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ISBN: 9780670785865
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Published: Putnam Adult - January 8th, 2015

Simon Waterhouse and Charlie Zailer are back, and stumped by a crime that’s been confessed to by an obviously innocent man, and corroborated by his closest friends and all the people closest to the murdered woman – everyone swears that Tim, the not grieving husband – did it, and he agrees and demands to be locked up.

Despite knowing that they don’t have their man, the duo have nowhere to turn but to the brilliant, egotistical Gaby Struthers – Tim’s true love and the main reason it would make sense for him to have committed the crime.

And as the murdered woman was, by all accounts, a miserable human being who reveled in making everyone around her miserable too, it’s hard to see why everyone didn’t want to do her in.

In typical Sophie Hannah form, The Carrier leads the reader down one dark path after another before finally revealing what should perhaps have made sense all along.

People in Hannah’s books aren’t nice.  Life is messy.  Crimes are for real with bad consequences and those charged with solving them lead complicated and distressing lives themselves.  If her crime writing wasn’t so masterful, we might find ourselves wondering why we lose ourselves in a new Sophie Hannah mystery every year.

But we sure do! 

ISBN: 9780805098723
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - February 18th, 2014

Karen Perry is a pseudonym for two best-selling Irish authors and together they’ve crafted a fine thriller.

Harry is in Tangier, preparing his wife’s birthday dinner.  He leaves their sleeping son, Dillon and dashes out for a last minute gift.  While he’s gone, an earthquake devastates the city and reduces their apartment building to rubble.  Dillon’s body is never found.

Five years later, Harry and Robin live in Dublin, but their grief and guilt have driven a deep wedge between them.

Then one day, on the streets of Dublin, Harry spies an eight-year-old Dillon walking with a strange woman…

Fast, and while somewhat predictable, still able to deliver some surprises.  The Innocent Sleep is a very satisfying read.

By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

Elena Ferrante is one of Italy’s most acclaimed authors – about whom the Boston Globe wrote “Everyone should read anything with Ferrante’s name on it.”  So how could I resist?

Elena and her best friend Lila are growing up in a poor neighborhood in Naples in the 1950s.

My Brilliant Life is a vivid study of the characters, young and old, who make up their narrow world, and their naive attempts to escape it for a richer life they can only barely imagine.

The book jacket says My Brilliant Friend is also a story of a nation – of Italy’s post-war generation undergoing numerous changes as the country finds its place in a new world order.

If you like character driven-novels with very human players, you’ll love the way Elena Ferrante’s book celebrates the everyday with uncommon passion and skill.

ISBN: 9781250042835
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 7th, 2014

Night Blindness is an incredibly strong first novel.

Jensen Ledakis has to leave her sculptor husband and artists’ model career in Santa Fe and go precisely where she’d avoided going for so many years – home.

When Jensen lost her beloved brother, Will, in her teens, she retreated to boarding school, passed up admission to Julliard, and eventually ran off with Nic – all in an attempt to run away from her memories.

But now her father, the famous, charismatic Sterling Reilly is sick, and she can no longer come up with excuses to avoid Connecticut.

Jensen’s story is full of heartbreak and redemption; self-awakening an self-forgiveness.  And though it’s a long, hard path, it’s one we’re eager to take as debut author Susan Strecker shares her powerful and moving novel, Night Blindness, with us. 

ISBN: 9780143188728
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Published: Pintail - August 27th, 2013

You know those emails that promise that you’ve won the lottery or that they are from the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat?  They are called 4-1-9 scams – and Laura Curtis’ father was taken in and duped for all of the money he had by one such scam.  The book begins with the police at the scene where her father has driven his car over a cliff.

Laura, unable to face what had happened, vows revenge, and she sets about tracing the emails back to their source.

As you might imagine, there are layers upon layers of lies involved, and the novel bounces from Canada to Nigeria, telling the stories of the players.

An interesting premise with what I think of as a ‘European film’ conclusion – neither what you expected nor what you wished it would be.

ISBN: 9780316099752
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 10th, 2014

Preppy, perky Dabney Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking.  When she sees a couple who are a perfect match, she sees them surrounded by a rosy, pink glow.  When she sees a couple who are mismatched, she sees and ugly, green haze. 

