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Fall Fiction 2014

 

October

Alexander, Tasha  The Counterfeit Heiress The victim of a murder at a lavish masquerade ball is not who she seems to be, setting off complicated questions of identity as Lady Emily heads to Paris to unmask a murderer.

Andrews, Donna  The Nightingale Before Christmas  As the holidays draw near, Mother volunteers to take part in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house and of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in. The rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead – making Mother a prime suspect. Can Meg catch the real killer in time?

Austin, Lynn  Keepers of the Covenant  A decree from the king’s palace in Babylon calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year. Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people.  

Chamberlain, Diane  The Silent Sister  Riley McPherson had always been told that her sister committed suicide, but when she cleans out her deceased father’s house, she discovers that Lisa is alive and hiding under an assumed identity. What dark events led to Riley’s having “a silent sister?”

Childs, Laura  Gossamer Ghost  Carmela Bertrand knows that Halloween in New Orleans means a week of rabble-rousing, costumed craziness – and she can’t wait to get the party started. But when a local antiques dealer turns up dead, Carmela suddenly finds herself in a real-life danse macabre.  

Connolly, John  The Wolf in Winter  After the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter, the insular folks of Prosperous, ME, are resentfully stuck with hard-charging Charlie Parker, who’s investigating the troubles while gawking at the ancient church their forebears transported stone by stone from England.  

Cussler, Clive & Dirk  Havana Storm  Investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean, Pitt gets caught up in a post-Castro power struggle, while the hunt for an Aztec stone leads his enterprising children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, to Cuba as well. But wasn’t that stone lost with the sinking of the battleship Maine in 1898?  

Davidson, Mary Janice  Undead and Unwary   How do you out-devil the devil? For Vampire queen Betsy Taylor, the answer is relative—literally—as Davidson’s bestselling series continues…

Dekker, Ted  A.D. 30 A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine. A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart. The harrowing journey of a woman at the center of it all. Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.  

Deveraux, Jude  Change of Heart Two childhood playmates grow into more than just friends in Deveraux’s full-length romantic novel based of her short story of the same name.  

Francis, Felix  Dick Francis’s Damage  A murder at the Cheltenham Racing Festival might have something to do with illegally doping the horses.  

Grisham, John  Gray Mountain After Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, so did a number of related law firms and businesses. Here, third-year law associate Samantha Kofer loses her job at the big Manhattan firm Scully & Pershing – and with it goes all her dreams. She ends up as an unpaid intern at a legal aid clinic in Appalachia, where the problems are vividly real and the secret she discovers truly dangerous.  

Hart, Carolyn  Ghost Wanted  Ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is checking out a troubling disturbance in Adelaide, Oklahoma’s college library. But what seems at first like simple vandalism won’t be an open and shut case.  

Hart, Ellen  The Old Deep and Dark  While restoring a historic theater in downtown Minneapolis, director Cordelia Thorn discovers a body buried in a basement wall. Cordelia immediately calls on her best friend, P.I. Jane Lawless to investigate.  

Hilderbrand, Elin  Winter Street  Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays .

Horowitz, Anthony  Moriarty The story about what happened after the presumably lethal scuffle between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, as Pinkerton detective agent Fredrick Chase arrives on the Continent to join forces with Scotland Yard Inspector Athelney Jones. With no Holmes about, they must find a way to deal with the evil that will surely arise to take Moriarty’s place.  

Jones, Darynda  Seventh Grave and No Body  Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is facing a bunch of hellhounds who have escaped to Earth while she also traces her father, who’s vanished during an investigation. Plus trouble is coming right at her hot fiancé.

Kinsella, Sophie  Shopaholic to the Stars  Becky heads to Los Angeles to join husband Luke, who is managing the career of famed actress Sage Seymour. Becky sees herself as Sage’s perfect personal stylist, then complicates matters considerably by joining the team of Sage’s greatest rival.  

Laurens, Stephanie  By Winter’s Light  It's frosty December and six Cynster families come together at snowbound Casphairn Manor with members of their households to celebrate the season in true Cynster fashion—and where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind.

Macomber, Debbie  Mr. Miracle Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track –and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.  

Martin, George R.R. & others  The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones A heavily illustrated, four-color guide to the world of Martin’s famous creation, co-written with the creators of the westeros.org site that ranges from prehistory to Robert’s Rebellion .

McCall Smith, Alexander  The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café Mma Ramotswe’s next case: bucking up partner Grace Makutsi, who is overwhelmed by business demands and a lightning strike when she decides to try something different and opens The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café.

