Thursday, May 01, 2008

June Treasures in My Closet

There's an enormous pile of June books in my closet, so you should be able to find a treasure in this selection. Now is the time to place your holds at your local public library, or pre-order the selections from your favorite bookstore. All of the following books are scheduled for June publication.

Start with Julia Spencer-Fleming's I Shall Not Want. Fans have been waiting to see what happens with Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson and police chief Russ Van Alstyne now that his wife is dead. In the latest book, Clare is drawn into Russ's investigation when a Latino man is murdered, a death that ignites fear of a serial killer, and tensions with the migrant community.

L.L. Bartlett's Dead in Red brings back Jeff Resnick who uses his "sixth sense" to investigate when the bartender at his local drinking place is murdered. It takes Resnick and his brother into the dark side of Buffalo.

Sacrifice is the debut thriller from S.J. Bolton. Tora Hamilton, a stranger to her
new home in the Shetland Islands, uncovers a centuries-old bog body, that leads back to a history of missing women, abandoned children, and dark secrets.

It's A Reunion to Die For in Lauren Carr's mystery. In a small West Virginia town, the new prosecutor, Joshua Thornton, finds that the killing of a cheerleader brings back memories of an earlier killing, that of a cheerleader Thornton had a crush on years before.

Bobbie Faye's (kinda, sorta, not-exactly) Family Jewels brings back Toni McGee Causey's Bobbie Faye Sumrall, only to find her running from the law, a band of psychos and thieves, accused of murder, and looking for missing diamonds. Just a normal day in south Louisiana.

For a change of pace, try The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman. In the Bodleian library, Elizabeth Staveley might have found the key to a story that has been locked away for four centuries - the story of a British sea captain's daughter held captive in the sultan's harem in sixteenth-century Constantinople.

Daniel Judson takes the reader to The Water's Edge, where Jake Bechet teams up with a retired P.I. to find out who is behind two mob-style killings. It's a tough assignment, for a twenty-four hour period.

The Seven Sins is the title of Jon Land's latest book, and the name of the most extravagant casino in Las Vegas. Michael Tranno, owner of the casino, has secrets he and his attorney buried. Now, they're threatened by an unknown enemy from Tranno's past.

Elizabeth Sims debuts a new series with The Actress. What really happened the night that a tabloid star supposedly killed her little girl? A struggling actress is dragged into the case, only to find her life and her son's in danger.

In the Light of You is said to be an explosive novel by Nathan Singer. It's a coming-of-age story for a group of teens. What happens when a group of Neo-Nazi skinheads encounter a group of young leftist radicals? It makes for a bloody, explosive climax.

There are treasures in this pile. Don't forget to reserve the books at your library or order it from a bookstore.


Avid Reader said...

Hi Lesa,
I see you're a sometime reviewer for Library Journal.
You mention Elizabeth Sims new series debut The Actress coming in hardcover from St. Martin's Minotaur later this month.
As you can see on The Actress was reviewed by PW, Booklist, and Kirkus, but NOT Library Journal.
Isn't that weird?!
Especially since Library Journal reviewers made favorable reviews of Damn Straight, Lucky Stiff, and Easy Street from Sims' Lillian Byrd Series.
I guess something fell through the cracks.
What do you think?

Lesa said...

My guess is that you're right. It may have just fallen through the cracks. But, I don't really know.

Library Journal reviewers review books that are sent to us; we don't suggest or pick books. We receive books in our assigned categories. I do Women's Fiction for LJ.

I can't say what happened that a review never appeared for that book. But, you may be right.