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This the thread for general book discussions for September.

Tell us what you just read, are currently reading or plan to read. Tell us about your favorite author. Have you read some book news? Share it with the group. Anything related to books and reading, we want to hear all about it !

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Painted Ladies Painted Ladies (Spenser, #38) by Robert B. Parker by Robert B. Parker

In this 38th book in the series, private detective Spencer investigates the murder of an art expert. The book can be read as a standalone. Entertaining mystery. 3 stars

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---- The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
by Stuart Turton

“Imagine the movie Groundhog Day, except this time Aiden Bishop wakes up each day in a deteriorating manor house, as a different person, and must work out who he is and how he relates to everyone else at the party commemorating the long ago death of a child. If he can’t solve the murder that occurs at the party, he is doomed to continue the loop every eight days. A riveting page turner.”

-- Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, KY

----- Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
by Christina Lauren

“Hazel is the eccentric, exuberant friend who'll make you fall in love with her, and she's not interested in being 'dateable.' Josh is busy being a workaholic, trying to make a long distance relationship work, and not pursuing romance with anyone else. But when his sister’s best friend Hazel blows back into his life, he is powerless to resist her genuine joie de vivre. If you're looking for your next perfect read after The Kiss Quotient, look no further! A lovely slow burn.”

-- Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

----- Lies
by T. M. Logan

“When Joe unwittingly discovers that his wife has been having an affair with her friend's husband, his life starts to unravel. It seems that her lover now wants Joe out of the picture. Follow the cat-and-mouse plot as it explodes with a shocking finish! Great fun for those readers who love a good psychological thriller.”

-- Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

---- Night and Silence
by Seanan McGuire

“Toby is back in this latest installment of the October Daye series. Still reeling and recovering from the events of the last book, Toby and company are laying low. When her human daughter goes missing (again), Toby embarks on a twisty-turny race against time to find her. A solid entry and good choice for libraries with a strong demand for fantasy and urban fantasy.”

-- Mei-Ling Thomas, Rochester Hills Public Library, Rochester, MI

---- Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
by Sarah Bird

“A fascinating work of historical fiction about Cathay/Cathy Williams, a former slave turned Buffalo Soldier in post-Civil War America. Her raw and powerful story is sure to be popular with book clubs.”

-- Sarah Fetterman, Upper St. Clair Township Library, Upper St. Clair, PA

---- Lake Success: A Novel
by Gary Shteyngart

"Shteyngart delivers another painfully funny novel about ambition, disappointment, and the darker side of the American dream. For fans of witty, offbeat, satirical humor."

-- Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Public Library, St. Louis, MO

---- The Dinner List: A Novel
by Rebecca Serle

"If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be? On her thirtieth birthday, Sabrina finds herself at dinner with her best friend, her ex-fiance, her long lost father, her college mentor and Audrey Hepburn, all with something to say to her. A charming combination of magical realism and romance."

-- Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC

---- Transcription: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson

"In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For fans of smart, witty, suspenseful, historical or spy fiction and authors like Tana French, Laurie R. King, and John Le Carre."

-- Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

---- When the Lights Go Out
by Mary Kubica

"After her mother’s death, Jessie is trying to rebuild her life. In her way is her debilitating insomnia and a secret that shakes the core of her identity. Psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator. This one’s for you Gone Girl fans."

-- Diane Gring, Chester County Library & District Center, Exton, PA

--- Hitting the Books
by Jenn McKinlay

"McKinlay's Lindsay Norris is back for another adventure in Briar Creek. As a fellow librarian, I appreciate her spot on observations of the library world. An upbeat cozy mystery with great characters and strong sense of place. For fans of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries and the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries."

-- Carly Budzynski, Salem Public Library, Salem, VA

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---- Pandora's Boy
by Lindsey Davis

What it is: a richly detailed historical mystery set in first-century Rome that's narrated by clever, funny informer (i.e. detective) Flavia Albia and involves a love potion, a murder, a witch, and a missing husband.

Series alert: This is the 6th amusing Flavia Albia novel, though Flavia does sometimes makes an appearance in Lindsey Davis' 20 Marcus Didius Falco mysteries, which feature Flavia's adoptive father.

The first line: "When my husband's ex-wife came offering me work, I knew she was up to something."

---- The Corpse at the Crystal Palace: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
by Carola Dunn

What happens: In 1928 London, Daisy Dalrymple -- royal relative, stepmother of a teen, mother of young twins, and wife of a Scotland Yard detective -- plans an outing to the city's breathtaking Crystal Palace. But it all goes awry when Daisy finds a nanny murdered in the ladies' room -- and then it turns out that the dead "nanny" is an impostor.

What sets it apart: This charming 23rd book in a British historical cozy series features more diverse characters than are often found in the genre.

---- A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
by Dianne Freeman

Starring: Frances, the wealthy 27-year-old American Countess of Harleigh, whose titled British husband married her for her money and then died in another woman's bed (a fact Frances hid to avoid scandal).

What happens: To the dismay of her greedy in-laws, Frances and daughter Rose go to London, where Frances' younger sister Lily arrives, ready for her first season -- but the police also appear, having gotten an anonymous letter indicating that Frances' husband was murdered.

For fans of: debuts, Downton Abbey, and witty Victorian romantic mysteries starring clever heroines, like those by Deanna Raybourn.

---- Murder at the Grand Raj Palace
by Vaseem Khan

Starring: retired cop Ashwin Chopra, who's a happily married, middle-aged PI...with a baby elephant for a sidekick.

What happens: An American businessman pays a record amount for a painting and is then fatally stabbed in his opulent room at the Grand Raj. Though the hotel managers and some of the cops prefer the suicide theory (it's easier), one detective hires Chopra as a consultant.

Who it's for: This 4th in a fresh, fun series will please fans of Tarquin Hall's lighthearted Vish Puri mysteries (also set in India) and Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books.

