Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Faye Jones

Hellbound

Linda Fairstein’s fictional prosecutor takes on criminals—and politicians

Linda Fairstein worked in the Sex Crimes Unit in Manhattan for twenty-five years. In Hell Gate, she showcases her experience of both investigation and the back-room politics that probably characterize any large city but seem particularly evident in New York. As her protagonist, Alexandra Cooper, investigates a case of human smuggling, she is not so much stymied by criminals as by her own boss, the district attorney, and the mayor, who are more concerned with their own political futures than with catching the bad guys. Fairstein will sign Hell Gate at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Memphis on March 19 at 6 p.m.

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Down and Dirty

There’s nothing cozy about Michael Wiley’s new mystery, The Bad Kitty Lounge

Michael Wiley, nominated for a Shamus award for the first novel, The Last Striptease, has a style reminiscent of earlier hard-boiled detective novels. His characters are world-weary and cynical, unsurprised by any bad thing that happens—and a lot of bad things happen in his new novel, The Bad Kitty Lounge. Wiley will read from the book at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on March 12 at 2 p.m.

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A Truth Universally Acknowledged

With Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, Beth Pattillo writes a romance Jane Austen fans will love

To review a book with Jane Austen at its heart is, for a passionate Austen fan, a risky endeavor. The subject is powerfully attractive, but the risk of disappointment is huge: few writers have the requisite respect and skill to follow in Austen’s footsteps. In Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, Nashville resident Beth Pattillo passes the test with a romance that will appeal to non-Austenites, as well. Pattillo appears at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on February 11 at 7 p.m.

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A Real Fine Place to Start

With her new novel, country star Sara Evans tries her hand at collaborative fiction

Sara Evans‘s debut novel, The Sweet By and By, written with Rachel Hauck, is a story of faith, forgiveness, and redemption. While inspirational, the novel is never preachy, and the characters, no matter their faults, are treated with sympathy and even-handedness. In an interview, Sara Evans talks with Chapter 16 about the book, the writing process, and the role faith plays in her own life. She will be performing and signing copies of The Sweet By and By at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on January 11 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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From Memphis to Montpelier

Lisa Patton’s novel leads a Southern Belle into a wintry hell—where, to her own shock, she thrives

Lisa Patton‘s debut novel, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter, is a calorie-free popsicle of a story about a Southern girl out of the pool and into the snow. Vermont might as well be a foreign country to Leelee Satterfield, who has moved there from Memphis with her husband, daughters, and a Yorkie named Princess Grace.

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Beyond Belles

Cathy Holton’s novel delivers another sharp look at the interior lives of aging debutantes

Four college roommates reunite some twenty years later for a beach trip where old wounds resurface, secrets are revealed, and decisions get made that will change their lives. Sound familiar? It should. This is not remotely a new plotline for so-called “women’s novels,” but Chattanooga resident Cathy Holton brings a depth, humor, and warmth to Beach Trip that make this novel more than just a beach read.

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