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July 6, 2007 Newsletter

July 6, 2007

This Week on

North Carolina Mountain High

New Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Linda Greenlaw, Author of SLIPKNOT

Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: William Kent Krueger, Author of THUNDER BAY

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS by Zoey Dean

New Featured One to Watch Author: Margaret Forster, Author of KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY

Featured One to Watch Author: Jonathan Tropper, Author of HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER
Featured One to Watch Author: Eileen Goudge, Author of WOMAN IN RED
Our Readers Comment on Seven of Our Featured Titles

So What Do YOU Think About Harry? Vote in our Harry Potter Poll to Weigh In

Interviews Too Good To Miss

July's Books into Movies

Now in Paperback

This Week's Reviews and Features

Poll and Question of the Week: Authors Who Grab Your Attention

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- TWO Prizes!

Quick Links to Features On The Book Report Network
Past Reviews
Can't See the Graphics? Read This Newsletter Online
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
Coming Soon
New in Paperback

Summer Beach Bag of Books Promotion

North Carolina Mountain High

Hope you had a Firecracker 4th! We spent the 4th in the mountains of North Carolina with my sister and her children. We had a great picnic at the house, saw great fireworks and built a really nice bonfire where we tossed a lot of sparklers to cap off the evening. My niece is an avid reader, and thus I brought her a few "books that girls love." I love giving her books that I know will not get raves from my sons. My nephew is not a reader, but I can see my younger son burying his nose in a book to try to convert him!

I spent the flight reading SLIPKNOT by Linda Greenlaw, her first mystery book. I read Linda's very first book, THE HUNGRY OCEAN, and saw the challenge of getting swordfish onto my dinner table in a whole new light. Then I read THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES and saw those snapping claws for the danger that they bring to those who haul them on board. Then I read ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS and wondered if they really told taller tales than golfers. After all, I live with a golfer. Then I cooked seafood up a storm with her RECIPES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND, which Linda penned with her mom. There is a seafood casserole there that I loved and crave right now. 

When I heard that Linda was penning a new mystery series set in Maine, I was intrigued. As I started reading I knew that once again she had written a winner. Here's what I love --- she has a sense of humor that definitely finds its way onto these pages. Her protagonist, Jane Bunker, has a self-deprecating style that had me chuckling. And if you are thinking that this sleuth may bear traces of the "doyenne of Cabot Cove," Greenlaw tackles that comparison with a line or two and kapows that analogy right out of there. Thus I am happy to share that one of my favorite memoirists and culinary specialists is now our latest Mystery Mayhem author. We have 10 copies of SLIPKNOT to give away to readers who want to get in on the start of this series. Fill out our form here by Friday, July 13th to be eligible to participate in our drawing. And don't forget that you still have a week to sign up to be an advance reader of award-winning author William Kent Krueger's THUNDER BAY. Click here for details.

Our latest One to Watch author is Margaret Forster, who is being published in the States again this year after a 15-year absence. KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY is the story of an actual early 20th century painting and its fictional adventures through the century and of the women whose lives it touches. We have 10 copies to give away to those who would like to be advance readers. Fill out this form by Friday, July 13th to be part of the drawing.

Our Summer Beach Bag Contest book this week is HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS by Zoey Dean. It's set in that fantasy playland called Palm Beach, where the rich go to play, and I think they still are trying to figure out a way to make the sand there turn to gold. I read this one last weekend swinging in the hammock and floating in the pool --- and until I had to get my own drinks and carry my own towel, I actually was caught up in living this very over-the-top story. Our beach bag has all the accoutrements to make you act like a rich girl --- well, everything except the Black American Express card and bottomless checking account...but hey, it's fiction. See details below on how to enter.

We are driving back to Atlanta late Saturday night for the International Christian Retailers Show and then fly back Wednesday night in time to catch the International Thriller Writers Thriller Fest Conference in New York. My older son is joining me for CraftFest, where a daylong series of writing classes will be taught by bestselling authors like Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Lisa Gardner and David Morrell, among others. In preparation he has been reading up on each of these authors in a terrific reading marathon. I am looking forward to him meeting some of the writers who I have come to call friends over these past years and then the rest of the weekend's activities for fans during the remainder of Thriller Fest. If any of you will be attending any of these events, drop me a line so we can catch up.

