Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Fiction 7/30/13

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Death Angel by Linda A. Fairstein
Ghosts of Bungo Suido by Peter T. Deutermann
The Highway by C.J. Box
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey
Night Pilgrims by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel
The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin
Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Weaponized by Nicholas Mennuti

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Begin Again by Christy Newton

In this earnest Crimson Romance debut by Newton (Stolen Hearts), Indiana diner waitress Maisie Scott doesn’t think that love is in the cards.  She lost both her husband and the baby she was caring in a tornado. Now her focus is on saving enough money to move out of her sister’s basement. 

Her sister means well by giving her a pet hamster for company, but she can barely take care of herself, let alone another living thing. Exotic pet veterinarian Ryan Tucker moved to Pleasant Valley in hopes of starting a new chapter and has a thing for the cute redheaded waitress who serves up homemade pie at the diner down the street. 

Maisie is attracted to Ryan, but she doesn’t know if she can open herself to love again. Ryan also harbors a secret from his past that may jeopardize his relationship with Maisie before it even has a chance to get off the ground.

The romantic scenes are mild and Newton shows promise as a storyteller as demonstrated by her knack for developing strong heroes and heroines whose love story quickly immerses the reader. The ending seemed a bit far-fetched, but that is a small blemish in what otherwise is a sweetly charming read.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

Abbie Elliot is on a girls weekend in Monte Carlo with her three best friends, Winnie, Bryah, and Serena. Little did she know that this weekend would end in murder and prison. It starts out innocent enough. They go to the casino, hang at the pool, and go to a dance club. There they meet some men and take the party to a yacht. When Abbie wakes the next morning, she is surrounded by police and being hauled off for questioning. She has no idea what is going on but quickly realizes that the rules are different in France than in America. When she is finally told what is going on she is flabbergasted. Abbie and her friends are being accused of murder of two men they had partied with the night before.

Now Abbie is in a fight for her life. They have the gun and it has her prints on it. The women's DNA is find in the car where the bodies are. And now Abbie's alibi just perjured himself on the stand. The women don't stand a chance. They are offered a deal but all the women have to accept or no go. But Abbie cannot take it. She knows they are innocent and won't take the deal. Now the women are in prison. But Abbie has time to think and is starting to put the pieces together. Will she be able to save them before it is too late?

There are so many twists and turns in this book I don't want to ruin anything. I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. Just when you think you know what is happening Patterson throws another twist at you. Highly recommend this fantastic thriller!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Fiction 7/23/13

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Age of Ice by J.M. Sidorova
And Sons by David Gilbert
Chimera by David Wellington
Light of the World by James Lee Burke
Two Fronts by Harry Turtledove
Unleashed by David Rosenfelt 
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Joyland by Stephen King

I loved, loved this book!  I need to read Stephen King more often. I am never disappointed in his books.  He just has a way with words and his stories are consistently gripping yet thoughtful, and Joyland is another example of King's writing prowess. I think the cover art is ugly, quite frankly, but don't let that discourage you from the treasure of a story that lies between the unattractive jacket art.

Joyland is part mystery, part ghost story, and part coming-of-age story.  It is the summer of 1973, and Devin Jones leaves the University of New Hampshire for his months off to work at Joyland, an amusement park in Heaven's Bay, N.C., that claims to sell fun.  His girlfriend Wendy has taken a job at Filene's Basement in Boston for the summer, so he might as well earn some cash where he can.

Dev rents a room at Ms. Shoplaw's place where he meets fellow housemates and Joyland employees, Erin and Tom, who become lifelong friends, while he nurtures his broken heart. Ms. Shoplaw shares with Dev an chilling story of the pretty, young Linda Gray who rode the horror house ride and never came out. Her boyfriend slit her throat in the darkness, threw her body to the side, and left the park without ever being discovered.  There are rumors that Linda's ghost even haunts the horror house ride.

They walk the beach every day to work, where Devin is assigned any number of jobs, from manning the rides to looking out for the "Hollywood Girls," or the Joyland employees who strut around in green dresses and take pictures of customers for souvenirs.  But most of the time he finds himself "wearing the fur," or dressing up as Howie the dog, the park's mascot, to entertain the "conies."  At Joyland he meets long time employee Lane hardy, who takes Dev under his wing and shows him the ropes.

