Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Fiction 9/29/2015

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=9780385540353    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250064677    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250064578    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250074461

After You by Jojo Moyes
The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods
A Song of Shadows by John Connolly
The Hidden by Heather Graham
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Eleanor Atwood
The Company She Kept by Archer Mayor
The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton
The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas
Shadow Play by Iris Johansen
The Bark Before Christmas by Laurien Berenson
Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Speak the Dead by Grant McKenzie

Awakened by the sound of a loud gunshot, Sally made her way to her parent’s bedroom, only to find her mother’s bloodied body. She rushed to the bed, and hugging the lifeless corpse, realized that her mother was dead.  Then Sally heard her mother’s voice clear as a bell yell, “Run, Sally! Run!”  So she did.  She ran past her dad in the bathroom as he put the gun in his mouth, and flew out the front door as she heard the second shot of that terrible night.

 Fast forward twenty-five years, and Sally is a morgue beautician who takes pride in making the dead look peaceful.  When a hit and run occurs outside the mortuary in the wee hours of the morning, she hurries outside to find a punk musician standing over the victim and checks to see if she can help.  The woman is dead, but when Sally touches her, she sees a vision of the grill of the car coming towards her, the driver and license plate of the car, and experiences the pain of being hit.  Shaken, Sally wonders what on earth is happening to her?

 As a witness to the hit and run, Sally helps with the police investigation, but has a difficult time explaining how she got the license plate number when a security camera capturing the event shows her coming out of the morgue AFTER the violent act occurred. Jersey Castle, the detective on the case, begins to think there is more to this morgue beautician than meets the eye. Then Sally goes missing.  

So begins this rollicking tale of horror and suspense.  Fast-paced, with a complex plot, and creepy characters popping out of the woodwork, this book will keep you engaged until the horrifying end.  If you like Lisa Unger, or Dean Koontz (Odd Thomas series), then you will not be able to put this book down.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

Barclay brings readers back to the small town of Promise Falls New York, where reporter and widower David Harwood moves him and his son back in with his parents until he can find work and get back on his feet. His mother sends David over to drop off some food for his cousin Marla, who has not been right ever since she lost her baby during childbirth ten months earlier.

What David finds at Marla's house is quiet perplexing. She is at home with an infant baby in her arms; the only explanation she offers is that an angel dropped the baby by and told her to keep him. There is also a stroller and some red smears on the front door that resemble blood. In the stroller he finds an old piece of mail that belongs to someone else.

Telling Marla he will take her to the store, he drives to the address on the mail and runs into a husband who has also just arrived home. Inside the house, they find the deceased body of what David presumes is the baby's mother, who was brutally murdered. What's more, is the only one who would have been home with the mother, Sarita the nanny, is missing.

Marla insists on her story and when David's aunt encourages him to poke around to find the truth, he is led into some secrets about his family that are far sinister than he could ever imagine.

There is a lot going on in this plot and their are deeper mysteries buried within the main story that make Barclay's thriller another page-turner. I was a little frustrated by the end because not everything was tied up. However, it looks like this is going to be the first in  a series from Barclay, who typically writes only standalone stories. Readers will be eagerly awaiting the next book to get their questions answered.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Fiction 9/22/2015

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=9780399167454        http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476790107    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781616956363

Come Rain Or Come Shine by Jan Karon
Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville
After the Parade by Lori Ostlund
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

A life of servitude isn't for Tess and the seamstress has always dreamed of a bigger life for herself. When she sees folks waiting on the dock to board a new grande ship called Titanic on her maiden voyage, Tess leaves her servant job behind and has a chance meeting with famed designer Madame Lucile Duff Gordon. Lucile agrees to take her under her wing and allows her to board the ship for their journey to the United States. 

While board the ship, Lucile treats Tess like more of a servant than an apprentice, but she hopes that if she bides her time, she will gain the help with her career as a budding dress designer she desperately desires. On the ship, she meets both a dashing Chicago millionaire and a lowly but thoughtful sailor. However, any chance at romance at that point comes to stop when the ship hits an iceberg.

Lucile demands a lifeboat for her and her husband, and with only a few other passengers on a lifeboat that seats over fifty, it sets out prematurely. Both Tess and Lucile are saved when another boat picks them up, but what Tess learns about her idol in the coming weeks about what transpired on that ship has her second guessing everything.

We all know the history of the well-written about ship, but Alcott uses real people and events to focus her story on the trials of what happened during not only this catastrophic event but especially on "Lifeboat One" (Lucile's lifeboat). At the heart of her story is one woman's plight to make a better life herself in New York during the women's suffrage movement. Readers will be enthralled from the beginning to the end in this easy, yet thought-provoking, novel.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shooting Dirty by Jill Sorensen

Outlaw, former member of the Dirty Eleven MC, and killer for hire Aaron “Ace” Clemmons took out a man during a money delivery gone wrong. That man was Janelle’s husband, now leaving her widowed and raising a son alone.

Ace is plagued with guilt, which is highly unusual for his line of work, and feels responsible for Janelle, the women who he has wanted to bed the moment he met her. Hoping to go back to school and leave her career as a stripper behind, Ace is exactly the type of guy she needs to avoid but she can’t seem to stop his advances.

