12 sure-fire ebook bestsellers – spring 2014

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Ebook bestsellers spring 2014

Get ready to pack your e-reader or tablet with great book companions for sunny (or rainy) spring weekends.

In our quarterly list we present the most interesting books to be released this spring. Most of them are already available for pre-order. If you buy them now, they’ll automatically download to your e-reading app once they’ll become available.

The hottest, most anticipated titles are Stephen King’s new novel Mr Mercedes, and a second part of Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), The Silkworm. Both titles will be released in June, just in time for holiday season.

Other books from big names are The Collector by Nora Roberts, Jo Nesbo’s The Son, and The Target by David Baldacci.

Books are presented with blurbs and direct links to Kindle Store, Nook Store, Kobo and iBooks Store. Opposite to pre-Christmas time, not all the ebooks can be pre ordered in all the bookstores (although, like in B&N, their print versions are).

So, which of these books are you planning to take for holidays? Are we missing any title here? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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12 sure-fire ebook bestsellers – spring 2014

Sherlock Holmes - The Ultimate Collection - Arthur Conan DoyleSherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection

Arthur Conan Doyle

Release date: March 23, 2014

The book includes 4 novels, 56 short stories, and exclusive bonus features.

There’s no mystery about it: here before you is the ultimate Kindle collection of master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. The complete novels and stories are presented in original publishing order, so that you may start when Sherlock Holmes is first introduced, and continue through his final adventures.

Included in Sherlock Holmes: The Ultimate Collection are:

  • the complete text of all four novels and fifty-six short stories starring Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, each elegantly formatted for ease of use and enjoyment on your Kindle reader,
  • links to free, full-length audio recordings of the novels and stories in this collection,
  • an individual, active Table of Contents for each book accessible from the Kindle “go to” feature,
  • perfect formatting in rich text compatible with Kindle’s Text-to-Speech features,
  • a low, can’t-say-no price!

Kindle Nook

Fatal Jeopardy - Book Seven of The Fatal Series - Marie ForceFatal Jeopardy: Book Seven of The Fatal Series

Marie Force

Release date: March 24, 2014

Book 7 of the Fatal series from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Force.

Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her husband, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, have been looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with their son. But any thoughts of a restful holiday are dashed when Sam and Nick return home to a gruesome scene: Sam’s seventeen-year-old niece Brooke, barely conscious and covered in blood on their front stoop.

With lines between personal and professional blurring in this emotionally charged, deeply personal case, Sam is relying on Nick more than ever for support.But when suspicious images from the night in question appear on social media, Sam begins to wonder if her niece is telling her everything she knows about what really happened. And when Nick questions her tactics—and her ethics—as she races against the clock, Sam will need to decide how far she’s willing to go to prove Brooke is a victim, not a murderer.

See how it all began for Sam and Nick in Fatal Affair.

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The Bird Eater - Ania AhlbornThe Bird Eater

Ania Ahlborn

Release date: April 1, 2014

I wanted to be scared. It’s important to remind myself of this when I look back at beginning Ania Ahlborn’s The Bird Eater. I asked for it, and Ania answered.

The Kindle First selection committee wondered if I thought The Bird Eater was too scary to be included in the program. “Yes,” I said, “and that’s why we should include it.” Let’s be absolutely clear here, folks: this is a horror story, but it’s more than that—it’s a great novel. If you are afraid of the dark, the best way to overcome it isn’t to hide away but to turn on a light. And that’s what The Bird Eater is like—you aren’t just reading it, you’re facing it.

Ania challenges familiar horror tropes in her writing, and in The Bird Eater she trains her pen on the haunted-house story. Her protagonist, Aaron, must endure unimaginable loss as a child and then as a father. After twenty years, he returns home, where hallucinations mix with flashbacks, ghosts with reality, and Ania’s prose coils around itself until the reader is breathless.

Then there are the dead birds. Ornithology students should probably be wary, although the way in which Ania incorporates flight and winged imagery is both beautiful and macabre, such as comparing a pair of bloody handprints to “a butterfly under glass.”

The Bird Eater is one to read on a windy night, when the trees bend and the shuffling of leaves could be mistaken for the flapping of wings. Welcome to the darkness.

Kindle

Hidden - Catherine McKenzieHidden

Catherine McKenzie

Release date: April 1, 2014

Why do people cheat? It’s a question we never seem to tire of asking. In Hidden, Catherine McKenzie takes a story as old as the institution of marriage and makes it new.

What is so novel about her book—what hooked me from the beginning—is that it’s told in the voices of all three main characters: Jeff Manning, who is killed in a car accident; his wife, Claire, who struggles to pick up the pieces after his death; and Tish Underhill, Jeff’s coworker and friend.

Of course, when you ask three witnesses to tell you about the same event, you get three different stories.