---- Salt Lane
by William Shaw

Featuring: Single mom DS Alex Cupidi (who left the London Met for Kent amidst some upheaval) and her likable new constable, Jill Ferriter.

What happens: An elderly woman's murder leads the cops to her shocked son, who says he'd only met his mother for the first time the day before...and forensics say she was already dead by then. Then, the horrific murder of an immigrant fruit picker occurs nearby.

For fans of: the author's The Birdwatcher (Cupidi appears, though Salt Lane is called the 1st in a series), and police procedurals featuring complex female detectives, like Susie Steiner's DS Manon mysteries.

---- White River Burning: A Dave Gurney Novel
by John Verdon

What happens: On the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, the Catskills town of White River finds itself hosting protesters and dealing with more death when a sniper kills a police officer. So the smarmy local DA calls in PI Dave Gurney, a former NYPD detective known for his logical crime-solving.

Series alert: This is the suspenseful 6th Dave Gurney novel.

Reviewers say: White River combines "the hard-boiled social observations of noir fiction with the inscrutable pleasures of classic 'whodunit' puzzle-solving" (Kirkus Reviews).

If You Like: William Kent Krueger
William Kent Kruger's long-running Cork O'Connor mysteries feature a part-Ojibwe, part-Irish former Chicago cop, who now sometimes works as a PI in rural Minnesota. The books feature atmospheric descriptions, excellent plotting, and unadorned prose that belies the richness of character-driven stories that ground protagonists' lives in their relationships and work. The 17th Cork O'Connor novel, Desolation Mountain, just came out; if you're on the hold list, try one of these novels.

----- A Cold Day in Paradise: An Alex McKnight Novel
by Steve Hamilton

What happens: Now a PI in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight protects a wealthy scion with a gambling problem -- and receives messages presumably left by Maximilian Rose, who fired the bullet still lodged near Alex's heart...and who's still locked up.

Series alert: This award-winning debut is the 1st in a popular series; the 11th, Dead Man Running, is out this month.

Why William Kent Kruger fans will like it: you'll appreciate McKnight's sense of justice and the dangerous wilderness backdrop.

---- Spider Woman's Daughter
by Anne Hillerman

What happens: Navajo Tribal police officer Bernadette Manualito witness the ambush of retired cop Joe Leaphorn. As he fights for his life, Bernie, her cop husband Jim Chee, and the FBI investigate.

Series alert: This is the 19th Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mystery, but Anne Hillerman's first; she's ably continuing her father Tony's series.

Why William Kent Kruger fans will like it: evocative rural settings, Native American characters, and clever plotting.

----- What the Dead Leave Behind
by David Housewright

What happens: Millionaire sometime-detective Rushmore "Rush" McKenzie investigates an unsolved murder as a favor to his lover's daughter, whose boyfriend's father was stabbed in the head a year ago.

Series alert: this is the 14th Rushmore McKenzie novel; the 15th, Like to Die, came out in June.

Why William Kent Kruger fans will like it: the Minnesota location, the ex-cop turned part-time PI, and the well-drawn characters.

----- Less Than a Treason
by Dana Stabenow

Starring: Aleut detective Kate Shugak, who lives in a remote area of Alaska, and her trusty half-wolf, half-husky dog Mutt are both shot; as Kate recovers, she works a missing persons case that turns into a murder investigation.

Series alert: This is the "richly nuanced, highly entertaining" (Publishers Weekly) 21st in the Kate Shugak series.

Why William Kent Kruger fans will like it: the crisp writing, the beautifully rendered landscapes, and the importance of friends and family to Kate and the story.

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----- The King's Witch
by Tracy Borman

Introducing: Lady Frances Gorges -- herbalist, lady-in-waiting, and suspected witch.

Why you might like it: This novel blends an intricate plot involving courtly intrigue and conspiracy with well-researched period detail in a manner that may appeal to fans of Phillippa Gregory.

Series alert: The King's Witch is the first book in a projected series by historian Tracy Borman.

---- The Verdun Affair: A Novel
by Nick Dybek

What it is: a haunting novel whose parallel narratives unfold in post-WWI France and 1950s Los Angeles.

Read it for: the complicated ties that bind ambulance driver Tom Combs; probable widow Sarah Hagen; and Austrian veteran-turned-journalist Paul Weyerhauser.

For fans of: Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms.

----- The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
by C.W. Gortner

What it's about: Following her marriage to Tsarevich Alexander, Princess Dagmar of Denmark becomes Maria Feodorovna of Russia. As Tsarina, she's ideally placed to observe the opulent splendor of court life -- not to mention the downfall of the Romanov dynasty.

You might also like: Robert Alexander's The Romanov Bride, about another princess who marries into the ill-fated Romanov family.

----- Never Anyone But You
by Rupert Thomson

What happens: It's love at first sight when Suzanne Malherbe meets Lucie Schwob. Adopting new names -- Marcel and Claude -- the pair heads to 1920s Paris, where they hobnob with artists. But their bohemian existence comes to an abrupt end as fascism sweeps across Europe.

Look for: cameos by Salvador Dalí, André Breton, Guillaume Apollinaire, and Sylvia Beach, among others.

You might also like: Francine Prose's Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; Avery Ellis' The Last Nude.

---- The Summer Wives
by Beatriz Williams

What it's about: When 18-year-old Miranda Schuyler summers on Winthrop Island in 1951, she meets and falls for Joseph Vargas, the son of a local lobster fisherman. Her affluent family disapproves, of course -- especially once Joseph confesses to a murder.

Read it for: a star-crossed romance across the class divide, a shocking crime, and the gradual revelation of long-buried family secrets.

About the author: Bestselling author Beatriz Williams' mid-century melodramas about scandal-prone high society families have won her numerous fans.

------ Focus on: Siblings

---- Lucky Us: A Novel
by Amy Bloom

Starring: Eva Logan, who's been abandoned by her mother, and Iris Acton, the half-sister she's just met.

