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Killing Commendatore

Highly recommended for devoted readers of international contemporary fiction. ["Those familiar with the author's inventive writing will certainly devour this, as will readers seeking challenging and thoughtful fiction": LJ 10/15/18 starred review of the Knopf hc.]

An Unwanted Guest

Recommended for mystery fans, especially on a winter's night when the wind howls. ["A great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author's first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!": LJ 8/18 starred review of the Viking hc.]—Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo

The Prisoner in the Castle

Recommended for both mystery and historical fiction fans.

Give Me Your Hand

Recommended for larger mystery collections. ["This novel adds to Abbott's reputation as a significant writer of suspense": LJ Xpress Reviews 6/8/18 review of the Little, Brown hc.]


Sedaris isn't to everyone's tastes, but fans are in for plenty of laughs and some more poignant moments. Original musical interludes composed and performed by Daniel Hart are a bonus. ["[Sedaris's] honesty is compelling, and his ability to create laughter in the darkness offers readers comfort and hope": LJ 5/1/18 starred review of the Little, Brown hc.]

The Favorite Sister

For listeners who love reality TV, catfights, hissy fits, backstabbing, and revenge. Recommended only for collections that have the audience and the budget. ["The unexpected and unpredictable twists and surprising revelations will delight suspense fans": LJ 3/1/18 review of the S. & S. hc.]

The Flight Attendant

Regular fans of Bohjalian are used to far better from him. ["Readers who enjoyed the imperfect heroine in…The Girl on the Train and the anxiety-ridden paranoia of…Crime and Punishment will be hooked by…Cassie's struggle to untangle her life and regain her self-respect": LJ 12/17 starred review of the Doubleday hc.]

The Story of Arthur Truluv

Recommended for fiction collections of all sizes. ["This life-affirming story is a definite choice for Berg's many fans": LJ 5/15/17 review of the Random hc.]

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

Will appeal to readers of the series and those who are curious about where this series is headed—and to an extent, where Lisbeth's journey began.

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