There aren't a lot of January treasures in my closet, but the ones that are there are perfect for kicking off 2008. Watch for these titles. Order them from your favorite bookstore, or place them on hold at the library. They'll be worth waiting for!
I already mentioned Louise Ure's new book, The Fault Tree. I've heard great things about this mystery, featuring blind auto mechanic Cadence Moran. It's on the top of my January pile.
Blaize Clement's Dixie Hemingway returns in Even Cat Sitters Get the Blues. This terrific series is set in Florida, where Dixie is a pet-sitter who stumbles across a body now and then. This is a great choice for animal lovers or anyone familiar with the Sarasota area. In fact, Clement's mysteries are just great choices.
Are you a fan of short stories? Lee Child has edited a collection called Killer Year: Stories To Die For, from the hottest new crime writers. The thirteen authors debuted in 2007 with their first crime novels. Now, their mentors, authors such as Child, Tess Gerritsen, and Jeffrey Deaver, introduce them and their short stories.
Blue Heaven is an unusual thriller by C.J. Box. When two children witness a brutal murder, and go on the run, their mother has no one to turn to but the police. Can the police be trusted in the northern Idaho community?
These books, along with Ariana Franklin's The Serpent's Tale, and The Crazy School by Cornelia Read, make January an exciting month for new books.