Modern Lovers by Emma Straub | LJ Review


An engaging story of shifting relationships, Straub’s third novel (The Vacationers; Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures) focuses on Elizabeth, Andrew, and Zoe, who have been friends since their college days

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries | LJ Review


Graced with pleasingly wrought characters who develop beautifully and a crafty villain you’ll love to hate, along with clever dialog and rapier wit, this compelling, deliciously seductive story takes the classic marriage of convenience to a new level and sets the stage for the next in the series.

Dodgers by Bill Beverly | LJ Review


With characterizations recalling the best of George Pelecanos, this debut novel by Beverly (American literature, Trinity Univ.; On the Lam: Narratives of Flight in J. Edgar Hoover’s America) follows the coming-of-age story of East, a young Los Angeles gang lookout who is sent on a road trip with three others to kill a witness in Wisconsin.

The Crowdfunding Handbook by Cliff Ennico | LJ Review


Ennico, a former Wall Street lawyer and expert in ecommerce, covers the ins and outs of raising small business capital using crowdfunding. Much more than an overview, this is a solid, nuts-and-bolts handbook that will be valuable to serious small-business entrepreneurs.

Three-Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell | LJ Review


Rindell’s second novel (after her acclaimed debut, The Other Typist) offers a captivating look into the vibrancy of mid-20th-century New York City through the eyes of three flawed and therefore, fascinating young characters.

DIY Temporary Tattoos by Pepper Baldwin | LJ Review


Baldwin, a designer and retailer of temporary tattoos, offers an alternative to people who aren’t ready to commit to a permanent tattoo.

The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan | LJ Review


Canadian author McMillan makes a terrific debut with this Edwardian mystery, mixing ­Sherlockian deduction with humor and a side order of romance.

Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson | LJ Review


McPherson is a master of slightly creepy narratives that are complex and character driven (Agatha Award–nominated The Child Garden). Her latest stand-alone is atmospheric and suspenseful and will intrigue Erin Hart readers.

The Girls in the Band | LJ DVD Review


This joyous musical reveals the women who traveled and performed in vaudeville and during the Big Band era

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh | LJ Review


This UK best seller is a wonderfully layered thriller that skillfully builds from that one tragic event.