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February 23, 2007 Newsletter

February 23, 2007

This Week on

Heading South

Author Talk: Norman Mailer, Author of THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST

New Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Joanne Fluke, Author of KEY LIME PIE MURDER

New Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Lisa Jackson, Author of ABSOLUTE FEAR

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Michele Martinez, Author of COVER-UP

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: David Morrell, Author of SCAVENGER

Featured One to Watch Author: Karen Harter, Author of AUTUMN BLUE

Featured One to Watch Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Author of THE MERCY SELLER

Featured Debut Suspense/Thriller Author: Tim Maleeny, Author of STEALING THE DRAGON

Advance Reader Comments for DAMAGE CONTROL by Robert Dugoni and THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook

New in Paperback for February

This Week's Reviews and Features

Poll: Are You a Book Concierge?

Question of the Week --- "You've GOT To Read This Book!"

Word of Mouth

Quick Links to Features On The Book Report Network
Past Reviews
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Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight Promotion
Debut Suspense/Thriller One to Watch Promotion
Mystery Mayhem Promotion

Historical Fiction Promotion

One to Watch Promotion
Books Into Movies
Bestseller Lists

10th Anniversary Page and Pictures

Valentine's Day Basket Contest
Coming Soon
New in Paperback

Heading South

I am writing this Thursday night as I jot notes of things to take with me to South Carolina tomorrow when I head to the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia. Confession here. I hate packing to fly. The fact that everything I want for 72 hours needs to fit into one bag is true pressure. I think I have the books picked out. I am going with an advance reading copy of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini, best known as the author of THE KITE RUNNER, which will be in stores on May 27th. I started this one this week and I am itching to read more. I also am bringing BECAUSE SHE CAN by Bridie Clark, an "insider tale" of the publishing industry like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA got inside the magazine biz. It sounds like a complete romp and the kind of book I can disappear into on the plane when there is way too much moving around and I have trouble concentrating. And because I am headed south, I also have with me Cassandra King's QUEEN OF BROKEN HEARTS, which will be in stores on March 6th. Three days; three books. Got that piece right.
Now, what to bring to knit? Sleeves for the chenille sweater that I am making (for the record, sleeves look really strange when you knit them)? A new scarf? I need something I do not have to concentrate on. How much yarn? How many needles? And where is that yarn shop I want to check out in Columbia? Okay, time to find the extra foldup travel bag so I can fit everything in on the way home since there will be more books. And hey, I CAN have two bags, right? Oh, and swimming stuff. Hmmm...can I fit in the swim barbells and the drag buoy? I need the waterproof MP3 player. And clothes. Wait, it's in the 60s. Maybe I need less of them. But then it's in the 30s at night. I need double clothes. I can see that this packing experience is going to be very interesting.
I am looking forward to this weekend as it's a chance to visit with my author pals --- Charles Martin, Patti Callahan Henry, Michele Martinez, Ad Hudler and James Born. And it's also a great opportunity to get to hear some new authors like Dorothea Benton Frank, who is kicking off the event Friday night. I have heard from a few of you who are going to be there and I look forward to meeting you. I will be easy to spot. I probably will be knitting and I probably will be wearing turquoise. A few years ago Charles Martin was with me at a book fair. I said I was going to run up and change for dinner. He said, "Into another turquoise outfit?" I stammered and tried to find something pink in my room to prove him wrong. I failed.

Joanne Fluke is our newest featured Mystery Mayhem author. The author of the bestselling Hannah Swensen series, Joanne Fluke has all the ingredients at her disposal to whip up a sweet and suspenseful little culinary thriller. Her latest, KEY LIME PIE MURDER (which comes out February 27th), promises to make spines tingle and mouths water. We have 35!! copies of KEY LIME PIE MURDER to give away to readers who wish to preview and comment on the book. Interested? Be sure to send your name and mailing address to by March 2nd.

By the way, just reading about this book has me salivating for key lime pie. I can see my family wondering where THAT came from if I whip one up.

