Let's discuss the books that might be hot in July. If I missed something in this post or my Treasures in My Closet post, let me know. Tell me what books you're excited about reading in July.
Here's one you might not have heard about, but it's been discussed by librarians and publishers. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is a novel by Melanie Benjamin. Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump, better known as Mrs. Tom Thumb, tells her own story of public triumphs and personal tragedies.
Jim Butcher's Ghost Story is the book I'm anticipating. Without revealing much for those who didn't read the last book, this thirteenth book in the series finds Harry Dresden without magic to help him, hunted by several dark spirits, while still trying to help his friends. (This book was originally scheduled for earlier publication, then postponed, so it might sound familiar to you.)
Tom Clancy and Peter Telep team up for Against All Enemies in which a CIA agent and his team must infiltrate Mexican drug cartels to uncover a terrorist plot against the U.S.
Escape is Barbara Delinsky's latest novel, the story of a woman who was not happy with anything in her life, so she left work, packed her bags, and took off for a New Hampshire town, hoping to change her life.
Can Felix Francis successfully take over his father's writing? He tries in Dick Francis's Gamble. Foxy Foxton, a former jockey witnesses a friend's murder at the Grand National races, and begins to question whether it was a case of mistaken identity or something more sinister.
Here's another book with a great deal of prepub buzz. Under the pseudonym Paul Harper, David Lindsey gives us Pacific Heights. Two women, wives of powerful men, are having affairs with the same man, some who is able to play out their untold fantasies without them telling him. When that gets a little creepy, they discover they go to the same therapist. That brings Detective Marten Fane into the case.
John Hart's latest novel is Iron House, the story of two orphaned brothers separated at a young age. Twenty years later, when one is a seasoned killer, they reunite to solve the mystery of their shared past.
Greg Hurwitz' latest thriller is You're Next. Mike was abandoned by his father at age four, and raised in foster care. He's happily married with a child and a thriving business until something from his past threatens his family. Since the police are no help, he turns to an old friend for protection.
Iris Johansen fans will want her new book in the Eve Duncan series, Quinn. Joe Quinn fell in love years earlier with Duncan, but her desire to find her missing daughter took priority. Can CIA agent Catherine Ling outsmart Duncan's first love to help Eve and Quinn?
Special Agent Maggie O'Dell is back in Alex Kava's Hotwire. When an evening of drug-fueled fun for a group of teens ends in an explosive light show with some teens apparently electrocuted, and the survivors marked for elimination, O'Dell's investigation lands her in the middle of a conspiracy.
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Dominion by Eric Van Lustbader brings back Jason Bourne. While on a mission to kill a Colombian drug lord, Bourne learns he's been targeted for death by a secret international cabal.
Fantasy readers might want George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons, a story that ushers in a new era for the history of the Seven Kingdoms. It's the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.
I'm a big fan of Anne Rivers Siddons' books. Burnt Mountain, her latest, is about a woman who fell in love at summer camp in Georgia, and then experienced her first heartbreak. Years later, married to a man who becomes distant, Thayer confronts dark secrets about her mother, her first love, and her husband.D
Daniel Silva brings back master art restorer Gabriel Allon in Portrait of a Spy. Allon must deal with a terrorist attack in Covent Garden in Paris, one that he could not prevent.
Chevy Stevens, author of the popular Still Missing, returns with Never Knowing. A woman about to be married is quite happy, by wants to know about her birth parents. A search reveals hurtful and shocking results, and the knowledge that some questions are better left unanswered.
So, what July books are you going to order from your favorite bookstore or place on hold at your local library? July is definitely a hot month for books.