LJ Fiction Reviews: December 2016

Below is a list of Fiction, Mystery, Romance, and SF/Fantasy titles to be reviewed in the December 2016 issue of Library Journal. These lists include 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

Batuman, Elif. The Idiot. Penguin Pr. Mar. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781594205613. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101622513. F DEBUT

lightofthegarden-jpg111816Burch, Heather. In the Light of the Garden. Lake Union: Amazon. Jan. 2017. 360p. ISBN 9781503941144. pap. $14.95. F

**Butler, Nickolas. The Hearts of Men. Ecco: HarperCollins. Mar. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062469687. $22.52; ebk. ISBN 9780062469700. F

Darnielle, John. Universal Harvester. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9780374282103. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780374714024. F

**Dazieri, Sandrone. Kill the Father. Scribner. Jan. 2017. 512p. tr. from Italian by Anthony Shugaar. ISBN 9781501130731. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501130755. F

**Drabble, Margaret. The Dark Flood Rises. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780374134952. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715762. F

Goodman, Carol. The Widow’s House. Morrow. Mar. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062562623. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062562630. F

Graham, Heather & Jon Land. The Rising. Tor. Jan. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780765337917. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466836488. F

Grant, Andrew. False Friend. Ballantine. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780399594304. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399594311. F

Hepworth, Sally. The Mother’s Promise. St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250077752. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466889927. F

Hoagland, Edward. In the Country of the Blind. Arcade: Skyhorse. Nov. 2016. 192p. ISBN 9781628727210. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9781628727227.  F

mississippiblood-jpg111816Hulin, Rachel. Hey Harry, Hey Matilda. Doubleday. Jan. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780385541671. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541688. F DEBUT

Hunter, Georgia. We Were the Lucky Ones. Viking. Feb. 2017. 416. ISBN 9780399563089. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399563102. F DEBUT

Hyde, Catherine Ryan. Say Goodbye for Now. Lake Union: Amazon. Dec. 2016. 364p. ISBN 9781503939448. pap. $14.95. F

**Iles, Greg. Mississippi Blood. Morrow. Mar. 2017. 608p. ISBN 9780062311153. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062311191. F

**Kitamura, Katie. A Separation. Riverhead. Feb. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9780399576102. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780399576126. F

**Krasikov, Sana. The Patriots. Spiegel & Grau. Feb. 2017. 560p. ISBN 9780385524414. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399588846. F DEBUT

**Lodato, Victor. Edgar & Lucy. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2017. 544p. ISBN 9781250096982. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250097002. F

**Luce, Kelly. Pull Me Under. Farrar. Nov. 2016. 272p. ISBN 9780374238582. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715090. F DEBUT

McVeigh, Jennifer. Leopard at the Door. Putnam. Jan. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780399158254. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399575174. F

Margolis, Sue. Days Like These. Berkley. Dec. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780451471857. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698175631. F

**Miller, Derek B. The Girl in Green. Houghton Harcourt. Jan. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780544706255. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544706279. F

Moriarty, Nicola. The Fifth Letter. Morrow. Jan. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780062413567. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413581. F

**Morris, Kevin. All Joe Knight. Grove. Dec. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780802125781. $25. F DEBUT

Oloixarac, Pola. Savage Theories. Soho. Jan. 2017. 304p. tr. from Spanish by Roy Kesey. ISBN 9781616957353. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781616957360. F

**Parks, Brad. Say Nothing. Dutton. Mar. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781101985595. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101985618. F

Raverat, Anna. Lover. Farrar. Mar. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780374193652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374715687. F

Ravikant, Kamal. Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart. Hachette. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780316312288. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316312257. F

Richler, Emma. Be My Wolff. Knopf. Feb. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781101946527. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101946534. F

**Rooney, Kathleen. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250113320. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250113337. F

Shipman, Viola. The Hope Chest. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250105073. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250105080. F

**Silvis, Randall. Two Days Gone. Sourcebooks. Jan. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781492639732. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492639749. F

**Smith, Ali. Autumn. Pantone. Feb. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781101870730. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101870747. F

Umansky, Ellen. The Fortunate Ones. Morrow. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780062382481. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062382504. F DEBUT

**Unnikrishnan, Deepak. Temporary People. Restless. Mar. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781632061423. pap. $17.99. F DEBUT

Whitaker, Kayla Rae. The Animators. Random. Jan. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780812989281. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780812989298. F

WINTER FICTION IN TRANSLATION

Carrère, Emmanuel. The Kingdom. Farrar. Mar. 2017. 400p. tr. from French by John Lambert. ISBN 9780374184308. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374714031. F

Fuentes, Carlos. Nietzsche on His Balcony. Dalkey. Dec. 2017. 192p. tr. from Spanish by E. Shaskan Bumas & Alejandro Brnager. ISBN 9781628971583. pap. $16. F

yearofthecomet-jpg1118116**Lebedev, Sergei. The Year of the Comet. New Vessel. Feb. 2017. 275p. tr. from Russian by Antonina W. Bouis. ISBN 9781939931412. pap. $17.95. F

