Friday, April 9, 2010

Looking Foward

Been super busy the last couple of days preparing reviews and other items for next week's "Detectives Around the World" theme week. I do hope you'll all check back daily next week to see all the great bloggers who are participating and highlighting detectives. It could be a great opportunity for you to discover some new detectives and to chat with each other about detectives you know and like. There will be some contests, guest posts from authors, and even great recipes you can check out. Each day I'll provide links to all the participating blogs so you can use Jen's Book Thoughts as your guide. I'll also be posting my own contributions to the fun. There will be a scavenger hunt that you can complete for a chance to win prizes and of course we'll be voting in the final face-off of the "World's Favorite Detective" tournament. I hope you'll check all of it out.

I'm falling a little behind on my reading since I've been doing a lot of planning and plotting, but I thought I'd share some of what I'm looking forward to this spring and summer:

Murder in the Abstract is Susan Shea's debut. It comes out this summer.

Bolt from the Blue is Diane Stuckart's newest in the Leonardo Di Vinci mystery series. Love this series, so looking forward to this one. It's out now, waiting for me to get to it. Soon, very soon!

Dead Head is Rosemary Harris' next in the Dirty Business mystery series. Another series I love, and I've been looking forward to this one for awhile. Dead Head is out this Tuesday. I still have to get my copy of this one.

Silent Auction is presently in my grimy paws awaiting it's turn to be read. It's also out this month and is the next Josie Prescott novel from Jane Cleland. If you're a regular to the blog, you know how much I'm always raving about this series.

Expiration Date is just a gorgeous book! Duane Swierczynski claims ownership of this lovely prize. Also out right now.

Junkyard Dogs is the next Walt Longmire. Enough said! It's out at the end of May.

Rolling Thunder by Chris Grabenstein and Reckless by Andrew Gross you'll hear about next week from me. Loved them both! Reckless is out the end of this month, Rolling Thunder is May. Also, I'll be seeing Andy Gross in L.A. in a couple weeks. Very jazzed about that!

Also up soon is The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien. This is the grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. This is his second novel, and it sounds outstanding. Looking forward to this one. I think you can actually get this one now. If not then very soon. Definitely within the month.

Shane Gericke's Torn Apart is out this summer. I'm anxiously anticipating that book. In the interim, I get my Gericke fix with his blog posts at Criminal Minds.

Another Criminal Mind that has a release this summer is Rebecca Cantrell. Her A Night of Long Knives, the follow-up to A Trace of Smoke, will hit bookstores in June.

Last but by far not least, actually probably what I'm looking most forward to is So Cold the River, Michael Koryta's first book with Little Brown. Now mind you, I've had this book since October, and have tortured myself with it every day since I got it. I kid you not, it sits right next to my keyboard and every day I say, "that's what I want to read next." And it IS going with me to L.A. so I can read it on vacation. The torture simply must stop!

So your turn. Share with us what you are most looking forward to this spring and summer!

And the last thing I wanted to share with you before I get back to theme week preparations is this beauty that came in the mail. I ordered this from Michelle Scalise on her Etsy shop to commemorate my appearance in ROLLING THUNDER.

Cool? I love it!

Don't forget it's your last day to vote in the Final Four round. Check back tomorrow for the results of who will be our champions facing off for the title of "World's Favorite Detective"!

Happy Reading!


Anonymous April 9, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

"Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens July 6

bermudaonion April 9, 2010 at 8:53 AM  

I love the necklace! I'm looking forward to next week.

Poncho April 9, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

That's an amazing list you have there. I'm afraid I haven't got your insight and book knowledge, so I'll be cheating from your list.

For example. "The Inheritance" is the second Simon Tolkien book? Man. That shows how good a JJR-fan I am.

Thanks, Jen, for this great cheat-sheet.

le0pard13 April 9, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

For this Spring, my annual trek to the L.A. Times Festival of Books and this year's panel that will include Robert Crais, Stephen J. Cannell, T. Jefferson Parker, and Michael Connelly! 'Nuff said.

Naomi Johnson April 9, 2010 at 3:29 PM  

I don't know how you do it, Jen. I can't think beyond the book I'm currently reading.

Serena April 9, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

I'm looking forward to next week! I'm getting stoked. I hope I read some great new posts about detectives....all week.

Mike April 9, 2010 at 10:35 PM  

Brian Freeman's 5th installment of the Jonathan Stride series: THE BURYING PLACE on 4/13.

And I am looking forward to Michael Koryta's SO COLD THE RIVER as well!

Anonymous April 10, 2010 at 12:01 AM  

I look forward to James Lee Burke's LAY DOWN MY SWORD AND SHIELD and RAIN GODS. Haven't read any with the Hackberry Holland character.

Lesa April 10, 2010 at 9:15 AM  

Love the necklace, Jen! That's the book I'm looking forward to reading, along with the new Monkeewrench book by P.J. Tracy.

Shane Gericke May 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

Crap! I loved the necklace and ran to the website to see it, and totally missed that you wrote about me at the top. Thanks, Jen, awfully good of you to do that!!

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