Once again it's time to discuss forthcoming books. August heats up with a number of books by bestselling authors. Check this list to see if your favorite author has a new release. And, let me know if I missed an August fiction release that's important to you!
Tough Customer is the new sizzling title by Sandra Brown. When a madman becomes obsessed with the daughter of investigator Dodge's former lover, Caroline, he'll stop at nothing to track him down. He even teams up with a small-town sheriff. It's more than Dodge's life at stake now. So is his heart.
Ken Bruen brings us another Jack Taylor novel, The Devil. P.I. Taylor is disappointed and bitter when he's refused entry to the U.S., but he has time to calm himself in the airport bar. While there, he makes small talk with a stranger, and thinks nothing more of it when he returns to Galway. Then, he's called on to investigate a murder associated with the mysterious Mr. K, the man from the airport bar.
Watch my blog at the end of July for an interesting connection between Cleo Coyle's forthcoming book, Roast Mortem, and a firehouse cookbook. Clare's rescued from a blazing cafe, but more cafe fires occur, and firemen begin to die in suspicious ways. Now, Clare and her detective boyfriend are searching for an arsonist, before he finds Clare.
In Jennifer Crusie's Maybe This Time, Andie Miller is ready to move on with life, leaving her ex-husband, Archer North behind. But, he asks one more favor. Would she become nanny to the two orphaned children of a deceased cousin. It's not too long before Andie's in over her head, with the kids, and with Archer.
Kidnapping is a life-or-death situation in Joseph Finder's Buried Secrets. A hedge fund titan needs Nick's help in finding his daughter who has been kidnapped, and buried alive, with a camera recording, and Internet streaming.
Karen Fossum and Charlotte Barslund team up for Broken. When an author wakes up to find a strange man in her bedroom, she's terrified. What's even stranger is that he's a character from a story she hasn't told yet, and he's demanding she begin writing that story.
Felix Francis joined his late father, Dick Francis, in writing Crossfire. When a shell-shocked veteran, missing a foot, returns home, he finds his estranged mother in trouble because of her racehorse business.
When a Wall Street banker sees a way to make a killing by the takeover of a small company. But disaster strikes, and he and his friends are soon involved the greatest government scandal in Brian Haig's The Capitol Game.
Peter Decker is thrust into a world of violence in Faye Kellerman's Hangman. He only did a favor for a friend, but that allowed her husband, the sociopath Chris Donatti back into his life. When the Donnatis disappear, Rina and Decker take the teenage son into their lives. It's then that the investigation turns dark.
Laura Lippman's latest, I'd Know You Anywhere, is a standalone. Eliza's life is shattered when she receives a letter from the man who kidnapped her and held her hostage for six weeks when she was fifteen. Now, on death row, he wants to make an act of contrition before his execution.
Body Work is Sara Paretsky's latest V.I. Warshawski story. At a night club, V.I. witnessed an outburst by a male member of the audience against a woman. When the woman is found shot to death, the man, an Iraqi war vet, is the primary suspect. And, V.I. is hired to prove his innocence.
What's a month without a book by James Patterson? Patterson jumps on the Scandinavian bandwagon as he and Liza Marklund bring us The Postcard Killers. NYPD detective Kanon is on a tour of Europe, searching for the killer who murdered his daughter and her boyfriend while they were in Rome. Kanon teams up with a Swedish reporter to find an apparent serial killer.
Ridley Pearson brings Sun Valley Sheriff Walt Fleming back
for In Harm's Way. His new relationship with a photographer doesn't go well when he's unable to keep her picture out of the paper when she's involved in a river rescue. Then, there's that call about the Sun Valley connection to a Seattle murder.
In Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs, Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning for a man who had been declared legally dead forty years earlier, a Vietnam vet. When other bodies start washing ashore, Brennan suspects a connection.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks is away when a distraught woman shows up to see him in Peter Robinson's latest, Bad Boy. Banks' partner steps in, and learns the woman foudn a loaded gun in her daughter's room, punishable under British law. However no one knows that Banks' daughter is involved in the situation.
Author David Rosenfelt is famous for his love of dogs, and it's evident again in Dog Tags. A German shepherd police dog witnessed a murder for which his Iraq war vet owner is accused. If the owner is convicted, the dog will be put down, which sets Attorney Andy Carpenter into motion. While investigating, he discovers the dog and his owner were involved in something much bigger than murder.
An Impartial Witness is the second Bess Crawford mystery from Charles Todd. Nurse Crawford was touched by one soldier from the WWI trenches in France who clung to the picture of his wife. While on R&R, though, she sees the woman from the photo, and learns Scotland Yard is looking for information about her.
Lisa Unger's new book, Fragile, deals with the disappearance of a girl. When Maggie's policeman husband, Jones, asks if she believes their son is innocent in the disappearance of his girlfriend, she's stunned. But, secrets from twenty years ago reveal the disappearance of another girl, a story Jones knew about.
I don't read most paranormal books, but fans need to know that some of the biggest names in the field have books due out in August. Kelley Armstrong's Walking the Witch is book 11 in the Women of the Otherworld series. Dark Peril is Christine Feehan's latest Carpathian novel, featuring Dominic of the Dragonseeker Carpathians, and Solange Sangria, of the last of the jaguar people. Sherrilyn Kenyon brings us a Dark-Hunter novel, No Mercy, featuring Dev, a shape-shifter, and an Amazon warrior betrayed into becoming a Dark-Hunter. And, Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner wrap it all up in the story collection they edited, Death's Excellent Vacation. There are stories from Jeff Abbott, A. Lee Martinez, Sharan Newman, along with a new Sookie Stackhouse story. All the stories involve paranormal creatures.
Did you find something you want to read in this collection? Or, do you already have plans for your August reading? What's in your reading plans for August?