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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Charlie Jane Anders, Barbara Pym, & an Estonian Best Seller | Audio in Advance March 2016 | Stephanie’s Picks

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Anders, Charlie Jane. All the Birds in the Sky. Recorded Bks. ISBN 9781501902444. Reader TBA. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead parted ways under mysterious circumstances during high school and didn’t expect to see each other again. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly […]

Joy Williams, Deanna Raybourn, & Yasmine Galenorn | Audio in Advance February 2016 | Fiction

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Adelman, Michelle. Piece of Mind. HighBridge. ISBN 9781681680026. Read by Tavia Gilbert. At 27, Lucy knows everything about coffee, comic books, and Gus (the polar bear at the Central Park Zoo), and she possesses a rare gift for drawing. But since she suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of three, she has had […]

Mysteries & Thrillers from Barr, Griffiths, Patterson, & More | Fiction Previews, May 2016, Pt. 3

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Armstrong, Kelley. City of the Lost. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2016. 352p. ISBN 9780805096026. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092151. THRILLER In a series debut from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, homicide detective Casey Duncan hides a little secret—she killed a mobster’s grandson while in college—and is happy to disappear to an off-the-grid town […]

LJ Fiction Reviews: November 1, 2015

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Winners of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest, festive inspirational CF, top fall indie fiction, recent Jewish fiction, plus riveting new entries from Crais, Eco, Preston/Child

Series Installments from Val McDermid, Denise Mina, & Thea Harrison | Audio in Advance December 2015 | Fiction

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Abdou, Angie. Between. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490686677. Read by Meredith Orlow. Vero and her husband, Shane, have two kids, two cars,and  two jobs. They are not coping well. In response to their looming domestic breakdown, Vero and Shane get live-in help with their sons—a woman from the Philippines named Ligaya; the children call her LiLi. […]

From Commissario Guido Brunetti to Intrepid Maisie Dobbs | Barbara’s Suspense Picks, Mar. 2015, Pt. 1

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Leon, Donna. Waters of Eternal Youth. Atlantic, Mar. 2016. 256p. ISBN 9780802124807. $26. MYSTERY Commissario Guido Brunetti’s 25th case has a little twist; there’s no dead body and possibly no crime. Late one night, a teenager splashed into the bottle-green waters of a Venice canal, and the stumbling drunk who pulled her out—not before she […]