Books to Read if You Like Janet Evanovich

12 Aug 2016

If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich, you know that a high-stakes mystery doesn’t have to come at the expense of humor, romance, or flair. These fast-paced tales offer snappy dialogue and strong protagonists, pulling off the ever-difficult task of imagining a suspenseful plot with literary style.

Books to Read if You Like Janet Evanovich


Celtic Ties

Kelly Running

Release Date: May 31, 2016

Aunt Thelma’s last request sends Lizzy O’Malley to Ireland in search of her family legacy. When a mysterious stranger plants an antique rosary on her, she finds herself caught up in the age-old troubles between the Catholics and Protestants. Unsure where her family’s loyalties lie, Lizzy must once again outrun bullets, explosions, and speeding cars to survive.

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Sandra Brown

Release Date: August 16, 2016

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a shady backwater bar, the tension is palpable. Shaw emanates danger – something savvy businesswoman Jordie senses immediately. She doesn’t belong in a seedy dive bar on the banks of the bayou, but she’s here nonetheless. And Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. Follow #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sandra Brown down a path of corruption, treachery, and ceaseless deception…where nothing is what it seems and every truth brought to light exposes a darker lie.

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Lisa Scottoline

Release Date: August 16, 2016

Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a natural target at school. When Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide, the aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick’s grandfather turns to attorney Mary DiNunzio, who becomes Patrick’s one true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But as family secrets come to light, Mary realizes Patrick may be more troubled than he seems.

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Catherine Coulter

Release Date: April 16, 2016

Someone is trying to kill Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate, Rasmussen Industries. Could it be a member of her greedy family? Perhaps her grandson who has suddenly reappeared after he was thought missing for ten years? FBI Agents Savich and Sherlock peel away the layers to uncover the shocking truth. It may be closer than they expect.

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As Time Goes By

Mary Higgins Clark

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Television journalist Delaney Wright is poised to make it big when she’s assigned to cover a sensational murder trial for the evening news. Though she should be thrilled, she’s distracted by her growing desire to locate her birth mother. When Delaney’s friends offer to help her in her search, they discover a shocking truth they do not wish to reveal. All the while, Betsy Grant goes to trial to prove her innocence in the murder of her wealthy husband. Though damning evidence stacks up against her, Delaney becomes convinced that Betsy is not guilty and frantically searches for proof.

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Killer Look

Linda Farstein

Release Date: July 26, 2016

One of the fashion capitals of the world, New York City is well known for its glamour and style. As haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty, the stakes become ever higher. When businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide days before the biggest show of his career, is there more to his death than meets the eye? Delve into Wolf’s ties to Louisiana Voodoo, his history of womanizing, and his well-kept family secrets. Things are about to get deadly on the catwalk.

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Looking for more thrilling, chilling mysteries? Check out our lists on Anne Frasier, The Girl on the Train, and Louise Penny.



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Sarah Pannenberg