Waiting On Wednesday (161) @StephenKing @ScribnerBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Billy Summers
Stephen King
Scribner, August 2021
Mystery, Noir, Thriller

From the publisher—

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Well, it’s Stephen King and that’s all the reason I need, really. Add to that my conviction that he’s at his best with characters who shouldn’t be sympathetic or appealing but are—this time, it sounds like the hitman is somebody I’m going to like despite his chosen profession. Then, throw in a spell of bad luck and a search for redemption and here we go, off on a new adventure from the master. 😀

Waiting On Wednesday (160) @ChetTheDog @ForgeReads

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Tender Is the Bite
A Chet & Bernie Mystery #11
Spencer Quinn
Forge Books, July 2021
Mystery, Private Investigators

From the publisher—

Chet and Bernie are contacted by a terribly scared young woman who seems to want their help. Before she can even tell them her name, she flees in panic. But in that brief meeting Chet sniffs out an important secret about her, a secret at the heart of the mystery he and Bernie set out to solve.

It’s a case with no client and no crime and yet great danger, with the duo facing a powerful politician who has a lot to lose. Their only hope lies with a ferret named Griffie who adores Bernie. Is there room for a ferret in the Chet and Bernie relationship? That’s the challenge Chet faces, the biggest of his career. Hanging in the balance are the lives of two mistreated young women and the future of the whole state.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? To be honest, I can’t imagine NOT waiting eagerly. I know some readers shy away from animal sleuths but nobody does it better than Mr. Quinn and having Chet tell these tales from his point of view never gets old. This private eye duo is good at what they do even if Chet is sometimes thrown off track by random squirrels and other distractions and they’re just plain fun to spend time with. This time, the fate of their corner of the universe seems to be in peril and I so want to know what’s going to happen with Griffie 😃.

Waiting On Wednesday (159) @dianevallere

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Teacher’s Threat
A Madison Night Mystery #8
Diane Vallere
Polyester Press, June 2021
Mystery, Cozy

From the author—

A professor murdered during office hours. A decorator enrolled in his course. Can she outsmart the killer who designed the perfect crime?

Madison Night just learned that business isn’t sexy. She modeled her decorating career on a Doris Day movie, but after losing her company in a legal battle, the local banks are unimpressed with her unique sales angle. Determined to get her MBA, she attends night school – until her professor is found dead in his office after an intensely-heated lecture. Now the only degree she can think about is murder in the first.

While the college recovers, Madison’s last hope for a loan is denied. The dean resumes the coursework himself, and Madison can’t help wondering if the curriculum holds the clues to the murder. Continuing her education is not without risk; pursuing her MBA may leave her DOA.

Can Madison’s sleuthing make the grade or will failure be a fatal lesson?

Teacher’s Threat is the eighth captivating mystery in the Madison Night series. If you like smart protagonists, classroom controversies, and Cabot Cove syndrome or read favorites Cleo Coyle or Jessica Fletcher, you’ll love Diane Vallere’s engaging series.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I shouldn’t be when you get right down to it because I have zero interest in fashion, the hook of most of this author’s series. Having said that, I keep coming back to Ms. Vallere‘s books so she’s obviously doing something right 😄 and, in this case, it’s fashion of decorating rather than the personal type and that’s decidedly more appealing to me. Also, this one has an academic element which always draws me in so I think it’s high time I get back to the Madison Night saga.

Waiting On Wednesday (158) @ChristineWells0 @Morrow_PB @WmMorrowBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Sisters of the Resistance
Christine Wells
William Morrow Paperbacks, June 2021
Historical Fiction

From the publisher—

Two sisters join the Paris Resistance in this page-turning new novel inspired by the real-life bravery of Catherine Dior, sister of the fashion designer and a heroine of World War II France—perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Jennifer Chiaverini.

Paris, 1944: The war is nearly over, but for members of the Resistance in occupied France, it is more dangerous than ever before. Twenty-five-year-old Gabby Foucher loathes the Nazis, though as the concierge of 10 rue Royale, she does her best to avoid conflict—unlike her bolder sister Yvette, who finds trouble at every turn.

Then they are both recruited into the Resistance by Catherine Dior and swept into a treacherous world of spies, fugitives, and intrigue. While Gabby risks everything for the man she is hiding from the Nazis, Yvette must decide whether to trust an enigmatic diplomat who seems to have guessed her secret. As the threat of betrayal draws ever-closer, one slip could mean the deaths of many, and both sisters must make choices they might regret.

