Fiction from Mitchard and Robotham, plus Debuter Ribchester | Xpress Reviews

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An affecting family drama from Mitchard, first novelist Ribchester successfully captures the sights and smells of Edwardian England, Robotham brings a dry, sardonic wit to his latest mystery

The Ones Who Matter Most by Rachael Herron | LJ Review

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Herron (Splinters of Light) cleverly creates in Abby and Fern two characters with emotional depth, weaving a vivid and moving story of unlikely connections.

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin | LJ Review

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Readers who have been patiently awaiting the conclusion to Cronin’s sweeping post­apocalyptic trilogy (The Passage; The Twelve) are richly rewarded with this epic, heart-wrenching novel.

Fiction from Coben and Scottoline, plus a Nonstop Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Fans and those new to Coben will devour this stand-alone; the whodunit plot of this debut is so clever that readers will forgive the unnecessary dialog; as has come to be expected, this is a page-turner that will satisfy the Scottoline faithful

Ladivine by Marie NDiaye | LJ Review

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This strangely hypnotic novel exudes anguish and loneliness. NDiaye, a Prix Goncourt winner and Man Booker nominee for Three Strong Women, writes profoundly disturbing novels in such riveting prose that one cannot look away

All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage | LJ Review

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Tragedy leaves an indelible mark on both people and places in Brundage’s (A Stranger Like You) piercing new novel. Part mystery, part ghost story, and entirely brilliant, this title will entrance book clubs and literary fiction readers

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 1, 2016

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Wickedly addictive thrillers from Whitehouse and Redondo; Erades’s frist novel begs to be read in one sitting; DePoy launches a promising noir series; well-done cozies from Karst, O’Connor, and Shelton, plus new series entries from Carter, Corby, Gregson, and James

A Fashionable Romance: Loretta Chase’s Silk Is for Seduction | RA Crossroads

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In this column, the intersection of fashion and romance leads me down a winding path

Short Stories: A Master Returns and Debuts Make the Scene | Wyatt’s World

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Storyteller Bass is back; Dacey’s stories echo with hope, fear, and want; Gustine reveals the weight and complexity of the everyday; Majka creates a strongly tonal backdrop; debuter Parker pulls no punches

The Empress of Bright Moon by Weina Dai Randel | LJ Review

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A must-read for fans of historical fiction set in ancient China, this novel offers a compelling look at a woman’s unprecedented rise to power and a fresh take on the often vilified Empress Wu.