In stores next week is SHOPAHOLIC & BABY by Sophie Kinsella. I read this one over Christmas and if you are a Kinsella fan, or in for a chick lit escape, you will enjoy this. Our Word of Mouth entrants have this as one of the prize offerings along with TEN DAYS IN THE HILLS by Jane Smiley. Are you a book concierge? Take a look at our poll and tell us if you are.
Our monthly update to our New in Paperback feature is here. We know that for many readers a book makes its way to their homes only when it's out in paperback. So for you we have pulled together a varied list of fiction and nonfiction. Note: it was a very special moment at the office ten years ago when the first books that we had reviewed in hardcover came out in paperback. We realize the same review would work with a new cover and ISBN. True joy!
Please note: The International Thriller Writers, Inc. (ITW) has announced the launch of its new bestselling thriller-author studded "Brunch & Bullets" luncheon series, debuting Saturday, March 17, 2007 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. A portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit the national literacy program, Reading is Fundamental. A second luncheon is scheduled to take place on the East Coast this summer. Many of today's top thriller authors will be in attendance, including Sandra Brown, David Morrell, Gayle Lynds and John Lescroart. For details on how to get a ticket to this event, click here

By the way, college hunting was truly fun last weekend. While we heard presentations and took tours, I also was taking notes on something I think few other parents were noting: the school colors. Life at college will bring the following colors into your wardrobe: Syracuse (orange for the Orange, formerly the Orangemen), Fordham (maroon for the Rams) and NYU (purple for the  Fighting Violets). This is something to ponder along with the quality of one's education. I was trying to figure out what color I would be most happy knitting with in a year or so.

I fly back Sunday night in time to catch the end of the Oscars. I have my favorites picked out and I look forward to seeing the results.
Have a great week...

Carol Fitzgerald (

List of titles reviewed and featured on February 23rd.

List of titles reviewed and featured on February 16th.

Author Talk: Norman Mailer, Author of THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST

Throughout his six-decade career, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer has written such legendary and sometimes controversial works as THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT, THE DEER PARK, THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG and HARLOT'S GHOST. His latest novel, THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST, explores the early life and motivations of Adolf Hitler, told from the perspective of an Assistant to the Devil. In this interview conducted by J. Michael Lennon (Mailer's archivist and Emeritus Vice President and Emeritus Professor of English at Wilkes University), Mailer explains why he chose to narrate the story through the voice of this unusual character and describes how doing so was less challenging than his previous attempts at writing omnisciently. He also sheds light on some of the symbolic aspects of the novel and discusses how his cultural background and family history prompted him to write the book.

THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST by Norman Mailer (Historical Fiction)
In his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Norman Mailer has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, gives us young Adolf from birth, as well as Hitler's parents, siblings, and the intimate details of his childhood and adolescence. Reviewed by Pauline Finch.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST.

Click here to read an interview with Norman Mailer and a review of THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST.

New Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Joanne Fluke, Author of KEY LIME PIE MURDER

We are so excited to be shining our Mystery Mayhem spotlight on New York Times bestselling author Joanne Fluke and her latest culinary whodunit, KEY LIME PIE MURDER, which comes out February 27th.

We have 35(!) advance reader copies of KEY LIME PIE MURDER to give to readers who are interested in reading and commenting on the book. Interested? Send your name and mailing address to by March 2nd.

It's Tri-County fair time and Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with more than mosquitoes. Hannah Swensen, owner of The Cookie Jar, is hot on the trail of a killer whose perfect carnival prize would be getting away with murder...

It promises to be a busy week for Hannah Swensen. Not only is she whipping up treats for the chamber of commerce booth at the fair; she's also judging the baking contest; acting as a magician's assistant for her business partner's husband; trying to coax Moishe, her previously rapacious feline, to end his hunger strike, and performing her own private carnival act by juggling the demands of her mother and sisters.

