Why “genre?,” I asked my editor. Why not just ask me to pick five novels for the fall preview? I was all ready to launch into my usual “don’t ghettoize us into different categories, we’re all storytellers, etc.” when he explained that when he assigned general fiction previews, the books that readers wanted to know about – the ones they were really looking forward to reading – got overlooked. So when he asked me to come up with a mixed-genre top five for fall, I did my best. Me being me, that means three crime fiction novels of various sorts, one fun science fiction novel aimed at teens (but who’s going to check your ID?), and a new romance from a British author who does romance/erotica with wit and heart. Enjoy!

Boston Globe fall books preview