This time on our usual bookstore outing I was on a quest. My friend Isabel’s 9 for 09 Challenge was recently mentioned in Romantic Times Magazine and I wanted to see if I could find the magazine for her. Well, I found it but not the right issue (I was looking for March) but I decided to still check this one out.
Every once in a while I do read the magazine because aside from romance novel reviews they also review mysteries and I just noticed that they’ve also started reviewing graphic novels, teen reads and urban fantasy. Well, I think I need to add this magazine as a regular read then!
Danielle recently posted about soon-to-be released books she is looking forward to and after I read this magazine I thought I’d do the same. I found quite a few books that sound good to me, here they are:
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I read her first book Sharp Objects earlier this year and thought it was an well-written psychological thriller. This promises to be another gritty, intense thriller.
- House of Mystery: Room & Boredom by Matthew Sturges. The story focuses on five characters trapped in a supernatural bar, trying to solve the mystery of how and why they’re imprisoned there. Each one has a terrible past they’d like to forget, and with no books, newspapers or TV allowed in the House, they face an eternity of boredom. But stories become the new currency, and fortunately, the House attracts only the finest storytellers. Doesn’t that sound great?
- The Sacred Well by Antoinette May. Two women, two centuries apart but drawn to the mystical Chichen Itza. I got to visit Chichen Itza with this girl many years ago and we had a blast. I don’t think you can even climb up the castle anymore but when we went we even got to go inside. I wouldn’t mind revisiting this beautiful spot even if only via the pages of a book.
- Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot. An American woman leaves L.A. after breaking up with her boyfriend and goes to Paris and big surprise, she finds love. Maybe it’s not quite an original story but this could turn out to be a fun, romantic novel.
- A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell. This suspenseful first novel follows an undercover crime reporter in Berlin in 1931 as she searches for her brother’s killer, a trail that leads from the city’s dark underbelly to the top ranks of the rising Nazi party. You know I love Berlin so this is going on my TBR list.
- In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff. I love historicals and this mystery features a New York detective who’s lost his fiancée in the General Slocum ferry disaster. Still reeling from the tragedy, Det. Ziele transferred to a police department north of New York, to escape the city and all the memories it conjured, but of course he’ll soon be pulled into solving the murder of a young woman.
So many good books to look forward to. What about you? What are you eagerly awaiting?