—Mary Schmich ( American journalist )
I have been doing some searching and have discovered some potentially great reading material coming up in 2018. In January William L Myers Jr. takes us for a wild ride on a derailed train with the attorney who is trying to defend his cousin, the man blamed for causing the accident. His newest book, An Engineered Injustice, promises to be a good one.
February brings us a Jack Swyteck novel by James Grippando, A Death in Live Oak, a Darren Street novel by Scott Pratt, Justice Lost, a missing child novel by Rick Mofina, Last Seen, and a legal thriller, A Gambler’s Jury by Victor Methos. The blurbs about each of those books made me anxious to get them in my hands.
March brings us four tempting novels too, leading off with Fade to Black from one of my favorite escape novelists, David Rosenfelt. The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin promises to be as exciting as his previous thrillers. I remember being on the edge of my seat reading his very first novel, years ago, Gone But Not Forgotten. Brad Meltzer’s The Escape Artist introduces us to a new protagonist and a very different storyline. Lastly, for March, Alison Gaylin, an author I have yet to read, brings us If I Die Tonight, introducing us to several really interesting sounding characters.
April brings us more than showers, with Adam Mitzner’s Never Goodbye, Lisa Scottoline’s After Anna and James Patterson brings back the women’s murder club with his novel Seventeenth Suspect.
May promises another McMurtrie and Drake novel, The Last Trial by Robert Bailey.
Lastly, in June, I am really looking forward to The President is Missing, the newest Patterson collaboration, this time with former president Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton and I always had similar tastes in our book choices, so I can’t wait to see what kind of an author he turns out to be.
I am also planning on reading and reviewing a number of non-fiction books in 2018. Books on David Bowie, Nelson Mandela, Henry III and Agatha Christie captured my attention to name a few. I think I will read some politically-leaning books too, because who can ignore that topic during these turbulent times.
Reading has always been a wonderfully de-stressing mechanism for me. I escape into other people’s lives, and my own problems fade away. I spent many years trying to pass on my love of reading to young people, and now I hope that I have convinced many of you to pick up a book and get lost in another world. If you aren’t there yet, I promise you that there are some really captivating books ahead as we face the craziness of 2018.
I did just finish an intriguing novel by Maurice Sellar, and it was a fun way to begin the last month of 2017. The Front Man is filled with excitement, history and political intrigue, as we read a bit about Adolph Hitler and his possible offspring. Can this new breed of Nazi finish what their famous leader couldn’t, or is their plan destined to the same failure?
As always, a complete review of the book (The Front Man) follows this blog.
We here at MadderlyReview wish all of you a very happy and healthy new year.