Friday, December 02, 2011

January's Hot Titles

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?


Bev Stephans said...

Hi Lesa,

I hope that you are enjoying Ohio. You really can go home again!

There were a few books on your list that I have on my wish list and a few more that I am adding.

My sons usually give me book certificates for Christmas, so I should be in good shape for January book sales.

Lesa said...

I'm having a wonderful time in Ohio, Bev. Thank you. You're right. You can go home again. And, a friend told me I always take my good times with me, anyways. But, one sister comes in tonight, and one comes in tomorrow. Nothing like laughing with mom & sisters.

I'm so glad you have book money for the new year. You'll need it!

Ingrid King said...

I'm looking forward to the new Dixie Hemingway book, although it will be bittersweet, knowing it wasn't written by Blaize Clement.

Liz said...

Belatedly, it has occurred to me that the ability to reserve a new issue is due to the efforts of you and other librarians who winnowed out choice reading materials months in advance. Many thanks.

I hope you won't mind, however, if I stay in December for awhile (having refused to go there in October).

Hope your Ohio trip continues to be wonderful.

Sandie Herron said...

Ingrid, But the new book by Blaize Clement WAS indeed written by her. She finished it before she died. Plus another complete book and a portion of yet another. Her son will take over writing the series. They spent considerable time together going over it so he would have her complete vision of what had happened and what was too come.

Sandie Herron said...

I'm also looking forward to

File M for Murder by Miranda James (Dean James)

Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy

A Taste for Murder by Lucy Burdette, a brand new series about the Key West food critic (actually written by Roberta Isleib)

Bill Fitzhugh's The Exterminators, a sequel to Pest Control

and in very late December (after Christmas) I'm looking forward to Victoria Laurie's Ghoul Interrupted.

Thank heavens the publishers slow down a little in December so we can catch our breath!


Lesa said...

Liz, What a nice note to me and other librarians. Thank you. Yes, you can stay with December. I don't start reading the January books until January either, but I know people usually like to get on the holds lists at libraries, so I like to give you previews.

Having a wonderful time in Ohio. Thank you.

Lesa said...

Sandie, You have some of my favorite authors on your list. Thanks for mentioning them. And, thanks for filling in the information on Blaize Clement. I thought this one was still hers, but I wasn't sure.

Liz said...

Agree with Sandie about Affairs of Steak by Julie Hyzy.

Karen C said...

My glee did not last too long as there are some books in this post that are being added to the TBR list. So much for catching up!

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