Thursday, March 5, 2020

Most Anticipated Spring Reads

Jenn McKinlay: I am an eclectic reader, meaning I read everything. There is no genre I won't read. So, while looking at my most anticipated reads for spring, I was unsurprised to see a nice mix of genre there. Show of hands, who reads ALL the genres?

Because I like to share (librarian), here's my short list -- in no particular order -- of my most anticipated spring reads. Believe me, the actual list is much, much, much longer!


I discovered Abby Jimenez when she was a Food Network champ of Cupcake Wars - no, not kidding. She co-owns Nadia Cakes and since I write the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, I was an instant fan. Imagine my delight when she published her first book, The Friend Zone, and it was EXCELLENT! Naturally, I've been waiting for book two and was thrilled when she endorsed my upcoming summer book and then sent me an ARC of The Happy Ever After Playlist, which I just finished and let me just say -- it is FANTASTIC!

One of the cozy mysteries I have been most eager for is Death at High Tide, the start of a new series by my dear friend Hannah Dennison. If you love a good British mystery with delightful wit and a divine setting, Hannah's your writer! The series is about two sisters who inadvertently inherit a crumbling Art Deco hotel on a fictional tidal islet called Tregarrick Rock in the Isles of Scilly. Perfect, right? I've just started it and am loving it! 


Freakin' Scalzi. I straight up love this guy. Smart and funny, he's a writer's writer. Plus his Twitter feed features his cat Smudge, so we were simpatico even before I found this series, which I love. The Last Emperox is book three of the of The Interdependency Trilogy, and I am here for it. Not for nothing, but Scalzi pens a heck of a heroine and this space opera is a supercharged rocket of a ride. Strap in!


Lori Wilde has been a friend and mentor to me for years. When we met up at Bouchercon in Dallas, we had a lot to share as we'd both been moved into women's fiction by our publishers. I have been anticipating The Moonglow Sisters ever since. Three sisters raised by their grandmother, inseparable until a betrayal cuts their close ties. How will it play out for Maddie, Shelley, and Gia? No one writes better complicated family dynamics with warmth and wit than Lori. Her book arrived on my doorstep yesterday and I can't wait to dig in!


Okay, there's anticipation, and then there's ANTICIPATION! No eager-to-read-list would be complete without mentioning our Julia. At long last, number nine in her series drops this spring and I am over the moon.
I have loved Claire Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne from book one and I can't wait to have them back in my life. Seriously, I am clearing my calendar and booking a long reading sesh with Hid From Our Eyes on it's release day, April 7th, and I suggest you do the same!


So, tell me, Reds and Readers, what are your most anticipated books this spring? And do you read all genres or no?

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  2. HID FROM OUR EYES tops my list . . . .
    THE GLASS HOTEL and DARLING ROSE GOLD are on my list, too . . .
    I do read all genres . . .

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    1. Thanks for more titles to seek out, Joan! LOL!

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  3. I would read across genres if I had the time. I've fallen into mystery, specifically cozy mystery, and I can't quite get out of it. Not that I'm trying that hard.

    I'm actually taking a step back from ARCs in April. Not as many books coming out I'm dying to read, so a chance to tackle my TBR mountain range. I'm looking forward to it.

    Here are a few highlights for me:
    MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP by Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell)
    MURDER AT MENA HOUSE by Erica Ruth Neubauer (debut set in 1926 Egypt)
    PUMPKIN SPICE PERIL by Jenn McKinlay (do I really need any commentary here?)
    SECRET OF BONES by Kylie Logan (the first in this series was one of my favorite books of 2019)
    THE MOUNTAINS WILD by Sarah Stewart Taylor (I am so very excited that Sarah is back!!!)

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    1. LOL - no, no commentary necessary! I mean...cupcakes...right?

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  4. I did think of another book on my list - a middle grade book. (It must not be on my spreadsheet of upcoming releases, which is why I missed it.)

    TYRANNOSAURUS REX by Stuart Gibbs. His books are always wonderful, and I look forward to each one. Definitely recommended for you and the young reader in your life both.

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    1. I read all ages as well! Thanks for mentioning this - I'll look for it!

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  5. Timely topic! I was just thinking about doing a blog post on my The Reading Room blog about this, and I was updating my reading list for the next two months or so. So, here are the books currently on my list that come out in March and April, and one from the first of May (it's a fluid list though, subject to change, usually add, at any time). We'll see how many I get read by May.

