Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Fiction for 8/30/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

40 Love by Madeleine Wickham
The Burning by Jane Casey
The Dubious Salvation of Jack V. by Jacques Strauss
The Emperor of Lies by Steve Sem-Sandberg
End of Days by Robert Gleason
Heartwishes by Jude Deveraux
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
Rip Tide by Stella Remington
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Beatrice "Bee" Hemming just got a phone call from her mother in London. Bee's sister, Tess, has gone missing. Bee takes the next flight from New York to London to find out what is happening. Tess is a 21 year old art student and 8 months pregnant. What Bee finds when she gets to London is a whole lot of unanswered questions.

When Tess's body is found and ruled a suicide, Bee isn't satisfied. She knows her sister would never take her own life. With everyone against her, Bee is on her own trying to find Tess's murderer. Could it be her married lover? Or the art student who was obsessed with Tess? Or did Tess commit suicide?

I didn't write a long review because I didn't want to give anything away. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It keeps you guessing until the end. And the love between the sisters shows in Rosamund's writing. I cannot wait for Rosamund Lupton's next book!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nothing to Fear by Karen Rose

While Dana Dupinsky, who runs a shelter for abused women and children in Chicago, waits to pick up her new clients, Jane Doe and son Erik, at the bus terminal, she is clonked in the head by a mugger trying to run away with an elderly woman's purse. To the rescue is Ethan Buchanan, who is at the station watching security tapes in hopes of locating someone a woman on the lam.

After ensuring she is okay, Ethan makes a date to meet Dana for breakfast, wanting to learn more about the woman who he clearly desires. Ethan tells Dana he is a P.I. working on a custody case in which a mother ran away with her son. What he can't reveal is that he is looking for his godson, who was kidnapped by a woman who has already proved she is not to be messed with and has directly said that no cops are to be involved.

Dana has a secret of her own and can't tell Ethan the truth about her involvement with the Hanover House without putting her clients at risk. Their two secret lives converge when Ethan discovers that Dana has been harboring Alec and his abductor at her shelter this entire time.

I read a lot of suspense and the villain is usually a male, so having such a sick and psychotic killer be a woman was a refreshing change. The the way the attraction played out between Ethan and Dana seemed a little cheesy at first, but became more acceptable as the story progressed. Although not my favorite of Roses's, this was an entertaining read.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Fiction for 8/23/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Anatomy of Disappearance
by Hisham Matar
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Luminarium by Alex Shakar
The Measure of Magic by Terry Brooks
The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman
Saint's Gate by Carla Neggers
Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid

Thursday, August 18, 2011

To Die For by Linda Howard

Blair Mallory is the owner of Great Bods, an upscale gym. She is blond and a former cheerleader and proud of it. Leaving the gym late one night she sees a car parked in the alley. The car belongs to a customer, Nicole, she kicked out of the gym early that day. Before a confrontation can take place Blair hears a gunshot and then another car driving away. Thinking she is being shot at, Blair makes her way back inside the gym and calls the police. When they arrive she is told that Nicole has been shot dead.

Enter Lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth. Blair and Wyatt had three dates two years ago and then Wyatt dropped her. Still upset by it, Blair gives Wyatt a hard time. Wyatt is frustrated by Blair's attitude but won't let her out of his sight. He realizes what a mistake he made two years ago and is determined to protect her. When the killer is caught, everyone thinks it is over. But someone is still out to get Blair. And with Wyatt at her side all the time, Blair is having a hard time keeping him at distance. Will she realize they work better together before it is too late?

I really enjoyed this book. It was a little different from Linda Howard's other books but I liked it. There is one more book featuring Blair and Wyatt called Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Fiction for 8/16/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Bye Bye, Baby by Max Allan Collins
Dry Ice by Bill Evans
Hideout by Kathleen George
Kitty's Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn
Low Town by Daniel Polansky
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
The Submission by Amy Waldman
The Tempering of Men by Elizabeth Bear

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Sixes by Kate White

I know this isn't really an articulate assessment, but Kate White's new standalone book was really, really good! In style similar to her Bailey Weggins series, the first person narration leaves the reader in the dark about a lot of things, just like the main character, which adds to the mystery and makes for a page-turning story.

In The Sixes, after battling plagiarism accusations, journalist and celebrity writer Phoebe Hall leaves Manhattan to teach a semester of journalism at Lyle College, located in a sleepy Pennsylvania town. She was offered the job by Glenda Johns, the university president who knew Phoebe from their days in boarding school.

After just a few weeks, student Lily Mack goes missing and her body eventually washes up in the river near town. A rumor circulates that Lily was part of a secret society on campus known as "The Sixes." Relying on her stellar research skills, Glenda asks Phoebe to covertly find out if The Sixes exist. While on her mission, Phoebe develops a romantic relationship with psych professor Duncan Shaw, a widower whose wife was sick with cancer but died prematurely by drowning in the tub.

When she starts to probe too deep, threatening messages are left at her house, suggesting the work of The Sixes. However, Phoebe discovers that another student went missing a year earlier and was never heard from again. Could this be a work of a serial killer, a girls' group gone to the extreme, or someone from Lyle's very own administration?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Breaking Point by Pamela Clare

I am not going to lie. I initially picked up this book because the man on the cover was HOT. But I am glad I picked it up. I really loved this book. And then I found out it is part of a series called the I-team. And that made me happy.

