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The Thrilling History of the Targaryens Comes to Life in George R. R. Martin's FIRE & BLOOD

This first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens gives readers a whole new appreciation for the fascinating history of Westeros.

A Sniper's Bullet Strikes a Target in the Heart of DC --- and the Race is On to Find a Killer

Alex Cross leads an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. But is the sniper's strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation?

Nine People Gather at a Remote Health Resort and are Prepared to Do Some Real Work

However, in Liane Moriarty's latest page-turner, none of them could imagine just how challenging the next 10 days are going to be.

Elizabeth Berg Has Written a Feel-Good Sequel to THE STORY OF ARTHUR TRULUV

NIGHT OF MIRACLES is a delightful novel of friendship, community and the way that small acts of kindness can change your life.

If You Think Nothing Exciting Ever Happens in Dusty Gabarone, Botswana, Think Again

Mma Ramotswe is running for public office, tracking down bad guys and just generally bringing happiness and joy to all around her.

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.

Our next prize book will be announced on Monday, November 26th at noon ET.


Mystery Mayhem Author Spotlight & Contest: ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield

ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield is a richly imagined novel about how we explain the world to ourselves, ourselves to others, and the meaning of our lives in a universe that remains impenetrably mysterious. We have 25 copies to give away to those who would like to read the book, which releases on December 4th, and share their comments on it. The deadline for entries is Thursday, November 29th at noon ET.

Latest Reviews

Tony's Wife by Adriana Trigiani - Historical Fiction

Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore before World War II. Chi Chi is a talented and ambitious singer-songwriter looking for her big break, while Saverio is fronting a touring band and has the good looks and smooth vocals that make success seem assured. It isn’t long before Saverio becomes Tony Arma, and he and Chi Chi form a duo. Soon they’re married, and all goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice: Which of them will put ambition aside to build a family and which will pursue a career? What compromises will they make to achieve their dreams? And how will they cope with the impact these compromises have on their marriage, family and themselves?

Killing Commendatore written by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen - Fiction

A thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home, and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.

Korede’s sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.

Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender and his girlfriend, Ronnie, are in desperate need of cash to hire a kidnapper to snatch Ronnie’s two-year-old son back from her ex. A nameless woman in an orange wig has offered Junior 50 grand to break into the abandoned house of a recently deceased 97-year-old recluse, Daisy Horton, and steal a doll from her collection. Junior figures there must be something hidden inside the doll that can get him in a heap of trouble. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that he’s not the only one looking for the doll. When an old friend ends up murdered, Junior decides he will stop at nothing to figure out who the woman in the orange wig is, and why she wants the doll badly enough to leave a trail of bodies in her wake.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri - Historical Fantasy

The Amrithi are outcasts; nomads descended of desert spirits, they are coveted and persecuted throughout the Empire for the power in their blood. Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother she can barely remember, but whose face and magic she has inherited. When Mehr's power comes to the attention of the Emperor's most feared mystics, she must use every ounce of will, subtlety and power she possesses to resist their cruel agenda. Should she fail, the gods themselves may awaken seeking vengeance.

Ten years ago, Reece Bower was accused of killing his wife, a crime he always denied. Extensive police searches near his home found no trace of Annette Bower's remains, and the case against him collapsed. But now memories of the original investigation have been resurrected for Detective Inspector Ben Cooper --- because Reece Bower himself has disappeared, and his new wife wants answers. Cooper can't call on the Major Crime Unit and DS Diane Fry for help unless he can prove that a murder took place --- which is impossible without a body. As his search moves into the caves and abandoned mines in the isolated depths of Lathkilldale, the question is: Who would want revenge for the death of Annette Bower?

Former Prime Minister William Gladstone offers 29-year-old Arthur Conan Doyle one month's employment to assist the Metropolitan Police as a "consultant" in their hunt for the serial killer soon to be known as Jack the Ripper. Doyle agrees on the stipulation that his old professor of surgery, Professor Joseph Bell --- Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes --- agrees to work with him. The two are joined by Miss Margaret Harkness, an author residing in the East End who knows how to use a Derringer and serves as their guide and companion. Pursuing leads through the dank alleys and courtyards of Whitechapel, they come upon the body of a savagely murdered fifth victim. Soon it becomes clear that the hunters have become the hunted when a knife-wielding figure approaches.

So Many Doors by Oakley Hall - Hard-boiled Mystery

It begins on Death Row, with a condemned man refusing the services of the lawyer assigned to defend him. It begins with a beautiful woman dead, murdered --- Vassilia Caroline Baird, known to all simply as V. But the story this novel tells begins years earlier, on a struggling farm in the shadow of the Great Depression and among the brawling "cat skinners" of Southern California, driving graders and bulldozers to tame the American West. And the story that unfolds is a lyrical outpouring of hunger and grief, of jealousy and corruption, of raw sexual yearning and the tragedy of the destroyed lives it leaves in its wake.