Aquarium Dreams, Sarong Party Girls, & Reality Show Survival | Fiction Debuts, Jul. 2016, Pt. 1


Angell, Caroline. All the Time in the World. Holt Paperbacks. Jul. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781627794015. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781627794022. CD: Macmillan Audio POP FICTION Yet another theater person demonstrates that those who love the spoken word gravitate naturally to the written word. Playwright and director Angell crafts the story of a talented young composer […]

Kenyon, McMillan, Schine, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 5


Beverly-Whittemore, Miranda. June. Crown. Jun. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780553447682. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780553447699. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE How could Cassie Danvers have been named the sole heir of Hollywood movie idol Jack Montgomery, who says she’s his granddaughter? Her grandmother, June, couldn’t have known him, and she was so proper. But it turns […]

Fifteen Essential Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 4


Adler, Elizabeth. The Charmers. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781250058195. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862265. THRILLER A villa in the south of France, inherited from an aunt? Sounds great for Mirabella Matthews until she’s nearly run off the road while driving there with the young woman to whom she’s giving a lift. As Mirabella […]

Cara Black, Walter Mosley, Brian Panowich, & More | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 3


Billingham, Mark. Die of Shame. Atlantic Monthly. Jun. 2016. 448p. ISBN 9780802125255. $26. MYSTERY Twice winner of Theakston’s Old Peculiar Award for Best Crime Novel, 2015 finalist for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library (awarded for a body of work), and a 2015 Thrillerfest spotlight guest, Billingham introduces us to six disparate people—from […]

Women’s Fiction from Barbara Taylor Bradford to Beatriz Williams | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 2


Adams, Alice. Invincible Summer. Little, Brown. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780316391177. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316391184. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316268516. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMING OF AGE It’s the new millennium, and four friends fresh out of college have a lot of growing up to do. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien enjoy life as an aspiring artist and […]

Literary Fiction To Grab, from Tahmima Anam, Thomas Christopher Greene, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2016, Pt. 1


Alam, Rumaan. Rich and Pretty. Ecco. Jun. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062429933. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062429957. LITERARY Upper-crust Sarah works at a charity while plotting the perfect wedding. Wayward self-starter Lauren works in publishing (well, she would) and avoids all questions of marriage—and the future in general. Best friends for 20 years, they’ve been distanced by […]

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 […]