    Hid From Our Eyes by Julia (actually my next read after my current read)
    The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman
    Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
    Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards
    The Guest List by Lucy Foley
    Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day
    A Silent Death by Peter May
    Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
    The Split by Sharon Bolton
    The new untitled Doyle and Acton by Anne Cleeland
    Rules for Being Dead by Kim Powers

    Now, the above list will undoubtedly get interrupted by a few books I'm going to slip in that I didn't get to in February, but are read sooner than later books. First up is Rhys' Above the Bay of Angels, which I'm actually planning to read right after my ARC of Julia's, which is up next. And, the others I'm trying to get to are The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James, Chill by Scott Carson, The Holdout by Graham Moore, and Jenn's first Hatshop mystery, Cloche and Dagger (I've already peeked at it on my Kindle, so I know it's going to be good).

    So, I guess my answer is no to reading all genres, at least for now. I do try to slip another genre in occasionally, but like Mark says, it's seldom I have the time. However, I did do a historical fiction read with my daughter in January, and I may be doing another one with her in a couple of months.

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    1. I should have added that I'm reading The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths now, one of my favorite series and authors. The Lantern Men was out in the UK in February and will be out in the U.S. in June.

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    2. Rules for Being Dead!!!??? You just added to my list by the title alone. Thanks, Kathy!

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    3. Yay, Kim Powers! My fellow Austin College alum! That is going on my list asap!!!

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    4. Debs, I knew that you and Kim are friends, as that's how I came to him. He's a from McKinney, right? Kim's book is out the first week of May. Jenn, as I just said, I became aware of Kim through Debs. He is a senior writer for ABC's 20/20 program, and he's so funny in his FB posts.

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    5. And Anne Cleeland's new Doyle and Acton is entitled Murder in Deep Regret, and is available now. I knew the title and can only blame my slip-up on the late hour and/or my idiocy. The Amazon link for Murder in Deep Regret is https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Deep-Regret-Doyle-Acton/dp/1734431601?SubscriptionId=AKIAIL4RM4LBA573ICLA&tag=&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1734431601

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    6. I met a Kim Powers, a woman who is a deaf-blind tv broadcaster. What a coincidence that there is another Kim Powers, a man working in tv too.

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  6. I read fairly widely, although not as much as I used to. I'm not sure I could put together a most-anticipated list without some thought and research on publication dates, but your new book and Julia's are definitely on that list. And Lori's! I've known Lori for a long time--like back when we both worked at the same hospital. She, like Deb, is one of my late husband's writing students, and I have really enjoyed watching her career blossom. I caught her briefly at Bouchercon, but we're long past due for a good sit-down and catch up session. Can't wait to read her book.

    Other books on my list would be Elly Griffiths' The Lantern Men, Ben Aaronovitch's The Furthest Station, and Deanna Raybourn's A Murderous Relation. There's also Jan S. Gephardt's A Bone to Pick--the second in her science fiction XK9 series. Too many books; too little time!

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    1. Right? And Deanna just announced a new contemporary series she's writing about female assassins - I am all in!

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    2. Gigi, I'm reading The Lantern Men now, and, as usual with the Ruth Galloway books, I am loving every word.

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  8. Hand's down my most anticipated read for the Spring is Julia's. I have missed Russ and Clare and am looking forward to catching up. Then on my hard bound TBR stack are two Harlen Cobans and three Linda Fairsteins. None current releases, but I promised myself I would pick one of each author's books this month and lower the tower of two be reads by two!

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    1. Love Harlan Coben and have just realized I haven't read him in a while. Must correct - thanks for the reminder!

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  9. If those are all the genres, Jenn, then yes, I do. I tend to omit international thrillers and scary suspense novels, with the exception of Hallie's and Hank's of course (which are scary but not gruesome).

    Some great reading this late winter/early spring.

    Already read: Above the Bay of Angels and Lori Rader-Day's The Lucky One - loved both.
    Now reading: Under the Rader by Annette Dashofy
    Next up:
    Here Comes the Body by yesterday's guest
    No Quiet Among the Shadows from Nancy Herriman in her Mystery of Old San Francisco series
    Hid from Our Eyes - can't wait!
    Shuntoll Road by Leslie Wheeler, the sequel to her wonderful Rattlesnake Hill.

