May 2013 Books On My Radar

I don’t have too many books I’m excited about this month. This may change as I discover new books from other bloggers.

May 7


This book is a hardcover so both the book and e-book are expensive so even though this is the final Sookie Stackhouse book I won’t buy it until the e-book is less expensive…or I will try to find it at the library. It’s hard to believe this is the last in the Sookie series. I’ve been reading them for years. I wonder what Charlaine Harris is doing next.

Dead Ever After
by Charlaine Harris
Series: Sookie Stackhouse #13
Published by Ace, hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: THE FINAL SOOKIE STACKHOUSE NOVEL There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse  finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

This e-book costs less than the paperback version so I’ve pre-ordered the book.

Heart of Iron
by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk series, book 2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, paperback
Genre: Steampunk
448 pages
Synopsis: In the mist-shrouded streets of London’s dreaded Whitechapel district, werewolves, vampires, and a clockwork army are one step away from battle…

No One to Trust
Dangerous. Unpredictable. That’s how people know the hulking Will Carver. And those who don’t like pretty words just call him The Beat. No matter how hard Will works to suppress his werewulfen side, certain things drive him beyond all control. And saucy Miss Lena Todd tops the list.
Lena makes the perfect spy against the ruling Echelon blue bloods. No one suspects that under the appearance of flirtatious debutante lies a heart of iron. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t wrap around her finger and the one man whose kiss she can never forget. He’s supposed to be protecting her, but he might just be her biggest threat yet…

I already downloaded an e-book copy of this from Smashwords where it was free (for a limited time)

Tarnished Knight
by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk series, book 1.5
About 51,000 words
This was available as an e-book (Apr 1, 2013). I didn’t know there was a book 1.5 until I went to Ms. McMaster’s website as I was writing this post.
Synopsis:After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John ‘Rip’ Doolan, thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined…

Again, this is a hardcover so even though I enjoy these mysteries I will wait to buy it or look for it at the library.

Murder in Chelsea
by Victoria Thompson
Series: Gaslight Mystery, book 15
Published by Berkley, hardcover
Genre: Historical Mystery
304 pages
Synopsis: Sarah Brandt is shattered when she learns that a woman has inquired at Hope’s Daughters Mission for Catherine, the abandoned child she has taken as her daughter. The woman claims she was Catherine’s nursemaid, now acting on behalf of the girl’s mother to reunite them.

Unwilling to simply hand Catherine over to a complete stranger, Sarah asks Malloy to investigate. But when he goes to interview the woman at her tenement in Chelsea, he finds she has been murdered.

May 15

This is a reprint of one of Ms. Kelly’s earlier books from 1989. So far, an e-book version is not shown.

Miss Chartley’s Guided Tour
by Carla Kelly
Series: n/a
Published by Camel Press
Genre: Historical Romance
250 pages
Synopsis: To all appearances, Miss Omega Chartley is a schoolteacher on holiday. In fact she is a gentlewoman fallen on hard times, left at the altar eight years earlier and forced to make her own way in the world after the loss of her family fortune.

Omega’s modest tour of England is cut short when she comes to the aid of a runaway. Jamie Clevenden has fled the clutches of a brutal uncle, and Omega is determined to help him escape the law, as represented by Bow Street Runner, Mr. Timothy Platter.

 May 28

As I write this the kindle e-book price is still set at the hardover price so I won’t buy this book right now.

The Proposal
by Mary Balogh
Series: The Survivor’s Club, book 1
Published by Dell, paperback release of hardcover published in 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
384 pages
Synopsis: Gwendoline, Lady Muir, has seen her share of tragedy. Content in a quiet life with friends and family, the young widow has no desire to marry again. But when Hugo, Lord Trentham, scoops her up in his arms after a fall, she feels a sensation that both shocks and emboldens her. Hugo is a gentleman in name only: a war hero whose bravery earned him a title, a merchant’s son who inherited his wealth. He is happiest when working the land, but duty and title now demand that he finds a wife. Hugo doesn’t wish to court Gwen, yet he cannot resist her guileless manner, infectious laugh, and lovely face. He wants her, but will she have him? The dour ex-military officer who so gallantly carried Gwen to safety is a man who needs a lesson in winning a woman’s heart. But through courtship and seduction, Gwen soon finds that with each kiss, and with every caress, Hugo captivates her more—with his desire, with his love, and with the promise of forever.

The kindle e-book is a little less than the mass market paperback so I’ve already pre-ordered this book!

Once Upon a Tower
by Eloisa James
Series: Fairy Tale series, book 5
Published by Avon, paperback
Genre: Historical Romance
416 pages
Synopsis: To win her love. . . As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.

He must free her from her tower. . .
“Edie” had the misfortune of being dreadfully ill at her debut ball and barely remembers what Gowan looks like. Even worse, she accepted his proposal the following day. Edie’s only true passion is playing music—until Gowan writes a scandalous letter and stirs the most irresistible desire. Yet when they marry, Edie realizes her husband needs a lesson and locks herself in a tower. Somehow Gowan must find a way to enter the tower and convince his new bride that she belongs in his arms.


What books are you looking forward to this month? What books have I missed?