Best of BARD: November 2016

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Picoult and Sandford head the top two positions in the Top Five this month, and I believe we have a Best of first – the list is held down by majority female authors. A refreshing trend, as new works by Tana French, newcomer Shari Lepena, and the always reliably funny Carol Burnett help us round out the top spots. Let’s see what the list looks like next time, and if any of our contenders can hold down a spot against tough competition as always – Patterson and Woods are always lurking in the shadows, after all.

Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
DB 85761
A white supremacist couple forbids Ruth Jefferson–an experienced labor and delivery nurse who happens to be an African American–from touching their newborn. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Her hesitation leads to a court case. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Escape Clause
John Sandford
DB 85774 / CL 16338
When two rare Amur tigers vanish from the Minnesota zoo, authorities fear that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need–as Virgil Flowers is about to find out. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

The Couple Next Door
Shari Lepena
DB 85538
Anne and Marco are having dinner at their next-door neighbors’ house, taking turns going home to check on their sleeping baby every half hour and using a monitor. But when they return for the night, she is missing. And each must hide something from the police. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

The Trespasser
Tana French
DB 85608 / CL 16341
Detective Antoinette Conway’s partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s joined the murder squad. They’re working what looks like a lovers’-quarrel-gone-bad case. Blond, pretty Aislinn Murray is dead in her catalog-perfect living room, next to a romantic dinner setting. But Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.

In Such Good Company
Carol Burnett
DB 85597
Actress and comedian reminisces about her groundbreaking TV program The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967 to 1978. Includes stories about the cast, guests, and some of her favorite skits from the show. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2016.