Thursday, December 28, 2006

January 2007


Aboulela, Leila, 1964-. The translator. 1st American ed. New York : [S.l.] : Black Cat ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2006], c1999.

Sammar, a Sudanese widow working as an Arabic translator at a Scottish University, develops a deep friendship with a secular Islamic scholar that helps her awaken to the possibility of real love, but their relationship is threatened by her lover’s lack of faith.

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, 1977-. Half of a yellow sun. 1st North American ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

The lives of Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy, Olanna, the mistress of the professor the boy works for, and Richard, a Englishman in love with the woman’s sister, are endangered during the political unrest resulting from the forming of the independent nation of Biafra in Nigeria.

Ammaniti, Niccolò, 1966-. I’ll steal you away. 1st American ed. Edinburgh ; New York : Canongate, 2006.

“Ischiano Scalo. A place where even the main road out of town gives up after a couple of miles, where escape from a life of boredom and emptiness is almost impossible. Forced into crimes he never wanted to commit, 11-year-old Pietro reaches crisis point when his parents ignore his pleas for support and his schoolteacher turns her back on him - looking for help, he find instead a terrible revenge. Escape from Ischiano Scalo comes at a price. Life there will never be the same again.” Through the eyes of a desperate boy and a deluded small-town Don Juan, Niccolo Ammaniti gradually reveals his cast of misfits, lighting up the grand dreams and sad realities of ordinary people living extraordinary lives in this taut and bittersweet masterpiece.

Andrews, Donna. No nest for the wicket. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Croquet is a genteel game, usually played on a summer afternoon on a tranquil green lawn. Extreme Croquet is a whole other story. That’s what Meg Langslow and her new friends are playing on the several-acre farm of her new neighbor, a countryside studded with rocks, steep hills, and placid, seemingly immovable cows. While this society game can get quite warm, it hasn’t reached the stage of actual homicide—at least not until Meg knocks her ball down a small cliff and encounters the body of a dead woman.—From publisher description.

Anthony, Piers. Stork naked. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2006.
‘Stork Naked’ tells the tale of Surprise Golem, an expectant mother who has just lost her baby. In Xanth, babies are actually delivered by storks and the stork assigned to deliver Surprise’s bundle of joy has inexplicably refused to surrender it, flying off instead through a hole in the fabric of reality. Now, to track down her child, Surprise must lead an ill-assorted group of associates on a quest through dozens of different Xanths with sinister forces determined to stop them.

Arnaldur Indriðason, 1961-. Silence of the grave. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
In Indridason’s excellent second mystery (after 2005’s ‘Jar City’), a skeleton, buried for more than 50 years, is uncovered at a building site on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Who is it? How did he or she die? And was it murder? The police wonder, chief among them the tortured, introspective Inspector Erlendur, introduced in ‘Jar City’. While an archeologist excavates the burial site, several other narratives unfold: a horrifying story of domestic abuse set during WWII, a search for missing persons that unearths almost-forgotten family secrets involving some of the city’s most prominent citizens, and Erlendur’s own painful family story (his estranged, drug-addicted daughter is in a coma, after miscarrying her child). Publisher’s Weekly.

Arsenault, Mark. Gravewriter. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
Although Billy Povich and his wife had been separated at the time she was killed in a car accident, he still intended to kill the man who had been at the wheel the night of her death. A summons to jury duty for a murder trial changes his plans as he finds himself in a race against time to save all he holds dear.

Ashford, Lindsay Jayne. Frozen. 1st U.S. ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
Profiler Megan Rhys has been asked to advise the police on the murders of two young prostitutes whose killers may be working together. When information provided by police doesn’t add up, Megan wonders if someone is trying to manipulate her, or if her own prejudices are coloring her judgment. After still more deaths, and a break-in at her home, other questions come to mind. Could the killer be closer than she realizes, and is she being betrayed by a member of her own family?

Atwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939-. The tent. 1st ed. in the U.S.A. New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2006.
Here is a collection of illustrated fictional essays by Margaret Atwood that explore a wide range of subjects, including youth, history, Shakespeare, and orphanhood.

Barbieri, Maggie. Murder 101. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
English professor Alison Bergeron was not having a good day! Waking to find her car had been stolen, she had walked to the train station to get to work. Arriving at her office at St. Thomas College, she discovered two homicide detectives waiting for her. The good news: they found her car. The bad news: the body of one of her students was in the trunk. Trying to get her name off Detective Bobby Crawford’s suspect list was foremost in her thoughts as she began her own investigation.

Barron, Stephanie. Jane and the barque of frailty. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.
It’s 1811 and Jane Austen is with her brother in London awaiting the publication of her first novel. She’s distracted by the murder of a woman said to have been having an affair with Lord Castlereagh. Suspecting there’s more to the story than meets the eye, Jane’s attempt to learn the truth leads her into the heart of a conspiracy with roots in the French Revolution.

Beckett, Simon. The chemistry of death. New York : Delacorte Press, 2006.

Three years after moving to rural Norfolk to escape his life, David Hunter if thrown back into a nightmare when the corpse of a woman is found in the woods, bringing everything David has been trying to escape back into his life and forcing him to confront a killer and the dreams that haunt him.

Braselton, Jeanne. The other side of air : a novel. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
As Katy Doyal’s time on Earth draws to a close, she struggles to leave behind an orderly life and enlists the help of a stranger, a middle-aged free-spirit named Rose, to care for her husband, Ephraim, and after Katy’s death, Ephraim finds a sense of peace with Rose.

Brewer, Sonny. A sound like thunder : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Rove MacNee, approaching eighty, looks back on his sixteenth year, recalling the death of his grandmother, his father’s drunken rages, and the possibility that his mother was having an affair with Josef, a German neighbor who gave Rove his first boat, allowing him to escape his troubled home life.

