Cheryl Bryan

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Polite Society

In his American debut (the author’s award-winning The Smoke Is Rising and One Point Two Billion were previously released in the UK), Rao delivers a story deserving of the same popularity as Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. A great choice for Austenites, fans of classic retellings, and general fiction. [See Prepub Alert, 2/4/19.]

The Victory Garden

Lovers of history will better understand the sacrifices in England during the Great War, while romance fans will revel in the engagement and growth of the characters. Another great read from the award-winning author.

The Dead Ringer: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

This will be a must-purchase for libraries with readers following the books or the television series. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

Those who cannot get enough of royal weddings will be charmed, as will Anglophiles, and anyone who loves a solid mystery. Fans of the genre will savor this gentle, humorous read. [See Prepub Alert, 2/11/18.]

Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice

For fans of retellings of classic literature looking for a continuing story of their favorite characters. Austen devotees should consider instead P.D. James's Death Comes to Pemberley or Jo Baker's Longbourn. The more adventurous might try John Kessel's Pride and Prometheus, in which Mary Bennet falls for Victor Frankenstein. [See Prepub Alert, 1/8/18.]

City of Sharks: A Miranda Corbie Mystery

Some readers will enjoy this novel for the engaging characters, others for the mystery, still others for the rich evocation of 1940s San Francisco. Fans of noir and historical fiction will be engaged.

Dangerous Crossing

Making her historical fiction debut, Rhys, who also writes psychological thrillers as Tammy Cohen, offers plenty of glamorous atmosphere, period detail, and engaging ports of call along the way to please both historical fiction readers and mystery lovers.

Penance of the Damned: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland

Those who enjoy a rich historical setting, wish to learn more about ancient Ireland, and relish a perplexing puzzle will be well rewarded. [See Prepub Alert, 1/30/17.]

The Half Wives

While the four-person narrative style gives us various perspectives and allows insight into the characters' denial of their situation, it ultimately limits development of their personalities. Best for readers interested in San Francisco and Richmond district history.

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