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LJ Fiction | Review Alert, March 1, 2018

Gabel explores friendship and art with great warmth, humanity, and wisdom; an intricately plotted mystery set in Regency England brings the early days of the Industrial Revolution vividly to life; erotica featuring smart women thriving in business and getting some action after hours

Book to Screen | Babylon Berlin

January 30 marks the streaming release of Netflix’s latest European import, Babylon Berlin. Based on the best-selling crime novels by Volker Kutscher, the 16-part, two-season series, directed by Tom Tykwer, is the most expensive German television series ever produced.

Raybourn’s Pick of the Month, Cleeves, Gardner, Kallentoft/Lutteman, Kepler, Shames, Siger, Nordic Noir | Mystery & Suspense Reviews

Raybourn’s intricately plotted and dramatic story features the independent, intellectual equal of the brooding Stoker; this atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary Los Angeles that will still be recognizable to Raymond Chandler readers; a must-read for aficionados of golden age mysteries; the shiver-inducing Sandman will have you turning pages until the cliff-hanger ending

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, February 1, 2018

Fans of Stephen King and Deen Koontz will enjoy this twisted tale of the destructive and sinister power of evil; a Regency-era murder exposes the rot that underlies the period’s glitter—highly recommended; alternately pulse-pounding, brutal, and heartbreakingly tender, this original novel still resonates today; Vlautin delivers a deeply compassionate story made more poignant for its unadorned simplicity

Reading Resolutions | Wyatt’s World

The pleasures of reading should always be without strings, but if readers’ advisory (RA) librarians want to add to their to-do lists in 2018, there are some easy yet very useful resolutions to make.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, January 2018

This atmospheric mystery vividly captures a diverse, contemporary L.A. that will still be recognizable to readers of Raymond Chandler; Bujold’s many faithful readers will delight in this engaging blend of mystery and magic; a standout contribution to the ever-increasing subgenre of BDSM erotic fiction; Ball combines a travel adventure with a meditation on human kindness to create a deeply perceptive work of essential truths

RA Back Pocket: Genre Fiction | Wyatt’s World

It’s been a good year for genre fiction, with notable series continuing strong and new titles breaking through and captivating readers. Highlighting the work of key authors, these five sure bets will serve readers’ advisory librarians for a long time to come.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, December 2017

Lovesay’s exceptional police procedural is packed with imperfect and engaging characters; trippy, nail-biting speculative fiction from Sweterlitsch; fans of Anderson’s first installment of this series will devour this book; D’Salete’s brutal and tragic tales lend context to the ongoing fight for individual liberties worldwide; another riveting read from the unparalleled Chase

Sherlock Holmes, 125 Years Strong | RA Crossroads

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Conan Doyle’s famous short stories, originally serialized in The Strand Magazine, then published in book form in 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes continue to leave readers deeply satisfied.

What’s Old Is New Again | Wyatt’s World

There is great pleasure to be found in a twice-told tale that borrows liberally and inventively from existing literature. From fictional takes on how a famous story came into being to a recasting of a Shakespeare play, there are plenty of fall books that literally mine the backlist.