Killing Bridezilla by Laura Levine - And the cycle continues. Every June, Laura Levine publishes a new book in her Jaine Austen cozy mystery series. And every June I say I'm going to wait for a library copy, but ultimately cave and buy my own. Then I read the damn thing in less than 24 hours, and end up donating my copy to work. I just cannot wait. These books are fast, fun reads and Levine always manages to cram a compelling mystery, with plenty of viable suspects, into less than 260 pages. I don't know how the woman does it, and does it so well. Not enough people are reading her says I.
The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner - A So. Cal. native now living in England, Gardiner hit the "big time" last year when Stephen King devoted one of his Entertainment Weekly columns to her sheer genius. At that point she was only being published overseas. With King's endorsement came publicity and this, her sixth novel, is being released in the States on June 12. Normally I don't give much credence to such endorsements, but the plot on this one tickled my fancy. The heroine is a medical examiner called in to conduct autopsies on several high-profile suicides in San Francisco. Naturally, mayhem ensues.
Vodka Neat by Anna Blundy - Another author originally published overseas, Vodka Neat is actually the third book in the Faith Zanetti series. This one flipped my switch after reading a review. Faith is a foreign correspondent with an alcohol problem who is arrested after she sets foot on Russian soil. They think she's connected to a series of homicides. Unfortunately for Faith, she was drunk at the time of the murders, and the details are sketchy. So off she goes to find the charming Russian black marketeer she married at the tender age of 19. That's when all hell breaks loose.
Sleeping With the Devil by Vanessa Marlow - Marlow is a pseudonym for erotic-romance author Cheryl Holt. I've only read one novel by Holt, and let's just say the experience left me emotionally scarred. I chalked her up as "not for me," and traipsed along my merry way. Then I heard about this novel, which is billed as an "erotic thriller." I adore erotic thrillers. Also, Katie(babs) blogged about this one ages ago, and her thoughts really intrigued me. Will it turn out to be a case of curiosity killing the