I'm really not trying to rush through the summer. It's my favorite season of the year. Give me heat over cold any day. But, it's still time to share July's forthcoming books. These are the July releases I have, the Treasures in My Closet.
I already have Linda Castillo's sixth Kate Burkholder novel on my calendar. The Dead Will Tell takes readers back to Painters Mill, where an Amish father and his four children died in 1979, while his wife disappeared. Only fourteen-year-old Billy Hochstetler survived. Now, in 2014, everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. "But only a few know the terrible secrets of that tragic night thirty-five years ago - and, and one by one, they're turning up dead." (Release date is July 8.)
We move from emus to The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives by Blaize and John Clement. Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is driving alongside a beachside road when she witnesses a terrible head-on collision, and pulls one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes in flames. The next day turns weird for Dixie when the driver claims he's her husband, the owner of a bookstore and his cat disappear without a trace, and a mysterious phone call sends her to a crumbling, abandoned mansion. Strange events even for Dixie. (Release date is July 8.)
Dead in the Water is the second mystery in Lesley A. Diehl's series featuring amateur sleuth Eve Appel. Florida consignment shop owner Eve Appel is enjoying a renewed relationship with her long-lost Uncle Winston when she's shot on an airboat ride through the swamps. Eve didn't realize her uncle was a wise-guy. When her best friend is then kidnapped, she sets out to find a kidnapper and killer, before whoever wrecked her car and left her to the mercy of the alligators finishes the job they started. (Release date is July 15.)
Looking for something other than a mystery? The Fortune Hunter is Daisy Goodwin's latest novel. Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, was considered the most beautiful woman in nineteenth century Europe, but she had nothing in common with the man she married at age 16. She loved riding, a dangerous sport that took her away from the formality of the Vienna court. When she comes to England to indulge her passion for hunting, her relationship with Ray Middleton, the only man in England who can outride her, becomes the talk of Europe. But, Sisi is Empress of Austria, and Bay is a suspected fortune hunter, all but betrothed to an heiress. (Release date is July 29.)
after the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash, John Dominic Blaxton hasn't moved on. Grieving for his lost wife and unborn child, he immerses himself in the Archive, a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh. He investigates deaths to help close cold cases until he discovers glitches in one crime scene, and is convinced someone tried to delete the record of the crime. With nothing left to lose, Dominic tracks his way into the heart of a nightmare. (Release date is July 10.)
Deadly Assets is the second Allison Campbell mystery by Wendy Tyson. "An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell's laest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day." And Allison's business manager, Vaughn, is the last to have seen each. (Release date is July 22.)
Now, here's a book that just screams summer beach read, Wendy Wax' The House on Mermaid Point. Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know each other while restoring a beachfront mansion. Now, they're putting their experience to professional use, working on the home of a rock-and-roll legend. "William the Wild" Hightower isn't happy about letting go of his privacy so three women can turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show. No matter what, though, these women are in it together. "The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped in a houseboat with one bathroom." (Release date is July 1.)
A Jacqueline Winspear novel might be last in the list, but it certainly would never be the least of the treasures in my closet. The Care and Management of Lies is a standalone novel about World War I. "By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained." Thea is passionate about women's suffrage, and not happy to see Kezia about to marry Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. In fact, Thea gives Kezia a book on household management, hinting she's about to lead a prosaic life. But, no one in Britain leads a prosaic life once war is declared. Tom enlists; Thea ends up on the battlefield, and the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. "Each woman must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil." A July 1 release date ensures readers will be talking about this novel, and Winspear's other outstanding novels, in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the Great War.
Several of these books are already on my "must read" list for July. Which ones are now on your wish list?