    Thanks to several of you who have my Murder at the Taffy Shop on your list!

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    1. I hope you're enjoying Under the Radar (AND your vacation!), Edith.

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    2. Looking forward to your post tomorrow, Edith. Have a marvelous vacation!

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    3. Edith and Annette, I just read the first Zoe Chambers mystery, Circle of Influence, and I love Zoe! I will be fitting more of this series into my reading to catch up.

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    4. Edith, thanks for more titles for me to seek out! Diana

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  10. Bring on April: on the 7th HID FROM OUR EYES comes out and on the 21st DEADLAND by Sara Paretsky will be released. Yay! Two of my favourite authors' new releases will make April a very happy reading month for me. Yay!

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  11. I have a long anticipation list but the one I'm actually blocking out time to enjoy is HID FROM OUR EYES. I seriously cannot wait!

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  12. Do I read all genres? No. I am mostly confined to the mystery and thriller genre. I do read some science fiction and I am a big fan of comics, but otherwise if it doesn't revolve around blood, bodies and bullets I'm not reading it.

    Probably my most anticipated spring read is the new C.J. Box book LONG RANGE which came out on Tuesday. I haven't picked it up yet but I will as soon as I can.

    I'd also add Edith Maxwell's MURDER AT THE TAFFY SHOP though technically I've already read the book because I got an advance copy and it was if you'll pardon the pun...SWEET (and a great read).

    The new Jack Carr thriller SAVAGE SON is out soon and I'm looking forward to the new Firefly tie-in prose novel THE GHOST MACHINE as well. Oh and Michael Connelly's FAIR WARNING is due out at the end of May.

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    1. Love C.J. Box. Also, I was resistant to the show Bosch and had fallen away from reading Connelly but Hub and I have been watching the show - loving it - and I'm back on the Connelly train.

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  13. Oh yes I read a lot besides mystery. Cannot wait for Julia's book and very excited as well about Sarah Stewart Taylor's reemergence--yay for both! Jenn I haven't read any of your picks and I'm off to look them up!

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    1. Isn't it great to have books to look forward to? Nothing thrills me so much as an anticipated read arriving on my Kindle or my doorstep!

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  14. I read most genres, but not much romance or thrillers/romantic suspense. I try but find I just can't get into most of these. The books I'm most looking forward to this year--HID FROM OUR EYES!!, no surprise there, Louise Penny's latest Gamache, naturellement. Just finished two others tops of my list--Rhys's Above the Bay of Angels and Charles Todd's latest Rutledge, A Divided Loyalty.

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    1. Oh, I love Charles Todd! Excellent choices!

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    2. Just finished A Divided Loyalty. My review is on my Instagram post.

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  15. This happens to be a moment in time when I have not invested the time to research what's coming out soon. Honestly, I usually only spring for books immediately upon release if they are by a VERY favorite author, like the Reds or Louise Penny or Jacqueline Winspear or Ann Cleeves. There are SO MANY wonderful books that are already out that I still want to read.

    A couple of quick shout-outs to previous commenters: Kathy Reel, thank you for the wonderful news that there is a new Doyle and Acton coming out! Edith, Nancy Herriman lives here in Columbus and is also a church singer (though a much higher quality one than I am!) and I have had the pleasure of singing with her many times.

    I do not by any means read "all the genres," but I do read several. In addition to traditional mysteries and cozies, I read very sparingly from the thriller category. I also enjoy women's fiction, historical fiction, some science fantasy, some literary fiction (which I find WAY too broad a category -- it actually needs to be broken down further!) and some biographies and memoirs. Oh, and lately I have found a couple travelogues that have proven surprisingly interesting to me.

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    1. I'm new to travelogues but in my research I did stumble upon a few that I enjoyed. Right now, I'm reading memoirs from stroke victims (research) and it certainly has broadened my understanding of the condition and appreciation for life.

