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Friday, April 30, 2010

April 30, 2010

The following reviews, interviews and features began running on on Friday, April 30th.

The titles below are discussed in the Newsletter Opener, which can be read here:

BROKEN by Karin Slaughter
THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE by Mary Higgins Clark
BODILY HARM by Robert Dugoni
THEY'RE WATCHING by Gregg Hurwitz
212 by Alafair Burke
THE HIDDEN MAN by David Ellis
GOING IN CIRCLES by Pamela Ribon
GETTING IN by Karen Stabiner
POINT DUME by Katie Arnoldi
WAR by Sebastian Junger
THE WINDS OF WAR by Herman Wouk
IF I STAY by Gayle Forman
DOWN RIVER by John Hart
COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen
THE RED TENT by Anita Diamant
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK by Geraldine Brooks

Reviews and Excerpts
THE 9TH JUDGMENT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Thriller)
A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. That same night, the wife of an A-list actor is killed by a cat burglar who steals millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. These two senseless crimes throw San Francisco into hysteria. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE 9th JUDGMENT.

SHOOT TO THRILL: A Monkeewrench Novel by P.J. Tracy (Thriller)
When Minneapolis homicide cops Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi are called to a derelict stretch of the Mississippi River, they see the bride dead in the water. And when the Monkeewrench crew are invited by the FBI to investigate a series of murder videos posted to the Web, it's not long before the group discovers the frightening link between the unlucky bride and the latest, most horrific use of the Internet yet. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.
- Click here to read an excerpt from SHOOT TO THRILL.
- Click here to read P.J. Tracy's Mother's Day blog piece.

THE HYPNOTIST by M.J. Rose (Thriller)
An FBI agent, tormented by a death he wasn't able to prevent, a crime he's never been able to solve and a love he's never forgotten, discovers that his true conflict resides not in his past, but in a … Past Life. International bestselling author M. J. Rose's THE HYPNOTIST is her most mesmerizing novel yet. An adventure, a love story, a clash of cultures, a spiritual quest, it is above all a thrilling capstone to her unique Reincarnation novels, THE REINCARNATIONIST and THE MEMORIST.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE HYPNOTIST.

LUCID INTERVALS: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods
It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine's. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner, Dino, are enjoying some pasta when in walks former client Herbie Fisher with a briefcase containing $14 million in cash. Herbie claims to have won the money on a lucky lotto ticket, but he also says he needs a lawyer. After a single gunshot breaks the window above his head, Stone and Dino suspect Herbie might also need a bodyguard and a private investigator. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

THIS BODY OF DEATH: An Inspector Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George (Mystery)
Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley is on compassionate leave after the murder of his wife. But when the body of a woman is found in an isolated London cemetery, he is prevailed upon to help the new temporary department head tackle the case. He and his former partner, Barbara Havers, are stunned when the investigation leads them to an outcome that is both tragic and shocking. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

RECKLESS by Andrew Gross (Thriller)
Private security investigator Ty Hauck --- with the assistance of Naomi Blum, a tenacious agent from the U.S. Department of Treasury --- unravels the evidence that joins seemingly unrelated events, revealing a reckless scheme that stretches from New York to London to central Europe and gives new meaning to the phrase "too big to fail." Reviewed by L. Dean Murphy.

A TICKET TO THE CIRCUS: A Memoir by Norris Church Mailer (Memoir)
A great American love story, this warm, funny and revealing memoir introduces the world to Norman Mailer’s greatest inspiration: his wife of more than 30 years. Like Zelda Fitzgerald before her, Norris Church Mailer has led a life as large and as colorful as her husband’s --- and every bit as engaging. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

THE MOONLIT EARTH by Christopher Rice (Psychological Thriller)
Christopher Rice, the author of four New York Times bestselling novels by the age of 30, returns with his first female protagonist since THE SNOW GARDEN. In THE MOONLIT EARTH, he delivers a compelling psychological thriller about a young woman who must act to save her brother’s reputation and life when he is accused of being involved in a terrorist event. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum.