On his walks to and from work, he passes a young boy in a wheelchair, who Dev befriends, near the boardwalk to their beach house. Mike, the sick boy, has a special gift and he even tells Dev that "she isn't white," even though neither Mike nor Dev know what this is supposed to mean.

Dev decides to take a year off college and stay through the off season where he investigates Linda Gray's murder.  Even though he doesn't pinpoint the killer right away, he has been too obvious in his research, which ultimately puts his own life at risk.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl by Gina Lamm

Jamie Marten is depressed. Her boyfriend broke up with her, her music isn't coming to her and she is helping her friend's grandpa clear out storage units. While cleaning an ancient mirror and wardrobe, Jamie is transported back in time through the mirror. Now two hundred years in the past, Jamie needs to find a way home. But she wasn't expecting Micah Axelby, Earl of Dunnington.

Micah doesn't know what to make of  this barely clothed woman in his bedroom. And then she starts claiming she is from the future. He is close to having her locked up when she produces her phone and Angry Birds. Intrigued, Micah holds off on locking her up but warns her to stay inside since it is scandalous for a unmarried woman to be living with a single man.

Mrs. Knightsbridge, the housekeeper, may be the answer to Jamie's prayers. She claims her sister is the one who enchanted the mirror to bring Micah's true love to him. Jamie is skeptical but goes along with her true love story because Mrs. K promises that her sister will be back to send Jamie home. But as Jamie sticks around she finds that she might not be able to give up Micah and just maybe there is some truth to this true love business.

I couldn't put this book down! I really liked the characters and couldn't wait to see how they would get their happy ending. The next book by Gina Lamm will be Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes due out in September.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Fiction 7/16/13

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant
Downfall by Jeff Abbott
The English Girl by Daniel Silva
First Sight by Danielle Steel
The Hen of the Baskervilles by Donna Andrews
The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud
Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen
Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rackoff
Massacre Pond by Paul Doiron
New Earth by Ben Bova
Storm Riders by Margaret Weis
Stranded by Alex Kava
The Violet Hour by Katherine Hill
The Widow's Strike by Brad Taylor
Witch Wraith by Terry Brooks

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Heist by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg

Now this is the Janet we know and love!  The Heist is a strong starter to what I hope will be the first in a series.  Kate O'Hare is an FBI agent who has spent several years tailing con-artist and one of the FBI's most wanted, Nick Fox, who is both annoyingly charming and sexy and always seems to escape at the last minute.  He even has the nerve to rub it in by leaving a Toblerone bar in Kate's hotel room as a final "ha, ha."

Kate eventually catches Nick in his scheme to steal a rare gem.  However, on his way to his arraignment, Nick convinces the U.S. marshal that he is violently ill and needs to use the restroom.  The marshal finally figures something is up when he hears the same repetitive intestinal sounds and busts the stall door open to find Nick's shoes and pants, but no Nick.  He is on the lam again.

Kate's boss wants a fresh perspective and throws her off the case but Kate is determined to apprehend Nick again, with or without the FBI's approval. She goes rogue and enlists the help of her father, a former military man with experience in espionage, to assist her in landing on the Greek island where she knows Nick is hiding out.  Kate thinks her sudden appearance will be quite the surprise to Nick, but, in fact, Nick has been waiting for her this whole time.

What is even more strange is that the FBI is in on it, and they want to exploit Nick's criminal mind to track down a Wallstreet exec who fled the country with over half a billion dollars.  This means that Kate will have to team up with Nick and a team of troublemakers to pull off this scam.  Can she keep Nick from taking the money for himself and from also stealing her heart?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Daddy's Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark

Kate Connelly has asked a former employee, Gus, of her family's furniture company to meet her in the early morning at the warehouse. She needs his help. With what the reader doesn't find out until later because the warehouse blows up, killing Gus and leaving Kate in a coma. Hannah Connelly, Kate's sister, has no answers as to why her sister would be meeting Gus early in the morning at the warehouse. But their dad and owner of the company might know why but he isn't talking.

Mark Sloane is moving to New York from Chicago for a new job. When he was eight his twenty year old sister, Tracey, moved to New York to pursue acting. Two years later she went missing and was never heard from again. Now that Mark is in New York, he wants the case reopened and contacts the original detective. He is now a PI and has never forgotten the case.

