I might not have many July books in my closet, but that doesn't mean there's a dearth of books with July release dates. I'm sure I can entice you with some of these titles.
Susan Wittig Albert kicks off a new series with The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree. Set in Depression-era Alabama, a feisty women of the Darling Dahlias garden club vow to get to the bottom of local mysteries - a collection of sterling silver found buried under the town's famous Cucumber Tree, and a young woman's body found outside of town.
Stork Raving Mad is sure to be a satisfying book for Donna Andrews' fans. Meg and Michael, about to be the parents of twins, host a Spanish playwright. But, soon after the dean of the English department refuses to allow one of Michael's grad students to do his dissertation, the dean is found dead, and Meg's house becomes a crime scene.
Raise your hand if you've been waiting for the next Dave Robicheaux novel. James Lee Burke brings us Glass Rainbow, the eighteenth book in the series. Robicheaux is back in Louisiana, where he becomes entangled in a mystery connecting a series of murders of seven young women in a neighboring parish. Then the prime suspect turns up dead.
On a lighter note, we have Chris Cavender's Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder. One again, Eleanor's pizzeria, A Slice of Delight is involved in murder, when the brother of the pizzeria's delivery driver is found in the restaurant. When the driver disappears, Eleanor and her sister investigate.
Parker returns in John Connolly's Whisperers. He's searching for a group of former soldiers whose actions running a smuggling operation have caught the attention of Herod, a man with a taste for the strange, and his shadowy sidekick, The Captain. In order to defeat them, Parker will have to form an alliance with a killer.
In Lisa Gardner's Live to Tell, Sgt. Detective D.D. Warren's new case involves an entire family wiped out in a senseless fit of violence.
Tess Gerritsen will be the guest blogger here on July 15. Let's hope she talks about Ice Cold, with its unusual premise. All of the residents of Kingdom Come, Wyoming seem to have vanished. Maura, a vacationing medical examiner and her traveling companions, trapped there during a storm, find the disappearances troubling, especially when they discover someone dangerous and deadly is watching them.
In David Hagberg's The Cabal, CIA operative Van Buren is killed after meeting with a Washington Post investigative reporter to discuss evidence that a powerful lobbyist has formed a group called the Friday Club, made up of high-level bureaucrats. Van Buren's father-in-law, spy Kirk McGarvey, decides to finish that investigation.
Nothing sounds creepier this summer than Gregg Hurwitz' They're Watching. Patrick's troubles are going to only become worse. His Hollywood dreams have failed, and his marriage is doing the same. He's receiving DVDs showing someone is stalking him and his wife, and they are being recorded, even in their house. But the email that offers to fix everything, is only going to take Patrick into deeper trouble.
When Susie's plastic surgeon husband is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of a second-rate escort, others think her great marriage was a lie. She'll set out to prove she was right, by taking on everyone from her in-laws to the NYPD and the DA in Susan Isaacs' As Husbands Go.
Iris Johansen teams up with her son Roy again for Shadow Zone. Hannah may have uncovered the truth about the mysterious demise of the ancient underwater city of Marinth, but, when her key piece of information is hijacked, she calls on Kirov, a mysterious, deadly man from her past, for help.
Once you've lived in Florida, it's hard to resist the suspense novels set during a hurricane. In Damaged, Alex Kava's latest, a Category Five hurricane threatens in the Gulf of Mexico when a Coast Guard air crew discovers a cooler floating in the water, a cooler filled with human body parts. Special Agent Maggie O'Dell's investigation shows the man was reported missing weeks earlier in Florida. Now, there's a second killer to be found in the eye of the hurricane.
House Justice is the latest Joe DeMarco thriller by Mike Lawson. DeMarco is the lawyer and troubleshooter for the Speaker of the House. When an American defense contractor is tortured and murdered after a journalist leaks the story, DeMarco is sent to appease her and get her to reveal her source. But, he's not the only one looking.
In Christopher Reich's Rules of Betrayal, Dr. Ransom must unravel the mystery surrounding his wife, a spy who plays by her own rules. What he uncovers is a terrible secret about the 1980 crash of a secret American B-52 in the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Even Nora Roberts' latest book is a novel of suspense, The Search. Several years earlier, Fiona survived the clutches of a serial killer. Now, she leads an idyllic life, owner of a dog training school, and romantically involved with a dog's owner. Then, a copycat killer emerges.
Gabriel Allon severed his ties with the Mossad, and retired to the Cornish coast. But, the murder of a fellow art restorer draws him from seclusion and back into danger in Daniel Silva's The Rembrandt Affair.
And, we'll end with a book that isn't a crime novel, Jennifer Weiner's Fly Away Home. A mother and her two grown daughters seek refuge in an old Connecticut beach house as they recover from personal times of crisis, and find the power to move on with their lives.
So, which books do you find enticing? If you're a fan of thrillers and suspense, I'm sure there is a book here by one of your favorites. For those of us who prefer our mysteries on the lighter side, we may have to wait for mid-June, and the latest batch of books from Penguin USA. In the meantime, let me know what books you like from this list. And, what July titles did I miss?