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Books That Buzzed at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas

By Barbara Hoffert on July 7, 2014

Look at the titles flying out of the publishers’ booths at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, and you’ll get a good idea of what folks will be reading across America in the coming months. It’s not surprising that high-profile works like Lauren Oliver’s Rooms and Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life got attention, but the rush for debuts like Sarah Creech’s Season of the Dragonflies and Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory is significant. Here’s a list of titles, by publisher, that spoke to people on the floor.


  • Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist
  • Alix Christie, Gutenberg’s Apprentice
  • Sarah Creech, Season of the Dragonflies
  • Richard Kadrey, The Getaway God: A Sandman Slim Novel
  • Dennis Lehane, The Drop
  • Lauren Oliver, Rooms
  • Lisa Turner, The Gone Dead Train The Gone Dead Train

Publisher’s Marketplace
June 17, 2011

A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, by Lisa Turner, rode the Number 1 bestseller spot all the way through Amazon’s two-week Sunshine Deals promotion, beating out more than 600 other promoted titles AND the entire list of regularly priced books. LITTLE DEATH stayed in the top spot after returning to full price yesterday, and today dropped only slightly to number two, behind THE HUNGER GAMES.



Publisher’s Marketplace
August 27, 2011

Lisa Turner’s A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE still riding high in top ten at Kindle, no. 1 in mystery; 60-plus reviews at 4.5 star average. Agent Robert Gottlieb signed Lisa as a client this week, repping film rights for “Dixie”.


Publisher’s Lunch Deluxe
September 7, 2011

Deal News —
Lisa Turner, author of No. 1 Kindle bestseller A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE (said to have sold over 250,000 units on Amazon) has sold two untitled Southern mysteries to Tessa Woodward at Harper, in a very nice deal, by Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group.

Publisher’s Marketplace

March 9, 2012

Current bestsellers at Kindle, THE CROSSROADS CAFE, Deborah Smith, THE PAST CAME HUNTING, Donnell Ann Bell, A LITTLE DEATH IN DIXIE, Lisa Turner.



Award of Merit Winner in the Best First Book category of the 2012 Holt Medallion.

Finalist in the 2012 EPIC Ebook Awards for Best Suspense/Thriller

Online Reviews

 “A fun mystery of the south, highly recommended.” — James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, The Midwest Book Review

“I positively loved this Southern mystery…” — Nicola Manning, Back to Books

“This was a very good book. A page turner and on the edge of your seat book. Written very well it won’t be the last book I read from Lisa Turner. If you like an old fashioned mystery with some twists and turns you will love this book.” — Just Books Blog

“This is a wonderful mystery with appealing and despicable characters, interwoven mysteries, and a bit of humor at just the right places.” — Gargoyle Reads blog

“Edge-of-your-seat suspense, a clever and twisting plot, and complex and realistic characters…a masterful job of leading the reader through the investigations and unravelling one shocking truth after another.” — Minding Spot blog

“I loved this book! It has the perfect mix of mystery, Southern politics and family tradition, mixed with a good old police procedural to keep you hooked til the last page! …I’m going to keep this one!” — Bless Their Hearts Mom Blog

“I was engrossed every minute and when I had to tear myself away to do something, I couldn’t wait to get back to this book…full of twists and unexpected turns…This is a super book.” — View From the Countryside Blog

“Lisa Turner spins a gritty southern mystery with riveting plot twists and an unpredictable ending. …a highly entertaining page-turner.” — Fresh Fiction Reviews

A Little Death in Dixie [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

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