March looked like a crime fiction month, with a number of interesting titles. The April pile in my closet is once again dominated by crime fiction. Hopefully, you'll find a book or two to entice you. Place your holds now at your public library, or preorder the books from your favorite bookstore.
Within the Hollow Crown is actually a rerelease of an older title by Margaret Campbell Barnes. It's the story of "a much-maligned king," Richard II. The back of the book says, "A reluctant king, a desperate nation, and the most misunderstood reign in history." I always loved Barnes' historical novels. I never read this one, so it should be a treat.
A couple books actually have March 30 release dates, and Glazed Murder is one of them. Close enough to April for me, since I hadn't mentioned the book before. Jessica Beck's debut Donut Shop mystery includes over a dozen donut recipes in the story of a woman whose dream of a cozy little donut shop becomes a nightmare when a body is dumped on her doorstep, and the shop becomes a crime scene. There's been a number of guesses on the Internet as to who Jessica Beck really is. (Tim Myers, anyone?)
Strange Images of Death is Barbara Cleverly's latest mystery, set in Provence in 1926. Scotland Yard Detective Joe Sandilands is only there on leave, dropping his niece off at an ancient chateau. But, he agrees to stay and search for the guilty party. Despite his watchfulness, there are two more incidents, including a murder that recreated a 600-year-old crime of passion.
Paul Doiron debuts with The Poacher's Son. When game warden Mike Bowditch finds a message on his answering machine from the father he hasn't heard from in two years, he doesn't expect to receive a call from the police the next day. A local cop was killed, and Mike's father is the prime suspect. Mike has to find the real killer before he himself becomes a victim.
Larry Karp takes readers back to 1951 and Sedalia, Missouri, in The Ragtime Fool. It's a time of ragtime, a celebration of Scott Joplin, and racial hatred, which could explode during a ceremony to honor the musician. Larry Karp will appear for Authors @ The Teague on June 17, when he can discuss ragtime and this era.
Who wants Dr. Cathy Sewell dead? It's someone in her hometown. Local doctors resent her as a newcomer and a woman. The results of one of her prescriptions may mean the end of her practice. And, it might be Code Blue for her in Richard Mabry's book.
Jassy Mackenzie's debut crime novel is Random Violence, the first in the Jade de Jong Investigation series. Jade de Jong fled South Africa when her policeman father was killed. Now, she's back in Johannesburg, as a private investigator who offers to help her father's former assistant with a car-jacking case. The pattern that emerges could lead back to her father's murder.
When seven lifelong friends and racing fans strike it lucky, they use their winnings to buy a horse. But, seven years later, they're dying one by one. Jack Doyle, investigating criminals fixing races, starts poking around, trying to find answers to the races, and the deaths of The Significant Seven in John McEvoy's mystery by that title.
It's another numbered title, Eight for Eternity, a John the Chamberlain mystery by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer. In January 532, John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian must untangle a web of intrigue in Constantinople, a city ruled by mobs. The fate of the empire might be at stake.
Murder comes a little too close to home for military wife Ellie Avery in Sara Rosett's Mint Juleps, Mayhem, and Murder. Her husband Mitch's family reunion is disrupted by news that his squadron commander is dead, and his wife is the prime suspect in his murder. A close call in a shooting incident leaves Ellie suspicious, and soon she's worried that her husband might be the next victim, if she doesn't find a killer.
Simon Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien's grandson) writes thrillers, and his latest one is The Inheritance, a story set in England in 1959. Blending history, courtroom drama, and psychological suspense, it's the story of a man on trial for the premeditated murder of his father. Even though Stephen Cade was charged, the policeman who investigated begins to suspect he might be innocent.
Did you find a title to grab your interest? I hope you'll add one of these treasures to your pile. If not, watch for tomorrow's coverage of April hot titles. I know I'll be able to tempt you with one book at least!