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Lord Byron’s only legitimate child, Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace, trained from the nursery in science and mathematics by her mother and considered the first computer programmer.

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER-DRIVEN/RICH HISTORICAL DETAIL/ATMOSPHERIC

Robert Crais’s The Wanted. (12/26/17)

When single mother Devon asks Elvis Cole to investigate her son’s new-found wealth, he discovers that it stems from a series of high-end burglaries that turn deadly. Joe Pike & Jon Stone lend a hand.

GRITTY&WITTY CHARACTERS WITH A CODE/FAST-PACED PROCEDURAL MYSTERY/IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN

Val McDermid’s Insidious Intent. (12/05/17)

Tony Hill and Carol Jordan are after a serial killer who’ll crash a wedding, cozy up to a woman there alone, and lure her to a nasty death in her own burned-to-cinders car. Follows (Splinter the Silence 2015).

DUEL CHARACTERS SHINE/ROLLERCOASTER RIDE PACE/COMPELLING & UNPREDICTABLE PLOTTING

Nora Roberts’s Year One: The Chronicles of the One. (12/05/17)

First in a trilogy, Roberts imagines a world where both government and the electrical grid have failed and half the population is destroyed by a virus. Fortunately, a group of spirited survivors are looking for solutions.

DYSTOPIC FANTASY/STRONG CHARACTER-DRIVEN PLOTTING/SUSPENSEFUL AND HEART-TUGGING

James Rollins’s The Demon Crown. (12/05/17)

A horror that could wipe out all of humankind is out and Sigma must join forces with its very worst enemy—the Guild—to defeat it.

FAST-PACED ADVENTURE/CAPTIVATING HEROES/ EXOTIC SETTINGS.

James Lee Burke’s Robicheaux. (1/02/18)

Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux tangles with mighty mob boss Tony Nemo, celebrity author Levon Broussard, and New Orleans golden boy Jimmy Nightengale, whom Nemo wants to make a US senator.

FLAWED CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORYLINE/INTENSIFYING PACE/LITERARY-QUALITY WRITING/GRITTY&REALISTIC

A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. (1/02/18)

Hot psychological thriller debut being compared in intensity and twistedness to Gone Girl & Girl on the Train, also in film development. Finn’s heroine hides away in her NY apartment looking out her window at her neighbors across the way. Then she sees, or think she sees, something shocking.

GRIPPING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER WITH TWISTY STORYLINE/MEZMERIZING CHARACTERS/SMOOTH WRITING

Evan Smoak is Orphan X trained to be an unacknowledged government assassin and now working to help the truly desperate. In this third in a hot new series, he’s tasked by his old boss with protecting the program’s final recruit, targeted when the new head plans to obliterate the remaining assets.

AUTHENTIC CHARACTER WITH A CODE/THRILLER W/HIGH TECH GADGETS AND NON-STOP ACTION/EXCELLENT STORY TELLING

Louisa Clark from Me Before You and After You is back in and working for the wealthy Gopnicks in NY, swearing to maintain her relationship with Ambulance Sam back home, when the Gopnicks’ social whirl introduces her to a man reminding her of her past.

CHARACTER-DRIVEN RELATIONSHIP STORY/DIFFICULT SUBJECT MATTER MADE ACCESSIBLE WITH MEMORABLE UNIQUE, CHARACTERS/READ IN ORDER–ME BEFORE YOU FIRST!

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s City of Endless Night. (1/16/18)

With NYC overrun by a serial killer who decapitates his victims, Lt. CDS Vincent D’Agosta is especially happy when FBI Special Agent Pendergast is assigned to the case.

ACTION-PACKED TWISTING PLOTS/SYMPATHETIC PROTAGONISTS PITTED AGAINST HUMAN OR INHUMAN EVILS /ATMOSPHERIC REAL-WORLD SETTINGS

J.D. Robb’s Dark in Death. (1/30/18)

Eve Dallas puzzles over a series of homicides which may be taken from a popular mystery author’s books in Robb’s 46th In Death title.

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

Danielle Steel’s Fall From Grace. (1/23/18)

Newly widowed Sydney Wells is left out of her husband’s will. His sudden death means that everything goes to his conniving daughter and Sydney must start from scratch.

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

Stone Barrington is pulled along for the ride when a friend pursues a perilous course of vengeance.

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

Det. D.D. Warren is investigating a case where a family has been brutally murdered, and the 16-year-old daughter is missing. Is she killer, kidnap victim, or lucky escapee?

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

Jack Swytek finds uncomfortable parallels to a 1944 lynching as he defends someone of a racial murder and suspects a conspiracy.

FAST-PACED/COMPELLING CHARACTERS/GRIPPING ACTION-ORIENTED STORY

In 1974, 13-year-old Leni Albright’s unsettled Vietnam vet dad moves her and her family to Alaska where summer is golden but trouble comes with the winter snows as Leni’s Father becomes increasingly unbalanced.

CHARACTER-DRIVEN FOCUS ON FAMILY/MULTI-FACETED AND RELATABLE CHARACTERS/UNIVERSAL AND TOPICAL ISSUES

Alex Delaware and Det. Milo Sturgis’s case investigates a mutilated corpse of a stranger in someone’s home.

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

Married couple Dan and Sylvie have been happy together for ten years and really want to keep their marriage exciting while dealing with a secret from the past. NOT SHOPAHOLIC SERIES

LIGHT-HEARTED CONTEMPORARY ROMP//TRENDY URBAN SETTINGS/VIBRANT RELIABLE CHARACTERS

    • Laura Lippman’s Sunburn (2/20/18)

Taking her inspiration from James M. Cain, Lippman sets her latest suspense title in a Delaware tavern where a couple having an affair so tempestuous and grounded in secrets that when a suspicious death occurs, it’s hard to figure out how they can be implicated.

ENGAGING CHARACTERS/SUSPENSEFUL, WELL-DEVELOPED PLOT

    • James Patterson and Candice Fox’s Fifty Fifty (2/19/18)

In the series Never Never 2nd entry, Detective Harriet Blue is certain that her brother is incapable of having committed three horrific crimes. Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Harry attends Sam’s hearing. The outburst she unleashes earns her a reassignment–to the Outback.

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

Lisa Genova’s Every Note Played (3/20/18)

From the bestselling author of Still Alice, an exploration of what it means to find peace and forgiveness in an already tortured relationship, now faced with the ultimate challenge.

COMPELLING RELATIONSHIP FICTION/MEDICAL SUBJECT MATTER (ALS)/COMPLEX CHARACTERS

Chris Bohjalian’s The Flight Attendant (3/13/18)

Flight attendant Cassandra Bowden, an frequent binge drinker, wakes up in her hotel room in Dubai to find the man she slept with dead – murdered. Instead of telling the truth, she begins lying, while desperately trying to figure out – could she have done it?

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER/ENGROSSING PLOT/INTERNATIONAL SETTINGS