A lot of new titles ended up on my wish list after last week's topic (Top Ten Books Read in 2021), and no doubt that will happen again with this week's: My Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022. I had such a hard time narrowing down the list to just 10. I am looking forward to so many books coming out this year! Be sure and visit the host Top Ten Tuesday to see what upcoming releases other bloggers are looking forward to.
The envelope was tied with three delicate silk ribbons: “One of the new recruits is not to be trusted…”It’s 1959 and a new killer haunts the streets of London, having baffled Scotland Yard. The newspapers call him The Florist because of the rose he brands on his victims. The police have turned yet again to the Inquirers at Miss Brickett’s for assistance, and second-year Marion Lane is assigned the case.But she’s already dealing with a mystery of her own, having received an unsigned letter warning her that one of the three new recruits should not be trusted. She dismisses the letter at first, focusing on The Florist case, but her informer seems to be one step ahead, predicting what will happen before it does. But when a fellow second-year Inquirer is murdered, Marion takes matters into her own hands and must come face-to-face with her informer—who predicted the murder—to find out everything they know. Until then, no one at Miss Brickett’s is safe and everyone is a suspect.With brilliant twists and endless suspense, all set within the dazzling walls and hidden passageways of Miss Brickett’s, Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose is a deliciously fun new historical mystery you won’t be able to put down. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: I really enjoyed the first book in this mystery series with it's steampunk-esque flare.
Finlay Donovan Knocks 'Em Dead (Finlay Donovan #2) by Elle Cosimano (Release Date: February 1, 2022)
Finlay Donovan is—once again—struggling to finish her next novel and keep her head above water as a single mother of two. On the bright side, she has her live-in nanny and confidant Vero to rely on, and the only dead body she's dealt with lately is that of her daughter's pet goldfish.On the not-so-bright side, someone out there wants her ex-husband, Steven, out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he's a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of soccer moms disguised as hit-women, and a little bit more involvement with the Russian mob than she'd like.Meanwhile, Vero's keeping secrets, and Detective Nick Anthony seems determined to get back into her life. He may be a hot cop, but Finlay's first priority is preventing her family from sleeping with the fishes... and if that means bending a few laws then so be it.With her next book's deadline looming and an ex-husband to keep alive, Finlay is quickly coming to the end of her rope. She can only hope there isn't a noose at the end of it...[Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: The first book in this series was so much fun to read! Yes, it can be over the top, but it's very funny and I just love Finlay and Vero.
From the critically acclaimed author of The Book of M, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret—one that will lead her on an extraordinary adventure and to the truth about her family’s dark history.What is the purpose of a map?Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field, and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn't seen or spoken to him ever since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over an old, cheap gas station highway map.But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the very same seemingly worthless map hidden in his desk, Nell can’t resist investigating. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the map is incredibly valuable, and also exceedingly rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy left in existence… because a mysterious collector has been hunting down and destroying every last one—along with anyone who gets in the way.But why?To answer that question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret, and discover the true power that lies in maps...Perfect for fans of Joe Hill and V.E. Schwab, The Cartographers is an ode to art and science, history and magic—a spectacularly imaginative, modern story about an ancient craft and places still undiscovered. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: I love maps. And dark secrets. This novel sounds like it will be such an engaging read.
A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect--a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases--a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea's surprise, Beth says yes.They meet regularly at Beth's mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she's not looking, and she could swear she's seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn't right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house? [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: The author's name alone is enough to make me want to read this, but it does sound good too--a mix of mystery and perhaps the supernatural . . . I love how atmospheric this author's books are.