What happens: Iris, who dreams of becoming a movie star, heads for Hollywood with Eva in tow. Together, they embark on a series of adventures that take them across the United States (and back again) during the Great Depression, World War II, and beyond.

Reviewers say: In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews calls this a "hard-luck coming-of-age story with heart."

----- Blood & Beauty: The Borgias
by Sarah Dunant

What it's about: When Spanish cardinal Rodrigo Borgia becomes Pope Alexander VI in 1492, he immediately puts into play his most promising pawns -- his illegitimate children, Cesare and Lucrezia.

Why you might like it: Blood and Beauty (and its sequel, In the Name of the Family) traces the meteoric rise of a Renaissance-era dynasty.

Who it's for: readers who enjoyed Hilary Mantel's depiction of Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall.

----- Homegoing: A Novel
by Yaa Gyasi

Introducing: half-sisters Effia and Esi, born in the 18th-century Asante Empire (now Ghana).

Why you might like it: This debut chronicles, in haunting vignettes, seven generations as Effia becomes the mistress of a British slave-trader and Esi survives the Middle Passage only to live out her days in bondage on an American plantation.

For Fans of: African-American family sagas such as Alex Haley's Roots or Lalita Tademy's Cane River.

----- Bittersweet
by Colleen McCullough

What it is: a sweeping family saga set in early-20th-century Australia.

Featuring: the Latimer sisters, two sets of twins from Corunda, New South Wales. Edda and Grace, Heather and Katherine all enroll in a nurse training program, although their motives for doing so differ.

Try this next: Thomas Keneally's The Daughters of Mars, another richly detailed novel about Australian sisters whose decision to pursue nursing careers takes them far from their rural hometowns.

----- Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel
by Priya Parmar

What it is: a character-driven novel about the loving but complicated relationship between sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, told from Vanessa's point of view.

Read it for: a vibrant and richly detailed depiction of the Bloomsbury group, their larger-than-life personalities and their interpersonal dramas.

You might also like: Susan Sellers' Vanessa and Virginia, which covers similar ground.

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Horror

---- Compulsory Games
by Robert Aickman

What it is: a dreamlike collection of 15 short stories -- including four previously unpublished -- by English author Robert Aickman (1914-1981), a "forefather of horror" whose tense, disarming prose rivals that of H.P. Lovecraft.

Featuring: vengeful humans, sinister schemes, carnivorous cows, and a graveyard haunted by the living dead.

Want a taste? "One's broken heart, if it can be mended at all, can be mended in only one kill the man who has broken it."

---- Awakened
by James S. Murray with Darren Wearmouth

What it's about: The first train on New York City's newest subway line arrives at the station blood-soaked and devoid of passengers, prompting speculation of terrorism. With methane filling the tunnels (making defensive gunfire impossible), crowds scramble for safety...but are soon stopped by the subterranean things responsible for the attack.

Who it's for: With a television adaptation in the works, Awakened is a briskly paced, action-packed ride sure to have wide appeal for horror, thriller, and science fiction readers.

---- The Anomaly
by Michael Rutger

What it's about: When minor YouTube personality and paranormal investigator Nolan Moore receives sponsorship for a filmed expedition to a mysterious cavern, he jumps at the chance for a shot at stardom, realizing all too late that the fate of his show -- and the fate of his team -- hangs in the balance.

What sets it apart: This claustrophobic and engrossing adventure counts famed horror author R.L. Stine among its early fans and is being touted by its publisher as "Indiana Jones meets The X-Files."

----- The Cabin at the End of the World
by Paul Tremblay

What it's about: Eric and Andrew are enjoying a well-earned vacation with their seven-year-old daughter, Wen, until a quartet of weapon-wielding strangers appears, warning that the apocalypse is imminent...unless one of the family members sacrifices another.

About the author: Paul Tremblay is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts.

Why you might like it: Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, this thought-provoking home invasion thriller wrestles with questions of morality in the face of survival.

----- A People's History of the Vampire Uprising
by Raymond A. Villareal

What it is: Think World War Z...but with vampires! This densely plotted and disturbing oral history chronicles the outbreak and aftermath of a global vampire epidemic.

Read it for: the satirical tone and political subtext (post-outbreak, vampires begin demanding equal rights); the surprise ending.

Don't miss: appearances from famous humans -- Taylor Swift and the pope, among others -- jockeying for elite vampire status.

**** Dog Days of Summer

----- By Blood We Live
by Glen Duncan

What it is: a climactic showdown between vampires and werewolves that's complicated by an unexpected love story.

Series alert: Newcomers to The Last Werewolf trilogy will want to read The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising before sinking their teeth into this violent and sexy conclusion.

Reviewers say: "Duncan's a gorgeous, daring writer even those horrified of horror can love" (Library Journal).

----- Werewolf Cop
by Andrew Klavan

What it's about: On the hunt for a crime boss in possession of a demonically powered dagger, Houston cop Zach "Cowboy" Adams is brutally attacked and transformed into a werewolf. Adjusting to his newfound abilities, Adams ponders if he should use them in the pursuit of justice.

Why you might like it: Featuring complex characters and a gritty, page-turning narrative, Werewolf Cop combines elements of mystery and horror to deliver a tale of bestial vengeance.

----- Hemlock Grove
by Brian McGreevy

What it it's about: In screenwriter Brian McGreevy's engaging and angsty debut, rumored teenage werewolf Peter Rumancek, the initial suspect in the murders of multiple young girls, investigates the murders alongside mysterious classmate Roman Godfrey, who may be hiding secrets of his own.

What's inside: Gothic influences pepper concise, unnerving chapters populated by myriad creatures, mad doctors, grave robbers, and enough twists and turns to rival a soap opera.

----- Red Moon
by Benjamin Percy

What it is: an ambitious, intricately plotted parable of the long-running yet uneasy alliance between humans and lycans -- until an act of terrorism changes everything.

