Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Brilliant Reads for Balmy Days

Without any question, this summer’s Big Novel will be Go Set a Watchman (Harper), the now 89-year-old Harper Lee’s unexpected “sequel” to what has, for half a century, been her only published book, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). As anyone who had to read it in high school knows, Mockingbird explores the tensions created by race and class in the American South during the 1930s, but it’s also a courtroom drama, and one of the most popular examples of that breed. The evidence presented thus far doesn’t make clear whether Watchman--which Lee penned as her first novel in the mid-’50s, but set aside in favor of her work on Mockingbird, and which was only rediscovered by her lawyer in 2014--boasts crime-fiction elements. Her publisher’s brief says the book, due for release on July 14, “features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some 20 years later. Returning home to Maycomb [Alabama] to visit her father [Atticus Finch], Jean Louise Finch--Scout--struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.” Even absent the trappings of a legal thriller, though, I expect to spend some quality time digesting Go Set a Watchmen, which can then find a comfortable spot on my bookshelves beside the 50th-anniversary hardcover reprint of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Of course, Lee’s novel won’t be the only one demanding my time and attention between now and the Labor Day holiday.

Every summer finds me wading with delight through stacks of books, never satisfied with reading only what is humanly possible, but always hungering for more. And there are plenty of choices this season for every crime, mystery, and thriller enthusiast. I recently highlighted a handful of the most promising works--by Don Winslow, Lori Rader-Day, Linwood Barclay, and others--in my Kirkus Reviews column. But I could also have mentioned Concrete Angel, by Patricia Abbott (the mother of Dare Me author Megan Abbott) …or Stephen King’s Finders Keepers, the sequel to Mr. Mercedes … or Ken Bruen’s new Jack Taylor outing, Green Hell … or Sarah Hilary’s follow-up to the acclaimed Someone Else’s Skin … or John Burdett’s latest case for Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, The Bangkok Asset. U.S. publisher Stark House Press new Black Gat Books line is debuting with re-releases of novels by Harry Whittington, Charlie Stella, and Leigh Brackett, while Penguin continues its altogether daunting endeavor to reissue all 75 of George Simenon’s novels starring French police detective Jules Maigret. Meanwhile, readers in Great Britain can expect to welcome a new Hamburg-set thriller from Craig Russell … another Ben Cooper/Diane Fry mystery from Stephen Booth … Laura Wilson’s latest standalone … Arnaldur Indridason’s 11th Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson novel … and one more of Val McDermid’s psychological thrillers featuring Tony Hill.

If you’re looking for some non-fiction to help refresh your palate between adventures in fictional homicide and mayhem, you need not look far, either. Here are two admirable choices. Tom Nolan, the editor of Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s, has another new book, Meanwhile There Are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald (edited in company with Suzanne Marrs) due out in July from Arcade Publishing. And Oregon magazine editor Zack Dundas has on offer The Great Detective: The Amazing Rise and Immortal Life of Sherlock Holmes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), which promises to reveal “how [Arthur] Conan Doyle’s tales laid the groundwork for an infinitely remixable myth, kept alive over the decades by writers, actors, and readers.”

Below, I’ve compiled the titles of more than 300 crime and mystery works due for publication, on both sides of the Atlantic, over the next three months. Believe it or not, this isn’t an exhaustive list of what will be available, but a selective one, mixing together all sorts of stories and authors I think will be of interest to Rap Sheet followers. If you can’t find something here to satisfy your reading cravings, then, well, you aren’t really trying.

