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LJ Fiction Reviews: December 1, 2015

Below is a list of Fiction, Mystery, SF/Fantasy, and Romance titles to be reviewed in the December 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal, organized by subject. The list includes pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

Starred reviews are indicated with **.

Publishers: Please remember to send us one finished copy of each book that is scheduled for review (i.e., all of the forthcoming titles listed below) if you initially submitted a galley or bound manuscript. Our reviewers are not paid, and we like to send a finished copy of the reviewed book as a thank you. Materials should be mailed to: Library Journal, 123 William Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10038.

FICTION

Aboulela, Leila. The Kindness of Enemies. Grove. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780802124487. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780802190178. F 

Aira, César. Dinner. New Directions. 2015. 96p. tr. from Spanish by Katherine Silver. ISBN 9780811221085. pap. $13.95; ebk. ISBN 9780811221092. F

laydownyourwearytune112515Belcher, W.B. Lay Down Your Weary Tune. Other Pr. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781590517468. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781590517475. F [DEBUT]

Bennett, Vanora. Midnight in St. Petersburg. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781250079435. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466892163. F

Betancourt, Ingrid. The Blue Line. Penguin Pr. Jan. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781594206580. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698196537. F [DEBUT]

Copleton, Jackie. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding. Penguin. Dec. 2015. 302p. ISBN 9780143128250. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698407329. F [DEBUT]

Enrigue, Álvaro. Sudden Death. Riverhead. Feb. 2016. 240p. tr. from Spanish by Natasha Wimmer. ISBN 9781594633461. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698179035. F

Fishman, Boris. Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo. Harper. Mar. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780062384362. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062384386. F

Greene, Vanessa. The Seafront Tearoom. Berkley. Dec. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780425281260. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698195790. F

Halverson, Seré Prince. All the Winters After. Sourcebooks Landmark. Jan. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781492615354. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492615361. F

**Hepworth, Sally. The Things We Keep. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781250051905. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466852648. F

Herron, Mick. Real Tigers. Soho Crime. Jan. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781616956127. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616956134. F

**Hill, Lawrence. The Illegal. Norton. Jan. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780393070590. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393285468. F

Holland, Noy. Bird. Counterpoint. 2015. 176p. ISBN 9781619025646. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781619026650. F

**Hoover, Michelle. Bottomland. Black Cat. Mar. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780802124715. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780802190246. F

Jiles, Paulette. News of the World. Morrow. Apr. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780062409201. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062409225. F

**Johnson, Julia Claiborne. Be Frank with Me. Morrow. Feb. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062413710. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062459060. $18.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413734. F [DEBUT]

inanotherlife112515**Johnson, Julie Christine. In Another Life. Sourcebooks Landmark. Feb. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781492625209. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492625216. F [DEBUT]

**Joinson, Suzanne. The Photographer’s Wife. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781620408308. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781620408322. F

**Kang, Han. The Vegetarian. Hogarth: Crown. Feb. 2016. 192p. tr. from Korean by Deborah Smith. ISBN 9780553448184. $21; ebk. ISBN 9780553448191. F

**Kelman, Stephen. Man on Fire. Bloomsbury USA. Feb. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781632864390. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781632864413. F

Lynch, Katie. Confucius Jane. Forge. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780765381682. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780765383792. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466883529. F [DEBUT]

McCallum, David. Once a Crooked Man. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781250080455. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466892484. F [DEBUT]

McMan, Ann. Backcast. Bywater. Dec. 2015. 374p. ISBN 9781612940632. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781612940649. F

**Osborne, Lawrence. Hunters in the Dark. Hogarth: Crown. Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780553447347. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780553447354. F

**Read, Piers Paul. Scarpia. Bloomsbury USA. Mar. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781632863249. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781632863256. F

Rodoreda, Mercè. War, So Much War. Open Letter. 2015. 220p. tr. from Catalan by Maruxa Relaño & Martha Tennent. ISBN 9781940953229. pap. $13.95; ebk. ISBN 9781940953236. F

Schulman, Sarah. The Cosmopolitans. Feminist. Mar. 2016. 392p. ISBN 9781558619104. $27.95; pap. ISBN 9781558619043. $18.95; ebk. ISBN 9781558619050. F

**Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Philomel. Feb. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780399160301. $18.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698172623. F

Solomons, Natasha. The Song of Hartgrove Hall. Plume. Dec. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780147517593. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698407022. F

Valentine, Tamara. What the Waves Know. Morrow. Feb. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780062413857. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413840. F [DEBUT]

