LJ Fiction Reviews: April 15, 2016

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Librarian Coupe’s debut should resonate with readers; there’s much to love in Amy Snow; top spring indie fiction; slave narratives; from friends to lovers romances; dystopian sf from Smaill and Griep, another epic triumph from Guy Gavriel Kay

Fiction from Armstrong, Brennan, Hawley, Thomas, and a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Armstrong delivers a solid police procedural; debuter Bell’s heroine steals the show with her gutsy nonconformity; anyone who enjoys tantalizing mysteries will be drawn into Brennan’s latest; Hawley’s latest promises to be a must-read; Thomas’s “Ransom Canyon” title will grab readers

New Charity Blues by Camille Griep | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of New Charity Blues by Camille Griep

Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell | LJ Review

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Rindell’s second novel (after her acclaimed debut, The Other Typist) offers a captivating look into the vibrancy of mid-20th-century New York City through the eyes of three flawed and therefore, fascinating young characters.

The Road to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf, April 15, 2016

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Halloween may be six months away, but a crop of new horror titles are generating huge buzz and are just dying to be checked out now.

Working Titles | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016

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A fun and fiery peek into the world of culinary arts ­television through a makeup artist’s careful cat eye; a strong debut about two executive assistants at a publishing house, who hate each other, vying for a promotion

Reading The Wire | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016

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Two noir thrillers for fans of The Wire: the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin; an excellent addition to the noir genre about a retired Washington, D.C. detective who rescues an abducted girl, only to be hired by a family in Virginia to investigate the disappearance of another girl—who has connections to the first girl.

Women in Hiding | LJ Reviews, April 15, 2016

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A woman builds a new life for herself in California after her husband is killed in the September 11th attacks; the lives of four far-flung women interconnect through circumstance and choice, some not of their own making, against the backdrop of the backwoods of West Africa

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly | LJ Review

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LJ’s review of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Top Spring Indie Fiction: This Season Brings 14 Worthy Titles Beyond the Mainstream

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Blackman’s Hex seamlessly moves into gorgeously rendered fantasy worlds; Carswell is unexpectedly entertaining; Sidhu is swift, dense, and touching; Wood’s Natural Way of Things is shocking and vital, for all readers