Meyer, Deon  Cobra Meyer’s latest opens with a triple murder in South Africa’s Franschhoek wine valley, with two of the victims bodyguards of a British citizen who has vanished. Left behind: all his possessions and a spent shell case bearing the head of a cobra, also found when the security guards questioning a pickpocket are killed.  

Palahniuk, Chuck  Beautiful You  A lowly associate in a hard-driving Manhattan law firm, Penny Harrigan is surprised to find herself wined and dined by C. Linus Maxwell, software multibillionaire and squire to the world’s most traffic-stopping women. But when he takes her to Paris, it’s with an ulterior motive: he’s using her to test a line of adult toys for a chain of boutiques called Beautiful You.  

Palmer, Diana  Wyoming Strong  Wolf Patterson and Sara Brandon are archenemies from ages ago, but mischievous fate has brought them together. They are two passionate people with a talent for falling out. Will love be the spark they need to create what they both want the most…a family?   

Parker, T. Jefferson  Full Measure  Home from Afghanistan’s battlefields with the dream of establishing his own sport-fishing business, Patrick Norris is devastated to find his parents facing ruin because a wildfire has wiped out their avocado ranch in the foothills of San Diego. Also, Patrick’s brother has fallen into a bad crowd and Patrick finds himself having to make some tough decisions.  

Picoult, Jodi  Leaving Time  13-year-old Jenna must deal with a mother, Alice Metcalf, who has vanished, apparently abandoning both the family she loved and the elephants she studied so devotedly. Doubly abandoned because her grieving father has no time for her, Jenna seeks to discover what happened to her mother by joining forces with a shady psychic Serenity and Virgil, the world-weary detective who first investigated Alice’s  

Rice, Anne  Prince Lestat Rice revisits the territory first trod by that immortal dazzler, Lestat. Readers will be familiar with the settings (ancient Egypt, fourth-century Rome, Renaissance Venice, contemporary New York) and characters, but something new is going on. Vampires have multiplied dangerously, leading to mass burnings; even old vampires are consigning newbies to the flames, obeying a cryptic Voice.  

Roberts, Nora  Blood Magick Branna O’Dwyer and Finbar Burke shared love once, but a romantic future together is forbidden by history and blood. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.  

Roby, Kimberla Lawson  A Christmas Prayer For Alexis Fletcher, the holidays have been anything but joyous since the death of her mother, who truly entered into the spirit of things. Now that Alexis is about to marry, a surprise event has her humming carols again.  

Sandford, John  Deadline At a closed Minnesota school board meeting, the vote is four to one in favor of killing a local reporter. Which is why Virgil Flowers, who’s been investigating a ring of dognappers supplying medical labs, is later called in to investigate some serious bloodshed.  

Sheldon, Sidney & Tilly Bagshawe  Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow Tracy Whitney returns with one last heist in mind before she pursues her dreams of marriage and a child with partner Jeff. Alas, the past has a way of intruding.

Smith, Wilbur  Desert God Taita, a slave and adviser to the Pharaoh, hopes to advance his country by destroying the Hyksos army and forging an alliance with Crete.  

Snelling, Lauraine  To Everything a Season  Trygve Knutson, a construction worker, is helping to build a future for the North Dakota town of Blessing. Miriam Hastings is in Blessing to get training to become an accredited nurse. She’s been promised a position in the Chicago’s women’s hospital that will enable her to support her family. Her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone.  

Steel, Danielle  Pegasus  A rich historical novel spanning generations and continents,  this is a story of courage, friendship, and fate as two families face the challenges of World War II . . . and the magnificent stallion that will link them forever. 

Thayer, Nancy  Christmas on Chestnut Street  Family and friends gather on Nantucket for a gorgeous winter wedding with plenty of merry surprises in store.  

VanLiere, Donna  The Christmas Light Jennifer and Ryan both struggle with single parenthood, teenage Kaylee has just had her life upended, and happily married Stephen and Lily look forward to starting a family.  

Woods, Stuart  Paris Match  You’d think visiting Paris would be fun, but in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe Stone Barrington finds himself being pursued by an old nemesis. Then there’s a project back home that threatens to implode.

November 2014

Baldacci, David  The Escape  When Robert Puller, the older brother of military investigator John Puller, escapes from the military’s most secure prison, where he’s being held for national security crimes, John finds himself part of an investigation to hunt down his brother.  

Brown, Rita Mae  Let Sleeping Dogs Lie The discovery of human remains in a venerable equine graveyard makes for a tough and touchy case involving three families and their prize thoroughbreds.  

Carl, JoAnna  The Chocolate Clown Corpse  Revenge is sweet for a killer on the loose – and it all started with the murder of Warner Pier’s most hated clown. Everyone who knew the bozo wanted him dead. Odd, then, that a complete stranger was accused of bursting Moe Davidson’s balloons.   

