How do you top the big three, Grisham, King, and Evanovich? They all three have books coming out in January, so hurry to get your name on the list at the public library. If you're ordering the book from a favorite bookstore, the rush isn't so great.
So, this month, I'll list those suspected bestsellers, along with possibilities, and a crime fiction high hopes list. That list is for those few books that I'm hopeful for, ones that I hope will make bestseller lists wherever crime novels are sold.
First, the guaranteed bestsellers, mixed with ones that could make the list.
Janet Evanovich - Plum Lucky (A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel)
James Grippando - Last Call
John Grisham - The Appeal (It's said to be set in Mississippi, focusing on the election process for state Supreme Court justices.)
Stephen King - Duma Key
Jayne Ann Krentz - Sizzle and Burn
Sara Paretsky - Bleeding Kansas
Stuart Woods - Beverly Hills Dead
Now, anyone who has been reading this blog for any length of time knows I have a preference for crime novels. So, here are three January releases that I have high hopes for.
I am a big fan of Louise Ure's Forcing Amaryllis. How can anyone resist the cover of her latest book, The Fault Tree? Or, the plot about an auto mechanic who is blind? She might just hold the clues to a murder, and the killer thinks she saw the getaway car.
If you like your crime fiction with some history background, check out The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin. She brings back Henry II and Adela Aguilar, mistress of the art of death, from the book of that name.
Or, you can move to the Berkshires with Madeline Dare, in Cornelia Read's The Crazy School. Madeline takes a job as a teacher at a borading school for emotionally disturbed children, only to find herself trapped, cut off from the outside world, and allied with a group of students.
Good luck to Louise Ure, Ariana Franklin, and Cornelia Read. On my list, you'd top Grisham, Evanovich, and King.