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  • Brunonia Barry’s The Fifth Petal.
  • The author of The Lace Reader (2006) returns to spooky Salem for a 25-year-old triple homicide now being investigated by Chief of Police John Rafferty, husband of lace reader Towner Whitney.

    LOCAL COLOR/CHARACTER-DRIVEN/INTRICATELY PLOTTED/ATMOSPHERIC

  • Chris Bohjalian’s The Sleepwalker.
  • Suspense with a twist. And according to Harlan Coben: “More than a mystery—it is a beautiful, wrenching novel of family secrets.”

    CHARACTER-CENTERED/GRACEFUL WRITING STYLE/ENGROSSING STORY/PROVOCATIVE THEMES

    • John Lescroart’s Fatal.
    • In this departure from the Dismas Hardy series, Lescroart’s standalone finds Kate who attends a dinner party with her husband wildly attracted to Peter, also there with his wife. Her obsession leads to a hot one-night stand; and after it is over, she feels she can go on with her life until several violent incidents lead her to understand that she has made a grave mistake.

      NOT DISMAS HARDY/COMPLEX CHARACTERS/PAGE-TURNING STORYTELLING

    • James Patterson and Candice Fox’s Never Never.
    • First in a new series. When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.

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

    • Danielle Steel’s The Mistress.
    • The lovely young mistress of a Russian oligarch learns to think for herself with the help of a famed painter’s artist son and his mother, once the painter’s muse. Settings include London, Paris, and the south of France.

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

    • Stuart Woods’s Below the Belt.
    • Stone Barrington and the gang are back in the line of fire, but with his usual unflappable aplomb, Stone always comes out on top.

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

  • Lisa Gardner’s Right Behind You. (1/31/17)
  • Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.
    Standalone. Not a series.

    COMPELLING AND TWISTING STORYLINES/RELATABLE CHARACTERS/SUSPENSEFUL, WELL-DEVELOPED STORIES

  • Faye Kellerman’s Bone Box. (2/28/17)
  • After Rina Lazarus finds a body in the woods, husband Peter Decker of the Greenbury, NY, police identifies the victim as a student from the area’s Five Colleges of Upstate. More bodies turn up, and Peter asks Rina to act as his eyes and ears at the schools, where she works. Follows Theory of Death.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/EXCELLENT PROCEDURAL PLOTTING/FAST-PACED AFTER SLOW START/VERY DETAILED

  • Jonathan Kellerman’s Heartbreak Hotel. (12/14/17)
  • Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most mysterious patient to date. Follows Breakdown.

    WELL-DEVELOPED, ENDEARING CHARACTERS/COMPELLING PACE/COMPLEX AND CREATIVE STORY

  • Sophie Kinsella’s My Not So Perfect Life. (2/7/17)
  • Struggling with cranky flat mates and office politics, Katie Brenner indulges in falsely bright Instagram posts while secretly envying posh, perfect boss Demeter. Then Demeter fires her, and Kate flees London for the family farm in Somerset.
    STANDALONE NOT SHOPAHOLIC SERIES

    LIGHT-HEARTED CONTEMPORARY ROMP//TRENDY URBAN SETTINGS/ CHARMING MADCAP 1st POV PROTAGONIST W/ CAREER & PERSONAL CHALLENGES/VIBRANT RELIABLE CHARACTERS

  • Christina Baker Kline’s A Piece of the World. (2/14/17)
  • The author of The Orphan Train interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portraits of Andrew Wyeth, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

    COMPELLING CHARACTERS/HISTORICAL DETAIL/ENTRANCING STORY

  • J.D. Robb’s Dallas & Roarke in Echoes in Death. (2/07/17)
  • As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman―dazed, naked, and bloody―suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action which leads to the investigation of a murder and robbery. Follows Apprentice in Death.

    ENDEARING MAIN CHARACTERS WITH COLORFUL SUPPORTING CAST/SUSPENSEFUL, SEXY AND SOLID PROCEDURAL SERIES/BELIEVABLE FUTURE SETTING

  • C.J. Box’s Vicious Circle (3/21/17)
  • In his 17th outing, game warden Joe Pickett faces down the Carter family, local nasties who once threatened his daughter.

    HONEST AND UTTERLY COMPELLING CHARACTER/GRITTY, ATMOSPHERIC SETTING/FAST-PACED BUT THOUGHT-PROVOKING, INTRICATELY PLOTTED AND ISSUE-ORIENTED MYSTERY SERIES

  • Catherine Coulter & J. T. Ellison’s Devil’s Triangle (3/14/17)
  • Continuing the Brit in the FBI series, Drummond and Caine are heading up the Covert Eyes team and have just heard from a world-infamous thief named the Fox that a Gobi Desert sandstorm responsible for the deaths of thousands might have been human made. 4th in a series that began with The Final Cut (2013).

    JAMES BOND-LIKE; CONSISTENTLY CREATED CHARACTERS W/ST/ NON-STOP ACTION/RELENTLESS SUSPENSE/ENGAGING SUBPLOTS

  • J.A. Jance’s Man Overboard (3/07/17)
  • To get some answers about the death of her genius software engineer nephew, a strong-willed old lady turns to Ali Reynolds.

