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  • Jeff Somers 3:00 pm on 2018/08/01 Permalink
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    August’s Best New Thrillers 

    The dog days of August are known for their heat. Still, even with a nice shady spot and a tall glass of something iced, this month’s best thrillers may just get you sweating.

    Texas Ranger, by James Patterson and Andrew Bourelle
    Rory Yates is one of 200 lawmen who have been elevated to the status of Texas Ranger. Fast on the draw and dedicated to the Ranger creed of “never surrender,” Yates’ rise cost him his marriage to schoolteacher Anne. When Yates gets a call from Anne complaining of creepy phone calls and strange objects left at her home, he heads home, where he finds his former wife brutally murdered. Worse, Yates is the main suspect, and clearing his name dredges up connections and memories in he’d rather not recall. When a second murder occurs, Yates knows whoever’s responsible is targeting him specifically—and he will need his shooting skills and his reliance on the Ranger code to survive the twisted scheme.

    An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapena
    As a snowstorm surges in, a group of people arrive at Mitchell’s Inn deep in the Catskill Mountains. The storm cuts the power, and then Dana Hart is found dead on the very first evening at the bottom of the stairs. David Paley, an attorney, suspects her fiancé Matthew, but with no way to contact the outside world, he has  no choice but to wait out the storm alongside a potential murderer. Each guest has a dark secret to hide, and as more bodies turn up, it becomes clear the murderer isn’t done yet.

    The Other Woman, by Sandie Jones
    Emily Havistock meets Adam Banks, a good-looking, affluent IT recruiter in London, and thinks she’s found the perfect man. Then she meets Adam’s mother Pammie, with whom Adam has an unhealthy, extremely close relationship. Pammie clearly dislikes Emily, and does whatever she can think of to split them up, as Emily begins to suspect that the death of Adam’s previous girlfriend wasn’t an accident. Emily is willing to fight for Adam—even if it means ignoring the warning signs that there’s something deeply strange going on.

    Assassin’s Run, by Ward Larsen
    The fourth David Slaton novel opens with the professional assassination of a Russian oligarch on his yacht off the coast of Capri, killed with a single bullet. Because of the skill required, as well as other clues, Russian intelligence suspects a legendary Israeli assassin is responsible, but David Slaton knows the famous killer didn’t do the job—because he is that storied assassin. To clear his name, he travels to Capri and begins to investigate, pulling together the threads of an international conspiracy that leads directly to the Russian government itself.

    The Other Sister, by Sarah Zettel
    Geraldine and Marie Monroe’s mother died 25 years ago, and many folks still suspect their father did her in. Geraldine always blamed herself, and fled home as soon as she could. Marie stayed in the family home, called Rose House, with her emotionally abusive father and still lives there with her son Robbie. To the outside world, Marie is the good sister who stayed with her family and Geraldine is the bad one who ran away. When Geraldine returns home after losing her job, claiming to have come for Robbie’s graduation, she presents Marie with a plan to murder their father as final revenge for childhoods filled with harsh discipline and cruel lies. But Geraldine and Marie can’t even truly trust one another.

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  • Sarah Skilton 2:00 pm on 2018/08/01 Permalink
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    August’s Best New Fiction 

    This month’s best new work includes the second book of the Half-Drowned King Viking fantasy trilogy, a portrait of a Midwest town in decline, a debut roman à clef by an Iraq veteran currently imprisoned for bank robbery, and a historical about the Black Plague. And for lighter, contemporary reads, enjoy a sorority-set drama, a romance in Paris gone wrong, and an octogenarian-led cozy mystery. 

    The Masterpiece, by Fiona Davis
    In 1928, Clara Darden struggles against the restraints of the era as the lone female teacher at New York City’s Grand Central School of Art, housed in the majestic terminal of the same name. After the Great Depression hits, her career in illustration disappears, as does Clara. Fast-forward to the 1970s, when divorcée Virginia Clay takes a job at Grand Central, intrigued by the abandoned art studio there, as well as a painting she discovers—a painting that may shed light on Clara’s mysterious fate fifty years prior.