Wilson, Sari. Girl Through Glass. Harper. Jan. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062326270. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062326294. F [DEBUT]

SHORT STORIES

**Ellis, Helen. American Housewife. Doubleday. Jan. 2016. 208p. ISBN 9780385541039. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780385541046. F

Healy, Dermot. The Collected Short Stories. Dalkey Archive. 2015. 288p. ed. by Keith Hopper & Neil Murphy. ISBN 9781564785985. $26; pap. ISBN 9781564786784. f

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MOM’S GOT A SECRET

**Ross, Helen Klein. What Was Mine. Gallery. Jan. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781476732350. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781476732367. F

Sheehan, Jacqueline. The Center of the World. Kensington. Jan. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781617738968. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781617738975. F

MYSTERY

killingtrail112515DEBUT OF THE MONTH

**Mizushima, Margaret. Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery. Crooked Lane. Dec. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781629533810. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9781629534862. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629533827. M

CHECK THESE OUT

Friedman, Daniel. Riot Most Uncouth: A Lord Byron Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250027597. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250027580. M

Hawken, Sam. The Night Charter. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Dec. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780316299213. $26; ebk. ISBN  9780316299251. M

Milton, Nina. Beneath the Tor: A Shaman Mystery. Midnight Ink. Dec. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9780738743820. pap. $14.99. M

Powers, Kim. Dig Two Graves. Tyrus. Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781440591914. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9781440591921. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781440591938. M

**Schofield, Douglas. Time of Departure. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781250072757. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466884618. M [DEBUT]

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn. Haunting Investigation: A Chesterton Holte Mystery. Smoke & Shadow. Dec. 2015. 380p. ISBN 9781943052011. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781943052004. $19.99. M

COZY CORNER

Cox, Susan. The Man on the Washing Machine. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250065803. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872790. M [DEBUT]

Esposito, Shannon. Faux Pas: A Paws and Pose Mystery. Severn House. Dec. 2015. 208p. ISBN 9780727885395. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780106991. M

Hartwell, Sadie. Yarned and Dangerous: A Tangled Web Mystery. Kensington. Dec. 2015. 250p. ISBN 9781617737176. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781617737190. M [DEBUT]

Orgain, Diane. Yappy Hour. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9781250069115. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466877924. M

SERIES LINEUP

deathcomestokurlandhall112515Cutler, Judith. Guilty As Sin: A Lina Townend Mystery. Severn House. Dec. 2015. 224p. ISBN 9780727885364. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780107059. M

Dunnett, Kaitlyn. The Scottie Barked at Midnight: A Liss MacCrimmon Scottish Mystery. Kensington. Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780758292872. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780758292902. M

Lloyd, Catherine. Death Comes to Kurland Hall: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery. Kensington. Dec. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780758287373. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780758287380. M

Ramsey, Frederick. The Vulture: An Ike Schwartz Mystery. Poisoned Pen. Dec. 2015. 252p. ISBN 9781464204760. $26.95; pap. ISBN 9781464204784. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464204791. M

ADDITIONAL MYSTERY

Bannister, Jo. Desperate Measures. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250075666. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466887091. M

Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the Waterloo Map: Being a Jane Austen Mystery. Soho Crime. Feb. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781616954253. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616954260. M

**Khan, Ausma Zehanat. The Language of Secrets. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781250055125. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466858251. F

ROMANCE

PROTAGONISTS IN PERIL

insearchofscandal112415Anderson, Catherine. New Leaf. Signet: NAL. (Mystic Creek, Bk. 2). Jan. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780451418357. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101611234. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

**Chase, Loretta. Dukes Prefer Blondes. Avon. (Dressmakers, Bk. 4). Jan. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062100344. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062098276. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

D’Alba, Cynthia. Texas Hustle. Samhain. (Texas Montgomery Mavericks, Bk. 6). Dec. 2015. 248p. ISBN 9781619232389. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781619231290. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Daniels, B.J. Lucky Shot. HQN: Harlequin. (Montana Hamiltons, Bk. 3). Dec. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780373788552. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460390283. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Frampton, Megan. One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild. Avon. (Dukes Behaving Badly, Bk. 3). Jan. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062412782. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062412775. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Kimmel, Kathleen. A Lady’s Guide to Ruin. Berkley Sensation. (Birch Hall, Bk. 1). Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781101986790. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101986806. HISTORICAL ROMANCE [DEBUT]