As fair week draws to a close, Hannah cranks up the heat, hoping that the killer will get rattled and make a mistake. If that happens she intends to be there, even if it means getting on a carnival ride that could very well be her last...

Includes 12 original dessert recipes!

Click here to read more about Joanne Fluke and KEY LIME PIE MURDER.


New Featured Romantic Suspense Author: Lisa Jackson, Author of ABSOLUTE FEAR

Lisa Jackson, the New York Times bestselling author of FATAL BURN, SHIVER and MOST LIKELY TO DIE, is nothing if not prolific and we are thrilled to be adding her newest title to our Romantic Suspense Author feature. ABSOLUTE FEAR hits stores on March 27th and is a pulse-pounding new novel of madness, deceit and twisted revenge that will take readers into the heart of fear.

We have 25! advance reader copies of ABSOLUTE FEAR to give to readers who would like to comment about the book. Interested? Send your name and mailing address to by Friday, March 2nd.

For the past three months, Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past: "Meet me at the cabin. I've got evidence." She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis's face as a gunshot plunged her into darkness. Now, her memory and emotions scarred, Eve has returned to New Orleans to forget the past. But the past will not be forgotten. Eve's shattered memory has helped Cole walk on murder charges just as a new series of killings begins.

As forgotten memories begin to surface, bodies are found and each twist leads to another terrifying piece of the puzzle. Someone is watching, planning, luring her back to the ruins of Our Lady and the shocking truths hidden there --- someone who has been waiting for this moment to strike. He is deadlier than she could ever have imagined and closer than she knows. For the sins of the past must be revealed, the crimes brought to justice, and the price paid --- in blood.

Click here to read more about Lisa Jackson and ABSOLUTE FEAR.


Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: Michele Martinez, Author of COVER-UP

We are thrilled to be spotlighting Michele Martinez as one of our featured Suspense/Thriller authors. The bestselling author of MOST WANTED and THE FINISHING SCHOOL, Michele Martinez is an expert at weaving chilling tales of murder, corruption and scandal. Her latest, COVER-UP --- hitting stores March 13th --- is Martinez at her best.

-Click here to read an excerpt from COVER-UP.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read fast facts about Michele Martinez.
-Click here to read critical praise for COVER-UP.

More about COVER-UP:
Television reporter Suzanne Shepard was a ruthless celebrity scandalmonger with a roster of high-profile enemies. But which one left her mutilated, lifeless body in the dark recesses of New York's Central Park? Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas needs to find out.

Was it the sinister Park Avenue plastic surgeon with a secret past? Or the trendy personal trainer selling recreational drugs to his rich clients? Or the ambitious city power broker who also happens to be the father of one of Melanie's best friends? Sifting through the scandals that fueled the dead reporter's career is what keeps Melanie from obsessing about her own intense affair with sexy FBI agent Dan O'Reilly.

But there's more at risk than Melanie's heart. She's been receiving chilling e-mails from an anonymous "admirer" who knows way too much about the murder --- and about Melanie's every move. If Melanie doesn't find the killer soon, it will be her own death that makes headlines.

Click here to read more about Michele Martinez and COVER-UP.

Featured Suspense/Thriller Author: David Morrell, Author of SCAVENGER

One of our featured Suspense/Thriller authors is David Morrell, whose innovative and award-winning CREEPERS was a hit with critics and readers alike. Morrell's follow-up to CREEPERS is SCAVENGER, coming out March 12th, and it is destined to thrill Morrell fans and garner him new ones as well.

-Click here to see our advance reader copy winners.
-Click here to read David Morrell's backlist.
-Click here to read fast facts about David Morrell.
-Click here to read critical praise for SCAVENGER.

