Dodd, Karon, Follett, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2017

Bergmann, Emanuel. The Trick. Atria. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781501155826. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501155840. HISTORICAL
German-born, Los Angeles–based Bergmann offers a promising debut novel about ten-year-old Max, desperate to find a love spell to heal the rift between his parents, who approaches an embittered old man known in 1930s Germany as the Great Zabbatini. Zabbatini was a wondrous magician but as the son of a Prague rabbi eventually found himself using his trunk full of tricks to survive a concentration camp. Beginning to buzz.dodd

Dodd, Christina. The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781250028488. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250028495. CD: Macmillan Audio. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
In the fourth thriller set in not-so-virtuous Virtue Falls, WA, beautiful trophy wife Merida has lost her ability to speak after a terrible accident. When her husband dies, she decides that it’s time to punish those responsible and hides herself away in village life, ready to strike. But the villain is onto her, planning to finish her off. The second book in this series was an LJ Best Romance.

Follett, Ken. A Column of Fire. Viking. Sept. 2017. 928p. ISBN 9780525954972. $36; ebk. ISBN 9780735224476. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. HISTORICAL/SUSPENSE
In mid-1550s England, Ned Willard, impossibly in love with a young woman on the opposite side of the country’s drawn-sword religious conflict, goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen and establishes England’s first secret service, designed to warn her about  assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans, Ned has his work cut out. Next in the Kingsbridge series, which has sold 42 million copies worldwide.

Hill, Melissa. Keep You Safe. Mira: Harlequin. Aug. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780778330462. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488023514. WOMEN’S
Not your standard women’s fiction: single mom Kate is distraught when her daughter, who cannot be vaccinated because of a medical condition, becomes dangerously ill after catching a virus from a classmate whose mother chose not to vaccinate. Let the parenting debates begin. From the internationally best-selling Hill, based in Dublin; with a 60,000-copy first printing.

Karon, Jan. To Be Where You Are. Putnam. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780399183737. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399183751. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. WOMEN’S/SPIRITUAL
Time to revisit Karon’s beloved Mitford, where Episcopal priest Tim Kavanagh comes to termskaronjan with retirement by accepting some steady work, newlyweds Dooley and Lace face a crisis that wipes out their bank account, the town grocer falls hopelessly in love, and four-year-old Jack Tyler anticipates the best day of his life. Karon left Mitford behind for nine years but came back roaring with 2014’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good and 2015’s Come Rain or Come Shine and which debuted on the New York Times best sellers list at No. 2 and No. 1, respectively.

Kristoff, Jay. Godsgrave. St. Martin’s. (Nevernight Chronicle, Bk. 2). Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250073037. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466885042. CD: Macmillan Audio. FANTASY
In this second in the series starring Mia Corvere, who is training to be an assassin so that she can avenge the murder of her family, Mia learns that sworn enemies Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo will appear at the closing of the grand games in Godsgrave. She quickly sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium so that she can get within knife’s thrust of her quarry. From a Locus-nominated, New York Times best-selling author.

McCrumb, Sharyn. The Unquiet Grave. Atria. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781476772875. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476772899. HISTORICAL
As she often does, the New York Times best-selling McCrumb revivifies a bit of American folklore, this time the story of the Greenbrier Ghost. In 1930s West Virginia, James P.D. Gardner recalls his most important case as the first black attorney in 19th-century West Virginia. A distraught mother claims that the ghost of her newly married daughter has appeared to her, insisting that her recent death was no accident—which an autopsy proves tomillersarah be true.

Miller, Sarah. Caroline: Little House, Revisited. Morrow. Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062685346. $25.99. ebk. ISBN 9780062685360. lrg. prnt. HISTORICAL
In time for the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birth, which is raising interest in Little House books to new heights, Miller (Miss Spitfire) retells the Little House saga from the perspective of mother Caroline. Here we see her leaving the comfort of friends and family for rugged Kansas Indian Territory and braving hardship and loneliness as she turns the family’s log cabin into a home. Authorized by the Little House estate; with a 200,000-copy first printing.

Stewart, Amy. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions. Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780544409996. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544409637. HISTORICAL
In this third in the hugely eye-catching series starring the Kopp sisters, begun with Girl Waits with Gun, deputy sheriff Constance Kopp is furious when young women are jailed in Hackensack on charges of incorrigibility. After all, one ran away to work in a munitions factory even as World War I rages. Still, it’s sister Fleurette who challenges Constance to practice koppwhat she preaches. Big promotion.

Wiggs, Susan. Map of the Heart. Morrow. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062425485. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062425515. lrg. prnt. WOMEN’S
When widowed photographer Camille Palmer accompanies her ailing father on a trip to his native France, she has no idea what’s in store. Not only does she uncover significant family history, shrouded in the events of World War II, but she meets a handsome American historian who might remake the map of her heart. With a 250,000-copy first printing; Wiggs’s recent Family Tree was her fastest-selling hardcover and ebook to date.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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