Brockmann, Suzanne. Into the storm : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.

A friendly competition between U.S. Navy SEALS Team Sixteen and Troubleshooters, Inc., turns serious for former lovers and operatives Mark Jenkins and Lindsey Fontaine, when receptionist Tracy Shapiro, who had been posing as a hostage during the training exercise, goes missing and evidence of a serial killer is found in the area.

Brooks, Max. World War Z : an oral history of the zombie war. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.

Max Brooks,son of actor Mel Brooks, chronicles the fictitious “zombie wars” that nearly decimated the human population, with first-hand accounts from people who have had a brush with the undead and facts and figures documenting how many undead currently roam the planet.

Bruen, Ken. American skin. 1st ed. Boston : Lanham, Md. : Kate’s Mystery Books ; Distributed by National Book Network, c2006.
Stephen Blake is a good man blown in bad directions. He and girlfriend Siobhan, best friend Tommy, IRA terrorist Stapleton, and a particularly American sort of psychopath named Dade, are all on a collision course somewhere on the road between the dive bars of New York, and the pitiless desert of the Southwest. American Skin is the long-awaited American novel by Ken Bruen, the hardboiled master of Irish Noir.

Burke, Jan. Kidnapped. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Irene Kelly hopes the articles profiling missing children run in the local newspaper will bring in more tips and help authorities uncover the truth, but she is unprepared for the articles’ deadly backlash and teams up with one victim’s brother to try and find the children before it is too late.

Carey, Lisa. Every visible thing. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.

Five years after their oldest son, Hugh, disappeared, the members of the Furey family try to move on with their lives, with his mother losing herself in a new career, his father leaving behind his faith, and his two siblings, Owen and Lena, trying to come to terms with the loss of their brother and their own adolescent crises.

Carofiglio, Gianrico, 1961-. A walk in the dark. London : Bitter Lemon, 2006.

When Martina accuses her ex-boyfriend-the son of a powerful local judge-of assault and battery, no witnesses can be persuaded to testify on her behalf, and one lawyer after another refuses to represent her. Guido Guerrieri knows the case could bring his legal career to a messy end, but he cannot resist the appeal of a hopeless cause. Nor can he deny an attraction to Sister Claudia, the young woman in charge of the shelter where Martina is living, who shares his love of martial arts and his virulent hatred of injustice.

Carter, Steven, 1961-. Famous writers school : a novel. New York : Counterpoint, 2006.

Famous Writers School is composed of the letters and stories of three authors who are taking a would-be correspondence course by that grandiose name, and the self-serving “lessons” that Wendell Newton, their endearingly obtuse instructor, doles out in response. Wendell’s oddball collection of students include Rio, an alluring blues singer on whom he quickly develops a crush; Linda Trane, an unhinged housewife who seems to be stalking him; and Dan, a truly talented author of hardboiled detective fiction. As Dan’s gritty mystery arrives piece by piece, Wendell gets hooked on the story, and decides to dress it up in his own style in order to pass it off as his creation. Gradually the slender threads of connection between each character become apparent, even as Wendell’s imagination careens out of control.

Case, John. Ghost dancer : a thriller. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2007.
Having just been released from Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania, Jack Wilson is hell-bent on a return to Paradise, which to him is a destruction of Western civilization. Native American by birth, though skeptical of so-called Indian culture, he’s obsessed with the secret notebooks of Nicola Tesla and the ‘Ghost Dance’ of his namesake. Tesla claimed to have discovered a weapon of unparalleled destructiveness that would rid the earth of the white civilization. If it was real, Wilson not only wanted it, but planned to use it!

Casey, Donis. Hornswoggled : an Alafair Tucker mystery. 1st ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006.
Set in the prairie town of Boynton, Okla., in the spring of 1913, Casey’s nostalgic, folksy second novel to feature Alafair Tucker finds the full-time mother of 11 and part-time sleuth worried about one of her grown daughters, Alice. Alice is sweet on barber Walter Kelley, an attractive widower whom the determined and discerning Alafair mistrusts; Walter is just too popular with the ladies. Since Alice is set on having Walter, Alafair seeks distraction by investigating the unsolved murder of Louise Kelley, Walter’s late wife, whose stabbed body surfaced in a creek bordering the Tucker farm eight months earlier.

Cauley, Harry. Millersburg. Sag Harbor, NY : Permanent Press, c2006.
Ben and his sister, Estella, struggle to lead normal lives under the tyrannical rule of their grandmother, Mamu, who rules the family with an iron fist, but when the family estate becomes the scene for murder, they rely on their own strengths to find the killer and protect themselves.

Cherryh, C. J. Fortress of ice. 1st ed. New York : EOS, c2006.
Cefwyn, who is king at last, is rebuilding his kingdom following its destruction in ‘Fortress of Dragons.’ Then a new challenge arises and peace is threatened by a sinister force through his own son. It’s up to Cefwyn and his powerful friend Tristen Sihhe to unmask the dark forces that threaten Cefwyn’s reign and the tentative peace.

Church, James. A corpse in the Koryo. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2006.

Inspector O is pulled into a web of betrayal and death in North Korea when he becomes the target of a government plan to eliminate anyone who knows too much about a series of decades-old kidnappings and murders.

Clegg, Douglas, 1958-. The lady of serpents. 1st ed. New York: Ace Books, 2006.
Aleric and his vampire companion, Ewen, become trapped in a subterranean prison and are forced to survive by drinking each other’s blood; but when they are released, they face Alienora, a powerful sorceress, determined to create her own world.

Cleverly, Barbara. The bee’s kiss. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.