I am off to read and enjoy the beautiful country here. We are heading up to Asheville tomorrow. There is a yarn shop and a bookstore that I want to visit there. Enjoy your weekend. Get some good reading done...floating and swinging while reading count as exercise for readers. Seriously. You read it here first.

Carol Fitzgerald (


New Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: Linda Greenlaw, Author of SLIPKNOT

Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers THE HUNGRY OCEAN, THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES, ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS and RECIPES FROM A VERY SMALL ISLAND. SLIPKNOT, her debut novel, marks the beginning of an exciting new mystery series featuring Jane Bunker, who leaves behind her job chasing drug smugglers and illegal alien traffickers on the Florida coast to become a marine insurance inspector in the small seaside town of her childhood in Maine. She soon discovers that drug running and smuggling are no strangers to this quiet little fishing village.

We have 10 copies of SLIPKNOT to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, July 13th. 

-Click here to read a review of SLIPKNOT.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SLIPKNOT.
here to read Linda Greenlaw's bio.
-Click here to see Linda Greenlaw's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for SLIPKNOT.
-Visit the author's website,

More about SLIPKNOT:
In her bestselling nonfiction book ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS, Linda Greenlaw confessed a desire to write fiction --- and readers responded with an enthusiastic “Please do!” At last, she satisfies their hunger with this sharp-witted, compulsively readable mystery, the first in a series featuring marine investigator Jane Bunker.

When Jane moves back to the sleepy Maine fishing community where she was born, it’s to escape the seamy crime scenes and unsavory characters that crossed her path in Miami. Surely whatever crimes are committed in touristy, idyllic Green Haven won’t involve anything as nasty as what she saw in Florida. It’s a bit of a shock, then, when Nick Dow, the town drunk, turns up dead, and it’s not the simple accident that everyone assumes it to be. Jane soon discovers that Dow wasn’t even a drunk --- it was all an act. But why? And what does it have to do with a heated town hall meeting about fishing rights and paternity suits? The more Jane digs, the more confused she gets. Only two things are certain: Nothing is what it seems; and the whole town is in each other’s business. But it’s not until Jane impulsively hops on a boat with the killer --- a boat that suddenly heads out to sea --- that things become downright dangerous...

As she proved in THE HUNGRY OCEAN, no one knows the sea like Linda Greenlaw. And as she proved in THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES, no one has a better way with the telling details of Maine village life. This new mystery series features everything readers want: a great setting, wonderful characters, an authentic and original detective --- and a story that will keep them on the edge of their seats.

Click here to read more about Linda Greenlaw and SLIPKNOT.

Featured Mystery Mayhem Author: William Kent Krueger, Author of THUNDER BAY

Our second featured Mystery Mayhem author is William Kent Krueger, whose book THUNDER BAY --- which releases on July 24th --- is the seventh action-packed suspense novel in his award-winning mystery series featuring Cork O'Connor, the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota, and a man of mixed heritage --- part Irish and part Ojibwe. This is the story of Cork's attempt to piece together the aftermath of a hopeless love affair between a young Ojibwe guide and a white woman, an affair that ended in treachery, betrayal and murder.

We have 20 copies of THUNDER BAY to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, July 13th.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THUNDER BAY.
-Click here to read William Kent Krueger's bio.
-Click here to see William Kent Krueger's backlist.
-Click here to read critical praise for THUNDER BAY.

More about THUNDER BAY:
Happy and content in his hometown of Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O'Connor has left his badge behind and is ready for a life of relative peace, setting up shop as a private investigator. But his newfound state of calm is soon interrupted when Henry Meloux, the Ojibwe medicine man and Cork's spiritual adviser, makes a request: Will Cork find the son that Henry fathered long ago?

With little to go on, Cork uses his investigative skills to locate Henry Wellington, a wealthy and reclusive industrialist living in Thunder Bay, Ontario. When a murder attempt is made on old Meloux's life, all clues point north across the border. But why would Wellington want his father dead? This question takes Cork on a journey through time as he unravels the story of Meloux's 1920s adventure in the ore-rich wilderness of Canada, where his love for a beautiful woman, far outside his culture, led him into a trap of treachery, greed, and murder.

The past and present collide along the rocky shores of Thunder Bay, where a father's unconditional love is tested by a son's deeply felt resentment, and where jealousy and revenge remain the code among men. As Cork hastens to uncover the truth and save his friend, he soon discovers that his own life is in danger and is reminded that the promises we keep --- even for the best of friends --- can sometimes place us in the hands of our worst enemies.

Click here to read more about William Kent Krueger and THUNDER BAY.


Our Summer Beach Bag Contest: Spotlight This Week on HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS by Zoey Dean

Every week from May 18th through August 24th a different title in the Beach Bag of Books promotion will be featured with a review and contest prize --- a beach bag stocked with that book, plus summertime essentials that tie in to its theme. Five FABULOUS beach bags will be given away each week, as well as five copies of the book to additional winners.

Our eighth spotlighted title is
HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS by Zoey Dean. It's a fun romp of a book in which Yale graduate Megan Smith finds herself in Palm Beach with an assignment to get a set of rich spoiled twins with an interest in fashion and beauty to score some mega SAT scores and get into Duke. Instead, SHE gets an education in the world of Palm Beach. In a pink mesh bag, winners will find the things that cool rich girls love, including an oversized orange and pink beach towel for two, copies of Vogue and Vanity Fair, big black sunglasses, six champagne glasses for the perfect party with pals, Bain de Soleil suntan lotion, H2O+ Revitalizing Body Butter and H2O+ Spa Hand & Nail Cream, as well as a copy of HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS by Zoey Dean. We have five to give away, as well as five additional prizes of copies of HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS.

To enter to win, answer the question below:

On what website does Megan advertise the Woodstock t-shirt signed by Jimi Hendrix?

You can find the answer by reading an excerpt

Send your answer to the question above using this submission form by Thursday, July 12th at 11:59PM.

Heiresses Sage and Rose Baker live for the next wild party, charity event and tabloid headlines. They crave the paparazzi’s attention and receive it in one of the most affluent seaside playgrounds for the extremely wealthy --- Palm Beach. Escape into the lifestyle of the ultra-rich. Order caviar and champagne poolside while reading HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS. Reviewed by Hillary Wagy.

-Read more about HOW TO TEACH FILTHY RICH GIRLS and Zoey Dean here.

Click here to read all the details of our Summer Beach Bag Contest.


New Featured One to Watch Author: Margaret Forster, Author of KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY

Our latest One to Watch author is Margaret Forster, who is being published in the States again this year after a 15-year absence. She is the author of the bestselling memoirs HIDDEN LIVES and PRECIOUS LIVES, acclaimed biographies of Daphne du Maurier and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and many successful novels, including DIARY OF AN ORDINARY WOMAN. Her newest book, KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY, is the story of an actual early 20th century painting and its fictional adventures through the century and of the women whose lives it touches.

We have 10 copies of KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY to give away to readers who would like to preview the book and comment about it. If you are interested, please fill out this form by Friday, July 13th.

From internationally bestselling author Margaret Forster comes an engrossing novel that follows the imagined life of an evocative, actual early-twentieth-century painting as it changes hands and, though the years, affects the lives of a succession of women.  

Gwen, a bold and spirited young English artist, defies convention and sets out to study in Paris, where she has a tumultuous affair with the inspiring, controlling sculptor Rodin. But as the relationship cools, Gwen feels lonely and adrift as she awaits the ever more infrequent visits from her lover. Attempting to restore her artistic vision and recapture her true self, Gwen pours out her soul onto a canvas, creating a small, intimate painting of a quiet corner of her attic room. 

Lost, found, stolen, sold, and fought over, the painting enchants all who possess it. First it falls into the hands of Charlotte, a dreamy intellectual with artistic leanings --- though little talent. In turn the work finds its way to the lovely, bright Stella; the destitute but willful Lucasta; self-sufficient Ailsa; and finally young, curious Gillian --- all of whom share an unspoken desire to “keep the world away” and long for a tranquil golden place such as the one depicted in the painting.

Click here to read more about Margaret Forster and KEEPING THE WORLD AWAY.

Featured One to Watch Author: Jonathan Tropper, Author of HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER

Jonathan Tropper has earned wild acclaim --- and comparisons to Nick Hornby and Tom Perrotta --- for his biting humor and insightful portrayals of families in crisis and men behaving badly. Now the acclaimed author of THE BOOK OF JOE and EVERYTHING CHANGES tackles love, lust and loss in the suburbs in HOW TO TALK TO WIDOWER, a stunning novel that is by turns heartfelt and riotously funny. It releases on July 17th.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read a second excerpt from HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER.
-Click here to read Jonathan Tropper's bio.
-Click here to see Jonathan Tropper's backlist.


