Twelve Essential Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2016, Pt. 2

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Alexander, Tasha. A Terrible Beauty: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781250058270. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250106407.  MYSTERY How pleasant for Lady Emily to visit her villa on the glorious island of Santorini. And how shocking when the housekeeper tells her that the master of the house, Emily’s late husband, has […]

Five Big Debuts | Fiction Previews, Oct. 1, 2016, Pt. 1

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  Bennett, Brit. The Mothers. Riverhead. Oct. 2016. 288p. ISBN 9780399184512. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399184536. CD/downloadable: Penguin Audio. LITERARY/WOMEN’S FICTION In a contemporary black community in Southern California, 17-year-old Nadia Turner and 21-year-old Luke Sheppard launch a soulful affair. She’s lost her mother to suicide, he’s lost a football career to injury, and the decisions […]

Harlan Coben, James Patterson, Anne Perry, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 4

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Coben, Harlan. Home. Dutton. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780525955108. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698411449. THRILLER Two boys from golden-glazed families are kidnapped and never heard from again—until ten years later, when Myron Bolitar and friend Win apparently find one of them. What can the rescued teenager say about the intervening years and the fate of his […]

Literary Glitter from Kleeman, Livesey, Towles, & More | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 3

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Altrad, Mohed. Badawi. Black Cat: Grove Atlantic. Sept. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780802125798. pap. $16. LITERARY Drawing on his own life to craft this first novel, Syrian-born French billionaire Altrad relates the story of Maïouf, a Bedouin boy who resists familial pressure to become a shepherd after his mother dies, abandoned and repudiated. Instead, he sneaks […]

Fifteen Mystery/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2

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Ahnhem, Stefan. Victim Without a Face: A Fabian Risk Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2016. 592p. tr. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. ISBN 9781250103185. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103192. THRILLER Screenwriter Ahnhem joins the Swedish crime brigade with a first novel whose initial victims were class bullies three decades ago. Alas, criminal investigator Fabian Risk, who’s […]

Anderson/Rovin, Jennifer Chiaverini, J.A. Jance, Karin Slaughter | Essential Pop Fiction, Sept. 2016, Pt. 1

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Anderson, Gillian & Jeff Rovin. The Sound of Seas. (The EarthEnd Saga, Bk. 3). Simon451: S. & S. 320p. ISBN 9781476776590. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476776613. SF Having proven herself as a writer with her well-received “EarthEnd Saga” series, written with New York Times best-selling author Rovin, award-winning actress Anderson wraps up the series with some […]

Chillers from Sandra Brown, Michael Koryta, Charles Todd, & More | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 3

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Andrews, Donna. Die Like an Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250078551. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466890879. MYSTERY Andrews launched her career with the Malice Domestic Contest–winning Murder with Peacocks, which grabbed Agatha, Anthony, Barry, and Romantic Times honors for best first novel, and has since gone on to New […]

Literary Fiction from IMPAC Award Winner Barker to Russian American Author Vapnyar | Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 2

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Barker, Nicola. The Cauliflower. Holt. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9781627797191. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781627797207. LITERARY Not as well known here as one might expect, edgy, tell-it-slant British author Barker collects prizes and nominations like candy: she’s won the IMPAC, Hawthornden, and PEN/Macmillan awards and been short-listed for the Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes. Her subject […]

Pop Fiction from Multi-Award-Winner China Miéville to Mega–Best Seller Susan Wiggs| Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 2

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–Grant, Mira. Chimera. Orbit: Hachette. Aug. 2016. 496p. ISBN 9780316381000. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316381017; lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316380997. CD/downloadable. Hachette Audio. SF Ew, creepy. In the Hugo-nominated, best-selling Grant’s “Parasitology” trilogy, people become violent sleepwalkers as implanted tapeworms make them run amok. This wrap-up finds heroine Sal and her family contending with the wormy […]

Irish Stars, New York Landscapes, & Colorado Chills | Debut Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

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Leo, Forrest. The Gentleman. Penguin Pr. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780399562631. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399562648. LITERARY Victorian poet Lionel Savage marries lovely Vivien Lancaster for her money and, in a fit of despondency over his sudden inability to write, accidentally conjures up the Devil, with whom he politely discusses literature. Later, when he realizes that […]