Former Scotland Yard detective Joe Sandilands is called in to investigate the murder of Dame Beatrice Jagow-Joliffe and the theft of her emerald necklace, and finds himself embroiled in political intrigue when the authorities suddenly close the case and demand the return of the files.

Coel, Margaret, 1937-. The drowning man. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.

Father John and Vicky Holden investigate the theft of a petroglyph sacred to the Arapaho of Wyoming and a similar case from seven years before, attempting to clear a suspect, Travis Birdsong, of both crimes—and of manslaughter—and as they struggle to do so, the death toll rises.

Collinsworth, Eden. It might have been what he said : a novel. 1st ed. New York : [S.l.] : Arcade Pub. ; Distributed by Time Warner Book Group, c2006.
Isabel seems to have everything a woman could want, intelligence, a fabulous job, and a loving husband, but when Isabel is driven to an act of insanity, she is forced to reexamine her life and determine where everything went wrong.

Connolly, John, 1968-. The book of lost things. New York : Atria Books, c2006.

Twelve-year-old David’s grief over his mother’s death at the start of World War II intensifies with his father’s remarriage and the impending birth of a sibling, so when his books begin talking to him, tempting him to enter a portal into a magical world, he decides to take the risk.

Cox, Michael, 1948-. The meaning of night : a confession. 1sted. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2006.
London scholar and murderer Edward Glyver makes his confession about how he sought revenge on Phoebus Rainsford Daunt, the man he believed responsible for everything wrong in his life, especially a missed chance at a large inheritance.

Crane, Caprice. Stupid and contagious. 1st ed. New York : 5 Spot, 2006.
Two twenty-something neighbors—Heaven, who has just been fired from her loathed waitressing job, and Brady, who is full of big ideas but has yet to sign a band to his record label—set out on a mission to find the founder of Starbucks.

Cussler, Clive. Treasure of Khan. New York : Putnam, 2006.

Genghis Khan once ruled an empire four times the size of Alexander the Great’s: an expanse that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea. When Dirk Pitt tracks down a missing survey team who disappears from Siberia under questionable circumstances, he discovers a mysterious mogul who is wreaking havoc on Middle East oil export facilities. The Mongolian dreams of restoring the conquests of ancient Mongolia, and holds a dark secret about Genghis Kahn, Kublai Khan, and the treasures of Xanadu.

Danielewski, Mark Z. Only revolutions : Only revolutions. 1sted. New York : Pantheon Books,cc2006.

Presents a story about teenage lovers Hailey and Sam printed on two sides with one side telling the story from Hailey’s point of view, and the other from Sam’s.

Davis, Charles. Angel’s rest. Don Mills, Ont. : Mira, c2006.

Eleven-year-old Charlie York’s idyllic life in Sunnyside, Virginia, is shattered in 1967 when his father is killed by a shotgun blast and his mother is arrested for murder, and he becomes even more confused when his caretaker, Lacy Albert Coe, is victimized by townspeople who are offended that the elderly African-American storyteller has been left in charge of a white child.

Doss, James D. Stone butterfly. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Because of a dream Ute tribal elder Daisy Perika has been having, she fears that a girl is in danger of being murdered. Since she has not seen the girls’ face in her dreams, she can’t give her nephew, part-time rancher, part-time investigator Charlie Moon, a description when she asks him to find the girl. Charlie thinks this gets him out on a wild goose chase. Then an elderly man is murdered in Nevada and the suspect found standing over him is the girl from Daisy’s dream.

Douglass, Sara. The crippled angel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Tor, 2006.
As demons fight to breach the gates of heaven, the archangel Michael asks former monk Thomas Neville to find the demons that have taken human forms and expose their evil nature, forcing Thomas to turn his back on his vows and begin a new life.

Du Brul, Jack B. Havoc. New York : Dutton, 2006.
Long before the German zeppelin ‘Hindenburg’ kept its appointment with destiny in 1937, death was already onboard in the form of a madman with a locked safe containing something that could change the course of history. Just before arriving at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, he threw the safe overboard, planning to return for it later. Seven decades later, mining engineer Philip Mercer discovered the lost safe and the cryptic letter inside, launching him on an adventure like none he’d ever experienced before.

Dunn, Carola. Gunpowder plot : a Daisy Dalrymple mystery. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher travels to a school friend’s family home to write an account of the estate’s famous Guy Fawkes celebration, but her quiet weekend is ruined when tension between family members turns deadly.

Edwardson, Åke, 1953-. Sun and shadow : an Erik Winter novel. New York : Viking, 2005.
Erik Winter, the youngest chief inspector in Sweden, is already dealing with the stresses of his father’s death, his fortieth birthday, and impending parenthood, when a serial killer with a penchant for death metal music strikes in Gothenburg and investigation indicates a link to the police department.

Enright, Tracey. Claire Fontaine, crime fighter : a novel of life and death—and shoes. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2006.
Assistant Claire Fontaine uses her wealth and connections to help her boss, private investigator Henry Bennett, find a serial murderer who victimizes Los Angeles party girls.

Erickson, Carolly, 1943-. The last wife of Henry VIII. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.
Catherine Parr was the least known, yet most clever of all of Henry VIII’s six wives. Although she was very much in love with Thomas Seymour, she was thrown into the intrigue-filled snake pit of the royal court. From the splendors of the Field of the Cloth of Gold to Henry’s last gory years when heads rolled, Catherine withstood the onslaught, eventually finding happiness with Seymour, who coveted Princess Elizabeth’s affections. Catherine won out, but at great cost.

