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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • Sandra Brown’s Seeing Red. (8/15/17)
  • Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to new heights. Twenty-five years ago, Major Franklin Trapper became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. Now Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get an exclusive with the Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.

    INTRIGUING LEAD & SECONDARY CHARACTER/ STEAMY SUSPENSEFUL PACE/ROMANTIC DRAMA WITH TWISTS

  • Tess Gerrtsen’s I Know a Secret (8/15/17)
  • Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles—the crime-solving duo who inspired the smash hit TNT series—return to investigate the gruesome staged murder of a horror film producer in this edge-of-your-seat thriller..

    WELL-DEVELOPED, CONSISTENT CHARACTERS /COMPELLING PACE/COMPLEX AND CREATIVE STORY WITH TWISTS/GRITTY AND VIOLENT

  • Sue Grafton’s Y is for Yesterday. (8/22/17)
  • It’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators of a sexual assault (which they taped) from 1979, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. At the same time, a vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find.

    COMPELLING MULTI-LAYERED CHARACTERS/CA PLACE DONE WELL/SLOW BEGINNING WITH PICK-UP PACE IN NICELY PLOTTED MYSTERY SERIES

  • Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman’s Crime Scene. (8/01/17)
  • Natural causes or foul play? That’s the question Clay Edison must answer each time he examines a body. Eccentric, reclusive Walter Rennert lies cold at the bottom of his stairs. At first glance the scene looks straightforward: a once-respected psychology professor, done in by booze and a bad heart. But his daughter Tatiana insists that her father has been murdered, and she persuades Clay to take a closer look at the grim facts of Rennert’s life.

    WELL-DEVELOPED CHARACTERS/ COMPELLING PACE/COMPLEX AND CREATIVE STORY WITH TWISTS

  • Debbie Macomber’s Any Dream Will Do. (8/08/17)
  • Raised in an abusive household and imprisoned after helping her no-good brother, indebted to a drug lord, with funds from the bank where she works, Shay stumbles into a church upon her release and meets widowed pastor Andrew Douglas.

    RELATIONSHIPS PRIMARY/ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/HEARTWARMING

  • James Patterson & Richard DiLallo’s The Store. (8/14/17)
  • Jacob and Megan Brandeis have gotten jobs with the mega-successful, ultra-secretive Store. Seems perfect. Seems safe. But their lives are about to become anything but perfect, anything but safe. Especially since Jacob and Megan have a dark secret of their own. They’re writing a book that will expose the Store–a forbidden book, a dangerous book. And if the Store finds out, there’s only one thing Jacob, Megan and their kids can do–run for their bloody lives. Which is probably impossible, because–THE STORE IS ALWAYS WATCHING.

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

  • Louise Penny’s Glass Houses. (8/29/17)
  • When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. But when the figure vanishes overnight and a body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to discover if a debt has been paid or levied. Months later, on a steamy July day as the trial for the accused begins in Montréal, Chief Superintendent Gamache continues to struggle with actions he set in motion that bitter November, from which there is no going back. More than the accused is on trial. Gamache’s own conscience is standing in judgment.

    MULTILAYERED CHARACTERS/COMPELLING STORYTELLING/PROMINENT PLACE/PEERLESS PLOTTING

  • Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher. (8/01/17)
  • Quiet 46-year-old divorcee Eve Fletcher dutifully runs the local senior center and takes community college courses. After her only child heads off to college, she receives an anonymous text that says “U R my MILF!” which draws her to a porn website and soon she is entertaining romance.

    COMIC & REALISTIC/ PYSCHOLOGICAL UNDER DEPTHS OF ORDINARY SUBURBIA/RECOGNIZABLE & FULLY DEVELOPED CHARACTERS

  • Lisa Scottoline’s Exposed. (8/15/17)
  • Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues―ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/COMPLEX PLOTS/HUMOR & SUSPENSE

  • Danielle Steel’s The Right Time. (8/29/17)
  • As Alexandra Winslow climbs the ladder of publishing success, she publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known known only to those closest to her, creating a double life that isolates her. The right time to open up seems just out of reach, and would cost her dearly. Once her double life and fame are established, the price of the truth is always too high.

