August 2009 Large Print

 There’s Something About St. Tropez by Elizabeth Adler

In bestseller Adler’s sparkling sequel to One of Those Malibu Nights, PI Mac Reilly, the star of TV’s Mac Reilly’s Malibu Mysteries, and his fiancee, Sunny Alvarez, are looking forward to spending June at Chez La Violette, a villa they’ve rented in St. Tropez. Sunny arrives first, only to discover that they’ve been scammed, along with a number of others who thought they were renting a fancy house on the French Riviera, among them Belinda Lord, the estranged wife of a Russian mobster, and widower Billy Bashford, a Texas rancher, and his eight-year-old daughter, Laureen. After Mac arrives, Sunny and Mac decamp to the nearby HUtel des RIves, where they help protect Belinda from her nasty husband and become entangled in some art thefts in St. Tropez. An enchanting subplot involving the cute but realistic Laureen, who befriends an abandoned 11-year-old boy staying at the hotel, lifts an escapist eclair into something more substantial. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

 Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

“A gun-toting, cursing, former Amish female chief of police” stars in this excellent first in a new suspense series from romance veteran Castillo (Fade to Red). When a serial killer strikes bucolic Painters Mill, Ohio, the killer’s signature-Roman numerals ritualistically carved into each victim’s abdomen-matches the MO of four unsolved murders from 16 years earlier. Police chief Kate Burkholder, who’s reluctant to dredge up the past, must keep secret that she knows why the old murders stopped. Not satisfied with the case’s progress, local politicos set up a multijurisdictional task force to assist, including a law-enforcement agent battling his own demons. The added scrutiny and the rising body count threaten to push the chief over the edge. Adept at creating characters with depth and nuance, Castillo smoothly integrates their backstories into a well-paced plot that illuminates the divide between the Amish and “English” worlds. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

 Knockout by Catherine Coulter

A New York Times Bestselling Author Seven-year-old Autumn Backman can communicate telepathically. Not with everyone, only those with whom she shares a special kinship. When she and her mother bring her father’s ashes to the family plot in Georgia, Autumn witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles burying a pile of bodies in the middle of the night. Sensing they need help on a grand scale, Autumn telepathically contacts a man she’d seen only on TV: FBI agent Dillon Savich.

 The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner

Boston police detective D. D. Warren returns in another suspenseful and stylish mystery. A pretty schoolteacher vanishes from her home, leaving behind a young daughter and a husband who doesn’t seem all that broken up over his wife’s disappearance. The first question Warren has to answer is, Was the woman abducted, or did she simply leave? But soon it becomes apparent that her departure was not voluntary, and the suspects begin to mount up: the not-so-grieving husband, who seems to be hiding some pretty big secrets; a neighbor who happens to be a registered sex offender; one of the victim’s students, a boy who might have some misguided feelings for the victim; even the woman’s estranged father, who won’t win any prizes for personality or compassion. But, through narrative passages written in the victim’s voice, the author shows us that the woman herself is deeply troubled and is perhaps not quite the innocent victim she appears to be. This is certainly Gardner’s most complex novel, and it will be a definite treat for her fans.–Pitt, David Copyright 2009 Booklist

 Dust to Dust by Heather Graham

Dune Road by Jane Green

In the latest inviting summer read from bestseller Green (The Beach House), divorced mom Kit Hargrove learns about family, love, and the price of secrets while rediscovering passion for life and her small Connecticut beach town. As the off-season begins, Kit is still recovering from the breakup of her marriage (to solicitous but work-obsessed Adam), working for famously reclusive author Robert McClore, and practicing yoga with her new friend Tracy. Upheaval soon arrives in the form of a mysterious new boyfriend and a long-lost sister, as well as a scandalous secret regarding Kit’s much-desired employer. Green’s newest has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters. With three main plots, however, Green tries to pack in too much story, ultimately shortchanging her characters and her readers. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

 A Plague of Secrets by John Lescroat

A brisk pace, sharp dialogue and believable characters propel bestseller Lescroart’s 13th thriller to feature San Francisco defense attorney Dismas Hardy (after Betrayal). When someone shoots Dylan Volger in an alley near the coffee shop he managed, Bay Beans West, the cops discover a load of marijuana in the victim’s backpack, a crop of weed growing in his attic and a customer list that includes a judge and several local officials. Suspicion centers on Hardy’s client and Bay Beans West’s owner, Maya Townshend, who’s the sister of a city supervisor and the mayor’s niece. That Maya was paying Volger an unusually high salary of $90,000 suggests he was blackmailing her. An arrogant U.S. attorney decides to turn the trial into a “career-making moment,” invoking a little-known law to prosecute Maya. Lescroart skillfully juggles myriad plot threads, including one involving homicide detective Abe Glitsky, a series regular, whose young son is in a coma after a car accident. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

 A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey

The passionate story of a maid of honor at Queen Victoria’s court who is forced to wed the royal spy who seduced her–by mistake.

 The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil

Gil McNeil’s BEACH STREET KNITTING SOCIETY AND YARN CLUB is a fresh, uplifting, funny novel about knitting, the art of life, and how a young mother learns to start over after her husband’s sudden death.

 Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Syd, a breathtakingly beautiful supermodel on a photo shoot inH awaii, disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents travel to Hawaii to investigate for themselves, never expecting the horror that awaits them. LA Times reporter Ben Hawkins is conducting his own research into the case, hoping to help the victim and get an idea for his next bestseller. With no leads and no closer to uncovering the kidnapper’s identity than when he stepped off the plane, Ben gets a shocking visit that pushes him into an impossible-to-resist deal with the devil. A heart-pounding story of fear and desire, Swimsuit transports readers to a chilling new territory where the collision of beauty and murder transforms paradise into a hell of unspeakable horrors.

 The Defector by Daniel Silva

Silva’s thrillers bring readers the best of all spy worlds. The action roars along, touching down in both glamorous settings and godforsaken outposts. However, unlike conventional spy novels, which tend to throw so many locations at readers that the overall effect is like glancing at an airport’s postings of arrivals and departures, Silva keeps a steady center with his intriguing hero, Gabriel Allon. Allon, whose parents survived the Holocaust, is an artist and specialist in restoring Renaissance paintings. He is also a spy and trained assassin for Israel’s Special Operations Unit, distinguished for carrying out the most secretive, perilous, and exacting missions. Allon is conflicted over what he does but driven to do it nonetheless. This is the ninth in the series and the sequel to last year’s Moscow Rules, which explored the murky world of Russian arms dealing. This time Ivan Kharkov, an oligarch and arms dealer, seeks revenge for Allon’s costly discoveries. The first step in his revenge plan, according to Israeli intelligence, is the kidnapping of a Russian defector in London (which Silva cites as a Russian city). Silva juxtaposes scenes of great beauty, as when he details the Umbrian villa in which Allon does his restoration work, with shuddering scenes of violence. For readers who crave both deft characterization and old-fashioned, spy-novel action.–Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2009 Bookl


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