Tuesday, May 01, 2012

June Treasures in My Closet

It's time to talk about all of those wonderful-looking June book releases that are already in my closet. I don't have time to read everything, but it's always fun to share the titles.

S.J. Bolton follows up Now You See Me with her new thriller, Dead Scared. When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge Unviersity, DC Lacey Flint goes undercover as a student to investigate the suspicious deaths. The young woman could be drawing out a killer, or she could be drawn into a deadly game where she is the perfect victim.

Never Tell, Alafair Burke's latest book featuring NYPD detective Ellie Hatcher, also deals with suicide. Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire's death appears to be a suicide, but her influential family insists she didn't kill herself. Ellie's investigation leads to Julia's inner circle, an eclectic mix of privileged teens and street kids.

Gillian Flynn's thriller, Gone Girl, takes readers into the world of a failing marriage. When Nick Dunne's wife, Amy, disappears on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, the police, the media and Amy's parents all look at Nick. He supplies numerous lies, deceits and inappropriate behavior, but is he a killer?

It's always fun to check out debut novels. Beneath the Shadows is Sara Foster's debut, a gothic suspense novel. A young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.

Like Gone Girl, Melanie Gideon's Wife 22 takes readers inside a marriage. Alice Buckle is many things, a wife, mother, drama teacher, Facebook chatter. But, she's also Wife 22, part of an anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century," and her correspondence with Researcher 21 changes her life. She'll have to make decisions that affect her family, marriage, and her life.

Bryan Gruley, Anthony and Barry Award-winning authors of The Hanging Tree takes readers back to Starvation Lake in The Skeleton Box. As editor of the local newspaper, Gus Carpenter investigates when a series of break-ins at the homes of the elderly escalates to murder. It's the most difficult story of his life because the victim was found in Gus's mother's house. Long-buried secrets may change everything Gus thinks of Starvation Lake and his own family.

The latest Dotsy Lamb Travel Mystery by Maria Hudgins, Death of a Second Wife, takes Dotsy to Switzerland for her son's wedding. She didn't know, though, that she'd be staying in the same remote chalet as her ex-husband his new wife. And, when that new wife turns up dead, Dotsy is suspect number one.

Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats is Kristen Iversen's account of growing up in a small Clorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear-weapons plant once designated "the most contaminated site in America." It's a story of family secrets and government secrets, and a young woman who insisted on asking questions.

John Katzenbach's What Comes Next might be a little strong for my taste. It's a psychological thriller about the race to save a young woman, kidnapped and held by a sadistic couple who run a website where viewers can watch them torture their victims. A retired professor, diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease, may be her only hope.

Stella Hardesty is back! A Bad Day for Mercy by Sophie Littlefield finds Stella on a mission to help her step-nephew who has been threatened with serious harm if he doesn't take care of his gambling debts. When Stella walks in, and finds Chip and his girlfriend with a dismembered body. Sophie's a little suspicious of their story, but she's compelled to help family, even as matters become more complicated.

Peter Lovesey's Cop to Corpse is the twelfth Peter Diamond Investigation. PC Harry Trasker is the third policeman in the Bath area to be shot dead in less than twelve weeks. The assassinations are the work of a sniper. Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond has to handle this merciless killer, but it might be the most dangerous investigation of his life.

Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are the authors of The Nanny Diaries. Now, in Between You and Me, a young woman accepts a job as assistant for her famous cousin, a powerful celebrity. It isn't long before she learns her cousin is worshipped by millions, and feels unloved.

In The Watch, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya takes readers into the war in Afghanistan, where a young woman approaches a military base, asking to properly bury her brother who was killed in the previous day's firefight. It's a story that brings feelings to a boil, showing the brutality of war.

In a prequel to his Roma Sub Rosa series of mysteries set in the Ancient World, Steven Saylor takes readers back to the younger days of his sleuth, Gordianus the Finder, in Seven Wonders. The eighteen-year-old Gordianus embarks on a journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World, and encounters mysteries along the way.

John Scalzi's Redshirts introduces Ensign Andrew Dahl, thrilled to have a prestige posting on the Intrepid, the flagship of the Universal Union. He has the chance to serve on Away Missions alongside the starship's famous officers. When he realizes that the senior officers always survive lethal encounters with alien forces, and at least one low-ranked crew member is killed, he realizes the Intrepid isn't quite what he thought. And, he and his colleagues have one chance to save their lives.

The Age of Miracles is Karen Thompson Walker's debut novel. One Saturday morning, Julie and her family wake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The story shows the effects of catastrophes big and small on the lives of ordinary people.

June offers an interesting mix of books, doesn't it? Wait until you see the Hot Titles list tomorrow!


Marce said...

Ohhhh love your list of goodies, I am so excited to read Gone Girl, went to download it a couple of weeks ago, was upset it was released yet.

Beneath the Shadows looks amazing, adding to Wishlist.

caite said...

Trying to get a copy of the Bolton from NetGalley as we speak..oh, I hope I do!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Marce. No, I'm afraid these are June releases, so Gone Girl isn't available yet.

Lesa said...

Good luck, Caite! I hope you get it.