Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Fiction 7/31/12

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.

Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Coup d'Etat by Harry Turtledove
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Haven by Kay Hooper
Heron's Cove by Carla Neggers
If I Can't Have You by Mary B. Morrison
The Light Between Oceans by M.I. Stedman
Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Worth the Risk by Karen Erickson

With oldest Worth brother Alex now married to his former assistant, the second selection in Erickson’s “Worth It” trilogy concentrates on middle brother Hunter, the powerful and charming president of marketing at Worth Luxury Goods.

A recent drunken make-out session following work one evening cannot escape Hunter’s mind, or the thoughts he has of coworker Gracie Hayes for that matter. Both realize that something electrifying happens when they are together, but neither can commit. Hunter is your quintessential playboy, and Gracie’s troubled childhood inhibits her from letting anyone close.

When a near-death experience threatens their already rocky relationship, Hunter does whatever it takes to make Gracie his, and Gracie finally confronts the past that has prevented her from opening her heart to this man and their future.

There are far too many similarities to Erickson’s Worth the Scandal to make this offering stand out in the series. Readers who can tolerate the repetitious plot will be partially rewarded by steamy lovemaking and a hot male lead and will want to see what develops with youngest brother Rhett in the final title, Worth the Challenge, set for release in October 2012.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 13, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

Catherine Bailey has met the perfect man, Lee Brightman. He is gorgeous, kind, and her friends love him. Everything is going great until Lee shows his true self. At first it was subtle. Things would be moved around her house, he would suggest what to wear, and then he started getting possessive. When Cathy voiced her concerns to her friends they didn't believe her. He had them all fooled. Even after he beat her and was arrested, no one really believed her.

Now four years later, Cathy has tried to start over. She has moved to London and has a job. But she also developed OCD. Even knowing Lee is in jail she still does her routines, like checking the door is locked six times or her living room curtains are parted just right. But then Stuart moves in above her. He recognizes that Cathy has OCD and he offers help. Reluctant at first, Cathy starts to take small steps to living again. But of course her happiness can't last. Lee is released from prison and Cathy knows he will come for her. And when things start being moved around her apartment and Lee actual shows up for an interview at her work as someone else, this time Cathy is ready and not alone.

I really loved this book. At first I was confused because the chapters go back and forth between the past and present. But once I got the rhythm I couldn't put this book down! I will definitely be reading more books by Elizabeth Haynes,.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Fiction 7/24/12

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.Link

Black List by Brad Thor
Buried on Avenue B by Peter De Jonge
Judgment Call by J.A. Jance
Let the Devil Sleep by John Verdon
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Velocity by Dean Koontz

I am sad to say that it has been a while since I have read a book I really couldn't put down.  Even though I may find a book engrossing, it doesn't mean that I want to finish it in one sitting.  Velocity, on the other hand, was one of those rare treats that you just have to devour all at once.  It is too good to put down.  I might even go as far as saying I liked this one just as much as my all time favorite Koontz book, Intensity, which has been pretty difficult to beat.  

Velocity starts out at a bar in a small town near Napa Valley, CA, where failed writer Billy Wiles works.  After his shift, he finds a bizarre note stuck in the windshield of his Ford Explorer saying he has two choices: "don't go to the police, and I will kill a lovely teacher; go to the police and I will kill an elderly woman."  Billy doesn't know what to make of this and suspects it may be a sick prank played by his immature coworker, Steve Zilles.  Still, he brings the note to his friend, Lanny Olsen, who is a cop and is off duty when Billy visits.  Lanny also believes it is a prank and convinces Billy to ignore it.

Then, another note appears with two sickening choices once again, and Lanny learns too late that a schoolteacher is killed in the neighboring town.  He wants Billy to surrender this and the new note so that Lanny can cover his ass for not reporting it originally.  Billy soon discovers that this sick game is like a performance for the "freak" and won't end until the final act, which may threaten the life of the person he most cherishes, and even by inaction he is making a lethal choice.  The game speeds up from there until Billy can find a way out of this nightmare Koontz has set up for his protagonist.

