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  • Ace Atkin’s Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies (5/02/17)
  • Swooning over a man she meets on an online dating site, Connie Kelly gives him $300,000 to invest; then both suitor and money disappear. She is not his only victim, which is how Boston PI Spenser gets involved.

    WITTY CHARACTERS WITH A CODE/FAST-PACED PROCEDURAL MYSTERY/SHORT CHAPTERS & LOTS OF DIALOGUE

  • Tracy Chevalier’s New Boy (5/16/17)
  • In the next installment of the Hogarth Shakespeare series (Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl 2016), the author replays Othello in the 1970s Washington, DC, area. Ian will not stand for the relationship between a black diplomat’s son and a beautiful, white Dee.

    GRACEFUL WRITING STYLE/HISTORICAL DETAIL&SENSE OF PLACE/RESONANT CHARACTERS

  • Dorothy Benton Frank’s Same Beach, Next Year (5/16/17)
  • Former lovers Adam Stanley and Eve Landers meet up unexpectedly while vacationing with their spouses on one of Charleston’s beautiful barrier islands, and the two couples end up meeting summer after summer as they share the good times and bad.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN RELATIONSHIP STORY/ACCESSIBLE BUT EVOCATIVE PROSE/STRONG WOMEN PROTAGONISTS/FREQUENT HUMOR/LOVELY SMALL-TOWN SETTING. READALIKES.

  • Stephen Hunter’s G-Man (5/16/17)
  • Bob Lee Swagger has a secret family history to follow up after uncovering a box containing his never-mentioned grandfather’s FBI badge, a .45 automatic, and a mysterious diagram.

    MYTHIC HERO CHARACTER/COMPLEX, VIOLENT STORYLINES/PLOT-DRIVEN SUSPENSE/DESCRIPTIVE, DETAILED & THOUGHTFUL PROSE

  • Dennis Lehane’s Since We Fell (5/16/17)
  • After a terrible public breakdown, reporter Rachel Childs retreats into herself until she has the good fortune to meet and marry charming businessman Brian, Than she does something—or at least thinks she does—that puts her whole marriage in question.

    INTRIGUING CHARACTERS/VIVID STORYTELLING/GRITTY, REALISTIC LANGUAGE/PSYCHOLOGICAL TENSION

  • James Patterson & Maxine Paetro’s 16th Seduction (5/01/17)
  • Even as a wave of possibly provoked heart attacks hits San Francisco, Det. Lindsay Boxer’s husband Joe has betrayed her, and a jailed bomber’s (15th Affair) lawyer casts doubt on the investigation so that Lindsay may end up on trial.

    WOMEN IN JEOPARDY & IN CHARGE/SHORT CHAPTERS AND DIALOGUE DRIVE PLOT-CENTERED STORYLINE/RELENTLESS PACE

  • Danielle Steel’s Against All Odds (5/02/17)
  • After her husband’s death, Kate Madison successfully supports her four children with her fancy Soho resale shop…now they’ve grown up and are messing up.

    GLAMOROUS CHARACTERS AND EXTRAVAGANT SETTINGS/ENGROSSING RELATIONSHIP STORIES/DRAMATIC AND SENSUAL TONE

  • J. Courtney Sullivan’s Saints for All Occasions
  • This family saga is about two Irish sisters, responsible Nora and wild-hare Theresa. They’ve come to America with big dreams that get shifted when Nora must think up a plan to deal with Theresa’s unexpected pregnancy.

    WELL-DEVELOPED,COMPLEX CHARACTERS/MOVING AND ENGAGING RELATIONSHIP-CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORY

  • Scott Turow’s Testimony (5/16/17)
  • Sometime during the cataclysmic breakup of Yugoslavia, an entire camp full of Romani refugees vanished. Was there a massacre? Burned-out Bill ten Boom accepts this one last assignment to find out.

    SMART,AUTHENTIC DIALOG/COMPELLING CHARACTERS/PROVOCATIVE PLOTS/ISSUE-ORIENTED STORY LINES

  • Janet Evanovich’s Dangerous Minds (6/20/17)
  • This title follows Curious Minds (2016), the first in the Knight & Moon series starring an offbeat romantic team that includes smarty-pants financial analyst Riley Moon and rich but socially inept Emerson Knight.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/GREAT ST/QUICK PACE/WINNING FORMULA WITH HUMOR

  • Joseph Finder’s The Switch (6/13/17)
  • The MacBook that Michael Tanner picked up accidentally at the TSA security line at LAX belongs to Sen, Susan Robbins, and it contains top secret files that have been uploaded illegally.

    POLITICAL ACTION-PACED THRILLER/ENGAGING CHARACTERS/INTRICATE PLOTTING

  • Jane Green’s The Sunshine Sisters (6/06/17)
  • The Sunshine sisters are together again, called home by their famous mother Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. Even though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother’s illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all.

    LIKEABLE HEROINES/ENGAGING, APPEALING RELATIONSHIP STORY/SMART, SASSY DIALOGUE AND WITTY COMEDIC TOUCH. READALIKES.

  • John Grisham’s Camino Island. (6/06/17)
  • A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. A novelist infiltrates a shady book dealer and finds out too much.

    ENGAGING SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS/BREAKNECK PACING/BIBLIOPHILE THRILLER

  • Elin Hilderbrand’s The Identicals (6/13/17)
  • Identical twin sisters Tabitha and Harper Frost are separated by more than the salty Atlantic stretching between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. But a family crisis compels them to overcome their mutual enmity.