The aunties are back, fiercer than ever and ready to handle any catastrophe--even the mafia--in this delightful and hilarious sequel by Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties.Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can't wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can't believe Staphanie and her family aren't just like her own, they are The Family--actual mafia, and they're using Meddy's wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won't let Meddy's wedding ceremony become a murder scene--over their dead bodies--and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: ~ So, maybe I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but I plan to! And I know I will love it. Just like I will love this one too.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code returns with an unforgettable World War II tale of a quiet librarian who becomes history’s deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story.In the snowbound city of Kiev, wry and bookish history student Mila Pavlichenko organizes her life around her library job and her young son—but Hitler’s invasion of Russia sends her on a different path. Given a rifle and sent to join the fight, Mila must forge herself from studious girl to deadly sniper—a lethal hunter of Nazis known as Lady Death. When news of her three hundredth kill makes her a national heroine, Mila finds herself torn from the bloody battlefields of the eastern front and sent to America on a goodwill tour.Still reeling from war wounds and devastated by loss, Mila finds herself isolated and lonely in the glittering world of Washington, DC—until an unexpected friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and an even more unexpected connection with a silent fellow sniper offer the possibility of happiness. But when an old enemy from Mila’s past joins forces with a deadly new foe lurking in the shadows, Lady Death finds herself battling her own demons and enemy bullets in the deadliest duel of her life.Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: I read a novel years ago about a fictional female Russian sniper who was loosely based on the real life Mila Pavlichenko called Beautiful Assassin by Michael C. White. It triggered my fascination with that part of World War II's history. So, when I found out Kate Quinn's latest novel is based on Mila herself, well, let's just say I will definitely be reading The Diamond Eye.
This was how things began: Boston on the cusp of fall, the Sackler Museum robbed of 23 pieces of priceless Chinese art. Even in this back room, dust catching the slant of golden, late-afternoon light, Will could hear the sirens. They sounded like a promise.Will Chen, a Chinese American art history student at Harvard, has spent most of his life learning about the West - its art, its culture, all that it has taken and called its own. He believes art belongs with its creators, so when a Chinese corporation offers him a (highly illegal) chance to reclaim five priceless sculptures, it's surprisingly easy to say yes.Will's crew, fellow students chosen out of his boundless optimism for their skills and loyalty, aren't exactly experienced criminals. One is a public policy major at Duke who can talk her way out of anything; another is pre-med with steady hands and dreams of being a surgeon. One is an engineering student who races cars in her spare time; and Will is relying on an MIT dropout turned software engineer to hack her way in and out of each museum they must rob.Each student has their own complicated relationship with China and the identities they've cultivated as Chinese Americans, but one thing soon becomes certain: they won't say no.Because if they succeed? They earn an unfathomable ten million each, and a chance to make history. If they fail, they lose everything . . . and the West wins again. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: I love a good heist story and this one appeals to me on that level. But I also am really interested in the cultural aspect as well.
The self-appointed mayor of a tiny Italian village is determined to save his hometown no matter the cost in this charming, hilarious, and heartwarming debut novel.Vacuum repairman and self-appointed mayor of Prometto, Italy (population 212) Signor Speranza has a problem: unless he can come up with 70,000 euros to fix the town’s pipes, the water commission will shut off the water to the village and all its residents will be forced to disperse. So in a bid to boost tourism—and revenue—he spreads a harmless rumor that movie star Dante Rinaldi will be filming his next project nearby.Unfortunately, the plan works a little too well, and soon everyone in town wants to be a part of the fictional film—the village butcher will throw in some money if Speranza can find roles for his fifteen enormous sons, Speranza’s wistfully adrift daughter reveals an unexpected interest in stage makeup, and his hapless assistant Smilzo volunteers a screenplay that’s not so secretly based on his undying love for the film’s leading lady. To his surprise—and considerable consternation, Speranza realizes that the only way to keep up the ruse is to make the movie for real.As the entire town becomes involved (even the village priest invests!) Signor Speranza starts to think he might be able to pull this off. But what happens when Dante Rinaldi doesn’t show up? Or worse, what if he does?A “hilariously funny and beautifully written” (Julia Claiborne Johnson, author of Better Luck Next Time) novel about the power of community, The Patron Saint of Second Chances is perfect for fans of Fredrik Backman and Maria Semple. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: This sounds like the perfect heartfelt book I know will need this year.
Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches...In the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father is executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost.But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined.When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs at Beatriz’s fears—but why does she refuse to enter the house at night? Why does the cook burn copal incense at the edge of the kitchen and mark its doorway with strange symbols? What really happened to the first Doña Solórzano?Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with the hacienda. And no one there will help her.Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre Andrés, as an ally. No ordinary priest, Andrés will have to rely on his skills as a witch to battle the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda.Far from a refuge, San Isidro may be Beatriz’s doom. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: A familiar plot perhaps but there are so many ways the author can go with this, and I cannot resist finding out what secrets the hacienda holds. The novel sounds creepy and like a real page turner.
