Whenever I preview the forthcoming books for a month, I know I'm going to miss someone's favorite author. Feel free to comment, and let me know what you're looking forward to in February. But, these February book releases are ones that will make request lists at libraries, and order lists at bookstores.
Evidently, February is so short that some of the February releases are actually coming out in March. So, if I'm a week or two off, blame the catalogs! As I went through my February releases, I discovered books by Alafair Burke, Harlan Coben, Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, and Linda Fairstein are actually late in March. So, I'll catch them next month, and highlight a few other titles.
But Joanne Fluke's latest Hannah Swensen mystery, Apple Turnover Murder, is scheduled for February. Hannah's business partner talks her into setting up an apple turnover stand at a fundraiser, and serving as a magician's assistant at the talent show. It's fun for Swensen, until the show's host turns up dead, and Hannah turns into an investigator.
Money to Burn is James Grippando's forthcoming novel of suspense. Michael's life was successful, a career as a Wall Street banker, and marriage to the love of his life. But, she disappeared on their honeymoon. Is that disappearance connected with the strange email he receives seven years later, when someone wipes out his investments?
If you're a vampire fan, Laurell K. Hamilton brings back vampire hunter Anita Blake in Flirt, and Kim Harrison's witch and bounty hunter, Rachel Morgan, returns in Black Magic Sanction.
Following up the success of Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill's new book is Horns. It's the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after a couple nights of drinking.
Last Snow is Eric Van Lustbader's February title. Special Advisor Jack McClure agrees to look into the death of an American senator on a political trip to the Ukraine. It's a trail that leads to diplomats, criminals, and corrupt politicians; a story of political corruption and treachery.
The latest in Fern Michaels' Sisterhood series is Game Over. The women of the Sisterhood are hopeful they can now secure their Presidential pardon, and leave their lives of exile and adventure behind them.
Connie Willis writes unusual novels involving time travel, and Blackout sounds fascinating. Three researchers from the future are stranded in the past during World War II. They need to find each other, and figure out how to return to their own time, before it's too late.
And, here's the second thing you didn't know about me. I started a hot titles list years ago to give my library staff a heads up about forthcoming books our patrons would be asking about. Before you know it, my patrons were asking what that list was, and it soon spread throughout the library system. So, I've been doing hot titles lists long before I ever blogged about the forthcoming books.
I hope this hot titles list gives you a few ideas for February reading.