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Priest of Bones

Swiftly plotted and presented in a smooth first-person narrative, this novel will appeal to those who like their fantasy light on magic and heavy on violence and intrigue.

Pride and Prometheus

For readers who enjoy new takes on classic stories—and don't mind a few gothic elements thrown into the mix—this novel offers a surprisingly nuanced interpretation of characters readers may have nearly forgotten.

A Strangeness in My Mind

Most evocative in its portrayal of a changing Istanbul, this audiobook may have more traction in libraries where dedication to international literary fiction is strong. ["The novel's central concerns are human nature, communication, and interpersonal relationships, and this great writer explores these themes with a universal warmth, wit, and intelligence": LJ 9/15/15 starred review of the Knopf hc.]

The Infidel Stain

Although breaking no new ground and lacking the exotic setting of the first book, this title's history is rich, the murders gruesome, and the dynamic between Blake and Avery will warm the hearts of Sherlock fans. [See Prepub Alert, 10/5/15.]

The Crooked House

Improbable, grim, disturbing fun—highly recommended for fans of the genre.

The Telling

Fans of egalitarian historical fiction with touches of romance who don't insist on happy endings will love this; the contemporary story may have less resonance for the readers who will most enjoy this novel.

The Uninvited

A mild-mannered early 20th-century ghost story with some enthralling historical tidbits; while the characters may not feel fully authentic, this should be popular with gentler readers who like their horror not too scary.

Forgiveness 4 You

Although it doesn't entirely ring true that the former priest would embrace being at the center of such an enterprise, this novel is fresh and original, and the wholly satisfying ending doesn't at all take the easy way out. Recommended for readers of satire who are not offended by members of the clergy engaging in amorous relationships.

The Damned

Pyper's (The Demonologist) depictions of the afterlife are visceral and frightening (especially those set on the 8 Mile strip in a desiccated, otherworldly Detroit). The midstory shift to mystery (who killed Ash, and why?) and revelation of family secrets propels the novel to a satisfying conclusion. Recommended for fans of horror and narratives of family dysfunction and supernatural psychopathy. [See Prepub Alert, 9/1/14.]

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