There are some terrific looking ARCs in my closet, books scheduled out in January. I know everyone is counting pennies right now, but there might be a book or two in the stacks that you might want to order from your favorite bookstore, or place on hold at your local library.
In January, some of the authors I read regularly bring back some favorite characters. The book on the top of the pile is Louise Penny's new Armand Gamache
mystery, A Rule Against Murder. Gamache's holiday turns into murder, and a tribute to Agatha Christie. I can't wait for this one!
The Sky Took Him is the latest Alafair Tucker mystery by Donis Casey. Alafair is accompanied by two of her daughters when family gathers at a deathbed in Enid, Oklahoma in 1915. It's a story of family secrets going back over twenty years. This is another series with wonderful characters.
Blaize Clement's Dixie Hemingway mysteries are a homecoming for me, since they're set on Florida's West Coast. Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof brings back Dixie Hemingway, former cop turned pet sitter. Dixie's new friend seems to be hiding from an abusive husband. Or is she?
Eve is a debut novel for Elissa Eliott. This work of fiction blends biblical tradition with recorded history and Elliott's storytelling to explore the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the story of their sons.
Hallie Ephron turns from writing award-winning reviews to writing a suspense novel with her book, Never Tell a Lie. When the perfect couple runs into an old high school friend, that encounter is the trigger for a hellish nightmare of deceit and betrayal.
Leighton Gage's Buried Strangers brings back Chief Inspector Mario Silva for another powerful crime novel set against the lush Brazilian landscape. Silva and his team travel to São Paulo to investigate when a bone is dug up by a dog, only to find a clandestine cemetery, and a possible link to missing tourists.
I'm looking forward to Norman Green's The Last Gig, the debut of a new series featuring Alessandra Martillo, a Puerto Rican runaway from the Bronx, who is just the person needed when the head of an Irish mob family wants a private investigator.
Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori join forces for The Illumination, in which the search for the origin of a pendant sucks a museum curator into an international battle between powerful religious factions.
Victoria Holt's classic novel of romantic suspense, Mistress of Mellyn, is back in print. Those of us who read gothic novels in the 1970s remember Holt's books with fondness. Now, there's the opportunity to reread these books, or for new readers to discover them.
I can already attest to the strength of Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey M. Siger. I was lucky enough to get a chance to read an early version of this complex crime novel set on Mykonos, the most famous of Greece's Aegean Cycladic islands, where young women of similar appearances have disappeared over years. Now, the island's new police chief, Andreas Kaldis, has a political hot potato on his hands.
A new Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery is always welcome. Charles Todd brings him back in A Matter of Justice. Is this the only case in which Rutledge fails to get his man?
January 19, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. To celebrate, Mystery Writers of America presents two collections. On a Raven's Wing is a collection of new tales in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. The book, edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky features stories by authors including Mary Higgins Clark, S.J. Rozan, James W. Hall, and seventeen others. Michael Connelly edited a book with a slightly different slant, In the Shadow of the Master. This book contains classic Poe tales and essays by Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Sue Grafton, Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Lisa Scottoline, and fourteen others.
January looks like a terrific month for those of us who love crime fiction. There just isn't enough reading time in a month! But, now is the time to order the books that entice you the most.