May 2011 New Fiction

General Fiction

  Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe’s shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb’s crossing of cultures.<br /> <br /> Like Brooks’s beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha’s Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, Caleb’s Crossing further establishes Brooks’s place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

  Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon

“Lord of Misrule” is a darkly realistic novel about a young woman living through a year of horse racing at a half-mile track in West Virginia, while everyone’s best laid schemes keep going brutally wrong. With her first novel since her acclaimed “Bogeywoman” (1999), Jaimy Gordon bears comparison to other great writers of the American demimonde, such as Nathanael West, Damon Runyon, and Eudora Welty.

  22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

A tour de force that echoes modern classics like Suite Francaise and The Postmistress. “Housekeeper or housewife?” the soldier asks Silvana as she and eight- year-old Aurek board the ship that will take them from Poland to England at the end of World War II. There her husband, Janusz, is already waiting for them at the little house at 22 Britannia Road. But the war has changed them all so utterly that they’ll barely recognize one another when they are reunited. “Survivor,” she answers. Silvana and Aurek spent the war hiding in the forests of Poland. Wild, almost feral Aurek doesn’t know how to tie his own shoes or sleep in a bed. Janusz is an Englishman now-determined to forget Poland, forget his own ghosts from the way, and begin a new life as a proper English family. But for Silvana, who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act, forgetting is not a possibility. One of the most searing debuts to come along in years, 22 Britannia Road

  The Judgement by Beverly Lewis

Rose Kauffman is engaged to Silas Good, a well-liked Amish fellow, so why does she still pine for Nick Franco, the former foster son of the bishop? Especially now that Nick has left the Amish community under a cloud of suspicion after the death of the bishop’s biological son? Will Rose marry Silas, even while struggling with romantic feelings for Nick?<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Rose’s older sister, Hen, has returned to live at her parents’ farm with her young daughter. Hen and her modern husband, Brandon, are separated by mutual agreement, although he is threatening to sue for custody of their daughter if Hen does not return soon. Will the judge rule in Brandon’s favor? Is there any way Hen can reestablish her place among the People without sacrificing her marriage?

  Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

It’s Gracie Snow’s job as a new motion picture production assistant to get the legendary ex-football player, Bobby Tom Denton, back to his Texas hometown to begin shooting his first movie. Good luck with that.–From publisher’s description.

  Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

In 1953, Dr. Wilson Spriggs gave Marylou Ahearn a radioactive cocktail without her consent as part of a secret government study that had horrible consequences. For 50 years she’s been plotting her revenge. At last she’s found Spriggs.

  Everybody in the Church Ain’t Saved by Patti Trafton

Trafton’s engaging debut introduces the members of the Love, Joy, Peace and Deliverance Community Choir, a group of young adults joined together through their passion for singing the Lord’s praises–though their hearts are far from being godly.

  Home Fires by Gene Wolfe

Chelle and Skip have been separated by Chelle’s tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems. They find their relationship complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his forties.

  A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods

After years apart, Mick and Megan O’Brien are finally ready to make it official – again. Most of their grown children couldn’t be happier about their rekindled love and impending marriage this holiday season. Only Connor is a holdout. Driven to become a divorce attorney after what he views as his mother’s abandonment of their family, Connor’s not about to give his blessing to this reunion romance. The last thing Megan wants to do is hurt her family again. After all, is she really sure she and Mick can make it this time around? And when an unexpected delivery causes chaos, it seems only a miracle can reunite this family. Of course, it is Christmas – the season of miracles.

Fantasy/Science Fiction

  River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now. An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father’s people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

   Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his “child” Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows…

  Born of Shadows by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In a world where the League and its assassins rule, where betrayal and treachery are everywhere. . .  the only survivors are those ones who are . . . BORN OF SHADOWS. For Caillen Dagan, a defiant soldier of fortune, survival isn’t a right, it’s a brutal daily battle. Moving through the Ichidaian universe like a wraith, his brushes with the law and death are legendary. But when an act of rare heroism reveals his hidden birthright, he’s forced into a world much more dangerous and cold-hearted than the bloody streets where he was raised-one of obscene wealth and lethal politics. Ferocious and determined, Desideria serves as an official bodyguard for her queen. Born of questionable genetics, she will do anything to prove herself worthy of the weapons she carries and the position she’s won by combat. But when she uncovers a ruthless plot to assassinate the queen and overthrow her country’s government, Desideria is caught in the crosshairs. With assassination contracts out on both of them, Caillen and Desideria must learn to fight together or die alone. And if they fail, their governments will fall into the hands of an unimaginable evil.