What set it apart: Drawing parallels to the post-9/11 sociopolitical climate, Red Moon's resonant alternate history offers a humanizing, empathetic portrait of its stigmatized shapeshifters.

For fans of: Justin Cronin's The Passage series.

----- The Wolf Gift
by Anne Rice

Starring: reporter Reuben Golding, the "Man Wolf" who combs through San Francisco using his supernatural powers to rescue those in peril and evade the authorities.

Series alert: The Wolf Gift kicks off The Wolf Gift Chronicles, followed by The Wolves of Midwinter.

Reviewers say: "will surely please fans and newcomers alike" (Publishers Weekly).

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Nature and Science

----- Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything
by Randi Hutter Epstein

What it is: a crash course in endocrinology, which illuminates the role of hormones in metabolism, the immune system, puberty, sex, and sleep.

Read it for: an eye-opening and engaging history involving resurrectionists, roosters, sideshow attractions, and horse urine.

For fans of: Mary Roach's Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.

---- Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth
by Adam Frank

What it's about: According to author Adam Frank, civilizations are "just another thing the universe does." By his calculations, there exist some 10 billion trillion planets with the potential for civilizations to develop. What can such planets tell us about ourselves -- and our fate?

About the author: Adam Frank is an astrophysicist and the founder of NPR's 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog.

----- Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures
by Nick Pyenson

What it's about: Paleontologist Nicholas Pyenson recounts the evolution of whales from four-legged, dog-sized, land-dwelling creatures to today's aquatic leviathans, while contemplating their uncertain future.

Why you might like it: part natural history, part travelogue, Spying on Whales offers a glimpse at a hidden underwater world.

You might also like: Philip Hoare's The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea; Micheline Jenner's The Secret Life of Whales.

----- Still Waters: The Secret World of Lakes
by Curt Stager

What it is: a deep dive into the ecology of lakes, ponds, and inland seas by science writer Curt Stager, who reveals the "secret worlds within worlds hiding in plain sight."

Read it for: a highly literate and philosophical tour of the world's lakes, from Walden Pond to Lake Victoria.

For fans of: Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.

----- The Secret Life of Cows
by Rosamund Young

What it's about: Author Rosamund Young of Kite's Nest farm in Worcestershire, England introduces readers to her cattle and their personalities, while advocating for the humane treatment of animals and sustainable farming practices.

Read it for: the friendly and conversational writing style, and a herd of charmingly named cows ("Baby Jane," "Red Rum," and "The Bishop of Durham," among others.)

You might also like: Alice Walker's The Chicken Chronicles, in which the award-winning writer chronicles life with a flock of hens.

********** Focus on: Space Flight

------ Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight
by Margaret Lazarus Dean

What it's about: Margaret Lazarus Dean travels to Florida's Space Coast to witness the final days of the Shuttle program and reflects on America's retreat from human spaceflight.

Why you might like it: Eschewing technical jargon, Dean's behind-the-scenes tour of NASA focuses on the people who made space exploration a reality.

Book buzz: Leaving Orbit won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize in 2015.

----- How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of...
by Julian Guthrie

What it's about: the new 21st-century space race, in which billionaires compete to launch rockets and reap the financial rewards of doing business in space.

Featuring: American entrepreneur Peter Diamandis and his $10 million XPrize; the eventual winning team and their experimental spaceplane SpaceShipOne.

You might also like: Joe Pappalardo's Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight, another optimistic book about the nascent commercial space industry.

----- Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon...
by Nathalia Holt

Introducing: Barby Canright, Macie Roberts, Helen Yee Chow, Barbara Lewis, Janez Lawson, Susan Finley, and others.

Why they matter: This talented group of women calculated rocket trajectories, designed satellites, and analyzed massive amounts of experimental data for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

For fans of: Margot Lee Shetterly's Hidden Figures, another collective biography of the unsung heroines of the U.S. space program.

----- Beyond: Our Future in Space
by Chris Impey

What it's about: Astronomer Chris Impey chronicles human space travel, from the Cold War "space race" to the rise of private space companies such as Space X and Virgin Galactic.

Why you might like it: In engaging fashion, Beyond describes our species' ongoing efforts to explore, colonize, and inhabit the final frontier.

You might also like: Neil deGrasse Tyson's Space Chronicles, which considers our future in space.

---- Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space
by Lynn Sherr

What it is: a biography of the first American woman astronaut to go to space, written by a journalist who followed Sally Ride's career for decades.

Did you know? That Ride was a nationally ranked college tennis player? That she was the first (known) gay astronaut? That on her famous first flight she suffered from space sickness?

Want a taste? "Sally was very good at keeping secrets."

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Madrano (madran) | 3732 comments Barbara, thanks for the storyline of the last Parker book. I am familiar with the series but not enough to recognize much about it. However, an art mystery is often a pleasure.

Alias, what a delectable list of books you have shared. The very first one, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is intriguing because it appears to be sci-fi and a mystery. However, the premise of finding oneself awakening every morning as a new person is a theme i read recently in David Levithan's YA novel, Every Day, which i liked very much. I can't help but wonder if Stuart Turton read it & decided he could go one better by adding that mystery-solver.

Again, thanks for the lists.

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments You're welcome. How everyone finds some GoodReads for Sept. on the lists.

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments Alias - Fantastic list! A couple of my new favourites are on there, but I’ve linked my reviews before so won’t again. But I can heartily recommend Homegoing and The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Meanwhile I just finished Everything Here Is Beautiful, although of course it isn't. Mira T. Lee tells the story of what I'd describe as the frustrating devotion of an older sister to her younger.
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Glad you liked it Patty.

Thanks for all the reviews you share. You are amazing !

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Madrano wrote: "Barbara, thanks for the storyline of the last Parker book. I am familiar with the series but not enough to recognize much about it. However, an art mystery is often a pleasure.

Alias, what a delec..."