Clark, Mary Higgins & Alafair Burke  The Cinderella Murder The reality drama, Under Suspicion¸ which asks those involved to recreate the circumstances of unsolved crimes. The victim in the show’s latest episode was a talented UCLA acting student whose body was found far from her car, with no indication whether she attended her final audition. Her boyfriend has been pretty close-mouthed, too.  

Connelly, Michael  The Burning Room  How do you solve a murder when the victim has just died of complication sustained by a stray bullet fired nine years previously? That’s what Det. Harry Bosch and his new partner, rookie detective Lucia Soto, want to know.  

Cornwell, Patricia Daniels  Flesh and Blood Dr. Kay Scarpetta features the Cooperhead, a serial sniper who kills seemingly random victims with a single deadly shot delivered at such a distance that there’s really no crime scene, only odd bits of copper left behind as a memento. What does Kay’s techie-brilliant niece, Lucy, have to do with it?  

Crais, Robert  The Promise Asked to find a missing woman, Elvis Cole discovers that she’s a defense contractor staffer being blackmailed into supplying explosives for the bad guy. LAPD officer Scott James and his trusty patrol dog, Maggie, enter the case when they stumble upon a building full of explosives and get assaulted for their troubles.  

Evanovich, Janet & Goldberg Lee  The Job  Never mind that FBI agent Kate O’Hare despises conman Nicholas Fox. To catch some really big fish, her bosses have paired her with Fox – for the third time.  

Finch, Charles  The Laws of Murder In 1876, after serving in Parliament for six years, Charles Lenox gives up his seat and returns to his true love, forming a detective agency in London. After a slow start, an important case comes his way, though, sadly, it’s to investigate the murder of a Scotland Yard friend.  

Fossum, Karin  The Murder of Harriet Krohn Norwegian detective Inspector Sejer looks into the murder of a wealthy old woman and the theft of his antique silver, but the only clue in the woman’s apartment is an abandoned bouquet.

Harris, Charlaine  Dead but Not Forgotten  A collection of fifteen all-new stories about Sookie Stackhouse and the residents of Bon Temps.  

Jin, Ha  A Map of Betrayal After her parents’ deaths, Lilian Shang unearths the diary of her Chinese-born father, a CIA agent convicted many years previously of spying for China. Through the diary, Lilian follows her father’s difficult journey from 1949 Shanghai to Okinawa to American and learns of yet another duplicity: unknown to her of her Irish American mother, he has another family in China, long since left behind. She also comes to understand that despite his loyalty to China, her father had come to love his adopted country.  

King, Stephen  Revival Sometime in the mid-late 20th century, Rev. Charles Jacobs arrives in young Jamie Morton’s small New England town with his alluring wife and wows the community. Then, when tragedy strikes Jamie’s family, Jacobs lashes out violently at God and religious belief and is therefore banished. Years later, Jamie, a drug-addicted rocker still running from familial woe, encounters Jacobs and enters into a relationship that turns positively Faustian.  

Patterson, James  Hope to Die Det. Alex Cross’s last work, Cross My Heart, ends with a scary to-be-continued moment that’s coming to fruition here. Cross’s entire family has been abducted, and he’s bowing to a madman’s demands in order to save them.  

Patterson, James & Ashwin Sanghi  Private India  When Santosh Wagh isn’t struggling out of a bottle of whisky he’s head of Private India, the Mumbai branch of the world’s finest PI agency. Someone is killing women – seemingly unconnected women murdered in a chilling ritual, with strange object placed at their death scenes. Santosh and his team race to find the killer.  

Perry, Anne  A New York Christmas  Set in 1904, Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. 

Preston, Douglas & Lincoln Child  Blue LabyrinthAloysius Pendergast may have often wished his worst enemy dead, but it’s big trouble when the man’s corpse appears on Pendergast’s doorstep, a bit of turquoise in his stomach the only clue to his death. Soon Pendergast is tracking a killer bent on righting a very old wrong.  

Rendell, Ruth  The Girl Next Door A tin box containing the skeletal remains of a male and a female hand is uncovered near an earthen tunnel where decades before a group of London children played during World War II. They now come together as aging adults to offer up memories that might help in the investigation.  

Scottoline,  Lisa  Betrayed Judy Carrier is anxiously pondering her personal and professional lives when she must rush to the side of an aunt diagnosed with breast cancer. The death of undocumented worker Emelia Juarez, a friend who had been helping the aunt through chemo, seems decidedly suspicious to Julie.  

December 2014

Clancy, Tom & Mark Greaney  Full Force and Effect  A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan, a veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don’t have.

Childs, Laura  Scorched Eggs  As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker – and friend to the Cackleberry Club – Hannah Venable.  

Diamant, Anita  The Boston Girl A moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.  

Dietz, William C.  Andromeda’s War   Legionnaire Andromeda McKee sees her chance at revenge against the Empress Ophelia when the empress’s ship crashes on a hostile planet and Andromeda is assigned to head up the rescue mission.    

Fowler, Christopher  Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart Corpses are rising mysteriously from their graves and seven ravens have gone missing from the Tower of London. Clever detectives Arthur Bryant and John May suddenly find themselves submerged in black magic and Victorian body-snatching lore so that they can find the killer – and get those ravens home.  

Gerritsen, Tess  Die Again  Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli sees a connection between the death of a big game hunter, found with the body of a white snow leopard he had been commissioned to find and stuff, and other, seemingly random cases. All the victims were hanging upside down, which is how leopard treat their kills .

Green, Jane  Saving Grace  Grace and Ted Chapman are a beautiful, stylish, power couple hiding emotional trauma and dark personal secrets.  To the rescue comes Beth, Ted’s new assistant, someone who has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf their household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.

Griffin, W.E.B. & William E. Butterworth IV  Deadly Assets  Even as 27-year-old Homicide Sgt. Matt Payne investigates the murder of a reporter, he’s accused of murdering the head of Philadelphia’s Citizens Oversight Committee, which had been investigating shootings by police – with Payne a particular target.  

Hall, James W  The Big Finish Thorn’s son Flynn disappeared into a radical eco-movement group. Now, rushing to find him after a call for help via postcard, Thorn is told that Flynn had been acting as an informant for the FBI and was executed when his undercover activities were discovered.  

Higgins, Jack  Rain on the Dead  Two Chechen mercenaries are wiped out in a failed attempt to assassinate former U.S. President Jake Cazalet on Nantucket – thank goodness black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero captain Sara Gideon, were with him at the time. But how the mercenaries learned that Cazalet was on the island is another, scary story.  

James, Bill   Disclosures   Detectives Colin Harpur and Desmond Iles, worry about the safety of one of the big-time crooks on their ground, Ralph Ember, sometimes known as Panicking Ralph. An upcoming party at Ralph’s club could provide the perfect opportunity for an assassin. The only way Harpur can be sure of protecting Ralph is to attend the party himself …   

James, Rebecca   Sweet Damage   In the cavernous house where Tim Ellison rents a furnished room, strange things begin to happen:  loud banging in the night, unexplained figures in the shadows, sinister messages on the walls. Tim is startled to find that even as his unease about the house grows, he is increasingly attracted to its hauntingly beautiful owner Anna London. But is Anna someone to pity, someone to love, or someone to fear?     

Koontz, Dean  Saint Odd   Odd Thomas has circled back to his hometown, Pico Mundo, with the unenviable task of facing down a terrible evil set on destroying humanity.

Lowell, Elizabeth   Love Song   A passionate romance develops between Carlson Raven and Janna Moran, the woman he rescues from the stormy sea off the Queen Charlotte Islands.  He had saved her life--and Janna couldn't have been more grateful.  But Raven wanted so much more than gratitude....   

Margolin, Phillip  Woman With a Gun  The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Woman with a Gun¸ showing a bride facing the ocean with a six-shooter held behind her back, sparks the imagination of aspiring novelist Stacey Kim – especially when she learns that the woman in question was suspected of killing her millionaire husband on their wedding night.  

McDermid, Val  The Skeleton Road As builders in Edinburgh launch the conversion of an old Victorian structure into luxury flats, they find a skeleton hidden in one of the long-abandoned towers. Imagine cold case detective Karen Pirie’s surprise when she learns that the bones may be from what was once Yugoslavia, reflecting the violence that exploded as it fractured in the 1990s.

Robards, Karen  Hush   Riley Cowan’s father-in-law infamously foisted a huge financial fraud on the world, and now Riley’s estranged husband is found dead – a victim, she suspects, of an angry investor who lost out big. Now she’s uniting with an old flame, FBI agent Finn Bradley, to track down the killer before more people in the family feel his wrath.  

Taylor, Brad  No Fortunate Son Taskforce veteran operator Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, have just been fired, never mind that the actions that got them in trouble saved thousands of lives. But they jump to it when their commander needs help in finding his missing niece and soon stumble upon something bigger: military relatives of U.S. government officials have been taken hostage, and unless counterterrorist operations are suspended, the hostages will start to die.  

 



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