  Quicksilver by Amanda Quick

In the New York Times -bestselling author’s latest Arcane Society novel, a paranormal killer pushes an unlikely duo’s powers and passions to the limit. Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening’s events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won’t soon forget. Owen Sweetwater inherited his family’s talent for hunting the psychical monsters who prey on London’s women and children, and his investigation into the deaths of two glass-readers has led him here. The high-society types of the exclusive Arcane Society would consider Virginia an illusionist, a charlatan, even a criminal, but Owen knows better. Virginia’s powers are real-and they just might be the key to solving this challenging case.

  The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero as he attempts to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of the Edema Ruh, and travels into the Fae realm where he meets Felurian, the faerie woman no man can resist.

Historical Fiction

 The Bride’s House by Sandra Dallas

In 1880’s Georgetown, Colorado, seventeen-year-old Nealie Bent deals with lies, secrets, and heartache before choosing the man who will give her the Bride’s House. Years later, Nealie’s daughter, Pearl, grows up in the Bride’s House. When the enterprising young Frank Curry comes along and asks for Pearl’s hand in marriage, Pearl’s father sabotages the union. But Pearl has inherited her mother’s tenacity of heart, and her father underestimates the lengths to which the women in the Bride’s House will go for love.

  To Taste the Wine by Fern Michaels

Languishing in the London home of her uncle, Chelsea Myles is offered an escape when she is asked to switch identities with a young woman on her way to an arranged marriage in Australia.

Mystery

  The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too, and he’s certain he’s on the right trail.

  Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore

Abruptly leaving law school in Chicago, Jiminy Davis retreats to her Grandmother Willa’s rural Mississippi home to figure out what her next step in life should be. Exacerbating her identity crisis is the unsettling news that she was named for another Jiminy, the beloved daughter of Willa’s housekeeper, Lyn. Even more startling is the discovery that the original Jiminy and her father were heinously murdered during the violent days of the 1960s civil rights movement. Not only were those crimes never solved, they were never even investigated, a fact that stirs Jiminy’s sense of justice and spurs her to delve into this past mystery. Frustrated by a code of silence that has flourished for 50 years, Jiminy fears she’s running out of options until she finds an ally in Lyn’s nephew, Bo. Their friendship, however, raises eyebrows in a town where racism is still prevalent and old secrets endure. While vividly evoking a menacing sense of small-town protectiveness, Gore deftly handles painful episodes with a gentle touch.–Haggas, Carol Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Southern Comfort by Fern Michaels

The crack head killed the family of Atlanta PD homicide detective Patrick “Tick” Kelly. Unable to cope with the deaths of the woman he was married to for fifteen years and knew since seventh grade, and that of their two children, Tick retires from the force and moves to Mango Key, Florida where he plans to write crime novels. Once he stops getting drunk, he becomes a successful author. Kate Rush left DEA to return home to Miami. However, she cannot resist doing a surveillance of an alleged human trafficking ring in Mango Key. Kate and her female partner Sandy think Tick and his brother Pete are part of the operation, but quickly change their minds. As Kate and Tick fight their attraction, they team up to end the horrific selling of humans.

  The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson

The first Sherlock Holmes letter barrister Reggie Heath answered cost him most of his personal fortune, all of his Baker Street Chambers clients, and quite possibly Laura Rankin, the love of his life. But Reggie intends to earn all of it–;the money, the career, and the love–back again. His latest client is the driver of one of London’s famous Black Cabs, accused of murdering two American tourists. But while Reggie is working on that case, the letters to Sherlock Holmes are piling up –including one from someone who claims to be the descendant of Professor James Moriarty.

  Bel-Air Dead by Stuart Woods

In the newest addition to the New York Times -bestselling series, Stone Barrington comes face-to-face with a beautiful woman from his past. . . . Stone Barrington receives a rather unexpected phone call from Arrington Calder, the ex-girlfriend with whom he has a son. Arrington’s much older husband, the actor Vance Calder, has just died, leaving her a fortune in Centurion Studios stock. Arrington has plans for the money and asks Stone to represent her in the sale of the company. But when he arrives at her home in Bel-Air to finalize the deal, things take a nasty turn. It seems many of Hollywood’s rich and beautiful have Arrington and Centurion in their sights, and Stone finds himself dragged into a surprisingly deadly web of intrigue.