    IDEAL VACATION READ: STUNNING NANTUCKET SETTING/ CHARACTERS FACING PERSONAL CHALLENGES & CONFLICTS/STORIES GROUNDED IN FAMILIAR PERSONAL TOPICS REVOLVING AROUND FRIENDSHIP & ROMANCE. READALIKES

  • Dean R. Koontz’s The Silent Corner (6/06/17)
  • When her accomplished and seemingly well-adjusted husband commits suicide. FBI agent Jane Hawk seeks to discover why he and a surprising number of others like him have chosen death over life. First of two linked novels—The Whispering Room is due in January 2018.

    PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE/RIVETING PACED STORY/EXHILARATING HEROINE/TWISTING INGENIOUS PLOT

  • James Patterson & Howard Roughan’s Murder Games (6/26/17)
  • In NY, a serial killer named The Dealer leaves behind a playing card hinting at his next victim. Eye-catching cop Elizabeth Needham works with Professor Dylan Reinhart to shut down the card game.

    RECOGNIZABLE CHARACTERS/SHORT CHAPTERS AND DIALOGUE DRIVE VIOLENT, PLOT-CENTERED STORYLINE/MINIMUM SETTING DESCRIPTION/RELENTLESS PACE

  • Nora Roberts’s Come Sundown (6/06/17)
  • Rawhide-tough Bodine Longbow, who runs the family ranch in Montana, always thought the aunt who ran off before her birth was dead. But when two women are found murdered, and then Aunt Alice herself appears with a fantastical story, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. That’s when she decides to trust recent hire Callen Skinner.

    STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST/SUSPENSEFUL PACE/COMPELLING ST/WELL-DRAWN WESTERN SETTING

  • Danielle Steel’s The Duchess (6/27/17)
  • Angélique Latham has grown up at magnificent Belgrave Castle under the loving tutelage of her father, the Duke of Westerfield, after the death of her aristocratic French mother. At eighteen she is her father’s closest, most trusted child, schooled in managing their grand estate. But when he dies, her half-brothers brutally turn her out, denying her very existence. Angélique has a keen mind, remarkable beauty, and an envelope of money her father pressed upon her. To survive, she will need all her resources—and one bold stroke of fortune.

    GLAMOROUS CHARACTERS AND EXTRAVAGANT SETTINGS/ENGROSSING RELATIONSHIP STORIES/DRAMATIC AND SENSUAL TONE

  • Adriana Trigiani’s Kiss Carlo (6/20/17)
  • The Philadelphia-based Palazzinis have three sons who return home from WWII with medals. Their orphaned cousin Nicky also comes home to live with the family, as he had since boyhood, and makes a sudden decision that changes everyone’s life.

    RELATIONSHIP-DRIVEN STORIES/SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS/GOOD HISTORICAL DETAIL

  • Stuart Woods’s Indecent Exposure (6/06/17)
  • Stone Barrington gets on the bad side of a particularly tenacious lady, and he’ll be struggling to protect not just his reputation, but his life.

    CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER/COMPELLING PAGE-TURNER/STRONG CHARISMATIC LEAD CHARACTER & JET SETTING PLACES

  • Ace Atkin’s The Fallen (7/18/17)
  • Quinn Colson suspects that bank robbers are former rangers. Series#7 following The Innocents (2016).

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SUSPENSE PROCEDURAL/FAST-PACED, GRITTY, VIOLENT

  • Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv. (7/25/17)
  • Lunching daily at the cemetery so he can converse with his late wife, Arthur meets troubled teen Maddy who’s avoiding school and their friendship changes them both.

    ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN BITTERSWEET STORY WITH RELIABLE SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS

  • Michael Connelly’s The Late Show. (7/18/17)
  • In this potential new series, Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns everything over to the day shift. A once-up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two assignments she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting.

    COMPELLING FLAWED CHARACTER/PROCEDURAL WITH ATTITUDE/FAST PACED CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOT

  • Linda Fairstein’s Deadfall. (7/5/17)
  • In the aftermath of the shocking drive-by murder of an important city employee, Assistant DA Alexandra Cooper and NYPD detectives Chapman and Wallace must discover who the bigger snake is: the killer or the victim.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/QUICK PACE/EXEMPLARY NYC PLACES/SNEAKY ST

  • Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen’s Look Behind You. (7/18/17)
  • Kendra Michaels is after a San Diego serial killer. Follows Night Watch (2016) in the series.

    ENGAGING STRONG HEROINE/FAST-PACED ACTION SERIES/DARING SUSPENSE & FORENSIC DETAIL

  • Daniel Silva’s House of Spies. (7/11/17)
  • Gabriel Allon—spy, assassin and art restorer returns in the 17th in this stunning series.

    ENGROSSING CHARACTER-DRIVEN SUSPENSE/INTRICATE PLOTTING/APPEALING TO ART& ESPIONAGE FANS/FASCINATING SUPPORTING CHARACTERS/INTROSPECTIVE & WELL-RESEARCHED

    Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game. (7/25/17)

    From the author of The Woman in Cabin Ten and In a Dark, Dark Wood–Ilsa Wilde ‘s dog finds a human bone and the trauma undoes the personal history of Isa and her friends.

    INTRICATELY PLOTTED PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE/MENACING TONE/COMPLICATED CHARACTERS