Kellerman, Mina, & 23 More Thriller/Mystery Writers | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 3

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Beaton, M.C. Death of a Policeman. Grand Central. Feb. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781455504732. $24. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. MYSTERY When Detective Chief Inspector Blair sends eager rookie Cyril Sessions to monitor series stalwart Sgt. Hamish Macbeth, whom Blair would so love to can, Sessions ends up murdered and Macbeth ends up a suspect. With a 50,000-copy […]

Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2013, Pt. 2: Data Mining, Gold, Suspense, Fiction in Translation, & a Big Debut Novel

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Aiden, Erez & Jean-Baptiste Michel. Uncharted: Big Data and an Emerging Science of Human History. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Dec. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9781594487453. $27.95. SCIENCE/HISTORY Harvard Society Fellow Aiden and Harvard University scientist Michel, a 2012 TED Fellow recently named one of Forbes’s “30 under 30,” here address a hot (indeed, controversial) topic: mining […]

Barbara’s Picks, December 2013, Pt. 1: Diana Gabaldon, Mireille Guiliano, Jim Harrison, & Donna Leon

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Gabaldon, Diana. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Delacorte. Dec. 2013. 1008p. ISBN 9780385344432. $35; ebk. ISBN 9780440246442. TIME TRAVEL In the latest in Gabaldon’s relentlessly seductive series, readers get to time-travel to revolutionary Philadelphia, where Jamie Fraser joins wife Claire Randall as the redcoats march into town—a doubtless unnerving sight for our Scottish hero. […]

Fiction Previews, Oct. 2013, Pt. 2: Top Commercial Fiction, Including Christmas Stories from Andrews, Macomber, & Thayer

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Andrews, Mary Kay. Christmas Bliss. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2013. 224p. ISBN 9781250019721. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250019738. CD: Macmillan Audio. CHRISTMAS FICTION New York Times best-selling author Andrews draws characters from her three popular Savannah novels—Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, and Blue Christmas—to craft a blissful Christmas novella. As the holidays loom, so does antiques dealer Weezie […]

Fiction Previews, Jul. 2013, Pt. 4: Susan Choi, Matt Haig, Karin Slaughter, & More

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Adler, Elizabeth. Please Don’t Tell. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9781250019899. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250019905. WOMEN’S FICTION One stormy night on the California coast, elegant 58-year-old Fenny Dexter opens her door to a blood-soaked man claiming to have been in an accident. He departs after a cozy night (they feel a spark), and […]

Mystery Previews, Jan.-Feb. 2013: Alan Bradley, Dana Stabenow, Charles Todd, and More

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Back in History Winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers Association of Australia, Kerry Greenwood crafts a story billed as mystery but seemingly more suspenseful historical in Out of the Black Land (Poisoned Pen. Feb. 2013. 250p. ISBN 9781464200380. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781464200403. $14.95), about a  reluctant new Great Royal Scribe in […]

Barbara’s Picks, November 2012, Pt. 3: Moning, T√≥ib√≠n, Cahalan, Grass

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Barbara’s Picks, November 2012, Pt. 3: Moning, T√≥ib√≠n, Cahalan, Grass

Nonfiction Previews, November 2012, Pt. 3: From Kirstie Alley to Kurt Vonnegut

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Nonfiction Previews, November 2012, Pt. 3: From Kirstie Alley to Kurt Vonnegut

Fiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 2: Thrilled to Death with Gerritsen, Child, and Woods

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Fiction Previews, September 2012, Pt. 2: Thrilled to Death with Gerritsen, Child, and Woods

Fiction Previews, July 2012, Pt. 1: Gardiner, Grazer, Mathews, Suarez, Walters

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Fiction Previews, July 2012, Pt. 1: Gardiner, Grazer, Mathews, Suarez, Walters

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