Alright, Readers, I'm not feeling the new release blog this week. Facts are facts. Nothing is standing out and I have the new Kevin Johnson book to proofread, so it's busy in here. So, here goes.
I love a good mystery. I mean, who doesn't? Mystery, thriller, and suspense reign supreme this week, guys, and it is big name heavy; Harlen Coben, Clive Cussler, Karen Robards, and C.J. Box all have books out today. If you read mystery/thriller at all, you'll be familiar with these folks. Also out in mystery this week is a new Hap and Leonard. Admittedly, I've never read any of them, but I have watched the show; with a McPoyle and Michael K. Williams on screen at the same time, how could I not?
Also, the title is really cute. The Elephant of Surprise is book twelve in the Hap and Leonard saga; I typically don't feature series, but I love a good play on words and elephants, so here we are.
Also out today, Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. This one is on my list. It was my book of the month selection for March and I'm really looking forward to it. Though this is the author's first novel, she regularly contributes to well known publications and, when she saw there wasn't much out there to help unrepresented writers make a splash, she created a short story competition. I like her already.
The book tells the story of Queenie as she basically spirals out of control. What makes this book different is, the spiral is completely of Queenie's creation. Like most of us, she makes a series of questionable decisions that bring about not so great consequences. So, she's super relatable.
I stumbled upon a book, If Cats Disappeared from the World, and I don't even want to contemplate it. I don't have a cat, but I sure do enjoy them.
If you're in the mood for literary fiction, Dave Eggers is back, back, back again with The Parade. The cover is striking, I will say that about it. Two men, Four and Nine, have been hired to construct a road in a foreign land that has just wrapped up a decade of civil war. These two men approach their responsibilities from completely different angles. I have a feeling Eggers, who always make a statement, is making a statement about understanding other people's conflicts and how we can't ever really seem to do it.
James Patterson. What is he even doing?
He's releasing a ton of books, y'all. Okay, so, I work-part time at the library and yesterday I finally got to do something I've wanted to do for years. I got to officially remove a Jimmy Pat book from circulation. I mean, we had three copies of his sci-fi, Humans Bow Down, and we still have two. BUT, the point is, I was the one who got to weed out and remove that third copy and it really was a rewarding experience.
And that's it for today. Pick up a good mystery, find out what happens with the cats, heck, even read a JP; just keep reading, friends!