You're welcome Madrano. (I almost thought this was a real painting, but it's not.) 🙂

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Mrs Queen Takes the Train Mrs Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn by William Kuhn

Queen Elizabeth is feeling blue one day, so she borrows a hoody jacket and sneaks off to Scotland....leading her staff (and the British secret service) a merry chase. Entertaining story. 3 stars

My review:

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madrano | 13387 comments Barbara, it's a sign of good writing, imo, that an author so lovingly describes a work of art that we wonder whether or not it's real. I've had that happen a time or two and i like that it is not...sometimes,that is.

The Kuhn book sounds as though it should be a pleasure to read. Unfortunately, it sounds more of a drag with all the story lines and the length. The idea tickles my fancy, though.

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Our House Our House by Louise Candlish by Louise Candlish

When Fiona Lawson returns from a short getaway, she finds that her (almost) ex-husband has sold their family home....and neither he nor the kids can be found. Engaging suspense story, but a bit too slow (for me). 3 stars

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments Just read and LOVED Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. No wonder his work regularly makes the Man Booker Prize longlist. Such beautiful, easy reading.
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor 5★ Link to my review

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madrano | 13387 comments Once again i find myself grateful to Dem, Barbara and Patty for regularly contributing posts which introduce us to new-to-us books and literature. We are fortunate you take the time to share with us!

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Rachelle | 17 comments Do you ever read a book that has a keyword like "kite" or "rumba" that is mentioned once in a book, but is irrelevant to the story? This has happened to me the past twenty books I've read. I'll read a book about sailing, and the author mentions "kite", then the next book I read about fashion, and that same "kite" is mentioned although seemingly random in the second book too! One keyword leads to the next book, and it stops me dead in my reading to stare at that word! I thought that I read somewhere that many authors use the same 200-300 words in every book, so this makes sense there are some words that often repeat from book to book... just something I have been pondering.

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Rachelle wrote: "Do you ever read a book that has a keyword like "kite" or "rumba" that is mentioned once in a book, but is irrelevant to the story? This has happened to me the past twenty books I've read. I'll rea..."

I can't say I have spotted that. But now you will have me on the lookout for it. :)

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments The Punishment She Deserves The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20) by Elizabeth George by Elizabeth George

In this 20th book in the series, DI Thomas Lynley and Sgt. Barbara Havers look into the death of a deacon who supposedly committed suicide. The book can be read as a standalone, though familiarity with the characters is a bonus. Very good mystery. 4 stars

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madrano | 13387 comments Rachelle, what an experience. I cannot say that i've noticed that particular thing in so many books, but can remember such a thing happening in 3 out of 5 books in a row. I see your point about the number of words many authors use but still "kite"? I can't even recall the last time i've randomly run across that word.

Barbara, this book sounds good and your endorsement is nice.

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Dem | 412 comments Finished The Thirteenth Tale The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield for the second time and loved every minute spent with this book.

My review:

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Julie (julielill) | 2529 comments Dem wrote: "Finished The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield for the second time and loved every minute spent with this book.

My review:"

I read that quite awhile but it was a good read.

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments Rachelle wrote: "Do you ever read a book that has a keyword like "kite" or "rumba" that is mentioned once in a book, but is irrelevant to the story? This has happened to me the past twenty books I've read. I'll rea..."

What a curious phenomenon, Rachelle. I haven't had that happen particularly, but what does happen to me all the time is that I happen to notice a word like "kite" in one book, and then it stands out everywhere - online, in conversations and other things I'm reading. It's like I've developed a sensitivity to it until the next word comes along. I'll have to keep an eye out for it in books by the same author now.

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments If it were a novel, you wouldn't believe it! Ali Gripper has written the story of The Barefoot Surgeon: The inspirational story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the eye surgeon giving sight and hope to the world's poor.

Indefatigable isn't a strong enough word for him.
The Barefoot Surgeon The inspirational story of Dr Sanduk Ruit, the eye surgeon giving sight and hope to the world's poor by Ali Gripper 4.5★ Link to my review with photos

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Yale study: people who read live longer than those who don’t

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madrano | 13387 comments Alias, as one who believes "so many books, so little time" this is good news.

Patty and Dem, you've both shared books i'd like to read. Thank you.

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments madrano wrote: "Alias, as one who believes "so many books, so little time" this is good news.


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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Romance

---- Kiss of the Spindle
by Nancy Campbell Allen

What it is: This "Steampunk riff on Sleeping Beauty" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is the stand-alone sequel to Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.

What happens: To find the witch who cursed her, Dr. Isla Cooper heads to Jamaica aboard the airship of the dashing Captain Daniel Pickett.

Is it for you? With its paranormal elements and a central romance that's more sweet than steamy, Kiss of the Spindle may appeal to fans of Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.

---- A Duke by Default: Reluctant Royals
by Alyssa Cole

Starring: Portia Hobbs, whose quest for self-improvement leads to an internship at the Scottish armory of sexy swordsmith Tavish MacKenzie -- who's also the secret heir to a dukedom.

Read it for: a sympathetic heroine and her #swordbae.

Don't miss: This sequel to A Princess in Theory features cameos by Naledi and Thabiso.

----- Wicked and the Wallflower
by Sarah MacLean

Introducing: Felicity Faircloth, who impulsively announces her engagement to the reclusive Duke of Marwick, whom she's never met; and "Devil," the Covent Garden crime lord who offers to help her woo and win the duke -- for a price.

Crossover alert: Felicity first appeared in The Day of the Duchess, one of four young ladies competing for the hand of another duke.

Series alert: Wicked and the Wallflower kicks off RITA award-winning author Sarah MacLean's Bareknuckle Bastards series.

----- The Gunslinger's Vow
by Amy Sandas

What it's about: After several years in Boston, Alexandra Brighton is en route to her Montana hometown when she finds herself stranded. Bounty hunter Malcolm Kincaid can't ignore a lady in distress, even if it interferes with his mission to avenge his brother's death.

