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Carl Hiassen is one of those writers who never disappoints me. In his audio book Star Island, narrated by Stephen Hoye, 22 year-old pop star Cherry Pye seems very much like some real-life starlets who regularly inhabit the tabloid front pages.

When her stunt double takes over for her, she is kidnapped. The situation goes from bad to worse in the swamps of the Everglades. Trust me; the satire in his works is genius. My only issue after listening to the sample is that Hoye doesn’t seem a good match for this work…

Other New Releases

James Patterson lends his name to Daniel X: Demons and Druids, along with Adam Sadler. The book is narrated by television actor Milo Ventimiglia, known from the Heroes series. Daniel is hunting for intergalactic criminals as he struggles to work with his powers. Young adults will likely enjoy this series.

Audio Book Carl Hiassen’s Star IslandKiss Me If You Can Featuring Sam Cooper

Chick-lit author Carly Philllips, teams with narrator Sherri Slater for Kiss Me If You Can, featuring Sam Cooper – a crime reporter sought after by hordes of women after he stops a robbery. Every one of his admirers wants to be the recipient of the reward he received: a ring. The only woman he is interested in is the one who is NOT interested in him. Sounds like a typical romance/chick-lit to me… that’s why I don’t read them.

The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke’s Detective Dave Robicheaux returns in The Glass Rainbow. The novel, narrated by Will Patton, takes place back in Louisiana was seven women have been murdered. Six  look like serial killings, but one doesn’t fit. In addition to solving the murders, Robicheaux has to deal with his daughter’s decision to leave college to pursue a literary career. Burke never fails to please his fans.

Cordury Mansions by Alexander McCall

In a departure from his No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith presents Cordury Mansions, narrated by Simon Prebble. The fascinating residents of a London tenement inhabit this novel. Imagine a vegetarian dog, a vitamin evangelist, and an unpleasant member of Parliament all living within its walls. I’m certain that McCall Smith’s fans will enjoy his latest.

The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Bestselling author Daniel Silva offers The Rembrandt Affair, read by Phil Gigante. Murder and art mix intriguingly in this thriller. An art restorer has been murdered and a painting stolen. Can Gabriel Allon find the killer and the painting? And will he be able to emerge unscathed? Sounds like a beach read to me!

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