Best of BARD: July 2016

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I told you all last time around to keep it hot and malicious. I don’t know how we can keep up this torrent pace. It’s nice to see the variety of names on the list, keeping the King off the throne for a little while longer – we got Castillo taking the pole position, perennial second placer Cussler, a rare showing by Meltzer, and a rounding out by Woods (Sherryl not Stu) and Fielding (Joy not Helen). This is fun! Are we still on board? Let’s keep this train rolling through August, and see if we can keep this thrill ride a-chooglin.

Among the Wicked
Linda Castillo
DB 87404Among the Wicked by Castillo
In rural upstate New York, a developing situation involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English,” the sheriff asks Chief of Police Kate Burkholder to infiltrate the community, posing as an Amish woman. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Emperor’s Revenge
Clive Cussler
DB 84490
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation’s accounts. To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

The House of Secrets
Brad Meltzer
DB 84347 / CL 16134
When Hazel wakes up in the hospital remembering nothing, she’s told she’s been in a car accident that killed her father. Then an FBI agent asks about her dad’s connection to a man found dead–with a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold stuffed into his chest. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Swan Point
Sherryl Woods
DB 84424
After leaving her cheating husband, Adelia Hernandez is trying to build a new life for herself in Serenity, South Carolina, with her four children. She meets Gabe Franklin, once the town black sheep. Gabe is back to make amends, but he doesn’t intend to settle down–until he meets Adelia. 2014

She's Not There by FieldingShe’s Not There
Joy Fielding
DB 84119 / CL 15994
Fifteen years ago, while vacationing in Baja, Mexico, Caroline’s toddler daughter Samantha was kidnapped from their hotel room while Caroline and her husband dined with friends in the hotel. Now divorced, Caroline is unbelieving when a teen calls her, claiming she might be Samantha. Strong language. 2016.