Deveraux, Steel, & Lots of Fantasy Award Winners | Pop Fiction Previews, Mar. 2018

Baker, Mishell. Impostor Syndrome. Saga: S. & S. Mar. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9781481480185. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481451956. FANTASY
In this third in the Nebula Award–nominated “Arcadia Project” series, the project’s London and Los Angeles agents battle for power, the fey courts split their support, and London seeks ascendancy by framing LA agent Millie Roper’s partner, Tjuan, for attempted homicide. Millie fights back by traveling to Arcadia’s mysterious White Rose palace with plans for a daring heist.

Bishop, Anne. Lake Silence. Ace: Penguin. Mar. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780399587245. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399587252. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. FANTASY
Winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, Bishop revisits the “World of the Others,” where her previous New York Times best sellers have been set. It’s a world where humans live carefully, dominated by vampires, shape-shifters, and other dangerous paranormals, so it’s no surprise when human Vicki DeVine runs into trouble after a shape-shifter at the Lake Silence resort she’s recently bought discovers the body of a murdered man.

Blum, Yoav. The Coincidence Makers. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250146113. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250146137. CD: Macmillan Audio. FANTASY
In the world dreamed up by Blum, the author of several Israeli best sellers, accidents don’t happen; events are carefully coordinated by Coincidence Makers like Guy, who works for a shadowy organization creating seemingly random happenstances for its own purposes. Now Guy has a tough new assignment that could wholly change his life and the circumstances of those around him. Big international noise on this thrillerish fantasy.

Church, Elizabeth J. All the Beautiful Girls. Ballantine. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780399181061. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399181078. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. WOMEN’S
Church, who won praise for The Atomic Weight of Love, takes a different path with this second novel starring Lily Decker. After leaving small-town Kansas for Las Vegas, Lily remakes herself as the luscious dancer Ruby Wilde. All’s fun and rhinestones until a passionate affair with a photographer makes her rethink her life.

Deveraux, Jude. As You Wish. Mira: Harlequin. Mar. 2018. 416p. ISBN 9780778307617. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078651. ROMANCE
Blockbuster author Deveraux puts three generations of women at the glorious old house featured in The Girl from Summer Hill and lets them talk about love. Olivia, in her sixties, has followed up a long, unhappy marriage by tying the knot with the longtime man of her dreams. Forty-plus Kathy’s business-partner husband is fixated on a woman from his past. And young Elise, swayed by her wealthy parents, has married a man with a mistress. Looks like start-over time for all three. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Dibben, Damian. Tomorrow. Hanover Square: Harlequin. Mar. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781335580290. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488080555. FANTASY/HISTORICAL
From the London Frost Fair and the court of King Charles I to the War of the Spanish Succession, glorious Versailles, and dark-lit 1800s Venice, a beautiful old dog trots along in search of the master who granted him immortality. He’s friendly with pawed and hoofed creatures as well as bipedal humans, though he thinks their proclivity for war is outrageous—even if they do make good music. From the creator of the internationally acclaimed children’s book series “The History Keepers”; how can you resist?

Golden, Christopher & Tim Lebbon. Blood of the Four. Harper Voyager. Mar. 2018. 480p. ISBN 9780062641380. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062641410. FANTASY
In Quandis, everyone is a slave, even the royals; their overlords are the gods, whom they serve rigidly even as they enjoy a glorious lifestyle. One royal, beauteous Princess Phela, wants a little more of the glory—she’ll have to steal it from her mother, the queen, and her heir apparent brother—and that upsets Quandis’s careful balance. New York Times best-selling Golden joins forces with Lebbon, a prolific author of horror and dark fantasy. With a 50,000-copy first printing.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. His Risk: The Amish of Hart County. Avon Inspire: HarperCollins. Mar. 2018. 288p. lib. ed. ISBN 9780062819871. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062469151. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469168. AMISH
In this fourth in Gray’s successful “Amish of Hart County” series, Calvin Fisher, who walked away from the community at 14 and is now an undercover DEA agent, returns home when his brother becomes ill. Calvin is immediately drawn to nursery school teacher Alice, who’s interested if wary, but a sudden crime wave that sweeps in even Alice has him wondering whether he’s endangering his new beloved. With a 100,000-copy first printing.

Henderson, Susan. The Flicker of Old Dreams. Harper Perennial. Mar. 2018. 320p. lib. ed. ISBN 9780062834072. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062686701. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062686718. WOMEN’S
Mary Crampton has spent her entire life in Petroleum, a fading town in the heartlands, but still gets treated gingerly by townsfolk because she works as an embalmer in her father’s mortuary. Then she becomes involved with Robert, blamed for his brother’s death 20 years ago in a grain-elevator accident, who’s returned to tend to his dying mother. Maybe there’s life beyond the limits of her little town? From a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose Up from the Blue got good attention; a 30,000-copy first printing.

