Destroyer Angel is Nevada Barr's latest Anna Pigeon novel. Park Ranger Anna Pigeon takes a vacation with her girlfriends, a camping trip to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. But, after a solo canoe trip, she returns to find her friends held captive. It's up to her to do everything she can to save them. (Release date is April 1.)
Lady's maid Lucy Campion survived the Great Fire of 1666 that decimated an already plague-ridden London in Susanna Calkins' From the Charred Remains. When two boys find a dead body that should have burned up but didn't, it's the body of a man who died from the knife plunged into his chest. Lucy soon finds herself caught up in the murder investigation. (Release date is April 22.)
I'm a big fan of Vicki Delany's Constable Molly Smith series. In Under Cold Stone, an unlikely couple take a vacation to the Rocky Mountains, old-time hippy Lucky Smith and Chief Constable of Trafalgar, British Columbia Paul Keller. When Paul's estranged son, Matt, becomes a murder suspect, Keller can only watch. Lucky's daughter, Constable Molly Smith goes from offering support to interfering with the investigation. (Release date is April 1.)
According to author Sophie Littlefield, Michelle Gable's debut novel, A Paris Apartment "winds between past and present, between two passionate women and their lives, loves, and fortunes." When April Vogt's boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit apartment, the Sotheby's Continental furniture specialist only hears the word "Paris". Once there, she discovers the letters and journals of the woman in a striking portrait. As she digs into the woman's life, April finds herself taking a deeper look into her own. (Release date is April 22.)
How many novels examine the scars of war on female soldiers? Cara Hoffman's Be Safe I Love You is about Lauren Clay. She returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, and her father is so happy to have her home he ignores the warning signs, her odd behavior and the repeated phone calls from an Army psychologist. Things seem better when Lauren offers to take her younger brother to visit their mother. Instead, she guides him into the glacial woods of Canada on a quest of her own. What happens there will change the family forever. (Release date is April 1.)
A Dark Song of Blood is the third book in Ben Pastor's Martin Bora series. In early 1944, Rome endures the last days of Nazi occupation. While the Nazi world is falling apart, Baron Martin von Bora, an officer of the Wehrmacht torn between his sense of duty and his opposition to SS policies, has the complex and delicate task of solving three murders. With Inspector Sandro Guidi at this side, Bora confronts crime, war and dictatorship. (Release date is April 15.)
So, what do you think of April? Are there any books here that jump out at you? Any April treasures?