There are so many books coming out this month that I couldn't cover them all in one post. To continue my list:
Alex Berenson issues The Shadow Patrol on February 21. A spy thriller featuring John Wells, Berenson's returning undercover operative. This time, he is trying to find the American in Kabul, Afghanistan, who is responsible for the deaths in the CIA's Kabul Station.
Jennifer Chiaverini returns with Sonoma Rose: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel. The latest entry into this every popular quilting series is also out on the 21st. This title takes place during Prohibition and an abused wife, Rosa, flees her husband with her 4 children. They are trapped in a flooding canyon and rescued by Rosa's first love.
For those who read Southern fiction, Amy Franklin-Willis has The Lost Saints of Tennessee which is already on the shelf. Middle-aged Ezekiel leaves his mother and two daughters behind after his brother's death and a divorce, and takes to the road with his brother's aging dog and a copy of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Also on the shelves now is Defending Jacob by William Landay. A thriller featuring Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts. His own son, Jacob, is accused of murder. What would a father do? Heavily talked about in publishing circles.
For those who enjoy historical romantic suspense, Lauren Willig offers the 9th in the Pink Carnation series, The Garden Intrigue. Augustus Whittlesby hides behind horrible poetry to do his spying. His poetry is so bad that the surveillance officers in Napoleonic France can't bear to read it. Seems there might be some humor in this also. This is out on February 16th.
Another literary work that is being talked about in a positive manner is The Healing by Jonathan Odell, out on the 21st. Grieving the death of her child, a plantation mistress, Amanda Satterfield, takes on a newborn slave child and raises her as her own. The story is really the child's to tell. Granada as Amanda Satterfield called her, or GranGran as she is called 75 years later has a story.The telling of her story, the history of the plantation and the town, to a young girl, bring both of them great strength and hope.
David Rosenfelt, the author of the Andy Carpenter novels that I love, has penned his first standalone, Heart of a Killer, due out on February 14th.. This title features Jamie Wagner, another lawyer who really doesn't like to practice the law, who is faced with a ethical dilemma. His client who is in jail, wants to donate her heart to her critically ill daughter. The prison system doesn't believe in suicide, so Jamie is left with trying to find a way to get her out of prison, so she can go through with her plan. A really good legal mystery that pulls your heartstrings at the same time. Rosenfelt deserves more attention.
Last in this list, before I turn towards March, is Michael Robotham's new book, Bleed for Me which will be available on the 27th of February. Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds 14 year old Sienna Hegarty on his porch covered with blood. Her father, a retired policeman, is discovered murdered back at their home. Did she or didn't she? Leave it to Joe to find out.