Witchy romance with purple covers seems to be a big theme of 2023, don’t they? I guess we’re gearing up for Halloween already. Time is just whooshing by this year, so without further ado, here are the September titles that have caught my eye.

As always, dates mostly refer to UK print editions, and so books may already be out in different formats or territories. Links go to Goodreads and * indicates Iโ€™ve received a review copy from the publisher.


A Shot in the Dark by Victoria Lee (Piatkus)

Suddenly A Murder by Lauren Muรฑoz (Hot Key Books)

Desert Creatures by Kay Chronister (Titan Books)


The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez (Vintage Classics)

The Changing Man by Tomi Oyemakinde (Pan Macmillan)

A History of the Roman Empire in 21 Women by Emma Southon (Oneworld)

National Dish by Anya von Bremzen (Pushkin)

The Coming Wave by Mustafa Suleyman (Bodley Head)

Fear: An Alternative History of the World by Robert Peckham (Profile)


Mammoths at the Gates by Nghi Vo (e) (Tor)

A Market of Dreams and Destiny by Trip Galey (Titan Books)

Hemlock Island by Kelley Armstrong (St. Martin’s Press)

Monstrous by Jessica Lewis (Delacorte Press)

The Collector by Laura Kat Young (Titan Books)

Playing the Witch Card by KJ Dell’Antonia (Titan Books)


Edge of Here by Kelechi Okafor (Trapeze)

The Death I Gave Him by Em X. Liu (Solaris)

Life and Otter Miracles by Hazel Prior (Penguin)

The Borrow a Boyfriend Club by Page Powars (Hodder)

If I Have To Be Haunted by Miranda Sun (Magpie)

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell (Penguin)

How to Find a Missing Girl by Victoria Wlosok (Hodder)

Assistant to the Villain by Hannah Nicole Maehrer (Penguin)

This Spells Disaster by Tori Anne Martin (Penguin)

Watch Her Run by Paula Lennon (Wildfire)

Hex and the City by Kate Johnson (One More Chapter)

Be a Birder by Hamza Yassin (Gaia)

Every Exquisite Thing by Laura Steven (Electric Monkey)

Penning Poison: A History of Anonymous Letters by Emily Cockayne (Oxford University Press)


A Study in Drowning by Ava Reid (Del Rey)*

Maeve Fly by C. J. Leede (Titan Books)

Murder and Mamon by Mia P Manansala (Berkley)

Hex Education by Maureen Kilmer (Headline Accent)

North Woods by Daniel Mason (John Murray)

The Only Girl in Town by Ally Condie (Dutton)


Starter Villain by John Scalzi (Tor)

Once a Monster by Robert Dinsdale (Macmillan)


The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab (Titan Books)

The Navigating Fox by Christopher Rowe (Tor)

The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary (Quercus)

The Undetectables by Courtney Smyth (Titan Books)


Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang (Hutchinson Heinemann)

Where Peace Is Lost by Valerie Valdes (HarperVoyager)

Divine Might by Natalie Haynes (Picador)

Black River Orchard by Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)

Sun of Blood and Ruin by Mariely Lares (HarperVoyager)

The Hexologists by Josiah Bancroft (Orbit)

You Could Be So Pretty by Holly Bourneย  (Usborne)

Technofeudalism: What Killed Capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis (Bodley Head)

Happiness Falls by Angie Kim (e) (Faber)