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    2. Susan, I can only blame my not realizing that Anne Cleeland's book does indeed have a title on it being very late when I posted. I even posted it on my FB page. Geesh, I'm slipping. Anyway, the title is Murder in Deep Regret, and it's available now! Yay! Here's the Amazon link. https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Deep-Regret-Doyle-Acton/dp/1734431601?SubscriptionId=AKIAIL4RM4LBA573ICLA&tag=&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=1734431601

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  16. Thank you for the great suggestions. I just got my first kindle and Julia's book will be my first purchase. Then I'll look into many of the other authors you are all suggesting. I will definitely read the next Michael Connelly book and the next Louise Penny.
    That said, other than having read all of Deb's books and some of Hank's, I was new to all of the Jungle Reds' series. I have been lucky to read them in order and to get almost to the end of Julia's, just in time for the next book. I am "feeling" for all of you who have waited 7 years to find out what happens next. LOL
    Soon I'll catch up with Lucy's "Key West" and Rhys' "Royal Spyness" and then begin to read other Jungle Red Writers' series and some of your stand alone novels, while I wait for their next new books. So, even though I'm not anticipating many "new" books, I have plenty to read this spring!

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    1. Thanks for supporting the Reds, Judy! It is much appreciated.

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  17. finished: Davidson, Don't Look Down
    Next up: Ziskin, Turn to Stone
    Bowen, Above the Bay of Angels
    Gardiner, The Dark Corners of the Night
    Impatiently waiting for: the longest pregnancy in literary history to end

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  18. HID FROM OUR EYES is soooo good. I'm almost sorry I've already read it.

    Top of my list is Scott Turow's THE LAST TRIAL. He'll be guest of honor at Bouchercon this year, and I am so thrilled to have been asked to do the GoH interview. I just finished One L - his first book, a 1977 memoir of his first year at Harvard Law. Then I'll read the ret of his novels in order.

    Other crime novels I'm looking forward to:
    WITHIN PLAIN SIGHT by Bruce Robert Coffin
    THE CABINETS OF BARNABY MAYNE by Elsa Hart
    SEA OF LOST GIRLS by Carol Goodman
    and THE MOUNTAINS WILD by Sarah Stewart Taylor

    But I'll also read nonfiction and women's fiction, and every week's NEW YORKER, cover to cover.

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    1. Excellent list, Hallie! I just got a copy of Where the Crawdads Sing - I have no idea what category it belongs to but I am so excited to read it. Has anyone else read it? Probably. I know I'm late to the party on this one.

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    2. I have, Jenn, and it's our next book club choice, so I'm about to reread it so I'll be fresh for the discussion.

      It's worth waiting for, for the powerful and evocative imagery, and for the surprising main character.

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    3. I'm in the middle of Where the Crawdads Sing right now. Had to set it aside briefly to read my book club selection for Tuesday's meeting, but I can't wait to get back to it. I have loved every minute of it so far!

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    4. Jenn,

      I read Where the Crawdads Sing. In some ways, the novel reminded me of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

      Diana

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  19. I do read a lot of different genres. Books I am looking forward to the most would be Julia's of course and what a wonderful day after birthday gift that will be! Also looking forward to Marian Keyes newest, Grown-ups. Normally I would happily anticipating the new C.J. Box but after last year's book I am rather leery.

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    1. I love Marian Keyes!!! I'd forgotten she has a new one. Thank you!

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  20. I, too, read all genres. That way I have something to read no matter what kind of story I'm in the mood for.


    I do admit that I have bought books because they had a cat on the cover. Hmmm, dogs, too, now that I think about it. My favorite series with critters are Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who series and Krista Davis's Paws and Claws series 🐈🐩

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  21. I do read a lot of genres. I’m looking forward to several March books I have pre-ordered. In fantasy, Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs and The Immortal Conquistador by Carrie Vaughn. And in mysteries, both Steven Havill and a Donna Ball have new books coming out this month.

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    1. Nice! I'll have to check your fantasy authors out - I'm always on the look out for a new one. Did you read Gideon the Ninth? I loved it.

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  22. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Julia's book--and it is just wonderful. Well worth the wait.
    Now, I'm reading/anticipating reading books outside the mystery genre. Here's my list:
    Writers and Lovers by Lily King
    Apeirogon by Colum McCann
    The Mirror & the Light y Hilary Mantel
    The Actress y Anne Enright

    What a feast!

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  23. An eclectic reader, at present I'm halfway into Jussi Adler-Olsen's VICTIM 2117: A DEPARTMENT Q NOVEL. Next is THE NIGHT WATCHMAN by Louise Erdich. Next week Julie and I are both ecstatic that the third novel in THE WOLF HALL trilogy will arrive, THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT. We've waited a long time for this one! Julia's newest is ordered of course, HID FROM OUR EYES, arrives April 7, and is highly anticipated!

