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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Big Names in May

I am just doing a quick posting of the big names that are publishing works in May. There is one tidbit of information that I did not know but which possibly those of you who have lived around here longer, might.

I did not know that Ace Atkins, the author chosen by the estate to take over Robert B Parker's Spenser series, was a defensive end for Auburn! He played on the 1993 11-0 team! I guess he learned more than football. He started his career as the crime journalist for the Tampa Tribune and now, after a dozen bestselling novels, lives on a farm in Mississippi. Hmmmm. Small world. Anyway, he has Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot coming out this month. It involves a top New England Patriots player whose son is kidnapped.

Steve Berry, another author with if not local, at least Georgia connections as he was born and raised in Georgia and went to law school at Mercer. Berry is growing in popularity with each new book. The Lincoln Myth is out in May and deals with Mormonism, a sneaky senator and a letter.

Clive Cussler has yet another title out in May. This one was co-written with Graham Brown and is entitled Ghost Ship. This is in the NUMA Files series. This one deals with a sinking yacht, vanishing scientists and suspicious accidents.

Those who like there crime with a harder edge, Jeffrey Deaver has The Skin Collector, a sequel to The Bone Collector. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are on the trail of a serial killer with a poison tattoo gun.

The Keeper  by John Lescroart is another Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky chillfest. Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, returns from picking up his stepbrother from the airport and finds no trace of his wife, Katie. The marriage had become quite rocky and Chase becomes the main suspect. He wants Hardy for his defense lawyer.

James Patterson has the next in the Women's Murder Club, Unlucky 13, coming out. This one doesn't need much hype. Member of the club are being stalked by Mackie Morales, a relentless serial killer.

Lastly, John Sandford has the next Lucas Davenport coming out, Field of Prey. A farmer finds a man burying a body and is stabbed to death. Police find 16 bodies, one killed each summer and they call in Davenport.

Those are the big names. Next week, I'll cover some that might not be quick as well known.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

More Titles Coming in April

I am finishing up April titles today and next week I will move on to May. There are many others, of course, coming out but.....not any I want to talk about so we will stop with April today.

Laura Griffin has Far Gone coming out in April. Griffin writes romantic suspense and has a very popular series called Tracers which feature a Texas forensic anthropology lab. This title is a stand alone although it does have some reference to characters in prior works.  A disillusioned police detective, Andrea Finch, goes on leave after being involved in an off duty shooting. Her brother comes up missing and she goes to investigate. An FBI Agent, Jon North, is looking for her brother who he believes is involved in a terrorist group. Griffin's works are always full of suspense and funny banter. This will be no exception.

Ted Bell has Warriors: An Alex Hawke Novel. If you are missing Vince Flynn, Bell's Alex Hawke series might be one you might want to try. This title is the 8th in the series so you will have some reading to do. In this one a Cambridge professor is murdered using ancient Chinese torture methods and tensions among China, North Korea and the US are rising. What is Alex Hawke suppose to do? Sneak into China and stop trouble before it starts for real.

I like the Gothic atmosphere and the historical bent that this next author presents so I am waiting for M. J. Rose and her next title in The Reincarnationist series, The Collector of Dying Breaths. Mythologist Jac L'Etoile is looking for the secret of immortality encountered in the past by Rene le Florentine, the perfumer to Catherine de Medici. Some people will go to great lengths to find this secret.

Who knew????? I did not. Frances Mayes of Tuscany fame is from Georgia! Fitzgerald, GA to be exact. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir talks about growing up in Fitzgerald and how Southern tradition has shaped her.

One last one due out in April is Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman. This psychological thriller is  about the long road home from war for a female Iraq war veteran. Lauren has just been discharged from the army after a tour in Iraq, and she returns to her working class community in Watertown, NY, to find that she and everyone else has changed. She volunteers to take her brother to go and visit their mother but instead leads him into the Canadian wilderness to 'teach him survival skills'. Just what happened to her in Iraq?