Series alert: The Gunslinger's Vow is the 1st book in the Runaway Brides series.

For fans of: Jo Goodman's historical western romances, such as This Gun For Hire.

---- Ocean Light
by Nalini Singh

In a world... where humans serve as the bridge between the changelings and the telepathic Psy, BlackSea changeling Kaia Luna and Bowen Knight, security chief for the Human Alliance, fall in love.

It's complicated: Bowen is a man with a built-in expiration date, and Kaia suspects that the Human Alliance is behind the disappearances of other BlackSea changelings.

Series alert: Ocean Light is the 2nd book in the Psy Changeling Trinity series, after Silver Silence; this series is a spin-off of the original Psy Changeling series.

************* Focus on: Romantic Suspense ********

----- The Charmers
by Elizabeth Adler

What happens: Writer Mirabella Matthews inherits a villa in the South of France from her recently deceased aunt and attracts the attention of three men: a mysterious Russian billionaire known as "The Boss," a jet-setting plastic surgeon, and a very persistent police detective.

For fans of: worldly heroines, exotic locales, and murder most foul.

You might also like: Kitty Pilgrim's The Explorer's Code, also featuring a heroine whose unexpected inheritance draws her into a world of glamour, intrigue, and danger.

----- Virtue Falls
by Christina Dodd

What it's about: Geologist Elizabeth Banner grew up believing that her father murdered her mother. When an earthquake reveals evidence that suggests he's innocent, Elizabeth decides to search for the real killer -- with the help of her ex-husband, FBI Agent Garik Jacobsen.

Why you might like it: Set in the Pacific Northwest, this atmospheric series opener boasts complex characters and a twisty plot.

Try this next: Sharon Sala's Going Once, which similarly reunites ex-lovers as they brave extreme weather to hunt a serial killer.

----- Troublemaker
by Linda Howard

What it's about: GO-Team operative Morgan Yancy survives a sniper's bullet and heads to Hamrickville, West Virginia, to recuperate in the home of police chief Isabeau "Bo" Maran. But their budding relationship is threatened by Morgan's enemy, still in pursuit.

Reviewers say: Troublemaker "combines top-notch suspense with a super-sexy love story" (Booklist, starred review).

You might also like: Katie Ruggle's Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit series.

---- The Girl Who Knew Too Much
by Amanda Quick

What it's about: When one of her sources turns up dead at the exclusive Burning Cove hotel, Hollywood reporter Irene Glasson realizes that she's dealing with more than celebrity scandal. But breaking the story means partnering with sexy former stage magician Oliver Ward.

Reviewers say: "Neatly marries high-stakes suspense and a glamorous old Hollywood setting" (Booklist, starred review)

Series alert: If you enjoy your visit to Burning Cove, California, come back for The Other Lady Vanishes.

------ Come Sundown
by Nora Roberts

What it's about: As if running her family's Montana resort didn't present enough of a challenge, Bodine "Bo" Longbow now faces unexpected reunions with her teenage crush, Callen Skinner, and her traumatized aunt Alice, who’s just escaped her captor of more than 20 years.

Read it for: the surprisingly sweet romance that develops between Bo and Callen as they hunt for the bad guy.

Is it for you? Come Sundown contains scenes of captivity and torture that put it on the grittier side of Nora Roberts' oeuvre.

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---- Dark Tide Rising
by Anne Perry

When a ransom exchange turns deadly in this thrilling mystery from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men.

----- After the Peace
by Fay Weldon

The last instalment in Dilberne sequence: following one family through the twentieth century.

----- Past tense
by Lee Child

Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.

---- Sea of Greed
by Clive Cussler

The world's oil supply is vanishing, the stock market is plummeting, and the key to saving the future seems to a baffling historical mystery. Can the NUMA crew crack it in time? Sea of Greedis the suspenseful new NUMA Files novels from the #1 New York Times-bestselling grand master of adventure.

--- The colors of all the cattle : No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (19)
by Alexander McCall Smith

Precious Ramotswe dips her toe into the world of politics in the newest addition to the beloved and best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.

----- First Love
by Beverly Lewis

It's the summer of 1951, and Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with chronic illness, she is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life.

------ A Christmas revelation : a novel
by Anne Perry

In this intriguing, uplifting holiday mystery from bestselling author Anne Perry, an orphan boy investigates a woman's kidnapping--and discovers there's more at stake than a disappearance.

----- Sea prayer
by Khaled Hosseini

The #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner presents an evocatively illustrated tribute to the tragic human realities of today's refugee crisis in the form of a father's letter to his young son on the eve of a dangerous journey

----- The Man Who Came Uptown
by George P. Pelecanos

In bestselling and Emmy-nominated writer George Pelecanos' "taut and suspenseful" new novel, an ex-offender must choose between the man who got him out and the woman who showed him another path

----- John Woman
by Walter Mosley

Recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor—while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows.

---- Leverage in Death : An Eve Dallas Novel
by J. D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas puzzles over a bizarre suicide bombing in a Wall St. office building in Leverage in Death, the latest in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from J.D. Robb…

----- Hippie
by Paul Coelho

In Hippie, Coelho tells the story of Paulo, a young, skinny Brazilian man with a goatee and long, flowing hair, who wants to become a writer and sets off on a journey in search of a deeper meaning for his life: first on the famous “Death Train” to Bolivia, then on to Peru, later hitchhiking through Chile and Argentina.

---- The Silence of the Girls
by Pat Barker

From the Booker Prize-winning author of the Regeneration trilogy comes a monumental new masterpiece, set in the midst of literature's most famous war. Pat Barker turns her attention to the timeless legend of The Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.

----- Through Darkest Europe
by Harry Turtledove

Through Darkest Europe envisions a world dominated by a prosperous and democratic Middle East―and under threat from the world's worst trouble spot.

