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Some people latch on to an author and read absolutely every book ever written by the person. Then they are disappointed when the collection runs dry and they don’t know where to turn to. Thanks to the Idaho Talking Book Library which put together a fun list of authors who have similar styles to one another, here are some suggestions. The theme of this month’s Recommended Reads will be to link like authors and then suggest some titles. For example, if you like Danielle Steel, try books by Janet Dailey, Barbara Delinsky or Andrew Greeley. If you like James Patterson, try Jeffrey Deaver, John Sandford or Iris Johansen. You’ll never run out of a good book to read!
Digital book, (DB), recorded cassette (RC), braille (BR), and large print (LT) copies of these titles are available from the Perkins Library. Please contact the Library to order any of these books.
Prepared by Debby King Smith, Outreach Coordinator
If you like Agatha Christie, try …
Careless in Red by Elizabeth George
DB 66607, RC 66607, BR 17786, LT 08564, Available as BARD Download
Grief-stricken over the murder of his wife, Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley has been walking the coast for weeks on end when he comes upon the body of a teenager. Sequel to What Came before He Shot Her (RC 63865, BR 16802). Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2008.
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The Blue Last: a Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes
DB 53302, BR 13764, LT 10339, Available as BARD Download
Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard is asked by a dying colleague to investigate the possibility that babies were switched during the London blitz. Jury and his friend Melrose Plant uncover two intertwined, wealthy families; a duplicitous nanny; and a pair of precocious, endangered children. Some strong language. 2001.
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A Certain Justice by P. D. James
DB 45252, RC 45252, BR 11358, Available as BARD Download
Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team investigate the murder of respected, though disliked, lawyer Venetia Aldridge. Among the likely suspects is one of her last successfully defended clients, Garry Ashe, a sociopath and murderer who is dating her daughter. Several other suspects turn up, but as a review of the court system reveals, justice is not always served. Bestseller. 1998.
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If you like David Baldacci, try …
The Other Daughter by Lisa Gardner
DB 57961, RC 57961, LT 01588, Available as BARD Download
When twenty-nine-year-old Melanie Stokes, adopted at age nine by a Boston doctor whose first daughter was murdered, learns her real father was a serial killer, she resolves to find the connection between her birth parents and the family she thought she knew. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1999.
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Tomahawk by David Poyer
DB 70511, LT 01082, Available as BARD Download
Lieutenant Commander Dan Lenson, recently assigned to the Tomahawk nuclear-missile program, falls in love with peace activist Kerry Donavan. The relationship challenges Dan's commitment to his mission, but when Kerry is murdered and evidence of espionage turns up, Dan confronts personal and professional crises. Strong language and some violence. 1998.
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Act of Revenge by Robert Tanenbaum
DB 49010, RC 49010, BR 12505, Available as BARD Download
Assistant district attorney Roger "Butch" Karp and his private investigator wife Marlene Ciampi both take on cases involving Mafia family members, and they soon learn that the two crimes are related. Butch and Marlene's twelve-year-old daughter, Lucy, witnesses a murder in Chinatown that is also connected. Strong language and violence. 1999.
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If you like Clive Cussler, try …
Jackdaws by Ken Follett
DB 53305, RC 53305, BR 13766, Available as BARD Download
British intelligence agent Felicity "Flick" Clairet must train a group of English women, within days, to blow up the Nazis' main telephone exchange in France and paralyze communications on D-Day. American spymaster Paul Chancellor falls in love with Flick as they plan the mission. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2001.
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Deep Storm by Lincoln Child
DB 63123, RC 63123, LT 06840, Available as BARD Download
Former naval doctor Peter Crane responds to a medical crisis on a remote oil platform in the Atlantic. Pledged to secrecy, Crane learns of the rig's covert operation exploring the ruins of Atlantis. But the underwater site hides more than a medical mystery. Commercial audiobook. Some violence and some strong language. 2007.
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Altar of Eden by James Rollins
DB 70403, RC 70403, LT 10415, Available as BARD Download
New Orleans, Louisiana. U.S. Border Patrol officer Jack Menard teams up with veterinarian Lorna Polk to track down the people responsible for a boatload of exotic, genetically modified, highly intelligent animals. They also hunt for a bizarre beast that has escaped. Violence and some strong language. 2010.