**Nassar, Raduan. Ancient Tillage. 144p. tr. from Portuguese by K.C.S. Sotelino. ISBN 9780811226561. pap. $13.95.
**Nassar, Raduan. A Cup of Rage. 64p. tr. from Portuguese by Stefan Tobler. ISBN 9780811226585. pap. $10.95.
ea. vol: New Directions. Jan. 2017. F

**Padura, Leonardo. Heretics. Farrar. Mar. 2017. 544p. tr. from Spanish by Anna Kushner. ISBN 9780374168858. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374714284. F

**Starnone, Domenico. Ties. Europa. Mar. 2017. 144p. tr. from Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri. ISBN 9781609453855. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781609453862. F

Volodine, Antoine. Radiant Terminus. Open Letter. Feb. 2107. 500p. tr. from French by Jeffrey Zuckerman. ISBN 9781940953526. pap. $17.95. F

Yoshimoto, Banana. Moshi Moshi. Counterpoint. Dec. 2016. 200p. tr. from Japanese by Asa Yoneda. ISBN 9781619027862. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781619028661. F

Zúñiga, Diego. Camanchaca. Coffee House. Mar. 2017. 128p. tr. from Spanish by Megan McDowel. ISBN 9781566894609. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781566894616. F

FAMILY MYSTERIES

**Dolan-Leach, Caite. Dead Letters. Random. Mar. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780399588853. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399588860. F DEBUT

Engel, Amy. The Roanoke Girls. Crown. Mar. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781101906668. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781101906675. F

Smith, April. Home Sweet Home. Knopf. Jan. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781101874219. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101874226. F

INDIE EBOOK AWARD WINNERS

bloodrush-jpg111816FANTASY

Galley, Ben. Bloodrush. Bengalley.com. (Scarlet Star Trilogy, Bk. 1). 2014. 482p. ebk. ISBN N/A. FANTASY

MYSTERY

Argo, Ronald. Baby Love. HotDamn Univ. May 2016. 372p. ebk. ISBN N/A. M

ROMANCE

Albert, Susan Wittig. Loving Eleanor. Persevero. Feb. 2016. 305p. ebk. ISBN N/A. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

SF

Hubbert, Trenlin. Shaman Machine the Mentor. Trenlin Hubbert. Jul. 2016. ebk. ISBN N/A. SF

YA

White, April. Marking Time. Corazon. (Immortal Descendants, Bk. 1). 2012. 438p. ebk. ISBN N/A. FANTASY

SHORT STORIES

**Gay, Roxane. Difficult Women. Grove. Jan. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780802125392. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802189646. F

LaSalle, Peter. Sleeping Mask. Bellevue Literary. Jan. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781942658184. pap. $16.99. F

MYSTERY

curriedaway-jpg111816PICK OF THE MONTH

Oust, Gail. Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250081254. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893122. M

CHECK THESE OUT

Barker, Trey R. East of the Sun. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Dec. 2016. 360p. ISBN 9781432832322. $25.95. M

Dutton, Hugh. Bad Blood. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Dec. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781432832551. $25.99. M

Gray, Eleanor. Don’t Tell Anyone. Midnight Ink. Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780738750224. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738750996. M

Kerr, Lucy. Time of Death: A Stillwater General Mystery. Crooked Lane. Dec. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781629539911. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629539928. M DEBUT

Lawrence, Mary. Death at St. Vedast: A Bianca Goddard Mystery. Kensington. Dec. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781617737145. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781617737152. M

Smith, Carrie. Forgotten City: A Claire Codella Mystery. Crooked Lane. Dec. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781629537672. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629537863. M

COZY CORNER

Kingsbury, Kate. Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery. Crooked Lane. Jan. 2017. 274p. ISBN 9781683310099. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781683310105. M

MacRae, Molly. Plaid and Plagiarism. Pegasus Crime. (Highland Bookshop, Bk. 1). Dec. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9781681772561. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681772967. M

SERIES LINEUP

Buckley, Fiona. The Heretic’s Creed: A Tudor Mystery Featuring Ursula Blanchard. Severn House. Jan. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781780290911. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781780108230. M

Hall, Parnell. A Puzzle To Be Named Later: A Puzzle Lady Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250061249. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466866881. M

Hart, Ellen. Fever in the Dark: A Jane Lawless Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250088635. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250088642. M

Lister, Michael. Blood Oath: A John Jordan Mystery. Pulpwood. Dec. 2016. 300p. ISBN 9781888146684. pap. $17.99. M

ADDITIONAL MYSTERY

Coleman, Reed Farrel. What You Break. Putnam. Feb. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780399173042. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698184121. M

ROMANCE

A FLAW IN THE OINTMENT

**Burrowes, Grace. The Trouble with Dukes. Forever: Grand Central. (Windham Brides, Bk. 1). Dec. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9781455569960. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455569946. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Charles, KJ. Wanted, a Gentleman. Riptide. Jan. 2017. 155p. ISBN 9781626494725. pap. $4.99; ebk. ISBN 9781626494718. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

viscoutandvixen-jpg111816Harper, Karen. Chasing Shadows. Mira: Harlequin. (South Shores, Bk. 1). Dec. 2016. 362p. ISBN 9780778319528. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460396063. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

