Nine Women, One Dress, by Jane L. Rosen

9women1dressTitle: Nine Women, One Dress

Author: Rosen, Jane L. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Bibliographic: Doubleday, 272 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.95, Audiobook List Price $24.50, Audiobook CD List Price $35.00, ISBNs 9780385541404
9781410492975, 9780385541435

Publication Date: July 12, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Heartwarming, engaging

Why I picked it up: I needed to read some chick lit for my readers’ advisory class, and I had heard that books with dresses on the cover were a good place to start.

S.I.A.S.: A series of women in New York City have their lives changed by one particular dress.

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Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

fingersmithTitle: Fingersmith

Author: Waters, Sarah (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Historical fiction, crime fiction, LGBTQ fiction

Bibliographic: Riverhead Books, 582 pages, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $28.04, ISBNs 9781573222037, 9781573229722, 9781860498831, 9781101057025

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Books to TV, first person, Gothic, literary fiction, multiple perspectives, character-driven, intricately plotted, atmospheric, suspenseful, descriptive

Why I picked it up: A close friend told me it was one of her favorite books and I needed to read it ASAP.

S.I.A.S.: Susan Trinder is going to pull a con on Maud Lilly, but there’s too much information she doesn’t know.

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Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley

devilinabluedressTitle:  Devil in a Blue Dress

Author: Mosley, Walter (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mysteries, African-American Fiction

Bibliographic: Washington Square Press, 263 pages, Hardcover List Price $42.00, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook CD List Price $9.99, Audiobook List Price $21.95, ISBNs 9780393028546, 9780743451796, 9780671511425, 9780671019822, 9781442082427, 9781560547228, 9781451612486, 9781852427498, 9780330321143, 9781841975276

Publication Date: June 17, 1990

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors:  Character-driven, atmospheric, gritty, books to movies

Why I picked it up: I attended an event recently where Walter Mosley was the keynote speaker, and he was phenomenal, so I bought this for the bus ride home.

S.I.A.S.: Easy Rawlins needs money, and finding Daphne Monet seems like a good way to get some.

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The Veins of the Ocean, by Patricia Engel

veinsoftheoceanTitle: The Veins of the Ocean

Author: Engel, Patricia (Author’s Website)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Bibliographic: Grove Press, 320, Hardcover List Price $25.00, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $27.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.99, ISBNs 9780802124890, 9780802189998, 9780802126740, 9781534608092

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: Stars of Five for Quality/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Character-driven, atmospheric, reflective, descriptive, lyrical

Why I picked it up: Thanks to the 2016 presidential election results, I found myself growing grim about the mouth, bringing up the rear of every funeral I met, and knowing a damp drizzly November in my soul. It was high time to get to sea as soon as I could.

S.I.A.S.: Reina struggles to come to terms with her family’s legacy, while Nesto struggles to come to terms with his family’s present.

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The Trespasser, by Tana French

trespasserTitle: The Trespasser

Author: French, Tana (Author’s Website)

Genre: Police procedural, suspense

Bibliographic: Viking, 464 pages, Hardcover List Price $27.00, Audiobook List Price $38.50, Audiobook CD List Price $55.00 ISBNs 9780670026333, 9781524708672, 9780735221093

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Psychological, first-person narrative, complex, fast-paced, suspenseful, compelling, dialect-filled

Why I picked it up: I’ve read the first five books in the series, and loved all but one of them.

S.I.A.S.: Antionette Conway must solve the murder of Aislinn Murray, but the facts aren’t quite lining up.

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Amaryllis, by Jayne Castle

amaryllisTitle: Amaryllis

Author: Castle, Jayne (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance, futuristic romance

Bibliographic: Pocket Books, 336 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, , ISBNs 9780671569037, 9780671021436, 9781574901399, 9781451624014

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Futuristic, character-driven, fast-paced, steamy

Why I picked it up: This book was required reading for my readers’ advisory class. I would not have picked it up otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: Lucas Trent and Amaryllis Lark both have mysteries to solve, not least of which is why they are so drawn to each other.

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Nobody’s Baby But Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

nobodysbabybutmineTitle:  Nobody’s Baby But Mine

Author: Phillips, Susan Elizabeth (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance

Bibliographic: William Morrow Paperbacks, 400 pages, Paperback List Price $12.99, Mass Market Paperback $7.99, Audiobook List Price $35.93, ISBNs 9780380782345, 9780060894702, 9780062004666, 9780062107008, 9780783881973, 9780061793219, 9780066212203, 9780749937775

Publication Date: February 1, 1997

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Funny, steamy, engaging

Why I picked it up: A podcast I listen to said it was really funny.

S.I.A.S.: Physicist Jane Darlington desperately wants to have a baby, but doesn’t want it to be brilliant like her, so she sets out to find a stupid man.

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The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland

theowlkillersTitle: The Owl Killers

Author: Maitland, Karen (Author’s Website)

Genre: Historical fiction

Bibliographic: Penguin, 640 pages, Paperback List Price $15.00, Audiobook List Price $53.41, ISBNs 9780385341707, 9780440244431, 9780141031897, 9780718153205, 9780440338888

Publication Date: March 26, 2009

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, fast-paced, atmospheric, creepy, suspenseful, richly detailed

Why I picked it up: It was assigned for my readers’ advisory class. I would never have read it otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: A group of beguines struggles to survive in Medieval England, while a shadow group called the Owl Masters opposes them.

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Blood Groove, by Alex Bledsoe

bloodgrooveTitle: Blood Groove

Author: Bledsoe, Alex (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 304 pages, Paperback List Price $19.99, Audiobook List Price $20.97, Audiobook CD List Price $29.95, ISBNs 9780765321961, 9780765323088, 9780765361615, 9781429956574

Publication Date: April 28, 2009

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Urban fantasy, flawed characters, creepy, steamy, violent, dialect-filled, gritty

Why I picked it up: It seemed like a good book for Halloween.

S.I.A.S.: Sixty years after his “death,” vampire Rudolfo Zginski wakes up in 1970s-era Memphis, Tennessee.

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The Memory Weaver, by Jane Kirkpatrick

memoryweaverTitle: The Memory Weaver

Author: Kirkpatrick, Jane (Author’s Website)

Genre: Christian Fiction, Western, Historical Fiction

Bibliographic: Revell, 352 pages, Paperback List Price $14.99, Audiobook List Price $27.99, ISBNs 9780800722326, 9781628997576, 9781441228208

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, Pacific Northwest fiction, atmospheric, homespun, descriptive, engaging

Why I picked it up:  Westerns and Christian fiction are my least favorite genres, so I thought I’d try to hit both boxes at once and get it over with.

S.I.A.S.: As a child, Eliza Spalding Warren survived a horrific event; her husband wants to return.

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