Saturday, April 02, 2011

May's Hot Titles

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.

Jim didn't read many women writers. He was a little prejudiced until I pushed him to read  some thriller writers such as Tami Hoag and Lisa Gardner. But, for some reason, he always found time for Jackie Collins' Lucky Santangelo novels. Goddess of Vengeance finds Lucky trying to save her family, love, and life when a billionaire businessman plans to take everything from her.

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.

Spider Web is Earlene Fowler's latest Benni Harper mystery. When a local festival is ruined by the shooting of a cop by someone with a grudge against the police, Benni fears for her police chief husband, and others who might get caught in the crossfire. Earlene Fowler will be joining Carolyn Hart for an Authors @ The Teague appearance on Monday, May 9 at 10:30 AM.

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.

I'm going into mourning once I finish Sixkill, Robert B. Parker's last Spenser novel. I read  all forty Spenser books, including his YA one. Spenser forms an alliance with an actor's Native American bodyguard in order to investigate when the actor is accused of rape and murder. I'm going to miss Spenser.

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.

Pumped for Murder is the latest in Elaine Viets' Dead-End Job mystery series. Helen Hawthorne is in for the workout of her life when she takes a job at a gym to check out a client's husband. Soon, her workout schedule must accommodate a murder investigation.

Did you find something you want to read in the May selections? What did I miss?

Don't forget to order your copies at the public library or your favorite bookstore.


Kay said...

Some good ones here. I'm excited about Earlene Fowler's book and her visit!! Yea! Also, I continue to read Patterson's Women's Murder Club books and I'm always happy to see a new Karin Slaughter mystery. Love those.

By the way, happy belated birthday!! You were an April Fooler huh? LOL

Lesa said...

I certainly was an April Fooler, Kay. But, didn't fool my dad, who knew I'd be a girl born on April Fool's Day. Not an easy birthday as a kid, but a terrific one as an adult. People remember it!

There are some good books on the list. I'm looking forward to Earlene Fowler's visit as well.

Patti O said...

I'm not quite ready for May yet, but I have a copy of Sisters Brothers & I'm looking forward to reading that. I also didn't remember there was one more Spenser, so I'm thrilled with that!!!

Gran said...

I've got the last Spenser novel on order from Amazon. I've read all of the Spenser novels, and I'm sad it is the last.

kathy d. said...

Happy Birthday, Lesa! Hope you had a good one--and that the cat family treated you well.

There are some good book suggestions here. I will look for Elaine Viets' book. And thanks for mentioning Parker's last book.

I read several of Parker's Spenser novels years ago, but had slacked off, but since you reminded me, I will look for this one.

Again, congratulations on another birthday milestone, and hope it was fun.

Lesa said...

So, we're all waiting for the last Spenser. Wish we didn't have to - wish Parker was still alive & writing. I don't want to see someone else write them, though.

Thanks, Kathy. Well, the cats didn't really care about my birthday. But, people did, and that's what counts. (grin) The cats and I had a good afternoon and evening, though. I put them through a 7 hour marathon of Celtic Thunder. Actually, they like the music.

Gran said...

oops, Happy belated birthday, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Gran. That's OK. My college roommate taught me years ago to celebrate for a while. She and I share the same birthday, and one year we celebrated for a month. I'm still celebrating today. Going to see Fiddler on the Roof.

Gran said...

Excellent, Lesa! Fiddler is one of my favorites.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Gran. I'm looking forward to it!

Janet Rudolph said...

Lots to look forward to... read the Elaine Viets. Loved it..

Lesa said...

It's always a great month when there's a lot to look forward to, Janet! Glad to hear you loved Elaine Viets' new one.