Thursday, April 01, 2010

May's Hot Book Titles & A Debut

I'm predicting some of the other May releases will make the bestseller lists, not just the treasures in my closet. Here are my predictions. You might want to order these now from your favorite bookstore, or reserve them at the public library. There will probably be waiting lists at the library!

I found one more book in my treasures pile, a debut novel I'm excited about. Wanna Get Lucky? is the first in a series by Deborah Coonts. Casino fixer Lucky O'Toole is the head of customer relations for the Babylon casino and resort in Las Vegas. While hosting an adult film industry awards banquet at the casino, a young woman plunges to her death from a sightseeing helicopter. Lucky's investigation uncovers more than she expected. It's a first novel from Stephen Coonts' wife.

State Fair is the fourteenth book in Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper series. The state fair has everything from caramel apples to colorful quilts and homemade jams. It also has the theft of a quilt, and a murder for Benni and her police chief husband to investigate.

Nicci French's latest suspense novel is The Other Side of the Door. When Bonnie discovers her secret lover lying dead on the floor of his apartment, he hides and the body and removes traces of her presence. What happens when the truth comes out?

Andrew Grant brings back Trevellyan in Die Twice. The James Bond-type character has been called to the British Consulate in Chicago, and assigned the job of finding a rogue agent. Trevellyan knows he can trust no one.

The new Sookie Stackhouse novel by Charlaine Harris is Dead in the Family. Sookie lost loved ones during the Faery War, and she's hurt and angry. The only bright spot is her love for vampire Eric, but their relationship brings him to the attention of the new Vampire King.

Commissario Guido Brunetti is hoping for an escape from the Venetian heat, and a trip to the mountains with his family. But, author Donna Leon leaves him no relief in A Question of Belief, as he investigations the delay of cases in a local court, and a violent crime.

Is Blue-Eyed Devil the last western from the late Robert B. Parker? Calico, chief of police in Appaloosa, has great political ambitions. When he starts shaking down local merchants, there's a showdown coming.

Richard North Patterson's latest, In the Name of Honor, is about war, and families. The McCarrans and the Gallaghers are military families who have been friends for decades. But, when Lt. McCarran returns from Iraq, and shoots and kills Kate Gallagher's husband, his commanding officer there, he claims self-defense. It isn't only war that can destroy a person.

In Thomas Perry's Strip, an aging strip club owner sends his security men after the suspect who robbed him while making a night deposit. But, their search leads them to the wrong man, while the true culprit celebrates his perfect crime.

Elaine Viets' numerous fans will be waiting for Half-Price Homicide, the latest in the Dead-End Job mystery series. Helen takes on a job in a high-end designer consignment shop, and she can handle the snobby women, controlling husbands, and politicians. But, Chrissy stands out because of her behavior. And, when Chrissy is found dead in a dressing room, Helen's a suspect.

I hope you found some interesting titles for May, between this posting and the Treasures in My Closet. What titles are you looking forward to in May?


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

These all sound great~!

I think "A Question of Belief" is especially interesting...the setting and the plot. Thanks!

Mystery Writing is Murder

Dru said...

The Deborah Coonts book looks interesting.

I'm waiting for Storm Prey by John Sandford, Fourth Day by Zoe Sharp, 61 Hours by Lee Child and Love Kills by Dianne Emley.

Lesa said...


I'm always interested to see which books jump out at people. Thanks!

Lesa said...

Lots of good ones in May, aren't there, Dru? Zoe Sharp was the very first author to appear for Authors @ The Teague, and she'll be back there on June 24.

bermudaonion said...

I'm sure the new Sookie book will be a bestseller!

Kay said...

I'm looking forward to a new Benni Harper. It's been a while. Also, I'd like to try Andrew Grant's books. Isn't he the gentleman that is engaged to Tasha Alexander? Love her books.

Elaine Viets said...

Thanks for mentioning HALF-PRICE HOMICIDE, Lesa. These other books look like fun read, especially the debut novel, WANNA GET LUCKY. I'm going to need a mountain climbing expedition to get to the top of Mount TBR.

Elaine Viets said...

They also look like "fun reads." sigh.

Tribute Books said...

Looks good to me.Thanks!

Lesa said...


I'm sure Sooky will be a bestseller as well. That's one of my guesses.

Lesa said...

Is Andrew Grant engaged to Tasha Alexander, Kay? Or is that your type of April Fool's humor? (grin) I know he's Lee Child's brother.

It has abeen a while since the last Benni Harper books. But, I liked the standalones that Earlene Fowler wrote in the meantime.

Lesa said...

Of course, I'd mention Half-Price Homicide, Elaine. You have lots of fans who read my blog. They'll be adding it to their enormous TBR pile. I hope yours isn't as bad as mine. Enjoy those books, Elaine!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Tribute Books. I hope you find something you'll enjoy.

Kay said...

Lesa, it's not April Fools. Andrew Grant is the gentleman that is engaged to Tasha Alexander. I just Googled it to make sure. I think the latest Mystery Scene Magazine has an article about them and some other couples who met at mystery conventions. Now I didn't know that he is Lee Child's brother. Wow, that will be a talented family.

Bev Stephans said...

The only May book I'm waiting for is the new Sookie Stackhouse. Of course, if I keep reading your blog, I'll probably put something else on my TBR pile.

I want to take this moment to tell you how much I like your blog. I found it through a link from Louise Penny's website. Her new one, Bury Your Dead, comes out in September! Okay, Louise, I gave you a plug! I digress. Your website is very informative and entertaining.

CindyD said...

Just learned from DorothyL that ONE WAS A SOLDIER won't be out till April 2011. Bummer!

Lesa said...

Won't that be quite the mystery family, Kay? That sounds like an interesting article about people who met at mystery conventions. I think Bill Pronzini and Marcia Muller met at one, if I remember correctly.

Lesa said...


I'll always take a plug for Louise Penny! She's just as wonderful as her books are. Now, there's a blog I really enjoy.

I'm glad you discovered my blog through hers. Welcome!

Lesa said...

Yes, Cindy.

I saw that on DorothyL, too, that Julia Spencer-Fleming's next book is delayed. We'll have to wait patiently. But, I didn't know if that would be the last in the series, and she said she's working on the next one, which is good.