Ah, May books. There are some interesting books in my closet this month, including a title by one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to share them!
It's a tug of war between anthropologists, the Vatican, and a deadly zealot in Jefferson Bass' The Inquisitor's Key. While working a dig in France, Miranda discovers a chest inscribed with the claim that he bones of Jesus of Nazareth are inside. Now, she and her boss, Dr. Bill Brockton, are working to prove or refute the claim.
Michelle Mason just went to the resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for a short vacation in Lisa Brackmann's Getaway. What she discovers is a shady American ex-pat community and a barely-hidden drug syndicate. She's caught in a dangerous trap, and has to fight to survive her vacation.
Lehrter Station is the fifth book in David Downing's John Russell series. Six months ago, British journalist John Russell bought his family safe passage out of war-torn Berlin by offering a Soviet NKVD agent German atomic secrets and vague promises to be of help in the future. Now, in Nov. 1945, Russell's contact asks him to move back to Berlin to pose as a journalist and undertake some espionage. It's a lose-lose situation for Russell in a novel that combines the historical with mystery and thrills.
David Freed's debut mystery-thriller is Flat Spin. Cordell Logan is a flight instructor with a shadowy past. He still loves his ex-wife, Savannah, so when she shows up saying her husband was murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is actually pleased. But, he agrees to look for her husband's killer, because it just might have links to their past as a top-secret military assassination team. As Logan tracks a killer, he himself is stalked by someone trying to kill him.
Deadly Negatives is the latest by three-time Edgar Award nominee Russell Hill. When a photographer buys an old camera, he discovers some black-and-white negatives hidden in the box. When he tracks down the people in the photos, he finds long-hidden horrific acts by some prominent people. And, those negatives are suddenly dangerous to own.
I Am Forbidden is the English-language debut for Anouk Markovits. The novel spans generations and continents to tell the story of two sisters, one who believes, and one who rebels against the insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar.
The Kissing List is the first collection of stories by Stephanie Reents. It's a loosely linked collection about women who bravely defy expectations and take outrageous chances in the face of life.
Sarah R. Shaber brings back Louise Pearlie in Louise's Gamble. In 1942, Louise Pearlie is a widow working at the legendary OSS in Washington, D.C. But, a casual friendship threatens everything when a war refugee sucks Louise into a dangerous game of mafia bosses, Nazi spies, banished royalty and Sicilian aristocracy.
Elizabeth Zelvin's Death Will Extend Your Vacation rounds out the list. Recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, computer genius Jimmy and world-class codependent Barbara, take shares in a clean and sober group house in the Hamptons for the summer. When the tide washes up the body of an investigative journalist, though, the suspects are all in 12-step programs. It's another interesting investigation for the team of Bruce, Barbara, and Jimmy, and sun block isn't going to stop a killer.
May looks like another interesting month for those of us who love books!