March looks like a good month for crime fiction. I have some very interesting books in my closet with release dates in March. So, let's talk crime!
Murder in the Palais Royal is the tenth book in the Aimée Leduc series by Cara Black. Aimée's partner in Leduc Detective in Paris has been shot, and the authorities suspect Aimée. Then the tax authorities descend on them. Is someone out to get revenge? You can pick up Murder in the Palais Royal to find the answers. Or maybe Cara Black will reveal a few secrets when she appears for Authors @ The Teague on March 11.
The one book that isn't a crime novel here is Sandra Dallas' Whiter Than Snow. One of my favorite authors has a recurrent theme of forgiveness, redemption and survival in a story of an avalanche in Colorado in 1920. Nine children were swallowed up by the snow, but only four survived. This is the story of their families. I'm finally going to get a chance to meet Sandra Dallas when she speaks to librarians here in Phoenix in May!
I can't wait to read the first book in a new series by Nancy Martin. In Our Lady of Immaculate Deception, she introduces Roxy Abruzzo, the grandniece of a Pittsburgh Mafia boss. Roxy is trying to go straight so she can focus on her architectural-salvage business. But, old habits die hard, and one of her old habits sets off a chain reaction of murder and mayhem. Sounds fun! And, Nancy's going to be a guest blogger here on March 2, so you'll have a chance to question her and read her comments.
Freeze Frame is the fourth book in the Enzo MacLeod cold case series by Peter May. This one takes forensics ace MacLeod to a tiny island off the coast of Brittany in France. He's interested in a study preserved for almost twenty years after the owner's murder. However the locals have no desire to see the infamous murder publicized again. It may prove to be one of Enzo's most difficult cases.
Michael Norman puts his characters On Deadly Ground. Southern Utah's Kanab is a community bitterly divided by the politics of land management. Environmentalists are pitted against a powerful citizens' group led by a rancher. But, when an environmentalist is killed, the local sheriff turns to J.D. Books for help. Books is the new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ranger. There are secrets, a reclusive witness, a Las Vegas business group, and, more trouble when a contract killer appears in Kanab.
I love the cover of Clea Simon's new Dulcie Schwartz feline mystery, Grey Matters. No one seems to have time for Dulcie. She's working on her doctoral thesis, but her adviser seems distracted, and university politics could end her plans. Her roommate is quitting school, and her boyfriend isn't around. When Dulcie discovers the body of a fellow grad student, she thinks it couldn't get any worse. Even Mr Grey, the wise ghost of her late cat isn't helping, so Dulcie just might be on her own.
Keith Thomson's debut thriller, Once a Spy, has a terrific premise. Charlie Clark has to take a break from his lousy luck at the track to pick up his father, Drummond, who, thanks to Alzheimer's Disease, wandered away from home. They find Drummond's apartment blown sky high, and then bullets start flying. However, Drummond Clark does remember how to hot-wire a car, and Clark realizes there is more to his father than he thought. So, what happens when a successful spy can't remember his past? Charlie and Drummond will be on a wild chase, escaping terrorists and the CIA.
Hush is Kate White's first stand-alone thriller. When Lake Warren's husband sues for full custody of their two kids, she doesn't think things can get any worse. But, what if she has a one-night stand, and finds her lover's throat slashed? What if she has to lie to the police so she doesn't lose custody? What if her actions snowball out of control?
Teddy Ruzak's latest client is a good looking dame who suspects her husband is cheating on her. When Teddy's client disappears, he doesn't know if this is a divorce case, or murder. Find out in Richard Yancey's The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool.
And, those are just the March Treasures in My Closet. Wait until tomorrow, when I can tell you about a great selection of forthcoming books, all with March release dates!