    Rush, by Lisa Patton
    Yankee Doodle Dixie author Patton has written another entertaining, Southern-set contemporary, this time pulling back the curtain on the secret lives of sorority sisters at Ole Miss. Cali Watkins hopes to earn a place with the elite Alpha Delta girls, but lacks the right pedigree and fears a long-buried family secret will tank her chances. The Advisory Board members have more power than sense, but the girls rise up against them when a beloved house staff member at Alpha Delta Beta is denied a promotion.

    Ohio, by Stephen Markley
    A searing debut about one evening in the summer of 2013, in which four ex-classmates who came of age during 9/11 reunite in New Canaan, Ohio, a town marked and marred by decline. From the opioid crises to the Great Recession to the never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, these Midwesterners have been affected by it all, and each seek closure from their painful pasts in this beautiful, sad, contemplative study of a rust belt town that has been hollowed out.

    The Sea Queen, by Linnea Hartsuyker
    Last summer kicked off the Half-Drowned King trilogy, a 9th-century Viking fantasy based on historical events and overflowing with political machinations and violent battles. In the new installment, six years have passed for minor king Ragnvald and his sister Svanhild, the titular Sea Queen. Their separation has evolved into opposition: While Ragnvald dedicates his life to the unification of Norway under Harald’s command, Svanhild marries the leader of the resistance and displays remarkable strength as a maritime warrior in her own right. 

    The Last Hours, by Minette Walters
    While her husband is away, a woman educated by nuns in 1348 England uses her smarts and intuition to hold the line against the Black Death when it arrives in the town of Develish. Having quarantined herself, her cruel teenage daughter, and her serfs in her moat-surrounded house, Lady Anne denies her own husband entry, correctly fearing he has brought the plague home with him. Her decision does not go over well with her progeny, Lady Eleanor, who harbors a sadistic streak.

    Three Things About Elsie, by Joanna Cannon
    A lifelong friendship between two women forms the heart of this mystery set in an assisted living facility. Our firmly independent octogenarian narrator, Florence, provides sharp commentary but finds it difficult to communicate with others, fearful her memory is failing. With a new arrival, who strongly resembles a frightening figure from Florence’s past, Florence dedicates herself to uncovering the hows and whys of the man’s reappearance. Shifting perceptions provide a bittersweet, suspenseful, and emotionally cathartic reading experience. 

    If You Leave Me, by Crystal Hana Kim
    Against the backdrop of the Korean War and its aftermath, a young woman desperate to provide for her invalid younger brother and widowed mother must choose between two cousins who love her. One is her childhood sweetheart, while the other has the financial stability necessary to save her family. A memorable, heartwrenching debut with multiple POVs that will appeal to fans of Samuel Park’s This Burns My Heart.

    Bad Man, by Dathan Auerbach
    Auerbach got his start terrifying Redditors on their NoSleep short story forum, and it’s easy to see why he proved so popular there. His second full-length novel tells the harrowing story of a young man from North Florida drowning in guilt over the role he played in his three-year-old brother’s disappearance. Five years later, now twenty, Ben decides to take a job stocking groceries at the very store where little Eric vanished. Will he find answers in this oddly creepy, disconcerting milieu, even when the local authorities could not? 

    Cherry, by Nico Walker
    PTSD, heroin addiction, bank robbing, and young-love-turned-bleak-survival are the themes of this breakneck debut by an author well-versed in all four topics. As a medic in Iraq, and a veteran of 250 combat missions, Walker returned home to find his memories incapacitating him; in a parallel to combat, the adrenaline rush he got while committing crimes was the only time he felt calm. A blisteringly authentic and timely work is the result.

    Goodbye Paris, by Anstey Harris
    When her relationship with David (who has a wife and family) comes to a difficult and public end in Paris, thirtysomething Grace Atherton is left to pick up the pieces back home in Kent, where she runs a shop making violins and cellos. Her own burgeoning career in music was derailed decades ago, and truly moving on from her broken relationship may require a hard look at the painful secrets she has been keeping from that time. Luckily, she’ll have help from people in her community, including a young shop clerk and a wise, older customer.

