I didn't do the July Treasures in My Closet post because I was in New York, and didn't have time ahead of time. But, one of my readers, Cindy, asked if I would still post it. It was a compliment to be asked, especially when Cindy said I post some titles here that she doesn't see elsewhere. Thank you. So, here's Part 1 of the Treasures in My Closet, July's forthcoming books. Once again, I'm splitting it into two days.
We all know I don't have time to read all the books I have, but I can highlight them. But, I'm going to put a slight twist on it, starting now. I'm going to lead off with the one or two books that I'm most looking forward to reading. I always enjoy surprises, so I'll always find something unexpected to appreciate. But, the highlighted title will often be from a favorite author. I have a highly anticipated crime novel in both Part 1 and Part 2.
So, here's my personal pick for today, Linda Castillo's After the Storm. I'm a big fan of the Kate Burkholder series. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder has to identify bones. When evidence shows the death was no accident, Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her back into the Amish community to which she once belonged. (Release date is July 14.)
Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, returns with Armada, "at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming-of-age adventure, and an alien-invasion take like nothing you've ever read before." Zack Lightman wishes the real world was more like the fictional ones he escapes to. But, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality, until the day he sees the flying saucer. But, that UFO seems to be right out of a popular game, and millions of gamers across the world will be needed to actually protect the Earth from alien invaders. But, even as Zack and the other gamers scramble to prepare, he can't help thinking the scenario seems a little familiar. (Release date is July 14.)
I love the sound of Wendy Sand Eckel's cozy debut, Murder at Barclay Meadow. After Rosalie Hart's world is upended by her husband's confession of an affair, she exiles herself to her late aunt's farmhouse on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Everything at Barclay Meadow is in disrepair. And, then Rosalie finds a body floating in her marsh grasses. Despite the declaration that the death is an accident, Rosalie is unconvinced. Together with her friends in her creative writing class, Rosalie decides to find out the truth. (Release date is July 28.)
There's already been a lot of buzz about Lissa Evans' novel, Crooked Heart. This black comedy set in World War II England tells of the unlikely alliance between a small-time con artist and a ten-year-old orphan evacuee who wants in on her plans. (Release date is July 28.)
A Study in Death is Anna Lee Huber's fourth Lady Darby mystery. Lady Kiera Darby is finally engaged, but her sister's plans to make the wedding the event of the season drive her to escape. She accepts a commission to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, a woman whose brusque treatment by her husband reminds Kiera of the torment caused by her own late husband. When she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, everyone is satisfied with calling it a natural death, except Lady Darby. (Release date is July 7.)
The back cover of Kevin P. Keating's novel, The Captive Condition, says it delves "into the deepest recesses of the human capacity for evil". A seemingly idyllic Midwestern college town turns out to be a nexus of horror. When Emily Ryan is found drowned in the family pool, pumped full of barbiturates and alcohol, a series of events with terrible consequences ensues. Guilt, anguish, criminal activities, and retribution for evil deeds. All of these take place in a town that buzzes into decadent life after sundown. (Release date is July 7.)
I know I already mentioned Patrick Lee's Sam Dryden novel Signal somewhere or another. The action-thriller takes ex-Special Forces Op Dryden into a battle against the deadliest enemies he's ever faced. And every innocent life he saves put millions more in danger. (Release date is July 7.)
And, follow me again tomorrow when I lead off the second part of July Treasures in My Closet with a crime novel by one of my favorite authors. In the meantime, what did you see here that's worth following?