What a glorious month! There are piles of June releases in my place. And, for me, the month will be one week short for reading because I'll be on vacation with my family. That doesn't mean I'll ignore all these wonderful books. In fact, there are so many June titles that it's going to take me two days to write about them.
Start with Ellie Alexander's new mystery, A Batter of Life and Death. Jules Capshaw is promoting her family's bakeshop by competing in the Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. But, with a top prize of $25,000, some people would kill for that kind of dough. (Release date is June 30.)
I love to discover new mystery series. Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec also introduces a new police inspector, Commissaire Georges Dupin, a cantankerous, Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from Paris to the remote Breton coast. Then, in a sleepy village by the sea where everyone knows one another and nothing much happens, a legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier is murdered. (Release date is June 30.)
In the Unlikely Event is Judy Blume's first adult novel since 1998's Summer Sisters. Inspired by the three fatal plane crashes in Elizabeth, N.J. in the winter of 1951-52, Blume tells the story of three generations of families, friends and strangers changed by unexpected events. (Release date is June 2.)
Rebecca Dinerstein's debut novel, The Sunlit Night, takes two people trying to get past their own grief, to an area of small islands north of the Arctic Circle. It's there that they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant New York homes. (Release date is June 2.)
In Julia Dahl's second novel featuring journalist Rebekah Roberts, Run You Down, the investigation of the murder of a young Hasidic mother might bring Rebekah face-to-face with her own mother, the woman who abandoned her as a baby. (Release date is June 30. No cover art was available when I wrote this.)
In No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue, London detective Jane Bennett doesn't have time to dwell on grievances against her boss because a friend's husband, a retired policeman, has disappeared. But, Jane finds blood splatters and knows there's no time to waste. And, then the body of a young girl is found under a London greenway, and police resources are stretched even thinner. But, it appears the two cases might be related. (Release date is June 9.)
Jonathan Galassi, the author of Muse, is also a publisher, poet, and translator. His debut novel is a love letter to those who love books, the story of a decades-long rivalry between two publishing lions over the work of an iconic female poet. (Release date is June 2.)
The publisher calls Victor Gischler's novel Stay, "an action-packed, often hilarious, and hugely entertaining suburban thriller". It's the story of an awesome stay-at-home dad who handles everything there while his wife commutes to New York City where she works as Deputy District Attorney. But, when her prosecution of a crime lord threatens David Sparrow's family, he reveals his own secret past, and a deadly skill he'll need to protect his family. (Release date is June 2.)
Overwhelmed? I am, and it's only the first half of the treasures. Is there anything there that hits home for you?