New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
June 4, 2023
1. Only the Dead
The sixth book in the Terminal List series. The killing of a freshman congressman reverberates for decades and James Reece faces a global conspiracy.
2. Happy Place
A former couple pretend to be together for the sake of their friends during their annual getaway in Maine.
3. Fourth Wing
Violet Sorrengail is urged by the commanding general, who also is her mother, to become a candidate for the elite dragon riders.
4. Lessons in Chemistry
A scientist and single mother living in California in the 1960s becomes a star on a TV cooking show.
June Hayward, a struggling writer, must conceal the fact that she stole Athena Liu's just-finished masterpiece after Liu's sudden death.
6. Demon Copperhead
A reimagining of Charles Dickens's
set in the mountains of southern Appalachia.
7. The 23rd Midnight
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The 23rd book in the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay Boxer tracks a copycat killer.
8. Queen Charlotte
Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz weds King George III and contends with the politics of the court.
9. Simply Lies
A former detective becomes the prime suspect in a murder case involving a man with mob ties who was in witness protection.
10. The True Love Experiment
A successful romance novelist stars as the romantic lead in a reality TV show.
11. The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece
A World War II soldier's experiences inspire a comic book, which gets adapted into a superhero movie.
12. The Covenant of Water
Three generations of a family living on South India's Malabar Coast suffer the loss of a family member by drowning.
13. Hello Beautiful
In an homage to Louisa May Alcott's
a young man's dark past resurfaces as he gets to know the family of his college sweetheart.
14. Fractal Noise
In July 2234, the crew of the Adamura investigate the mysteries of a 50-kilometer-wide pit they found on a seemingly uninhabited planet.
15. The Wedding Planner
An unmarried wedding planner contends with problems, secrets and scandals.
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A version of this list appears in the June 4, 2023 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending May 20, 2023.