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

  • Stuart Woods & Parnell Hall’s Barely Legal. (8/08/17)
  • Under the tutelage of Stone Barrington, Herbie Fisher has transformed from a bumbling sad sack into a capable man about town and the youngest partner at the white shoe law firm Woodman & Weld. Now all of his training will be put to the test as he finds himself embroiled in his most daring adventure to date. First in a new series.

    CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER/COMPELLING PAGE-TURNER/STRONG INTRIGUING CHARACTERS & JET SETTING PLACES/HUMOR

  • Harlan Coben’s Don’t Let Go. (9/26/17)
  • Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks — and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.

    AUTHENTIC CHARACTERS/EDGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL TWISTS AND TURNS/FAST-PACED, LAYERED, CONTEMPORARY STORIES

  • Catherine Coulter’s Enigma. (9/12/17)
  • Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious 2016) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, .Savich and Sherlock must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe.

    CONSISTENTLY CREATED CHARACTERS WITH HEART/PLOT-DRIVEN/STEAMY SUSPENSE

  • Reed Farrel Coleman’s Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet. (9/12/17)
  • A shattered Jesse Stone stumbles through his latest case about a master recording tape after the murder of his fiancé.

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

  • Nelson DeMille’s The Cuban Affair. (9/19/17)
  • Charter fishing boat captain “Mac” MacCormick reluctantly agrees to hear why Miami lawyer Carlos wants to rent his boat for a ten-day fishing tournament to Cuba—and there is $2 million in for Mac if he can stay alive.

    CLOCK-TICKING PLOT/SOLID HEROES & VILLAINS/ SUPERB SUSPENSE AND PACING/SETTING SERVES STORY

  • Ken Follett’s Column of Fire. (9/12/17)
  • In mid-1550s England, Ned Willard, impossibly in love with a woman on the other side of the country’s drawn-sword religious conflict works for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes Queen, and establishes England’s first secret service, he has his work cut out for him.

    EPIC SWEEPING COMPELLING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTS/DESCRIPTIVE SETTINGS/ COMPLEX CAST OF CHARACTERS

  • Stephen King & Owen’s King’s Sleeping Beauties. (9/26/17)
  • In this spectacular father/son collaboration, the Kings tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

    SPECULATIVE FICTION WITH CONCRETE CHARACTERS/ ABSORBING AND PROVACATIVE LIVELY WRITING AND PACE

  • David Largercrantz’s The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, continuing Steig Larsson’s Millennium series. (9/12/17)
  • When Lisbeth Salander sees a chance to uncover the secrets about her childhood once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking, investigative journal Millennium.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN & INTRICATELY PLOTTED/AUTHENTIC COMPLEX STRONG FEMALE/GRITTY, ATMOSPHERIC, AND DISTURBING TONE. (Note: NAILS LARSSON”S CHARACTERS&TONE)

  • Kyle Mills’s Vince Flynn’s Enemy of the State. (9/05/17)
  • Mitch Rapp is asked to deliver a forceful if unorthodox reprimand to the Saudis, quitting the CIA to make it look good.

    GRIPPING ROLLER COASTER PACE/POLITICAL THRILLER FILLED WITH TECHNICAL DETAILS/COMPLEX, VIOLENT, AND ACTION-PACKED

  • James Patterson & James O. Born’s Haunted. (9/18/17)
  • Like the rest of us, Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation, so he takes his family to a small town deep in the Maine Woods where, alas, something deadly has taken over the town.

    RECOGNIZABLE COMPELLING MAIN CHARACTER/SHORT CHAPTERS AND DIALOGUE DRIVE PLOT-CENTERED STORYLINE/MINIMUM SETTING DESCRIPTION/RELENTLESS PACE

  • J.D. Robb’s Secrets in Death. (9/05/17)
  • Gossip reporter Larinda Mars has been murdered in a way-too-cool Manhattan nightspot called Du Vin, and Lt. Eve Dallas is dismayed to learn that her dislikable victim kept her worse secrets from her column, instead using them for blackmail.

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