LJ Fiction Reviews: February 15, 2016

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Drake’s gripping domestic thriller, Chevalier’s memorable portrait of American pioneers, award-winning debuter Miské, exceptional military romance from Buchman, Valentine’s Day picks, urban fantasy makes a comeback, sf steams up

Women Cops | LJ Reviews

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This first novel by a retired police officer from Atlanta unfortunately fails to deliver an effective story; fans of Dial’s (Unnatural Murder) “Josie Corsino” series will enjoy this early look at Josie (as an unmarried rookie) and other characters

E-Originals from Cahill, Maher, and Platt, plus Debuter Joyce | Xpress Reviews

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Cahill doesn’t quite hit the new adult peak; Joyce’s debut is a sweet, funny, and romantic coming-of-age story; Maher’s latest is a terrific if unconventional romance; Platt’s new Farthingale title is a welcome treat full of interesting surprises

E-Originals by Clark & Co., Daco, Jamison, and Perera | Xpress Reviews

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A trio of holiday novellas, sparks fly in Daco’s “electrifying” paranormal romance, Jamison hits her stride with book two in her “Destiny” series, egos clash and an unlikely alliance is formed in a fantasy romance from Perera

Fiction from Ashe, Box, and Sigurdardóttir, plus Debuters de Silva and Kelly | Xpress Reviews

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Lovers of historical romance and mysteries will enjoy Ashe’s latest; more of Joe Pickett for Box fans; de SIlva’s debut features descriptive writing and excellent sense of place; a debut about the Houdinis; and a spooky, haunting thriller from Sigurdardóttir

Romance | Best Sellers, January 2016

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Be still my heart: Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, Eric Jerome Dickey, Maya Banks, Sherryl Woods, and more

Alexander’s Debut of the Month, Cantrell, Peterson, Turano, Plus New Series Lineup | Christian Fiction Reviews, February 1, 2016

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Alexander launches a promising trilogy, Christner’s quirky characters will engage fans of Amish fiction, Nelson pens a skillful mix of tense family drama and historical romance, Peterson’s riveting story of life in the mining camps of 1890s ­Montana

Scandinavian Crime | LJ Reviews

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Bjørk pens a breath of fresh air, Blaedel excels at portraying the darkest side of Denmark, a twisty tale of political intrigue from Holt, Ould weaves family loyalties, human nature, and old secrets into a compelling work

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders | LJ Review

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This elegant literary mystery from Sanders (English, Columbus State Univ.) makes a fine debut, bringing to vivid life one of America’s greatest poets and presenting a fresh perspective on a less-familiar period of U.S. history.

Murder Most Traditional | 2015 Agatha Christie Award Nominees

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Agatha Christie was the queen of the traditional mystery, and every year Malice Domestic, a fan convention, honors those titles published in the previous calendar year that best typify the qualities of Dame Christie’s work (no explicit sex, excessive gore, or gratuitous violence, among other elements). The nominees for the 2015 Agatha Christie Awards reflect a wide range of authors, publishers, styles, and themes.