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  • 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

  • Sharon Bolton’s Dead Woman Walking. (9/05/17)
  • Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor. She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

    REALISTIC NAIL-BITING SUSPENSE/COMPELLING CHARACTERS/JAW-DROPPING ENDING

  • 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

  • Jeffrey Archer’s Tell Tale: Short Stories. (10/24/17)
  • Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, the author returns with his eagerly-awaited, brand-new collection, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past ten years.

    ECONOMIC AND PRECISE PROSE/SUSPENSFUL FAST-PACED/PSYCHOLOGICAL FICTION

  • Dan Brown’s Origin. (10/03/17)
  • Harvard’s symbologist Robert Langton investigates the collision of two of humankind’s most pressing questions.

    FAST-PACED INTRICATELY PLOT-DRIVEN THRILLER/RELIABLE ATTRACTIVE MAIN CHARACTER/ATMOSPHERIC AND JARGON-FILLED DESCRIPTIVE WRITING

  • Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth. (10/24/17)
  • Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered, as he also defends himself from a convicted killer’s accusation that he was framed.

    CHARACTER WITH A CODE DRIVEN STORY/FAST-PACED PROCEDURAL/ATMOSPHERIC AND SUSPENSEFUL

  • John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar. (10/24/17)
  • Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there’s a way out. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?

    ENGAGING SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS/ISSUE-ORIENTED STORYLINES/BREAKNECK PACING/WELL-DETAILED LEGAL THRILLER

  • Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Solstice. (10/03/17)
  • For the first time in years, the Quinn family will be together for the holidays, and readers will have the last chance to visit the family’s Winter Street Inn on Nantucket as this series wraps up.

    RELATIONSHIPS PRIMARY/ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/HEARTWARMING & HUMOROUS

  • Alice Hoffman’s Rules of Magic. (10/10/17)
  • In this prequel to Practical Magic (1995), love is always a problem for the Owens women, cursed since 1620, and Susanna Owens warns her three children to avoid moonlight, red shoes, and especially romance. But the children have different ideas.

    EARTHY, FLAWED STRONG WOMEN/THOUGHTFUL PLOTS/SURVIVOR STORIES/MAGICAL REALISM

  • Iris Johansen’s Mind Game. (10/24/17)
  • The adoptive daughter of Even Duncan and Joe Quinn, Jane MacGuire, has returned to Scotland and is waylaid by dreams of a young woman in danger and the reappearance of Seth Caleb.

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

  • Faye Kellerman’s Killing Season. (10/17/17)
  • Ben, now seventeen, relentlessly hunts for answers to his older sister Ellen’s homicide and when searching for the truth, the killer finds him.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SUSPENSE/TWISTY PLOTTING/FAST-PACED PAGE-TURNER

  • Debbie Macomber’s Merry and Bright. (10/03/17)
  • As Merry is wrapped up with family and work, her mother and brother sneakily create an online dating profile for her, and one of the matches turns out to be a real charmer. When she finally meets him, she realizes that he is not even a stranger.

    RELATIONSHIPS PRIMARY/ENGAGING CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/HEARTWARMING ROMANCE

  • John Sandford’s Deep Freeze. (10/17/17)
  • Virgil Flowers is called back to Trippton, MN, when a woman encased in ice is found there.

    POLICE PROCEDURAL INVESTIGATOR WITH SHARP WIT&HIPPY INCLINATIONS/ FAST-PACED, HUMOROUS WITH SOME ROMANCE&VIOLENCE.

  • Danielle Steele’s Fairytale. (10/10/17)
  • After Stanford grad Camille loses her mother to cancer, her father, Christophe, marries a scheming Frenchwoman who has two slacker sons and a plan to take over the family’s Napa Valley winery.

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

  • Stuart Woods’ Quick and Dirty. (10/24/17)
  • Stone Barrington in his next adventure, #43.

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

  • David Baldacci’s End Game. (11/14/17)
  • Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US’s most indispensable asset, is in London investigating an imminent terrorist attack that threatens the Underground and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins. Book#5

    MEMORABLE CHARACTER/PLOT-DRIVEN DRAMA/FAST PACE/VIOLENCE

  • Elizabeth Berg’s The Story of Arthur Truluv.(11/21/17)
  • 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

  • Lee Child’s The Midnight Line. (11/7/17)
  • Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. Curious, Reacher digs, and it turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

    CHARACTER-DRIVEN SERIES/QUICK PACE/MASTERFUL PLOTTING

  • Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke’s Every Breath You Take. (11/7/17)
  • As the Under Suspicion crew pries into the lives of a super wealthy real estate family with secrets to hide, danger mounts for several witnesses—and for Laurie Moran in this fourth in the series.

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

  • Janet Evanovich’s Hardcore Twenty-Four. (11/14/17)\
  • Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum when events take a dark turn as headless bodies start appearing across town. If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town.

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

  • Dean Koontz’s The Whispering Room. (11/21/17)
  • In the sequel to The Silent Corner (2017), and in the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide, Jane Hawk picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment.

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

  • Alexander McCall Smith’s The House of Unexpected Sisters. (11/7/17)
  • In the 18th No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency title, Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, has been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store.

    PLOTS SECONDARY TO ENDEARING CHARACTERS/EXCELLENT PLACE/GENTLE READ WITH HUMOR AND MOST VIOLENCE OFF THE PAGE

  • James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi’s Count to Ten: A Private Novel. (11/14/17)
  • Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed (Private India: City of Fire 2014). But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.

    FAST-PACED/SHORT QUICK CHAPTERS/ATTRACTIVE CHARACTERS AND SETTING

  • James Patterson’s The People Vs. Alex Cross. (11/20/17)
  • Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense. But will a jury see it that way?

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

  • Danielle Steel’s Past Perfect. (11/28/17)
  • A CEO’s family moves into a haunted mansion and all lead a charmed life together.

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