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Academy Street by Mary Costello
Short-listed for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award
“In this gemlike first novel, Costello shows her Irish roots; the imagery-light-filled absences, wells, birds–calls to mind Seamus Heaney’s poetry and her plot and characters Colm Tóibín’s brilliant Brooklyn. Throughout, the language is measured and clear, and Tess is ultimately accessible and credible to a wide range of readers.”–Library Journal
Compulsion by Allison Brennan
“Probing a retired couple’s disappearance the previous summer, investigative report Maxine (“Max”) Revere is convinced that serial killer Adam Bachman—whose trial she’s currently covering—is somehow connected and that in fact he has an accomplice. She’s even more convinced after conducting a pretrial interview with him, but sharp-eyed though she is, she doesn’t realize how nastily she’s being set up. New York Times best seller Brennan, author of numerous series, e.g., Lucy Kincaid, launched the Max Revere series earlier this year with a bang, and since she’s been doing brilliantly in mass market for her publisher, the series is getting a big hardcover breakout.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert
Martin Marten by Brian Doyle
“Published by an academic press, the luminously written Mink River was a dead giveaway that Doyle had a big literary future ahead of him, and he proved himself nicely with last year’s The Plover. His new novel again enfolds nature, offering the parallel coming-of-age tales of 14-year-old Dave and furry little Martin, who is (yes) a marten, a woodlands mammal related to minks. Even as Dave enters high school and starts wondering what life will be like when he eventually leaves the family cabin on Mount Hood (or Wy’east, to use the Native American name Dave prefers), Martin knows that soon it will be time to leave his mother and siblings behind. Buddies under the skin! Sure to be charming, with a bit of edge.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert
The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
“In another witchy historical from the New York Times best-selling Brackston (after The Winter Witch), ceramic artist Tilda Fordwells mournfully moves into the little Welsh cottage she was to have shared with husband Mat before his unexpected death. Soon, she’s sensing powers she never knew she had and having visions that tie her to a witch named Seren who lived nearby in Celtic times.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert