Monday, April 01, 2013

May Treasures in My Closet

The May treasures may be few compared to all the books coming out in April, but there are some special books due out in May. Now's the time to place your orders with your favorite bookstore or place a hold at your local public library.

Casinos seem to be popular right now. Double Whammy by Gretchen Archer features Davis Way who lands a job on the security team at a Biloxi, Mississippi casino. But, she has a streak of bad luck, running into her ex-husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. She's going to need a little help to get out of jail and win a high stakes game to stay out of trouble.

Award-winning author Ann Cleeves introduces her Vera Stanhope mystery series to the U.S. with Silent Voices. Called a "Smart police procedural with emotional heft", it features Inspector Vera Stanhope who finds a body in the sauna room of her local gym. And, the bruises on the victim's throat indicate Vera has a murder on her hands.

Deborah Coonts takes us to a Las Vegas casino in Lucky Bastard. Lucky O'Toole is head of customer relations at The Babylon, which means she's head troubleshooter dealing with all the problems that can happen in a resort casino. First, a woman's body is found on display at the resort's big car show. That's bad enough, but Lucky also has to juggle the men in her life. Just more days and nights in Lucky O"Toole's fascinating adventures.

Dead, White, and Blue is the latest Death on Demand mystery from Carolyn Hart. Summer brings hordes of tourists to Annie Darling's mystery bookstore, Death on Demand. But, this time the Fourth of July holiday also brings trouble to Broward's Rock when first one islander, and then a second one disappears. It isn't long before Annie and her husband, Max, find themselves following a trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and murder.

Once in a while, I receive a juvenile book in the mail. This time, it's the first in a new series by Ann M. Martin, author of The Baby-Sitters Club series. Better to Wish is the first in the new Family Tree series that will feature four generations, four girls, and one family. The series is designed for ages 8 to 12. In this one, eight-year-old Abby Nichols, a girl in a small coastal town in Maine can't imagine how much her life will change with new siblings, a new house, and new friends. At the age of one hundred, Abby looks back to tell her own story.

Jason Matthews is a retired officer in the CIA. Now, he turns his hand to a spy thriller with Red Sparrow. Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is ordered to become a "Sparrow", a trained seductress in order to operate against a Nathanial Nash, a young CIA officer. Nash handles the Agency's most important Russian mole. Their duel of spycraft, deception, and finally carnal passion turns deadly when an assassin is dispatched.

The Trojan Colt is Mike Resnick's second mystery featuring down-on-his-luck private eye Eli Paxton. Hired to guard high-priced yearlings on a horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, he uncovers a history of threats to grooms, disappearances of staff, and a multimillion-dollar plot.

Following a strong recommendation for Julie Thomas's The Keeper of Secrets, I'm looking forward to
reading this book. The debut novel spans seventy years, recounting the journey of a rare violin from Nazi Germany to Stalinist Russia to contemporary America. It's said to be "A tale of secrets, music, love, courage, survival, and family".

Daniel Wallace brings us The Kings and Queens of Roam, the story of two sisters who live in a town called Roam. When their parents die, Rachel, the younger, beautiful, naive one, must rely on her older sister, Helen, for everything. But, Helen is bitter and conniving, and convinces her sister that the world is a dark and dangerous place. Then Rachel makes a choice that turns their world upside down.

Is there a book or two here that jumps out at you?


Bonnie said...

The Keeper of Secrets sounds intriguing and I love the cover art!

Karen C said...

Silent Voices, Red Sparrow, and The Keeper of Secrets sound pretty good to me.

Lesa said...

Good! I'm glad there are some books that speak to both of you! Happy reading!

Sue Farrell said...

The Vera Stanhope series tickles my interest.

Dru said...

I definitely want to read Lucky Bastard and Dead, White and Blue.

Lesa said...

I agree, Sue and Dru. Those all look good.