Reichs, Patterson, Scottoline, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2018

Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Washington Decree. Dutton. Aug. 2018. 592p. tr. from Danish by Steve Schein. ISBN 9781524742522. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781524742546. CD/downloadable. THRILLER Top-of-the-heap crime fiction writer in Denmark, Adler-Olsen set this book in America, where 14-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers is among a group of dedicated campaign works who helped elect Democratic senator Bruce Jansen […]

Pop Goes the Fiction | Last of the Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

  Chambers, Becky. Record of a Spaceborn Few. Harper Voyager. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9780062851154. $26.99; pap. 9780062699220. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062699237. SF Astrobiology educator Chambers continues her multi-award-nominated sf “Wayfarers” series, set in the brimming Galactic Commons, with humans wondering about their past after having found a place among the stars. With a 30,000 hardcover […]

Bright Days, Dark Thrills | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Abbott, Jeff. The Three Beths. Grand Central. Jul. 2018. 400p. ISBN 9781538728697. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781538728673. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781538745038. lrg. prnt. Downloadable. THRILLER Odd that teenage Mariah Dunning thinks she spots her vanished mother across a crowded food court; her mom, Beth, has been presumed murdered, with suspicions falling on her husband. What’s odder: […]

Literary Glitter | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Christensen, Kate. The Last Cruise. Doubleday. Jul. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780385536288. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385536295. Downloadable. LITERARY PEN/Faulkner Award winner Christensen takes us on the final voyage of the 1950s-era ocean liner Queen Isabella, as guests nostalgically enjoy fine dining, retro drinks, and luscious jazz, with both cell phones and children banned. Belowdecks, tensions simmer […]

Top Pop | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Gray, Shelley Shepard. Her Fear: The Amish of Hart County.  Avon Inspire: HarperCollins. Jul. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9780062846099. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062469212$. 12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062469182. AMISH When pregnant, unmarried Amish girl Sadie Detweiler is sent to stay with chilly relatives, she is befriended by outgoing Amish EMT Noah Freeman after he visits her ailing […]

Summer Mysteries | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Castillo, Linda. A Gathering of Secrets: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jul. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9781250121318. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121332. CD. MYSTERY In this next in the popular Amish mystery series featuring Chief of Police Kate Burkholder, a stately old barn burns to ash with 18-year-old Daniel Gingerich inside. It’s no accident, and […]

Summer Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2018

Arthurs, Alexia. How To Love a Jamaican: Stories. Ballantine. Jul. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9781524799205. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781524799212. Downloadable. SHORT STORIES In 11 stories, 2017 Plimpton Prize winner Arthurs captures the lives of Jamaican immigrants in America and the families they’ve left behind. Among the scenarios: a teenager is reunited with his mother in New […]

Start of the Summer Chills | Thriller Previews, June 2018

Belle, Kimberly. Three Days Missing. Park Row: HarperCollins. Jun. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780778307716. pap. $15.99. THRILLER Kat Jenkins’s son Ethan disappears on an overnight school trip, but another mother whose child is safe receives the ransom demand. Glamorous Stefanie Huntington, wife of Atlanta’s mayor, watches her carefully constructed life tumble as both mothers rush to […]

Mostly Domestic, but Not Bliss | Mystery Previews, Jun. 2018

Atherton, Nancy. Aunt Dimity and the King’s Ransom. Viking. Jun. 2018. 240p. ISBN 9780525522652. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525522669. MYSTERY Lori Shepherd drops off husband Bill at a client in rural England, then heads into a storm that strands her at the creepy King’s Ransom inn, where mysterious footsteps echo. Adviser-from-another-world Aunt Dimity reminds her that […]

Literary Glitter | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2018

Faye, Gaël. Small Country. Hogarth: Crown. Jun. 2018. 224p. tr. from French. ISBN 9781524759872. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781524759896. Downloadable. LITERARY Ten-year-old Gabriel’s life in Burundi is completely upended when adjacent Rwanda erupts hideously in flames. Based on songwriter/rapper Faye’s own experiences, this debut novel captured numerous awards in France, including the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens, […]