Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Fiction 9/30/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399164767    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250020055    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780758277046    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780544324022

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories by Hilary Mantel
French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Mr. Bones:Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux
The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
Rise of the King by R.A. Salvatore

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Carlin Reed is on the run. Her life was good until she went on a date with the wrong man, Brad. He has started stalking her. It escalated so much that an innocent woman is killed in Carlin's place. Now she is in Battle Ridge, Wyoming and off the grid. She gets a job at the local cafe but with winter coming she won't be needed as much. The owner, Kat, mentions that her cousin is looking for help

Zeke Decker has lost his housekeeper and cook and is getting desperate. Kat suggests Carlin and Zeke reluctantly agrees. Carlin learned how to cook from Kat and decides this will be a perfect place to hide. After a rough start, Carlin finds her groove and soon all the ranch hands are happy she is there except Zeke. He is finding it really hard to be around her and not making a move.

Carlin is infatuated with her new boss but knows she is leaving and is still leery after the whole Brad incident. But the attraction is too hot for them to resist and they end up getting together. But Brad is still out there and he is determined to find Carlin at any cost.

I really liked this book. I particularly liked the interactions between Carlin and Zeke. I actually listened to the audio of it through Pindigital and really enjoyed it. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and hope it is Kat's story.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

No Safe House by Linwood Barclay

This is another page-turning thriller from Barclay, who just keeps getting better and better. In No Safe House, teacher Terry Archer and wife Cynthia, who is staying at an apartment across Milford, are going through a rough patch, since their teenager daughter Grace and Cyn had a recent blow out.

One night when she is supposed to be with a friend, Grace goes along with her boyfriend Stuart who breaks into a house of a family who is out of town. His plan is to take their Porsche out for a spin and return it; no harm. But all hell breaks loose when there is already someone in the house who shouldn't be.

Holding the gun for Stuart, Grace hears a shot that could have possibly killed her boyfriend, runs for her life, and calls her father to pick her up. She doesn't remember what transpired and in an effort to protect his daughter in case she accidentally shot Stuart, Terry goes back to the house to see what went down. 

It turns out this house is on a list of Vince Fleming's, a local crook who uses homes of upstanding citizens to hide money and other paraphernalia for his clients. Vince and the Archer have a past from when he helped Cyn find out the truth about what happened to her childhood family seven years earlier, and his help cost him a bullet in his gut. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished. But Vince is a man no one should mess with, and Grace's involvement gets them into a world of trouble.

I think a lot of readers have yet to discover Barclay, who is an easy author to transition to, especially if you like the short chapters and twists of James Patterson. All his books are separate stories and are not part of a series. This isn't my favorite Barclay, but it doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy this quick, fast paced read. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Fiction 9/23/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781400068975    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780385535977    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345544018    9780062271600

Day of Atonement by David Liss
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan
The High Divide by Lin Enger

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Beauty and the Brit by Lizbeth Selvig

When teenager Bonnie gets herself into trouble with an inner-city gang, Rio Montoya and sister Bonnie take refuge in the Minneapolis youth center where David Pitts-Matherson volunteers. When the gang then burns down Montoya’s house, David offers to have them stay at his horse ranch in rural Kennison Falls.

David, who is sexy, British and a war vet, is not your typical cowboy, and Rio refuses to be anyone’s charity case while they are guests. Rio has always been a horse lover and is not only falling for the land, the horses and small town atmosphere, but also for David, who has been a source a safety in the storm.

Soon David’s mom visits from overseas and brings his Kate Middleton-esque ex-finance, which threatens her budding romance with David. What’s more is Hector and his gang step-up their threats and the strong-willed Rio might have to rely on the kind-hearted and gentle Brit more than she ever anticipated.

What may sound far-fetched is plausibly executed by Selvig (Rescued by a Stranger) in this third book in the Kennison Falls Saga series. The romance between Rio and David builds slowly and surely, giving readers time to get to know her characters, and the story ends on a satisfying and uplifting note.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, October 16, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For Cath Avery, the fictional world of Simon Snow is more than just entertaining – it’s life.  As a dedicated fan fiction writer, Cath lives her life online, where her Carry On, Simon story is extremely popular, gaining thousands of hits a day.  Things are good for Cath.  Until she starts college, and is left high and dry by her twin sister and former writing partner Wren, who informs her she’ll be living with a different roommate. 

Left to fend for herself, Cath must now navigate the very real world of a college freshman – interacting with new people (Cath isn’t big on new people), and dealing with a constantly irritated roommate Reagan and her ever present, constantly cheerful boyfriend Levi.  Worrying about her manic father, who’s returning to an empty house and lonely, gas station take out.  Even her hopes of escaping into fiction quickly fade as she finds little time to keep up with Carry On, Simon, and learns her Fiction Writing professor wholeheartedly disdains fan fiction in general.  And it’s only the first semester.

