well with the historical realities of colonialism and migration.

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Book jacket image for Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Contemporary Romance

Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sharp, funny and penetrating Business or Pleasure dives into the messiness of life and emerges with a truly romantic love story.

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Book jacket image for What the Dead Know by Barbara Butcher
Memoir

Writing in a fast-paced and precise style, Barbara Butcher shares a treasure trove of stories from her 22 years as a death investigator in New York City.

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Book jacket image for Zero Days by Ruth Ware
Mystery & Suspense

Ruth Ware’s action-packed thriller Zero Days is as much an exploration of grief as it is a warning about the vagaries of technology.

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Book jacket image for Oh No
Children's

Oh No, the Aunts Are Here is a spirited gem of a book that courses with energy and enthusiasm as it explores what it’s like to have a quiet life temporarily transformed into a very different sort of existence.

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Book jacket image for What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman
Animals

Bestselling author and passionate bird advocate Jennifer Ackerman goes around the world to find out why owls so intrigue humans in her wide-ranging and wonderful new book.

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Book jacket image for Reproduction by Louisa Hall
Fiction

Throughout her slim fourth novel, Louisa Hall continually returns to the conversation between art and science, and to the enduring truth that no action or reaction exists in a vacuum.

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