Fiction

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Alice Simpson’s debut novel promises to be an interesting read [but] Ballroom doesn’t quite deliver on the promise.”

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The Betrayers succeeds by combining thought provoking ethical dilemmas with dramatic tension in an engaging prose style and is enthusiastically recommended.”

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In this sparkling new entry in M. C.

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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a finger-popping slice of history that offers a peep-hole into the little-known world of a female jazz players of the 1920s.”

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“Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is a warm, witty, and wonderful creation by one of England’s most talented crime writers.”

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“Coelho has written with great passion and empathy about how our lives may be perfect examples of doing everything necessary to get the opposite of what we want.”

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Tita is not an exercise in blind nostalgia for a lost past. It is a rich and warm, yet open-eyed portrait of a place and time just beyond our current reach.

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“Sophie Hannah . . . turns in a respectfully written story that pays reverent tribute to Christie’s elaborate plotting.”

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“. . . a rare work of deep reflection, imbued with a sense of what is right, even when one struggles for identity and meaning.

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“The illustrator, making her American debut, shows a deft touch with pacing, as the tender story moves from morning to night.”

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“ . . . a mélange of the ways politics not only makes strange bedfellows but also spawns recurrent cycles of deceit and murder . . .”

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“. . . unfortunately, those stories are nowhere near finished.”

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“J. D. Robb continues to do a fine job balancing Eve the woman against Eve the career homicide detective. . . .

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“Adrian McKinty mixes historical figures with fictional characters to create a mystery that reminds the reader of works by both Joseph Conrad and Herman Melville.”

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“Emily St. John Mandel writes of a world that we will, with luck, never know—one that is dreamlike . . .

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“A deeply felt story of human survival; of friendship that endures and abides the twists of fate; and the ability to see beauty in the world as it is, no matter what degradation of the plan

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The book itself ranks up there with any of the great volumes produced about the heritage or legendary brands with the appropriately perfect photography and reproduction qu

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“The series is renowned for its accurate and often devastating presentation of Victorian London—a world of stark polarities between rich and poor.”

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Rainey Royal is a tough novel with a tender heart—a very good story that flirts with being a great one.

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“As a meandering collection of facts, stories, curiosities, and oddities in mathematics, The Grapes of Math is as entertaining as it is enlightening.”

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How to Ruin a Queen and the Diamond Necklace Affair is a book that can be read again and again, each reading providing another layer of understanding.”

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Kamm calls on his vast experience with the L.A. County Fire Department . . . to insert the reader into the midst of all the action. . . .

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F cuts to the chase with impatience and too rapidly presents the solution to its own enigma. Haste makes waste, as the saying goes. True in life, true in literature.”

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The Miniaturist is a novel that could easily be read again and again, with awe and surprise stemming not just from the story, but from the author’s brilliant writing and her abili

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