Doug Parker is a widower at age twenty-nine, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity --- the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his sixteen year-old stepson, Russ: a once-sweet kid who gets into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. Then there are Doug's sisters: his bossy twin, Claire, who's just left her husband and moved in with Doug, determined to rouse him from his grieving stupor. And Debbie, who's engaged to Doug's ex-best friend and maniacally determined to pull off the perfect wedding at any cost.

Soon Doug's entire nuclear family is in his face. And when he starts dipping his toes into the shark-infested waters of the second-time-around dating scene, it isn't long before his new life is spinning hopelessly out of control, cutting a harrowing and often hilarious swath of sexual missteps and escalating chaos across the suburban landscape.

Click here to read more about Jonathan Tropper and HOW TO TALK TO A WIDOWER.

Featured One to Watch Author: Eileen Goudge, Author of WOMAN IN RED

Another author to watch is New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge, who has written WOMAN IN RED, a powerful story of love and redemption and what one woman will do to overcome the buried secrets of her past.

-Click here to see our advance copy winners.
-Click here to read a third excerpt from WOMAN IN RED.
-Click here to read critical praise for WOMAN IN RED.
-Click here to read Eileen Goudge's bio.
-Click here to see Eileen Goudge's backlist. 

More about WOMAN IN RED:
Alice Kessler spent nine years in prison for the attempted murder of the drunk driver who killed her son. Now she’s returned home to Gray’s Island to reconnect with the son she left behind. Her boy, Jeremy, now a sullen teenager, is wrongly accused of rape, and mother and son are thrown together in a desperate attempt to prove his innocence. She’s aided by Colin McGinty, a recovering alcoholic and 9/11 widower, also recently returned to the island in the aftermath of his grandfather’s death. Colin’s grandfather, a famous artist, is best known for his haunting portrait, “Woman in Red,” which happens to be of Alice’s grandmother.

In a tale that weaves the past with the present, we come to know the story behind the portrait, of the forbidden wartime romance between William McGinty and Eleanor Styles, and the deadly secret that bound them more tightly than even their love for each other. A secret that, more than half a century later, is about to be unburied, as Alice and Colin are drawn into a fragile romance of their own and the ghost of an enemy from long ago surfaces in the form of his grandson, the very man responsible for sending Alice to prison.

Click here to read more about Eileen Goudge and WOMAN IN RED.

Our Readers Comment on Seven of Our Featured Titles

This week, we are pleased to share comments from our readers on seven of our recently featured titles. We love hearing what our readers say about the books that we've shared with them, and we hope that their comments will inspire you to do some reading of your own.

Click to read comments about each of the following authors and titles.

Brett Battles, Author of THE CLEANER
Adriana Bourgoin, Author of NINE MONTHS IN AUGUST
Carol Goodman, Author of THE SONNET LOVER
Holly Peterson, Author of THE MANNY
Andrea Portes, Author of HICK
Monica Pradhan, Author of THE HINDI-BINDI CLUB

So What Do YOU Think About Harry? Vote in our Harry Potter Poll to Weigh In

In anticipation of the July 21st release of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, we at would like to get your thoughts on the seventh and final book, the film adaptation of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (in theaters July 11th) and the series overall.

We also are running a Harry Potter poll for teens on (tell the teens you know to go vote here) and for kids on (tell the kids you know to go vote here).
Click here to participate in our Harry Potter Poll!

Interviews Too Good To Miss

Anita Amirrezvani’s debut work of fiction, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS, chronicles the hardships a young girl faces in 17th-century Persia as she attempts to make a better life for herself after the untimely death of her father. In this interview with's Sarah Rachel Egelman, Amirrezvani discusses the many factors that prompted her to write this novel and describes how she structured its plot to resemble that of a traditional folk tale. She also explains why she chose to keep her protagonist unnamed, sheds light on the social climate for women during the time in which the book takes place and further elaborates on some of the cultural practices that figure greatly in the story.

-Click here to read our interview with Anita Amirrezvani.

Adriana Bourgoin's debut novel, NINE MONTHS IN AUGUST, captures the physical and emotional challenges one woman must experience after learning she is pregnant. In this interview with's Barbara Bamberger Scott, Bourgoin shares some of her own habits, practices and fears while carrying her two children, and makes comparisons between herself and her protagonist, Gretchen. She also elaborates on the tensions that the pregnancy places on her character's marriage, career and family relationships, and discusses the difficulties every new family faces when they find that their realities differ from the plans they make.

