I don’t know about you, but I have an ongoing list in my head of books that I want to buy as soon as they are released. Sometimes buying isn’t an option, so I hop on my local library’s website and add my name to the queue (which is always quite long by the time I get there.)
Every so often, I will post a list of books that I think you might like. Some of the books listed below have just been published, others will be available in the next few months. You might want to start your own list. And feel free to leave information about other upcoming books in the comments.
1. Cop Town: A Novel by Karin Slaughter. Slaughter has been called one of the best crime novelists in America and I agree wholeheartedly. I’ve read everything she has written. This new novel takes place in Atlanta in 1974, with a female cop as the protagonist and a search for a cop killer as the starting point of the story. It’s on my Kindle already.
2. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. Galbraith is the nom de plume of J. K. Rowling. (I’m currently reading this one.) This is the second in a series revolving around private investigator and former soldier, Cormoran Strike. Galbraith/Rowling writes beautifully. I’m a big, big fan. The first in the series was The Cuckoo’s Calling. I’ll write more about this series in a future post.
3. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich. If you’re a fan of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ll want to add this to your collection. I’m a fan, though I have some catching up to do. I’ve not read the last 3 mysteries in the series. A mystery with a large dash of humor is a very good thing.
4. The Signature of All Things: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert. A ‘sweeping novel’ that covers most of the 18th and 19th centuries, with a story that follows the Whittaker family. Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, has lots of fans and this is sure to be very popular.
1. The Heist by Daniel Silva. I discovered Silva’s Gabriel Allon series a couple of years ago and promptly read all of the books in the series – in order. Gabriel Allon is an art restorer and, when necessary, spy. You can’t put these books down, trust me. July 15, 2014.
2. The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills. Mills is one of the few reporters who had access to Lee and her sister, eventually (with their permission) moving in next door to their home in Monroeville, Alabama. She lived there for eighteen months, spending countless hours with the sisters. They became fast friends. I Cannot Wait for this book! July 15, 2014.
3. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny. If you read my other blog, Mockingbird Hill Cottage, you know how I feel about Louise Penny; she is simply one of the best mystery writers I have ever encountered. Her Chief Inspector Gamache series of mysteries takes place in and around the village of Three Pines in Quebec. Each and every book in the series has enriched my life. I’m not kidding. A must read. I’m counting the days. August 26, 2014.
4. Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child. Oh boy! Jack Reacher is back! Child’s series of Jack Reacher novels is another one that I tackled in order while recovering from surgery a few years ago. I am addicted. Jack Reacher is a former military cop, a loner, a hitchhiker and a righter of wrongs. Child is an excellent storyteller. And when I talk about Reacher, I’m talking about Child’s creation: a big, muscular blonde guy, well over six feet tall – not Tom Cruise. September 2, 2014.
5. Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel by Jan Karon. For all of us who have read and adored the Mitford series, take heart: a new adventure has been written by Karon. More of Father Tim, Cynthia, Dooley and a cast of wonderfully eccentric characters. September 2, 2014.
6. The Burning Man (The Harry Bosch Series) by Michael Connelly. To my mind, Connelly is one of the best writers of thrillers/police procedural/detective books out there. I have read everything he has written, whether the Harry Bosch series, the Mickey Haller series or the Jack McEvoy series. He writes beautifully. He crafts a complex plot line. He knows Los Angeles like the back of his hand. A new book by Connelly is like a wonderful gift. November 3, 2014.
Anything new or upcoming that you would like to share in the comments would be welcome!