On the off chance you need a little cheering up this winter, publishers have you covered. And if a mystery novel is your read of choice, they definitely have you covered! Don't believe me? Read on.
The Forever Girl, by Alexander McCall-Smith
Moving Target, by J.A. Jance
Death of a Policeman, by M.C. Beaton
Blackberry Pie Murder, by Joanne Fluke
The Chase, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Following this writing duo's excellent novel The Heist, The Chase picks up with the unlikely team of FBI agent Kate O'Hare and master con-artist Nicholas Fox now undercover to bring down a thief whose crimes could cause an international incident between the US and China. Evanovich, best known for her witty Stephanie Plum mysteries (One for the Money, etc.), and Goldberg, best known for his Monk mysteries, team up here to make dynamic, fast-reading gold with their signature style for the slightly madcap well intact (AARP-card-carrying mercenaries, anyone?). If you're intrigued, I would highly suggest picking up a copy of The Heist while you wait.
Twisted Sisters, by Jen Lancaster. I have mentioned often (and recently) the pleasure I receive in reading Lancaster's work. Here, overachieving sister Reagan has a spot on a breakout television show as a licensed psychologist, pushing people to overcome their fears and boundaries to live better lives. Yet for all her success, her younger sister Geri was, is, and always will be the family favorite. When Reagan's show is picked up by a national network, the pressure is on to make it work, and she winds up seeking a slightly unconventional approach. Record Nielsen ratings follow, and Reagan decides to use her newfound power to teach a lesson about sibling rivalry. What could go wrong? Well... This is, absolutely, on my list.