Fiction from Evans, Miller, Peacock, Wilhide, and Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Mazzola’s debut draws on the notorious 1837 Edgware Road murder; Miller has created a quirky, relatable family; Murphy’s imaginative debut is a haunting ghost story and a thrilling mystery; Peacock’s second novel may appeal to readers of Sue Monk Kidd; two stories focus on filmmaking during World War II

Fiction from Bauer, Dial, Mendoza, and Stachniak, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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An intense, compelling novel from British author Bauer; fans of Clare Mackintosh and Tana French should add Corry to their must-read lists; Mendoza is a logical recommendation for admirers of the similarly themed novels of Don Winslow; Peelle parlays her short story skills into an endearing debut novel; dance fans will welcome this graceful and entrancing foray into the recent past

Fiction from Harman, Noble, Post, and Rodale, plus Three Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A quiet novel about a woman rediscovering her true self; a tender win-win romance of two like-minded people; fans of historical fiction about the opening of the American West will enjoy this sweeping novel; a good choice for fans of grit lit that emphasizes blood ties and redneck justice; a sort of spiritual prequel to Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One; Rodale has created a delightful heroine in the brainy yet passionate Lady Claire; writer and director Wilson weaves a complex plot that builds in intrigue and tension

Spy Stories|Fiction Reviews, January 2017

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Historical fiction teams up with spy novel in this fantastic WW II epic A Single Spy by William Christie while Mick Herron brings us his fourth installment of the Slough House Series that will have you on the edge of your seat

Bad Marriages | Fiction Reviews, January 2017

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Fast-paced, disturbing, nerve-wracking, and suspenseful are just a few words that describe these two exciting novels by Jessica Strawser and Chevy Stevens

Fiction from Delaney, Fowler, Harris, Rankin, & Williams | Xpress Reviews

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Delaney’s Big Brother–esque novel will consume psychological thriller enthusiasts; fans will find pleasures in Fowler’s sprawling, messy mystery; Harris’s sharp-eyed observations of human behavior are on the mark; the thrill of Rankin’s work is still fresh; Williams’s latest is a smart suggestion for fans of strong female characters

Val McDermid, Neil Gaiman, & Laura Lippman | Audio in Advance February 2017 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Audiobooks of note publishing in February 2017

Fiction from Hurwitz, Rosenfeld, and Ryan, plus Debuts and Mermaids | Xpress Reviews

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Hurwitz excels at writing smart characters and plots; Luke is another compelling diversion from Ryan; Kamata’s coming-of-age story mixes bits of magical realism with the trials of growing up in the 1970s suburban Midwest

Best Books 2016 | Honorable Mentions

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Choosing only five top titles in each category, plus a Top Ten, is a daunting exercise, so LJ’s editors and contributors decided to up the ante.

Fiction from Banner, Connelly, Flagg, Koike, and Singh, plus an Icelandic Debut | Xpress Reviews

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This solid read will please both Connelly’s longtime fans; die-hard Flagg admirers will enjoy this latest title; Jonasson’s debut has transformed the locked-room myster; a translated work to please Asian horror fans; Singh’s latest series entry continues to set the bar high