    AUTHENTIC MULTIPLE CHARACTERS AND STORYLINES/FAST-PACED AND DESCRIPTIVE/WELL-DEVELOPED CHARACTER-CENTERED PROCEDURAL SERIES

  • Debbie Macomber’s If Not For You (3/21/17)
  • A standalone with a few characters from A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, this stars Beth, who’s escaped her conservative Chicago parents for Portland, OR, where she works as a high school music teacher. Can she find love with tattooed mechanic Sam?

    RELATIONSHIPS PRIMARY/ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/HEARTWARMING

  • James Patterson & David Ellis’s The Black Book (3/27/17)
  • A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address-an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene-but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city’s elite, and everyone’s desperate to find it.

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

  • Lisa See’s The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (3/21/17)
  • Li-yan is one of the few young women beginning to move beyond the confines of her mountain village, but she can’t keep the baby she has out of wedlock and must abandon her. While Li-yan enters modern life and daughter Haley grows up a happy California girl, each wonders about the other.

    SYMPATHETIC FEMALE-CENTRIC CHARACTER-DRIVEN/VIBRANT&ACCURATE EVERYDAY& HISTORICAL SETTINGS/ENGROSSING PACE/IMAGINATIVE STORYLINES

  • Danielle Steel’s Dangerous Game (3/07/17)
  • Investigative television journalist Alix Phillips travels the world with cameraman (and ex-Navy SEAL) Ben Chapman in pursuit of a corrupt vice president.

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

  • Chevy Steven’s Never Let You Go (3/14/17)
  • Strange things are happening now that Lindsey Nash’s former husband is released from prison after being jailed for his abusive behavior. Now Lindsey is worried for her teenage daughter and herself.

    COMPELLING AND TWISTING STORYLINES/RELATABLE BUT FLAWED CHARACTERS/DISTURBING SUSPENSEFUL, WELL-DEVELOPED STORIES


  • David Baldacci’s The Fix (4/18/17)
  • Football-player-turned-detective Amos Decker is back after The Memory Man (2015) and The Last Mile (2016).

    INDELIBLE CHARACTER/PLOT-DRIVEN DRAMA/FAST PACE

  • Steve Berry’s The Lost Order (4/04/17)
  • Cotton Malone is on another dangerous treasure hunt looking for gold hidden by the secretive Knights of the Golden Circle.

    OVER-THE-TOP ACTION AND ADVENTURE/RELIABLY INTRIGUING CHARACTERS/THRILLING RIDE WITH POWERFUL ENDING

  • Mary Higgins Clark’s All By Myself Alone (4/04/17)
  • When her husband-to-be is arrested, Celia escapes public scrutiny by hopping on the newly minted cruise ship Queen Charlotte as a lecturer. Onboard, she befriends a wealthy woman who is found murdered with a very expensive necklace missing.

    PLOT-DRIVEN/SUSPENSEFUL WOMEN IN JEOPARDY/FAST-PACED NO GRAPHIC SEX, NO OVERT VIOLENCE, NO VULGAR LANGUAGE.

  • Jeffery Deaver’s The Burial Hour (4/11/17)
  • Lincoln Rhyme investigates the kidnapping of a businessman on NY’s upper East Side, and he is confused when a similar kidnapping occurs in Italy.

    MASTER OF PLOT MANIPULATION/KEEN & SHARP CHARACTERS & DIALOGUE/PAGE-TURNING PACE

  • Iris Johansen’s No Easy Target (4/25/17)
  • Margaret Douglas, a character from other Johansen titles, gets a book of her own when she is threatened by someone in her past and goes on the run.

    ENGAGING STRONG HEROINE/FAST-PACED ACTION/DARING SUSPENSE

  • Sara Paretsky’s Fallout (4/18/17)
  • V.I. Warshawski is back and NOT in Chicago. Accompanied by her dog, she’s in Kansas hunting for a young film student and a waning film star.

    STELLAR STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER/SOCIAL ISSUES/INTERESTING PLOTS AND GOOD PACE

  • John Sandfords’s Golden Prey (4/25/17)
  • Lucas Davenport has a new assignment. He’s a U.S. marshal with leeway to investigate any case he wants to nationwide. Now he is after a criminal once the leader of a gang infamous for taking large stacks of cash and leaving bodies behind.

    INTRIGUING CHARACTERS/PLOT-DRIVEN SUSPENSE/GRITTY, VIOLENT PROCEDURALS

  • Lisa Scottoline’s One Perfect Lie (4/11/17)
  • Even as a single mother of a shy but athletically gifted high school pitcher worries that her son is being led astray by a rich, charismatic teammate hiding a dangerous past, a beloved faculty member turns up dead.

    NOT A SERIES/COMPLEX PLOTS/CHARACTER-DRIVEN/HUMOR & SUSPENSE

  • Stuart Woods’ Fast and Loose (4/18/17)
  • Stone Barrington is back in his second of four titles in 2017, following Below the Belt.

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