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Book of the week: “The Familiars” by Stacey Halls (Fiction): In 1612 in Lancaster, England, the hunt for witches is rampant. But in time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all.

Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth is with child again. As the mistress of Gawthorpe Hall, she is anxious to provide her husband with an heir. But none of her previous pregnancies have come to term.

Then she discovers a hidden letter from her physician that warns her husband that she will not survive another pregnancy.

Distraught over the frightening revelation, Fleetwood wanders the woods of Pendle Hill, where she meets a young local woman named Alice Gray. A midwife, Alice promises Fleetwood she can help her deliver a healthy baby. But soon Alice is drawn into the frenzied accusations of witchcraft sweeping the countryside.

Even the woodland creatures, the “familiars,” are suspected of practicing the dark arts. Can Fleetwood trust that Alice is really who she says she is? (

New fiction: “Cemetery Road,” by Greg Isles; “The Last Romantics,” by Tara Conklin; “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens; “The Lost Night,” by Andrea Bartz; “How It Happened,” by Michael Kroyta; “The Familiars,” by Stacey Halls; “The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Girls,” by Anissa Gray; “Sold on a Monday,” by Kristina McMorris; “You Must be Brave,” by Frances Liardet; “Reawakening the Dragon,” by Jessie Donovan; and “Whiskey When We’re Dry” by John Larison.

New mystery: “Black and Blue,” “Strip Jack,” “The Black Book,” “Tooth and Nail” and “Exit Music” — all by Ian Rankin; and “The Leopard” and “Police” by Jo Nesbit.

New nonfiction: “The Hospital by the River: a story of hope,” by Catherine Hamlin; “Let Me Finish,” by Chris Christie; and “Raising Voices: creating youth, storytelling groups and troupes” by Judy Sima.