Fiction from Best-Selling Authors Krentz, Itani, Neuhaus, Woods, & More | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2015, Pt. 4

Banks, Maya. In His Keeping. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780062312488. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062312495. ROMANCE
A New York Times and USA Today best-selling author with 1.4 million copies of her mayabanks“Breathless” trilogy out there in this country alone, Banks seems to be leaving behind mass market for the trade paperback format. Arial, dumped on a wealthy young couple as a baby and boasting secret telekinetic powers, is being stalked. Enter security specialist Beau Devereaux, who falls hard for his new client. With a 200,000-copy first printing.

Burdette, Lucy. Death with All the Trimmings. NAL. Dec. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780451465900. pap. $7.99. MYSTERY
Backtracking to December for a little holiday fun with the fifth book in the national best-selling “Key West Food Critic” mystery series. After being asked by the chef/owner of Key West’s sizzling new restaurant to investigate possible sabotage, food critic Hayley Snow finds the sizzle turned up as the restaurant goes up in flames and a charred body is discovered in the ruins.

Goldhagen, Shari. In Some Other World, Maybe. St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9781250047991. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466848290. CONTEMPORARY FICTION
After her 2006 debut, Family and Other Accidents, an affecting and well-received tale of disparate brothers, Goldhagen returns with the chronicle of several teenagers nationwide, who all head to the movie theater in 1992 to see the filmed version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. Adam’s making one last effort to connect, Sharon blows off school, and Phoebe and Ollie want to food around on a first date. Watch.

Hannah, Sophie. The Carrier. Putnam. Jan. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780670785865. $27.95. SUSPENSE
Owing to a plane delay, Gaby Struthers must share a hotel room with quaking Lauren, who proclaims that an innocent man is going to jail. Alas, Tim Breary happens to be the one man Gaby truly loved, and he says he murdered his wife. Next in the internationally best-selling Zailer & Waterhouse series, and let’s remember that this fall we’ll be reading Hannah’s new itaniHercule Poirot mystery, The Monogram Murders.

Itani, Frances. Tell. Black Cat: Grove Atlantic. Jan. 2015. 272p. ISBN 9780802123367. pap. $15. LITERARY
Readers who loved Canadian-based author Itani’s 2003 best seller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Award and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, will be pleased to see her back with a continuation of the story. In the first book, Tress bonded with deaf sister Grania by sharing in the creation of their secret language. Here, time has passed, both sisters are struggling as their husbands return changed from World War I, and Aunt Maggie cannot help, as her marriage is tumbling down a rabbit hole as well.

Kava, Alex. Breaking Creed. Putnam. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780399170768. $26.95. SUSPENSE
No, not another thriller featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell, though she shows up to help protagonist Ryder Creed, a former marine who trains K9 search-and-rescue dogs. Ryder is searching a commercial fishing vessel with one of his dogs, famed for their drug-busting capabilities, when he finds human cargo instead. Which, says Maggie, explains why he landed on a drug cartel’s hit list. Fiction as well as nonfiction is going to the military/rescue dogs; since launching the series, Kava has had her share of invites to dog training facilities.

Krentz, Jayne Ann. Trust No One. Putnam. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780399165139. $26.95. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
First, Grace Elland stumbles upon the dead body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague trustnooneWitherspoon. Then she goes on the blind date to end all blind dates with money-grubbing venture capitalist Julius Arkwright. At least ex-marine Julius steps into the breach when it appears that someone wants to destroy Grace and everyone around her. Another New York Times best seller for Krentz? She has 50.

Neuhaus, Nele. The Ice Queen. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jan. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780312604264. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466836914.
Best-selling German author Neuhaus won raves when Snow White Must Die was published here in 2013. Now we have the third outing of Inspectors Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein, who are investigating three murders, starting with that of 92-year-old Holocaust survivor Jossi Goldberg. Was he in fact not Jewish? And what do all three deaths have to do with Baroness Vera von Kaltensee?

Perry, Thomas. String of Beads. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780802123299. $26. SUSPENSE
The Edgar Award–winning Perry has done well with his series about Jane Whitefield, a Native American guide who helps people disappear. Now she must find someone. Jimmy, a childhood friend from the reservation, has vanished after being accused of killing a local white man, and it’s not just the police who are running him to ground. With a six-city tour to New York, Chicago, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Robson, Jennifer. After the War Is Over. Morrow Paperbacks. Jan. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780062334633. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062334640. HISTORICAL
Having seen terrible things during the Great War while serving as a nurse, Charlotte Brown afterthewarquietly picks up her career as a social work in Liverpool. Then she encounters a close friend’s brother, now the Earl of Cumberland, once arrogant and now shattered by the fighting. And, yes, she always had a crush on him that perhaps she will act on now.

Taylor, Brad. No Fortunate Son. Dutton. Jan. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780525953999. $26.95. THRILLER
Taskforce veteran operator Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, have just been fired, never mind that the actions that got them in trouble saved thousands of lives. But they jump to it when their commander needs help in finding his missing niece and soon stumble upon something bigger: military relatives of U.S. government officials have been taken hostage, and unless counterterrorist operations are suspended, the hostages will start to die. With a five-city tour.

Thilliez, Franck. Bred To Kill: A Thriller. Viking. Jan. 2015. 384p. tr. from French by Mark Polizzotti ISBN 9780670025978. $27.95. THRILLER
Best-selling French author Thilliez broke out here with 2012’s Syndrome E, and he’s all set to repeat the coolly creepy science-edged success of that book. Police Detective Lucie Henebelle and Inspector Sharko are back, investigating a graduate student’s killing at a primate research thilliezcenter outside Paris. It only looks like an animal attack. Scientists can hatch plots, too, and this one involves a dangerous 30,000-year-old virus. Not exactly Robbe-Grillet; look for the film version of Syndrome E.

Todd, Charles. A Fine Summer’s Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery. Morrow. Jan. 2015. 352p. 9780062237125. $26.99. MYSTERY
In June 1914, an archduke’s assassination a continent away doesn’t keep Inspector Ian Rutledge from considering marriage—or pursuing clues when a string of murders unwinds from the death of a widow in England. Soon he’ll have some hard choices to make. Big promotion for the Agatha Award–winning mother-son writing team; with a five-city tour Houston, Phoenix, Portland (OR), San Francisco, and Seattle.

Woods, Stuart. Insatiable Appetites. Putnam. Jan. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780399169151. $27.95. ACTION & ADVENTURE
I barely have time to write up Woods’s latest adventure before the next one arrives; this is the first of four Stone Barrington books coming in 2015 (a schedule the author plans to keep). Stone is contending with double trouble here: he’s uncovered some shocking secrets while distributing the estate of a respected friend, and an old nemesis has raised his nasty head.



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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.