The New York Times bestselling author of the “mesmerizing and evocative” (Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants) Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations.Dorothy Moy breaks her own heart for a living.As Washington’s former poet laureate, that’s how she describes channeling her dissociative episodes and mental health struggles into her art. But when her five-year-old daughter exhibits similar behavior and begins remembering things from the lives of their ancestors, Dorothy believes the past has truly come to haunt her. Fearing that her child is predestined to endure the same debilitating depression that has marked her own life, Dorothy seeks radical help.Through an experimental treatment designed to mitigate inherited trauma, Dorothy intimately connects with past generations of women in her family: Faye Moy, a nurse in China serving with the Flying Tigers; Zoe Moy, a student in England at a famous school with no rules; Lai King Moy, a girl quarantined in San Francisco during a plague epidemic; Greta Moy, a tech executive with a unique dating app; and Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America.As painful recollections affect her present life, Dorothy discovers that trauma isn’t the only thing she’s inherited. A stranger is searching for her in each time period. A stranger who’s loved her through all of her genetic memories. Dorothy endeavors to break the cycle of pain and abandonment, to finally find peace for her daughter, and gain the love that has long been waiting, knowing she may pay the ultimate price. [Goodreads Summary]
Reason I want to read this: I am so intrigued by this description! I need to know more about Dorothy and these memories of past lives she is having. I have a feeling this will be hard to put down.
And that's just ten of the many books I am looking forward to reading that are coming out the first half of this year. Did any of these make your list? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
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Jamie Ford is a favorite author. Looking forward to his new book. Thanks for the heads up. I'm off the board this week. My TTT is my favorite book club selections this past yearReplyDelete
Anne - I have enjoyed his work before and as soon as I see his name know I'll probably want to read whatever he's written. 😊Delete
I haven't read the first 'Aunties' book but it sounds like it'd be fun. Same is true of the 'Finlay Donovan' books. I think I preordered the paperback of book one so one of these days I'll have to give it a chance! :) Hope you enjoy ALL of your anticipated 2022 reads. :)ReplyDelete
Rissi - I really enjoyed the first Finlay book. It was such fun even if a hit over the top. I didn't care though because I enjoyed it so much. I hope you will too!Delete
The Book of Cold Cases is on my list as well!ReplyDelete
Rachel - I hope we both enjoy it when we read it!Delete
I'm looking forward to Four Aunties and a Wedding, Dial A for Aunties was so funny.ReplyDelete
Ellie - I hope to read Dial A for Aunties soon! I am glad you liked it.Delete
I have Portrait of a Thief and The Diamond Eye on my TBR.ReplyDelete
Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
Pam - Both sound so good, don't they? I hope we both enjoy them!Delete
The Aunties series and The Patron Saint of Second Chances both sound great.ReplyDelete
Deb - I think so too! I look forward to reading them. 😊Delete
I'm also looking forward to The Diamond Eye. Kate Quinn is always so good!ReplyDelete
Stefanie - I have only read her book The Rose Code, but I have two of her earlier books in my TBR pile. She chooses the most interesting stories to tell!Delete
I'm also excited to read The Book of Cold Cases and The Hacienda. Lots of good books coming out already, and the year's barely started😁ReplyDelete
Tammy - Too many good ones to keep up with, hut we can have fun trying!Delete
I'm enjoying checking out these top 10 posts this week, though my tbr is not doing well as a result lol! The Hacienda was one I hadn't seen and would love to read!ReplyDelete
Berls - I know what you mean! Mine is longer than I'll probably manage in my life time. LOLDelete
There's a new Marion Lane book coming out already? I haven't had a chance to read the first one yet! :) Great list!ReplyDelete
My TTT: https://bookwyrmknits.com/2022/01/04/top-ten-tuesday-most-anticipated-books-of-2022-part-1/
Nicole - And isn't the cover lovely? I can't wait to read it. I hope you get to as well!Delete
I have Finlay Donovan and Marion Lane on my list too. I'm excited for the sequels. :)ReplyDelete
Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net
Lauren - I hope we both love them. :-)Delete
Ooh I'm adding the Cartographers- that sounds AMAZING and totally like something I'd like. The first one sounds great too.ReplyDelete
Greg - Doesn't it sound good? I can't wait to read it!Delete
Oh my! These all look SO good! Love a great thriller!ReplyDelete
These are the books I am most looking forward to in 2022.