Feehan, Christine. Dark celebration : a Carpathian reunion. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2006.
Mikhail Dubrinsky, Prince of the Carpathians, fears he can’t protect his people from the extinction of their species. His enemies are plotting to slaughter Carpathian females, which also puts his life mate, Raven, and their daughter Savannah, in danger. He becomes more hopeful as Carpathians from around the world gather to join their powers. Now for the first time, all the inhabitants of Carpathian legend reunite for a celebration of sensual adventure, undying passion, and astonishing fantasy.

Forbes, Charlotte. The good works of Ayela Linde : a novel in stories. 1st ed. New York : [S.l.] : Arcade Pub. ; Distributed by Time Warner Book Group, c2006.
The housekeeper, butcher, family and friends, and others describe their encounters with Ayela Linde, the illegitimate daughter of a Mexican dressmaker born during the Great Depression, providing a portrait of her life from the age of seventeen to old age.

Ford, Richard, 1944-. The lay of the land. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.
Frank Bascombe’s career in real estate is thriving and his life finally seems to be on the right track, but when he is faced with marital and medical crises, he must find a new way to navigate the challenges of life without endangering everything he has worked for.

Fresán, Rodrigo, 1963-. Kensington gardens. 1st American ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Peter Hook, a wildly successful writer of children’s books, kidnaps, binds, and gags the child actor who plays the time-traveling child hero of Hook’s books in the movies. During the course of an evening, Hook narrates two intertwining tales: his own life story as a child of a Swinging Sixties couple in London and that of Peter Pan’s creator, J.M. Barrie. Fresan forces ironic parallels, for example, between Hook’s and Barrie’s lives (with Kensington Gardens as the focus of both of them) and between the Edwardian and psychedelic ages. Library Journal.

George, Margaret, 1943-. Helen of Troy. New York : Viking, 2006.
A novel about the legendary Helen of Troy and her epic Homeric story set in the heart of the Mycenaean culture.

Glauser, Friedrich, 1896-1938. Fever. London : Bitter Lemon Press, 2006.
When two women are “accidentally” killed by gas leaks, Sergeant Studer investigates the thinly disguised double murder in Bern and Basel. The trail leads to a geologist dead from a tropical fever in a Moroccan Foreign Legion post and a murky oil deal involving rapacious politicians and their henchmen. With the help of a hashish-induced dream and the common sense of his stay-at-home wife, Studer solves the multiple riddles on offer. But assigning guilt remains an elusive affair.

Gleeson, Janet. The thief taker : a novel. 1st Simon & Schuster pbk. ed. New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006.
Agnes Meadowes’ seeks refuge from the streets of 1750’s London by working in the kitchen in the house of the Blanchards. For 40 pounds a year she prepares jugged hare, oyster loaves, and cauliflower pickles. With the murder of an apprentice and the disappearance of an expensive silver wine cooler and the kitchen maid, Nicholas Blanchard asks Agnes to investigate. She enters a dark labyrinth of secrets, jealousy, and criminal intent in her search for the truth.

Greenwood, Kerry. Murder on the Ballarat train : a Phryne Fisher mystery. 1st U.S. ed. Scottsdale, Ariz. : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006, c1991.
On the train to Ballarat, 1920s Australian feminist flapper and private investigator Phryne Fisher (Flying Too High) wakes up to the smell of chloroform. She saves all her fellow passengers, except an old, cantankerous woman whose body is found at the side of the train tracks. While investigating the murder for the woman’s daughter, Phryne also takes in an amnesiac waif on the train who has no knowledge of why she is traveling in the opposite direction of her ticket. Library Journal.

Guène, Faïza. Kiffe kiffe tomorrow. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harvest Original/Harcourt, c2006
After her father’s abandonment, Doria struggles to make a new life for herself and her mother in the projects of Paris.

Hamilton, Laurell K. Mistral’s kiss : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2006.
Meredith Gentry, a detective, is also a princess to the Faerie world. Now it’s time for her to fulfill her obligation to conceive an heir to the throne of the Unseelie Court. Though the quest may be rife with pleasures, the shadows of intrigue continue to spread over the royal court and sabotage lurks at every turn. While the Unseelie Mound reawakens in the dead gardens, powerful curses are at work and Meredith’s own command of magic has turned dangerously unpredictable.

Harris, Robert, 1957-. Imperium : a novel of ancient Rome. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.

Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, sets in motion a chain of events that puts his master in one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history when he invites a terrified stranger into his home.

Harris, Charlaine. Grave surprise. Berkley Prime Crime, c2006.
A college class gets more than it bargained for when Harper Connelly gives a demonstration of her uncanny talent. Instead of just finding one body in an old grave, she finds two: the original occupant and a recently deceased girl whom Harper had tried, and failed, to find two years previously. To dispel suspicions about her own innocence, Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver undertake their own hunt to find the killer-only to find yet another body in the same grave.

Harte, Amanda. Painted ponies. New York : Avalon Books, c2006.
Her face forever changed by a tragic fire, Anne Moreland returns to her hometown of Hidden Falls, hoping to resume her old life. But nothing is the same. Her brother is gone; his nemesis is back in town; and the man who meets her train is a stranger, a handsome stranger who carves the most incredible carousel horses. He’s a man who loves beauty and adventure—absolutely the wrong man for a scarred woman who is building a new life for herself in Hidden Falls. No matter how wonderful he is, it would be foolish to dream of a future with Rob.

Herbert, Brian. Hunters of Dune. 1st ed. New York : Tor, 2006.
Duncan, Sheeana, and several refugees struggle to keep the Enemy at bay, using genetic technology to bring back Paul Muad’Dib, Chani, Lady Jessica, Dr. Wellington Yueh, and others from Dune’s past. Based on an outline by late “Dune” author Frank Herbert.

