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End-of-the-Year Contest 2021

Congratulations to the winners of our 2021 End-of-the-Year Contest! One Grand Prize winner received all 44 of Carol Fitzgerald's Bets On picks from 2021, while 11 others won a selection of four of these titles. You can see all the winners below, along with 2021's Bets On books.

Laura Dave, author of The Last Thing He Told Me

Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers: Owen’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey. As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity --- and why he really disappeared. Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future --- one neither of them could have anticipated.

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

May 2021

Laura Dave’s new book, THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME, is a brisk suspense novel. This is a departure for Laura, who has written contemporary fiction in the past, and she totally delivers.

Owen Michaels has disappeared in the wake of a scandal at his company. But before he headed out, he got a note smuggled to his wife, Hannah Hall, who he had married a year ago. It has just two words: Protect her. She knows exactly to whom that refers --- Owen’s 16-year-old daughter, Bailey, the girl who barely gives her the time of day. Suddenly law enforcement is showing up at their houseboat asking Hannah questions to which she has no answers. She starts to wonder “who” she really married, and she needs Bailey to help her. She cannot figure out the riddle of Owen’s life without her, but will the teen cooperate?

Week of March 20, 2023

Paperback releases for the week of March 20th include Amor Towles' THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY, a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America spanning just 10 days and told from multiple points of view; THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave, a gripping mystery about a woman who thinks she has found the love of her life --- until he disappears; THE GOOD SON, Jacquelyn Mitchard's powerful, emotionally charged novel of family, redemption and a mother’s love; A SUNLIT WEAPON, in which a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear's beloved heroine, Maisie Dobbs, into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET, the first book in a spinoff series of Karen White's Tradd Street novels, which finds Nola Trenholm hopeful for a fresh start in the Big Easy but must deal with ghosts from her past --- as well as new ones; and THE ANTHROPOCENE REVIEWED, John Green's open-hearted exploration of the paths we forge and an unironic celebration of falling in love with the world.