JUNE (U.S.):
After We Fall, by Emma Kavanagh (Sourcebooks)
As Night Falls, by Jenny Milchman (Ballantine)
The Assassins, by Gayle Lynds (St. Martin’s Press)
Blackbird, by Tom Wright (Europe Editions)
Black Valley, by Charlotte Williams (Bourbon Street)
Blood Foam, by Brendan DuBois (Pegasus)
The Bomb Maker’s Son, by Robert Rotstein (Seventh Street)
The Bones of You, by Debbie Howells (Kensington)
The Breaking Point, by Jefferson Bass (Morrow)
Brutality, by Ingrid Thoft (Putnam)
Burnt Siena, by Sarah Wisseman (Five Star)
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics), edited by Martin Edwards (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Cartel, by Don Winslow (Knopf)
The Case of the Dotty Dowager, by Cathy Ace (Severn House)
Cash Landing, by James Grippando (Harper)
Charlie Martz and Other Stories, by Elmore Leonard (Morrow)
Collision, by William S. Cohen (Forge)
Concrete Angel, by Patricia Abbott (Polis)
The Convictions of John Delahunt, by Andrew Hughes (Pegasus)
Crazy Mountain Kiss, by Keith McCafferty (Viking)
The Darkness Rolling, by Win Blevins and Meredith Blevins (Forge)
The Dead Assassin, by Vaughn Entwistle (Minotaur)
Death Benefits, by Michael A. Kahn (Poisoned Pen Press)
Death in Brittany, by Jean-Luc Bannalec (Minotaur)
Death in Salem, by Eleanor Kuhns (Minotaur)
Death of a Century, by Daniel Robinson (Arcade)
The Devil’s Game, by Sean Chercover (Thomas & Mercer)
Devil’s Harbor, by Alex Gilly (Forge)
Don’t Lose Her, by Jonathon King (Open Road)
Dying to Remember, by Glen Apseloff (Thomas & Mercer)
Eddie’s World, by Charlie Stella (Stark House Press/Black Gat)
Elimination, by Ed Gorman (Severn House)
The English Spy, by Daniel Silva (Harper)
The Evidence Room, by Cameron Harvey (Minotaur)
Finders Keepers, by Stephen King (Scribner)
The Fisherman, by Vaughn C. Hardacker (Skyhorse)
The Fixer, by Joseph Finder (Dutton)
The Flemish House, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
Freedom’s Child, by Jax Miller (Crown)
Ghostheart, by R.J. Ellory (Overlook Press)
The Governor’s Wife, by Michael Harvey (Knopf)
Grendel’s Game, by Erik Mauritzson (Permanent Press)
A Haven for the Damned, by Harry Whittington (Stark House Press/Black Gat)
A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay (Morrow)
The Heiress of Linn Hagh, by Karen Charlton (Thomas & Mercer)
Hell’s Gate, by Richard Crompton (Sarah Crichton)
Her Majesty’s Mischief, by Peg Herring (Five Star)
High Country Nocturne, by Jon Talton (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Hog’s Back Mystery (British Library Crime Classics), by Freeman Wills Crofts (Poisoned Pen Press)
Ice Cold, by Andrea Maria Schenkel (Quercus)
Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, by Heda Margolius Kovály (Soho Crime)
Inspector Maigret Omnibus: Volume 1, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
Invasion of Privacy, by Christopher Reich (Doubleday)
The Islanders, by Pascal Garnier (Gallic)
The Jezebel Remedy, by Martin Clark (Knopf)
Justice Is for the Lonely, by Steve Clark (Rorke)
The Kill, by Jane Casey (Minotaur)
Let Me Die in His Footsteps, by Lori Roy (Dutton)
The Lion of Justice, by Leena Lehtolainen (AmazonCrossing)
Marry, Kiss, Kill, by Anne Flett-Giordano (Prospect Park)
The Mask, by Taylor Stevens (Crown)
The Medea Complex, by Rachel Florence Roberts (NAL)
The Missing and the Dead, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins)
Murder, D.C., by Neely Tucker (Viking)
Never Kill a Friend, by Martin Hill (Ransom Note Press)
New Yorked, by Rob Hart (Polis)
The Nightmare Place, by Steve Mosby (Pegasus)
Night of the Horns/Cry Wolfram, by Douglas Sanderson (Stark House Press)
Night Tremors, by Matt Coyle (Oceanview)
No Place to Die, by Clare Donoghue (Minotaur)
Palace of Treason, by Jason Matthews (Scribner)
Paradise Sky, by Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland)
Providence Noir, edited by Ann Hood (Akashic)
The Precipice, by Paul Doiron (Minotaur)
The Reluctant Matador, by Mark Pryor (Seventh Street)
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (British Library Crime Classics), edited by Martin Edwards (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Rules, by Nancy Holder (Delacorte Press)
Run You Down, by Julia Dahl (Minotaur)
Ruthless, by John Rector (Thomas & Mercer)
Second Life, by S.J. Watson (Harper)
Stay, by Victor Gischler (Thomas Dunne)
Stranger at Home, by Leigh Brackett (Stark House Press/Black Gat)
Superfluous Women, by Carola Dunn (Minotaur)
The Third Wife, by Lisa Jewell (Atria)
This Side of Midnight, by Al Lamanda (Five Star)
Time of Death, by Mark Billingham (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Timetable of Death, by Edward Marston (Allison & Busby)
The Truth and Other Lies, by Sascha Arango (Simon & Schuster)
A Twist of Hate, by V.R. Barkowski (Five Star)
The Ultimatum, by Dick Wolf (Morrow)
Under a Dark Summer Sky, by Vanessa Lafaye (Sourcebooks)
Unidentified Woman #15, by David Housewright (Minotaur)
Vixen, by Bill Pronzini (Forge)
The Ways of the World, by Robert Goddard (Mysterious Press)
What Doesn’t Kill Her, by Carla Norton (Minotaur)
White Crocodile, by K.T. Medina (Mulholland)
Wicked Charms, by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton (Bantam)
The Wild Inside, by Christine Carbo (Atria)
A Winsome Murder, by James DeVita (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Wounded Thorn, by Fay Sampson (Severn House)
The Wrong Man, by Kate White (Harper)