Iles, Greg. True evil. New York : Scribner, 2006.
Following her sister’s death, FBI agent Karen Crowe, suspecting that her brother-in-law was responsible, took her nephew and fled with him. Nine weeks later, in another part of Mississippi, Karen walks into a doctor’s office where she tells him she’s uncovered a strange rash of deaths among clients of a local divorce attorney and, since the doctor’s wife was one of the attorney’s clients, she warns the doctor that he might be in danger of being killed. Together they work to expose the attorney.

Jakes, John, 1932-. The gods of Newport : a novel. New York : Dutton, c2006.
Before Newport became the great summer resort of New York’s moneyed elite, the town at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island was the home port for smugglers and slavers. In the 1880s and 90s, thanks to social gadflies like Ward McCallister and Harry Leher, Newport began to attract rich Americans who turned the quiet New England village into a haven for the extravagant and social climbers. This is the story of what happened when New York aristocrats and Newport locals found themselves in a social struggle.

Joern, Pamela Carter, 1948-. The floor of the sky. Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2006.
A widow soon to lose her ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills is faced with questions about family and the future when her sixteen-year-old pregnant granddaughter arrives from the city for the summer.

Jones, Edward P. All Aunt Hagar’s children. New York : Amistad, c2006.
Here is a collection of fourteen short stories by award-winning author Edward Jones that explore the people and unique sub-culture of Washington, D.C.

Just, Ward S. Forgetfulness. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Thomas Railles, an American expatriate who at one time did small jobs for the CIA, is devastated when his French wife, Florette, is murdered after she is injured while out walking and found by four Moroccans who, believing her to be American, chose to kill rather than help her.

Kadish, Rachel. Tolstoy lied : a love story. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.

Tracy Farber has always been happy with her single life and her career at a major university, but when she takes on a project to disprove Tolstoy’s theory that happiness is boring and determine whether happiness can be interesting, she is forced to re-examine her own life and discover if she is truly happy.

Keating, H. R. F. (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter), 1926-. One man and his bomb. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.

Detective Superintendent Harriet Martens had worked tirelessly to prevent terror. Then she and her husband got the phone call every parent dreads. Their twin sons had been the victims of a bombing. One was dead and the other seriously injured. In spite of her tragedy, her superior entrusts her to investigate the disappearance of an accidentally created substance from a local agricultural lab that could devastate every plant form on the globe. To find the culprit she must pull out all the stops.

Kellerman, Jonathan. Capital crimes. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.

The Kellerman’s team up to bring readers two white-knuckle stories. In ‘Thy Sister’s Keeper,’ a California legislator is killed and Detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Iris are assigned the task of whittling down the lesbian’s long list of enemies to find a killer. In ‘Music City Breakdown,’ Martel ‘Sweetboy’ Jeffries, a music legend, is murdered before he can start enjoying his royalty payments. Detectives Southerby and Van Gundy, dig into his past in an effort to find a killer. The selections include special appearances by Alex Delaware, Peter Decker, and Rina Lazarus.

Kerr, Philip. The one from the other : a Bernie Gunther novel. New York : Putnams, c2006.

Bernie Gunther, a private detective in Munich in 1949, is prospering in the aftermath of the war cleaning up some of the messes left behind by the Nazis, but he finds himself surrounded by enemies, not knowing who to trust, when he is hired by a woman to confirm that her missing husband, a wanted man for his deeds at a Polish concentration camp, is really dead.

King, Tabitha. Candles burning : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Berkley Books, 2006.
After her father is brutally murdered, Calley Dakin and her mother find themselves exiled to Pensacola Beach, where Calley learns she has psychic abilities and struggles to protect herself from those who wish to exploit her gift.

Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945-. Brother Odd. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

Odd Thomas is back. This time he’s done something he never imagined he would do. He’s left Pico Mundo and everyone he held dear to embrace the solitude and peace of an isolated monastery high in the western mountains. Now, even among the monks, he’s managed to find himself in trouble. A killer is stalking the ancient, holy halls and Odd is about to confront an enemy more powerful than any he has yet encountered.

Kushner, Ellen. The privilege of the sword. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.

Katherine Talbert travels to live with her impulsive and self-indulgent uncle, the Mad Duke of Tremontaine, who decides she should be trained in swordsmanship instead of prepare for marriage, and she proves to be as good as any of the men.

LaHaye, Tim F. John’s story : the last eyewitness. New York : Putnam Praise, c2006.

Ninety-year-old John, the last surviving apostle, remembers his broken life before befriending Jesus and is called upon to write a gospel that definitively establishes Jesus as the Son of God.

LaZebnik, Claire Scovell. Knitting under the influence. 1st ed. New York : 5 Spot/Warner Books, 2006.
“Three twentysomething women in Los Angeles deal with relationships and family, with their weekly Sunday knitting circle as the only thing holding them together”—Provided by publisher.

Lindsey, Johanna. Captive of my desires. New York : Pocket Books, 2006.

After her mother’s death, Gabrielle Brooks sets sail to the Caribbean in search of her father, discovers he has become a pirate, and spends three happy years sailing with him. His decision that she should return to London to find a proper husband leads to intrigue, scandal, and Gabrielle’s passionate quest for revenge, as she finds herself falling for a carefree sea captain with no interest in matrimony.

Mathews, Francine. The Alibi Club. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.
As the Nazis approach Paris, Sally King, Memphis Jones, Nell Bracecourt, and Irene Curie are thrown together by a murder at the infamous Alibi Club and their attempts to keep a deadly weapon out of German hands.

McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-. The right attitude to rain. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon, c2006.

Isabel’s cousin, Mimi, arrives in Edinburgh with her husband Joe and turns Isabel’s world upside down when she introduces Isabel to Tom Bruce and pulls Isabel into a romantic triangle that could ruin all their lives.

