Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Fiction 1/31/12

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.

$10,000 in Small, Unmarked Puzzles by Parnell Hall
A Catered St. Patrick's Day by Isis Crawford
Defending Jacob by William Landay
At Last by Edward St. Aubyn
Black Site by Dalton Fury
The Fear Index by Robert Harris
Helpless by Daniel Palmer
Home Front by Kristin Hannah
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
The Mountain of Gold by J.D. Davies
A Parliament of Spies by Cassandra Clark
Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly

Evanovich departs from her Stephanie Plum series to co-write this romance/mystery with Dorien Kelly. Love in a Nutshell is cute, light fair, but I wonder how much Evanovich contributed. It didn't sound like her voice or writing style. Nonetheless, this will is entertaining enough for those not expecting anything super literary or heavy.

Kate Appleton has moved back to family summer home in Keene's Harbor, Michigan determined to save the dilapidated house from foreclosure, but she needs money, and fast. Kate storms into Matt Culhane's Depot Brewery demanding a job, after all, she lost her previous job due to a problem with his beer at the restaurant down that street that serves it.

Although taken aback by her boldness, something about this attractive, driven woman makes her hard to resist. Matt eventually relents and hires Kate to be his covert investigator. Lately, a lot of damaging things have been happening around the brewery that is costing him a lot of money and could no longer be chalked up to accidental. Clearly, it has to be an inside job. If Kate finds the culprit among his staff, she gets a bonus that will allow her to pay the mortgage on her house. A win-win for both of them.

However, the closer they work together, the more their passion heats up. Kate, recently divorced, doesn't want to get too close for fear of a broken heart, but how long can she deny her heart? To complicate matters further, Kate is also in for a rude awakening when she finds out the identify of the person trying to bulldoze her house.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

Merry Mackenzie is free. She is finally moving out of her father's house in Rhode Island to an apartment in Boston. Now she just has to get her dad and brother to leave her apartment before they embarrass her in front of her hot landlord, Jason Falco. But her first night there she is attacked outside the building but soon rescued by her fellow neighbors, Konrad and Sly. There is something different about them. They seem to move really fast and seem super strong. Merry passes it off as being shaken up.

Jason Falco is an all star pitcher. It is the off season and he just wants to be anonymous. What he didn't expect to find was his mate. Jason is a shifter and they mate for life and it is looking like Merry is the one. But before he can do any wooing, he has to deal with a ghost in the apartment building. And his pesky aunt. And his witch neighbors. And the nosy journalist snooping around.

I really enjoyed Strange Neighbors. The characters were fun and quirky and the sex scenes were steamy! I will definitely be picking up the next book, The Werewolf Upstairs.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Fiction 1/24/12

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.


All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley
An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
Bond Girl by Erin Duffy
Darker After Midnight by Lara Adrian
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Pineapple Grenade by Tim Dorsey
Taken by Robert Crais

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sleepwalker by Karen Robards

This latest from prolific Robards (Justice, Shattered) is another easy, fast paced, sexy read. Robards books are not in a series so picking up any of her back list titles is a safe bet. Robards would also be a good pick for both veteran and new readers of romantic suspense.

It is New Year's eve and the day after Detroit cop Mick Lange split with her boyfriend. While house sitting at her "Uncle" Nicco's sprawling mansion, she finds herself waking up downstairs, sleeping walking again after suffering a terrible nightmare. On her way back to her bedroom, she hears a noise and soon learns that her Uncle's safe his being robbed by two masked men. During the scuffle in trying to stop them, incriminating photos of Nicco clearly involved in the murder of a man and his family fall out of the safe.

When they hear Nicco's security men approaching, the thieves split up, and Jason's forces Mick to come with him, hoping having a hostage will increase his chance of escape. Now Mick and Jason are on the lam, being pursued by her Uncle's thugs. After seeing those photos, Mick knows that Nicco will order his goons to kill her, even though she is almost blood. As a cop, the right thing to do and the safest for them both is to convince Jason to let her arrest him, but he is not relenting any time soon and won't let go of the suitcase of money.