More about SCAVENGER:
David Morrell's CREEPERS was a publishing event in 2005, a powerful, edgy, dark thriller by a master of the genre. A New York Times best-seller, it won the prestigious Bram Stoker Award and earned numerous critical raves. SCAVENGER, Morrell's latest novel, takes us in a harrowing new direction: a desperate high-tech scavenger hunt for a 100-year-old time capsule. Frank Balenger, the resolute but damaged hero of CREEPERS, now finds himself trapped in a nightmarish game of fear and death. To save himself and the woman he loves, he must play by the rules of a god-like Game Master with an obsession for unearthing the past. But sometimes the past is buried for a reason.

SCAVENGER is a brilliant, frightening hunter-hunted tale that layers modern technology over the dusty artifacts of earlier times. The result is a surreal palimpsest, one that contains the secret of survival for Balenger and a handful of unwilling players who race against the game's clock to solve the puzzle of the time capsule, only to discover that time is the true scavenger. Morrell's trademark action sequences are embedded with fascinating historical clues that make SCAVENGER a thrill-a-minute page-turner as well as a mesmerizing literary experience.

Click here to read more about David Morrell and SCAVENGER.

Featured One to Watch Author: Karen Harter, Author of AUTUMN BLUE

Karen Harter, whose lyrical prose and compelling characters where showcased in her debut novel WHERE MERCY FLOWS, is one of our featured One to Watch authors. AUTUMN BLUE is Karen's newest title --- a finely-observed tale of family and community that is coming out in paperback on March 1st.

-Click here to read a new excerpt from AUTUMN BLUE.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.

More about AUTUMN BLUE:
Sidney Walker is doing her best at raising her three children alone. But lately her sweet teenage son, Ty, has become broodingly angry. When the deputy sheriff arrests Ty and later invades their home with a search warrant connected with another local crime, Sidney is overwhelmed. As much as she wants to believe her son is innocent, the evidence is too strong to ignore.

As autumn rolls across the landscape, Sidney fights to save her son from himself and give him renewed hope. Though her options seem to grow more limited, Sidney finds she is not as alone as she thinks, and the solution just may be in the most unlikely of people.

Karen Harter grew up in Seattle, Washington. From her parents, she learned early to appreciate the beauties and intricacies of family, nature and God which are prevalent themes in her writing. With her family of six she spent countless hours exploring, camping and fishing, often singing together around campfires or as they drove in the car.

Click here to read more about Karen Harter and AUTUMN BLUE.


Featured One to Watch Author: Brenda Rickman Vantrease, Author of THE MERCY SELLER

We are thrilled to bring you Brenda Rickman Vantrease as one of our featured One to Watch authors. Vantrease's first novel, THE ILLUMINATOR, established her as a master of evocative historical fiction. Her latest title, THE MERCY SELLER, hits stores on March 6th and is a sweeping and glorious tale, steeped in history, romance and mystery.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE MERCY SELLER.
-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read critical praise for Brenda Rickman Vantrease.

In the fifteenth century, with religious intolerance spreading like wildfire across Europe, English-born Anna Bookman and her grandfather, Finn, earn a living in Prague by illuminating precious books, including forbidden translations of the Bible. Finn subscribes to the heresy that people ought to be able to read the Word of God for themselves, without having to pay a priest for the privilege, but holding that belief is becoming more and more hazardous. When the authorities start burning books and slaughtering heretics --- including the man Anna was to marry --- Finn urges her to seek sanctuary in England, but her passage abroad will be anything but easy.

In London, Friar Gabriel dutifully obeys church doctrine by granting pardons . . . for a small fee. But then he is sent undercover on a spying mission to France, where Anna has set up a temporary stall as a bookseller. Anna has no way of knowing that the wealthy young merchant frequenting her stall is actually a priest --- just as Gabriel does not know he has met the woman who will cause him to doubt his vows.

As Anna continues her journey to England, where the movement to stamp out heresy is growing ever fiercer, Brenda Rickman Vantrease brings us a richly imagined and immensely rewarding novel of love, faith, and dangerous secrets.

Click here to read more about Brenda Rickman Vantrease and THE MERCY SELLER.


