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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Remaining April Titles

I am back from a week in California for my daughter's wedding. It was beautiful and I had time to read, at least on the plane ride back and forth. There are some more April titles I want to tell you about before moving into the actual month of  April.

Donna Leon has Falling in Love: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery coming on April 7th. I love Leon's Brunetti series, this is the 24th one. They take place mostly in Venice and her sense of place is extraordinary. I really think her stories of Italian versions of Louise Penny's stories. This particular title brings back an opera singer who was featured in the first book in the series. This time Italian soprano Flavia Petrelli has an obsessive fan who is filling all her dressing rooms with yellow roses. It results in murder.

Louis Begley has Killer, Come Hither also coming on April 7th. Begley is usually a literary author but in this one has turned to a sly thriller. Jack Dana had been a soldier but is now a successful novelist. His uncle Harry, a big-time lawyer, has apparently committed suicide. Jack finds this hard to believe and starts investigating.

Emily Schultz has The Blondes coming out on April 21st. This is really Schultz first big novel. A rabies like disease that is only affecting blonde women has it's victims attacking and killing innocent bystanders. Hazel Hayes has just found out she is pregnant because of an affair with a married professor. She lives in New York City and tries to escape to Canada. OK - it is a strange plot but everyone says it is really, really funny.

Bruce Holsinger has The Invention of Fire is also coming out on April 21st. This is the 2nd in the John Gower series which takes place in 14th century London. I have a weakness for historical mysteries. I admit that right up front. His first title in the series, A Burnable Book, was a really good read. I am looking forward to this one by the prize winning medieval scholar. Here Gower is pulled into an investigation by the sheriff when 16 dead men are found in a privy with their bodies ragged with inexplicable holes. Apparently, guns are being invented.

Allison Brennan has Compulsion coming out on April 7th. Compulsion is the 2nd in the Max Revere series following Notorious.  Max is an investigative reporter who is covering the murder trial of Adam Bachman, a serial killer. At the same time, she is trying to find the missing parents for a family. When Max scores a pre-trial interview with the killer, she leaves feeling he knows something about the missing couple. As she investigates, she gets closer to danger. Said to be riveting.

Kimberly McCreight has Where They Found Her coming out on April 14th. This is McCreight's second novel after the award winning Reconstructing Amelia. I am sure she felt some pressure to do just as well. The majority of reviewers think she has. At the start of this title, a dead baby is discovered buried near the river in a university town. Molly Anderson, a freelance journalist, is asked to cover the crime for the local paper as their usual reporter is unavailable.. As Molly investigates, the dark secrets of the town are uncovered going back 20 years. Told from 3 points of views, most call it compelling with a tightly constructed plot.

Finally, Benjamin Percy has The Dead Lands coming out on April 14th. Percy had the genre blending (literary, thriller and sf) Red Moon. This title is a continuation where post-apocalypse people have gathering into what had been St. Louis. They were very tightly ruled when a woman galloped in and spoke of civilization in the west flourishing. A small group sets out against the wishes of the ruler of the community, led by......Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark. Not exactly a retelling of Lewis and Clark expedition. If you like dystopian stories that are well written, this may be for you. Reviewers who preferred a quicker plot did not like it while those that preferred a more literary offering, loved it. You get to decide.

OK - those are the ones I wanted to make sure to mention. Hope you find something you like.

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