When I was in Lee County, I started a Hot Titles list to let patrons know what books would be coming out shortly. This month, I didn't do my monthly "possible bestsellers" list. I think a Hot Titles list is so much more appropriate. So, I'm starting my Hot Titles list again. This is my list. I'm sure others will have books they think will be hot. But, this list gives me the opportunity to promote some midlist mystery titles that might never make a bestseller list. But, I find some of them so much more interesting than some of the bestsellers.
So, here is my personal list of hot titles for March, books that are scheduled for March publication.
I just finished the ARC of Sandi Ault's Wild Sorrow. I hadn't read any of the books featuring Bureau of Land Management agent, Jamaica Wild. I'll be reading future books in this series that is reminiscent of a cross between Tony Hillerman and Nevada Barr. When Jamaica takes shelter in an abandoned building, she discovers the body of an Anglo woman, who once taught at the Indian boarding school, where children were taken to be Americanized. Wild, with her wolf, Mountain, is sensitive to the past, and the resulting mystery is heartbreaking.
Rhys Bowen brings back Irish P.I. Molly Murphy for In a Gilded Cage, for a fight for women's suffrage that lands Molly in jail. It's New York City during a flu epidemic and gang battles.
For those who are fans of Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series, her new book, The Lost Quilter, will be a treat. More than 100 years after a runaway slave and quilter named Joanna traveled the Underground Railroad, Master Quilter Sylvia Compson recovers her letters, ones that transport her into the thick of the Civil War.
Harlan Coben's Long Lost brings Terese Collins back into Myron Bolitar's life. A brief relationship ended in years of silence, but Terese is in Paris now, and needs Myron's help.
Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen mysteries are always popular, for the mouth-watering recipes, as well as the stories. In Cream Puff Murder, Hannah's part-time boyfriend, Detective Mike Kingston, is the primary suspect in the murder of a woman found in a Jacuzzi.
It will take Hannah, and her connections, to prove his innocence.
Malice is Lisa Jackson's intriguing story of a detective who wakes up in a hospital room to see his first wife standing in the doorway. But, she died twelve years earlier.
True Detectives will probably be another bestseller for Jonathan Kellerman. A detective and his half-brother, a cop, only agree on one thing. They'll consult Alex Delaware to help them untangle the fate of Caitlin Forstig, who vanished two years earlier, and hasn't been heard from since.
Of course I'm going to mention Laura Lippman's Life Sentences. Lippman will be appearing at the library as part of our Authors @ The Teague series. When a successful memoirist returns home to Baltimore to dig a tragedy surrounding a former classmate, she discovers that her own life might not be what it seems.
Lisa Lutz brings the Spellmans back in Revenge of the Spellmans. Isabel is in therapy, while working the case of an errant wife. And, Henry is involved with the Assistant District Attorney, a relationship that causes problems in the family.
Handle with Care is Jodi Picoult's story of a couple whose daughter was born with physical ailments.
March looks like a good month. There are other books due out, by Randy Wayne White, Karen Robards, Jude Deveraux. I already mentioned the treasures in my closet, books expected to come out in March. Place your holds at your local library as soon as you can. Or, if you can afford to buy a book, why don't you preorder one from your favorite independent bookstore? I'll be picking up a couple titles myself from Poisoned Pen Bookstore. Who knows? They might become prizes in future book contests.
Are there any titles published in March that have raised your expectations?