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James Patterson, “The Murder House”
— A Hamptons home with a horrific past is the scene for a new round of murders in Patterson’s latest yarn. A burned-out detective eager for a fresh start lands the case, only to find her own past catching up with her anew. Patterson holds a lock on the old-school bestseller list, and he’s no stranger to emerging formats. He’s the first scribe to sell 10 million e-books and he holds the Guinness record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. He also just won the Literarian Award for service to the American literary community, according to the National Book Foundation. So it’s always a safe bet to pick up his latest, and this one won’t disappoint.

Karin Slaughter, “Pretty Girls” —  The author known for her “Grant County” series serves up a standalone thriller about two sisters whose sibling went missing 20 years ago. A new death in the family seems unrelated to their sister’s disappearance … or is it? The book is Slaughter’s first story that isn’t told from a police officer’s point of view. It’s not for squeamish readers, as Slaughter paints a ghoulish picture of the horrors facing the family in question. “Pretty Girls” is already a hit overseas. It was released in England earlier this year and rose to the top of the book charts. Look for it to go on a tear stateside.

Various Authors, “Down the Rabbit Hole” — Talk about high concept. The new book gathers five bestselling authors (J.D. Robb, Elaine Fox, R.C. Ryan, Mary Blayney and Mary Kay McComas) and asks them to spin short stories inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic yarn “Alice in Wonderland.” The quintet doesn’t stick to the story’s essentials. Instead, the popular authors use Carroll’s tale as a creative starting point. In Fox’s story “iLove,” for example, a character disappears down the rabbit hole of a strange new dating app. That’s an angle sure to strike a nerve with modern singletons.