Henrietta Verma

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The Scholar

The competition rife in academia is a major theme of this delightful and unexpected tale, making it one to suggest to fans of M.D. Lake and Susan Holzer.

The Mother-in-Law

Lucy is hoping for when she overhears her future husband ask his mother, Diana, what she thinks of Lucy. Motherless herself, Lucy had been hoping for a warm relationship with Diana; her hopes are worse than dashed when she instead gains a mother-in-law who is cold and controlling. Known only to the reader is that Diana underwent a trauma that left her emotionally unable to function with others except in the most cautious way and frightened to help her children financially, even though she's rich, lest they become as vulnerable as she was. When Diana is found dead—perhaps by suicide but police mount a murder investigation anyway—the drama ramps up as family members and other characters take their turns under the microscope. Infertility issues play a large role in this Australian story and add to the tiptoeing around and agonizing that Hepworth (The Family Next Door) illustrates so well; the conversations among characters are another high point in the writing. VERDICT This absorbing, cleverly written tale is ideal for fans of Emily Elgar's If You Knew Her. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/18.]

I'll Be Watching You

A must for mystery shelves.

The Travel Atlas: The Ultimate Atlas for Globetrotters

A great addition to public library shelves.

All over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey

A must for cartography collections and a wonderful addition to social science and art shelves.

Europe: A Natural History

An excellent choice for public and academic libraries. [See Prepub Alert, 8/13/18.]

The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

A must for large literary and cartography collections; a wonderful browsing item as well.

I, Robot? Technology and Health Today | Collection Development, August 2018


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