Friday, July 02, 2010

August Hot Book Titles

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?


kathy d. said...

Omigod: New books by Sara Paretsky, Laura Lippman, Nevada Barr, etc., all in August are almost too many treats at one time--like eating too much chocolate (although is there really too much chocolate?).

And on top of that, David Rosenfeldt, whose mysteries I love, especially the dogs. And Joseph Finder, too, who writes great thrillers.

I don't yet have a plan. It's so much of a good thing, have to make a list and figure it out along with lots of international fiction, too. Still plowing through the Nordic noir.

bermudaonion said...

I've only read one David Rosenfelt book, but I loved it, so I'm really looking forward to Dog Tags.

Kay said...

So many many books...kind of a mantra I've been saying lately. I'm on vacation for half of August so I will probably not be getting to any of these but my top pick would be Cleo Coyle's new Claire Cosi mystery. Love the coffeehouse books.

I'm also interested in Laura Lippman's book and the new Peter Robinson mystery. I'm going to be reviewing Lisa Unger's book for a blog tour. And then a new Faye Kellerman, Sara Paretsky and Kathy Reichs. Bliss!

Lesa said...

Kathy d. - I warned you! I'm never going to catch up. If I wasn't blogging, that's my idea of heaven - so many books I'll never catch up. Now, I find it a little frustrating. But, I could have enough books to last a lifetime, just from 2010 releases.

Lesa said...

Great cover on Dog Tags, isn't it, Kathy?

Lesa said...


Here's how I feel. And, then..and then. So many books, as you said.

Jen Forbus said...

Oh, I'm definitely still a Kathy Reichs fan, so I'm looking forward to that one! The Ken Bruen is a must for me; just love his work! Laura Lippman is a no-brainer. Such talent.

I have a couple of these already: BAD BOY I'm looking forward to reading, IN HARM'S WAY. I'm especially interested in why Pearson veared from his title theme he had going with Walt Fleming. I believe I also have THE CAPITAL GAME, but I haven't read Haig before.

What really caught my attention and I hadn't know about was BROKEN. That looks wonderful. As does DOG TAGS.

How am I going to get through all this greatness? I need to call Jeanie and get her to stop time for me so I can read, read, read! :-)

Jen Forbus said...

Oh yeah, one book I am ahead on is FRAGILE. I interviewed Lisa for CRIMESPREE, so I have that one done at least! LOL

Lesa said...

Jen! I'm always happy when I can find one book you didn't already know about. Huh. Nice to be done with one August book, isn't it? Yes, there's a whole TBR pile of greatest in August.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Too many good books! Where am I going to start?! :) I'm really excited about the August line-up and I'm hoping to be able to squeeze in some more reading time than usual. I'm at the beach now, but I've been under deadlines, so not as much reading time as I'd like.

Brian Lindenmuth said...

Here are a couple that I haven't seen mentioned yet.

Dark Rain (graphic novel) by Mat Johnson

Collusion (UK) by Stuart Neville

City of Refuge by Kenzo Kitakata

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida

Stein Stoned by Hal Ackerman

Internecine by David Schow

Judith said...

Yes. I put on Body Work and Hangman on hold at the local library (probably 175 in the queue). I'm just finishing Stone Kiss, also about Chris Donati, so I'm especially interested in this new book.

I also have Zoe Sharp's Killer Instinct in my pile and the Amish book Pray for Silence (I've been a little hesitant to start that one since the reviews [including yours, Lisa] comment on the violence. On the other hand I'm used to "thrillers" and "suspense" and usually don't agree with reviews.)

Judith Lasker

Lesa said...

Terrific August lineup, isn't it, Elizabeth? Did you happen to catch what I'm currently reading? Thought it was perfect for the 4th of July weekend.

Lesa said...


Thank you for passing on the additional titles. I'm always interested to see what others are anticipating. Thanks!

Lesa said...


Oh, I'll read violence when I read thrillers. It's a little graphic, but I skip over the details at that point. I'm sure you'll do the same if you like the book.

Beth Hoffman said...

I really enjoyed reading this post, Lesa! I have so many books on my TBR list that I fear I'll never be able to catch up. LOL!

Have a great weekend.

kathy d. said...

I have noticed that some of these thrillers have much violence and I just skip those parts or "speedread" through it. Takes me a few seconds to "read" those pages.

Yes, Rosenfeldt's book has a great cover.

Definitely time to make a new "August" TBR list. People just can't bug me in August, that's it. A reading vacation is just as important as a traveling one--we're just in Arizona or Sweden or Italy or New Orleans (Nevada Barr) vicariously; that counts.

Lesa said...

And, as you're asked to blurb other people's books, it will only get worse, Beth. Or, maybe that's better, since we're readers!

Lesa said...

That's right, kathy. Just put an on vacation message on everything, and enjoy your "trips!"

kathy d. said...

Yes, no packing, no getting passports, no airports lines or searches, no travel hassles, no big expenses, just pure bliss.

Lesa said...

Perfect! The perfect vacation.

Toni L.P. Kelner said...

Lesa, just a couple of corrections to your announcement of DEATH'S EXCELLENT VACATION. One, it was co-edited by Charlaine and myself. And two, despite the cover copy, not all the stories involve immortals. Sure, we've got vampires, but we've also got werewolves and gargoyles and leprechauns and critters from the slimy deep. Charlaine and I never cease to be amazed at the amount of creativity the contributors bring to our anthologies.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Toni! I corrected it. I appreciate it because some readers might not read the comments, only the blog. So, thank you!