Although August isn't one of the biggest months for book releases, some of the scheduled titles look promising. Here are some of the titles that may prove to be hot in August.
Nothing will be any bigger (in every way) than Pat Conroy's new book, South of Broad. After Leo Bloom's brother commits suicide, his family struggles. He turns to his friends for friendships that endure for years. But, can those friendships endure the final test?
In Sandra Brown's Smash Cut, a prominent Atlanta businessman is killed during an armed robbery. Wrong place at the wrong time, or murder, as a friend believes?
The author of In the Company of the Courtesan, and The Birth of Venus, has another historical novel. Sarah Dunant's Sacred Hearts is the story of a teenager, confined behind convent walls for the rest of her life, in the 16th century, because her family could only afford one dowry. The convent's doctor remembers her own early years there, and reaches out to Serafina.
Dick Francis and his son, Felix, bring us Even Money. Less than an hour after a gray-haired man introduces himself as his father, the old man is stabbed, and Ned, a second generation bookmaker, finds himself in a race to solve the case.
Hell's Gate is the latest novel by Stephen Frey. A litigator quits, moves to Montana and joins the Smoke Jumpers, an elite group of firefighters, but discovers he can't escape the ugly side of human nature.
Blindman's Bluff by Faye Kellerman brings back Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Their hope for a vacation dies when a murder occurs that may impact them more than they realize.
Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon releases Bad Moon Rising. Fang Kattalakis is the brother of two powerful members of the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. When war erupts among the lycanthropes, he tries to protect the woman he loves, but breaks the laws of his people in doing so.
Judge Deborah Knott is looking forward to a break at the beach following the summer conference for the district court, but she stumbles across the body of a colleague. When another judge is murdered, she investigates, knowing she could be next. It's Margaret Maron's Sand Sharks.
Alex Cross's Trial is the latest book by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo. Cross tells a story, passed down from generation to generation of attorney Ben Corbett's experiences with Abraham Cross in 1906 segregated America.
Tempe Brennan is accused of mishandling an autopsy after she accompanies the remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to Chicago. When Kathy Reichs' 206 Bones opens, Tempe is imprisoned in a small space, with her hands and feet bound.
Along with the treasures from my closet, and these hot titles, there are other books being released in August. One of these might be the perfect book for you. Place your holds now at your local public library, or order them from your favorite bookstore.