INVISIBLE BOY by Cornelia Read (Mystery)
The smart-mouthed but sensitive runaway socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a brutalized three-year-old boy in her own weed-ridden family cemetery outside Manhattan. She finds herself examining her own troubled personal history, and the sometimes hidden, sometimes all-too-public class and racial warfare that penetrates every level of society in the savage streets of New York City during the early 1990s. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds.

THE OTHER FAMILY by Joanna Trollope (Fiction)
When her music star husband dies suddenly, Chrissie Rossiter is plunged into a morass of despair, complicated by the fact that she and Richie never actually married, despite having three daughters together. Her feeling of unbalance is worsened by a most unexpected provision in his will --- one that causes Chrissie to question everything she thought was true about their relationship. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE HEIGHTS by Peter Hedges (Fiction)
Tim Welch is a popular history teacher at the Montague Academy, an exclusive private school in Brooklyn Heights. His wife, Kate Oliver, stays home with their two young sons in a modest apartment trying desperately to become the parent she never had. They are seemingly the last middle-class family in the Heights, whose world is turned upside down by Anna Brody, the new neighbor who moves into the most expensive brownstone in Brooklyn. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE OVERLOADED LIBERAL: Shopping, Investing, Parenting and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism by Fran Hawthorne (Current Events)
In 21st-century America, even a trip to the grocery store has become a political event. Consumers vote with their pocketbook. Do their purchases support unions, sweatshops, or the sponsors of radio and television celebrities they despise? THE OVERLOADED LIBERAL is an entertaining look at consumerism in modern political times. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

Author Talk
P. J. Tracy
P.J. Tracy --- the pseudonym for mother-daughter writing team P.J. and Traci Lambrecht --- recently published SHOOT TO THRILL, the fifth installment in their award-winning Monkeewrench series that follows a group of eccentric cyber investigators who solve Internet-based crimes. In this interview, the authors discuss the initial inspiration behind these quirky and rather timely novels, and share their thoughts on the influence of the Web on society as a whole. They also detail the technical and procedural research that goes into writing each story, attempt to describe the secret to their collaborative success, and humorously explain what they found so rewarding about this latest project.'s Fifth Annual Mother's Day Contest: Books Mom Will Love
Mother’s Day is a time to recognize the woman who raised and nurtured you. Why not brighten her special day with some great books? From April 16th through May 3rd, readers will have the chance to win one of our 15 Mother’s Day Gift Baskets. Each basket is filled with a selection of 12 books from our 36 featured titles, giving mom a book to read each month and making Mother’s Day truly a yearlong celebration. Also included are a variety of gifts to treat her: a plush blanket, a Crabtree & Evelyn Shower Flower, H2O+ Body Butter, a Jane Sun Tea soothing mask, Rose Garden Sachets, garden gloves, and, of course, some chocolates. (Please note: Colors may vary on items.)

Our featured Mother’s Day titles can be found here. With books that are moving, uplifting, humorous and informative, look no further than for the perfect gift for mom.

Mother's Day Author Blogs: Celebrating Authors and Their Mothers
Here at, Mother’s Day will be a month-long celebration with the help of some of our author friends and their mothers. During the next few weeks, we will be featuring daily blog posts from mother/daughter writing teams like Mary and Carol Higgins Clark; author moms and their author children like Sandra Brown and her son, Ryan; mothers sharing what it was like raising a future author; and authors paying tribute to their moms.

Reading these pieces will give you a new understanding and insight into the role mom played as authors got their start or followed into the literary world.

Contributing authors have included:
- Mary and Carol Higgins Clark
- Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
- Francine Rivers and Shannon Rivers Coibion
- Sandra and Ryan Brown
- Shirley and Mandy Jump
- Rebecca Goldstein and Yael Goldstein Love
- Malena Watrous and Deborah Johnson
- Susan Wiggs and Elizabeth Wiggs Maas
- Kelly Corrigan
- P.J. Tracy
- Ad Hudler
- Lisa Gardner
- Claire and Mia Fontaine
- Amanda Eyre Ward
- Kathy and Kerry Reichs

Coming soon:
- Janet and Alex Evanovich
- Emily Giffin
- Carolyn and Lisa See
- Cokie Roberts
- P.C. and Kristin Cast
- Sandra Dallas
- Jennifer Chiaverini
- Robert Dugoni

We suggest you bookmark this page or set up an RSS feed so you can read these pieces every day!