Featured Debut Suspense/Thriller Author: Tim Maleeny, Author of STEALING THE DRAGON

We are thrilled to introduce you to Tim Maleeny, our newest featured Debut Suspense/Thriller author. Tim's first dark and compelling page-turner is STEALING THE DRAGON, which hits shelves March 1st. Called "Tough, original, compelling - a perfect thriller debut" by Lee Child, STEALING THE DRAGON is bound to put Tim Maleeny's name on the map.

-Click here to see our signed copy winners.
-Click here to read a new excerpt from STEALING THE DRAGON.
-Click here to read critical praise for STEALING THE DRAGON.

A container ship smuggling Chinese refugees runs aground on Alcatraz, its crew murdered with deadly precision. While the police and FBI search for clues, private investigator Cape Weathers suspects his partner Sally might be involved. But she's gone missing, and when Cape starts asking questions about her past, someone puts a dead body in his trunk and a price on his head. From the back alleys of San Francisco to the secret societies of Hong Kong's criminal underworld, Cape soon discovers that sometimes the only justice is revenge.

Click here to read more about Tim Maleeny and STEALING THE DRAGON.


Advance Reader Comments for DAMAGE CONTROL by Robert Dugoni and THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook

We have advance reader comments for DAMAGE CONTROL by Robert Dugoni and THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook.

DAMAGE CONTROL by Robert Dugoni (Thriller)
With his New York Times bestselling debut novel, THE JURY MASTER, Robert Dugoni was compared to a young John Grisham. Now this brilliant storyteller returns with a thriller about a gifted attorney whose perfect world is torn apart by secrets and a crime only she can solve --- if she can stay alive. Read our interview with Robert Dugoni and a review of DAMAGE CONTROL.

-Click here to see advance reader comments for DAMAGE CONTROL.

THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook (Fiction)
Four generations of headstrong women in the American Southwest, each with their own secrets, discover that it's their shared past that ultimately binds them together. Told alternately between a modern-day story and journals from the late 19th century, THE NIGHT JOURNAL illuminates the true history of the women in the Bass family. Read our interview with Elizabeth Crook and a review of THE NIGHT JOURNAL.

-Click here to see advance reader comments for THE NIGHT JOURNAL.


New in Paperback for February

February's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE DIVIDE by Nicholas Evans, which delves into the dynamics of a fractured family and their struggle with the pain of lost happiness; NO GOOD DEEDS, the ninth entry in Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, in which a decision made by the Baltimore PI could have dire consequences; SOUR PUSS, the 13th Mrs. Murphy mystery from Rita Mae Brown and her feline partner-in-crime-detection, Sneaky Pie Brown; THE REBELS OF IRELAND, the final novel in Edward Rutherford's bestselling Dublin saga; and THE AMERICAN, Andrew Britton's riveting debut thriller in which maverick CIA agent Ryan Kealey is called upon to track down his longtime nemesis and former fellow soldier, who is now on an extended mission of terror against the United States.

Among our nonfiction highlights are the National Book Award-winning THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, Joan Didion's powerful memoir that will speak to anyone who has ever lost a spouse or child; HANGING CAPTAIN GORDON by Ron Soodalter, which chronicles for the first time the trial and execution of the only man in history to face conviction for slave trading; and James L. Swanson's MANHUNT: The 12-Day Search for Lincoln's Killer, a fully documented, fascinating tale of murder, intrigue and betrayal, and a gripping hour-by-hour account told through the eyes of the hunted and the hunters.

Click here to read our New in Paperback feature.

This Week's Reviews and Features

INNOCENT IN DEATH by Nora Roberts, writing as J.D. Robb (Mystery)
Writing as J. D. Robb, Nora Roberts mixes a hearty mystery with a spicy romance and sprinkles in a dash of humor for good measure. The twists and turns in the main plot and subplot, along with snappy dialogue and engaging characters, make INNOCENT IN DEATH a smooth read that will satisfy fans of this futuristic series. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read an excerpt from INNOCENT IN DEATH.

