January is the month of new beginnings — the slate is clean. It’s also the coldest month of the year. How about some books that will make you comfortable, perhaps a good adventure tale, maybe a malevolent spirit or a terrific mystery? These books will get you to settle down in front of a warm fire, kick off your shoes and as the boxing announcer says, “get ready to rumble!”
Joseph Finder: Get ready for “Buried Secrets,” as international investigator, Nick Heller finds himself in a life-or-death situation. He was urgently summoned by an old family friend whose teenage daughter has been kidnapped. He finds she is buried alive and held prisoner in an underground crypt. Library Journal wrote, “Crisp, clipped chapters and numerous cliff-hangers propel the action at a breakneck pace. Finder’s outstanding writing and engrossing plot twists embellish a captivating read.” You won’t be able to put this book down.
Robert Pobi: Robert has fished for great white sharks, chased coyotes with a dune buggy and went spelunking in a cave in former Yugoslavia. However, his books top everything. His first is “City of Windows” which finds an FBI agent in a moving car in New York City and is killed by a nearly impossible shot. With a new wife and family, Lucas Page has no interest in helping the FBI until he learns the victim was his former partner. The Wall Street Journal says it all, “Moving, breathtaking, a great entertainment.” What’s not to like about Robert Pobi.
Darcy Coates: Darcy lives in the Central Coast of Australia and loves haunted houses, ancient graveyards, mysteries and suspense. If you like horror her books reflect all of these. Let’s start with the Ghosts of Shadows Series beginning with “House of Shadows.” Sophie’s world is shattered when disaster bankrupts her family. She is still reeling from the news when a wealthy stranger asks for her hand in marriage. She decides to live in his house but finds her husband is keeping secrets. The piano plays in the middle of the night; blood drips from the ceiling. Sophie is pulled towards the terrifying truth – the halls are haunted. Will the secrets be so dangerous that they may be unforgettable? Darcy cohabitates with three cats and two humans.
Marty Wingate: When you think about Marty you know right away she’s a terrific mystery author. Her First Edition Library Mysteries are set in the lovely Georgian town of Bath. We find Hayley Burke, the curator, who has never read a detective story. In book one, “The Bodies in the Library.” she bluffs her way along when a member of a fiction group turns up dead. Jenn McKinney, NY Times bestselling author says, “A book lovers delight. Marty Wingate has crafted the perfect cozy mystery.” You can get cozy with her in January.
David Rosenfelt: If you are a dog lover you might want to bite into David Rosenfelt’s books. He says he is a novelist with 27 dogs. His character, Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever,Tara, are finding that all is not calm or bright in the book, “Silent Bite.” the latest mystery in this heartwarming series. The Globe Mail said, “We loved it. This is a courtroom drama with charm and a really clever plot. Dog lovers will adore this book, but serious mystery fans will love the puzzle.” Rosenfelt and his wife started the Tara Foundation which has saved almost 4,000 dogs.
January is also the time of year when many things can be seen clearly, no leaves on trees, no ability to hide under water since it’s frozen and the snow can cover everything. Let’s get out the sweaters and check some books you can capture for the beginning of 2021. Keep warm and keep reading, everyone!