Julie Kane

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Murder at Kingscote

In this delightful addition to the series, which would serve as a good introduction to newcomers, Maxwell’s focus on class and gender division is sharp and accomplished. Come for the late 19th-century historical detail; stay for the intrigue.

Grown Ups

Focusing in depth on different members of the Casey family, Keyes’s writing is nuanced and delicate. She maintains humor while handling tough topics. Readers will feel part of the family and at home with the Caseys. Thoroughly absorbing and hard to let go, this novel is Keyes at her best..
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The Last Blue

A rich historical portrait of the region, Morley’s (Above) love story is also for fans of photography and history buffs looking for novels set in the WPA era.

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Summer Darlings

Lifestyle journalist Foster’s first novel aims to be a solid beach read and mostly succeeds, though the story could have benefited from greater character development.

House on Fire

This thriller is not only topical but beautifully driven by the intricacies of personal agendas, both obvious and hidden. Easily read as a stand-alone as well as part of the series, this is sure to captivate a new audience and bring them to the Joseph Finder backlist. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]
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The Authenticity Project

Not only a charming story of strangers connecting in beguiling ways, this debut fiction by memoirist (The Sober Diaries) and blogger Pooley is a thoughtful meditation on authenticity in the age of self-promotion. Recommended for readers looking for a pick-me-up.
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Blind Search

Returning readers will celebrate this sequel; those new to Mercy and Elvis will be delighted to catch a solid series in its early days. All will look forward to more.
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Paper Chains

By turns delightful and heartrending, this is a lovely read for fans of Marian Keyes and Jane Green.
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Campusland

With one-dimensional, highly stereotypical characters and narratives plucked straight from conservatives’ talking points or ranting tweets, this reads less as a skewering and more of a meanspirited, right-wing screed. Disappointing at best.

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