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If you like John Grisham, try …
Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn
DB 62079, RC 62079, LT 05565, Available as BARD Download
Saudi terrorists seek revenge after Mitch Rapp thwarts a plot to bomb the United States with a nuclear device in Memorial Day (RC 58405). While contending with a new intelligence director, former German and KGB spies, and potential assassins, Rapp learns his wife's pregnant. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2005.
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The Jury by Steve Martini
DB 52455, RC 52445, LT 05565, Available as BARD Download
Attorney Paul Madriani and his San Diego partner, Harry Hinds, defend David Crone, a genetic research physician accused of murdering his beautiful African American rival at the university. Their case is threatened, however, when the main witness for the defendant commits suicide. Some violence. Bestseller. 2001.
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Ordinary Heroes by Scott Turow
DB 60666, RC 60666, BR 16387, LT 05358, Available as BARD Download
After his father's death, Stewart Dubinsky discovers a packet of letters written during World War II that reveal a secret past. Further investigation uncovers details of the desperate battlefield decisions his father made that led to a court-martial and imprisonment. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 2005.
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If you like Fern Michaels, try …
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
DB 69690, RC 69690, BR 18466, LT 09917, Available as BARD Download
Childhood friends and briefly young lovers, former New York cop Cooper and cougar expert Lil are uneasily reunited years later when Coop returns to South Dakota to help his injured grandfather. Now they must work together to outsmart a killer. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.
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The Endearment by LaVyrle Spencer
DB 32021, RC 32021, BR 08464, Available as BARD Download
Anna Reardon and her brother, James, do not have much of a life in Boston. Their mother is a prostitute, and basically, they are raising themselves. When James sees Karl Lindstrom's advertisement for a "mail-order bride," he convinces Anna to write Karl. Desperate to change their way of life, Anna misrepresents herself in her letters. Now, in Minnesota, the truth is coming out. Descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1983.
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Provocative in Pearls by Madeline Hunter
DB 72522, LT 12810, Available as BARD Download
Heiress Verity Thompson, who fled London after being forced to marry Lord Hawkeswell, meets him two years later at the Rarest Blooms, a country estate. He offers her a bargain: she can leave him for good if she can resist his kisses. Descriptions of sex. 2010.
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If you like James Patterson, try …
The Vanished Man: a Lincoln Rhyme Novel by Jeffrey Deaver
DB 56247, RC 56247, LT 07627, Available as BARD Download
Quadriplegic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme and his assistant, Amelia Sachs, pursue a diabolical serial killer who is trained as a magician and mysteriously vanishes after each crime. They turn to Kara, an aspiring practitioner of magic, to help them figure out the murderer's tricks. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2003.
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Bad Blood by John Sandford
DB 71980, BR 19139, LT 11393, Available as BARD Download
Minnesota Bureau investigator Virgil Flowers assists a new female sheriff with a multilayered case. After killing a farmer, a young homosexual grain-elevator operator is hung in his cell. Before Virgil can interview the suspected cop, he finds him murdered, too. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2010.
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The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen
DB 55741, RC 55741, Available as BARD Download
Italy, early 1500s. Lionello Andreas, lord of Mandara, must recover a stolen family artifact--the legendary Wind Dancer statue. To get it back, he exploits the talents of a newly purchased slave girl, an accomplished pickpocket. Prequel to Storm Winds (DB 55742). Explicit descriptions of sex. 1991.
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If you like Danielle Steel, try…
Ride the Thunder by Janet Daily
DB 16589, RC 16589, BR 04767, Available as BARD Download
A glamorous New York socialite on a hunting party out West meets a rugged stranger whose fiery touch sparks her passion. Their romantic idyll is shattered by a terrible secret that claims one life and threatens to destroy another. Some strong language. 1980.
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While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
DB 68602, RC 68602, BR 18382, Available as BARD Download
When Molly Snow's older sister Robin, a self-centered marathoner and Olympic hopeful, falls into a coma during a run, Molly guilt-trips about working at the family's garden nursery instead of accompanying Robin that day. Confronting multiple problems--and a paternity secret--Molly helps her family cope with Robin's incapacity. 2009.
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Thy Brother’s Wife by Andrew Greeley
DB 17713, RC 17713, BR 05102, Available as BARD Download
A novel about the politics of church, state, and bedroom by the priest who wrote the bestseller "The Cardinal Sins" (RC 15868.) Two brothers, the children of a self-made Irish-American tycoon, love the same woman. The younger son is a guilt-ridden priest destined to be cardinal; his brother is a ruthless senator aspiring to the presidency. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 1982.
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