You can tell when the publishers start the fall push for books by the increased number of titles on our reserve lists! There are a number of releases from best-selling authors, including four from the ever prolific James Patterson. Here are the 25 most requested books:
25. The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson is still on the list, as fans enjoy his first new thriller in two years.
24. Private: Berlin by James Patterson & Mark Sullivan has the exclusive private detective agency investigating a case in Germany.
23. Outrage by Arnaldur Indridason is one of the new “Nordic Noir” books in the mold of Steig Larsson. Set in Iceland, this fast-paced police procedural has a female officer on the trail of a serial rapist while trying to keep her family together. Booklist called it “deeply compelling.”
22. Stephanie Plum is back! Yes, the Jersey girl is back in Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich.
21. The Buzzard Table is the new Deborah Knot mystery by Margaret Maron. A man claiming to be an ornithologist studying vultures has come to town, but Deborah has the feeling she’s seen him somewhere before.
20. Bone Tree by Greg Iles, still expected this December.
19. You Don’t Want to Know by Lisa Jackson is a thriller about a mother who thinks she can hear her dead son. Is she losing her mind—or is there something else going on?
18. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom has Father Time trying to teach two mortals just what time means. Since Albom is also the author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, you may want to have tissues handy.
17. The Last Man by Vince Flynn has Mitch Rapp in search of a CIA black ops master who may have been kidnapped. Even worse, he may not have been.
16. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly is the latest from the author of Killing Lincoln.
15. No Easy Day by Mark Owen is an account of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by a Navy Seal.
14. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling is her first book for adults and has nothing to do with magic. Instead, it’s a look at village life when people find themselves on different sides of an issue, dividing them along lines of class, age, and culture.
13. The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series has the ME investigating the death of a paleontologist and wondering exactly who she can trust.
12. The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts is the last in the Booneboro Inn series.
11. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson has the celebration on hold as the detective is called away to a hostage situation.
10. In Mad River by John Sandford, a teenage couple are cutting a murderous swath as they kill and steal their way across Minnesota, and stirring up a media frenzy. Virgil Flowers joins in the hunt, but even he doesn’t know what he’s getting into.
9. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Paterson and Maxine Paetro is a YA mystery thriller about a teenage girl suspected of murdering her parents.
8. Winter of the World by Ken Follett is the sequel to Fall of Giants, about the fates of five families across the world as World War II is about to begin.
7. Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen is the new Rizzoli and Isles mystery. The detective and medical examiner are called into a case involving orphans who have survived horrific home invasions. Is there a connection between the children?
6. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson won’t be out until February, 2013 but fans are already on the waiting list!
5. The Racketeer by John Grisham is being touted by Barnes and Noble as “classic Grisham with a touch of noir.”
4. Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb has Eve Dallas investigating a case where a crowd was sent into a murderous frenzy by some sort of hallucinogenic drug.
3. A Wanted Man by Lee Child is the newest Jack Reacher thriller.
2. In Low Pressure by Sandra Brown, a young woman writes a novel about the death of her sister during a tornado eighteen years earlier, but the book seems to be stirring up some memories better left alone.
And the most requested book is:
Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret by Molly Walling, which is the true story of a woman’s search for the truth about a family secret. Molly now lives in North Carolina, but is fondly remembered in the Tri-Cities for her many contributions. As one patron said recently, “I still miss Molly and her wonderful bookstore.”