Sophie Hannah, Eimear McBride, Ron Rash & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2016. , Pt. 3


Hannah, Sophie/Agatha Christie. Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Novel. Morrow. Sept. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780062458827. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062458841. CD: HarperAudio. MYSTERY With The Monogram Murders, Hannah gutsily took on the task of bringing back Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, and though some fans sniped, it was a New York Times best seller that got […]

Fiction from Bradford, Gaylin, Harrington, McKinty, and Straub | Xpress Reviews


A charming romance peppered with Shakespearean quotations, a compelling protagonist from Gaylin, an exciting tale of intrigue despite some discrepancies, a strong moral point of view from McKinty, a master of two genres: that’s Straub

Alan Bradley, Robert Olen Butler, Emma Donoghue, James Gleick, Robert Gottlieb | Barbara’s Picks, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2


Bradley, Alan. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel. Delacorte. Sept. 2016. 400p. ISBN 9780345539960. $26. CD: Random Audio. MYSTERY Wickedly smart young Flavia de Luce launched her investigative career with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which proved its worth by winning the Agatha, Macavity, Barry, Dilys, Arthur […]

Fifteen Mystery/Thrillers | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2016, Pt. 2


Ahnhem, Stefan. Victim Without a Face: A Fabian Risk Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Sept. 2016. 592p. tr. from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles. ISBN 9781250103185. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250103192. THRILLER Screenwriter Ahnhem joins the Swedish crime brigade with a first novel whose initial victims were class bullies three decades ago. Alas, criminal investigator Fabian Risk, who’s […]

Richard Russo, Rufi Thorpe, & Jo Baker | May 2016 Audio in Advance | Fiction


Fiction audiobooks releasing in May 2016

Stolen Children | LJ Reviews, March 15, 2016

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A solid read that fans of Debbie ­Howells, Julia Dahl, and Laura Lippman will ­appreciate; set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern ­Portugal, a novel that is sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in ­exotic locales

Women Cops | LJ Reviews

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This first novel by a retired police officer from Atlanta unfortunately fails to deliver an effective story; fans of Dial’s (Unnatural Murder) “Josie Corsino” series will enjoy this early look at Josie (as an unmarried rookie) and other characters

Mystery from Linda Castillo to Tim Weaver | Mystery Previews, Jul. 2016, Pt. 3


Castillo, Linda. Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2016. 320p. ISBN 9781250061577. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867277. CD/downloadable: Macmillan Audio. MYSTERY Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has a new assignment, to the dismay of her current squeeze, State Agent John Tomasetti. Posing as an Amish widow, she’s to infiltrate a remote […]

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe | The Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Nominees


The Edgar Award nominees are announced, and LJ/SLJ has the goods on the books!

Helen Oyeyemi, Tracy Chevalier, & Edna O’Brien | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Fiction


Archer, Gretchen. Double Mint. (Davis Way Crime Caper, Bk. 4). Tantor. ISBN 9781515902089. Read by Amber Benson. It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino, and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a junkyard. But when special events coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just […]