    I rarely read cozies, just not my favorites, but I do like traditional mysteries, like Agatha Christie of course, and Dorothy Sayers. REcently I've read a few with more than a modicum of gore -- THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides and THE RABBIT HUNTER by Lars Kepler. (How does such a lovely sweet couple come up with this stuff?)

    I'm ready for something less graphic maybe.

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  24. Do I read all the genres? No. Do I read a lot of the genres? Yeah, I'd say I do. But I'm another who rarely springs for a book upon release. So a lot of times I'll be like, "Oh, look. X has a new book coming out." But I won't buy it for a while.

    I'm reading OUT OF THE DEEP I CRY right now, and I'm sure I'll buy HID FROM OUR EYES, but I won't read it until I'm finished with the first eight at this point (having read 1-3, it makes no sense to me to jump to 9, then go backward). I want to pick up ABOVE THE BAY OF ANGELS. But some much of my actual decision to read depends on my mood, so while I may look forward to something, I often don't get to it until much later.

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    1. Yeah, sometimes I lose things in my TBR pile and then when I find them, it's a happy day!

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  25. I do read many genres— science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, urban fantasy, some nonfiction, and pretty much any type of myster/thriller. The upcoming books I’m most looking forward to:

    The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
    Hid From Our Eyes, by Julia
    The Lantern Men, by Elly Griffiths
    American Demon, by Kim Harrison
    Sea of Lost Girls, by Carol Goodman

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    1. Oh, and I forgot Miss Julia Knows a Thing or Two by Ann B Ross

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    2. Cindy, I just picked up an early Miss Julia (maybe #2) at the library book sale for a quarter. I'd just finished her latest last week--and it reminded me that not all mysteries have to have a dead body or a serial killer etc.

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    3. Cindy, I'm reading Miss Julia's School of Beauty now. It's #6 in the series, but my first read of it, thanks to an ebook deal. Very entertaining.

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  26. My Kindle is getting a workout these days with lots of new books. And they seem to come in threes: last Tuesday it was Annette Dashofy's Under the Radar, Annalise Ryan's Dead Calm and Susan Elia McNeal's The King's Justice; on April 7, in addition to Julia's Hid From Our Eyes, C.S. Harris' Who Speaks for the Damned and Susan Hill's The Benefit of Hindsight. April 7th may be my favorite day this year.

    There's also Jenn's Pumpkin Spice Peril, Kathy Reich's newest and Francine Mathews next Nantucket mystery to look forward to -- and all before the summer books.

    Annette, Under the Radar was terrific!

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  27. I have the new Susan Hill arriving April 7, too. It's going to be a big reading day!

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  28. I'm not ready to look for April's books - I'm still catching up on my large TBR stack and long list1 (Help) When I rode the subway to a day job, I read a lot more. Plus my mystery reading is not always for "fun" but often to see who has done what in an interesting way. Or books by friends. Right now I find myself writing something that might be very different from past book (reading or writing) and am educating myself by reading more in that mystery sub-genre.It's homework. Plus reserved books came in all at once from library.( Funny how that works) Plus ordered books arrived in mail.but I can say I am looking forward to Julia's new book (yay!) and my friend Mariah Frederick's upcoming Death of an American Beauty. And I am going to hear Hilary Mantel speak! In person! I expect a book will be included. What do I usually read? Not much genre except mysteries, which I read a lot. Never liked SF and lost interest in fantasy a long time ago. I try to make a point of reading mainstream fiction and oddball non-fiction, too, though lately ( see above) mysteries are taking over my life. Not that this is a complaint! :-)

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  29. Jenn, I would read everything on your list! I'm definitely an eclectic reader and all the books sound terrific.

    Of course Julia's Hid From Our Eyes tops my spring read list, and is pre-ordered! The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor would be on it, too, but I've already read it. Highly recommended.

    Two of my big anticipated reads were False Value by Ben Aaronovitch (I can't say enough how much I love this series, part London cop, part urban fantasy) which I read last week, and Elly Griffiths' The Lantern Men, which I'm ready now.

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    1. I'm reading The Lantern Men now, too, Debs, and loving it, of course!

