Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads

updated 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

FICTION DEBUTS

BILL WARRINGTON'S LAST CHANCE

by James King

This moving tale follows a former marine on his quest to reconcile with his estranged children.

JULIET

by Anne Fortier

After inheriting a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Julie Jacobs plays Shakespearean detective in this charming thriller.

SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH

by Alicia Bessette

A widow and her 9-year-old neighbor bond over baking and share life lessons. A tasty, if at times treacly, first novel.

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