Tuesday, January 03, 2012

February's Hot Titles

The To Be Read (TBR) pile just continues to get bigger, with so many February book releases that look interesting.

Jennifer Chiaverini’s Sonoma Rose is in her Elm Creek Quilts series. This one is set in the Prohibition era, and features Rosa, a woman who packs up with her daughters, leaving her abusive husband. They take on new identities to try to hide.
I’m a big fan of Deborah Coonts’ Lucky series. It’s never a regular night for Lucky, head of Customer Relations at The Babylon on the Strip in Vegas. But, in So Damn Lucky, she tries to track down a magician who disappears while juggling a tough relationship with her boss, a shaky relationship with her live-in boyfriend, and a French chef. And, of course, there’s always Lucky’s mother.

D.D. Warren returns in Lisa Gardner’s Catch Me. The young woman at a crime scene knows she’s going to die in four days. Each year at 8 p.m. on Feb. 21, one of Charlene’s friends has died. Even though she gets Detective D.D. Warren to help, Charlene may be hiding something deadly.

J.A. Jance’s books are always popular here in Arizona, and the latest one, Left for Dead, deals with the drug cartels. One of Ali Reynolds’ classmates from the police academy is gunned down. It’s assumed he was an innocent victim of the drug wars along the Arizona border. Ali teams up with Sister Anseim to confront the evils of the drug cartels.

Alex Delaware and LAPD Lt. Milo Sturgis team up in Jonathan Kellerman’s latest, Victims. When Vita Berlin is murdered, Delaware doesn’t think it’s an act of revenge, despite her enemies. Sturgis disagrees, until a second victim is found killed in the same grisly manner. Now, the two men believe they have a serial killer on their hands.

Are you a fan of Lisa Lutz’ Spellman books? They return in Trail of the Spellmans. Izzy Spellman, who may be the only normal member of her family, is determined to complete a job, tailing a socialite’s husband, even when it threatens the family investigation business, and the family itself

In Michael Palmer’s Oath of Office, Dr. John Merriman walked into his medical practice, and opened fire, killing the people in his office, including himself. Now, another doctor decides to find out what caused the well-respected doctor to go on a murderous rampage.

Like Deborah Crombie, James Patterson and Mark Sullivan wrote about the 2012 Olympic Games. In Private Games, four hundred of the top agents from Private, an investigation firm, have been sent to London to provide security for competitors. When a high-ranking member of the organizing committee is killed just hours before the opening ceremony, Agent Peter Knight knows they’re in for trouble.

Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf sends a young man to Thailand where an accident left his father in a coma. Now, he and his sister were at odds about whether their father’s life support should be terminated.

In J.D. Robb’s Celebrity in Death, there is celebrity partying at the party thrown in honor of a movie based on one of Eve Dallas’ cases. But, when an actress is found floating dead in a pool, it’s time for Eve to step into her own role as a police investigator.

Before the Poison is Peter Robinson’s latest novel. After twenty-five years in Hollywood as a composer, Chris returns to Yorkshire, buying a house that feels as if it’s been waiting for him. Then he learns the house was the scene of a murder more than fifty years earlier.

P.I. Kate Shugak teams up with Alaska State Trooper Liam Campbell in Dana Stabenow’s Restless in the Grave. Following a plane crash that appears to be sabotage, Campbell asks Shugak to go undercover to help him solve the case.

And, I’m wrapping up the hot titles list with a debut novel that sounds interesting. Katie Ward brings us Girl Reading. Over seven centuries, seven girls or women are captured on canvas or film in the act of reading. Meanwhile, in the not-so-distant future, a woman navigates the rapidly developing cyber-reality that has altered the way people experience art and the way they live. It’s a novel that explores our relationship to art, the history of women, and the importance of reading. It has possibilities.

And, February offers all kinds of possibilities for good reading. Enjoy!


Kay said...

Lots of good ones here in some favorite series. I'm making my list and checking it twice - wait, that's over isn't it? LOL

The GIRL READING book is one I hadn't heard about. Must put that one the list.

Lesa said...

You do need to check it out, Kay, particularly with your avatar. I haven't seen it, so can't say if I'm going to like it, but I'm going to give it a try.

It's never too early to start that list, Kay!

Beth Hoffman said...

I have to say that I'm very curious about BEFORE THE POISON as well as GIRL READING. Those are going on my list right away!

Have a great day, Lesa. Hugs to you and the kitties!

Karen C said...

Groaning here!! I'm interested in So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts, Catch Me by Lisa Gardner, and Celebrity in Death by JD Robb. You wouldn't have to twist my arm too much for a couple fo the others, either! ;o

Lesa said...

Thanks, Beth! I'm glad I enticed you with a couple books. Thank you for the hugs!

Lesa said...

I didn't have to twist your arm at all, did I, Karen? It's a good list for February.

Bev said...

Wow, what a great list of releases. I can't wait to read So Damn Lucky, Victims, and Trail of the Spellmans. I'm also looking forward to Betty Webb's new Lena Jones mystery. Love that series. This list sure doesn't help whittle down my TBR pile though. My New Year's resolution was to get it down to a manageable size.

Lesa said...

Oh, I'm with you, Bev. I'm looking forward to Betty Webb's new book, too.

I can't say I'm sorry about your New Year's resolution, though. My TBR pile will never be manageable, and I like it that way.