Book Buzz: Bad Days, Orc Princesses, and Cold Cases

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. Usually, I profile a sample of various random new books, but this time around, I noticed 3 books that are all the first in a series, and the summer is as good a time as any to try a new series. Starting a new one might be a wiser move than what I’m doing–rereading an old favorite (George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire . . . because I like to suffer. 😉 )

Darynda Jones’s A Bad Day for Sunshine (2020)*

A Bad Day for Sunshine

Sunshine Vicram is not having a great day. She returned to her tiny hometown in New Mexico to be the new sheriff, but as luck would have it, that’s at the exact time her tiny hometown becomes the center of a nationwide manhunt. And that’s not counting family drama (courtesy of her loving and meddling parents), potential romantic complications, and the eccentric small-town crimes she would be dealing with on a “normal” day. A mystery that is equal parts humor and suspense, this book is the first in the Sunshine Vicram series. (No news yet on when the next one will be released.) Its breezy tone makes it a perfect summer read.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Janet Evanovich.

*Also available as an ebook and audiobook on Libby.

A.K. Larkwood’s The Unspoken Name (2020)

The Unspoken Name

If mysteries aren’t your thing but fantasy is, try this book in the new Serpent Gates series. Csorwe is an orc princess, slated to be a human sacrifice to the gods, but instead, she escapes that fate and joins the exiled wizard who saved her. She becomes his right hand–no, not literally–and he sends her on quests to steal, spy, and kill for him. She and her wizard companion have their sights set on him returning to power in his homeland, but the gods remember how they’ve been cheated. Complications ensue. It is the first in a series, but no word yet on when the sequel will be released.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Jacqueline Carey and David Eddings.

Ragnar Jónasson’s The Darkness (2018)**

The Darkness

I normally would never profile two different mysteries in the same post in an article that is not devoted to mysteries, but this one is so different tonally from A Bad Day for Sunshine. If light and breezy mysteries aren’t your thing, then maybe some bleaker Nordic Noir is. (And what better way to battle an Arkansas summer than to escape to Iceland?) Hulda Hermannsdóttir is being forced into an early retirement, but before she’s unceremoniously shoved out the door, she’s given 2 weeks to work on any cold case she wants to devote her time to–and she knows exactly which one she’ll be revisiting. We’ve recently acquired this series (known as the Hidden Iceland series), and if you enjoy it, we already have the sequel–The Island–as well. A third and final book is slated for release later this month.

Recommended for those who enjoy the work of Stieg Larsson, Karin Fossum, and Louise Penny.

**Also available as an audiobook on Libby.

What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.

Author: berryvillelibrary

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