Jason at the very least will to everything he can to keep her safe from Nicco's men, and Mick falls for the sexy thief when he might be the only one she can now trust. But will justice and the law be comprised by the passion in Mick's heart?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr

Ally Sheffield is the head of the reference department at the Philadelphia Public Library, and has recently fallen in love with a man she has never met. Aleksi Kullio is the new conductor of the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra and not only does he not even know that Ally exists, but he is married as well.

After watching Aleksi lead the orchestra one night, Ally decides that she is in love with this man and in order to encourage this relationship which she believes will soon come to fruition she begins to volunteer at the Philharmonic. Once Ally begins an email correspondence with Aleksi she convinces herself that he feels the same way.

The plot also features some senseless vandalism of both the library and the Philharmonic building, a mystery surrounding a possible murder for hire, missing musical scores and librarians that don’t seem to ever work.

When I first saw the title of this book I really wanted to like it. It seemed that it might combine my love of romance with my love of all things library. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. None of the characters seemed particularly likeable and once the plot started to get interesting it was rushed right along to the end. Overall, I think the general idea of this book was a good one, it just wasn’t put together very well.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Fiction 1/17/12

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.

150 Pounds
by Kate Rockland
All Necessary Force by Brad Taylor
The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell
Dead Low Tide by Bret Lott
Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
The Face Thief by Eli Gottlieb
First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty
The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
Gone West by Carola Dunn
In the Lion's Mouth by Michael Flynn
The Look of Love by Mary Jane Clark
Raylan by Elmore Leonard
Reefs and Shoals by Dewey Lambdin
The Rope by Nevada Barr
Shadows in Flight Orson Scott Card

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Murder List by Julie Garwood

This is the first Garwood book I have read, and it was just okay. There was a huge chunk of the book in which it seemed like the killer went dormant, and I think it would have been more suspenseful had she kept both the romantic elements and killings lively. Also, for us local folks, this book takes place in Chicago, but you wouldn't know it, because there isn't much mention of specific streets or locations unique to the Chi.

In Murder List, Regan Hamilton Madison attends a self-help seminar with her friends in order to see if the doctor is really a quack. Her reporter friend Sophie heard that Dr. Shields convinced a vunerable women to give him all her money and dumped her. Shortly after, she committed suicide. At the seminar, participants are directed to write up list of people who, if they didn't exist, would mean your life would better. Only half serious, Regan writes up her list but drops in the parking lot when she thinks someone is chasing her.

Next thing she knows, the first person on her list shows up dead, and she receives an anonymous email with the gruesome image as confirmation. Her controlling brothers don't want her to leave their hotel, which belongs to her family and where she both lives and resides.

The Chicago PD sends detective Alec Buchanan to be her bodyguard for the next three weeks until he leaves for Boston. This is his punishment for resigning from the force to join the FBI, but, he soon learns, protecting a beautiful woman isn't much of a punishment. As the next victim on her list dies, Buchanan has to stay extra close to Regan to insure her safety. Then, the rest of the book focuses on their romance without much word from the killer until the end.

This is the fourth in the Buchanan series, but each book features a different Buchanan family member who works in law enforcement. These can be read in any order.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Night After Night by Janelle Denison

Sean O'Brien has been given a second chance after his stint in jail for running a con. Now clear Sean wants to help people. And he has that chance by working with the Reliance Group. His next assignment takes him back to the past. The man he is looking for, Grant Russo, helped put Sean's dad in prison. Now it looks like Russo is back to his con ways. Sean's task is to get close to Russo's daughter to try and find him.

Zoe Russo is finally opening her boutique. She has found the perfect location at the Onyx Hotel and Casino. Zoe accepts a date with the leasing agent, Sean O'Brien, not that she has time. She was burned in the past but is really attracted to Sean. But she discovers that Sean is just using her to find her dad. Zoe is worried because she hasn't talked to her dad in a while and can't get a hold of him. Reluctantly she teams up with Sean to try and find her dad.