Their involvement has caught the attention of a rival MC who attempt to coerce Ace to work for them, and Jester and his crew won’t take no for an answer. Ace wants to get straight but is now caught in a web so tangled that the only way out may be to sacrifice himself to keep everyone safe.

The love scenes are just shy of lewd in this second foray in the Dirty Eleven MC series and may not be to everyone’s taste, but Ace is the kind of rough and tumble male lead that delivers what readers demand from a motorcycle club romance. Where Sorensen’s (Riding Dirty) book shines most is in her damaged characters, whose backstories and plight make them worth rooting for.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | October 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

New Fiction 9/15/2015

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=9780385354264    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781605988566    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780553391381    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250057426

The Blue Guitar by John Banville
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
Clockwork Lives by Kevin J. Anderson
The End Game by Catherine Coulter
Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry
Dishing the Dirt by M.C. Beaton
Patriot by Ted Bell
Entry Island by Peter May

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Hand that Feeds You by A.J. Rich

Morgan arrives home and immediately realizes that something is wrong with her dogs. They are acting agitated and have blood on them. Morgan soon discovers the reason - her fiance's bloody body on the bed. Morgan does the only thing she can and locks herself in the bathroom and calls for help. Morgan is devastated. She can't believe her beloved dogs would ever hurt anyone let alone kill.

Now Morgan has the unpleasant job of notifying his parents, who she has never met. With the help of her brother, Steven, Morgan tries to find his parents. But soon realizes that Bennett isn't who he seems. And that Bennett isn't even his real name. Morgan becomes obsessed with finding out who her fiance really was. But the answers may have deadly consequences.

This was a pretty good thriller. It held my interest and kept me guessing until the end. I would have liked a little more back story on some of the characters but overall I would recommend this book.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

In Kubica's (The Good Girl) second novel of dark psychological suspense, good Samaritan Heidi Wood sees what she suspects is a homeless girl and child on the platform of Chicago's "L" in the pouring rain. No longer willing to ignore them like the rest of the commuters, she convinces a leery Willow and her baby to come to her home where she lives with preteen daughter Zoe and husband Chris.

What Heidi discovers after she invites them into her home is an infant who has been seriously neglected and a mother who is too young and inexperienced to know better and may be running from trouble. Chris, Heidi's husband, fears that Heidi is putting their own family in danger but she is too enraptured with the baby who reminds her of their second child who she had to abort when they learned that Heidi had cancer while she was pregnant.

Like her first novel, the story alternates between the first person narration of three characters: Heidi, Chris and Willow. Willow's chapters offer startling insight into how she came to be on that Chicago L platform with blood on her shirt while Heidi and Chris's narratives lay out the unraveling of a woman still suffering from the loss of a child and how their lives converge during a wet and dark Spring.

Readers hearts will go out to Willow and Heidi making them sympathetic characters. Ratcheting up the suspense is Kubica's signature style that keeps the pages turning.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Fiction 9/8/2015

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=9781250028471    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250065919    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780804178778
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins by Reed Farrel Coleman
Obsession Falls by Christina Dodd
Fear of Dying by Erica Jong
Make Me by Lee Child
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Rachel Pomié, born in St. Thomas at the turn of the 19th century, has always been surrounded by the lush, picturesque beauty of the island.  Still, her heart has always yearned for Paris, the home her family fled so many years ago.  With few options, she agrees to marry a local widow to save her father’s business, a kind man she doesn’t love, dreaming of the day she’ll travel home.

When her husband unexpectedly passes away, his family sends young Frédéric Pizarro to settle the estate.  Soon, the two find themselves in the midst of a passion they can’t deny, willing to incur the wrath of their tight knit Jewish community, so long as they can be together.

Hoffman’s story is mesmerizing, following the lives of Rachel and Frédéric, as well as their son Camille, who would become one of the fathers of French Impressionism. True to form, her novel has a strong sense of place; both the island of St. Thomas and the city of Paris come alive for the reader, her descriptions fairly jumping off the page. She weaves together elements of folktales and history, art and love, in a way that pulls you in from the start - not surprising for readers of her previous books like The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things.

Recommended for anyone that enjoys historical fiction, narrative non-fiction, or just craves a beautifully told story that will transport you.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham

Madeline receives an email from Elliot, a man she met at a restaurant opening. Elliott invites her out for coffee and Madeline accepts. When a second date ends disastrously, Madeline thinks maybe this is over before it begins. But Elliot sends a follow up email and everything works out. They start dating and eventually get serious.

With the help of their best friends, David and Emily, Madeline and Elliott navigate the world of dating. With ex-girlfriends, commitment issues, and work, will this relationship last or end in disaster?

This book is written entirely in emails and text messages. It was a fun and quick read. I enjoyed the secondary characters but was disappointed with Madeline and Elliot and their relationship. If you want a quick, light read definitely pick up Read Bottom Up.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Fiction 9/1/2015

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=9780385354288    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781455519842    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345531049    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781501108693

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler
The Darling Dahlias and the Eleven O'clock Lady by Susan Wittig Albert
A Lesson In Hope by Philip Gulley
Undercover by Danielle Steel
The Drafter by Kim Harrison