Best of BARD: February 2017

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You’d think a list starting with Patterson and Woods and ending with Steel means we are back in the thick of it with some of the usual suspects, the heavy hitters of our favorites, as we are wont to do. But if you look a little closer at the mix for the Top Five this month, you’ll see a couple extra ingredients in our pudding. Newcomers to the list include Ginger Chambers and Leah Ruth Robinson, authors your humble compiler knows little to nothing about! So let me be the first to say, welcome aboard! I hope your stay amongst the gods of the Best of is long and fruitful. Stay tuned til next time, when we tally up the results for the Best of BARD.

Cross the Line
James Patterson
DB 83605 / CL 16390
A police official’s murder in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D. C., is followed by a brutal crime wave in which the victims are all criminals. Alex Cross pursues an adversary who has appointed himself judge, jury, and executioner. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

Sex, Lies, and Serious Money
Stuart Woods
DB 86298 / CL 16446
Fresh off the runway at Teterboro, Stone Barrington arrives home to find an unexpected new client on his doorstep, anxiously soliciting his help. But everything is not as it seems, when the client reveals the true nature–and value–of his recent turn of fortune. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Blood Run
Leah Ruth Robinson
DB 28828
A medical suspense novel. Dr. Evelyn Sutcliffe is on duty when a colleague, an apparent suicide, is rushed to the emergency room and dies on the operating table. Sutcliffe tries to reconstruct her friend’s last days and becomes certain she was murdered. Her amateur investigation leads Sutcliffe to the answer but also endangers her own life. Strong language and some descriptions of sex.

Match Made in Texas
Ginger Chambers
DBC 11864
For years and years, Parker sons and daughters have ranched the Parker land, and eighty-one-year-old Mae Parker intends to keep it that way. But her great-nephew Rafe has no plans to buckle under to her pressure on him to marry. But his iron will is tested when Mae invites Shannon Bradley to the ranch. Descriptions of sex and strong language for adult readers.

Rushing Waters
Danielle Steel
DB 86048 / CL 16261
Ellen Wharton is visiting her mother, Grace, in New York when Hurricane Ophelia strikes, and Grace refuses to evacuate. The pair, along with a British investment banker and an ER doctor, are just some of those who experience the devastation that hits the city. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2016.