-Click here to read our interview with Adriana Bourgoin.

UNCOMMON ARRANGEMENTS is a nonfiction work that examines seven unconventional marriages from the early 20th-century literary circuit. In this interview with's Sarah Rachel Egelman, author Katie Roiphe describes the personal circumstances that prompted her to begin researching these historical relationships and elaborates on similar problems that can arise in present-day unions. She also explains how the focus of her book gradually evolved, reveals what surprised her most in her research and shares her thoughts on what kept these tumultuous marriages together.

-Click here to read our interview with Katie Roiphe. 

Brett Battles's debut novel, THE CLEANER, features an ex-cop who now works for a government intelligence agency, "cleaning" up the traces of violence they leave behind. In this interview with's Joe Hartlaub, Battles discusses some of the offbeat professions and characters he has encountered in the entertainment business that served as the inspiration for his main character and elaborates on his decision to approach this novel from an angle unique to the thriller genre. He also describes his writing process, explains the travel and research involved in bringing the book's exotic settings to life and cryptically reveals details about a possible sequel.

-Click here to read our interview with Brett Battles.

Lisa See is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestseller SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN and the critically acclaimed memoir ON GOLD MOUNTAIN. In this interview, See explains the significance of ghosts in Asian culture, which figures predominantly in her latest novel PEONY IN LOVE, and elaborates on some of the story's elements that she hopes will resonate with her readers. She also describes how she was inspired to write this work of fiction after discovering immense gaps in women's history and shares her fascination with lost stories --- a common thread present in all of her previous works.

-Click here to read an interview with Lisa See.


July's Books into Movies

There is no shortage of big blockbusters this summer, and July's Books into Movies feature offers one of the most highly anticipated flicks of the season. To the delight of Potter fans of all ages, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits the big screen on July 11th --- a mere 10 days before all our burning questions about the fate of our favorite wizard are finally answered in J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.

If you're in the mood for something a little more low-key, Alec Baldwin's directorial debut, Shortcut to Happiness, offers a refreshing retreat from the Harry Potter hype. In limited release on July 13th, this offbeat and quirky comedy --- based on the 1937 short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" --- follows a failed writer and the price he's willing to pay for a little taste of success.

Click here to see our Books into Movies feature.


Now in Paperback

June's roundup of New in Paperback fiction titles includes LISEY'S STORY, a powerful novel by Stephen King, whose protagonist must face the demons of her deceased husband on a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited; TWELVE SHARP, Janet Evanovich's 12th book featuring bounty hunter Stephanie Plum; VANISHED by Karen Robards, in which a shocking phone call leads a mother to believe that her daughter, who disappeared without a trace a decade ago, is still alive; Jennifer Weiner's THE GUY NOT TAKEN, a collection of 11 stories that follows the tender and often hilarious progress of love and relationships over the course of a lifetime; MESSENGER OF TRUTH, Jacqueline Winspear's fourth historical mystery featuring psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs; and THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, a riveting novel by Steven Pressfield that recreates Alexander the Great's invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 B.C.

Among our nonfiction highlights are THE BOY WHO FELL OUT OF THE SKY, an emotionally charged memoir in which Ken Dornstein interweaves the story of his own coming-of-age with the promise of greatness his brother never lived to fulfill; THE FAITH CLUB, the engaging story of three women --- Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner --- their three religions, and their urgent quest to understand one another; and SALA'S GIFT by Ann Kirschner, who was inspired to write this unique and moving book when Kirschner's mother broke her 50-year silence and revealed to her family that she had spent five years in Nazi slave labor camps during the Holocaust.

Click here to see June's New in Paperback feature.


This Week's Reviews and Features

THE QUICKIE by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge (Thriller)
When NYPD cop Lauren Stillwell discovers her husband leaving a hotel with another woman, she decides to beat him at his own game. But her revenge goes dangerously awry, and she finds her world spiraling into a hell that becomes more terrifying by the hour. In a further twist of fate, Lauren must take on a job that threatens everything she stands for. Now, she's paralyzed by a deadly secret that could tear her life apart. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE QUICKIE.

