Tuesday, July 5, 2016

It's never a wrong time to curl up with one of these new bestsellers

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien

Intoxicating.... O'Brien takes up her signature themes—close-knit communities, love and hate for the homeland, the plight of women, loss and desire, victimhood, romantic love—and casts their compassionate reach far beyond Ireland.... [The Little Red Chairs] asks the kinds of questions only a novel could dare; like a great novel must, it leaves many of them unanswered."

The Murder of Mary Russell (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series #14) by Laurie R. King

“Not only a high point in King’s long-running series, but a compelling demonstration of the ways inventive writers can continue to breathe new life into the Holmes-ian mythology . . . Both Holmes and Russell will have a chance to shine; in fact, the case achieves a rare balance between Holmes, Russell, and the mystery they’ve been set.”

Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo

The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. … Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that "it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me."

Off the Grid (Joe Pickett Series #16) by C. J. Box

“C.J. Box continues his spectacular roll with the darkly mesmerizing Off the Grid....Ever popular buddy teams in the thriller genre include such classic matches as Robert Parker’s Hawk and Spenser along with James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell just to name a few. Pickett and Romanoski have become the gold standard, playing off each other perfectly as different sides of the same coin, which is sure to help place Off the Grid on everyone’s Best Thrillers of 2016 list.”

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen

What does home really mean? Is it the people around you who make a place familiar and loved, or is it the tie to land that's been in your family for generations? Anna Quindlen's mesmerizing new novel investigates both…Quindlen makes her characters so richly alive, so believable, that it's impossible not to feel every doubt and dream they harbor, or share every tragedy that befalls them…The novel is overwhelmingly moving…The ending fast-forwards like a kind of majestic tide, carrying all these lives we've come to deeply care for into middle age and beyond, as people marry, birth children, move on and, yes, die. Family bonds are restructured, and secrets…are revealed that either wedge people apart or bind them together. But Quindlen also allows her characters mystery—and some of what's unknown stays unknown, which burnishes her story with a kind of haunting grace and truthfulness. Here, in this novel, where so much is about what vanishes, there is also a deep beating heart, of what also stays.

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