Paris, 1947: Yvette returns from New York to reunite with Gabby and begin life anew as a mannequin for Dior, who is revolutionizing fashion with the New Look. But first she must discover the truth behind Catherine’s terrible fate, while Gabby finds that there are many kinds of courage, and that love is always worth fighting for.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I really enjoy historical fiction and, in these difficult times, I think it behooves all of us to remember those who stepped up to the plate during World War II. They were truly the Greatest Generation, men and women alike, and they epitomized the need and the determination to do the right thing, unlike so many today. Add to that the fascinating idea of Catherine Dior, sister of the couturier Christian Dior, being such a presence in the world of wartime espionage and I think we have an enthralling story.

Waiting On Wednesday (157) @darcyauthor @PPPress

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Whispering Dead
Gravekeeper #1
Darcy Coates
Poisoned Pen Press, May 2021
Mystery, Horror, Supernatural

From the publisher—

Homeless, hunted, and desperate to escape a bitter storm, Keira takes refuge in an abandoned groundskeeper’s cottage. Her new home is tucked away at the edge of a cemetery, surrounded on all sides by gravestones: some recent, some hundreds of years old, all suffering from neglect.

And in the darkness, she can hear the unquiet dead whispering.

The cemetery is alive with faint, spectral shapes, led by a woman who died before her time…and Keira, the only person who can see her, has become her new target. Determined to help put the ghost to rest, Keira digs into the spirit’s past life with the help of unlikely new friends, and discovers a history of deception, ill-fated love, and murder.

But the past is not as simple as it seems, and Keira’s time is running out. Tangled in a dangerous web, she has to find a way to free the spirit…even if it means offering her own life in return.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Well, for one thing, I’m curious to see how this book plays out because I’m not accustomed to seeing mysteries this creepy (apparently) from Poisoned Pen Press, a favorite publisher for many years. I don’t often seek out supernatural crime fiction but something about this description is calling my name and, besides, I’m in the mood for something a little different from my usual fare. Also, I love the title 😄

Waiting On Wednesday (156) @ragnarjo @MinotaurBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Girl Who Died
Ragnar Jonasson
Minotaur Books, May 2021
Mystery, Psychological Thriller

From the publisher—

Teacher Wanted At the Edge of the World

Una wants nothing more than to teach, but she has been unable to secure steady employment in Reykjavík. Her savings are depleted, her love life is nonexistent, and she cannot face another winter staring at the four walls of her shabby apartment. Celebrating Christmas and ringing in 1986 in the remote fishing hamlet of Skálar seems like a small price to pay for a chance to earn some teaching credentials and get her life back on track.

But Skálar isn’t just one of Iceland’s most isolated villages, it is home to just ten people. Una’s only students are two girls aged seven and nine. Teaching them only occupies so many hours in a day and the few adults she interacts with are civil but distant. She only seems to connect with Thór, a man she shares an attraction with but who is determined to keep her at arm’s length.

As darkness descends throughout the bleak winter, Una finds herself more often than not in her rented attic space―the site of a local legendary haunting―drinking her loneliness away. She is plagued by nightmares of a little girl in a white dress singing a lullaby. And when a sudden tragedy echoes an event long buried in Skálar’s past, the villagers become even more guarded, leaving a suspicious Una seeking to uncover a shocking truth that’s been kept secret for generations.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? To be honest, more than a bit of boredom has crept into my reading while we’ve all been hunkered down and I think a little shaking up is in order. This one is outside of my comfort zone in a lot of ways—new exotic setting as I tend to avoid Scandinavian noir (although I have a years-long fascination with Iceland), new (to me) author, compelling premise of perhaps the ultimate closed room type of mystery. I’m a little concerned that the dismalness may be more than I’ll want but there’s a lot about this that appeals to me so, fingers crossed!

Waiting On Wednesday (155) @Steve_Goble @SeventhStBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Pieces of Eight
A Spider John Mystery #4
Steve Goble
Seventh Street Books, March 2021
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

1723—Spider John is almost home, free of the horrors of the pirate life, free of the violence, free of the death. The wife and baby he left behind almost a decade ago are almost within reach.

But then a murder aboard Minuet uncovers a deeper conspiracy, and soon Spider and his friends—curmudgeonly Odin, swashbuckling young Hob and alluring Ruth Copper— find themselves in the midst of flintlock smoke and bloodshed.

The violence follows Spider ashore to Nantucket, where the loving reception he’d dreamed of turns out to be something utterly unexpected. Soon, Spider is running for his life and confronting cutthroats and thieves — while hiding from islanders who think he left a man dead on a widow’s front step.

The solution? Find the killer. The consequences? Those could change Spider John’s life forever.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Pirates! I ask you now, what could be more fun than a mystery full of nefarious, scruffy, potty-mouthed ruffians brimming over with verbal invective and very bad behavior? Spider John has been trying for three books now to get out of the piracy business and has been failing miserably, sidetracked by dead bodies who, er, shouldn’t be dead, and here comes another one…or more. Will he succeed this time? Avast, Mateys!