Justin Cartwright, Andrus Kivirähk, & Beatriz Williams Give History a Twist | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 2

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Cartwright, Justin. Up Against the Night. Bloomsbury USA. Nov. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781632860187. $27. LITERARY This latest from Whitbread Award winner Cartwright (Lion Heart) features Frank McAllister, who’s none too pleased to be descended from Piet Retief, leader of the South African Great Trek. Though Afrikaner legend paints him as a hero, Frank feels otherwise. […]

Six Novels from Mega-Best-Selling Authors | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2015, Pt. 1

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Baldacci, David. The Guilty. Grand Central. Nov. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781455586424. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455586417. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455586394. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Third in the Will Robie series, The Target was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. Now the deadly CIA assassin is back for another round of bullets, though who knows […]

New Adventures with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Costner | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 5

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Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Anna Waterhouse. Mycroft Holmes. Titan. Oct. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781783291533. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781783291564. MYSTERY Basketball’s all-time leading scorer and a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, among accomplishments on and off the court too numerous to mention, Abdul-Jabbar is also the author of eight books, including On the Shoulders of Giants: […]

Bagshawe Gets Reckless, Donaldson Does Novellas, Sandford Goes SF, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Bagshawe, Tilly. Sidney Sheldon’s Reckless: A Tracy Whitney Novel. Morrow. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062304056. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062304070. THRILLER New York Times best-selling author Bagshawe has done a half-dozen Sidney Sheldon novels, including Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow, which picked up powerhouse heroine Tracy Whitney from 1985’s If Tomorrow Comes. Here, Tracy is back, having […]

Chills from Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Scottoline, Stuart Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015. Pt. 3

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Belfoure, Charles. House of Thieves. Sourcebooks Landmark. Sept. 2015. 432p. ISBN 9781492617891. $25.99. THRILLER Like its author, whose recent The Paris Architect was a national best seller (catch the starred LJ review), the protagonist of this 1880s New York–set thriller is an architect, though he uses his knowledge in an unusual manner. To pay off […]

Top Mystery from Alexander McCall Smith, Ashley Weaver, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 2

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Alexander, Tasha. The Adventuress: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250058263. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466876071. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY In this latest in the New York Times best-selling series, following The Counterfeit Heiress, Lady Emily Hargreaves heads to the French Riviera (and who wouldn’t?) to attend the nuptials of her […]

Ringing in Christmas (Yes, Christmas) with Jennifer Chiaverini, Debbie Macomber, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 1

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Chiaverini, Jennifer. Christmas Bells. Dutton. Oct. 2015. 288p. ISBN 9780525955245. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698407091. WOMEN’S/HISTORICAL Though she sets her new work partly in present-day Boston, Chiaverini stays in keeping with her recent historical work (e.g., Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule) by referencing Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s rousing “Christmas Bells.” Written as Longfellow mourned the death of […]

Literary Glitter from Clare Clark, Homer Hickam, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 1

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Cantor, Jillian. The Hours Count. Riverhead. Oct. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781594633188. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698162334. LITERARY Following her LibraryReads pick, Margot, which imagined that Anne Frank’s sister survived the Holocaust, Cantor again vivifies history as she considers the life of the woman who lived next door to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1950. A friend […]

Last of the September Pop Fiction, from Paula Daly to Kim Harrison & More | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 4

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Block, Sandra. The Girl Without a Name. Grand Central. Sept. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9781455583775. pap. $15. THRILLER Block scored a hit with her debut, Little Black Lies, featuring energized psychiatrist Zoe Goldman. Now the good doctor is back, dealing with an African American girl whose identity is unknown. She’s suffering from amnesia, and evidently wants […]

Reed Farrel Coleman, Louise Penny, Anne Perry, & More | Mystery Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

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Beaton, M.C. Dishing the Dirt: An Agatha Raisin Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9781250057426. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466861183. MYSTERY New York Times best-selling sleuth Agatha Raisin is used to thwarting murderers, but in her latest case she’s the suspect. New-in-town therapist Jill Davent had snickered about Agatha’s humble origins, pursued her ex-husband, […]