I really do love the start of a new year, with all the possibilities for the year ahead. Now that we are heading into spring, I am getting so excited for all the things nice weather has to offer! Reading outside, or reading with the windows open, letting in a nice breeze. Wanderlust and summer travel (we shall see, 2021) and all the fun new books being released!
Just this spring alone, there are so many great books being released and I have pre-ordered quite a few. So that is what I am sharing with you today! Below are all titles I myself have purchased and am really looking forward to reading!
Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson Out March 23, 2021
Why I am looking forward to it: Swanson writes classic mystery thrillers. They are readable, with complex plots, yet also feel very realistic. I have read several of his titles already and am looking forward to reading his newest novel and also catching up on his backlist titles this year!
Abigail Baskin never thought she’d fall in love with a millionaire. Then she met Bruce Lamb. He’s a good guy, stable, level-headed, kind—a refreshing twist from her previous relationships.
But right before the wedding, Abigail has a drunken one-night stand on her bachelorette weekend. She puts the incident—and the sexy guy who wouldn’t give her his real name—out of her mind, and now believes she wants to be with Bruce for the rest of her life.
Then the mysterious stranger suddenly appears—and Abigail’s future life and happiness are turned upside down. He insists that their passionate night was the beginning of something much, much more. Something special. Something real—and he’s tracked her down to prove it.
Does she tell Bruce and ruin their idyllic honeymoon—and possibly their marriage? Or should she handle this psychopathic stalker on her own? To make the situation worse, strange things begin to happen. She sees a terrified woman in the night shadows, and no one at the resort seems to believe anything is amiss… including her perfect new husband
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson – Out March 16, 2021
Why I am looking forward to it: This book first caught my attention when the amazing Crime by the Book shared it on her Instagram page. The synopsis sounds great, and when I found out the author is a woman of color, I knew I wanted to buy this one to support a Black author. Thrillers and crime fiction are my favorite, but I am always on the lookout for authors of color who write in these genres, because unfortunately, the crime fiction world seems overrun with white authors. I am also just very impressed with this authors resume, working first for the BBC and now a practicing criminal defense lawyer. I know that experience is going to lend itself well to this novel and I can’t wait to read it!
On the day she returns to active duty with the Serial Crimes Unit, Detective Inspector Anjelica Henley is called to a crime scene. Dismembered body parts from two victims have been found by the river.
The modus operandi bears a striking resemblance to Peter Olivier, the notorious Jigsaw Killer, who has spent the past two years behind bars. When he learns that someone is co-opting his grisly signature—the arrangement of victims’ limbs in puzzle-piece shapes—he decides to take matters into his own hands.
As the body count rises, DI Anjelica Henley is faced with an unspeakable new threat. Can she apprehend the copycat killer before Olivier finds a way to get to him first? Or will she herself become the next victim?
Drawing on her experience as a criminal attorney, debut novelist Nadine Matheson delivers the page-turning crime novel of the year. Taut, vivid and addictively sinister, The Jigsaw Man will leave you breathless until the very last page.
Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins – Out Now
Why I am looking forward to it: Another Crime by the Book recommendation, Magpie Lane sounds just like the perfectly atmospheric novels that I love! Missing girl, prestigious college campus, smoke and mirrors, secrets and lies? Yes, sign me up!
When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee, for answers.
As Dee looks back over her time in the Master”s Lodging – an eerie and ancient house – a picture of a high achieving but dysfunctional family emerges: Nick, the fiercely intelligent and powerful father; his beautiful Danish wife Mariah, pregnant with their child; and the lost little girl, Felicity, almost mute, seeing ghosts, grieving her dead mother.
But is Dee telling the whole story? Is her growing friendship with the eccentric house historian, Linklater, any cause for concern? And most of all, why is Felicity silent?
Her Dark Lies by J.T.Ellison – Out March 9, 2021
Why I am looking forward to it: Ellison is a master of the thriller suspense genre. Her novels combine all the right elements to make a mysterious, suspenseful and wild ride. I also find her novels to showcase some variety. Last year she wrote about an exclusive all girls school, the year before an Olympic skier with a secret past. I love that she mixes things up, and it makes me excited to read every new book she puts out there!
Jutting from sparkling turquoise waters off the Italian coast, Isle Isola is an idyllic setting for a wedding. In the majestic cliff-top villa owned by the wealthy Compton family, up-and-coming artist Claire Hunter will marry handsome, charming Jack Compton, surrounded by close family, intimate friends…and a host of dark secrets.
From the moment Claire sets foot on the island, something seems amiss. Skeletal remains have just been found. There are other, newer disturbances, too. Menacing texts. A ruined wedding dress. And one troubling shadow hanging over Claire’s otherwise blissful relationship—the strange mystery surrounding Jack’s first wife.
Then a raging storm descends, the power goes out—and the real terror begins…
The Three Mrs. Greys by Shelley Ellis – Out March 30, 2021
Why I am looking forward to it: I saw this title on an Instagram list of upcoming thrillers. I looked it up, read the synopsis and that was that. Pre-order, done! This one sounds scandalous and electric! I can’t wait to read it! Oh, and how about that smoldering cover!?
Noelle. Diamond. Vanessa. Each woman believes she is Cyrus Grey’s only wife–until he’s nearly shot to death. Now, as he lies in a coma, the deceptions keep coming, unraveling everything they thought they knew…
Gorgeous model Noelle’s marriage to Cyrus anchored her–though she couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t have a baby with her. They certainly had the money. But she’s learning fast just how Cyrus became so rich–thanks to his fatally attractive business partner…
For Diamond, marrying Cyrus saved her from the streets–and being a pimp’s punching bag. But her past makes her the police’s prime suspect in Cyrus’ shooting. She’s determined to get to the truth–if she can survive long enough to tell it…
Even with her beautiful house, three kids, and elegant lifestyle, Vanessa sensed something was wrong in her marriage. But she never expected this–or that taking a lover for comfort would change the game completely.
With danger closing in, Cyrus’ life hanging in the balance, and collateral damage threatening to take them all down, how far will each woman go to be the real Mrs. Grey?
Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan – Out April 20, 2021
Why I am looking forward to it: I have read several of Ms. Holahan’s books and the past and know that they are fun reads full of misdirection and out-of-nowhere twists! Her Three Lives sounds like more of that same perfect storm and I am here for it!
Her public life: Jade Thompson has it all. She’s an up-and-coming social media influencer, and she has a beautiful new home and a successful architect for a fiancé. But there’s trouble behind the scenes. To Greg’s children, his divorce from their mother and his new life can only mean a big mid-life crisis. To Jade, his suburban Connecticut upbringing isn’t an easy match with her Caribbean roots.
Her private life: A savage home invasion leaves Greg house-bound with a traumatic brain injury and glued to the live feeds from his ubiquitous security cameras. As the police investigate the crime and Greg’s frustration and rage grows, Jade begins to wonder what he may know about their attackers. And whether they are coming back.
Her secret life: As Greg watches Jade’s comings and goings, he becomes convinced that her behavior is suspicious and that she’s hiding a big secret. The more he sees, the more he wonders whether the break-in was really a random burglary. And whether he’s worth more to Jade if he were dead than alive.
The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jonasson – Out May 4, 2021
Why I am looking forward to it: Last but not least, The Girl Who Died, by an author who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Ragnar Jonasson is a Nordic noir author, writing crime fiction set in his home country of Iceland. The Girl Who Died is a standalone novel, which is new for this author, and I am eagerly awaiting it’s release. In the meantime, give his Dark Iceland trilogy a try, it’s one of my favorites!
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.