After the Fire, by Jane Casey (Ebury Press)
All the Little Pieces, by Jilliane Hoffman (HarperCollins)
Aloysius Tempo, by Jason Johnson (Liberties Press)
Black Day at the Bosphorus Café, by M.H. Baylis (Old Street)
A Book of Scars, by William Shaw (Quercus)
Death Descends on Saturn Villa, by M.R.C. Kasasian (Head of Zeus)
Death Is a Welcome Guest, by Louise Welsh (John Murray)
The Devil’s Anvil, by Matt Hilton (Hodder & Stoughton)
A Devil Under the Skin, by Anya Lipska (Friday Project)
Dirty War, by Dominique Sylvain (MacLehose Press)
Dying Wish, by James Raven (Robert Hale)
The Ghosts of Altona, by Craig Russell (Quercus)
Half the World Away, by Cath Staincliffe (Constable)
Hand of God, by Philip Kerr (Head of Zeus)
The Ice House, by John Connor (Orion)
Into the Fire, by Manda Scott
(Bantam Press)
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, by Antonia Hodgson (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Last Lullaby, by Carin Gerhardsen (Penguin)
London Rain, by Nicola Upson
(Faber and Faber)
Murder by Suspicion, by Veronica Heley (Severn House)
The Outsider, by Jason Dean (Headline)
A Poisonous Plot, by Susanna Gregory (Sphere)
Power Play, by Mike Nicol (Old Street)
Recalled to Death, by Priscilla Masters (Severn House)
River of Souls, by Kate Rhodes (Mulholland)
Snow Blind, by Ragnar Jónasson (Orenda)
Stallo, by Stefan Spjut (Faber and Faber)
Stealing People, by Robert Wilson (Orion)
The Third Place, by J. Sydney Jones (Severn House)
Those We Left Behind, by Stuart Neville (Harvill Secker)
We Shall Inherit the Wind, by Gunnar Staalesen (Orenda)
Without a Trace, by Liza Marklund (Corgi)
The Wrong Girl, by Laura Wilson (Quercus)

