New Fiction – August 2009

The Angel’s Game Carlos Ruiz Zafón, F RUI – The author of The Shadow of the Wind returns with a young man who writes sensationalist novels in a Barcelona mansion.

Any Minute Joyce Meyer, F MEY – Sarah Harper is driven to achieve success, but what happens when her car plunges off a bridge into a river?  What will she discover after her death?

The Apostle Brad Thor, F THO – When American doctor Julia Gallo is kidnapped in Afghanistan, the terms of her ransom leave the president with only one course of action.

Burn Linda Howard, F HOW – Money changes Jenner Redwine’s life when she wins the lottery, but it also costs her plenty.

The Castaways Elin Hilderbrand, F HIL – Intrigue and mystery surround the death of a couple off the coast of Nantucket. By the author of A Summer Affair.

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder Rebecca Wells, F WEL – The author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood returns with another southern charmer.

The Devil’s Punchbowl Greg Iles, F ILES – Penn Cage, the new mayor of Natchez, Mississippi realizes that one of the riverside gambling boats may not be what it seems.

The Doomsday Key Jams Rollins, F ROL – Three murdered people, on three continents, have a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross. Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force are in a race against time.

Dune Road Jane Green, F GRE – Kit Hargrove is doing well after her divorce and finds the job of her dreams, assisting the blockbuster novelist, Robert McClore.

Exiles in the Garden Ward Just, F JUS – Alec Malone, son of a powerful U.S. Senator, becomes an outsider as he chooses photography as his profession, and then turns down an assignment to cover the war in Vietnam. An absorbing book.

The Fixer Upper Mary Kay Andrews, F AND – Out of options, Dempsey Jo Killebrew reluctantly accepts her father’s offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia.

Gifts of War Mackenzie Ford, F FOR – A battlefield promise sends a British soldier on a romantic mission during World War I.

Hope in a Jar Beth Harbison, F HAR – On the eve of their 20th high school reunion, erstwhile friends, Allie and Olivia, realize that although their dreams may be unrealized, that there is, indeed, hope in a jar.

The Husband Habit Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, F VAL – The author of The Dirty Girls Social Club relates the story of Vanessa, who falls for men who are attached to someone else.

Killer Summer Ridley Pearson, F PEA – Sun Valley sheriff Walt Fleming returns in another thriller featuring an annual wine auction attracting high rollers from across the country.

Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann, F MCC – August 1974. The people of lower Manhattan stare in disbelief at the Twin Towers as they glimpse a mysterious tightrope walker.  In the streets below, ordinary lives become extraordinary.

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People Farahad Zama, F ZAM – What does an Indian man do when his retirement becomes too monotonous? Open a marriage bureau, of course!

Mist Carla Neggers, F NEG – Lizzie Rush uncovers evidence that thrill-seeking billionaire Norman Estabrook may be part of a criminal network.  Her dangerous game of cat and mouse may have devastating consequences.

The Moon Looked Down Dorothy Garlock, F GAR – Young Sophie Heller and her family were able to escape Nazi Germany, but as war fever sweeps their small town in Illinois, they become targets of suspicion and a vicious attack.

The Penny Pinchers Club Sarah Strohmeyer, F STR – Avid consumer, Kat, finds that drastic times call for drastic measures. Can hardship lead to happiness?

A Plague of Secrets John Lescroar, tF LES – A murder case is plagued by lies and secrets, but there is one secret that attorney Dismas Hardy is duty-bound to protect.

Return to Sullivans Island Dorothea Benton Frank, F FRA – Aspiring writer, Beth Hayes, returns to her family’s summer home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Shadow of Betrayal Brett Battles, F BAT – The meeting place was carefully chosen: an abandoned church in rural Ireland.  But then something went horribly wrong and Jonathan Quinn was faced with four dead bodies and one astounding clue.

The Shimmer David Morrell, F MOR – Police officer Dan Page traces his wife’s disappearance to Rostov, Texas where unexplained phenomena attract hundreds of spectators each night.

A Short History of Women Kate Walbert, F WAL – A portrayal of the complicated legacies of mothers and daughters, chronicling five generations of women from the close of the 19th century through the early years of the 21st.

Six Suspects Vikas Swarup, F SWA – The author of Slumdog Millionaire returns with a tale of murder, corruption and opportunity in New Delhi, India.

Summer House Nancy Thayer, F THA – Three generations of strong-willed women must each wrestle with life-changing decisions.

The Wedding Girl Madeleine Wickham, F WIC – From the author of The Gatecrasher comes an entertaining story about an elaborate wedding that may come undone by a secret that catches up with the bride.