New Book Releases: Week of February 22, 2011


Wow, I’m not sure what it is about the last week of February, but publishers are releasing a lot of really cool books this week. First up is my personal favorite, Pale Demon, the ninth book in Kim Harrison’s highly addictive The Hollows series. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, authors of the bestselling Agent Pendergast series, are launching a new series this week that is sure to appeal to their fans. J. D. Robb’s In Death series keeps chugging along with its 33rd novel to feature New York homicide detective Eve Dallas. And if you saw the Cowboys and Aliens trailer during the Super Bowl, you might be interested in the graphic novel, which, after years of being out of print, is now available.

Pale Demon (The Hollows, Book 9) by Kim Harrison
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after . . . forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight—freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Gideon’s Sword by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
At twelve, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down.

At twenty-four, summoned to his dying mother’s bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him.

Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father’s destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.

But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon’s special skills. Someone who has need of just such a renegade.

For Gideon, this operation may be only the beginning . . .

Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
In the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law-including the ones sworn to uphold it.

Detective Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a senseless crime-an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. This is Peabody’s first case as primary detective-good thing she learned from the master.

But Peabody soon stumbles upon a trickier situation. After a hard workout, she’s all alone in the locker room when the gym door clatters open; and-while hiding inside a shower stall trying not to make a sound-she overhears two fellow officers, Garnet and Oberman, arguing. It doesn’t take long to realize they’re both crooked-guilty not just of corruption but of murder. Now Peabody, Eve, and Eve’s husband, Roarke, are trying to get the hard evidence they need to bring the dirty cops down-knowing all the while that the two are willing to kill to keep their secret.

Cowboys and Aliens by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
Every conqueror believes himself moved by a higher power, his destructive actions justified by necessity, compassion, or divine providence. In the greatest and most deadly expansion the world has seen, European settlers pushed west decimating the native population, without a second thought. But not for longɉ۬
When Extra-terrestrial invaders land in the Old West, they give the Cowboys the fight of their lives, forcing them to pair with Indians in this battle for control of the planet.

 

This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, Book 5) by Jeaniene Frost
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
The highly anticipated continuation of Jeaniene Frost’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Night Huntress series, in which Cat and Bones face an enemy unlike any they’ve met before.

Danger waits on both sides of the grave.

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance…

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally”–the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war. …to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

Devil’s Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries) by Joanne Fluke
Available February 22, 2011 (Order on Amazon)

From the publisher:
These days, everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is buzzing with activity, and Hannah Swensen is no exception. But no matter how busy she may be, Hannah can always find time to help a friend in need – especially when there’s a murder to investigate. A new minister is in town to cover for Reverend Bob Knudson, who’s honeymooning with Hannah’s good friend Claire. But when the replacement is found face down in a plate of devil’s food cake with a bullet in his head, Hannah starts asking questions. She soon discovers that the good Reverend wasn’t quite the saintly fellow he appeared to be. It will take some more digging to find the culprit, but Hannah is sure of one thing: even the most half-baked murder plot can be oh so deadly…

Also publishing this week:

A Creed in Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller
A Light at Winter’s End by Julia London
Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances by Scott Brown
Against the Law by Kat Martin
Family Storms by V. C. Andrews
Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
Healing the Highlander by Melissa Mayhue
The Heiress by Lynsay Sands
Iron Crowned (Dark Swan, Book 3) by Richelle Mead
Night Vision by Randy Wayne White
Serpent’s Storm (A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel) by Amber Benson
The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain
The Union Quilters: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
When the Killing’s Done: A Novel by T.C. Boyle

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