The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries | LJ Review

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Sex in the Sea by Marah J. Hardt | LJ Review

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Hardt (research codirector, Future of Fish) has written a clever, informative book about marine animal reproduction. Covering the diverse range of creatures under the sea, the process of baby-making from flatworms to barnacles to octopus to whales is eye-opening and entertaining.