NEW ENGLAND WHITE by Stephen L. Carter (Fiction)
The discovery of a dead body by university president Lemaster Carlyle and his wife Julia threatens not only their marriage, their family and their institution, but also their country. Stephen L. Carter manages to fill 550-plus pages so smoothly and eruditely that the book is finished before the reader is ready to leave its intriguing mini-cosmos. Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick.

THE JUDAS STRAIN by James Rollins (Thriller)
Fans of bestselling author James Rollins and his intrepid corps of SIGMA Force scientists won’t be disappointed with his latest thriller. In THE JUDAS STRAIN, he has created an energetic novel that combines historical mystery, biological terrorism and high-tech adventure. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

ORIGIN by Diana Abu-Jaber (Thriller)
Diana Abu-Jaber pulls out all the stops in a complex and brilliant thriller centering on fingerprint expert Lena Dawson, whose extraordinary background as a child raised by apes may explain her sixth sense with criminal cases. Fair Warning to Readers: Prepare to accomplish nothing else until you reach the end of this eerily gripping story. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

DOG DAYS: Dispatches from Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz (Memoir)
Jon Katz is one of America’s best-loved dog writers, and his keen insights into the animal world have earned him the title of Squire of Bedlam Farm. His new memoir, DOG DAYS, allows us to live our dreams of leaving the city for the country, and shares the unpredictable adventure of farm life. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

PLAY DEAD by David Rosenfelt (Mystery)
After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden retriever's death sentence, attorney Andy Carpenter discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. Reviewed by Stuart Shiffman.

WHACK A MOLE: A John Ceepak Mystery by Chris Grabenstein (Mystery)
John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the perpetrator targets his next victim, the consequences become dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

THE INFIDELITY PACT by Carrie Karasyov (Fiction)
Four married, wealthy women from the better part of Los Angeles set out to have affairs, promising not to tell the details to anybody but one another. Each is as different as night and day --- and while they contemplate and/or do the dirty deed, a fifth person is watching them closely, seeking revenge for something they did to him. Reviewed by Marie Hashima Lofton.

LAST FLAG DOWN: The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship by Ron Powers and John Baldwin (History)
As the Confederacy felt itself slipping beneath the Union juggernaut in late 1864, the South launched a desperate counteroffensive to shatter the U.S. economy and force a standoff. Its secret weapon? A state-of-the-art raiding ship whose mission was to prowl the world’s oceans and sink the U.S. merchant fleet. Reviewed by Curtis Edmonds.

THE BLUE CHEER by Ed Lynskey (Mystery)
P.I. Frank Johnson has moved to Scarab, West Virginia, drawn by the promise of lazy days and the lure of its tranquil mountains. What he finds instead is a Stinger rocket exploding over his backyard. His ensuing investigation uncovers a cult called the Blue Cheer, a racist group with ugly terrorist plans. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Read this week's reviews and features here.


Poll and Question of the Week: Authors Who Grab Your Attention


Do you have any authors who make you stop whatever you are doing to read their new book?

Yes, lots of them
Yes, a few of them
I have never done this, but what a great idea.
No, this never happens to me.
Hmmmm, I need to think about this.

-Click here to answer our poll.


Name up to five authors for whom you will drop everything to read their new book.

-Click here to answer our Question of the Week.

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- TWO Prizes!

Tell us what books YOU are reading and loving --- or even those you don't.

This week we have two great prizes: FIVE readers each will win a copy of THE EVER-RUNNING MAN: A Sharon McCone Mystery by Marcia Muller and KILLER WEEKEND by Ridley Pearson.

Please note that our next Word of Mouth update will be on July 20th.

Need more details about Word of Mouth? Click here.

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Those who are subscribed to the newsletter by July 31, 2007 automatically are entered in our Monthly Newsletter Contest. This month one winner will be selected to win the following five books: THE SECRET SERVANT by Daniel Silva, THE EVER-RUNNING MAN: A Sharon McCone Mystery, by Marcia Muller, KILLER WEEKEND by Ridley Pearson, THE QUICKIE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and THE WATER'S LOVELY by Ruth Rendell. 
Cindy from Danbury, CT was last month's newsletter winner. She won LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN by Janet Evanovich, NORTH RIVER by Pete Hamill, ON CHESIL BEACH by Ian McEwan, ROBERT LUDLUM'S THE BOURNE BETRAYAL by Eric Van Lustbader and THE SLEEPING DOLL by Jeffery Deaver.

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