Miami noir. New York : Akashic Books, [2006].
Sixteen new, diverse and highly entertaining mystery stories pack Akashic’s latest city-by-city tour of modern noir, spotlighting the “Miami School,” which has sprung to dynamic life in the wake of the legendary Charles Willeford and his signature novel Miami Blues. This anthology prowls through South Beach and across Alligator Alley, hitting every demographic, from long-term Cuban migr s to Haitian boat people and the garden variety psychopathic redneck. In James W. Hall’s “Ride Along,” a college professor with an interest in crime writing goes slumming with a thug called Jumpy-“6’4”, skinny as a greyhound, pasty-skinned, all knuckles and Adam’s apple”-with unexpected results. Vicki Hendricks does a neat deconstruction of classic noir with “Boozanne, Lemme Be,” wherein the 4’10” protagonist-“too short for normal chicks, too tall for a dwarf”-lives undetected under a house until he connects with the titular Boozanne and dives still further into ruin. This volume is as solid as the coral rock lying beneath the Miami streets. Publisher’s Weekly.

Modesitt, L. E. Soarer’s choice. 1st ed. New York, NY : Tor Book, 2006.
‘Soarer’s Choice’ concludes the Corean Chronicles begun in ‘Alector’s Choice’ and finds the civilization of the Alectors again on the move. Corus, the planet they’re moving from, will be used as a dumping ground for malcontents and others who don’t make the cut to move on to a richer new world. It doesn’t bode well for the future of human civilization, nor for Dainyl, who is trying to hold everything together. The mysterious Ancients, the Soarers, may hold a powerful, destructive trump card.

Mortimer, John Clifford, 1923-. Rumpole and the reign of terror. New York : Viking, c2006.

Rumpole is once again defending one of the Timsons on a theft charge when Tiffany Timson, who has married a Pakistani doctor, against her family’s wishes, comes to him begging for his legal help. It seems her husband had begun receiving anonymous letters and computer messages at the hospital where he worked that appeared to connect him to Al Qaeda. Rumpole accepts the job after the doctor is arrested. Defending a suspected terrorist proves a daunting task under the new terrorism laws.

Morton, Brian, 1955-. Breakable you. 1st ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.
As his ex-wife struggles with her emotions over their failed marriage and his daughter becomes involved with a man mourning the death of his child, novelist Adam Weller deals with his waning career, relationship with a younger woman, and the opportunity to submit a lost manuscript of his literary mentor’s as his own.

Mosley, Walter. Fear of the dark : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.

Bookseller Paris Minton and his friend Fearless Jones search for Ulysses S. Grant, Minton’s missing cousin who became involved in a blackmail scheme.

Murakami, Haruki, 1949-. Blind window, sleeping woman : twenty-four stories. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.
A collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami that explore the fantastic and the natural in everyday life.

Orths, Markus, 1969-. Catalina. New Milford, Conn. : Godalming : Toby ; Melia [distributor], 2006.
Catalina is the story of Catalina d’Erauso, the ‘Lieutenant Nun’. When Catalina’s beloved older brother Miguel is sent to the New World to see to the family’s fortunes, Catalina has only one wish: to follow him. She begins her quest by earning her education in a convent. And then, one day, she leaves. She cuts her hair, dresses in men’s clothing, and becomes Francisco. Catalina develops and internalizes her new identity as a man so thoroughly that she convinces not only everyone around her - including her lovers - but eventually even herself. Her path leads her from San Sebastian to New Spain, Chile and Peru. It is the story of a despairing quest for the other - and for one’s self.

Powers, Richard, 1957-. The echo maker. 1st ed. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Set in small-town Nebraska near the bird-watching spectacle of Platte River, Powers’s ninth novel centers on the life of 27-year-old Mark Schluter, who is unable to recognize his sister, Karin, after suffering a near-fatal accident. Desperate for clarity, Karin turns to world-renowned cognitive neurologist and writer Gerald Weber (reminiscent of the real-life Oliver Sacks). Cleverly, this novel isn’t simply about Mark’s damaged brain (he appears to suffer from a rare case of Capgras syndrome); instead, it sheds light generally on the human mind and our struggle to make sense of both the past and the present. Echo Maker is both mystery and case history as Mark struggles to investigate his accident through an anonymous note and Weber attempts to sort through the nuance and plasticity of the mind in his own declining years. Library Journal.

Qashu, Sayed, 1975-. Let it be morning. 1st ed. New York : [Berkeley, Calif.] : Black Cat ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

A disillusioned journalist returns to his Arab village in Israel hoping to find peace and simplicity with his family, but when Israeli tanks surround the village, he must help his family find safety before their world is blown apart.

Roberson, Jennifer, 1953-. Karavans. New York : DAW Books : Distributed by Penguin Group, c2006.

Fleeing the war-torn land of Sancorra and the blood thirsty Hecari, pregnant Audrun, her husband Davyd, and their four children seek to travel in the last karavan of the season.

F SCARROW Scarrow, Simon. The eagle’s prophecy. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
It is spring ad 45 in Rome, and Centurions Macro and Cato, dismissed from the Second Legion in Britain, are waiting for an investigation into their involvement in the death of a fellow officer. It is then that the imperial secretary, the devious Narcissus, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to rescue an imperial agent who has been captured by pirates operating off the Illyrian coast. With him were scrolls vital to the safety of the emperor and the future of Rome. But Narcissus also sends Vitellius, an old enemy of the two centurions.

