Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Reading Ahead: June 2014, part 2

I have to admit: even though the weather remains cool, I'm really starting to get psyched up for summer.  Why?  Because there are so many great books coming out, of course!  Just look at today's list.  Suspense, thrillers, horror, mysteries.  What's not to love?

Cop Town, by Karin Slaughter

Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King

Phantom Instinct, by Meg Gardiner

Vertigo 42, by Martha Grimes

Eyes on You, by Kate White

Top Secret Twenty-One, by Janet Evanovich

I am a huge Karin Slaughter fan and really enjoyed Criminal, which tracks back into a crime from 1975 and the original team who worked that case.  Now in Cop Town, Slaughter goes back to mid-1970s Atlanta in her first stand-alone novel.  The city is in turmoil, a serial killer is targeting cops, and a divided police force must track him down before any more of their own fall.  Slaughter is far and away my favorite crime novelist, and I am eagerly anticipating this new novel.  New to her work?  Start at the beginning with Blindsighted.

I'm also intrigued by the premise of Stephen King's new novel, Mr. Mercedes.  King is a master of horror and regularly pits good against evil in a small-town setting, but never before has he done it like this.  In a novel more suspense than horror, he pits retired cop Bill Hodges against a young man who has killed before and vows to do so again, using a Mercedes as his weapon of choice.  

I'm back on Thursday with a list of new contemporary fiction for your summer reading enjoyment.  In the meantime, happy reading!

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