August brings a good selection of new mysteries and suspense thriller, including a bunch of new additions to series and a variety of cozy mysteries.
Peter Robinson with his Inspector Banks series, Allison Brennan with Lucy Kinkaid, number 21 in the Deborah Knott series by Margaret Maron, to list a few. Many of this month’s releases are well into the series collection.
Both Jonathan Kellerman and Michael Koryta will introduce new series this month. Kellerman’s Alex Davenport series has been a long time favorite of mine, so it will be great to see what the new series will be like. Michael Koryta has written a variety of novels, often with a bit of the supernatural, but with his new entry it looks like the start of a thriller series featuring Mark Novak.
You can see a much expanded list here on Mystery Suspense Reviews with links to each of the books. It doesn’t include every book—it’s always amazing just how many there are each month—but it does include many of my favorite authors and some I’ve yet to read. If there are any you would like to see added, please feel free to drop me a note.
Here are just a few that I am looking forward to reading as soon as possible.
Andrew Peterson’s 5th novel in the Nathan McBride series.
On August 11, a couple of favorite authors add to their series. The first, Contract to Kill, is written by Andrew Peterson. This will be the fifth novel in his Nathan McBride series. Every book I’ve read by Mr. Peterson has left me anxious for the next. In case you haven’t seen the article, this author was chosen as one of the top new thriller authors.
Nathan McBride is a former CIA special Ops soldier with superb skills and a heart and mind that want the right thing. Along with his partner, Harvey Fontana, they are often in demand to help out with dangerous and/or political situations. In this novel, the two begin investigating the chief of security for a major military government contractor for a double murder. What they find is far more complicated than that. The firm is involved in unveiling a crime ring on our southern border. Were the murders part of that plan or is something more personal, and more deadly, in play?
Always an entertaining, fast paced read, this should be a good one. If you haven’t read any of Andrew Peterson’s novels you may want to start with First to Kill, book one in the series. But each stands alone well, so start right here if you like.
Linda Fairstein is a long time favorite author, all for her Alexandra Cooper series. Alexandra is an assistant D.A. in New York. The author herself worked for more than a decade as head of Manhattan’s sex crimes unit for the district attorney’s office. Both her knowledge of the field and her excellent descriptions of many of Manhattans hidden secrets add so much to her stories. From the libraries to the museum, to Grand Central Terminal in her last book, she allows us to explore her city, the city she knows so well. This newest one will involve the George Washington bridge.
In Devil’s Bridge, book 17 for the Alexandra Cooper series, Alexandra herself has disappeared. With as many enemies as she has made over the years, it will be difficult to determine who is behind it. Mike Chapman will stop at nothing to find her. But will he be able to in time? It sounds like another fantastic story that we won’t want to miss.
Have you read Jonathan Kellerman? With thirty novels in his Alex Delaware series alone, I hope you have. The series continues to be very successful, with enough new twists and turns to keep readers coming back for more. That is why I’m excited to see what his new series will bring.
On August 18th, We will meet psychologist, Dr. Grace Blades, who has an exceptional talent for treating and healing her patients. Her past has led her to this place, after witnessing her parents deaths. Now the brilliant psychologist finds herself on two sides; one with her patients, and another very risky covert side. That certainly makes me curious to know more.
In the first book of the series, a new patient with a past is much like her own, is murdered soon after leaving her office. The investigation leads back to her, then into her violent past. Determined to find the answers she will have to face that past and resolve it finally. In the meantime, someone is hunting her.
It’s sounds exciting and intriguing, especially with the mystery of her secrets. Definitely on my wish list for August.
August 4th, Ellery Adams is back with another Book Retreat Mystery.
On the lighter side, yet still containing plenty of entertainment value, we have a new addition to the Book Retreat Mystery series. This time Jane Steward is preparing Storyton Hall for a Valentine’s Day week of events that will include several romance authors.
Finding one of them killed was not part of the plans. Jane will have to weed through fellow authors, jealous lovers, and even unhappy fans, if she is to help solve the murder.
A ‘cozy’ selection, you will find less graphic violence, sex and language, yet still be drawn into a clever mystery. The book covers alone that you find on many cozy mysteries are enough to make me want to read them. I love the detail shown, whether it is a library like this one or a bakery or whatever. They are so well done!
You can read my review of the first of the series here: Murder in the Mystery Suite.