Monday, April 15, 2013

Early Summer Releases

I can't wait to read these books, to be released in June and July, 2013:


If You Were Here  by Alafair Burke (Harpercollins hardcover, 4 June 2013).

Manhattan journalist McKenna Jordan is chasing the story of an unidentified woman who heroically pulled a teenaged boy from the subway tracks. When she locates a video that captures part of the incident, she thinks she has an edge on the competition scrambling to identify the mystery heroine, but is shocked to discover that the woman in the video bears a strong resemblance to Susan Hauptmann, a close friend who disappeared without a trace a decade earlier.

What would have been a short-lived metro story sends McKenna on a dangerous search for the missing woman—a search that will force her to unearth long-buried truths much closer to home…


Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen (Minotaur hardcover, 4 June 2013).

Santa Barbara private investigator Jaymie Zarlin has built her fledgling agency on finding missing people. Still struggling with the death of her troubled brother, who died in police custody, Jaymie is determined to help others in similar situations find their way home.  Homicides are not in her repertoire.

But when Lili Molina, a local teenager chosen for the coveted role of Daphne in the annual solstice parade, is murdered, Jaymie is urged to take on the case. Reluctant at first, she soon learns police are mishandling the investigation and can’t refuse. In a town where some people are filthy rich and some are dirt poor, Jaymie finds herself slipping into the fault lines between privilege and race. Her investigation turns up an array of suspects, including con artists, spoiled rich kids, and an eccentric oil heiress. Jaymie must move fast  to unravel a twisted conspiracy - before she becomes the next victim.


Clare DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran  (HMH hardcover, 18 June 2013).

When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple.

With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases—especially that of a missing girl in the gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: “The detective won’t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.” And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all—at least to the world’s greatest PI.


The Last Word: A Spellman Novel by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster hardcover, 9 July 2013).

After Izzy's hostile takeover of Spellman Investigations, her parents simply go on strike. Her sister, Rae, comes back into the family business with questionable motivations. Her other employees seem to be coping with anxiety disorders, and she has no idea how to pay the bills.

But her worst threat comes from someone who is no relation. Within months of assuming control of the business, Izzy is accused of embezzling from a former client, the ridiculously wealthy Mr. Slayter, who happens to have Alzheimer’s, which Izzy and he are diligently trying to keep under wraps. Not only is Slayter’s business and reputation on the line, but if Izzy gets indicted for embezzlement, she’ll lose everything—her business, her license, and her family’s livelihood.


A Dangerous Fiction by Barbara Rogan (Viking hardcover, 25 July 2013).

Jo Donovan always manages to come out on top. From the backwoods of Appalachia, she forged a hard path to life among the literati in New York City. At thirty-five, she’s the widow of the renowned author Hugo Donovan and the owner of one of the best literary agencies in town. Jo is living the life she dreamed of but it’s all about to fall apart.

When a would-be client turns stalker, Jo is more angry than shaken until her clients come under attack. Meanwhile, a biography of Hugo Donovan is in the works and the author’s digging threatens to destroy the foundations of Jo’s carefully constructed life. As the web of suspicion grows wider and her stalker ups the ante, she’s persuaded by her client and friend—FBI profiler-turned-bestselling-thriller writer—to go to the police. There Jo finds herself face-to-face with an old flame: the handsome Tommy Cullen, now NYPD detective.



Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend, is a popular musician in the San Francisco scene. When he’s found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery, but Claire knows nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases—especially a long-ago missing girl in a gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: “The detective won’t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.” And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all - at least to the world’s greatest P.I. - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/claire-dewitt-and-the-bohemian-highway/9780547429335#sthash.wCjsRhdC.dpuf
Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s ex-boyfriend, is a popular musician in the San Francisco scene. When he’s found dead in his apartment, his cherished guitars missing, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery, but Claire knows nothing is ever simple. With the help of her new assistant Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases—especially a long-ago missing girl in a gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: “The detective won’t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.” And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all - at least to the world’s greatest P.I. - See more at: http://www.hmhco.com/shop/books/claire-dewitt-and-the-bohemian-highway/9780547429335#sthash.wCjsRhdC.dpuf

9 comments:

  1. What a great lineup of books, Marlyn! Thanks for whetting my appetite.

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  2. Wow! Thanks for your great review of not one but FIVE soon-to-be released books, Marlyn! Can't wait to check them out!

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    1. I'd love to hear what you think, Jodie!

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  3. Thanks for all the ideas! More books for my TBR cyber-pile!

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  4. I've been hearing good things from early readers of If You Were Here. Keep us posted on what you think when you read these.

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    1. I've requested an ARC from the publisher, L.J. I'll definitely post my review here.

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  5. One of my favorite things about summer: The new book releases. Thanks for this. Love to see what's coming!

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