Michael - Thank you! I hope they will be. You have some great books on your list--some I am eager to read too!Delete
Portrait of a Thief looks really good!ReplyDelete
My list is here: https://fiftytwo.blog/2022/01/04/ttt-auto-buy-authors/
Lori - I think so too!Delete
Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose sound like an interesting read.ReplyDelete
Marianna - I enjoyed the first book in the series. :-)Delete
They all sound interesting but Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose and The Book of Cold Cases sound amazing!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - I am really excited about both!Delete
The Book of Cold Cases has been on my TBR ever since I first saw the synopsis. Very excited for that one!ReplyDelete
My TTT: http://girlplusbooks.blogspot.com/2022/01/top-ten-tuesday-most-anticipated.html
Tanya - Me too! I hope we both like it!Delete
So many of these sound so good! I see my TBR list growing by the second. ;)ReplyDelete
Lark - So many great sounding books coming out!Delete
great covers and i do see a couple that really appeal to me. thanks for adding to my tbr. LOLReplyDelete
sherry @ fundinmental
Sherry - I love these covers. Hopefully the stories between the pages will be just as good.Delete
I still haven't read Dial A for Aunties but I own it. I need to get to it because I'm already excited for the next one. haha I hope you enjoy all of these!ReplyDelete
My Top Ten
Leslie - Same here--I have a copy of the first book but haven't yet read it. Soon though!Delete
I have the St. James one so far. I'm sure I'll be adding to my list.ReplyDelete
Anne - Books of My Heart
Anne - I can't wait to read that one. I hope we both enjoy it!Delete
Nice list. Marion Lane and the Deadly Rose, The Cartographers, and The Book of Cold Cases all sound great to me. Hope you get to read them.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.
Cheryl - I hope so too!Delete
Portrait of A Thief and The Diamond Eye were on my list this week too!ReplyDelete
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/01/04/top-ten-tuesday-349/
Jo - We have good taste. :-)Delete
The one that looks most right for me is the new Kate Quinn novel. Thank you for letting me know about it!ReplyDelete
Helen - Doesn't it sound good?Delete
I can't wait for The Book of Cold Cases! I've been anticipating for it ever since I've heard of it. :DReplyDelete
Melody - Me too!Delete
Looks like some great books being released. Cant wait to read them.ReplyDelete
Lisa - I hope they will be as good as they sound!Delete
I'm excited for so many of these. I can't believe I forgot to put the new Finlay Donovan book on my list because I just read and loved the first book a few weeks ago.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I am excited to read this second one!Delete
Four Aunties and a Funeral looks cute. I need to pick up the first book in the series. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Alicia - I think so too!Delete
Yep, I'm looking forward to The Book of Cold Cases too! Wonderful list and thanks for visiting my TTT! :)ReplyDelete
Rachel - I hope we both enjoy it!Delete
I love lists of books that I haven't heard of! I can browse through and add a bunch of them to my TBR.ReplyDelete
One that I'm adding RIGHT NOW is The Cartographers!
Esther - I hope you enjoy The Cartographers if you read it!Delete
I hope they are good books.ReplyDelete
Mary - I hope so too!Delete
These all look good!! I recently finished Finlay Donovan and thought it was just as good as the first one.ReplyDelete
Wendy - I am glad to hear you liked it! I look forward to reading it. :-)Delete
I finished Finlay Donovan last week and really enjoyed it. I have a feeling that I would really enjoy Simone St. James's upcoming book. I hope that you enjoy all of these!ReplyDelete
Carole - I am so glad you enjoyed it! I can't wait to read the new Finlay Donovan book. Thank you!Delete
I really need to read the first Finlay Donovan! And The Hacienda is one I am looking forward to, too! Love the cover for Marion Lane, too! Hope you enjoy all of these!!ReplyDelete
Shannon - Thank you! I hope you enjoy The Hacienda when you read it as well!Delete
These all look amazing and the only one I really knew about was the Simone St. James. I'm adding the Kate Quinn to my TBR immediately!ReplyDelete
Katherine - I hope we both get a chance to read Kate Quinn's latest!Delete
So many of these sound like books I would enjoy. Great list Wendy, I just added several to my TBR and Wishlist.ReplyDelete
Carla - Thank you!Delete