Reading Hidden, I found myself torn in three directions—I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic to each character’s perspective. It’s no surprise that Catherine, a lawyer by day, has a keen sense of observation and an uncanny ability to tease out the flawed yet very human motivations behind her characters’ reckless actions. In this portrait of modern love and family obligations, she blurs the boundaries of fidelity and what constitutes a marital transgression.

Kindle iBooks

Mickey Outside - David LenderMickey Outside (A White Collar Crime Thriller)

David Lender

Release date: April 1, 2014

One of the nicest surprises for an editor is starting a manuscript by an author you like for one type of book (in this case, sleek espionage thrillers) and being blown away when he takes on a whole new style and tone—and just nails it.

That’s what David Lender has done with the exhilarating Mickey Outside, a madcap heist caper with an insider’s eye on the high rollers and lowlifes who run New York City. Of course, it has David’s usual clockwork plotting, colorful characters, and breakneck pace, but there’s also something new here—a lightness, a jaunty insouciance to the writing that had me thinking, “Is this my David? The investment banker, Wall Street vet, MBA-holding writer of very serious international espionage?” It’s as if Lou Grant had suddenly morphed into Gene Kelly.

I had to find out what brought about this change, so I called David up. He told me that just for kicks, he’d been researching great con men, and he read about an Argentine guy who plotted to steal the Mona Lisa. From that detail, the seeds of Mickey Outside began to form in David’s mind. For the first time, he worked without a detailed outline and without knowing exactly where he was going. He told me that writing this way turned out to be the most fun he’s ever had—and man, does it show on the page.

I hope you have as much of a blast reading Mickey Outside as I did.

Kindle

The Son - Jo NesboThe Son

Jo Nesbo

Release date: April 10, 2014

Sonny’s on the run
Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins.

He’s been lied to his whole life
But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father.

Sonny wants revenge
He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

Kindle Nook iBooks

Missing You - Harlan CobenMissing You

Harlan Coben

Release date: April 10, 2014

It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart eighteen years ago.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved – her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

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The Collector - Nora RobertsThe Collector

Nora Roberts

Release date: April 15, 2014

Lila Emerson is fascinated by other people’s lives. As a house-sitter, she loves looking after the glamorous, sophisticated homes she could never afford herself. And as a writer, she enjoys watching the world go by, dreaming up stories for the people she sees from her window.

But then one day she witnesses something only too real – the brutal and shocking murder of a young woman living across the street in New York. And now, because of what she saw, Lila’s own life is in immediate danger from an audacious, single-minded assassin who kills for profit and for pleasure.

With the police following a false lead, Lila is on her own. Her only hope is to team up with Ashley Archer, an artist with his own complicated reasons for getting involved. Lila wants to trust the passionate, quick-witted Ash – but is she letting her feelings blind her to his motives? Either way, Lila will never watch from the sidelines again…

Kindle NookiBooks

The Target - David BaldacciThe Target (Will Robie 3)

David Baldacci

Release date: April 24, 2014

The mission is to enter one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The target is one of the toughest to reach. The result could be momentous – or it could be Armageddon. There is no margin for error. US government operatives Will Robie and Jessica Reel have to prove they are still the best team there is. But are they invincible when pitted against an agent whose training has been under conditions where most would perish?

An old man is dying in an Alabama prison hospital, it seems there is one more evil game he has still to play. And it’s a game which comes close to home for Reel and Robie. But this time the stakes might be way too high.

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The Metaphysical Club - A Story of Ideas in America - Louis MenandThe Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America

Louis Menand

Release date: May 13, 2014

The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History. It’s a riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought.

The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Well Holmes, Jr., future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics.

The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea — an idea about ideas. This book is the story of that idea. Holmes, James, and Peirce all believed that ideas are not things “out there” waiting to be discovered but are tools people invent — like knives and forks and microchips — to make their way in the world. They thought that ideas are produced not by individuals, but by groups of individuals — that ideas are social. They do not develop according to some inner logic of their own but are entirely depent — like germs — on their human carriers and environment. And they thought that the survival of any idea deps not on its immutability but on its adaptability.

The Metaphysical Club is written in the spirit of this idea about ideas. It is not a history of philosophy but an absorbing narrative about personalities and social history, a story about America. It begins with the Civil War and s in 1919 with Justice Holmes’s dissenting opinion in the case of U.S. v. Abrams-the basis for the constitutional law of free speech. The first four sections of the book focus on Holmes, James, Peirce, and their intellectual heir, John Dewey. The last section discusses some of the fundamental twentieth-century ideas they are associated with.

This is a book about a way of thinking that changed American life.

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Stephen King Mr MercedesMr. Mercedes: A Novel

Stephen King

Release date: June 3, 2014

In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

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The Silkworm - Robert GalbraithThe Silkworm (Cormoran Strike)

Robert Galbraith

Release date: June 19, 2014

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days – as he has done before – and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives – so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before…

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