So....there is something for almost everyone in these titles. Hope you find one you want to read.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

April Thrillers

There are quite a few new thrillers coming out in April. I thought I would try to start with these and see if there any that might tempt you.

Mark Alpert gives us a thriller with a twist of fantasy in The Furies. Furies are human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they’ve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years. They might have been called witches in history. In the present day, John Rogers meets a beautiful woman named Ariel in a bar and is led into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. People seem to agree that it is more thriller than fantasy.

Notorious by Allison Brennan comes out in late March. This title starts a new series for Brennan featuring Maxine Revere, a cold-case investigative reporter. While attending a funeral of a friend who supposedly committed suicide, her friend's sister drags her into investigating the case and it pulls her into investigating another case of a murder at her old high school.

Nicci French has the newest Frieda Klein title in Waiting for Wednesday. By the way, did you know that Nicci French is actually two people? It is the writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, a married couple. This newest has Frieda with her practice on hold while she tries to recovers from the near fatal injuries she sustained in the last book. Frieda finds  her control slipping but becomes involved in a new case when her  niece demands her aunts help for a friend whose mother was brutally murdered in her own home.

Until You're Mine by Samantha Hayes has Claudia Morgan-Brown leading what appears to be a perfect life. Claudia, heavily pregnant, hires a nanny to help prepare her for the infant. Zoe came highly recommended but she makes Claudia nervous. When she find Zoe going through her personal things in her room, she becomes frightened.

Elizabeth Haynes has Under a Silent Moon coming out in April. In the early hours of an autumn morning, the police are called to investigate two deaths. The first is a suspected murder at a farm on the outskirts of a small village. A beautiful young woman has been found dead, her cottage drenched with blood. The second is a reported suicide at a nearby quarry. A car with a woman's body inside was found at the bottom of the pit. As DCI Louisa Smith and her team gather evidence, they discover a shocking link between the two cases and the two deaths. This may be the start of a new series by Haynes.

In a particular interesting one for me, Jenny Milchman gives us Ruin Falls. A rare family vacation quickly becomes a nightmare as Liz Daniels' children vanish from the hotel during the night. When her husband disappears later in the morning she discovers that he orchestrated their disappearance. The police will not get involved so Liz must figure out what happened on her own. 

OK - there are 6 titles to get you started on a busy spring publishing month.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LibraryReads for April's Titles

The list from LibraryReads came out earlier this week. These are titles that will be published in April. Several are ones that I have put my name on. Let's see what you think.

Gabrielle Zevin leads the list with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Fikry, a middle-aged bookstore owner who lost his wife, becomes depressed and withdrawn when a much loved and valuable book of Poe's poems is stolen. This is a novel of transformation and second chances that has been compared to  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and  The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. 

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue also made the list. This work of historical fiction takes place in San Francisco in the 1879's and deals with the unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet, a cross-dresser living on the fringes of society. Donoghue also wrote the critically acclaimed Room.

And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass, the author of Three Junes, is on the list. This, while not technically a sequel, has most of the familiar characters from Three Junes. Kit Noonan is intent on finding the identity of his father. His former step-father, Jasper, introduces him to Lucinda Burns. She knows the full story along with her husband. This work is the story of what the word family means and it's varying meanings.

Simone St. James' Silence for the Dead is also on the list. This is a mixture of horror and romance. A young woman impersonating a nurse is working in an isolated hospital for WWI veterans. The estate is haunted perhaps by the memories of the servicemen or perhaps by ghosts from the past. 

Donna Leon is a favorite of mine. Her By its Cover made the list. The Commissario Guido Brunetti series which takes place in Venice, Italy  is always a must read for me. One afternoon, Brunetti gets a  call from the director of a prestigious Venetian library. Someone has stolen pages out of several rare books. After a round of questioning, the case seems clear: the culprit must be the man who requested the volumes, an American professor from a Kansas university. The only problem—the man fled the library earlier that day, and after checking his credentials, the American professor doesn’t exist. Brunetti is on the case.

