Friday, March 02, 2012

April's Hot Titles

Oh, April looks absolutely wonderful. If your TBR (To Be Read) pile isn't too large already, it might be after this selection of forthcoming books.

I really liked the first book in Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles, so I'm looking forward to Sins of the Fathers. One day before Britain declared war on Germany, Harry Clifton joined the Merchant Navy in an effort to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets. When his ship is sunk, he assumes the identity of a dead American. But, that identity might cause him additional problems.

David Baldacci brings us a hitman in Innocent. Will Robie, a freelance hitman, is called upon when America's enemies can't always be stopped. But, he makes a big mistake when he steps in to rescue a wayward teen girl who doesn't know where her parents are. That mistake could cost them their lives.

I haven't read a Barbara Taylor Bradford book for a while, but I love the cover of Letter From a Stranger. Justine was devastated when her beloved grandmother died a decade ago. Now, after mistakenly opening a letter addressed to her mother, she is shocked and angered to learn not only was her grandmother still alive, but her mother had deliberately estranged the family from her all these years. Justine's journey to find her grandmother eventually revealed a number of other secrets.

Big Cat Nap is the twentieth anniversary Mrs. Murphy mystery from Rita Mae Brown. Mary Minor "Harry" Harristeen doesn't accept the theory that a series of car accidents were due to driver error. She knows something is going on, and with the help of her team of animal helpers, she investigates.

In Carol Higgins Clark's Gypped, PI Regan Reilly helps a friend who suspects she's being gypped by her business manager. What she uncovers is a scam extending the length of the California coast.

Mary Higgins Clark's latest book, undoubtedly a hot title, is Lost Years. A professor of history leaves his daughter a letter he claimed was in Christ's own handwriting.

Big Sandra Dallas fan here, although some of her books move me more than others. True Sisters is the story of four women brought together on a disastrous journey. To encourage Mormon converts to immigrate to Salt Lake City, Brigham Young outfitted them with two-wheeled handcarts they were expected to push the 1,300 miles from Iowa City. Several groups completed the trek successfully, but the Martin Company's trip was a disastrous one.

Richard Paul Evans continues his Walk series with Road to Grace, the story of a man planning to walk to Key West after his wife's sudden death. His journey from South Dakota to Memphis, Tennessee is a story of hope and healing.

Calico Joe is John Grisham's latest, a book about baseball. It's the story of the differing life paths of a golden-boy rookie hitter for the Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher.

Death Comes Silently is the latest Death on Demand mystery by Carolyn Hart. Annie Darling isn't able to host a local mystery writer herself due to a scheduling conflict, so Gretchen, a volunteer, steps in. When Annie stops by later, she finds Gretchen dead. Now, she's looking for a killer who could strike again.

Stephen King returns to the Dark Tower series for Wind Through the Keyhole. Gunslinger Roland Deschain is in his early days in this novel in which he investigates evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, and finds a boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's latest slaughter.

P.I. Dana Cutler and lawyer Brad Miller reunite in Phillip Margolin's Capitol Murder. They're trying to prevent a terrorist group from blowing up a football stadium, while also attempting to catch an escaped serial killer.

The latest book in Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is Limpopo Academy of Private Detection. There's a mysterious disciplinary problem at Precious Ramotswe's adopted daughter's school, and they need Precious' help to resolve it. She's also excited to learn the author of "The Principles of Private Investigation" has arrived in Botswana.

Nora Roberts brings us The Witness, the story of a woman lured to a house one night, a night that ended in bloodshed. Twelve years later in a small Ozark town, the police chief is intrigued by a secretive woman.

Come Home is by Lisa Scottoline. Jill has a dilemma. After a devastating divorce, she has a good job, is engaged, and her daughter is happy. Then Jill's ex-stepdaughter shows up, claiming she believes her father was murdered. Jill could endanger her future to resolve the death of a man from her past.

