Friday, June 01, 2012

July Treasures in My Closet

By the end of June, my closet shelf will probably be full of July book releases. At the moment,, though, there are only fourteen books on that shelf. But, we're all in for a treat. It's a stellar collection.

Esri Allbritten's first Chihuahua mystery, Chihuahua of the Baskervilles, was one of my favorite books of 2012. Now she brings back the staff of Tripping Magazine in The Portrait of Doreene Gray The team of paranormal experts are interested in a puzzle involving twin sisters in their fifties. In their twenties, Maureene Pinter painted a portrait of her sister, Doreene. Thirty years later, Doreene still appears to be twenty-five, but her painting has aged.

Meg Langslow returns in Donna Andrews' Some Like It Hawk..Meg is plying her blacksmith's trade at a festival inspired by Caerphilly's notoriety as a town that mortgaged its public buildings, only to have them foreclosed on. But, the town clerk has refused to leave, and then someone frames him for murder.

Home is a Roof Over a Pig looks fascinating. It's Aminta Arrington's account of the two years her family spent in China. She moved from Georgia to a small town in China with her Army husband and three young children, including an adopted Chinese daughter. It's the story of a family facing endless cultural differences.

Debut author Terri L. Austin brings us Diners, Dives & Dead Ends. Rose Strickland is a struggling waitress and part-time college student. When her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose finds herself "hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to Axton before his time runs out."

Yes! Charles "Shake" Bouchon is back in Lou Berney's Whiplash River, the sequel to Gutshot Straight. It's sure to be another fun caper. Shake left his life of crime behind, and opened a restaurant in Belize. But, a gunshot and a fire sets Shake running from a drug lord, two assassins, and a beautiful FBI agent.

Christopher Brookmyre introduces a new series with Where the Bodies Are Buried. It's set in contemporary Glasgow where Detective Superintendent Catherine McLeod investigates the death of a local small-time drug dealer. At the same time, out of work actress Jasmine Sharp is trying to become a private investigator until her mentor disappears. When their cases become intertwined, the women stumble into a web of secrets, corruption and undiscovered bodies.

Journalist Hannah Vogel returns to 1938 Berlin in Rebecca Cantrell's A City of Broken Glass. Hannah is in Poland with her son when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. While trying to get the story on the refugees, she walks directly into danger, and ends up trapped in Nazi Germany just days before Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Even though she knows the dangers, Hannah is desperate to find a missing toddler, and won't escape if it means leaving the little girl behind.

Talulla Rising is Glen Duncan's sequel to The Last Werewolf. When Talulla's premature labor under a full mean leaves her near death, she assumes the worst is over. But, a new nightmare starts as she races to find her lost child while dealing with a new leader, a pack of London werewolves, and even a vampire.

Lexie Starr returns in Jeanne Glidewell's Haunted. When her boyfriend opens a bed and breakfast in Rockdale, Missouri, Lexie and her daughter decide to promote the inn by turning it into a haunted house in late October. When the young man hired to dress as a vampire turns up dead in a makeshift coffin in the parlor Lexie decides to get involved to protect Stone's business.

T.M. Goeglein's debut YA novel is Cold Fury. Sara Jane Rispoli planned to spend her sixteenth birthday at a dance, not being chased and attacked by a masked assassin and dirty cops. When her family disappeared, and Sara Jane discovered they were embedded in the Chicago mob, she fought back, armed with a gun, a briefcase full of cash, and a notebook that holds the key to "Ultimate Power."

Death Makes the Cut is the sequel to Janice Hamrick's successful debut mystery, Death on Tour. When her friend and fellow teacher, Fred Argus, is found dead on campus, Jocelyn Shore must find the killer to clear his name. When she's attacked, she knows someone wants secrets to die with Fred.

Judgment Call by J.A. Jance finds Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady's personal and professional worlds on a collision course. Her daughter, Jenny, stumbles across the body of her murdered high school principal. Joanna isn't prepared to find that her investigation will lead to her own door.

Sergeant George Sueno is a young Mexican American stationed with the U.S. 8th Army in South Korea as a Military Police detective in Martin Limon's The Joy Brigade. In 1972, Kim Il-Sung has vowed to reunited North and South Korea by sending troops across the DMZ to overpower the South Korean government. Sueno's mission is to prevent this by obtaining an ancient map that details the network of secret tunnels that run underneath the DMZ. When the plan falls apart, Sueno has all kinds of questions. One involves the mysterious Joy Brigade, a group of women who reside in the inner sanctum of the North Korean government.

Rounding out the list is Jenn McKinlay's Red Velvet Revenge. Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery owners, Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are desperate for business during Arizona's summertime. They jump at the chance to sell cupcakes at a local rodeo. But, the star bull-rider isn't excited about cupcakes. The women try to avoid him, but his death puts them in the path of a killer.

I've already put some of these books on my July calendar. I hope you also find a few titles that appear to be July treasures.


Kaye Barley said...

Another stellar crop, Lesa!!!

Judith Starkston said...

I'm with you. I'm also am thrilled with Rebecca Cantrell's latest, A City of Broken Glass. Hannah Vogel is up to her usual courageous, heart-stopping actions. As you say, a toddler she can't leave behind. Her son Anton is involved in this latest book so that also raises the stakes. Cantrell builds the world of that moment in history so vividly. It's always a joy to read her.

Lesa said...

Isn't it a great list, Kaye? I'm looking forward to it!

Lesa said...

So, you already read Rebecca's book, Judith? I'm looking forward to it.

RaShelle Workman said...

I absolutely love the cover for The Portrait of Doreene Gray. Makes me want to run out and purchase. Yep, I believe I will.

Lesa said...

Isn't that a great cover, RaShelle. A coworker used that jacket in a slide presentation about books featuring dogs, and you should have heard the laughter in the room. Everyone loves that cover.

Jane R said...

WOW! So many new books and they all look great. There are also some authors that I'm not familiar with either. My summer reading list is growing by leaps and bounds. I'm certainly not going to be lacking reading material for the next several months. Thanks so much for the info!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Jane. It's going to be a terrific summer!