Zach McBride is a US Marshall who has been captured by a drug cartel called the Zetas. He has been tortured for six days when he hears her voice. A woman is put in the cell next to him and they start talking to each other. It gives Zach the will to keep fighting.

Natalie Benoit cannot believe what has happened. A journalist from Colorado she was in Mexico for a conference when her bus was attacked and she was kidnapped. Not sure what they want but knowing it isn't good she finds herself thrown into a cell. Having survived Hurricane Katrina and the death of her family, Natalie will fight with everything she has to escape this hell. But she realizes she isn't alone and together her and Zach plot their escape.

Miracles occur and Zach and Natalie escape the Zetas. But now they have to get out of Mexico and cross the border which means goes through forty miles of desert. Zach being an ex-military has the training to get them home alive. But once they make it back the threat isn't over. Natalie wasn't just a random kidnapping victim. And now the danger is at her doorstep. Thinking she would never see Zach again, he shows up to protect her. And together they will find the person threatening her.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Fiction for the Week of 8/9/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

13 Million Dollar Pop by David Levien
Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry
Accident by Linwood Barclay
All the Pretty Hearses by Mary Daheim
Ascension by Christie Golden
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum
Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
House of Holes by Nicholson Baker
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn
The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss
Victory and Honor by W.E.B. Griffin
Wyatt by Garry Disher

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett

Checkmate is the sixth and final book in The Lymond Chronicles. It is also the one that I have the hardest time being objective about: it is long, arguably full of melodrama, in many ways different in tone from the rest of the series, yet it seduces me on every page.

Lymond is now in France, and trying desperately to escape and return to Russia. France is equally determined to keep him, for the king wants his military skill in battle. Eventually, Lymond is persuaded to give him one year of service, and he immediately begins accumulating power and influence within the French court, and is instrumental in the pivotal Battle of Calais. However, the years of fighting, physical and emotional stress, and several knocks on the head have taken their toll, and he suffers from spells of blindness brought on by migraines. His health deteriorates, while his political star rises.

Furthermore, Philippa is still looking into the truth of Lymond's birth, which brings her in contact with some dangerous enemies of Lymond. Lymond has cut himself off from his family, but she is determined to reconcile him and his mother.

While Lymond spent the previous book trying to be an emotionless automaton, here he is finally brought to his knees by love. Being Lymond, he decides that this love is not to be, and spends considerable energy on denying and trying to escape it. He also seeks to set his beloved up with another man, believing it to be in her best interests. There are many times when you want to smack some sense into him, although to be fair, Dunnett had been laying the groundwork for his emotional dysfunction and sense of unworthiness for the entire series. While some of the plot may seem overly melodramatic, Dunnett also does a masterful job of portraying Lymond's worldview so that we understand his seeming inexplicable choices.

Checkmate has action, adventure, romance and gorgeous language. The characters are three dimensional and frequently surprise us. Finally, after five other books and several thousand pages, Dunnett portrays a powerful and extravagant love affair that changes the lives of many.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Love You to Death by Shannon Butcher

This is the first Shannon Butcher book for me, and I would not hesitate to read another one of her romantic suspense novels; she also writes paranormal romance and is wife to Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files series.

In Love You to Death, Elise McBride takes the first plane from a reporting assignment in Hong Kong to Haven, Illinois, where her younger sister Ashley lives. It is unlike Ashley to not call several days, and Elise is panicked that something terrible has happened. Her fears are confirmed when she finds Ashley's house deserted and she almost gets arrested when Ashley's neighbor, Trent Brady, sees someone creeping around her house.

After Elise explains who she is and what she is doing, Trent realizes the danger Elise will face by asking questions around Sally's, a seedy town bar, and won't let her out of his sight. Trent, an ex-cop from the Chicago P.D., has his own demons to battle. He quit the force after killing a kid and shooting his partner in the process, but he can't resist the cop instincts in him that feels the need to protect Elise. As other women's body parts turn up, revealing a sinister serial killer is in the works, Trent and Elise are in a race against against time to find Ashley before it is too late.

I have nothing bad to say about this book because it was such a satisfying read in all respects. Plenty of steamy love-making throughout, a make your skin crawl antagonist, and page turning suspense make Butcher an author worth picking up again.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Fiction for the Week of 8/2/11

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
This Beautiful Life by Helen Shulman
Bed by David Whitehouse
Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
Bury Elminster Deep by Ed Greenwood
Cat in a Vegas Gold Vendetta by Carole Nelson DouglasLinkCold Vengeance by Douglas Preston
Death in High Places by Jo Bannister
Flowering Judas by Jane Haddam
I Gave My Heart to Know This by Ellen Baker
The Gentlemen's Hour by Don Winslow
A Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam
The Hand That Trembles by Kjell Ericksson
Home Improvement: Undead Edition ed. Charlaine Harris
The Killer is Dying by James Sallis
The Magdalena Curse by F.G. Cottom
Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Second Messiah by Glenn Meade
The Sixes by Kate White
Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath
The Wild Rose by Jennifer Donnelly