Koontz doesn't reveal the killer until the end, which will be a surprise to most readers. And even when the killer is revealed, there still is more in store and Billy and the reader.  This makes a great summer read, and if you want a genuine page-turner, then this book is for you! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins in modern day Earth, with the protagonist, Arthur Dent, waking up to the sound of bulldozers preparing to knock down his house in order to make room for a highway. In order to stop them from knocking down his house, Arthur lies in the mud in front of the bulldozers. In the middle of attempting to convince the bulldozers not to knock down his house, his friend, Ford Prefect comes by and convinces him to go to the bar and get a drink. He comes back shortly later to find his house demolished.

That proves to be the least of his concerns, as shortly afterward, alien ships show up in the sky. They announce that Earth is being destroyed in order to make room for an interstellar highway and then proceed to destroy Earth in seconds flat.

Instead of dying in the blast, Arthur is saved by his friend Ford and teleported into the cargo of the ship. Despite their temporary safety, Arthur and Ford try to escape and end up in one misadventure after another.

This is one of the few books that has made me laugh out loud while reading it. It has a unique sense of humor that makes it stand out from the crowd. If you're a fan of British humor like Monty Python, you will definitely enjoy this book.

While by no means being a recently published book (originally published in 1979) the books is quite easy to find and still has a large following. It is first in a series of books, but besides maybe the second one, none of the others are quite as funny. The series has had many adaptation over the years, including a movie, radio series and TV show.  

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Fiction 7/17/12

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.
Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen
Creole Bell
by James Lee Burke
Earth Unaware
by Orson Scott Card
Fallen Angel
by Daniel Silva
The Fear Artist
by Timothy Hallinan
Hell or High Water
by Joy Castro
Leader of the Pack
by David Rosenfelt
Queens Hunt
by Beth Bernobich
The Sandcastle Girls
by Chris Bohjalian
Shine Shine Shine
by Lydia Netzer
The Singapore School of Villainy
by Shamini Flint
Sly Fox
by Jeanine Pirro
Some Like it Hawk
by Donna Andrews
Strong Vengeance
by Jon Land
Tigers in Red Weather
by Liza Klaussmann
The Trust
by Norb Vonnegut
When in Doubt Add Butter
by Beth Harbison

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Afterglow by Cherry Adair

Rand Maguire's security company is trying to find out what happened. They were handling a top secret wedding for two major Hollywood stars in Monte Carlo when all hell breaks loose. After the toast, all of the guests lose their inhibitions. Now it is the morning after and Rand has everyone on lockdown trying to find the culprit. What he didn't expect to find was Dr. Dakota North. 

Dr. Dakota North has been sent to help Rand. She believes the drug used was the one she and Rand's dad had developed a couple of years ago for depression. Except it should have been destroyed. It killed Rand's mother and their engagement. Rand believed the lies about her and they haven't talked in two years. 

But now they must work together to stop this drug from going global. Too much of the drug can kill. And now there is a second attack in Spain. Working side by side, Rand is starting to think he was wrong about Dakota. Will they get be able to stop whoever is behind this and will they get a second chance at love?

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. The end was a little predictable but it was still a fun ride getting there. This the second book in the Lodestone series. The first book, Hush, is still my favorite. Can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Avenging Angel by Ann Marie Becker

Following Only Fear, Becker’s second Mindhunters title depicts a puzzling murder that takes place amid New York’s prestigious art scene.

Chicago detective Noah Crandall joins his friend Diego Sandoval in New York City to find the killer responsible for the murder of Diego’s niece, Natalee. The investigation brings them to Vanessa Knight and the Atherton Gallery, where Natalee had interned. Noah hopes to gain Vanessa’s trust to get at any inside information that will lead to the killer.

