Saturday, December 01, 2012

January Hot Titles

Let's see what books are due out in January from some of the authors who regularly make the bestseller lists.

Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring, has her first novel set in the U.S. The Last Runaway introduces Honor Bright, an English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850. Although she feels alone, she is eventually drawn into the Underground Railroad movement and befriends two women who embody the spirit of defiance.

In Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini relates the story of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Tood Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation outfitting the elite of Washington, D.C.

Robert Crais brings us two fascinating characters in Suspect. LAPD cop Scott James is unfit for duty after an assault left his partner dead, nearly killed him, and left him enraged and ready to explode. Then, he met his new partner, who is also suffering from PTSD. She's Maggie, a German shepherd who survived three tours of Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before her handler was killed by an IED. Together, the two team up to find the people who killed Scott's partner.

Janet Evanovich teams up with Dorien Kelly for The Husband List, based on the family in Love in a Nutsehell. Caroline Maxwell is determined to marry for love, or not at all. While her mother searches for a suitable husband, Caroline has her eyes on her brother's best friend, and Irish-American adventurer with new money and no title, totally unsuitable in her mother's view.

Kinsey and Me is an interesting looking collection by Sue Grafton. Grafton celebrates thirty years of Kinsey Millhone with nine stories featuring her character from 1986-93, and then the "Me" part, stories after Grafton's mother died.

Brad Meltzer brings back Beecher White from The Inner Circle in The Fifth Assassin. There have been four successful assassinations of Presidents of the United States. Now, White learns those assassins weren't lone wolves as historians claim. Someone is recreating their assassinations, and the current President is the next target. Beecher White must discover who those assassins worked for, and, he's about to come face-to-face with the fifth assassin.

The Bughouse Affair is the first in a new, lighthearted historical mystery series by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. In 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations.

John Rebus returns as a retired detective, reviewing abandoned files. In Ian Rankin's Standing in Another Man's Grave, he investigates the disappearances of three women from the same road over ten years.

In Watching the Dark, Peter Robinson brings back Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks and his colleague DI Annie Cabbot in a complex case involving corruption, a dead cop, and a missing girl.

James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell bring us The Blood Gospels. When an earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators—Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist—are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack sets the three on the run in a search for a book reputed to have been written in Christ's hand, known only as The Blood Gospel.

Charles Todd's latest Ian Rutledge mystery pits him against two dangerous enemies, including his own superintendent. In Proof of Guilt, he finds himself alone in a no-man's-land rife with mystery and danger. And, someone has decided Rutledge must die.

January brings an interesting selection of books. I hope you find several to enjoy!


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Jane R said...

What a great selection! Tracy Chevalier and Robert Crais (my husband is hooked on his Elvis Cole series) sound great. As does the Muller/Pronzini book and Jennifer Chiaverini's book about Mary Lincoln and her seamstress (I enjoy historical mysteries). I'm just sitting here watching my book list grow! Thanks for helping me add to it!

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Great suggestions, thanks! I've already added a few to my "Want to Read" list on Goodreads.