Since I said there weren't many prospective bestsellers for August, I promised there might be something better in my closet. These titles are all scheduled for August publication. I hope there's something here to entice you!
The Landlord's Black-Eyed Daughter by Mary Ellen Dennis - Mary Jo Putney called this book, "an old-fashioned romantic adventure." She said it's "a swift and bawdy tale that skillfully blends the classic poem The Highwayman with elements of historical romance and the Gothic novel." Rand Remington, a survivor of the American Wars, is now a highwayman in 18th century England. Then he meets Bess, the landlord's black-eyed daughter. Romance and betrayal are in their past. Is it in their future?
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer - The authors of the successful Don't Look Down return with another fun romantic thriller. Combine a food writer and a hitman, and you have a recipe for trouble. Think a smarter Stephanie Plum with the sexy Ranger - explosives of more than one type.
The Genesis Code by Christopher Forrest - When a geneticist discovers a coded text hidden in human DNA, and is murdered, it's up to his protege and research assistant to uncover a global conspiracy that spans human history, following clues through the mysteries of the Maya and ancient Egypt, the secrets of Nostradamus, and modern science. The back of the ARC says, "Michael Crichton meets Dan Brown."
The Saturday Wife by Naomi Ragen - The story of a social-climbing Rabbi's wife who wants it all, but is faced by the demands of her husband's affluent congregation.
The Penguin Who Knew too Much by Donna Andrews - Bodies in basements and penguins in the backyard are nothing unexpected in the latest Meg Langslow mystery.