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

Fiction from Manaster and Debuter Smith | Xpress Reviews

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Manaster has written a deeply human and morally saturated novel, with captivating language; while debuter Smith’s protagonists are well drawn, it’s hard to care for a relationship that seems so disengaged

Fiction from Church, Gracen, Hart, Higashino, March, Maxwell, Wallace, & Winterson | Xpress Reviews

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An appealing and passionate love story from Grace; Hart delivers a suspenseful, gritty Ash McKenna book; Higashino has crafted an epic crime novel; a historical debut from Limburg; a Christmas tale from March; a sweetly unconventional Regency romance from Maxwell; a satisfactory debut from Moore; a holiday collection from Winterson

Fiction from Rice and Riggle, with a Debut from Rydahl | Xpress Reviews

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“Vampire Chronicles” fandom will be clamoring for a peek at Rice’s latest tale, though it’s confusing at times; Riggle presents an entrancing novel of the Broadway theatrical world in its heyday; Rydahl’s debut unfolds one unexpected clue at a time and will keep readers guessing until the very end