JULY (U.S.):
After the Storm, by Linda Castillo (Minotaur)
Assassins, by Mukul Deva (Forge)
Badlands, by C.J. Box (Minotaur)
Believe No One, by A.D. Garrett (Minotaur)
Bloody Royal Prints, by Reba White Williams (Tyrus)
Bradstreet Gate, by Robin Kirman (Crown)
Broken Promise, by Linwood Barclay (NAL)
Brush Back, by Sara Paretsky (Putnam)
Bull Mountain, by Brian Panowich (Putnam)
Bum Rap, by Paul Levine (Thomas & Mercer)
The Captive Condition, by Kevin P. Keating (Pantheon)
Clandestine, by J. Robert Janes (Mysterious Press/Open Road)
Close Quarters, by Adrian Magson (Severn House)
Cold Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff (Thomas & Mercer)
Crooked, by Austin Grossman (Mulholland)
Crush, by Phoef Sutton (Prospect Park)
Deadly Election, by Lindsey Davis (Minotaur)
The Devil’s Seal, by Peter Tremayne (Minotaur)
The Devil’s Share, by Wallace Stroby (Minotaur)
Dexter Is Dead, by Jeff Lindsay (Doubleday)
Down Among the Dead Men, by Peter Lovesey (Soho Crime)
Fast Shuffle, by David Black (Forge)
The Flicker Men, by Ted Kosmatka (Henry Holt)
The Fraud, by Brad Parks (Minotaur)
French Concession, by Xiao Bai (Harper)
From Bruges with Love, by Pieter Aspe (Open Road)
Green Hell, by Ken Bruen
(Mysterious Press)
Hair of the Dog, by Susan Slater
(Poisoned Pen Press)
The Hand That Feeds You, by A.J. Rich (Scribner)
Heads or Hearts, by Paul Johnston
(Severn House)
Hostile Takeover, by Shane Kuhn (Simon & Schuster)
House Rivals, by Mike Lawson (Atlantic Monthly Press)
The Insect Farm, by Stuart Prebble (Mulholland)
Little Pretty Things, by Lori Rader-Day (Seventh Street)
Looking Through Darkness, by Aimée and David Thurlo (Forge)
The Lost Concerto, by Helaine Mario (Oceanview)
The Madman of Bergerac, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
A Necessary End, by Holly Brown (Morrow)
The Novel Habits of Happiness, by Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon)
Olivay, by Deborah Reed (Lake Union)
Once Upon a Crime, by P.J. Brackston (Pegasus)
Open Grave, by Kjell Eriksson (Minotaur)
The Other Son, by Alexander Soderberg (Crown)
Pretty Baby, by Mary Kubica (Mira)
Pretty Is, by Maggie Mitchell (Henry Holt)
The Redeemers, by Ace Atkins (Putnam)
The Samaritan, by Mason Cross (Orion)
Silent Creed, by Alex Kava (Putnam)
So Nude, So Dead, by Ed McBain (Hard Case Crime)
Speaking in Bones, by Kathy Reichs (Bantam)
A Study in Death, by Anna Lee Huber (Berkley)
The Swede, by Robert Karjel (Harper)
Swerve, by Vicki Pettersson (Gallery)
Sympathy for the Devil, by Terrence McCauley (Polis)
Taking Pity, by David Mark (Blue Rider Press)
Those Girls, by Chevy Stevens (St. Martin’s Press)
The Three-Nine Line, by David Freed (Permanent Press)
The Tournament, by Matthew Reilly (Gallery)
Trouble in Rooster Paradise, by T.W. Emory (Coffeetown Press)
Two Bronze Pennies, by Chris Nickson (Severn House)
Vanishing Games, by Roger Hobbs (Knopf)
Who Let the Dog Out?, by David Rosenfelt (Minotaur)
You Don’t Have to Live Like This, by Benjamin Markovits (Harper)

