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  • 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

  • Anita Shreve’s The Stars are Fire (4/18/17)
  • The author draws on real life and weaves her tale around a fire in 1940s Maine that proved to be the largest in the state’s history. Two families watch their homes burn down. Safety is about all that they have left—and then things get worse.

    PROVOCATIVE STORIES/WOMEN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES/COMPLEX CHARACTERS/ELEGANT, LAYERED STORIES

  • 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

    • 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

    • 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