I had a terrific collection of July books in the treasures in my closet. Now, it's time to share some hot titles that are due out in July. Naturally, most of them are crime novels, with a few others mentioned.
I'll admit I seldom read literary novels, but I know Chris Bohjalian is a favorite of some of my coworkers. His novel, Sandcastle Girls, tells of a young woman who goes to Syria in 1915. She's a volunteer delivering food and medical supplies to refugees of the Armenian genocide. That's where she falls in love with a widower. In present day America, when a novelist examines her Armenian heritage, she discovers a wrenching secret.
Kaitlyn Dunnett's Lisa MacCrimmon Scottish Mysteries are just fun. Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides finds Lisa and her fiance planning to marry in a Scottish-themed wedding at the annual Western Maine Highland Games. A reenactment group also plans to be their own agenda. Lisa's wedding is interrupted when a re-enactor is found dead, and her father is charged with the murder.
Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy and his Murder Squad detectives have their biggest case of the year in Tana French's Broken Harbor. Patrick Spain and his two children are found dead, and his wife is injured so badly she's in intensive care. Many things don't add up in the case that becomes personal for Scorcher when news coverage causes his sister to remember a summer from their childhood.
15 Seconds is Andrew Gross' latest thriller. It only takes fifteen seconds for Dr. Henry Steadman's happy life to be turned upside down. He was on his way to a medical convention when a policeman stopped him for a minor traffic violation. When the cop was shot by a man in a car that sped away, Henry becomes the prime suspect and the target of a manhunt.
In Steve Hamilton's Die a Stranger, five bodies are found outside a plane at an Upper Peninsula airstrip. The evidence suggests that Alex McKnight's Ojibwa friend, Vinnie, might be involved. Vinnie is missing, and Alex is sure he wasn't involved, but while hunting for him, he realizes the stakes are much higher than he thought.
Iris Johansen teams up with her son, Roy Johansen, for Close Your Eyes. Kendra was blind for the first twenty years of her life, so she perfected the art of picking up subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile clues around her. That's why she's now teamed up with an FBI agent to find another missing agent who happens to be her ex.
Special Agent Maggie O'Dell returns in Alex Kava's Fireproof. A the n arsonist is at work in D.C., and until now he only caused property damage. But the latest fire reveals a body. Maggie disagrees with the profilers' description of the arsonist, but she doesn't know he may be closer than she thinks.
In Dean Koontz' latest Odd Thomas novel, Odd Apocalypse, Odd Thomas, Annamaria, Blossom, his real dog, Raphael, and his ghost dog, Boo, hide out from their pursuers. Their shelter is a decaying estate that once belonged to a legendary film director. They find it's a place of terrible secrets.
Detective Michael Bennett's plans don't work out as he hoped in I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. He's been ordered to track down a crime lord who has been terrorizing New York, killing policemen and judges. Bennett takes his ten children and their nanny out of the chaos, but the master criminal is determined to track down the family.
Daniel Silva's Fallen Angel brings back Gabriel Allan, an international operative. He finds himself in Rome, searching for evil in that beautiful, but deadly, city.
Black List is Brad Thor's latest thriller featuring former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned counterterrorism expert Scott Harvath. A deadly list deep inside the U.S. government contains names that no one gets to see except the president. Once your name is added to the list, it doesn't come off until you're dead. Now that Harvath's name has been added, he's being tracked by teams dispatched to kill him.
Between yesterday's Treasures in My Closet post, and today's list, I hope you find a book or two for your July reading. And, let me know what I might have missed!