**Krentz, Jayne Ann. Secret Sisters. Berkley. Dec. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780399174483. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698193666. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Lord, Susanne. In Search of Scandal. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (London Explorers, Bk. 1). Dec. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781492623502. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492623519. HISTORICAL ROMANCE [DEBUT]

McCarty, Monica. The Rock. Pocket. (Highland Guard, Bk. 11). Jan. 2016. 419p. ISBN 9781501108785. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501108808. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

**MacLean, Sarah. The Rogue Not Taken. Avon. (Scandal & Scoundrel, Bk. 1). Jan. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9780062379412. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062379399. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Maxwell, Cathy. The Match of the Century. Avon. (Marrying the Duke, Bk. 1). Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780062388612. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388629. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Scott, Regina. Instant Frontier Family. Love Inspired Historical. (Frontier Bachelors, Bk. 4). Jan. 2016. 290p. ISBN 9780373283422. pap. $5.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488007682. INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE

PLAYING IT SAFE(R)

heirtotheduke112515Ashford, Jane. Heir to the Duke. Sourcebooks Casablanca. (Duke’s Sons, Bk. 1). Jan. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9781492621560. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492621577. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

**Higgins, Kristan. Anything for You. HQN: Harlequin. (Blue Heron, Bk. 5). Jan. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780373789085. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460391891. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Lerner, Rose. Listen to the Moon. Samhain. (Lively St. Lemeston, Bk. 3). Jan. 2016. 316p. ebk. ISBN 9781619228979. $5.50. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

SECOND TIME AROUND

Gerritsen, Tess. Whistleblower. Severn House. Dec. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780727885401. $28.95. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Laurens, Stephanie. A Lady of Expectations. Severn House. (Lester Family, Bk. 2). Jan. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780727885517. $28.95. REGENCY ROMANCE

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

curseofjacob112515DEBUT OF THE MONTH

**Messinger, Holly. The Curse of Jacob Tracy. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250038982. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466834316. HORROR

CHECK THESE OUT

**Anders, Charlie Jane. All the Birds in the Sky. Tor. Jan. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780765379948. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466871120. FANTASY

**Bennett, Robert Jackson. City of Blades. Broadway: Crown. (Divine Cities, Bk. 2). Jan. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9780553419719. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780553419726. FANTASY

Bujold, Lois McMaster. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. Baen. (Vorkosigan Saga, Bk. 17). Feb. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781476781228. $27. SF

Chadwick, Frank. Come the Revolution. Baen. Dec. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781476780955. pap. $15. SF

Charnock, Anne. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind. 47North: Amazon. Dec. 2015. 268p. ISBN 9781503950436. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781503954205. SF

DuBois, Brendan. Dark Victory: A Novel of the Alien Resistance. Baen. Jan. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781476780924. pap. $15. SF

Elton, Ben. Time and Time Again. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781250077066. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466888906. SF

Lambert, Charles. The Children’s Home. Scribner. Jan. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9781501117398. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781501117411. HORROR

Resnick, Mike. The Prison in Antares. Pyr: Prometheus. (Dead Enders, Bk. 2). Dec. 2015. 300p. ISBN 9781633881020. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781633881037. SF

Ruff, Matt. Lovecraft Country. Harper. Jan. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062292063. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062292087. HORROR

**Tregillis, Ian. The Rising. Orbit: Hachette. (Alchemy Wars, Bk. 2). Dec. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780316248013. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316387309. SF

SERIES LINEUP

ashandsilver112515Allan, Jay. Enemy in the Dark. Harper Voyager. (Far Stars, Bk. 2). Dec. 2015. 448p. ISBN 9780062388926. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388940. SF

Berg, Carol. Ash and Silver. Roc: NAL. (Sanctuary, Bk. 2). Dec. 2015. 496p. ISBN 9780451417268. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781101603116. FANTASY

Flint, Eric & Andrew Dennis. 1635: A Parcel of Rogues. Baen. (Ring of Fire, Bk. 20). Jan. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781476781099. $26. SF

Koch, Gini. Alien in Chief. DAW. (Alien Novels, Bk. 12). Dec. 2015. 560p. ISBN 9780756410070. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698161719. SF

Older, Daniel José. Midnight Taxi Tango. Roc: NAL. (Bone Street Rumba, Bk. 2). Jan. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9780425275993. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698166813. FANTASY

COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES

Zahn, Timothy. Pawn’s Gambit. Open Road. Jan. 2016. 342p. ISBN 9781504016223. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781504016209. SF

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