Angels and Others, by Mike Ripley (Telos)
Are You Watching Me?, by Sinéad Crowley (Quercus)
Blood, Salt, Water, by Denise Mina (Orion)
Bones in the Nest, by Helen Cadbury (Allison & Busby)
Dandy Gilver and the Unpleasantness in the Ballroom, by Catriona McPherson (Hodder & Stoughton)
Dark Branches, by Nik Frobenius (Sandstone Press)
Dark Hours, by Ryan David Jahn (Pan)
Death on Demand, by Jim Kelly (Creme de la Crime)
The Ends of the Earth, by Robert Goddard (Bantam Press)
Even the Dead, by Benjamin Black (Viking)
Friday on My Mind, by Nicci French (Michael Joseph)
The Girl in the Ice, by Lotte Hammer (Bloomsbury)
I Am Death, by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
I Know Who Did It, by Steve Mosby (Orion)
In Bitter Chill, by Sarah Ward
(Faber and Faber)
Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill-Fortune, by Kate Griffin (Faber and Faber)
Little Black Lies, by Sharon Bolton (Bantam Press)
The Living and the Dead in Winsford, by Håkan Nesser (Mantle)
The Murder Road, by Stephen Booth (Sphere)
No Cure for Love, by Peter Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)
Oblivion, by Arnaldur Indridason (Harvill Secker)
Only We Know, by Karen Perry (Michael Joseph)
Pretty Girls, by Karin Slaughter (Century)
The Silent Ones, by William Brodrick (Little, Brown)
Tenacity, by J.S. Law (Headline)
The 3rd Woman, by Jonathan Freedland (HarperCollins)
This Thing of Darkness, by Harry Bingham (Orion)
A Very British Ending, by Edward Wilson (Arcadia)
The Voices Beyond, by Johan Theorin (Doubleday)
What Remains, by Tim Weaver (Michael Joseph)
Without the Moon, by Cathi Unsworth (Serpent’s Tail)

Allegiance, by Kermit Roosevelt (Regan Arts)
The Bad Actor, by Glen Ebisch (Five Star)
The Bangkok Asset, by John Burdett (Knopf)
The Beat Goes On: The Complete Rebus Stories, by Ian Rankin (Little, Brown)
Between the Living and the Dead, by Bill Crider (Minotaur)
The Big Bitch, by John Patrick Lang (Coffeetown Press)
Black-Eyed Susans, by Julia Heaberlin (Ballantine)
The Collector, by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont (Le French Book)
Collector of Secrets, by Richard Goodfellow (Polis)
Dante’s Dilemma, by Lynne Raimondo (Seventh Street)
The Darkest Heart, by Dan Smith (Pegasus)
Darkness the Color of Snow, by Thomas Cobb (Morrow)
Dead Soon Enough, by Steph Cha (Minotaur)
Devil’s Bridge, by Linda Fairstein (Dutton)
Dragonfish, by Vu Tran (Norton)
Drop Dead Punk, by Rich Zahradnik (Camel Press)
The Drowned Boy, by Karin Fossum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press)
The Eternal World, by Christopher Farnsworth (Morrow)
Flambé in Armagnac, by Jean-Pierre Alaux (Le French Book)
Fool Me Once, by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco (Midnight Ink)
Godless Country, by Alaric Hunt (Minotaur)
Gone Cold, by Douglas Corleone (Minotaur)
The Grid, by Harry Hunsicker (Thomas & Mercer)
A Gilded Grave, by Shelley Freydont (Berkley)
The Guilty One, by Sophie Littlefield (Gallery)
Hangman’s Game, by Bill Syken (Minotaur)
Hostage Taker, by Stefanie Pintoff (Bantam)
In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware (Gallery/Scout Press)
In the Dark Places, by Peter Robinson (Morrow)
Into the Valley, by Ruth Galm (Soho Press)
The Intruder, by Håkan Östlundh (Minotaur)
Isolation, by Mary Anna Evans (Poisoned Pen Press)
The Killing Room, by Christobel Kent (Pegasus)
Last Date, by U.A. Siebert (AmazonCrossing)
Last Ragged Breath, by Julia Keller (Minotaur)
Last Words, by Michael Koryta (Little, Brown)
Long Upon the Land, by Margaret Maron (Grand Central)
Lord of the Wings, by Donna Andrews (Minotaur)
The Madagaskar Plan, by Guy Saville (Henry Holt)
Malice at the Palace, by Rhys Bowen (Berkley)
The Misty Harbour, by Georges Simenon (Penguin)
The Murderer’s Daughter, by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine)
The Musubi Murder, by Frankie Bow (Five Star)
The Nature of the Beast, by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon (Doubleday)
No Comfort for the Lost, by Nancy Herriman (NAL)
No Other Darkness, by Sarah Hilary (Penguin)
Off and Running, by Philip Reed (Brash)
A Pattern of Lies, by Charles Todd (Morrow)
The Patriarch, by Martin Walker (Knopf)
The Persian Cat, by John Flagg (Black Gat)
The Rabbi’s Knight, by Michael J. Cooper (Five Star)
The Ripper Gene, by Michael Ransom (Forge)
Rouse the Demon, by Carolyn Weston (Brash)
Rubbernecker, by Belinda Bauer (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Secret World, by M.J. Trow (Crème de la Crime)
Set Up, by Maxine O’Callaghan (Brash)
A Shameful Murder, by Cora Harrison (Severn House)
Smaller and Smaller Circles, by F.H. Batacan (Soho Crime)
The Stockholm Castle Mystery, by Joyce Elson Moore (Five Star)
The Tears of Angels, by Caro Ramsay (Severn House)
Terminal, by Mike Powelz (AmazonCrossing)
Trap, by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Gallery)
Trust No One, by Paul Cleave (Atria)
Turned to Stone, by Jorge Magano (AmazonCrossing)
Under Tiberius, by Nick Tosches (Little, Brown)
Ways to Die in Glasgow, by Jay Stringer (Thomas & Mercer)
Weavers, by Aric Davis (Thomas & Mercer)
When Somebody Kills You, by Robert J. Randisi (Severn House)
The Windchime Legacy, by A.W. Mykel (Brash)
Woman of the Dead, by Bernhard Aichner (Scribner)
Woman with a Secret, by Sophie Hannah (Morrow)
X, by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood/Putnam)
Zer0es, by Chuck Wendig (Harper Voyager)

