While most people love this time of year as spring starts to peak its head out, I’m not one of them. I love the cold and reading books in the warmth of my home. I can still do that in the spring, but those darn birds keep yapping outside my window!
I always find a way though and I’m going to have to this month with a ton of great books coming out. This month is absolutely stacked with new books from Brad Meltzer, Janet Evanovich, and Harlan Coben. A new Maisie Dobbs highlights the cozy mysteries as well as a new series from Karen White and the return of Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Aunties.
One of my most anticipated books of the month comes from John Scalzi who is bringing us The Kaiju Preservation Society. I love Godzilla and that book looks like a ton of fun. I’m also really looking forward to The Shadow Glass by Josh Winning which seems like a sort of dark Jim Henson monster story.
All those great books plus The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh. I already have my box of tissues at the ready for that one!
My list of the most anticipated books for March 2022:
Best Upcoming Cozy Mystery Books: March 2022
The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White: A new series about a Nola Trenholm making a frest start in New Orleans in a historic home. Upon moving in, she finds she has some unwanted roommates: the ghosts of the previous occupants. She seeks help from Beau, a man she hoped to never see again, who can communicate with them. Not only that, he has a connection to an unsolved murder of a woman who lived in the home.
All the Queen's Men by S.J. Bennett: This will be the second book in this fun series where Queen Elizabeth II moonlights as an amateur detective. Her Majesty’s latest investigation has her looking into the case of a Buckingham Palace staff member who is found dead in the swimming pool.
Pleading the Fish by Bree Baker: The Seaside Café Mysteries series will come to an end with this seventh and final book. Everly takes on one of her biggest cases of all-time, the curse of love in the Swan family. Her fiance is determined to prove the curse wrong, but when a historian looking into Swan history is found dead she fears the curse is spreading.
A Sunlit Weapon by Jacqueline Winspear: The Maisie Dobbs series continues in October 1942 as a woman named Jo Hardy is shot at while flying a fighter aircraft. She heads to the spot on foot and finds an American serviceman tied up in a barn. She turns him into the military police and then, two days later, another pilot crashes in the same area where she was attacked. Looking for help, Hardy seeks out Maisie Dobbs, psychologist and investigator.
Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto: Dial A for Aunties was a great introduction to the aunties and now they are back for more. This book sees Meddy planning for a wedding and hiring a family of Chinese-Indonesian as vendors so that her family can enjoy the event. This turns out to be a mistake as the family turns out to be the family, as in the mafia. The aunties will do whatever it takes to keep this day special, even it means taking on the mob.
Best Upcoming Fantasy/Sci-Fi Books: March 2022
The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd: Nell Young loves cartography. Her father is a legendary cartographers and she looks up to him, but a falling out has caused them not to talk for a long while. Now, her father has been found dead with a map hidden in his desk. The map turns out to be incredibly valuable with a collector willing to kill in order to destroy every copy. Nell sets out to find out why and finds that this map is anything but ordinary.
When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo: Yejide’s mother is dying and she will pass on the family’s legacy to her daughter. That legacy is to shepherd the city’s souls into the afterlife, but Yejide is not interested in the job. While Darwin has been raised to avoid death in life and not interact with it at all. However, life gets in the way and the only job he can find is as a grave digger. The two will meet inside an ancient cemetery where each will have to reckon with their faith.
Crowbones by Anne Bishop: The third book in the World of Others series, a series set in the Others series universe. This book sees an inn owner and her friends on the hunt of Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman.
The City of Dusk by Tara Sim: The Four Realms converge on the city at dusk. Each realm – Life, Death, Light, and Darkness – has a god and each god has an heir, but the gods have withdrawn their favor from the city and now the realms are dying out. The four heirs are unwilling to put up with this though and will team up to save the city. Even it means sacrificing everything.
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi: Jamie is working as a food delivery driver during the COVID-19 pandemic when he makes a chance delivery to an old friend. Tom works for an animal rights organization and offers Jamie a job that he jumps at. What Tom doesn’t tell me is that the animals they care for aren’t on our Earth but an alternate dimension where Kaiju roam a human-free world. The Kaiju Preservation Society hopes to save them, but they aren’t the only ones who have found this alternate world.
Best Upcoming Horror Books: March 2022
The Shadow Glass by Josh Winning: Jack is struggling in life and the sudden death of his father isn’t helping things. His father was the creator of a puppet fantasy film called The Shadow Glass which Jack loved as a child. It wasn’t a success though and it ruined his father’s life. Now, Jack returns home with all the memories and memorabilia. One night, during a thunderstorm, the puppets begin to talk. This puts him on a real-world quest to save London from the more nefarious of his father’s creations.
The Resting Place by Camilla Sten: Eleanor has prosopagnosia, the inability to recognize a familiar person’s face, which often causes her question everything she knows. She walked in on the scene of her grandmother’s murder and came face to face with her killer, but was unable to do anything with it thanks to her condition and now she lives in fear. Then she finds out her grandmother left her a house in the Swedish woods with a chilling past. Eleanor, her boyfriend, her aunt, and her lawyer will go there looking for answers, but they’ll soon wish they never did.
