In the publishing world, March, April and May typically blossom with new novels, all vying for the attention of the reader. The authors are hoping that a combination of personal appearances, national publicity and word of mouth all work together to propel their latest effort to a coveted position on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Here are just a few that we can look forward to in the next few months:

“At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier: The author or The Girl With the Pearl Earring takes us this time to 1838 Ohio, where a family has staked its claim on land to raise five children as well as grow apples.

“Fool Me Once” by Harlan Coben: Former special ops pilot Maya is in disbelief. She is looking at nanny cam footage taken while she was at work. She’s seeing her 2-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe, who was murdered two weeks earlier.

“Two If by Sea” by Jacquelyn Mitchard: The beloved author of “The Deep End of the Ocean” once again gives us a heart-wrenching story of a father who experiences the loss of his entire family to a tsunami in Australia. While on duty back home with his volunteer rescue unit, he pulls a little boy from a submerged car.

“Extreme Prey” by John Sandford: This book finds Lucas Davenport no longer employed by the Minnesota BCA. When he’s invited to accompany the governor on his campaign tour, Lucas realizes they have an armed and dangerous shadow.

“Nightshift: A Novel of Midnight, Texas” by Charlaine Harris: The creator of the Sookie Stackhouse novels sets her newest novel in a pawnshop, where weapons are literally flying off the shelves, only to be used in sudden suicides in the middle of Midnight.

See a complete list of upcoming spring releases by your favorite authors on our website: www.lacrossecountylibrary.org/upcomingBestsellers.asp. Watch for titles to appear in our catalog to place holds.

Deen Layland is a La Crosse County Library System staff member in the Holmen branch.

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Entertainment and county government reporter

Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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