Her husband, famous economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter Agnes (who is clearly with the wrong man), are doubters, but in Nantucket, there are 42 happy couples who will attest to her gift.

The only time Dabney has been wrong, it seems, is with her own love life.  Clendentin Hughes was her high school love, and her took her heart with him when he went off to Asia to become a reporter 27 years ago.  But now, suddenly, he’s back.

Matchmaker is another pitch perfect beach read from Saturn Booksellers favorite Elin Hilderbrand.  It will make you laugh, cry, and want to embrace life to the fullest.  A big accomplishment from one novel!

ISBN: 9780385353304
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

You may remember Emily St. John Mandel from her visit to Saturn and her three previous books – all of which we’ve staff picked – Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun, and The Lola Quartet

Station Eleven, however, is a departure from the norm for this British Columbia native.  Her first three novels were literary fiction, finely plotted and beautifully written.  Station Eleven, still beautifully crafted, is, however, a post-apocalyptic tale of life after a flu pandemic.  The world has been decimated: electricity has failed, gas has gone bad, and everything we think of as ‘civilization’ is gone.

People are roaming, lawless, and hoping only to find a band of like-minded people to settle in with in semi-safety.

The big twist?  Most of the wandering takes place in Northern Michigan – in towns both fictional and familiar.

If you are a dystopian fan, an Emily St. John Mandel fan, a fan of books that take place in Michigan, or just a fan of a good story, Station Eleven will make you glad you’ve chosen it.

ISBN: 9781451689778
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 1st, 2014

This is one of those rare books that has it all – beauty, mystery, jealousy, forgiveness – all wrapped up in a compelling story that will have you racing home to read more.

Natalie and Alice Kessler are sisters whose lives both become entwined with that of Thomas Bayber, a reclusive, brilliant painter whose family owned the lake cottage next door to the one the sisters’ family always visited.

Forty four years later Bayber unveils a never-before-seen work – Kessler Sisters – that is a mysterious and provocative painting featuring both sisters and Bayber himself.

The artist enlists Dennis Finch, an art history professor, and Stephen Jameson, a down-on-his-luck art authenticator, to see the painting.  But first they must find the sisters, who seem to have vanished many years ago. 

The story moves between past and present, and moves in a collision course toward the conclusion.

I want to compare this novel to The Art Forger, and yet there are certainly dark, Thirteenth Tale elements here too.  I found The Gravity of Birds to be a beautifully compelling read.

ISBN: 9780472051694
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Published: University of Michigan Press - November 17th, 2014

Mardi Link has been working on this book about Gaylord’s notorious Jerry Tobias murder case for many years.

She’d started it long before she published her last bestseller, Bootstapper, but when she spoke before a standing room only at Saturn at a book signing for Bootstapper, she mentioned that the next book would be the Tobias true crime story.

Saturn has been deluged with calls since that evening over a year ago from people wanting to know if that book was out, when that book would be out, and what was going to be in that book.  Finally, we can answer those questions.

Wicked Takes the Witness Stand has just been published, and it tells the entire journey – from Tobias’ death in 1986, through the prosecution, appeals, release and civil suits involving five defenders, the Otsego Co. Prosecutor’s office, the MI State Police, and a strange web of lies, deceit, unbelievable incidents both explained and unexplained, and mounds of paperwork.

Many of the people involved would not speak to Link, and she is at pains to explain that her conclusions are drawn from what she learned from those who would talk to her and from what she uncovered through years of research.

No matter what you know or think you know about the Jerry Tobias murder, you will be intrigued, amazed, appalled, and certainly entertained by Wicked Takes the Witness Stand by Mardi Link

ISBN: 9780525953098
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Published: Dutton Adult - September 16th, 2014

This is the third book in Follet’s huge Century Trilogy, following The Fall of Giants and Winter of the World. 

While the American Civil Rights movement is the glue that holds the book together, it spans the entire Cold War era – from the end of WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and follows the families familiar to us from the first two novels.

If sweeping epics are your thing, I have no doubt that you will enjoy this series.  Thousands of pages of storytelling at its best await you.