From the Bookseller (6 March 2009), here is a selection of books due to be published in hardback in the UK in June.
Dead Tomorrow by Peter James (Macmillan, 5 June)
Another Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel; I fully expect this one to be as exciting as advertised. "Expect a very superior police procedural with James' customary tight plotting."
The Buried Circle by Jenni Mills (HarperPress, 28 May)
From the author of The Crow Stone, this time about stone circles in Avebury – with an Indian connection.
Target by Simon Kernick (Bantam, 18 June)
Nobody believes Bob Fallon when he reports the abduction of a girl during a break-in at her flat. Author of Relentless (R&J pick) and Severed, among others.
August Heat by Andrea Camilleri (Picador, 5 June)
Eagerly awaited (my me and fellow Euro Crime fans) tenth novel in the Inspector Montalbano series.
Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (Macmillan, 5 June) debut
Looks interesting, about a female Amish chief of police.
Midnight Fugue by Reginald Hill (HarperCollins, 28 May)
A Dalziel and Pascoe novel.
A Deadly Trade by Michael Stanley (Headline, 11 June)
Second in the Detective Kubu series set in Botswana: I enjoyed the first, A Carrion Death.
Gutted by Tony Black (Preface, 4 June)
A Gus Drury novel. Sounds very hard boiled indeed; probably not one for animal lovers, based on the blurb.
Ice Cold by Andrea Maria Schenkel (Quercus, 4 June)
Serial killer in 1930s Munich, author of The Murder Farm. Both of these short novels have won major awards.
Wicked Prey by John Sandford (Simon and Schuster, 1 June)
The 19th Lucas Davenport novel, so regular readers should know what to expect. I usually enjoy these; my main problem with them is recognising from the title whether or not I've read it.
The Way Home by George Pelecanos (Orion, 25 June)
The 16th novel by the much-admired author, who is also producer and writer of The Wire. I've only read one of his books and though I quite liked it, not totally my scene.
Hue and Cry by Shirley McKay (Polygon, trade pb) debut
Religious crime in sixteenth century Scotland by previous winner of Young Observer playwriting competition.
Night and Day by Robert B. Parker (Quercus, 4 June)
The 8th Jesse Stone mystery, sounds a bit gruesome, concerning a "twisted voyeur called Night Hawk".
Also an important if off-topic June release is The Road Goes Ever On and On: The Map of Tolkien's Middle Earth by Brian Sibley, out of print for five years but now revised and updated. (HarperCollins, 28 May).