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End-of-the-Year Contest 2019

Congratulations to the winners of our 2019 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 52 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2019, while 13 others won a selection of four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2019's Bets On books.

Bonnie Kistler, author of House on Fire

Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. But five years in, she and Pete Conley have a perfectly blended family of her children and his. To celebrate their anniversary, they grab some precious moments of alone time and leave Pete’s son Kip, a high school senior, in charge of Leigh’s 14-year-old daughter Chrissy at their home. Driving back on a rainy Friday night, their cell phones start ringing.

House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler

March 2019

HOUSE ON FIRE by Bonnie Kistler is a well-paced and emotionally charged domestic thriller. As the book opens, Leigh Huyett and her husband, Pete Conley, have taken a short vacation to celebrate their anniversary; it is a second marriage for both. She has a daughter, Chrissy, who is in middle school and twin older sons in college. He has a son, Kip, who is a senior in high school newly accepted to Duke University, and a young daughter. On the way home from a party, Kip is arrested for drunk driving. The truck he was driving crashed into a tree. And oh, this is his second offense; he already has lost his license to a DUI and should not be driving. Chrissy was with him in the car. Twelve hours later, she is dead and he is charged with manslaughter. What happened that night --- and after --- will keep you turning the pages.

Week of December 2, 2019

Paperback releases for the week of December 2nd include KITCHEN YARNS, a warm collection of personal essays and recipes from Ann Hood, who spins tales of loss and starting from scratch, family love and feasts with friends, and how the perfect meal is one that tastes like home; Bonnie Kistler's HOUSE ON FIRE, a tightly wound and suspenseful novel about a blended family in crisis after a drunk driving accident leaves the daughter of one parent dead --- and the son of the other parent charged with manslaughter; THE PARAGON HOTEL by Lyndsay Faye, a richly imagined work of historical suspense in which a gun moll with a knack for disappearing flees from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's Paragon Hotel; and John Strausbaugh's VICTORY CITY, the definitive history of New York City during the World War II era.