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  30. I do read most genres. Julia's new book has been on my hold list at the library for quite a while, and I can't wait! Others I have on hold for spring include:

    Undercover Bromance by Lissa Kay Adams
    The K Team by David Rosenfelt
    A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn
    Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan
    The Heirloom Garden by Viola Shipman
    The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
    I'd Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos
    A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky
    Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
    The Sun Sister by Lucinda Riley
    500 Miles from You by Jenny Colgan

    That list doesn't contain much in the way of mystery, which usually accounts for about half of my reading. Here are some other mystery titles on my TBR list that I'm looking forward to this spring:

    The Panda of Death by Betty Webb
    Final Judgment by Marcia Clark
    Murder in the Storybook Cottage by Ellery Adams
    The Split by Sharon Bolton
    Dead Land by Sara Paretsky
    A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker
    Mousse and Murder by Elizabeth Logan (aka Camille Minichino)
    What You Don't See by Tracy Clark
    The Last Trial by Scott Turow
    The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver
    Marshmallow Malice by Amanda Flower
    Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King
    A Royal Affair by Allison Montclair
    Dead West by Matt Goldman

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    1. Margie, I just finished Betty Webb’s Anteater of Desth and am so excited to have another series to catch up on

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    2. I adore Jenny Colgan!!! Didn't know she had a new one - thank you!!!

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  31. Reading list, it's a reading Tsunami. My List ends with Julia's new book. I'm currently rereading her previous ones to be sure I haven't forgotten anything. The list includes these:
    1) Nothing Stays Buried by P.J.Tracy
    2) Prior Woods by G. M. Mallory
    3) The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
    4) Jacqueline Windspear
    5) Rhys' Above the Bay of Angels
    6) House of Thieves
    7) A Taste for Vengeance
    8)and all the books I found at Bouchercon.... and...
    .... more books than I have free time for. I wish for time, MORE time but wait! I have 10 days off in April!

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    1. Loved the Scent Keeper. It was Reese's Book Club pick for February. Love the Maisie Dobbs series. Loved the novel Above the Bay of Angels. There are many wonderful books at Bouchercon!

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  32. Jenn, adding all of these books you mentioned to my library requests! I am eagerly anticipating your novel, Paris is Always a Good Idea!

    Also eagerly anticipating these books:

    The King's Justice by Susan Elia MacNeal

    The Fast Girls by Elise Hooper about women in the Olympics ( historical fiction)

    Inspector Varg #2 novel by Alexander McCall Smith

    And many more books, which I cannot recall the titles for....

    Diana

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  33. More books:

    Murder in the Storybook Cottage by Ellery Adams

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  34. ? Is there going to be a new novel by Louise Penny?

    Diana

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    1. New Louise Penny - yes - she just showed the cover. It has the Eiffel Tower on it so maybe Armand is going to France. I wonder if Ruth will allowed to take Lucy?

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    2. Yay! thank you, Deana! I love Louise Penny novels.

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  35. It's impossible to keep up!

    Of the 250-300 books waiting to be read in Nook, Kindle, audiobook, hardback and paperback formats, and in no particular order, my eagerly awaited titles:

    The Husband Hunters: American Heiresses who Married into British Aristocracy, by Anne DeCourcy
    Sleeping With the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War, by Hal Vaughan
    Above the Bay of Angels, by Rhys Bowen
    Indiscretion, by Polly Dyer
    All the Nichele Clark books, in order, by Lyndee Walker
    The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan
    Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah
    Shell Game, by Sara Paretsky
    Y is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton (told you I was behind!)
    The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
    Love and Ruin, by Paula McLain
    Don't Look Down, by Hilary Davidson

    Eagerly anticipating:
    Hid From Our Eyes, by Julia Spencer Fleming
    Paris is Always a Good Idea, by Jenn McKinlay

    Plus, many others I don't yet own! No wonder I never sleep. LOL

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    2. thank you for more titles to look up!

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  36. Shalom Reds and fans.

    There are so many genres, that I can’t keep them straight. So, suffice it to say, I like fiction and non-fiction and sometimes poetry. In my younger years as an adult, I hardly read books at all. Like my father, I was partial to the New York Times. That changed when I got a laptop about nine years ago. I learned that you could borrow books from our local library (e-books and audiobooks) online. About 5 or 6 years ago, (I am not sure how this is possible), I got a smartphone and now I am on my fourth smartphone. I subscribed to the New York Times and after a bit I found Amazon, both for books and for Kindle books. When a book that I think I will find interesting and is on sale at a very good price I will snap it up.