When a suspicious painting by an unknown artist turns up at the gallery, they soon learn that this is not the killer’s first murder and most likely won’t be his last. As Noah and Vanessa work closely together to bring about justice for Natalee, a mutual desire develops, but Noah’s past has him putting up a wall that Vanessa is determined to break down.

Avenging Angel is a solid read with a unique story line and sufficient romantic elements to make it a worthy comparison to established romantic suspense authors such as Mariah Stewart and Mary Burton. This title works well as a stand-alone, so readers need not start the series at the beginning.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, June 29, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Fiction 7/10/12

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.

15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
The After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer
Albert of Adelaide by Howard Anderson
Backfire by Catherine Coulter
The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall
Fireproof by Alex Kava
Flight From Berlin by David John
The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen Carter
Night Watch by Linda Fairstein
The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
True Believers by Kurt Andersen
Where the Bodies Are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fever by Joan Swan

Alyssa Foster is covering for another doctor at a prison when all hell breaks loose. She is taken hostage by two prisoners. Scared out of her mind, Alyssa soon realizes that they took the wrong person. And it is pretty clear one of them is very unstable.

Teague Creek is desperate. He needs to get out of prison and he has finally found a way. By kidnapping his ex-brother-in-law's girlfriend he can leverage her for his daughter and then disappear. But he has to put up with Taz, another inmate. Taz has all the connections on the outside but he is crazy. They need up fighting and Taz is killed.

Soon Teague realizes he has the wrong person. But he will still try and find a way to use her to his advantage. Alyssa soon realizes Teague isn't who he seems. He was falsely accused and now Alyssa is a willing accomplice. She will do anything to help Teague get his freedom.

I enjoyed this book but I kept feeling like there was a book before this. I felt like I should have already known about the events that had taken place to land Teague in jail. Oh well. I still enjoyed it. The next book is Blaze and I will be reading it!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

I was so disappointed in the second book in Janet's Lizzy and Diesel series!  She took way too long in between books, and I had difficulty recalling where she left off in Wicked Appetite.  I just found it boring and not up to Evanovich's usual snuff.  There were moments of humor, but not the laugh-out loud zaniness readers will expect.

To refresh your memory, Diesel and Lizzy use their special abilities and have joined forces to stop all hell from breaking loose in the world.  There are baddies trying to secure the SALIGIA stones, which are seven ancient stones that represent the power of the seven deadly sins.

In Marblehead, Mass, when a Harvard professor is murdered with a burnt handprint on his neck, Diesel knows that it can only be someone with special abilities who believes the professor has a connection to the stone of lust.  Diesel's cousin and archenemy Wulf and his minion Hatchett are also after the stone.  Both Lizzie and Diesel are sent on a wild goose chase to locate the next stone before it falls in the hands of Anarchy, another one of their kind who only wants the stone for evil.  The hunt takes them to a secret tunnel located on an ivy league university's campus. 

Glo and Carla also make appearances by either working at the bakery or by helping Lizzie.  Carl, Diesel's monkey, is also along for the ride, but his lines weren't as funny as they had been in the past.  I would have loved more Carl in this one. There weren't really an new developments in the romance department for Lizzy and Diesel either.  I plan on reading Notorious Nineteen, the next Stephanie Plum book, but Janet will really need to step it up for me to pick up another one of her Lizzy and Diesel books.  Sad!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Fiction 7/3/12

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.

Advent by James Treadwell
The Apocalypse Codex by Charles Stross
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich by J.D. Mason
Criminal by Karin Slaughter
Discretion by Allison Leotta
Die a Stranger by Steve Hamilton
Gold by Chris Cleave
The Good Dream by Donna Vanliere
Hellbox by Bill Pronzini
The Hollow City by Dan Wells
Innocent Victims by Minette Walters
The Last Minute by Jeff Abbott
The Last Refuge by Ben Coes
Lethal Outlook by Victoria Laurie
The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
The Nightmare by Lars Kepler
The Wurst is Yet to Come by Mary Daheim