Thank heavens May doesn't have quite as many hot titles as April did. I have the feeling I'm never going to catch up. But, here are some of the titles that might be hot in May. Preorder them now from your favorite bookstore, or place them on hold at your local library.
In Lawrence Block's A Drop of the Hard Stuff, newly sober Matthew Scudder puts his recovery and his life on the line to investigate when a childhood friend is gunned down.
Hiss of Death is the latest Mrs. Murphy mystery by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown. Mary Minot "Harry" Haristeen becomes ill, so it's up to cats Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, along with the Corgi, Tucker, to find the villain behind a murder close to home.
Patrick Dewitt's The Sisters Brothers has had some pre-pub buzz. Hired guns Eli and Charlie Sisters have a difficult time killing their latest mark. Along the way, Eli begins to question why he kills and whom he kills for.
Fans of Sookie Stackhouse will be pleased to see Charlaine Harris' Dead Reckoning. When the bar Sookie works at is firebombed, much of the town suspects local anti-shifters. Sookie suspects otherwise, but she's too preoccupied with her love interest, Eric Nortman, to pay attention to the twisted activities happening.
Jo Nesbo brings Oslo police detective Harry Hole back in The Snowman. A young boy names Jonas can't find his mother, but there's a snowman with Jonas' mom's scarf around its neck in the front yard, a snowman that wasn't there before. When someone sends an odd letter to Harry, it appears that the culprit wants to play a game.
James Patterson and Maxine Paetro join forces for Tenth Anniversary, the latest Women's Murder Club book. Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the brutal bating of a teenage girl and the kidnapping of her baby, while Assistant D.A. Yuki Castellano prosecutes the biggest case of her career.
In Thomas Perry's The Informant, a professional killer who betrayed the Mafia is threatened when a Mafia hit team catches up with him, so he turns to Elizabeth Waring, an official with the Organized Crime Division of the Justice Department, offering her a deal.
Lucas Davenport is back in John Sandford's Buried Prey. When the bodies of two girls are found beneath an old house, Davenport remembers the kidnapping, and the death of the kidnapper. Now, with the case reopened, he's once more involved in the investigation.
Karin Slaughter's Fallen takes Special Agent Faith Mitchell into a case she doesn't want to visit. The agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation finds her four-month-old daughter in a tool shed, her mother gone, and a bloody handprint on the door to her mother's home. Faith might not know her mother as well as she thought.