So, here are my picks as to the fiction readers will be anticipating in January. This list of possible hot titles is a little longer than the treasures in my closet post.
Nevada Barr kicks off the list with her new Anna Pigeon novel, The Rope. Barr takes readers back into Anna Pigeon’s past for the story of her first case. It’s 1995. At thirty-five, a brokenhearted Anna takes a seasonal job at Glen Canyon National Recreational Area. When she falls into a trap someone set for her, she has to survive and find out who set that trap.
The Cat Sitter’s Pajamas is the first Dixie Hemingway mystery to come out since author Blaize Clement died. Dixie is caring for a football player’s cats when a celebrity fashion model claiming to be his wife shows up. Dixie knows she’s lying, and soon finds herself caught up in the world of counterfeit high fashion. (And, no matter what the covers look like, these books are not cozy mysteries.)
Elvis Cole and Joe Pike return in Robert Crais’ Taken. Cole finds that the son of a wealthy industrialist has been kidnapped, but, when he goes undercover to find them, he’s taken prisoner.
Only Tim Dorsey can try to turn Serge Storms into a spy by allowing him to take surveillance photos of foreign consulates in Miami. Homeland Security isn’t amused when Serge and his best friend, Coleman, start taking out would-be political assassins in Pineapple Grenade.
Janet Evanovich and Darien Kelly team up for Love in a Nutshell. Kate Appleton needs to raise money to turn her parents’ summer home into a Bed and Breakfast, so she accepts a job at a brewery where she’ll get a bonus if she find out what employees are sabotaging the company.
Inspector Lynley is called to investigate a drowning that seems like nothing more than an accident. But, the Fairclough clan has many secrets and motives in Elizabeth George’s latest, Believing the Lie.
Need to Know is James Grippando’s new thriller. Abe Cushman, the man behind a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme kills himself. But, a Wall Street advisor finds himself on the run with his girlfriend who has information about the investors that could get both of them killed.
Are you still reading Faye Kellerman’s Decker/Lazarus novels? In Gun Games, LAPD detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina, welcome the teenage son of a troubled former friend into their home. At the same time, Peter is looking into the supposed suicide of a boy who shot himself.
Elmore Leonard introduces Raylan. U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens has to deal with two brothers who need a new job when the coal mine closes in Harlan County, Kentucky. They find a lucrative business in human body parts. There are a couple other people complicating Raylan’s attempt to shut down the human chop shop.
P.I. Wyatt Hunt searches for his own mother’s killer in John T. Lescroart’s The Hunter. He never had an interest in finding his birth family until he received a message, “How did ur mother die?”
Val McDermid brings back a serial killer, Jacko, in The Retribution. Jacko was the serial killer that forever changed clinical psychologist Dr. Tony Hill and police detective Carol Jordan’s lives. Now, after ten years, he wants revenge.
After six years, Carol O’Connell brings back Kathy Mallory in The Chalk Girl. Mallory knew immediately that the little girl found wandering in Central Park was a kindred spirit. She didn’t know the girl would lead her to a story of extraordinary crimes, some going back fifteen years.
V.I. Warshawski has a bizarre case on her hands in Sara Paretsky’s Breakdown. A cemetery initiation turns up the corpse of a man who looks like he’s been killed by a vampire.
When a songwriter is kidnapped by the leader of a powerful Gulf Cartel, she’s ordered to compose a song that he hopes will turn him into a folk hero. While she’s held captive in T. Jefferson Parker’s The Jaguar, her husband, a crooked sheriff’s deputy, must end his feud with a lawman to search for her.
January means the release of another James Patterson novel. He teams up with Maxine Paetro for Private (#1 Suspect). Jack Morgan’s investigation firm is in demand, but suddenly he’s on the wrong side of the law, suspected of having murdered a former lover who was found in his bed.
Gideon’s Corpse is the new book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Gideon Crew joins the search for a stolen nuke when one of his colleagues is gunned down after taking a family hostage. It turns out the man was a member of a terrorist cell, planning to detonate the nuke in Washington, D.C. or New York.
Are you a fan of Zoë Sharp’s Charlie Fox thrillers? Charlie returns in Fifth Victim. The teenage daughter of a rich businesswoman is Charlie’s latest challenge. The girl lives for thrills since a number of her friends have lived through kidnappings. Charlie’s working with her, until she learns that the person who put her partner in a coma is free again.
I’m sure there are a number of other hot titles coming out in January. This is just a sneak peek at a few that are worth watching. Is there anything I missed that you want to read?