Sundial by Catriona Ward: Rob wanted a normal life and came pretty close to getting it with a husband, two kids, and a house in the suburbs. Her oldest daughter scares her though as she collects tiny bones and whispers to imaginary friends. The darkness in her daughter reminds her of the darkness she left behind. Rob takes Callie back to her childhood home in Sundial on a trip to the past in hopes of saving their future, but one of them may not return.
Last Exit by Max Gladstone: Zelda and her friends met in college and the group believed that they had all the answers about the world. They tried to use what they thought they knew to change things, but they failed and one of their own fell. Ten years later, they all have drifted apart but Zelda still fights. She knows the past isn’t over. Now, their friend is coming home and bringing hell with her.
All the White Spaces by Ally Wilkes: Jonathan Morgan heads to the Arctic after the first World War. He’s on a ship with the famous explorer James “Australis” Randall and feels that he can finally be himself in this new life. Then disaster strikes and the men take to the land to survive. They come across a place not marked on their maps with no way to contact the outside world. Making matters worse, they’re not alone.
Best Upcoming Mystery/Thriller Books: March 2022
The Night Shift by Alex Finlay: In 1999, four teenagers at a Blockbuster Video are attacked and only one survives. The police believe that it was done by the boyfriend of one of the victims, but he flees and is never seen again. Fifteen years later, teenagers are attacked and only one survives, again. Now, the survivor of the first event and an FBI agent will team up to uncover the truth about these murders.
The Match by Harlan Coben: The master of suspense is back with the second book in his Wilde series. Wilde returns to the Ramapo Mountains when a DNA match brings him close to a past he thought he’d never find. He’s trying to find the truth behind his abandonment long ago, but only ends up with more questions…and in the path of a killer.
The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich: A new thriller series from the great Janet Evanovich? Yes, please! Gabriela Rose knows how to get back things that are lost. She is hired to find whatever needs finding and always gets the job done. Her latest job sees her trying to help her family get some money and heads off to Peru in pursuit of the lost treasure of Cortez. Unfortunately for her, the one she needs to help is her ex-husband Rafer who won’t let her find it without him. The two make a good team and they’ll need to be if they hope to beat a vicious drug lord.
The Lightning Rod by Brad Meltzer: The Escape Artist was our introduction to Zig and Nola, and this is their anticipated return. Zig is working as a mortician on the body of military men when he discovers something that he was never meant to see. That detail leads to a connection with Nola, a trail that he will follow to one of the U.S. government’s most intensely guarded secrets and a group that is willing to compromise the safety and security of America.
The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James: In 1977, the Lady Killer Murders shook the town of Claire Lake, Oregon. Two men were murdered with the same gun and Beth Greer was the top suspect for the crime, but she was acquitted. In 2017, Shea Collins runs a true crime website and is shocked when she meets Beth who agrees to an interview. She starts meeting with her regularly, growing closer to her, but she knows something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a murderer? Or is there something more dangerous in this house?
Best Upcoming Romance Books: March 2022
In a New York Minute by Kate Spencer: Franny Doyle is having a bad day when the subway doors ripped her silk dress, flashing her unmentionables. Luckily, she was saved by a stranger who covered her up with his suit jacket. Then he ran away. Now, their meeting has been posted online and the two are a social media sensation. In real life, the two are a disastrous match as they couldn’t be more different. Yet, they keep running into each other and enjoy each interaction. Can they give it a chance?
Hook, Line, and Sinker by Tessa Bailey: Fox Thornton is a crab fisherman and carefree flirt with no attachments. That’s how he likes it so he’s surprised to meet Hannah who wants to be his friend. She crashes at his house when in town, but it’s fine because they are just friends. She’s got the hots for a co-worker and gets help from Fox on how to get him. However, the more time they spend together, the more they want each other.
How to Be a Wallflower by Eloisa James: Miss Cleopatra Lewis is about to be launched into society, even though she has no intention of marrying. She even sets out to find the most unflattering dresses. Jacob Astor Addison is in town on business when he meets Cleo at Quimby’s Costume Emporium. The two strike a bargain where he designs her wallflower wardrobe and she designs his. The two are in a competition, but become close friends and maybe something more.
The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery: Robyn focused on her family and ignored herself, but now it’s time for her to think of herself and heads to Santa Barbara for the summer with her great-aunt Lillian. She can’t run far though as soon everyone she set to leave behind follows her to California. Lillian will inspire her to take more chances in her life – on dreams, on love, and on herself.
The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh: Emma loves her husband and daughter, but they don’t know anything about her. She’s lied about everything and she almost gets away with it until she falls ill and her husband starts to research her life. He discovers that the woman he loves isn’t real and now she must prove to him that she is the woman he thought she was, but she must first tell him about the other love of her life.
A lot of great books this month that I can’t wait to sink my teeth into. What are you reading? Let me know in the comments below!