January 16, 2019
Coleman, Reed Farrel. ROBERT B. PARKER'S COLORBLIND. Random House Audio. September '18. $35.00. A Jesse Stone Novel. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by James Naughton. "Jesse Stone is back on the job after a stint in rehab, and the road to recovery is immediately made bumpy by a series of disturbing and apparently racially motivated crimes, beginning with the murder of an African American woman. Then, Jesse's own deputy Alisha - the first black woman hired by the Paradise police force - becomes the target of a sophisticated frame-up. As he and his team work tirelessly to unravel the truth, he has to wonder if this is just one part of an even grander plot, one with an end game more destructive than any of them can imagine. At the same time, a mysterious young man named Cole Slayton rolls into town with a chip on his shoulder and a problem with authority - namely, Jesse. Yet, something about the angry twenty-something appeals to Jesse, and he takes Cole under his wing. But there's more to him than meets the eye, and his secrets might change Jesse's life forever." Simultaneous hardcover release from G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Collins, Megan. THE WINTER SISTER. Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio. February '19. $39.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. A haunting debut about a woman who's past crashes into the present. When her estranged mother begins treatment for cancer, Sylvie returns home to help her and begins to unravel the murder of her sister, Persephone. Missing for three days before her body was found, Persephone's murderer was never caught. The situation becomes even more complicated when Sylvie learns that her sister's boyfriend, Ben, somebody she suspected killed her sister, is a nurse at the cancer center where her mother is receiving care. While trying to deal with her mother, Sylvie starts to investigate what really happened to Persephone the night she died. Simultaneous hardcover release from Atria Books.
Jance, J.A. FIELD OF BONES. HarperAudio. September '18. $39.99. Eighteenth in the series. Audio CD. Unabridged. "This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father's long unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions. Filled with the beloved characters, small town charm, vivid history, intriguing mystery, and the scenic Arizona desert backdrop that have made the Joanna Brady series perennial bestsellers, this latest entry featuring the popular sheriff is sure to please J.A. Jance's legion of fans." Available in paperback from William Morrow. May '19.
Muller, Marcia. THE BREAKERS. Grand Central. August '18. $26.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Elizabeth Evans. Thirtyfourth in the Sharon McCone series. "Sharon gets a request from her former neighbors the Curleys. Their usually dependable daughter, Chelle, hasn't answered their calls in over a week. Would Sharon check on her? Chelle, a house flipper, has been living at her latest rehab project: a Prohibition-era nightclub known as the Breakers, formerly a favored watering hole for San Francisco's elite, now converted into a run-down apartment building. There's something sinister about the quirky space, and Sharon quickly discovers why. Lurking in a secret room between two floors is a ghastly art gallery: photos and drawings of mass murderers, long ago and recent. Jack the Ripper. The Zodiac and Zebra killers. Charles Manson. What, an alarmed Sharon wonders, was Chelle doing in this chamber of horrors? And as Sharon begins to suspect that the ghoulish collage may be more than just a leftover relic of the Breakers' checkered history, her search for Chelle becomes a desperate race against the clock before a killer strikes again." Simultaneous release in hardcover. Available in paperback. March '19.
Paretsky, Sara. SHELL GAME: A V.I. Warshawski Novel. HarperCollins & Blackstone Audio. October '18. $39.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. "Acclaimed detective V.I. Warshawski tackles a pair of perplexing cases involving those closest to her in this compelling and timely adventure that centers on some of the most divisive and pressing issues of our time. When V.I Warshawski gets word that her closest friend and mentor Lotty Herschel's nephew has become a suspect in a murder, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel's name and phone number on the unknown victim's remains, but Felix insists he doesn't know why. As Vic digs deeper, she discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archeology - the first clue in a bewildering case that leads to a stolen artifact and a shadowy network of international criminals. But the trouble multiplies when Vic's long lost niece, Reno, goes missing. A beautiful young woman with a heartbreaking past and a promising future, Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her her life. V.I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece's safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her. Vic won't leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are cleared - a complex investigation that will entangle the Russian mob, ISIS backers, rogue ICE agents, a nefarious corporation preying on the poor, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen antiquities stretching from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East. In SHELL GAME, no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems, except for the indomitable detective and her thirst for justice." Available in paperback from William Morrow.
Patterson, James & Clinton, Bill. THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING: A Novel. Little, Brown & Company and Knopf. June '18. $40.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, and three others. "THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING confronts a threat so huge that it jeopardizes not just Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street, but all of America. Uncertainty and fear grip the nation. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view ... Set over the course of three days, THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING sheds a stunning light upon the inner workings and vulnerabilities of our nation. Filled with information that only a former Commander-in-Chief could know, this is the most authentic, terrifying novel to come along in many years." Simultaneous hardcover release.
Pronzini, Bill. THE BAG OF TRICKS AFFAIR: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery. Blackstone Audio. March '18. $34.95. Audio CD. Unabridged. Sixth in the series. "THE BAG OF TRICKS AFFAIR is the latest charming historical mystery in Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Bill Pronzini's detective series. A conman always has a bag of tricks, ready to fool the unsuspecting, and almost everyone is unsuspecting until they get taken. When that happens, they turn to Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, to recover their money and what's left of their dignity, and perhaps even to save their lives. When one such case leaves Sabina Carpenter the only witness to a murder, the family of the culprit vows to stop at nothing to keep her silent. The threat leaves John Quincannon deeply concerned for Sabina's safety, but there's no rest for the wicked and so the crime-solving duo must split up to tackle two separate con games, run by two villains with deadly bags of tricks at hand. And when Sabina's life is put in danger, John must rush to save her while grappling with the terrifying realization of exactly how much she means to him." Simultaneous hardcover release from Forge Books.
Walters, Minette. THE LAST HOURS. Harlequin Audio & Blackstone Audio. August '18. $44.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. A fascinating historical look at medieval times and the Black Death as seen through the eyes of an feisty, educated woman who has learned to think for herself. In June of 1348, when the Black Death began to ravage England, fear spread and people started to believe they were being punished by God. Having been educated by nuns, Lady Anne of Develish doesn't buy into the hysteria and while her brute of a husband is away from the manor, she decides to protect her people. She moves all of the serfs into the manor which is surrounded by a moat. She then locks the gates and refuses to allow anybody in, including her husband. Problems mount as food begins to run low and people become more and more afraid of the unknown. How long can they hold out? How long will they be safe? Simultaneous hardcover release from MIRA. Paperback edition. Allen & Unwin. June '18.
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