Shaara, Jeff, 1952-. The rising tide : a novel of the Second World War. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2006.
‘The Rising Tide’ begins a trilogy of the Second World War that offers you-are-there immediacy, historical detail, and all-inclusive points of view as Shaara portrays the events that pulled America into the conflict. Beginning with Hitler’s conquest of Poland, Norway, France, and most of Western Europe, through Japan’s attack, and to the deserts of North Africa, he introduces a gallery of characters that includes Eisenhower, Patton, Rommel, Churchill, and Mussolini, as well as tank drivers and paratroopers.

Shinn, Sharon. Dark moon defender. 1st ed. New York : Ace Books, 2006.
The King’s Rider Justin is sent to the small town of Neft to watch for suspicious activity at the Lumanen Convent, which houses the Daughters of the Pale Mother, but when Justin befriends a young novice from the convent, his mission is endangered by his feelings for the girl.

Stark, Richard, 1933-. Ask the parrot. 1st ed. New York, NY : Mysterious Press, 2006.
Parker thinks he’s home free when a quiet recluse in the backwoods of Massachusetts saves him from being taken into custody by the police who are pursuing him for having pulled off one of the biggest and most dangerous bank heists the state has ever seen. Little does Parker realize that this recluse, with only a parrot for company, has something even more dubious and dangerous in mind for him. A whistleblower, tossed aside by a corrupt political establishment, the recluse has plans for revenge, and Parker holds the key.

Tapply, William G. Out cold : a Brady Coyne novel. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, c2006.

Boston attorney Brady Coyne finds trouble nearly on his doorstep when he lets his dog out into his backyard one January morning and finds a teenage girl buried in the snow. The only clue to her identify is a small piece of paper with his address scribbled on it. Now he must find out who she was, why she had his address, and what happened to her. These are details someone doesn’t want him to find the answers to.

Truman, Margaret, 1924-. Murder at the opera : a capital crimes novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2006.
In Truman’s newest ‘Capital Crimes” novel, an attempt is made on the President’s life on opening night at the Kennedy Center where it’s hard to tell if the actors are on the stage or sitting in the best seats. Just when readers think they’ve figured out what’s going on, Truman throws them a curve which proves that, as the old expression so succinctly puts it: ‘It’s not over until the fat lady sings.’

Turow, Scott. Limitations. 1st Picador ed. New York : Picador, 2006.
George Mason, 59, a judge on the Court of Appeals in Kindle County, has enjoyed most of his life on the bench. A rape case brought before him has him questioning the very nature of the law and his role within it. What could be troubling him so deeply? Is it his wife’s recent diagnosis, or the strange and threatening e-mails he’s started receiving? Or, is it something in the case that has led him to question his fitness to judge?

Waller, Robert James, 1939-. The long night of Winchell Dear : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2006.
Although Winchell Dear is a retired gambler and perfectly content with his life as a rancher, he hasn’t lost his ability to sense danger. Like the evening three men approach in a car filled with semi-automatic weapons and instructions for their target: a little adobe hut on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Now, with pistol in hand and his dog by his side, Winchell waits.

Walters, Minette. The devil’s feather. 1st American ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.
Reporter Connie Burns vows to expose a British mercenary who is using the chaos of the war in Africa to hide his sadistic, misogynistic fantasies and murderous intentions, but her efforts to reveal the truth have devastating consequences when Connie is taken hostage and held for three terrifying days.

Wilhelm, Kate. Sleight of hand. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2006.

A chance reunion with a childhood acquaintance turns into a nightmare for Wally Lederer and his wife, Meg. Wally is accused of theft and hires Barbara Holloway to represent him against what he insists is a set-up. Then the man who accused Wally is found dead, making Wally the prime suspect. As Holloway looks into her client’s past, she doesn’t like what she finds, including an abandoned first wife and children and the questionable death of a second wife. Could she be defending a guilty man?

Wilson, Robert, 1957-. The hidden assassins. 1st U.S. ed. Orlando, FL : Harcourt, c2006.

As Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon investigates a mutilated corpse, Seville is rocked by a massive explosion which reveals a mosque in the basement of a devastated apartment building. It confirms everyone’s terrorist fears. As panic sweeps the city with every body that’s dragged from the rubble, Falcon suspects that something’s amiss. Just as he’s about to crack the conspiracy, he makes a terrifying discovery that hints of a catastrophe far beyond Spain’s borders.

Woodrell, Daniel. Winter’s bone : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2006.

Ree Dolly, a sixteen-year-old living in poverty in the Ozarks, sets out alone to find her father after he puts the family home up for bond on drug charges and disappears with the court date swiftly approaching.

Zhang, Ailing. Love in a fallen city. New York : New York Review Books, 2006.

This posthumous collection contains virtually all new translations of Chang’s six novellas, which are well known in both China and Taiwan. Set in China and featuring characters with ties to Shanghai, Chang’s birthplace, the stories are further tied together by relationship issues and the question of (true) love at a time when women were expected to marry well and discussion of class, divorce, and illicit affairs was taboo. Library Journal.


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Graff, Chris. Dateline Vermont : covering and uncovering the stories, big and small, that shaped a state—and influenced a nation. North Pomfret, Vt. : Thistle Hill Pub., c2006.

The inside story of how Vermont transformed itself from a rural, Republican outpost into the state of Howard Dean, Jim Jeffords, Pat Leahy, and Bernie Sanders. A veteran reporter Graf speaks out about his more than 25 years of writing about the Green Mountain state and its remarkable transformation from the most reliably Republican state in the nation to a bastion of progressivism.

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Berntsen, Gary. Jawbreaker : the attack on Bin Laden and al-Qaeda : a personal account by the CIA’s key field commander. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2005.
Former CIA officer Gary Berntsen reveals the American government’s pursuit of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, and recounts his experiences searching for the enemy in Afghanistan.

