Are you ready for the second list of enticing books, releases for July? Let's dive right in.
Jonas Karlsson's novel, The Invoice, explores the nature of happiness through the eyes of a carefree
idealist who is content with very little. He's a passionate film buff, works part-time in a video store, enjoys the company of just a few friends, and usually ends his day with pizza and a movie in his tiny space in Stockholm. And, then he receives an astronomical invoice from a national bureaucratic agency, a bill he has no way of paying. And, he calls the hotline day and night to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country. (Release date is July 12.)
I'll admit I haven't read Bill Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin novels, but I may have to go back and start with the first one, The Devil She Knows. The fourth one in the series is Let the Devil Out. Rookie New Orleans cop Maureen Coughlin has had a brutal year, and it's only going to get worse. She's in the crosshairs of a ruthless white supremacist group who want her out of the way, and the FBI wants her help in stopping the group. She doesn't want to work with the FBI. No one in the NOPD does. But to save her career, and her life, she may have no choice. (Release date is July 5.)
Liz Moore's latest novel is The Unseen World. Ada Sibelius is a young math-whiz who has been home-schooled/lab-schooled by her beloved father, David. But, when he's diagnosed with Alzheimer's and must move into a nursing home, Ada has to live with a family friend, and go to regular school for the first time. When she finds out that the stories David told her all her life may not be true, she embarks on a mission to find the truth, which takes her into adulthood. She becomes a computer programmer working on a virtual reality program called "The Unseen World," which takes her in some surprising directions. (Release date is July 26.)
Michelle Pretorius' The Monster's Daughter is also a debut taking place in the author's native South Africa. It begins in 1901, at the height of the Boer War when a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. When his work ends, two children survive. One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable, reassigned to a sleep town, discovers the body of a young woman. The crime leads her into her country's violent past, including the story of her father, a high-ranking police official under apartheid, and the children left behind in that concentration camp. (Release date is July 19.)
Defense lawyer Andy Carpenter is back in David Rosenfelt's Outfoxed. The Tara Foundation is his dog rescue organization, and he's been involved in a county prison program where inmates help train the rescued dogs. Andy's been helping one prisoner, Brian Atkins, who has been training Boomer, an adorable fox terrier. When Brian uses Boomer to make an ingenious escape, and then the man who testified against Brian is murdered, Andy finds himself with a new client and a new dog. (Release date is July 19.)
Peter Spiegelman introduces Dr. Knox, the story of a doctor with a strong humanitarian impulse, an unhealthy appetite for risk, and a knack for finding himself between a rock and a hard place. Dr. Adam Knox' service in Central African Republic ended with a disastrous attempt to protect patients from a brutal militia. Now he runs a clinic near Los Angeles' Skid Row. When a young boy is abandoned at his clinic, Knox searches for the woman who may be the boy's mother. It's a search that leads him and his friend, Ben Sutter, a former Special Forces operator, into a labyrinth of human traffickers, Russian mobsters, corporate security thugs, and a ruthless family that threatens to destroy Dr. Knox. (Release date is July 12.)
All is Not Forgotten is Wendy Walker's summer psychological thriller. Everything seems picture perfect in the small affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut. At least until a young teen, Jenny Kramer is attacked at a party. In the hours after the attack, she's given a controversial drug to make her forget what happened. As Jenny struggles afterward, her family is torn apart, and the relentless search for a monster changes the entire town. (Release date is July 12.)
The last July release is one of the most anticipated books of the month, Ruth Ware's The Woman in Cabin 10. The blurbs refer to Agatha Christie, probably because journalist Lo Blacklock is on a luxury trip. She's been given the assignment of covering a week on a luxury cruise with oly a handful of cabins. Everything is pleasant at first, until the weather gets worse, and Lo witnesses a woman being thrown overboard. The problem is, all the passengers are accounted for. (Release date is July 19.)
Take your pick. How large is your TBR (To Be Read) pile now? Which books are you waiting to read?