Then the cleanup crew at the warehouse discovers a body. It is Tracey. Now there are even more questions. But how is it all connected? And will Kate ever wake up and give some of those answers?

This was a good mystery by MHC. As always there are a million characters but it always works out in the end. I would definitely recommend this one if you are in the mood for a mystery.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Fiction 7/9/13

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
Bombshell by Catherine Coulter
The Cat Sitter's Cradle by John Clement
Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison
Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie
Crucible by Troy Denning
The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan
The Devil's Cave by Martin Walker
Eye for an Eye by Ben Coes
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Fin and Lady by Cathleen Schine
Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack
Gone With the Win by Mary Daheim
The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms
Gridlock by Byron Dorgan
Hidden Order by Brad Thor
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
The Last Whisper in the Dark by Tom Piccirilli
The Last Word by Lisa Lutz
Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian
Nemesis by Bill Pronzini
Please Don't Tell by Elizabeth Adler
A Treacherous Paradise by Henning Mankell
True Love by Jude Deveraux
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda

Saturday, July 6, 2013

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

Sara McMillan's is a high school English teacher. Now that it is summer she is at loose ends. But an unexpected gift falls into her lap. Her friend, Ella, buys storage units and then flips the items inside for a profit. The newest one contains items from a woman named Rebecca. She has left behind journals of a erotic nature. When Ella suddenly leaves town and asks Sara to sell the contents, this gives Sara an excuse to read the journals. She is disturbed by what she reads and a little turned on. But also concerned for Rebecca.

She starts to investigate and she is led to an art gallery called Allure. Sara goes to an art opening and there she meets two men, Chris and Mark. Chris is a famous artist and Sara is overwhelmed by him. Mark owns the gallery and offers Sara a job...Rebecca's job. Sara accepts because she loves art and she hopes she will get some answers about Rebecca. She also wonders if Mark is the man in the journals.

She runs into Chris and they start an affair. He tries to warn her away but Sara isn't scared that easily. As the relationship and her new job go along, Rebecca gets put on the back burner. But then Chris lets her in on secret and Sara doesn't know who to trust. Will she end up like Rebecca?

I loved this book. I loved the story and the characters. Of course it is a trilogy and book 2 is Being Me and book 3 Revealing Us comes out in September.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

After Zoe Norris found out that her boss at the publishing company in Raleigh where she worked was married, she ended the affair and moved to New York City hoping for a fresh start. Zoe believes that a job posting at Underground Publishing might be just the job for her. Everyone keeps telling Zoe that she won't fit in at Underground, but she is desperate for a job and applies anyway.  Soon after she is hired, she discovers just exactly why she doesn't fit in.

Her boss Phil is a vampire, for one and the rest of the office is filled with all sorts of monsters (the politically correct term being coterie) including a construct, incubus, succubus, zombies, water sprites and many others. Her job is to write a travel guide of NYC for Underground's supernatural clientele but it makes it difficult when a majority of her coworkers look at her like she is dinner.

She is determined to make this job work, but Wesley, the new coterie resources manager (there is no human resources manager since she is the only human employee) is doing everything in his power to make her quit.  And what is the most disturbing is that he is a construct, or a Frankenstein, assembled from miscellaneous body parts, most notably her ex-boyfriend's head.

Clearly someone is out to get her, and the more she learns about the coterie world, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth.  And it is not only her that someone is after, since the zombies' brains went missing from the break room caused an uprising. With her neighbor Arthur and the rest of Underground on her side, she hopes to defeat the biggest monster of them all before the human and coterie balance in NYC is destroyed.

This book had a promising set up, but just didn't deliver for me.  In between each chapter, there is a brief excerpt from the travel book Zoe is writing, but it just left me more confused instead of inviting the reader into the world Lafferty creates.  This is the first in a series, and Lafferty's next offering will be The Shambling Guide to New Orleans, and while NOLA is one of my favorite settings, I was too disappointed in The Shambling Guide to New York City to bother reading it.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Fiction 7/2/13

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden
The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler
The Humans by Matt Haig
The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
MacRieve by Kresley Cole
The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah
Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross
Paris Twilight by Russ Rymer
The Rest of Us by Jessica Lott
Unseen by Karin Slaughter
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall