Kate Alcott, Yasmina Khadra, Olen Steinhauer, Anne Tyler, & Others | Fiction Reviews, February 1, 2015

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Reading groups will devour Khadra’s excellent work; Steinhauer’s genre-bending spy novel takes Hitchcockian suspense to new heights; Tyler continues to dazzle; Buckingham spins a tense, modern thriller; Alcott tackles Hollywood.

New Novelists Cameron, Herbert, Levy, Renehan, Womack, & Others | Debut Fiction, February 1, 2015

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Dark humor and satisfying twists from Cameron; smart, snappy dialog and fun, likable characters from Conrad; soul food and sassy characters combine in Herbert’s debut; Levy’s story is well crafted, atmospheric, and whimsical.

Fiction from Cooper, LeCraw, Morgan, and Reilly | Xpress Reviews

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A gripping story from Cooper, a Southern Greek tragedy from LeCraw, a warmhearted romance from Morgan, sf/fantasy and dragons from Reilly

Franklin and Norman’s Siege Winter | RA Crossroads

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The final book written by Ariana Franklin and assuredly completed by her daughter Samantha Norman, is a grand yet intimate historic adventure that weaves the fates of three women and highlights the full force of the Anarchy of England.

Fiction from Bostwick, Greiman, Hruska, & Seymour | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of family relationships will take to Bostwick’s latest, Greiman introduces a new series, a sappy ending in Hruska’s new title won’t appeal, and Seymour’s Outsiders has a slow burn but certainly catches fire

Short Stories Collections | Wyatt’s World

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Gaiman gets under the skin with Trigger Warning; Heiny garners praise for Single, Carefree, Mellow; Link returns with Get in Trouble; debut collections from Pelecanos, Pierce.

Fiction from Lawson, O’Reilly, Rhoades, and Robb, plus a U.S. Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Cross makes his U.S. debut with a harrowing thriller, a riveting historical mystery from Lawson, a disappointment from O’Reilly, Rhoades’s Keller is a fun character to root for, and Robb’s latest “In Death” title is highly recommended

First and Seconds: Debuts and Sophomore Efforts To Know in January | Wyatt’s World

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Based on the books receiving attention in places where readers gather, here are five works—all debuts or second novels—you should get to know.

Fiction from Brandt, Persson, & a Debut Thriller | Xpress Reviews

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Crackling dialog and a panoramic view of urban life from Price alter ego Harry Brandt, a good bet for Nordic crime fans from Persson, and Reardon’s well-written and fast-paced debut thriller

Resolution Reading | Wyatt’s World

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

January arrives with new books and resolutions—to clean up, be more productive, and lose weight (among many other things). Display possibilities are endless, from new hits to past favorites. Here are five titles to suggest and showcase.

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