As they work together, they start to discover a couple of things. Such as maybe Zoe's dad is a victim and not the conman and maybe Zoe can forgive Sean and maybe Sean can start forgiving himself for his past. But they need to figure out what is going on before someone ends up dead.

Another fantastic romantic suspense book by Janelle Denison. This is the second book featuring the Reliance group. The first book is Into the Night.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Fiction 1/10/12

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.

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
Darth Plagueis by Jame Luceno
Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston
The Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker
The Little Russian by Susan Sherman
The Night Swimmer by Matt Bondurant
The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen by Thomas Caplan
Start Shooting by Charlie Newton
Vulture Peak by John Burdett
The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Last Look by Mariah Stewart

Mariah Stewart is a pretty safe bet for any reader of romantic suspense, as likeable characters and suspenseful plots are standards. Plus, there usually aren't gratuitous sex scenes that might offend some readers. I was in a reading slump last week and was glad that I had one of her books to rely on. Last Look is the first in her FBI thriller series. Each series features a different Sheilds' family member and plot, so these need not be read in order.

The prostitute body of Shannon Randall is discovered on a private island off the coast of Georgia and the county corner determines that the victim had expired only about 8 hours prior to the discovery. What makes this case so perplexing is that the death of Shannon Randall had already been resolved. Although her body was never found, there was enough circumstantial evidence to execute Eric Beale years ago.

Matt Rainier is the hot shot FBI agent who closed up the case against Beale. Dorsey Collins, Matt's daughter, now in the FBI herself, wants to work the case to clear her dad's name before the media backlash destroys him. Because of the conflict of interest, the best the bureau will do is permit Dorsey to work as an "unofficial" investigator along side Andrew Sheilds.

Dorsey and Sheilds began their research in Shannon's home town by interviewing all the people who knew her. Everyone attests to Shannon being a good student who was active in her father's church. Her family swears that she must have been kidnapped, but it is obvious they are hiding a dark secret that made Shannon not only become a cutter, but also desperate enough to turn to a life of sin. The deeper they dig, more questions than answers arise: how did Beale become the suspect, what made a renowned agent so convinced that he mistakenly allowed an innocent kid to be executed, and who killed Shannon now?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Luce Price has been sent to Swords and Cross boarding school in Georgia. It is a school for delinquent kids. Right from the start Luce is draw to two boys Cam and Daniel. Cam is flirty and seems into her. And DanLinkiel wants nothing to do with her. Not sure why Luce tries to figure out what is going on. She is also wondering why the shadows she has seen all her life are so much worse now that she is at this school.

Daniel Grigori has been in love with Luce Price for many centuries. But every time they kiss for the first time or he explains what is going on, Luce dies. And Daniel has to wait 17 years before he finds her again. But it hurts so much seeing her so he decides to try another strategy of ignoring her. But of course it doesn't work. They are drawn to each other always.

But something amazing happens. When he tells her what he is and explains everything, she doesn't die. Nor does she die when they kiss. Believing they might finally be together, Daniel will do everything to protect Luce.

I really enjoyed this book. The friends Luce makes and the love that lasts forever. This is the first book in the Fallen series. Book two is Torment, then Passion and the last book Rapture is available June 2012.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Fiction 1/3/2012

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.

The Best Bad Dream by Robert Ward
Breakdown by Sara Paretsky
The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon R. Green
The Broken Land by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The Cat Sitter's Pajamas by Blaize Clement
Cell 8 by Anders Roslund
The Confession by Charles Todd
The Darkening Field by William Ryan
A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins
A Good Man by Guy Vanderhaeghe
Gun Games by Faye Kellerman
The Hunter by John Lescroart
Iago by David Snodin
Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich
Need You Now by James Grippando
Power Play by Ben Bova
Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson
The Retribution by Val McDermid
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Shock of War by Larry Bond
Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert
The Translation of Bones by Francesca Kay
A Walk Across the Sun by Corbin Addison
Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne
The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar