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ISBN: 9780062320056
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Published: Harper - July 15th, 2014

Gabriel Allon is once again restoring a masterpiece when the call to action rouses him – but this time it’s from an unlikely source – the head of the Art Crimes Police in Italy.  It seems there is a lead on a stolen Caravaggio and Allon’s special talents are needed to investigate.  When he demurs, he’s told that his friend and sometimes office supporter Julian Sherwood is in prison and Allon’s help could get him freed.

But is that was the whole plot, The Heist wouldn’t be a Daniel Silva novel.  No, a murdered ex-British spy held clues that led to Austria, where a small, private bank with ties to Syria housed secrets worth dying for.

ISBN: 9780804178778
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 8th, 2015

Our man Jack Reacher is passing through a one stoplight town in the middle of wheat fields.  The town’s curious name, Mother’s Rest, has him walking its grid, looking for some marker to tie the town to its history.  But to certain folks with dark secrets to keep, Reacher’s little investigation looks like something far more menacing – it looks like someone poking their nose where it doesn’t belong.  And so Reacher falls into yet another adventure in which the bad guys need to be shut down and the good guys avenged.

Make Me is classic Lee Child and sure to make his many friends very happy.

By Jerry Dennis, Glenn Wolff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781940941691
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Published: Dca, Inc. - July 2015

Celebrated author/ illustrator duo Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff have teamed up to explore our world in an easily accessible, beautifully illustrated manner.

It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes: Four Seasons of Natural Phenomena and Oddities of the Sky came first.  A combination of fact and lore, told in witty voice, the book is divided by season and illuminates what can be seen where and why it happens.

The Bird in the Waterfall: Exploring the Amazing World of Water discusses topics as wide ranging as the reasons a river naturally meanders to birds that live to dive through waterfalls for their meals.

A Walk in the Animal Kingdom: Essays on Animals Wild and Tame ranges from animal myths and legends to the behavior of animals both familiar and unusual.

This trilogy could be a science primer in and of itself.  From trivia that will stick with you to facts about the phenomena you’ve always heard of but never really understood, Dennis and Wolff’s books are a delight for anyone living on planet Earth. 

ISBN: 9780553394818
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 30th, 2015

Milchman ups the creep factor in her new mystery.

Sandy Tremont is fixing dinner in her breathtaking new house high in the Adirondacks.  Her sulky teen, Ivy, is upstairs, and her husband, Ron, should be home soon.  Hopefully, because there’s a snow storm brewing.

But there is more outside on this blustery night than snow – two escaped convicts are making their way toward the glass house shining on the hill, and they are determined to get the supplies they need to flee deep into the mountains.  And they are determined that no loose ends will trip them up…

Once again the weather plays a palpable role in Milchman’s book – The isolation caused by an early snowfall and the chill that pervades every page of this novel put the reader right inside the story – a place no sane person would want to be. 

How does she do it?  Meet Jenny and find out Tuesday, September 15th, 5:30pm-6:00pm, or sign up for her pitch workshop immediately following from 6:00-7:30.

Click the link below for more information about the signing or workshop.



ISBN: 9780804140560
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 3rd, 2015

I mostly read this debut because Tom Cooper got great blurbs from really good authors and the novel takes place is Louisiana, Where Dave and I lived back in the 80’s and where our son, Andrew, is now an attorney.

The story is set in the bayou shortly after the BP oil spill, and features a quirky cast of characters – from shrimpers desperate to replace their lost livelihoods, to a pair of pot-growing twins bent on protecting theirs, to a slick BP representative offering the locals to take $10,000 to forget the whole thing.

The Marauders is a dark, quirky, atmospheric tour of a town and its people living a life so remote from our own that it’s almost impossible to believe that it’s a mostly true tour after all.

ISBN: 9780345534187
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 28th, 2015

Paula McLean burst on the scene with The Paris Wife, and returns with another novelization of a real historical character – Beryl Markham, who, in her 84 years, was a fearless woman who made a trans-Atlantic plane crossing, trained and bred race horses, and lived the life of a libertine as a colonist in Kenya. 

When Beryl’s mother abandoned her and her father and returned to England from their ranch outside of Nairobi, Beryl was so lost that a native tribe adopted her, allowing her to grow up wild and free by day, learning to stalk and hunt, and return to the shelter of her father’s ranch by night.  In this way, Beryl learned that, although she was female, she could fend for herself when she had no one else on whom to depend, and that is how she lived her entire life.

Beryl married three time, adventure and scandal following her from Kenya to Britain and back, but it never slowed her down.  Her memoir, West with the Night, chronicles her mysterious and yet forthright life, and Paula McLean has fleshed out the details for us in this novel, Circling the Sun

ISBN: 9781250057808
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 4th, 2015

Somer uses the unusual device of a goldfish plunging off of a high rise balcony to tie together the disparate stories of the building’s inhabitants.

As our hero Ian plummets past floor after floor, he glimpses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents, witnessing birth, heart-break, new love, and all of the pathos and wonder that comprises human existence.

Although Ian has only a goldfish’s seconds-long capacity for memory, readers will find themselves returning to the essential truths of the characters in the novel again and again.

A whimsical and polished novel by Canadian Bradley Somer.

ISBN: 9780147516763
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Published: Plume Books - June 2nd, 2015

Hannah Farr is a talk show host in New Orleans.  She has it all: great job, handsome boyfriend who just happens to be the mayor, and good friends in her adopted home town.

But Hannah has a secret she’s buried deeply.  At least until her grade school nemesis – Fiona Knowles – strikes gold with her concept of Forgiveness Stones.  When you receive two stones in a pouch asking for your forgiveness of the sender, you’re supposed to return one as a token of your forgiveness and add another to the remaining one and pass the pouch to someone whose forgiveness you need.  Hannah thinks this is rubbish – and she’s annoyed and mortified to receive the stones from Fiona Knowles herself.

Then when an up and coming young broadcaster from Hannah’s station corners her on-air, Hannah is unwittingly cornered into admitting that she herself has some forgiving and apologizing to do.  Her studio audience and all of her loyal viewers saw it live.  Her producers force her to make good on the Forgiveness Stones circle for the sake of her ratings.  And Hannah is hating every minute of it…

Sweet Forgiveness is a very strong book from Lori Nelson Spielman, whose debut, The Life List, was a huge hit with Saturn readers.

ISBN: 9780062320131
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Published: Harper - June 30th, 2015

I blew through the 484 pages in this book in a day and a half.  (My husband Dave says he can always tell how entertained I am by fiction by how long it takes me to finish a book, and if that’s an accurate measure, then I liked The English Spy quite a lot.)

Gabriel Allon, Israel’s infamous art restorer-by-day and Mossad assassin by night, is summoned by England’s director of MI6 to help find the man responsible for the death of their beloved princess.

But, true to Silva’s books, one bad guy leads to another, and, as they say “It's not who fired the gun, but who paid for the bullet.”  And in this case, Gabriel’s nemesis in Russia is the puppet master of a global plot to embarrass the British and draw Allon into the open.

Fast paced, tautly plotted and entirely entertaining, The English Spy is Daniel Silva at his best.

ISBN: 9781455554744
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 14th, 2015

Mardi Jo Link – of Wicked Takes the Witness Stand fame, has shifted gears this year and given us a memoir about her 20+ year sojourn to Drummond Island with her closest friends.

The ups and downs of each friends’ life plays nicely against the backdrop of a once-a-year, no-holds-barred party away from work, marriages, and responsibilities.  Delivered in the same frank, funny style we discovered in Link’s Bootstrapper a few years ago, Drummond Girls is a good reminder of the healing power of good friends and endearing traditions.

ISBN: 9780451466716
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Published: New American Library - November 4th, 2014

“Give the lady what she wants,” was a famous saying of Marshall Field, the merchant prince of Chicago.  Renee Rosen’s novel, What the Lady Wants is the fictional account of privileged Delia Spencer and her 30-odd year love affair with the man who was a driving force behind Chicago’s development as a world-class city.

Beginning in 1871 with the Great Chicago Fire and ending 35 years later, What the Lady Wants spans three incarnations of the famed Marshall Field department store, the Chicago World Fair, and the development of the lakefront and the northern suburbs.   

ISBN: 9781250052650
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 7th, 2015

Tonya Byron is a well-known British TV personality and clinical psychologist.

This book follows five of the most memorable cases she encountered during her training.

This memoir reads like a psychological thriller, delving into minds so unrelatable you’d think they could only be fictional characters.

Told in Tanya’s first person voice, we see her mature from a timid trainee into a counselor ready to confront the demons of her own family’s history.