Special Contest: Win a Copy of THE HYPNOTIST by M.J. Rose
We are celebrating the release of THE HYPNOTIST --- the latest thrilling, inventive volume in M.J. Rose’s bestselling Reincarnationist series --- with a special contest. 20 readers will have the opportunity to each win a copy of the book, which is now in stores. The deadline for entries is Friday, May 7th at noon ET.

Historical Fiction Author Spotlight
BY FIRE, BY WATER by Mitchell James Kaplan
Luis de Santángel, chancellor to the court and longtime friend of the lusty King Ferdinand, has had enough of the Spanish Inquisition. Santángel is from a family of conversos, and his Jewish heritage makes him a target of the brutal Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada. When a dear friend’s demise brings the violence close to home, Santángel takes retribution into his own hands, simultaneously growing ever closer to a beautiful Jewish silversmith, Judith Migdal.
- Click here to read an excerpt from BY FIRE, BY WATER.
- Click here to read Mitchell James Kaplan's bio.
- Click here to read critical praise for BY FIRE, BY WATER.
- Click here to read more about BY FIRE, BY WATER.

Suspense Thriller Author Spotlight
FLIGHT OF SHADOWS by Sigmund Brouwer
She escaped the religious enclave of Appalachia. But peace and freedom are even further out of reach for Caitlyn as the myriad dangers pursuing her threaten to crush her last shred of hope. Will she ever discover the truth of her origin? A lightning-fast chase through an all-too-plausible future, bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer is at his best in this terrifying ride into the heart of compelling moral questions about science and society.
- Click here to read an excerpt from FLIGHT OF SHADOWS.
- Click here to read Sigmund Brouwer's bio.
- Click here to read critical praise for FLIGHT OF SHADOWS.
- Click here to read more about FLIGHT OF SHADOWS.

INDIVISIBLE by Kristen Heitzmann
Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town. With never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers --- and his fragile sobriety.
- Click here to read a third excerpt from INDIVISIBLE.

Fantasy Author Spotlight
Montgomery de Piaget attracts responsibilities like blossoms lure bees. Where other knights have bonny brides, laughing children and noble quests, he has the task of rebuilding the most dilapidated castle in all of England. A bit of magic might aid him --- if only he still believed in that sort of thing. When Pippa Alexander is invited to England to provide costumes for an upscale party, she jumps at the chance to showcase her own line of fairytale inspired designs. Not that she believes in fairy tales, or magic that whispers along the hallways of an honest-to-goodness medieval castle… But the castle is full of more than cobwebs, and danger lurks in unexpected places.
- Click here to read an excerpt from ONE ENCHANTED EVENING.
- Click here to read Lynn Kruland's bio.
- Click here to read critical praise for FLIGHT OF SHADOWS.
- Click here to read more about FLIGHT OF SHADOWS.

Women's Fiction Author Spotlight
Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her mother’s warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.
- Click here to read a second excerpt from HEART OF THE MATTER.

One to Watch Author Spotlight
EVANGELINE by Ben Farmer
EVANGELINE is both a sweeping love story and harrowing journey from Nova Scotia to New Orleans in pre-revolutionary America. As the British drove the French out of mid-18th century Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia), the beautiful 17-year-old Evangeline Bellefontaine is torn by British soldiers from her fiance, Gabriel Lajeunesse, on the eve of their wedding. Heartbroken but determined, Evangeline --- along with illegal trapper Bernard Arseneau and priest Felician Abadie --- sets out on an extraordinary 10-year journey to the French-Spanish colony of Louisiana to seek her long-lost love.
- Click here to read a third excerpt from EVANGELINE.

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