Barlow by the Book, by John McAllister (Portnoy)
Blood Mist, by Mark Roberts (Head of Zeus)
A Body in Barcelona, by Jason Webster (Chatto & Windus)
The Body Snatcher, by Patricia Melo (Bitter Lemon Press)
Burnt Paper Sky, by Gilly MacMillan (Piatkus)
The Catalyst Killing, by Hans Olav Lahlum (Mantle)
The Child, by Sebastian Fitzek (Sphere)
Close Your Eyes, by Michael Robotham (Sphere)
Crimes, by Alberto Barrera Tyszka (MacLehose Press)
The Devil’s Daughters, by Diana Bretherick (Orion)
Enough Rope, by Barbara Nadel (Quercus)
Europa Blues, by Arne Dahl (Harvill Secker)
Every Night I Dream of Hell, by Malcolm Mackay (Mantle)
A Game for All the Family, by Sophie Hannah (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Girl in the Spider’s Web, by David Lagercrantz
(MacLehose Press)
Made in Sweden, Part I: The Father, by Anton Svensson (Sphere)
Nobody’s Hero, by James Craig (Constable)
Post Mortem, by Kate London (Atlantic)
Preserve the Dead, by Brian McGilloway (Corsair)
Shutter Man, by Richard Montanari (Sphere)
The Special Dead, by Lin Anderson (Macmillan)
Splinter the Silence, by Val McDermid (Little, Brown)
Spy Games, by Adam Brookes (Redhook)

Whew! I’m exhausted just reading through that list. Yet I have probably missed something. In the Comments section at the end of this post, please let everyone know of other crime novels, due out between now and September, that you think are deserving of special attention. Really, can our to-be-read piles ever be too tall?


Glenn Meganck said...

My new Severn House cozy mystery novel, Buried In Beignets (written as J.R. Ripley), releases Aug. 28 2015 in the UK and Oct. 1 in the U.S. Here's the Severn link:


Karen Olson said...

My new suspense novel HIDDEN will be release July 31 in the UK by Severn House:

Kiwicraig said...

Aaaarggghhh... too many good books. You're an enabler Jeff!

I've just visited the Peak District in England last weekend, and read Sarah Ward's IN BITTER CHILL while there (very, very good debut mystery), as well as picking up some Stephen Booth, who I've had great raps on from others. Looking forward to reading his latest.

Cleave's TRUST NO ONE is a must read for me.

Super-excited about the new Sonchai Jitpleecheep story from Burdett - love love love that series (thanks for the heads-up on THE BANGKOK ASSET Jeff, wasn't aware of that upcoming title).

Too many good books...