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A Double Homicide in DC Opens the Psychological Case Files...on Alex Cross

Cross will need to use all of his skills as a doctor, a detective and a family man to prevent resistance from turning lethal...again.

PIECE OF MY HEART is the Late Mary Higgins Clark's Final Novel, Penned with Alafair Burke

Television producer Laurie Moran of "Under Suspicion" fame must solve the kidnapping of her fiancée’s nephew --- just days before her wedding.

DARK TIDES Tracks the Rise of the Tidelands Family in London, Venice and New England

This second installment in Philippa Gregory's Fairmile series is a novel of greed and desire: for love, for wealth, for a child and for home.

WAR LORD is the Final Installment in Bernard Cornwell’s Long-Running Saxon Tales Series

Torn between loyalty and sworn oaths, the warrior king Lord Uhtred faces his greatest battle ever --- and prepares for his ultimate fate.

The Second Book in Barbara Taylor Bradford's House of Falconer Saga is Now Available

Our reviewer was "impressed...with its historical detail while also maintaining a strong plot and supplying a myriad of intriguing characters."

We're Giving Away a Different Book on Select Days Throughout the Holiday Season

Our latest prize book is A DOG'S PERFECT CHRISTMAS by W. Bruce Cameron. The deadline for your entries is December 1st at noon ET.

Latest Features and Contests


Bookreporter.com's Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature

At Bookreporter.com, we kick off the holiday season in style with our Holiday Cheer Contests and Feature. As our gift to you, on select days in November and December, we are spotlighting a book and giving five lucky readers the chance to win it. You have to visit the site each day to see the featured prize book and enter the 24-hour contest. As always, we are sending our special Holiday Cheer newsletter on the days when there are contests. Click here to sign up for these email alerts.

Our latest prize book is A DOG'S PERFECT CHRISTMAS by W. Bruce Cameron, which is now available. The deadline for your entries is Tuesday, December 1st at noon ET.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE'LL BE LAUGHING: A Memoir, by Jacqueline Winspear

Jacqueline Winspear’s memoir, THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE’LL BE LAUGHING, takes readers with her to post-War England, where she shares wonderful stories about growing up in a country recovering from war. Readers may know Winspear from her award-winning Maisie Dobbs series, but even if you do not, her storytelling here will completely captivate you. I interviewed her a few weeks ago, and I felt like I was talking to an old family friend. Her stories of her family brought them all so alive to me.


Bookreporter.com Bets On: LITTLE CRUELTIES by Liz Nugent

Liz Nugent’s LITTLE CRUELTIES opens with this line: “All three of the Drumm brothers were at the funeral, although one of us was in a coffin.” It goes on to say, “Three is an odd number, so there had always been two against one, although we all switched sides regularly. Nobody would ever have described us as close.” It’s a great setup, and when I reread it, I saw just how clever it was.

Bookreporter Talks To...

As part of our mission to expand The Book Report Network, we have been shooting video interviews with authors and posting them on our YouTube channel. We also have been making them available as podcasts. Carol loves interviewing authors, so this feels like a natural.

Carol had a wonderful discussion with Jacqueline Winspear, whose memoir THIS TIME NEXT YEAR WE'LL BE LAUGHING is a Bets On selection. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her story tackles the difficult, poignant and fascinating family accounts of three generations --- her grandparents, her parents, and she and her brother. Jackie talks about this eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England that we rarely see and how she pulled together these memories. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Susie Yang's debut novel, WHITE IVY, is this month's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club pick. Susie has lived around the world; in fact, she spoke with Carol from Istanbul, where she is living this month. Her peripatetic lifestyle has contributed to her writing, as she has moved so often. Susie talks in-depth about the characters in her book, as well as the multi-step editing process that took it from first draft to publication. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

Carol had a lovely chat with Aimee Molloy about her second psychological thriller, GOODNIGHT BEAUTIFUL, which is a Bets On pick. Aimee shares how she shelved another book just as it was due to the publisher, and instead went forth with the plot for this one! It’s a great publishing story. She also talks about her journey to become a novelist and how her own marriage may have accidentally had a part in influencing her work. Watch the video and listen to the podcast.

» Click here for a complete list of our "Bookreporter Talks To" videos and podcasts, along with upcoming interviews.

