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LJ Fiction Reviews: October 1, 2015


Stars for Graves’s erotic romance, Tainted Heart, King’s stellar collection of short fiction, Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Baugh’s Mystery Pick of the Month, Quicksand, and more.

What You See by Hank Phillippi Ryan | LJ Review

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Ryan, Hank Phillippi. What You See: A Jane Ryland Novel. Forge. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780765374950. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374981. F Unemployed reporter Jane Ryland finds herself in the right place at the right time when, while on a job interview at Channel 2, she is offered an impromptu opportunity to freelance and cover breaking […]

E-Originals from Anderson, Bailey, Blue, & Flade | Xpress Reviews


Bighearted, rugged cowboys from Anderson, Bailey’s protagonists are both clueless and very naughty, romance and mystery from Blue, a quick, fun read from Flade

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz | LJ Review


Stieg Larsson fans can breathe easy. The new Lisbeth Salander thriller by David Lagercrantz is compulsively readable to the electrifying end.

Crime Fiction Leads the Circulation Pack | Mystery Reviews, September 1, 2015


Goodman’s second legal mystery is memorable and intriguing, if flawed; Harrison re-creates 20th-century Ireland; Qiu’s incisive portrait of communist China is brilliant; a new translation of a classic locked-room mystery from Shimada

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2015


New fiction titles to be reviewed in the September 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal. The list includes pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron | LJ Review

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Byron, Ellen. Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery. Crooked Lane. Aug. 2015. ISBN 9781629532509. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781629532516. M Having returned to Louisiana after a humiliating breakup and the derailment of her Manhattan career, Maggie Crozat now helps her parents run their plantation bed-and-breakfast. When two guests drop dead within minutes of each other, her […]

E-Originals from Aicher, Drewry, Kennedy, Krulewitch, & Silver, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews


Well-developed characters from Aicher; Drewry’s slow build leads to a lightning strike; debuter Goodman enters foodie fiction with a “bam”; Kennedy’s latest is fast-paced, hot, and intense; Krulewitch’s series outing offers a nice twisty plot

Herriman’s Pick of the Month, John Fortunato, Paul Johnston, Martin Walker, plus New Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, August 2015


Herriman’s finely detailed series debut, a maverick cop in near-future Edinburgh, an enjoyable Gallic series starring France’s Dordogne region, another winner from Andrews, a gritty series set in rural West Virginia keeps getting better.

New Mysteries Starring Familiar Faces | Wyatt’s World


Late July and early August see a return of characters many readers know well—as recurring sleuths in crime novels reappear to take on new cases.