March is going to be such a terrific month for books that I propose we all take the month off and just read. How can any reader resist a month that includes books by Alafair Burke, Harlan Coben, Linda Fairstein and Alan Bradley? And, wait until you read about the other authors with forthcoming books! March looks terrific for readers.
Let's start with a book that isn't a crime novel. I've been a fan of Sarah Addison Allen's books since Garden Spells came out. The Girl Who Chased the Moon takes a seventeen-year-old, Emily Benedict, to live with her grandfather in an unusual little town, Mullaby, NC. How unusual is it? Wallpaper can change its pattern, the dead left messages, and the legend of a ghostly woman banished from the town lives on. It's sure to be another magical story from Allen.
The Last Illusion is the latest Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. Molly is hired as Harry Houdini's bodyguard when another magician accuses him of tampering with his equipment, resulting in a death.
Last year, Alan Bradley's debut novel, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, introduced Flavia de Luce. The scientific prodigy returns in The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag. When a master puppeteer ends up death, Flavia is convinced it was murder, and she's determined to solve the crime. It's no April Fool's joke to say I'm going to host Alan Bradley for Authors @ The Teague on my birthday, April 1.
212 is Alafair Burke's latest novel. The police told college sophomore Megan Gunther not to worry about personal threats appearing on the web site. When she's murdered, NYPD detective Elie Hatcher and her partner take over the case, and discover a connection to a murder and a disappearance. They're going to have to move quickly to prevent more deaths.
Harlan Coben's new book, Caught, features a reporter on a mission. She's tracking down sexual predators and exposing them on TV. Her biggest break, the arrest of a child advocate, may turn out to be a mistake. So what happens if Wendy was manipulated to destroy an innocent man?
I just love the writing team of Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Their books are sexy, fun, and suspenseful. I hope Wild Ride is no exception. When Mary Alice Brannigan is hired to restore a decaying amusement park, she doesn't expect to find it's a prison for demons she doesn't believe in. But then, she doesn't believe the man she's falling in love with either.
Hell Gate is Linda Fairstein's twelfth novel featuring Alexandra Cooper. She's torn in two directions as she investigates a shipwreck with human contraband cargo, and a political scandal involving a promising New York congressman. When the two cases come together, they could change the political landscape of New York City.
In Lisa Jackson's Without Mercy, Julia Farentino takes a job at an elite boarding school for wayward kids to protect her half-sister. Some of the students went missing six months earlier, and now Julia uncovers disturbing information.
I'd beware of exclusive schools after reading crime novels. Jonathan Kellerman's Deception takes LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware into an investigation of perversity and violence when a woman is found dead after disclosing on a DVD that she was subjected to sexual horror at an LA school.
Fans of the Spellmans will appreciate Lisa Lutz' The Spellmans Strike Again as Izzy Spellman solves more cases, no thanks to her lovable but paranoid family.
I've included one nonfiction title in this list, Frances Mayes' Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life. The third volume in Mayes' Tuscany trilogy continues the chronicle of her two decades love affair with Tuscany, its people and culture. She includes more of the pleasures of her life there, favorite recipes, and the delights and challenges of living in Italy.
Denise Mina's Still Midnight features an unusual case for Alex Morrow. When three armed men enter a home in Glasgow, and demand a man who never had been there, the event turns tragic. Now, the kidnappers are demanding an impossible ransom.
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome in Jodi Picoult's latest novel, House Rules. He has a special focus, forensic analysis, and he monitors a police scanner, and shows up at crime scenes. When his tutor is found dead, his behavior makes Jacob a suspect.
Author Cornelia Read's own efforts to clean up a cemetery led to her latest novel, Invisible Boy. Former socialite Madeline Dare is shocked when she discovers the skeleton of a young boy in her unkempt family cemetery across the East River from Manhattan. Her work to find the truth leads to an examination of her own past, and the class and racial warfare that penetrates society in New York City.
Reporter Chris Bergen can never live up to his father's reputation as a legendary investigative reporter. But, one day he's on site when an explosion destroys a building and Chris save five people, becoming a hero. But, one of Chris' sources seems to be creating incidents to make him famous. Now, he wants something in return in David Rosenfelt's Down to the Wire.
Doc Ford faces rough choices in Randy Wayne White's latest book, Deep Shadow. While diving with friends, a cave collapses trapping them. Doc surfaces to get help, but two men there to recover a wreck and its treasure insist he help them, or die himself.
All of the other books mentioned are by established authors. I also see possibilities for a debut novel, The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier. Joy Harkness impulsively accepts a position at Amherst College, leaving her secure life behind. As she restores a tumbledown Victorian house, assisted by a quirky handyman, she discovers second chances can be discovered at any age.
And, terrific books can be discovered any month. I hope there's a treasure or two waiting for you here. Let me know if I missed a March release you're waiting for. We all want to know about the books you anticipate will be hot titles.