Maybe the publishers realize I won't have a lot of reading time in December. The pile for December releases is one of the smallest I've ever seen. (On the other hand, February's stack is already enormous!) Here are the few books I already have with December release dates.
Meet Your Baker is the first in Ellie Alexander's Bakeshop mystery series. After graduating from culinary school, Juliet Capshaw returns to her quaint hometown of Ashland, Oregon to help her mom at the family bakery. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is bringing in lots of tourists. But with the death of one of Torte's customers, there's much ado about murder. (Release date is Dec. 30.)
I suspect Jane K. Cleland's new mystery, Blood Rubies, will be a gem. Amateur sleuth/antiques appraiser Josie Prescott teams up with her reporter friend, Wes, to investigate a murder. Ana Yartsin is about to launch a reality TV show showcasing her new bakery. She bakes cakes inspired by her family's Faberge Spring Egg snow globe. When Josie arrives at Ana's to appraise the egg, she finds a dead man and the smashed snow globe. (Release date is Dec. 2.)
In James W. Hall's The Big Finish, Thorn heads to a tiny North Carolina town, intending to take revenge on the person who killed his son, Flynn. Flynn disappeared a year earlier into the eco-underground. When an FBI agent tells Thorn that Flynn is dead, he agrees to act as bait. But, he soon finds that everything he's been told is a lie. Thorn uncovers a conspiracy that stretches far beyond the small Carolina town. (Release date is Dec. 2.)
Thief and international agent Robin Monarch returns in Mark Sullivan's Thief. Monarch steals to order, and this time he has plans to take illicit profits from a shady investor, and turn them over to take care of orphans and street kids. He uses a Christmas party as a cover, but takes way two unexpected things. One is a bullet - he gets shot. The second is a lead on an exploit that will take all his skills, keeping the secret of eternal life from falling into the wrong hands. (Release date is Dec. 16.)
Which books will distract you from the holidays? Or, maybe you're going to ask for them for yourself?