----- Red War
by Vince Flynn

The #1 New York Times bestselling series returns with Mitch Rapp racing to prevent Russia’s gravely ill leader from starting a full-scale war with NATO.

----- Paris in the Dark
by Robert Olen Butler

With Paris in the Dark, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler returns to his lauded Christopher Marlowe Cobb series and proves once again that he can craft “a ripping good yarn” (Wall Street Journal) with unmistakably literary underpinnings.

----- Glitter Bomb
by Laura Childs

An exploding Mardi Gras float has got to be the strangest murder weapon scrappy sleuth Carmela Bertrand has ever encountered in this latest Scrapbooking Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author.

----- Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver

A timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

----- The Dead Ringer
by M. C. Beaton

The corpses just keep piling ut as the bellringers of the medieval church of St. Ethelred get ready for the visit of the dashing Bishop Peter Salver-Hinkley

----- Echoes of Evil
by Heather Graham

Brodie McFadden is supposed to be on vacation, getting some sunshine and deciding if he wants to join his brothers in the Krewe of Hunters, a special paranormal investigation unit of the FBI. But a diving excursion with an old navy buddy to a historic shipwreck uncovers a crime scene—and the corpse is new.

----- Winter in Paradise
by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter in Paradise, the first book in the Paradise series, has everything that readers have come to know and love about an Elin Hilderbrand novel, plus a healthy dose of intrigue.

----- Christmas Cake Murder
by Joanne Fluke

It’s Christmas many years ago, and topping young Hannah Swensen’s wish list is becoming the go-to baker in Lake Eden, Minnesota. But as Hannah finds out, revisiting holiday memories can be murder . . .

----- Bury the Lead
by Archer Mayor

Joe Gunther and the VBI team are investigating a murder and an arson case―both potentially related to an outbreak of ebola.

----- Face Off
by David Hagberg

Kirk McGarvey is lunching in the Eiffel Tower when terrorists attempt to bring the Paris icon down. He springs into action to stop the attack, only to find there’s a much larger plot at stake. One that aims to force the incompetent US President out by pitting him against Russia.

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness Insane America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth by Alisa Roth

Almost all prisons in the U.S. have a large population of mentally ill individuals. Roth studied mental health treatment (or non-treatment) in prisons, and the plight of sick people in the criminal justice system. Very well researched and well written. 4.5 stars

My review:

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Barbara wrote: "Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness Insane America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness by Alisa Roth by Alisa Roth

Almost all prison..."

Excellent and thorough review, Barbara. This sounds like an important and yet incredible sad and frustrating book. That this country treats the mentally ill this was is criminal. :(

Do you feel there is any hope that this situation will change ?
You do note in your review that Cook County Jail is making progress in addressing the problem.

I can say, I see many clearly mentally ill people on the streets of NYC all the time. It seems either they are in prisons not being treated or roaming the streets not being treated.

If you are looking for more insight on the topic, I see one Amazon reviewer suggested Crazy A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness---Pete Earley

Thanks for the review !

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madrano | 13387 comments Barbara, this is a good review of a book which sounds as though the author truly cares.

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Alias and Madrano, I'm glad you like the review. Such an interesting and enlightening book. I do think people are trying to change the system but it's very tough and requires creative thinking and time. The book does mention a judge that diverts mentally ill offenders into programs rather than bung them in jail. (Not for serious felonies of course.)

When I was a kid there was a young man who'd walk down the street making boxing moves and talking to a non-existent person. My friends and I were very scared of him. I hope we'd understand better now.

Thank you for the book suggestion Alias. I requested it from the library. 🙂

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments Barbara wrote: Thank you for the book suggestion Alias. I requested it from the library.

You're welcome. I've not read it but saw that a reviewer on Amazon recommended it. It seems like a good follow-up book.

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments On a lighter note, I just read a kids' book, Power to the Princess by Vita Weinstein Murrow. Get rid of the Disney and the poor grammar and it could have potential.
Power to the Princess by Vita Weinstein Murrow

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madrano | 13387 comments Patty, this is the sort of book i sought when raising my kids. As it was, i altered the stories, which worked until they could read and then they called me out on them.

Your comment about mythology in the review struck home. When we read the story of Atalanta in Free to Be...You and Me, my daughter was fascinated. Much as i liked myths, i wasn't familiar with her story, so we both learned from it.

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Dem | 412 comments Rachelle wrote: "Do you ever read a book that has a keyword like "kite" or "rumba" that is mentioned once in a book, but is irrelevant to the story? This has happened to me the past twenty books I've read. I'll rea..."

Now that I have been alerted I will look for this going forward Rachelle.

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments The Library at the Edge of the World The Library at the Edge of the World (Finfarran #1) by Felicity Hayes-McCoy by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Hanna Casey leaves her unfaithful husband, moves back home to Ireland, and becomes the town librarian. When Hanna decides to renovate a ramshackle old house and lead a community crusade, her life changes for the better. 😊

My review:

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madrano | 13387 comments Barbara, this sounds as though it is calling to long as you promise it's not a romance. I kept waiting for either a murder or a man as i read your nice review. The idea of community, though, sounds comforting.

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments madrano wrote: "Barbara, this sounds as though it is calling to long as you promise it's not a romance. I kept waiting for either a murder or a man as i read your nice review. The idea of community, though..."

Promise....NOT a romance. 😊

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Alias Reader (aliasreader) | 20486 comments

---- Bloody Sunday
by Ben Coes

What it's about: Just as CIA agent Dewey Andreas is about to retire, he gets word of a North Korean plan to launch nuclear weapons on the nation's capital. But when his straightforward mission targeting a key enemy general goes catastrophically awry, Dewey will have to sneak into Pyongyang in order to prevent the attack and save millions of lives.

For fans of: high-octane military and spy novel writers like Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and Tom Clancy.

Series alert: Bloody Sunday is the 8th Dewey Andreas novel, after Trap the Devil.