Hepworth, Sally. The Family Next Door. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781250120892. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250120915. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S
An Australian author who made her mark here with The Secrets of Midwives, Hepworth introduces us to small-town Essie, forever anxious because she once abandoned her sleeping baby in the park before getting a grip on herself and returning. She becomes friendly with the new neighbor next door, a single woman with a hard-to-define job who’s regarded suspiciously by the townsfolk. Soon, Essie recognizes that Isabelle has moved there with a purpose. Look for a national tour.

Lawhon, Ariel. I Was Anastasia. Doubleday. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9780385541695. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541701. lrg. prnt. Downloadable: Random Audio. HISTORICAL
A century after Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed in a grimy basement in Yekaterinburg, fascination with the Romanovs continues unabated; even Matthew Weiner joins the game with a new series titled The Romanoffs. Lawhon, author most recently of Flight of Dreams, tells the story of so-called Anna Anderson, rescued from a canal in 1920 Germany and insistent that she is the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia. The ending is not what you would expect.

Moning, Karen Marie. High Voltage: A Fever Novel. Delacorte. Mar. 2018. 512p. ISBN 9780399593666. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780399593673. PARANORMAL ROMANCE/FANTASY
This tenth book in Moning’s mega-best-selling “Fever” series starts a new storyline, which should help newcomers while keeping diehard fans content. No plot details yet, but you can welcome back Christian MacKeltar, Ryodan, Dani, Mac, and the rest of the beyond-this-world gang.

Morgan, Richard K. Thin Air. Del Rey: Ballantine. Mar. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780345493125. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101885369. Downloadable: Random Audio. FANTASY
The author of cult classics that include Altered Carbon, a Philip K. Dick Award winner that serves as the basis of a forthcoming Netflix series, Morgan introduces us to an ex-corporate enforcer named Hakan Veil now compelled to bodyguard Madison Jegede. The violent abduction of Jegede, who belongs to a team investigating a lottery winner’s disappearance on Mars, sets Veil down a twisty path indeed.

Shipman, Viola. The Recipe Box. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250146779. $26.99. ebk. ISBN 9781250165329. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S
After the popular The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest, Shipman offers a sweet story about Samantha “Sam” Mullins, who dashed away from her family’s orchard and pie shop with dreams of big-city success but returns home in despair after a humiliating incident involving her boss at a fancy New York bakery. Trying to put her life back together, she sorts through her family history via the much-used recipe box and opens up to a man she left behind.

Steel, Danielle. Accidental Heroes. Delacorte. Mar. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781101884096. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101884102. WOMEN’S
At John F. Kennedy International Airport, Transportation Security Administration agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge inscribed with a mysterious, possibly sinister message and contacts Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman. Immediately, he checks out the passenger manifests for flights that have just left for San Francisco and pinpoints the plane he thinks is being threatened. Is a dramatic rescue in the offing? Check the title.

Strawser, Jessica. Not That I Could Tell. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9781250107886. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250107909. CD: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S
After debuting with the joyously received Almost Missed You, Strawser, the editorial director of Writer’s Digest magazine, returns with the story of several neighborhood women gathering one night around a backyard fire pit to drink and gossip away from the children. In dawn’s early light, one of them—cheerful Kristin, a college administrator who was taking her forthcoming divorce in stride—has disappeared.

van Alkemade, Kim. Bachelor Girl. Touchstone. Mar. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501191152. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781501173356. HISTORICAL
Remember how van Alkemade revivified the past in the New York Times best-selling Orphan #8? She does it again as she revisits Jacob Ruppert, the eccentric millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, who left a big chunk of his fortune to little-known actress Helen Winthrope when he died in 1939. Helen was a “bachelor girl,” serious about her work, and we see her mentored by the generous but demanding Ruppert even as she falls for his handsome personal secretary.

Wilkins, Kim. Daughters of the Storm. Del Rey: Ballantine. Mar. 2018. 448p. ISBN 9780399177477. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399177484. FANTASY
The prolific Wilkins, who has won four Aurealis Awards in Australia but isn’t much published here, gets a chance to break out with a series opener about five royal sisters and the stepbrother who’s attempting to usurp the throne. With their father, the king, in a magically induced coma, they set out for the frigid north to find a missing relative who might be able to rescue him. But their path is fraught with dangers, not least the secrets that each one holds.

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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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