Staff Picks: Fiction 2009

The Widow’s Season
By Brodie, Laura
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Sarah McConnell’s husband had been dead for three months when she saw him in the grocery store. So begins this mesmerizing debut novel about love, grief, and ghosts who show up where they’re least expected.

Sullivan’s Island
By Frank, Dorothea Benton
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Debuting to rave reviews from Frank’s fellow authors, “Sullivan’s Island” is set in the steamy landscape of South Carolina. Spunky Susan Hayes navigates a troubled childhood, marriage, and motherhood. Finally, she confronts her past by returning to the beachfront house that harbors long-held secrets and devastating betrayals.

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel
By Walls, Jeannette
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Walls’s “The Glass Castle” was nothing short of spectacular (“Entertainment Weekly”). Now Walls presents this magnificent, true-life novel based on her no-nonsense, resourceful, hardworking, and spectacularly compelling grandmother.

Sworn to Silence
By Castillo, Linda
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Kate Burkholder, who grew up in the Amish community before leaving for the outside world, has recently been appointed Chief of Police in her former hometown. What she returns to find is a world where good and evil collide.

True Blue
By Baldacci, David
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What begins as a fairly routine homicide investigation quickly turns into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal for Mace Perry–a former D.C. cop working gang narcotics–who is rebuilding her life after being framed and imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit.

The Madonnas of Leningrad
By Dean, Debra
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Winner – 2007 ALA Notable Fiction Selection
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In this sublime debut novel, set amid the horrors of the siege of Leningrad in World War II, a gifted writer explores the power of memory to save . . . and betray.

The Lost Symbol
By Brown, Dan
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The eagerly awaited follow-up to his #1 international phenomenon “The DaVinciCode, The Lost Symbol” once again features Brown’s unforgettable protagonist, Harvard symbol expert Robert Langdon.

Heat Wave
By Castle, Richard
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A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

House of Reckoning
By Saul, John
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In Saul’s newest work of psychological terror, an adolescent girl must unleash the ghosts in an old prison to right a small town’s many wrongs.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance-Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem
By Grahame-Smith, Seth
Author Austen, Jane
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

Though Waters Roar
By Austin, Lynn N.
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So went the words of Grandma Bebe. And for all of my growing-up years, I scoffed at the beauty of my sister and what I saw as her meaningless existence. But my wits hadn’t served me well in this instance, for here I was, in jail. And while I could have seen it as carrying on the family tradition (for Grandma Bebe landed in jail for her support of Prohibition), the truth is, my reasons for being here would probably break her heart. So how did I end up becoming a criminal? I’ve been pondering that question all night. Perhaps the best way to search for an answer is to start at the very beginning….

Water for Elephants
By Gruen, Sara
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A veterinary student during the Great Depression who almost earned his degree, Jacob Jankowski is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. There he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Whisper to the Blood
By Stabenow, Dana
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Between two suspicious murders and a series of attacks on snow mobilers up the Kanuyaq River, part-time P.I. and newly elected chairman of the Niniltna Native Association Kate Shugak has her hands full.

Indiscretion
By Morgan, Jude
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When Caroline Fortune’s father loses all they possess, she goes along with his scheme to set her up as the companion to a society woman. As she begins to attract the attentions of many so-called gentlemen, will Miss Fortune be able to keep from losing her head–or her reputation?

Blackwater Spirits
By Monfredo, Miriam Grace
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Librarian Glynis Tryon is no stranger to political controversy–she fought for women’s rights with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and helped slaves along the Underground Railroad. Now, her latest crusade is fighting the prejudcie against the Seneca Iroquois–an issue that becomes intensely personal when one of Glynis’s Iroquois friends is accused of murder. Martin’s Press.

The Child Thief
By Brom
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The acclaimed artist Brom turns his first full-length, adult novel into a dark, twisted retelling of Peter Pan, in which “The Child Thief” recruits refugees and runaways as child soldiers in a never-ending war.

Twenties Girl
By Kinsella, Sophie
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Entreated by the bossy ghost of her great aunt to track down a missing necklace, Lara Lington finds her search challenged by her floundering start-up business, her best friend’s defection, and her unfaithful boyfriend. By the best-selling author of the Shopaholic series.

Grave Secret
By Harris, Charlaine
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From the bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels comes this latest work in the Harper Connelly mystery series. Every series Harris creates is utterly fantastic.–“Midwest Book Review.”

Sweetwater Creek
By Siddons, Anne Rivers
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Lilly builds a life around her remote father, hunting-obsessed brothers, and the spaniels they raise and train. When Lulu arrives to spend the summer in the low country, she brings a secret that will blow Lilly’s world apart.

Mayhem in High Heels
By Halliday, Gemma
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In the hilarious fifth installment of Halliday’s series, Maddie Springer is finally planning to walk down the aisle with the man of her dreams, but with a killer on the loose, til death do you part might come a lot sooner than she thinks. A saucy combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible.–“The Chicago Tribune”

Borderline
By Barr, Nevada
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Bestseller Barr skillfully blends sticky border issues, marital strife and politics in her exciting 15th novel to feature National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon.

Beat the Reaper
By Bazell, Josh
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In this wild and hilarious debut thriller, Peter Brown is a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with a past, a secret, and a gun–and he has 24 hours to save himself and beat the reaper.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
By Bradley, Alan
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In his wickedly brilliant first novel, Debut Dagger Award winner Alan Bradley introduces one of the most singular and engaging heroines in recent fiction.

Soulless
By Carriger, Gail
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“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger’s new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society. Original.

Dark Places
By Flynn, Gillian
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“Flynn is the real deal, a sharp, acerbic, and compelling storyteller with a knack for the macabre.”–Stephen King.

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