    Right now, after finishing or putting down the books that I am currently reading, I hope to start a few books for spring. I love the Vera television series. So, I purchased a used library discard of THE CROW TRAP (first in the series) by Ann Cleeves. I started reading that last fall but got distracted. I also, purchased a used hardcover book, STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING by Ibram X. Kendi. It’s a book about the history of the ideology that supports the super-structure of racism in America. I hope to set aside an hour or two each evening just for reading before I go to bed. I am starting a new part-time job in a few weeks, so I will have even less time to myself but I am still hopeful. I also own at least four Rhys books on my Kindle account. I hope to pick one to start on soon.

    I used to have a subscription to the New Yorker many years ago. I also can borrow it online every week from the library. I can't imagine reading it cover to cover. If I can read one article, I am over the moon. Usually I just look at On The Town and the cartoons.

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    1. LOL - Love the New Yorker cartoons! Good luck with the new PT gig!

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  37. Thank you for including me, Jenn, and thanks to everyone who's also looking forward to HID FROM OUR EYES!

    As for me, I'm also pre-ordered for Scalzi's THE LAST EMPEROX. I'm looking forward to Sujata Massey's THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE (had to look the title up!) as I've been a fan of hers since THE SALARYMAN'S WIFE.

    I always look forward to Nancy Thayer's Nantucket reads, and unlike me, she reliably produces her books on schedule! The next one is GIRLS OF SUMMER, coming out in late May.

    Martha Wells' next Murderbot book, NETWORK EFFECT, is coming early May! This is really the first novel in the series - she started writing about the amazing character of Murderbot (not as scary as the name suggests!) in a trilogy of award-winning novellas. Highly recommended.

    Coming at the end of this month: THE GLASS HOTEL by Emily St. John Mandel. I loved her splashy debut STATION ELEVEN, so I'm definitely going to be trying her next novel. She's a literary author who's not afraid to engage with genre and - gasp! - plot, so I have high hopes for this, even though I'm usually not much of a "literary" reader.

    Oh, I almost forgot! My friend Carol Goodman, whose work I adore, has JUST come out with her latest, THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS. (I guess publishers aren't done with "girl" titles, yet!) Carol writes a wonderful modern literary gothic.

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    1. I read an ARC of The Glass Hotel and really enjoyed it. It’s quite different from Station Eleven, but very good.

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    2. Julia, thanks for mentioning Station Eleven. I ended up with a copy from our book club's holiday white elephant gift exchange. I didn't know anything about it, but your recommendation makes a difference.

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    3. Oh, you're a Scalzi fan, too? Yay!!!

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  38. I'm just listing books-to-come, not the ones already out! Julia's, certainly! The Lantern Men, absolutely. Deanna Raybourn's A Murderous Relation. Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James. A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill. Assault & Reverie by Tina Whittle. A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore. Invitation to Die by Barbara Cleverly. Murder at Queen's Landing by Andrea Penrose. Murder at Blackwater Bend by Clara McKenna. And no doubt there are more out there!

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    1. LOVE Evie Dunmore - Bringing Down the Duke was fantastic!

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    2. Still reading Bringing Down the Duke.

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  39. Just read the latest Maggie Hope mystery by Susan Elia McNeal. I’ve preordered Julia’s book and the latest Jane Casey crime thriller set in London with Maeve Kerrigan. Currently reading Joy Ellis’s Jackman and Evans series.

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    1. Soooo many good ones. I just added to my list :)

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  40. Read most of the genres. Favorite genres include cozy mystery, mysteries that are scary as long as it's not gruesome, historical fiction, history, non-fiction, and fantasy.

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  41. Fleming, then Scalzi, then the final volume of Michael Sullivan's Legends of the Empyre fantasy series (6 books, a long wait).

    BTW, this is the first time I've been able to comment here for months. Don't know why that was, but I'm happy.

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  42. Oh, and genres...I read just about all of them: mystery with it's subgenera, fantasy, science fiction, general fiction, non-fiction, action/adventure, historical (both fiction and nonfiction), the rest. The exception is horror, zombie, vampire.

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