Fredrik Backman, C.J. Box, Shirley Jackson, & The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope | Barbara’s Picks, Jul. 2015, Pt. 4


Backman, Fredrik. My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry. Atria. Jul. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781501115066. $25. LITERARY FICTION An international best seller published in more than 25 languages worldwide, Backman’s first novel, A Man Called Ove, got lovely reviews here that almost always used the word charming. That word (though perhaps with more […]

Coulter, Kadrey, McCall Smith, Silva, & More | Hot Commercial Fiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 4


Abercrombie. Joe. Half a War. Del Rey. Jul. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780804178457. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804178471.  FANTASY First Half a King (July 2014), then Half the World (February 2015), and now the wrap-up to a trilogy featuring Yarvi, unassuming heir to the throne, who avenges his father’s murder and, with a warrior-hopeful young woman named […]

Thrilling Stuff from Jefferson Bass to Dick Wolf | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3


Bass, Jefferson. The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel. Morrow. Jun. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062262332. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062262356. THRILLER Ten years after Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm for conducting posthumous research, things are looking bad. He’s accused of misidentifying a body, threatened by a serial killer who has already attempted to kill […]

Rising Thriller Voices; Terry Hayes, Lori Roy, & More | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 2


Hayes, Terry. The Year of the Locust: A Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Jun. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9781439177754. $26.95. SUSPENSE Having produced a winner straight out of the gate with last year’s New York Times best-selling I Am Pilgrim, which blended investigation of a scarily clue-free homicide with threats to the United States, Hayes gets techier […]

Essential Chillers from Iles, Indridason, Locke, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Apr. 2015, Pt. 2


Brennan, Allison. Compulsion. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Apr. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781250035028. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035035. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even […]

From Steinhauer to Steel, More Than 30 Big Commercial Fiction Titles | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2015, Pt. 3


Thrillers Berry, Steve. The Patriot Threat. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781250056238. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466862609. CD: Macmillan Audio. THRILLER When his former boss in the Justice Department asks him to track down a rogue North Korean possibly in possession of some hush-hush Treasury Department files, beloved Berry protagonist Cotton Malone finds himself […]

Black, Bowen, Bradley, Evanovich/Sutton, Haynes, Perry, Winspear | Seven Essential Mystery Novels, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1


Black, Cara. Murder on the Champs de Mars. Soho Crime. Mar. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9781616952860. $27.95. MYSTERY Sassy, open-hearted, and one of my favorite characters ever, Aimée Leduc is back for a 15th outing that takes readers to Paris’s elegant, old-gold seventh arrondissement—not her usual stomping ground, because Black’s series typically details Paris’s rougher corners […]

Special Report: ThrillerFest IX, Pt. I | What We’re Reading


Part I of a special “What We’re Reading” report from ThrillerFest 2014 in New York City.

Top-Selling Authors Connelly, Cornwell, Scottoline, & More | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2014, Pt. 1


Baldacci, David. The Escape. Grand Central. Nov. 2014. 432p. ISBN 9781455521197. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781455521272. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455579402. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Following Zero Day and The Forgotten, here’s the third novel featuring Army Special Agent John Puller, who takes on the nation’s most problematic cases. No plot details yet, but lots of promo […]

Pop Fiction by 24 Best-Selling Authors from Tasha Alexander to Stuart Woods | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 3


Alexander, Tasha. The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery. Minotaur. Oct. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781250024695. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250024688. CD: Macmillan Audio. SUSPENSE Appropriately, this latest in the New York Times best-selling series starring Lady Emily opens with a murder at a lavish masquerade ball, for the victim is not who she seems to be, […]