Latest Reviews

He was called Tom Terrific for a reason. Tom Seaver was one of the most talented and popular players in the history of baseball. He is one of only two pitchers with 300 wins, 3,000 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00. He was a three-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All Star, and was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame with the highest percentage ever at the time. Popular among players and fans, Seaver was fiercely competitive but always put team success ahead of personal glory. Drawing in part on their long relationship, New York Daily News baseball columnist Bill Madden offers a deeply personal and fascinating portrait of one of the greatest and most admired players of all time.

In DEARLY, her first collection of poetry in over a decade, Margaret Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and --- zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.

To Be a Man: Stories by Nicole Krauss - Fiction/Short Stories

Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very beginning of time. Set in our contemporary moment, and moving across the globe from Switzerland, Japan and New York City to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and South America, the stories in TO BE A MAN feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children, seducers and even a lost husband who may never have been a husband at all.

Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March - Historical Mystery

In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild northern frontier, with little to do but re-read the tales of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, and browse the daily papers. The case that catches Captain Jim's attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university’s clock tower in broad daylight. Moved by Adi, the widower of one of the victims --- and his certainty that his wife and sister did not commit suicide --- Captain Jim approaches the Parsee family and is hired to investigate what happened that terrible afternoon. But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous.

On July 10, 1943, the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted took place, larger even than the Normandy invasion 11 months later: 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops came ashore or were parachuted onto Sicily, signaling the start of the campaign to defeat Nazi Germany on European soil. Operation HUSKY, as it was known, was enormously complex, involving dramatic battles on land, in the air and at sea. Yet, despite its paramount importance to ultimate Allied victory, very little has been written about the 38-day Battle for Sicily. James Holland’s SICILY ’43 offers a vital new perspective on a major turning point in World War II and a chronicle of a multi-pronged campaign in a uniquely diverse and contained geographical location.

From the outside, the Chengs seem like so-called model immigrants. Once Patty landed a tech job near Dallas, she and Liang grew secure enough to have a second child, and to send for their first from his grandparents back in China. Isn’t this what they sacrificed so much for? But then little Annabel begins to sleepwalk at night, putting into motion a string of misunderstandings that not only threaten to set their community against them but force to the surface the secrets that have made them fear one another. How can a man make peace with the terrors of his past? How can a child regain trust in unconditional love? How can a family stop burying its history and forge a way through it, to a more honest intimacy?

Five years after a suspicious fire killed his ornithologist mother, a closeted Syrian American trans boy sheds his birth name and searches for a new one. The only time he feels truly free is when he slips out at night to paint murals on buildings in the once-thriving Manhattan neighborhood known as Little Syria. One night, he enters the abandoned community house and finds the tattered journal of a Syrian American artist named Laila Z, who dedicated her career to painting the birds of North America. She famously and mysteriously disappeared more than 60 years before, but her journal contains proof that both his mother and Laila Z encountered the same rare bird before their deaths. In fact, Laila Z’s past is intimately tied to his mother’s --- and his grandmother’s --- in ways he never could have expected.

When NYPD detectives Paul Rossi and Hamilton P. Turner begin investigating the Sutton Place murder of an Italian air force pilot, they find themselves sucked into the potential cover-up of the Ustica massacre, the most horrific aviation crime in Italian history. But as they begin investigating, Rossi and Turner come up against NYPD bureaucratic obstacles and stonewalling by the Italian Consulate in New York City. Lieutenant Laura Muro, the policewoman sister of the victim, comes to New York to aid the investigation, but soon the trio find themselves in the crosshairs of the Gladio, Italy’s powerful, shadowy political cabal whose reach extends to the highest reaches of New York political and ruling class.

Shills Can't Cash Chips by Erle Stanley Gardner, writing as A. A. Fair - Hard-boiled Mystery

From the world-famous creator of Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner --- at his death the best-selling American writer of all time --- comes another baffling case for the Cool & Lam detective agency. Return to the 1960s as a simple insurance investigation into a car accident puts Bertha Cool and Donald Lam on the trail of murder --- and Donald hip-deep in danger when he poses as an ex-con to infiltrate a criminal gang. It's Gardner's twistiest caper ever, and a fitting conclusion to Hard Case Crime's revival of this classic (and long unavailable) detective series.