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  • Cristina Merrill 4:00 pm on 2018/07/31 Permalink
    Tags: cooper's charm, , deadly satisfaction, dragon sworn, endless summer, , , megan erickson, , , , , trice hickman,   

    Romance Roundup: Greek God Descendants, Photojournalists, and Small Town Murders 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes two battling photographers who want to get it on, a descendant of the Greek god Apollo out to save her people, and a bodyguard who is about to show his lovely protectee that great guys DO exist.

    You Will Pay, by Lisa Jackson
    Senior detective Lucas Dalton—who can inspect us any day of the week—is on a very old case to figure out what happened to two summer camp kids who disappeared many years ago. He actually worked as a summer camp counselor when it all happened, so it’s all a tad personal for our guy. (And you thought that summer job you had during your high school years was intense!) His inspections bring him back in touch with Bernadette Alsace, who was a teen counselor during those dark days, and they are very intrigued by each other’s adult versions. She once made a promise not to spill the beans on what really happened so long ago, but Lucas has a way of making a woman want to reveal all. Here’s hoping this old mess gets resolved, and that Lucas and Bernadette can focus on better times ahead! (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Dragonsworn, by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Medea is the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo—yeah, THAT Apollo—but he wasn’t exactly a grandfatherly figure in her life. In fact, he wants to destroy her people, so Medea needs to think fast if she’s going to save them. She recruits the cursed dragon Falcyn to help her fight. The thing is, while Falcyn absolutely, 100 percent hates everything Greek-related (they might have destroyed his loved ones a long time ago), he’s had enough drama to last a century. Still, he is feeling major feelings for Medea, so he might just be enticed to join her crusade. Medea and Falcyn, it sounds like you both have a lot (seriously, A LOT) of family issues to work through, for one. Stick by each other’s side and sort out your respective issues—and then maybe take a vacation on a remote tropical island. This is the latest book in Kenyon’s extensive Dark-Hunter series. (Available in paperback on July 31.)

    Endless Summer, by Nora Roberts
    This reprint features two stories in one! In “One Summer,” celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell and photojournalist Shade Colby are getting on each other’s last nerve. They Don’t Agree On Things, which is tough enough, but now they have to go on a cross-country photography trip together. Bryan and Shade, just take turns picking the music and, oh yeah, realize that you are both perfect for each other! In “Lessons Learned,” publicist Juliet Trent is on a mission to make her new client, ridiculously sexy chef Carlo Franconi, the sexiest chef in the world. (This was already a fact, but now it’s time to make it official.) The thing is, simply being around Carlo makes any woman want to get nekkid. (Just not in the kitchen, Juliet! Because burns.) Will Carlo end up bringing her delicious meals in bed while wearing nothing but a smile? (Available in paperback and NOOK on August 1.)

    Cooper’s Charm, by Lori Foster
    Two sisters are about to get some much-need R&R in the lovely town that is Cooper’s Charm. Phoenix Rose’s life was going swimmingly until a break-in at her home left her feeling devastated and insecure. She lost her fiance, her business—you get the picture. (Phoenix, we are SO taking you out for a nice dinner!) She decides to hightail it to Cooper’s Charm, a peaceful town filled with some very nice people, including a hunky widower who is quite possibly the nicest man she’s ever met. (You go, girl!) She’s soon joined by her sister, Ridley Rose, who finds some romance of her own with a scuba instructor. Ridley soon realizes that peeling his wetsuit away from his six-pack abs would be SO much fun. A story that involves two sisters and a beautiful town and two hunky guys to help said sisters take their minds off of things? Yes, please! (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on July 31.)

    Darkest Night, by Megan Erickson
    Bodyguard Jock Bosh’s latest assignment is to keep Fiona Madden safe. Some Bad Men have been out to get her for the past 10 years, so she’s feeling a bit wired, to say the least. (Fiona, we are booking you a relaxing spa day STAT.) She starts to feel safe with Jock, though, which makes perfect sense, because Jock’s body has been known to stop traffic. When Jock starts to risk his life keeping her safe, it helps Fiona realize that 1. Not all men are disgusting pigs and 2. Jock makes her feel emotions she never knew she was capable of feeling. Here’s hoping they manage to dodge the bad guys—like, forever—and that Jock and Fiona makes lots of love and babies together! This is the second book in Erickson Wired & Dangerous series. (Available in paperback and NOOK on July 31.)

