Reviews of A Dangerous Fiction: A Mystery, The Fame Thief: A Junior Bender Mystery, and False as the Day Is Long: A Keegan Shaw Mystery, plus a fill list of mystery titles from the May 1 issue.
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After LJ’s editors chose our Top Ten of the year, we still some had titles we felt strongly about. Here are 16 more can’t-miss books from 2012. Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Crown. ISBN 9780307352149. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307452207. PSYCH This book makes me want to [...]
Every year, it feels more difficult to declare any group of books for teens to be the “best,” particularly when considering the appeal to an adult audience. Best for whom? Best at what? Nevertheless, in a field crowded with superlatives, these ten stand out. Whether through quality prose or the flawless execution of an ambitious [...]
By Jeff Ayers Barclay, Linwood. Trust Your Eyes. NAL: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9780451237903. $25.95; eISBN 9781101602713. Ray Kilbride cares for his schizophrenic brother, Thomas, who is obsessed with a computer program similar to Google Street View called Whirl360.com. When Thomas witnesses a murder online, the brothers uncover a deadly conspiracy. An exhilarating and breathtaking [...]
See Best Books 2012: Thrillers Box, C.J. Force of Nature: A Joe Pickett Novel. Putnam. ISBN 9780399158261. $25.95; eISBN 9781101561157. Fugitive Nate Romanowski’s rogue past returns to haunt him as cold-blooded assassins pursue him over three states, ending up in game-ranger Pickett’s Wyoming backyard. With falconry as a running metaphor, this is a stunningly fresh [...]
Bates, Erin. Her Amish Man. Gallery: S. & S. ISBN 9781451662092. pap. $15; eISBN 9781451662108. A young woman on the run rediscovers her Amish maternal roots and finds love. Bates blends romance and suspense in this fresh take on an overcrowded genre. (LJ 11/15/12) Byrd, Sandra. The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr. Howard [...]
Gentle, Mary. The Black Opera. Night Shade. ISBN 9781597802192. pap. $15.95; eISBN 9781597804158. A pair of librettists pit their musical talents against each other in a magical duel that will either save or destroy the world in an alternate 19th-century Naples. Attention to period detail and an understanding of opera make this a one-of-a-kind historical [...]