Romance

 The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon

From the acclaimed author of Pearl and Final Payments comes a beautifully choreographed novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years and reimmersing themselves in their shared past. Miranda and Adam, high-school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, a city where they once spent a summer deeply in love, living together blissfully. At an awkward reunion, the two-who parted in an atmosphere of passionate betrayal in the 1960s and haven’t seen each other since-are surprised to discover that they may have something to talk about. Both have their own guilt, their sense of who betrayed whom, and their long-held interpretation of the events that caused them not to marry and to split apart into the lives they’ve led since-both are married to others, with grown children. For the few weeks they are in Rome, Adam suggests that they meet for daily walks and get to know each other again. Gradually, as they take in the pleasures of the city and the drama of its streets, they discover not only what matters to them now but also more about what happened to them long ago. Miranda and Adam are masterfully portrayed characters, intent upon understanding who they are in relation to who they were. A story about what first love means and how it is shattered, and the lessons old lovers may still have to share with each other many years later, The Love of My Youth is also a poignant look back at the hopes and dreams of a generation and what became of them.

  A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber

In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth. They’re driving to Florida for Ruth’s 50th high-school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She’s heard he’s alone, too and, well, she’s curious. Maybe even hopeful.  Bethanne herself needs time to react, to ponder a decision she has to make. Her ex-husband, Grant her children’s father wants to reconcile now that his second marriage has failed. Bethanne’s considering it Meanwhile, Annie’s out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a  brilliant  life without him! So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their directions but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead you to an unexpected encounter like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max who really  is a hero on a Harley. That’s when Bethanne’s decision becomes a lot harder. Because Grant wants her back, but now there’s Max. From Seattle’s Blossom Street to the other end of the country, this is a trip that could change three women’s lives.

  Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

The number-one New York Times -bestselling author delves into the world of elite firefighters who thrive on danger and adrenaline-men and women who wouldn’t know how to live life if it wasn’t on the edge. There’s little as thrilling as firefighting-at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home-even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering. Fortunately, this year’s rookie crop is one of the strongest ever-and Gulliver Curry’s one of the best. He’s also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. Everything is thrown off balance when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull-any distractions in the air or on the ground could mean the end-but if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on, she may not make it through the summer. . . .

Suspense/Thriller

 The Sixth Man by David Baldacci

After alleged serial killer Edgar Roy is apprehended and locked away in a psychiatric unit, private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy’s lawyer–an old friend of Sean King–to look into the case. But en route to their first meeting with the lawyer, King and Maxwell discover his dead body.

  The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker

Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate. Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost. Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man. Having escaped his clutches, she now lives only to satisfy justice by destroying him, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit. But when Danny and Renee’s paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly and neither of them may make it out of this hunt alive. Judge not, or you too will be judged.

  Knockdown by Sarah Graves

hey say you can’t go home again-and when it comes to someone with an old score to settle, sometimes you’d better not. That’s what Jacobia  Jake Tiptree discovers when the past she thought she’d laid to rest comes calling at her lovingly restored 1823 Federal-style house in Eastport, Maine. Unfortunately, her old life and her new one are about to collide with deadly consequences. Jake is deep in her latest home improvement project-repainting a porch-when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable:  Blood shows up again. Murder will out. If it’s a prank, it’s an ugly one, and so is the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July-just two days away. Back in her days as a hotshot financial manager she did business with plenty of shady characters, but she’s still baffled as to the identity of her nemesis-until she receives a photo of a murdered man. Now Jake knows what-and whom-she’s up against. But knowing her enemy is no guarantee that she can escape the grim payoff he has in store for her. From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown with not just Jake but the entire town of Eastport at its explosive center. And no one can predict when or where the shockingly deadly finale will occur.

  Tabloid City by Pete Hamill

In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths: The head of one of the city’s last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe. The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories–a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid Cityis a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades.

  Eve by Iris Johansen

In her newest novel of breathtaking suspense, #1 bestselling author Johansen begins a trilogy that will answer questions that have haunted her legion of fans for more than a decade. With a brilliant narrative that goes back to Eve Duncan’s early life, exploring her history and motivations like no other novel before, “Eve” reveals long-guarded secrets and is guaranteed to leave Johansen fans panting for more.

  Home Free by Fern Michaels

The vigilantes of the Sisterhood reorganize as a secret group called the CIC and dedicated to serving their friend, the president of the United States, Martine Connor.

  10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

For every secret Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime : a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. For every lie At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life–a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? There’s a different way to die Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action,10th Anniversaryis the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever.

  Buried Prey by John Sandford

Some secrets just can’t stay buried, in the brilliant new Lucas Davenport thriller from the number-one New York Times – bestselling author. “One of the best,” said Kirkus Reviews of  Storm Prey. “Razor-sharp dialogue, a tautly controlled pace and enough homicides for a miniseries. What more could fans want?”  A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they’ve been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long. In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls’ disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn’t just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth.

  Save Me by Lisa Scottoline

From the “New York Times”-bestselling author of “Think Twice” and “Look Again” comes an emotionally powerful novel about a split-second choice, agonizing consequences, and the need for justice. “Save Me” will have readers wondering just how far they would go to save the ones they love.


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