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Friday, April 1, 2016

The Big Names for May

On with May titles by authors that are well known.  May is a big publishing month prior to summer which is considered a big reading season but not that many of the A List authors. So....let's get started.

I am going to start with Ace Atkins who might not be a big name all by himself but his book coming out on May 3 is Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn. This is the Spenser series which is always popular. Atkins is a former crime writer so he has the background for these. He has had some popular works outside this series also and could be compared to Lee Child or Harlan Coben. Here Spenser is approached by a firefighter who believes a recent fire was arson. When Spenser investigates, he discovers a string of arson. How dangerous is this?

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have 15th Affair coming out on May 2. This is the 15th (of course) in the Women's Murder Club series. Reviewers have said that this is actually more of a Lindsay Boxer story that a story about the Club. When four bodies are found murdered at The Four Season Hotel, Boxer is called in to investigate. Unfortunately, her husband also goes missing at the same time. How is this connected with a beautiful blonde? Is it connected to a plane that is shot down from the sky? You have to read it to find out. Typical Patterson fare. If you like it, you love it.

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child return with Beyond the Ice Limit on May 17. This is the fourth in the Gideon Crew series. This title also is a follow up of sorts of a novel they wrote in 2000, The Ice Limit. In the first story, Eli Glinn led a mission to recover the largest meteorite. During a violent storm, the ship sank with most of the crew and the meteorite. Eli Glinn survived but was paralyzed. Now, it has been discovered that the meteorite was not a rock but an organism and it is growing. If it is not destroyed, the earth will be doomed. Glinn and Gideon plot to get rid of it but it isn't as easy as they had thought.

The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux is coming out on May 3. This title is the first in a series. Deveraux writes romances: historical, contemporary, romantic suspense - basically love stories. This, however, is interesting because it is a take off or perhaps nod to Pride and Prejudice. The main characters are Casey Reddick - a chef who is playing Elizabeth in the local production of Pride and Prejudice and Tate Landers - a stuck-up Hollywood actor - her Darcy. Devlin - who is also in the cast tell Casey horrible stories about Tate - and she believes him. But is Tate as arrogant as he seems? Reviewers have loved this work by Deveraux.

Charlaine Harris, of True Blood fame, is back with the 3rd in the Midnight, Texas series on May 3. Night Shift has the vampire Lemuel discovering why witches, werewolves and other creatures make Midnight their home. When suddenly, the normal citizens of town start coming to the main crossroads in town to commit suicide, Lemuel realizes they are the ones that can stop it.  Characters from The Sookie Stackhouse series as well as Aurora Teagarden series appear. If you read the Stackhouse titles or watched True Blood on TV - give this a try.

I am going to include one more here although he has not been an A list name. Steve Hamilton was suppose to have The Second Life of Nick Mason arrive last October. Eight weeks before publication, he pulled the book from his long time publisher because they had not made any publicity or marketing plans for it. He now has a new publisher and Lionsgate has bought the film rights. Hamilton is one of the most acclaimed thriller authors being only the second to win the awards for both Best First Novel and Best Novel for The Lock Artist. In the title, Nick Mason gets out of prison after only 5 years of a 25 year to life term. This was arranged by a major criminal still behind bars. Mason has committed to do his bidding but all he wants to do is go straight and rebuild his relationship with his daughter and his ex-wife. Can he do both?

OK - that gives you some things to consider this week. Hope one appeals to you.

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