Jeffrey Archer, Paula Brackston, Siri Hustvedt, & More | Fiction Previews, Mar. 2014, Pt. 4

Archer, Jeffrey. Be Careful What You Wish For. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9781250034489. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250034472. CD: Macmillan Audio. SUSPENSE
There are so many complications in this fourth volume in Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles” series it makes your head spin. With Ross Buchanan out as chair of the Barrington Shipping Company, Don Pedro Martinez pushes his own candidate for evil purposes. Jessica Clifton becomes engaged, but her mother-in-law wreaks havoc. And the entire narrative starts with the statement, “Sebastian is dead.” Goodreads and Facebook promotion; a four-week interactive promotion; distribution at hotels, movie theaters, and malls; library marketing—you name it.

Brackston, Paula. The Midnight Witch. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781250006080. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250022967. HISTORICAL/FANTASY
Brackston debuted with The Witch’s Daughter, the story of a young witch’s pursuit over centuries by the man who saved her life, which has sold 130,000-plus copies over all formats. She returns with another strong-minded young witch, whose lily-livered brother inherits the title Duke of Radnor even as she becomes Head Witch of the Lazarus Coven. The two romantic interests in Lilith’s life signify the split between beautiful aristocrat and powerful sorceress.

Gladstone, Wayne. Notes from the Internet Apocalypse. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781250045027. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466843349. LITERARY
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and only a veteran columnist could dream it up. The Internet has stopped working, and a character named Gladstone, who’s already lost his wife, is deep in mourning. But he’s provoked out of his lethargy—and out of his house—when he hears rumors that someone in New York is still online. Geeky literary first novel thrills.

Hustvedt, Siri. The Blazing World. S. & S. Mar. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781476747231. $26. LITERARY
Always incisive and interesting, Hustvedt here tells the challenging story of artist Harriet Burden, who’s tired of her low profile in the art world. So she presents her work under the guise of three different male artists, each with a blockbuster solo show. Once she reveals the subterfuge, she is challenged about the final show, presumably mounted by an artist named Rune with whom Harriet had a tense and combative relationship. And now Rune is dead.

Kirkman, Robert & Jay Bonansinga. The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor, Part Two. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781250052018. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466853225. CD: Macmillan Audio. HORROR
Brought to you by Eisner Award winner Kirkman, executive producer of The Walking Dead TV blockbuster, and Bram Stoker finalist Bonansinga, this is the fourth book in their New York Times best-selling series. Classic horror, though what may horrify fans most is this line in the promotion: “the Governor and Rick face off one last time.” What?

Ohlsson, Kristina. The Disappeared. Emily Bestler: Atria. Mar. 2014. 352p.
ISBN 9781476734002. $25. THRILLER
When Ohlsson isn’t serving as a counterterrorism officer at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, she writes the popular Fredrika Bergman crime series. In this third installment, Fredrika is investigating the death of a young woman found dismembered in a forested area near Stockholm. Then another corpse appears, and another, and Fredrika is dismayed to find her lover listed as a suspect in the killings

O’Neal, Barbara. The All You Can Dream Buffet. Bantam. Mar. 2014. 400p.
ISBN 9780345536860. pap. $15. POP FICTION
A RITA Award winner for How To Bake a Perfect Life (almost 90,000 copies out there) and The Lost Recipe for Happiness (which has gone back to press nine times), O’Neal here introduces us to ­eightysomething Lavender Willis, who’s invited three close online friends, food bloggers all, to her organic farm so that she can decide which one will inherit it.


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.