TEN DAYS IN THE HILLS by Jane Smiley (Fiction)
With Giovanni Boccaccio's DECAMERON as her model, Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley takes us through 10 transformative, unforgettable days in the Hollywood hills. She delivers a smart, sexy novel that is worlds away from the Iowa farmlands she made famous in A THOUSAND ACRES. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

FINN by Jon Clinch (Fiction)
One hundred and twenty years ago, Mark Twain left Huckleberry Finn's father dead in a room crowded with oddities, including a wooden leg, women's underclothing and two black cloth masks. Now, in a remarkable new novel, Jon Clinch tells the story of how the brutal and explosive Finn met his end in a room jammed with the telltale artifacts of his strange and mysterious life. Reviewed by Colleen Quinn.

VALENTINES: Stories by Olaf Olafsson (Fiction/Short Stories)
Olaf Olafsson writes of 12 relationships at the point of crisis, each occurring during different months of the year. The Icelandic author takes no sides, as men and women struggle in vain to find stability in the midst of their fluctuating intimacies with one another. Reviewed by Shannon Luders-Manuel.

RED CAT by Peter Spiegelman (Mystery)
With a troubled past and a job that attracts too much attention from the law, New York City private investigator John March has always been the black sheep of his staid merchant-banking family, which makes the identity of his latest client all the more surprising: his smug older brother David. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE FIFTH VIAL by Michael Palmer (Medical Suspense)
A single event launches Natalie Reyes, a medical student, into the frightening world of illegal body part harvesting where she is both victim and investigator. At the same time, struggling private detective Ben Callahan discovers links between a global pharmaceutical company and unwilling donors who have been used to supply body parts to the world's elite. When their paths unite, it is a matter of life and death. Reviewed by Simon King.

RETURNING TO EARTH by Jim Harrison (Fiction)
Slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, Donald, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, begins dictating family stories he has never shared with anyone, hoping to preserve history for his children. The dignity of Donald's death and his legacy encourages his loved ones to find a way to redeem --- and let go of --- the past. Reviewed by Eileen Zimmerman Nicol.

SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG by Boris Akunin (Historical Mystery)
In a remote Russian province in the late 19th century, Bishop Mitrofanii must deal with a family crisis. After learning that one of his great aunt's beloved and rare white bulldogs has been poisoned, the Orthodox bishop knows there is only one detective clever enough to investigate the murder: Sister Pelagia. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

WINTERWOOD by Patrick McCabe (Fiction)
When Redmond Hatch, a devoted husband and father, revisits the secluded mountains where he grew up, he meets Auld Pappie Ned. While claiming to be just a harmless local fiddler, a teller of tall tales, Ned sets off a cataclysmic chain of events in Redmond's life. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

SEARCHING FOR BOBBY ORR by Stephen Brunt (Biography)
Even those who aren't familiar with the game of hockey know the mystique and tradition surrounding Bobby Orr. Now, a top Canadian sportswriter gives us a compelling and graceful look at the life and times of Boston's legendary defenseman that is also a revealing portrait of the game and a country in transition. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.

Click here to read our reviews and features.


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This week we have two great prizes: FIVE readers each will win a copy of SHOPAHOLIC & BABY by Sophie Kinsella and TEN DAYS IN THE HILLS by Jane Smiley.

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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by February 28, 2007 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: THE DOUBLE BIND by Chris Bohjalian, FAMILY TREE by Barbara Delinsky, INNOCENT IN DEATH by Nora Roberts, writing as J. D. Robb, SHOPAHOLIC & BABY by Sophie Kinsella and STEP ON A CRACK by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Last month's winner was Sarah from Washington, DC who won BAD BLOOD by Linda Fairstein, DUST: A Richard Jury Mystery, by Martha Grimes, EXILE by Richard North Patterson, SKYLIGHT CONFESSIONS by Alice Hoffman and WHEN DARKNESS FALLS by James Grippando.

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