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Saturday, May 10, 2014

June's Big Name Offerings

June is a big publishing month. Some of the big name authors have new titles coming out and those are the ones I will cover this week.

Rita Mae Brown, co-authored of course with her cat Sneaky Pie Brown, has Nine Lives to Die coming on June 24th. This one is said to be much better than the last few. It's Christmas season and Harry, her husband Fair, and Mrs. Murphy - the feline detective, uncover an old mystery and two mysterious deaths of local men. Revisit your friends from Crozet, Virginia - both two footed and four footed.

Janet Evanovich's Top Secret Twenty-One already has holds on it. Evanovich is so popular that there are no review copies out there so I can only describe the plot by what the publisher says. "Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day's work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur's wild bucket list." Expect to laugh out loud. This arrives on June 17th.

Linda Fairstein has Terminal City coming out on June 17th also. Series stalwart Alex Cooper, Manhattan assistant district attorney for the Sex Crimes Unit, finds dark secrets in Grand Central Station. Also has no review copies out. Fairstein though has been growing in popularity and this is the 16th in the series.

Dorothea Benton Frank's The Hurricane Sisters comes out on June 3rd. Frank's specialty is sense of place and the place is the Lowcounty in Carolina. Friends since the first day of college, Ashley Anne Waters and Mary Beth Smythe are living in Ashley's parents Sullivan Island beach house rent free. Ashley knows her mother would be appalled at the idea of holding catered parties on the first floor so she doesn't tell her. Liz is dealing with her mother. This story of 3 generations of different families is warm and funny and true.

Diana Gabaldon has Written in My Own Heart's Blood finally coming out on June 10th. This work was originally scheduled for last December and then March so it must have taken some editing.This is the 8th in the Outlander series and those who love the series have been waiting 5 years. This one takes place in revolutionary Philadelphia. Expect the usual goings on.

Eric Van Lustbader has the next in the Bourne series coming on June 10th also. Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy has Bourne being kidnapped by terrorists and placed in an underground bunker. More suspense and unthinkable decisions for Bourne.

James Patterson and David Ellis have Invisible coming out on June 23rd. Emmy Dockery believes that hundreds of unsolved cases are linked. No one believes her so she takes leave from her job as an FBI researcher to find proof. Even her ex-boyfriend thinks she is crazy - that is until she find proof. This is another one with no review copies. There are lots of Patterson readers out there waiting for this one.

Our own Georgia author, Karin Slaughter, has Cop Town coming out on June 24th. This is a stand alone and concerns Kate Murphy, an young policewoman in 1974 in Atlanta. This has been optioned by Warner Horizon for a TV series so expect big things here.

Lastly, Stephen King has his first hard-boiled detective tale, Mr. Mercedes, coming on June 3rd. A stolen Mercedes repeatedly drives into a line of unemployed folks waiting to get into a job fair. The driver liked this feeling of power and decides he will kill thousands with a bomb. A hard edged detective, Bill Hodges, is trying to find this maniac before he takes his next step. 

Surely there are one of these that interests you. I know I have added a few to my holds list.

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