    Deadly Satisfaction, by Trice Hickman
    Johnny Mayfield was murdered in Amber, Alabama, and let’s just say that many, many issues surrounded this tragedy. He was having an affair at the time, for one, and his lover was suspected of killing him. The good news is that Johnny’s widow, Geneva, is now happily remarried with a baby and has moved on with her life. (Good for you, Geneva! You certainly deserve SO much better!) But then her late husband’s ex-lover comes waltzing back in, claiming she was framed for the murder. (Step aside, Geneva! We’ll take care of this for you.) It doesn’t help that certain small-town meddlers are eager to get in on all of the drama. One thing is for certain: Everyone needs to solve this mystery before someone else gets hurt, or worse. Hang in there, Geneva! Things will be peaceful again before you know it, and you can focus on snuggling with your new man and your baby! This is the second book in Hickman’s Dangerous Love series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK.)

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  • BN Editors 1:15 pm on 2018/07/31 Permalink

    Thank You, Teachers: Barnes & Noble Presents August Educator Appreciation Days 

    In celebration of all that school teachers and administrators do for local communities, Barnes & Noble would like to do something extra for them in return—and just in time for back to school season.

    All year, Barnes & Noble offers educators 20% off school supplies. But during our Educator Appreciation Days, kicking off this Saturday, August 4, we will have special discounts at stores nationwide for all pre-K-12 public, private, and homeschool teachers and administrators, every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of August. The celebration includes 25% off most books, toys, games, music, and more, 10% off select tech tools and all Café consumable purchases, and limited-time giveaways from Sterling Publishing (while supplies last). The offer will also be valid at BN.com the weekend of August 25 and 26.

    “We are thrilled to announce Barnes & Noble’s August Educator Appreciation Days, which give teachers and administrators the opportunity to get the supplies they need at a great value right in time for the new school year,” says Tracy Vidakovich, Vice President of Business Development. “At Barnes & Noble, we think it is important to recognize teachers and administrators for all they do, and we do so all year long. For the past nine years, through our free Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card Program, we have given educators 20% off list price on most in-store and online purchases for classroom use throughout the year, and an additional 25% off during special appreciation events.”

    Teachers can take advantage of these special savings by applying for a Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card. Forms are available in store or can be downloaded online.

    In addition to our year-round discount and August Educator Appreciation Days, Barnes & Noble also has a full week of Appreciation Days lined up October 6–14, to continue our support of teachers during the school year.

    Administrators and teachers may also inquire about Barnes & Noble’s partnership programs on bookfairs to help raise funds, while also hosting events throughout the school year to help make reading more fun and accessible for children and families across the country.

    *Discount exclusions can be found in the Educator Program Terms and Conditions. Educators must present a valid Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card to receive discounts in-store.

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2018/07/30 Permalink
    Tags: desolation mountain, , feared, , , , , Olen Steinhauer, pieces of her, , , the middleman, the mystery of three quarters, the prisoner in the castle, walking shadows, william kent krueger   

    August’s Best New Mysteries 

    The dog days of summer are here at last, but armchair sleuths know the best way to fight rising temperatures is by diving into a chilling new mystery. Gumshoes are spoiled for choice this month when it comes to choosing their next adventure. There’s a new nailbiter by Karin Slaughter (so get ready to stay up all night), Lisa Scottoline has brought us a twisty new addition to the Rosato and DiNunzio series, and Sophie Hannah continues her expert revival of Agatha Christie’s incomparable Hercule Poirot novels. Grab your motorized fan, your frosty beverage of choice, and prepare to find your next favorite mystery.