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Larson, Erik. Thunderstruck. 1st ed. New York : Crown Publishers, c2006.

Larson tells the parallel stories of the skepticism and incredulity that accompanied Guglielmo Marconi’s invention of wireless communication in the late nineteenth century, and the investigation of the murder of an inconvenient wife by her love-starved husband, Dr. H.H. Crippen, who would likely have pulled off the perfect crime had it not been for the ability to send wireless transatlantic transmissions.

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Guiliano, Mireille, 1946-. French women for all seasons. 1sted. New York : Knopf, 2006.
More than a theory or ideal, the French woman’s way is an all- encompassing program that can be practiced anytime, anywhere. Here are four full seasons of strategies for shipping, cooking, moving, even a tip or two for rolling out of bed looking effortlessly chic, throughout the year. Here are also 100 new no-brainer recipes celebrating staples such as leeks and chocolate, as well as less-heralded edibles, guaranteeing that boredom will never be a guest at your table.

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Davis, Deborah, 1952-. Strapless : John Singer Sargent and the fall of Madame X. New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2003.
Davis explores the story behind John Singer Sargent’s “Madame X,” a painting of twenty-three-year-old Amelie Gautreau which unleashed a storm of controversey when it was unveiled at the Paris Salon to show the young wife with one strap of her gown falling off her shoulder, and provides insights into the lives of the artist and his subject.

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Cahill, Thomas. Mysteries of the Middle Ages : the rise of feminism, science, and art from the cults of Catholic Europe. 1st ed. New York : N.A. Talese, c2006.
Cahill explores how the rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science that took place in the Middle Ages created the foundations of modern Western civilization.

Burau, Caroline, 1973-. Answering 911 : life in the hot seat. St. Paul, MN : Borealis Books, c2006.

Caroline Burau, a former newspaper reporter and nursing student who couldn’t stand the sight of blood, takes a job as an emergency dispatcher because she likes helping people. But on-the-job training at the comm center proves to be more than she bargained for. As she adjusts to a daily life of catastrophe and comedy, domestics and drunks, cops and robbers, junk food and sarcasm, lost cats and suicides, she discovers that crisis can become routine, that coworkers can be mean, but that she must continue to care and, at times, learn how to let go.

Hodes, Martha Elizabeth. The sea captain’s wife : a true storyof love, race, and war in the nineteenth century. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.

Tells the life story of Eunice Connolly, a poor New Englander who lost her husband after the Civil War and crossed the color line in order to marry a sea captain and move to his homeland in the Grand Cayman Islands.

Sandford, Christopher, 1956-. McCartney. 1st Carroll & Graf ed.New York : [S.l.] : Caroll & Graf Publishers ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006.

Christopher Sandford relates the life of Paul McCartney, drawing upon interviews with family and colleagues, court documents, and other original sources to tell the story of the Beatles, examine the band’s breakup and McCartney’s relationship with John Lennon, and discuss his solo career and marriages to Linda Eastman and Heather Mills.

Sheehan, Cindy. Peace mom : a mother’s journey through heartache to activism. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2006.

On April 4, 2004, Cindy Sheehan learned that Casey, the eldest of her four children, had been killed in Iraq, where he was serving in the United States Army. After struggling through crippling grief for three weeks, she came to an epiphany: “I will spend my life trying to make Casey’s sacrifice count for peace and love, not killing and hate”. Here are the stories Cindy has never shared before about her own experiences at the center of a media firestorm, the life-altering events that were sparked by her simple act of defiance one hot August day in Texas. Going behind the headlines and sound bites, Cindy writes candidly about the toll her activism has taken on her own life and her family, as well the unforeseen rewards her quest for peace has brought.

Wukovits, John F., 1944-. Eisenhower. Library ed. Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2006. Read by Brian Emerson.

Wukovitz explores the leadership strategies of Dwight D. Eisenhower during the World War II Allied invasion of Europe and explains the lasting impact his actions had on American and world history.

A daring flight. Widescreen. [Boston, Mass.] : WGBH Boston Video, 2005. Narrator: David Ogden Stiers.
This is the biography of aviator Louis Blériot in the years before he produced the Bleriot XI, which in 1909 became the first heavier-than-air machine to fly the English Channel.

All the king’s men. Boston : WGBH Boston Video, [2005]. David Jason, Maggie Smith, William Ash, Sonya Walger, Stuart Bunce, James Murray, Ed Waters, Tom Burke, Ben Crompton, David Troughton, Gaye Brown.

Here is a recounting of one of the strangest legends of the First World War - the disappearance of the Sandringham Company in action in Gallipoli in 1915.

The River Niger ; Death of a prophet. La Crosse, WI : Echo Bridge/Platinum Disc Corporation, 2004.
The River Niger: A house-painter/poet struggles to support his cancer-plagued wife. Death of a prophet combines documentary footage with reenactments to weave a fascinating work and is a suspense thriller which follows the events in the final 24 hours of the life of religious and political leader Malcolm X.

La grande séduction : Seducing Doctor Lewis. New York, NY : Wellspring Media, [2005]. Raymond Bouchard, David Boutin, Benoît Brière, Pierre Collin, Rita Lafontaine, Clemence Desrochers, Lucie Laurier, Bruno Blanchet.

St. Marie-La-Mauderne is a tiny fishing village. For eight years the locals have stood in line for weekly welfare checks, remembering the good old days when the catch was good. A small company wants to build a factory on the island, but only if a full-time doctor lives in St. Marie. The situation seems hopeless until a young doctor in Montreal has an unfortunate incident with a traffic cop and finds himself on a boat to the faraway village. In order to convince Dr. Lewis to stay, the town resorts to just a bit of seductive subterfuge.

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