As a big fan of Eleanor and Park, I’m not surprised to find that I really enjoyed Fangirl.  Rowell has a way with dialogue that is really entertaining – snarky and smart but really relatable at the same time.  Her characters are quirky and endearing, and Cath’s struggle to “hide her crazy” is both funny and painfully accurate.   While not strictly a YA book, I think this is a book that both teens and adults can read and relate to with ease.  I highly recommend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Fiction 9/16/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525953098    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399162367    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250003515    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780312616267

 The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
Queen Bee Goes Home Again by Haywood Smith
The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton
Stone Mattress by Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Make It Right by Megan Erickson

Max Payton has the strong and flirtatious thing down, but he has never really ventured into the boyfriend zone successfully, that is, until he has met his match in Lea Travers. Both college students at the fictitious Bowler University, Max knows of Lea, the gorgeous girl with a limp, through the same group of friends, although they have really never been friendly toward each other.

When they are forced together by a string of campus attacks which has them both assisting in a self-defense class, their banter leads to a date and more. Max, who was brought up by an emotionally distant father and was always taught to stand strong, discovers that this sassy girl has a pull on his heart. But the conflicts in his home life, especially with his father, might destroy any chance he has of a future with the only woman who has ever made him want to be a better man.

Erickson (Make It Count) creates a strong female lead in Lea who is not only emotionally flawed but also has to deal with a physical shortcoming that she battles with a gusto. Additionally, dealing with the internal conflict of finding who you are versus what is expected of you is a this pivotal moment in college life that the author handles in a relatable way. This is another enjoyable series that is carving out its niche in new adult romance.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Kubica's break out novel offers the page turning suspense of Mary Higgins Clark coupled with the shocking conclusion reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's signature twist endings.

Told from alternating perspectives of her mother Eve, detective Gabe, and her abductor Colin, this psychological novel centers around Mia Dennett, a daughter of a prominent and wealthy Chicago judge, who goes home with a guy she meets at the bar. While at his house, Colin's mood shifts and he forces her into his vehicle at gunpoint.

Colin is just the middle man who is supposed to drop Mia off to the guy who is paying him for this gig, Dalmar. He doesn't know what Dalmar has planned, but knows it won't be good, and at the last minute decides to drive north to a remote cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

The reader knows from the beginning that Mia makes it home alive, but how she gets there is the big mystery. The way the story converges from chapters that alternate between " the before" and from "the after" is like two trains on a collision course, and the multiple plot threads keep you glued to the page. I don't want to spoil too much, but let me say this Plainfield author is one to watch.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Fiction 9/09/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525954026    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399169458    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399164446    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345548436

The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
Lovely, Dark, Deep:  Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
Blood On the Water by Anne Perry
Perfidia by James Ellroy
Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

When Stella Bain awakens in a French hospital camp, she cannot remember who she is, or how she got there – she’s not even sure her name is Stella Bain.  As World War I rages around her, Stella begins working as a nurse and ambulance driver, until one day when she is overcome with the need to visit the Admiralty in London, sure it will lead her to answers about her past.

Falling ill on her journey, Stella is taken in by surgeon Dr. August Bridge and his wife.  Fascinated by Stella’s condition, the doctor offers to help treat her severe shell shock with talk therapy, hoping to piece together her missing memory.  But it isn’t until a chance meeting with a man from her past that Stella discovers who she is, and what exactly she left behind to join the war effort.

Traveling through France, England, and America, Anita Shreve takes the reader on a winding journey as Stella first fights to discover her identity, then fights harder still to get back the life she lost.  Interestingly, Stella Bain actually is a continuation of Shreve’s previous work, All He Ever Wanted.  For those who enjoy historical fiction, you’ll find a quiet and steady story with a focus on family and identity.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars is back in Neptune, California. She has left New York and her future as a lawyer behind and is back to being a P.I. Her dad is less than thrilled but this is where Veronica is meant to be.

It's spring break and Neptune is the place to be. Until a college girl goes missing. And then another. Veronica is hired by the local ritzy hotel because they are starting to lose business. The clues lead to a house party that is thrown every night. The house belongs to a criminal family with ties to drugs and murder.

Soon Veronica is in over her head. But that has never stopped her. But what might stop her is the ties she has to one of the families with a missing daughter. She is shocked when she comes face to face with a person from her past. But nothing keeps Veronica down for long and soon she will solve this case but at what cost?

The events of this book take place right after the movie, Veronica Mars and is the first original book written about Veronica. I loved it! It was just like watching the TV show. The dialogue, the case, everything about this book was great. My only complaint was not enough Logan!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Fiction 9/02/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780670026326    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399167300    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425260609    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425259399
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler
The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert
Haunted by Kay Hooper
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan
Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon
An Italian Wife by Ann Hood
The River by Beverly Lewis
The Savior by David Drake
Personal by Lee Child
Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
Fish Tails by Sheri Tepper