    Feared (Rosato and DiNunzio Series #6), by Lisa Scottoline
    The law firm of Rosato and DiNunzio is being sued for reverse sex discrimination—by three men who say the firm refused to hire them because they were men. Not only that, but the firm’s only male employee is getting ready to resign in order to back up their case. Of course, the plaintiffs’ are being represented by noneother than ruthless attorney Nick Machiavelli, who holds a grudge against Mary, and is doing everything he can to not only win the (bogus) case, but destroy the firm in the process. And when the case becomes deadly, the stakes grow ever higher.

    Pieces of Her, by Karin Slaughter
    Timid Andrea Cooper and her mother Laura are enjoying a quiet birthday lunch together at the mall when a sudden act of violence causes Laura, a celebrated speech therapist, to spring into action. Andrea is left scrambling to learn more about her mother’s past, even as a frightening incident with an obsessed intruder from her past leaves Laura in the hospital. It’s up to Andrea to piece together her mother’s past in order to protect both of them from imminent danger. Like all of Slaughter’s brilliant books, this novel is a thrill ride that never lets up.

    Desolation Mountain (Cork O’Connor Series #17), by William Kent Krueger
    Throughout his life, Stephen O’Connor has had visions that have warned him of tragedies to come. When he experiences a vision of a giant bird being shot out of the sky, he knows it’s a harbinger of terrible news, and he’s proven right when he learns that a devastating plane crash on Desolation Mountain has killed a senator and most of her family. Stephen and his father, Cork, head to the scene to look for survivors, but when the FBI shows up, they figure their involvement in the crash is over. Instead, it has only begun, as the pair is drawn into a harrowing investigation filled with suspicious characters and shadowy organizations with hidden agendas—who become deadly when their livelihoods are threatened. The B&N Exclusive edition of this harrowing story features a bonus Cork O’Connor short story.

    The Prisoner in the Castle (Maggie Hope Series #8), by Susan Elia MacNeal
    Imprisoned on a remote Scottish island at the height of WWII because of her possession of sensitive information about the planned invasion of France, former spy Maggie Hope and her fellow inmates are passing the time not entirely unpleasantly…until they begin dropping dead in grisly and mysterious ways. Can Maggie solve the mystery of these murders and—more importantly—escape both her prison and their fate before it’s too late? Fans of Agatha Christie’s unforgettable And Then There Were None will relish this smart, tightly-written historical thriller and its compelling heroine.

    The Middleman, by Olen Steinhauer
    In this chillingly modern and evocative thriller, four hundred Americans disappear one summer day in 2017—leaving behind their phones, IDs, and families and vanishing without a trace. It turns out they are part of a movement that refers to itself as the Massive Brigade, which was formed by a disturbing and charismatic leader, Martin Bishop. Members of the Massive Brigade are disenfranchised by current politics, but their actual goals are unknown, and the FBI, along with Special Agent Rachel Proulx, is determined to get to the bottom of their organization before it can cause irreparable damage to the country. This nailbiting thriller, which feels ripped from the headlines, is perfect for John le Carré fans looking for a whip smart, challenging read that will make them think.

    The Mystery of Three Quarters (Hercule Poirot Series), by Sophie Hannah
    Poirot returns from a lunch to find a furious woman on his doorstep berating him for sending her a letter accusing her of the murder of one Barnabas Pandy, whom she claims to have never heard of. Poirot has never heard of him either, and as it turns out, three other people have also received letters from someone impersonating Poirot and accusing them of murdering Pandy. In her third novel continuing the adventures of the late Agatha Christie’s lively detective, Sophie Hannah has written an ingenious mystery that fans of Christie will thoroughly enjoy.

    Walking Shadows: A Decker/Lazarus Novel, by Faye Kellerman
    When the body of a young man is found brutally murdered in the woods just outside a quiet town in upstate New York, Peter Decker can find no immediate explanation for the crim. The victim, Brady Neil, was quiet, hardworking, and kept to himself. But as Decker digs deeper into his past, he discovers that Brady’s father was a convicted criminal, having robbed a jewelry store years earlier. The store’s owners were found dead, but Brady’s father always denied killing them. As the plot thickens, one of Brady’s few friends goes missing, and also turns up murdered. Can Decker get to the bottom of this decades-old mystery before it gets any deadlier?

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