Fiction Previews

Binelli, Buckhanon, McCrumb, & More | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 4


Andrews, Mary Kay. The Weekenders. St. Martin’s. May 2016. 400p. ISBN 9781250065940. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466872929. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. WOMEN’S Dousing us again in salt spray, the New York Times best-selling author of Beach Town takes us to Belle Isle, NC, where Riley Griggs awaits her husband’s arrival on the Friday afternoon ferry. But he […]

Mysteries & Thrillers from Barr, Griffiths, Patterson, & More | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 3


Armstrong, Kelley. City of the Lost. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780805096026. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092151. THRILLER In a series debut from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, homicide detective Casey Duncan hides a little secret—she killed a mobster’s grandson while in college—and is happy to disappear to an off-the-grid town […]

Debuts Not To Miss | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Barnett, Lisa. The Versions of Us. Houghton. May 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780544634244. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544634473. POP FICTION Sparks fly when Eva and Jim meet on a street in Cambridge, England, but what happens next is uncertain; journalist/theater critic Barnett gives us options. Do they kiss or turn away; get together briefly, marry quickly, or […]

Top Pop from Jude Deveraux to Naomi Novik | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 2


Deveraux, Jude. The Girl from Summer Hill: A Summer Hill Novel. Ballantine. May 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781101883266. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101883273. lrg. prnt. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. ROMANCE In the first of a new trilogy, set in a fictional Virginia mountain town, dedicated chef Casey Reddick is playing Elizabeth Bennet opposite gorgeous but seemingly arrogant Hollywood […]

Award-Worthy Literary Gems | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 1


Amend, Allison. Enchanted Islands. Nan A. Talese: Doubleday. May 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780385539067. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385539074. LITERARY Born to immigrant parents in 1882 Minnesota, Frances Frankowski ran away from home as a teenager and on the eve of World War II was working as a secretary for the Office of Naval Intelligence, where she […]

Debut Novels, in Love, War, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 3


Donovan, Kemper. The Decent Proposal. Harper. Apr. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9780062391629. $25.99. POP FICTION At 29, wannabe Hollywood producer Richard Baumbach has little to show for his efforts but remains cockily assured of success, while 33-year-old Elizabeth Santiago will surely make partner at her law firm but barely deviates from her ordered life. (One big […]

Popular Reading from Baldacci to Chiaverini to Rollins | Fiction Reviews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 2


Baldacci, David. The Last Mile. Grand Central. Apr. 2016. 432p. ISBN 9781455586455. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586486. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586479. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER In Memory Man, mega-best-selling author Baldacci introduced Amos Decker, a football player quickly wiped off the field by a terrible injury who became a police detective and, after the murder of […]

Key Literary Titles from Duchovny, Hellenga, Jane Hamilton, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2016, Pt. 1


Duchovny, David. Bucky F*cking Dent. Farrar. Apr. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780374110420. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374714765. CD: Macmillan Audio. LITERARY A quirky but heartfelt fable like his New York Times best-selling Holy Cow, this new work by Golden Globe Award–winning actor Duchovny features Carter administration–era Ivy Leaguer Ted Fullilove, who sells peanuts at Yankee Stadium while […]

Nineteen Essential Mysteries/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 4


Barclay, Linwood. Far from True: A Promise Falls Novel. NAL. Mar. 2016. 480p. ISBN 9780451472700. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698182301. THRILLER When a screen at a seen-better-days drive-in tumbles down, killing four people, the daughter of one victim persuades PI Cal Weaver to investigate a break-in at her father’s house, where a hidden room reveals some […]

Top Commercial Fiction from Brackston, Evanovich, Mitchard, & More | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2016, Pt. 3


Billingsley, ReShonda Tate & Victoria Christopher Murray. A Blessing & a Curse. Gallery. Mar. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781476748887. pap. $15. POP FICTION/AFRICAN AMERICAN Billingsley and Murray are both No. 1 national best-selling authors, with the former a NAACP Image Award winner and the latter a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, and they have joined together […]