Category Archives: About the Authors

New Authors Added to the BSC

We are adding six new, popular authors to the Bestseller Club:

Jennifer Chiaverini
Lisa Gardner
Elin Hilderbrand
William Kent Krueger
B.A. Paris
Karin Slaughter

Update your forms to add these authors today. Paper forms are available at all branches.

Unfortunately, due to the irregularity of their publishing and publication dates that keep moving into the future, we are removing a few authors from the BSC as well:

Nevada Barr
Carol Higgins Clark
Diane Mott Davidson
Jack Higgins.

The library will still purchase any new titles by these authors, but automatic holds will not be placed for BSC members.

Kathy Reichs’ Conspiracy of bones cancelled

The publication of Kathy Reichs’ Conspiracy of bones, originally scheduled to come out this summer has been cancelled.

Reichs is taking a sabbatical to deal with some health issues. It is unclear when a new publication date will be set.

Read more from Reichs’ blog post in April 2018.

Fans who can’t wait for more of Temperance Brennan can do a re-read of the first 18 books in the meantime.


Sue Grafton dies, alphabet ends at Y

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Author Sue Grafton died December 30, 2017 of cancer. The 77 year old began her popular Kinsey Milhone detective series with A is for Alibi, published in 1982.

Her daughter said Grafton was adamant that the Milhone series never be made into movies or TV and that no ghost writer would touch her character. The family says the alphabet now ends in Y.

Z is for Zero was slated to come out in 2019, but Grafton had not started the work yet and her husband says she didn’t have an idea she liked yet either.

Read her full obituary here.

Grafton will be removed from the Scott County Library System Bestseller Club, but her A-Y mysteries are available on the shelves.


Bestseller Club Author Greg Iles Back to Writing After Life-Threatening Accident

Thriller and crime novelist Greg Iles found himself at a crossroads, literally and figuratively. He was at a stop-sign in Mississippi thinking about which direction to take his next novel when he pulled onto the highway and got hit by another car going 70 mph.

Iles lost his leg and says he came pretty close to dying. After extensive rehab and soul-searching, Iles finished Natchez Burning, the first in a trilogy about unsolved civil rights murders.

In an interview with Book Page, Iles said he is not pulling any punchs in this book. “Life’s too short; I’m not going to play that game. I’m just going to put it down.

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In his first published novel in five years, Iles features former prosecutor Penn Cage in rural Mississippi trying to solve the mystery of a late night incident that may get his Atticus Finch-like father charged with murder. The trail points to a group of secretive KK members who call themselves the “Double Eagles” and may have been responsible for a string of unsolved murders in the 1960s.


Unfortunately, several authors from the BESTSELLER Club have died over the course of the last year. Additionally, it appears some BESTSELLER Club authors are no longer publishing new novels. Authors Lori Wick, John Saul, and Judith McNaught will all be removed from the BESTSELLER Club list. If they publish any novels in the future, Scott County Library System will purchase them, but it will be the responsibility of the patrons to place holds as we will not do that automatically.

Author Dr. Michael Palmer dead at 71

Physician Michael Palmer, who began writing in 1978 to escape alcohol and drug addiction, died on October 30, 2013. After retiring from clinical practice in the mid 1990’s he became associate director of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Physician Health Services, a nonprofit organization that provides doctors with confidential mental health and substance abuse help. The author of such top sellers as Extreme Measures and Natural Causes, he died a day after having a heart attack while returning from an African safari. Read his full New York Times obituary here.

His 20th novel, Resistant, will be published in May and holds have been placed for BSC patrons. No more books are planned, and he will be taken off of the BESTSELLER Club author list.

Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard 1925-2013

Prolific crime novelist Elmore Leonard, author of Get Shorty among others, passed away in his home on August 20, 2013. 60 years into his career he was still writing a book a year, because he said, “It’s fun.” Click here for his full New York Times obituary.

His last book was published in 2012, and there are no more planned for the future, so he will be removed from the BESTSELLER Club author list.