----- The Boy at the Door
by Alex Dahl

The setup: Cecilia Wilborg has almost everything, including a dark secret that could destroy her seemingly perfect life and seemingly perfect family. Annika Lucasson has almost nothing, except that she knows what Cecilia is hiding.

Read it for: the well-developed, complex characters whose alternating perspectives will keep you wondering whose side you're on.

Author alert: Alex Dahl shines in this powerful debut, so fans of Scandinavian crime fiction should keep an eye out for whatever she does next.

----- Don't Send Flowers
by Martín Solares

Starring: Carlos Treviño, an ex-cop who was run out of his corrupt Mexican town four years ago, all for daring to do his job.

Why he's back: A powerful business magnate has hired Carlos to track down his teenage daughter, who has disappeared without a trace.

Why you might like it: This literary noir has a non-traditional narrative structure, telling the first half of the story from Carlos's perspective and the second half from that of his nemesis, the crooked local police chief who will do anything to destroy him.

----- The Middleman
by Olen Steinhauer

What happens: A cryptic phone call. Hundreds of overnight disappearances. A series of assassinations on the 4th of July. All of these events are connected, and it's just the beginning of one man's plot to take down American society as we know it.

Featuring: Rachel Proulx, a dedicated FBI agent investigating the protest movement that has turned into a frightening terrorist threat.

Read it for: the intricate plotting and the timely, thought-provoking exploration of many current social and political issues.

------ The Drama Teacher
by Koren Zailckas

What it's about: The collapse of her latest identity sends semi-professional swindler Gracie Mueller and her children fleeing the Catskills for Manhattan, where she manages to bluff her way into a teaching job at a prestigious prep school.

The problem? Being a con artist isn't the only thing that makes Gracie an unreliable narrator.

Read it for: the flawed yet sympathetic characters, narrators who can't be trusted, and mothers who will do anything to protect their children.

***** In Hot Water*****

----- White Plague
by James Abel

What happens: pretty much everything you don't want to happen on a submarine. The USS Montana has gone wildly off course, a highly infectious disease is ravaging the crew, and oh yeah, it's also on fire. Into this arctic mayhem steps bioterror expert Dr. Joe Rush, who might have to make a tough choice between saving the remaining crew members or keeping the advanced technology onboard out of enemy hands.

Series alert: This is the 3rd book in the Joe Rush series, followed by Vector.

------ The Trident Deception
by Rick Campbell

The setup: a nuclear-armed submarine receives orders to launch their payload at Iran in retaliation for their devastating strike on Washington D.C. The only problem? The attack they're supposed to be avenging never actually happened. When the vessel goes radio silent, it's up to the military and the US government to find out where the false orders came from and if there's a way to avert World War III.

For fans of: fast-paced military fiction like those by Larry Bond and Dale Brown.

----- The Rising Sea: A Novel from the NUMA Files
by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown

What it's about: An investigation into the findings of a widely discredited Japanese scientist sends the NUMA team deep into the East China Sea, where they uncover a large-scale conspiracy to conceal and exploit
an invaluable new scientific discovery -- one that could displace millions of people and alter the world's balance of power forever.

Reviewers say: "readers are deep in Cussler territory, and the water's fine" (Publishers Weekly).

----- Black Horizon
by James Grippando

The premise: The honeymoon of attorney Jack Swyteck and FBI agent Andie Henning is interrupted when an oil rig explodes off the coast of Cuba. While Jack works the wrongful death case of an oil worker's widow, Andie goes undercover to investigate if the accident was an accident at all.

What else could go wrong? The Cubans have forbidden American involvement in the multinational cleanup effort and will use force if necessary, giving this ecological disaster the makings of a political one. There's also the troubling possibility that Jack and Andie's cases are connected, and not in a way that either of them anticipated.

----- The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

Starring: Laura "Lo" Blackstock, a travel writer covering the maiden voyage of an ultra-luxurious cruise liner, the Aurora.

What goes wrong: On the ship's first night at sea, Lo witnesses someone push the woman from the next cabin overboard. Worse yet, no one will believe what she saw because all other passengers are supposedly accounted for.

Author alert: Don't miss Ruth Ware's other atmospheric thrillers, including The Lying Game and The Death of Mrs. Westaway

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madrano | 13387 comments That book sounds good, Dem. Thanks for the nice review.

Barbara, thanks for the promise!

The Middleman sounds good but i see it's labeled as first in a series by Olen Steinhauer. The last time i read one of these, it was fun but the ending seemed to loose, which meant a sequel. Not a fan of that.

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments I read the first of a thriller series, Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man, the one you need to find when you can’t get help anywhere.
Orphan X (Evan Smoak, #1) by Gregg Hurwitz

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madrano | 13387 comments I've been hearing bout this book quite a bit, Patty, so appreciate your comments. It doesn't sound right for me at this time. And that it's the first of 5--nope. Thanks.

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Dem | 412 comments Alias Reader wrote: "

---- Bloody Sunday
by Ben Coes

What it's about: Just as CIA agent Dewey Andreas is about to retire, he gets word of a North Korean plan to launch nuclear weapons on the nation's capital. But ..."

Really need to read The Woman in Cabin 10 as it's gotten interesting reviews.

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Barbara (cinnabarb) | 3064 comments Dark Tide Rising Dark Tide Rising (William Monk #24) by Anne Perry by Anne Perry

In this 24th book in the 'William Monk' series, the Commander of the Thames River Police investigates a kidnapping. The book can be read as a standalone since there's little reference to past occurrences.
I'm a fan of the Monk novels, but this one wasn't among my favorites. 2 stars

My review:

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PattyMacDotComma | 1126 comments Some historical 'faction' in R.J. Gadney's fictionalised biography, Albert Einstein Speaking. He was a real character and a trial to his teachers (and lovers).
Albert Einstein Speaking by R.J. Gadney 3.5★

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