**Heath, Lorraine. The Viscount and the Vixen. Avon: HarperCollins. (Hellions of Havisham, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062391056. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062391063. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Jeffries, Sabrina. The Danger of Desire. Pocket. (Sinful Suitors, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781501144448. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501144455. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

**Krentz, Jayne Ann. When All the Girls Have Gone. Berkley. Dec. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780399174490. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698193673. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

**Long, Julie Anne. Wild at Whiskey Creek. Avon: HarperCollins. (Hellcat Canyon, Bk. 2). Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9780062397638. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062397645. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Quinn, Julia & others. Four Weddings and a Sixpence. Avon: HarperCollins. Jan. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062428424. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062428493. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Roberts, Nora. Island of Glass. Berkley. (Guardians, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780425280126. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9780698190757. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Shalvis, Jill. Accidentally on Purpose. Avon: HarperCollins. (Heartbreaker Bay, Bk. 3). Feb. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062448064. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062448071. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

LAST-MINUTE STOCKING STUFFERS

Cane, Emma. A Spiced Apple Winter. Avon: HarperCollins. (Fairfield Orchard, Bk. 2). Jan. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062411372. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062411389. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

McLane, LuAnn. Marry Me on Main Street. Berkley Sensation: Penguin Random. (Cricket Creek, Bk. 11). Dec. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781101989821. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101989838. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Reisz, Tiffany. One Hot December. Harlequin Blaze. (Men at Work, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 224p. ISBN 9780373799244. pap. $5.50; ebk. ISBN 9781488000454. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Salonen, Debra. Montana Secret Santa. Tule. (Love at the Chocolate Shop, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 168p. ebk. ISBN 9781945879029. $2.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

gildedcage-jpg111816DEBUT OF THE MONTH

**James, Vic. Gilded Cage. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Dark Gifts, Bk. 1). Feb. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780425284155. $20; ebk. ISBN 9780425284131. FANTASY

CHECK THESE OUT

Bellet, Annie. Boss Fight: Heartache; Thicker Than Blood; Magic to the Bone. Saga: S. & S. (Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Vol. 2). Jan. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781481491990. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781481491983. $15.99. FANTASY

Brodsky, Jordanna Max. Winter of the Gods. Orbit: Hachette. (Olympus Bound, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780316385916. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316385893. FANTASY

Cogman, Genevieve. The Burning Page. Roc: NAL. (Invisible Library, Bk. 3). Jan. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781101988688. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781101988695. FANTASY

Crilley, Paul. Department Zero. Pyr: Prometheus. Jan. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781633882010. pap. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781633882027. FANTASY

Gladstone, Max & others. Bookburners. Saga: S. & S. (Bookburners, Bk. 1). Jan. 2017. 800p. ISBN 9781481485579. $34.99; pap. ISBN 9781481485562. $21.99. FANTASY

Kadrey, Richard. The Wrong Dead Guy. Harper Voyager. (Another Coop Heist, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780062389572. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389596. FANTASY

**Lafferty, Mur. Six Wakes. Orbit: Hachette. Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780316389686. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316389693. SF

Mari, Christopher & Jeremy K. Brown. Ocean of Storms. 47North: Amazon. Dec. 2016. 410p. ISBN 9781503938779. pap. $14.95. SF

Marion, Issac. The Burning World: A Warm Bodies Novel. Emily Bestler: Atria. Feb. 2017. 500p. ISBN 9781476799711. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781476799735. HORROR

Stross, Charles. Empire Games. Tor. Jan. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780765337566. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466835160. SF

Vaughn, Carrie. Martians Abroad. Tor. Jan. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780765382207. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466886476. SF

COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES

Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales. Pegasus Crime. Feb. 2017. 320p. ed. by Ellen Datlow. ISBN 9781681773216. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681773803. HORROR

Galactic Empires. Night Shade. Jan. 2017. 636p. ed. by Neil Clarke. ISBN 9781597808842. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781597806176. SF

Modesitt, L.E., Jr. Recluce Tales: Stories from the World of Recluce. Tor. Jan. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780765386182. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765386199. FANTASY

Scalzi, John. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi. Subterranean. Dec. 2016. 144p. illus. by Natalie Metzger. ISBN 9781596068124. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781596068131. SF

winterhalo-jpg111816SERIES LINEUP

Arthur, Keri. Winter Halo. Signet: NAL. (Outcast, Bk. 2). Dec. 2016. 368p. ISBN 9780451473516. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698185388. SF

Dellamonica, A.M. The Nature of a Pirate. Tor. (Hidden Sea Tales, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780765334510. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466812376. FANTASY

Hunter, Sylvia Izzo. A Season of Spells. Ace: Berkley. (Noctis Magicae, Bk. 3). Dec. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9780425272473. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780698144675. FANTASY

 

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