The Intern's Handbook by Shane Kuhn is his first published full length novel. It sounds - well - since it is about interning hit men I don't want to say great but let's just say I want to read it.  HR, Inc. is an elite "placement agency" that doubles as a network of assassins-for-hire;  John Lago, at 25, is already New York City’s most successful hit man; The Intern’s Handbook is his survival guide for new recruits at HR, Inc. Need I say more?

Nina Stibbe has written a memoir of sorts in Love, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home. Beginning in 1982, Nina Stibbe was a nanny to Sam and Will Frears, the sons of film director Stephen Frears and Mary-Kay Wilmers (now editor of the London Review of Books).  These are the letters she wrote home to her sister about London, about literary society and about life in general.

Colin Cotterill's The Axe Factor: A Jimm Juree Mystery takes place in coastal Thailand. This is Cotterill’s third Jimm Juree mystery. Jimm Juree is a journalist and she is assigned to interview Conrad Coralbank, an English writer living in Thailand. Meanwhile, Juree grows increasingly suspicious about why a local doctor disappeared. They appear to have a serial killer on their hands.

Akhil Sharma, a very highly praised author, has Family Life on the  list. Ajay, his brother and his parents come to America in search of a new and happier life and at first they find that, but then something horrific happens to the family, causing each member to be gravely affected.  An Indian immigrant experience novel that is terribly affecting.

Lastly, Erin Duffy's On the Rocks. Abby's fiance Ben dumps her on Facebook. In embarrassment and depression, she retreats to her apartment. Abby's friend takes her to Newport for the summer but how does one overcome the fiasco that has become known to almost everyone through social media. A novel for today.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Back From Vacation and Ready for April Titles

April and May are big publishing months. No doubt in preparation for summer. I promise to do better about adding entries for these months. Today I will start with the big names that are coming out with titles in April. Some I may try to sell more than others who need no selling.

The first is one that needs no selling. David Baldacci comes out with The Target in April. This is the third in the Will Robie series. Robie and his partner Jessica Reel, hit men extraordinaire, are given an assignment by the President. If they are successful - it will remove a great evil but if they aren't - the President will face impeachment.

Mary Higgins Clark, although she is taking more time between books, is still quite popular. I've Got You Under My Skin is coming out in April. This one sounds good too. Laurie Morgan is the producer of a true crime, cold case television series. She has tragedy in her past also. Five years ago, her husband was murdered and the only witness was their three year old son. Their son still has nightmare about the killer and his blue eyes. The first murder they are covering for the show was a murder of a socialite 20 years ago. Laurie is being watched by a person with blue eyes.

Iris Johansen is another favorite. Live To See Tomorrow comes out in April also. Catherine Ling, a CIA operative was introduced in the Eve Duncan series title Chasing the Night when her 2 year old son was kidnapped. Catherine has her own title here. Since his kidnapping, Catherine, who has been a CIA operative since the age of 14, has not wanted to leave her son in any one's care except her mentor - Hu Chang. When Chang asks her to rescue a friend who has been imprisoned in Tibet. This will put her up against a known powerful assassin.

For those who love Downton Abbey, Barbara Taylor Bradford gives us Cavendon Hall. Taking place in Edwardian England is is the story of the sixth Earl of Mowbray and his family and the Swanns, the family that serves them. Hanging in the distance is World War I and this will change their life forever.

Next, Nevada Barr has Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel. Pigeon is the U.S. Park Services ranger that stars in Barr's series. She is off on a canoe trip with a paraplegic friend and his daughter plus another friend who is testing camping equipment designed for the disabled with her daughter. Armed thugs invade their campsite while Pigeon had been out on a solo canoe trip. How can she rescue her friends?

Briefly here, Lisa Scottoline has Keep Quiet coming out this month. It is a story about how a father's split second decision to protect his son changes their family life. And last but not least, Stuart Wood has Carnal Curiosity coming out. It is a Stone Barrington suspense and surprise, Stone is in love again - this time with an insurance adjuster who isn't quite yet formally divorced.