It's an epic novel from Adriana Trigiani, one that spans two continents, two World Wars, and two oceans.  Shoemaker's Wife is the story of childhood friends who dreamed of life in America. But, after arriving at Ellis Island, Ciro and Enza were separated, and they didn't see each other again until 1912, on the streets of Little Italy. Convinced that fate brought them together, their romance endured.

Anne Tyler's Beginner's Goodbye is the story of a man, crippled in an arm and leg, whose sister was overprotective during his childhood. He marries an outspoken, independent woman and lives a happy life until she's killed in a freak accident. However, Aaron is comforted by her unexpected appearances following her death.

In Stuart Woods' Unnatural Acts, Stone Barrington and Holly Barker hunt for the missing son of a hedge-fund billionaire, only to find their simple missing-persons case leading to one of the most wanted men in the world, a dangerous international criminal from their past.

See, I do read something other than mysteries! I'm planning to read the books by Archer, Bradford, Dallas, Grisham and Trigiani. Which hot titles appeal to you this month? And, which April titles did I miss?


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

April is looking like a great month to be a reader! Thanks for the preview, Lesa. :)

CindyD said...

I think one of your favorite authors has a new book out in April - THE GARDEN OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Barbara O'Neal.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the list of titles, Lesa! I have the Alexander McCall Smith book on hold at my library. I'm #1 on the list, so that'll be at the top of my TBR pile. I see several books here that I'd love to read.

Sandie Herron said...

Good Friday to you Lesa. Lots of good sounding books hidden out there for this and next months. The first I will go for is Alexander McCall Smith's newest Mme Ramotswe title The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection, the 13th in the series to be published April 3rd.

Also to be published on the same date is The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers.

I do love the series so much, it would be fun to see how Precious is as a younger woman/girl and where her values came from.

Being the cat fan that I am, I'm looking forward to Rita Mae Brown's 20th anniversary Mrs. Murphy book The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery.

And speaking of cat books, I'm purring to read Clea Simon's new Pru Marlowe, (the woman who can talk with her own cat Wallis) Cats Can't Shoot from Poisoned Pen Press.

Still on books published April 3, I'm looking forwward to Leann Sweeney's The Cat, the Wife and the Weapon, the 4th in the Cats in Trouble mystery series.

A favorite of mine because of the subjects of mystery and scrapbooking, Joanna Campbell Slan has her 5th in her Kiki Lowenstein series Ready, Scrap, Shoot due out on April 8th.

Plus Amanda Stevens must be happy to know that Stephen King releases his next book on April 24th, the same day the third in her Graveyard Queen series is released -- The Prophet. Following so closely on #2's heels, The Kingdom.

And to mention a title I haven't noted here yet is Little Shop of Homicide, a new series by Denise Swanson, to be published March 6. At the center of her series is an old "five and dime" store - Devereaux's Dime Store - she inherits where she runs into trouble right off the bat.

Lots of good reading I better get to right away!

caite said...

If my TBR pile is not took large, that is a good one..

Lesa said...

My pleasure, Elizabeth. I think it looks like a good month as well.

Lesa said...

Now, that's a heads-up I appreciate, Cindy. Thank you!

Lesa said...

Glad you're #1 on the list, Nancy. And, I hope you enjoy the other books as well.

Lesa said...

Happy Friday, Sandie! I love your comments. I'm not a McCall Smith fan myself, so it's great to read comments by one of his readers. And, I appreciate all the other book notes as well. Thank you!

Lesa said...

Oh, I know, Caite. It's a problem, isn't it?

Karen C said...

There are certainly a lot of good books I'd like to read, but the the TBR is horrendous already!

Lesa said...

Oh, I recognize the feelings of a horrendous TBR pile, Karen.

Clea Simon said...

I got to read an advance of the Sandra Dallas and let me tell you, it's a stunner. Not only is the story of their saga across the Plains thrilling (and horrible), Dallas does a great job at delineating all her characters - at times, I related to all of them. VERY satisfying ending too (right on the last page)!

Lesa said...

That's great to hear, Clea. Thanks for the note about the Sandra Dallas book. I have a copy coming from the publisher, and I'm definitely looking forward to it.