March brings a slow ending to winter and this year’s early Easter. Readers can also hope that it brings a bevy of good books to read. Here are the best books scheduled for release in March.
DarkFuse’s website lists two novellas slated to be released in March. The Woman in White by Kristen Dearborn tells the story of a snowstorm and a string of men who go missing while the storm rages. The winter theme continues in The Winter Box by Tim Waggoner as a couple finds themselves trapped inside during a blizzard and are left to face not only their loveless relationship but also something sinister that is lurking in the shadows.
ChiZine Publications is not showing any releases for the month of March so we will have to wait until April for a new book from that publisher. Samhain Publishing is ready to step up the plate and help pick up the slack. Submerged by Thomas F. Monteleoneis the story of the wreck of a Nazi submarine discovered off the coast of the United States and the ship’s haunted past. (I am currently reading this long novel and it is very good so far.) Glenn Rolfe brings us a novella of obsession and violence in Things We Fear and this novella is also included in the collection Where Nightmares Begin that also includes Rolfe’s Boom Town and Abram’s Bridge. Rounding out the publisher’s offerings for the month is the terrifyingly funny Demon with a Comb-Over by Stuart R. West about a stand-up comedian who unwittingly selects and offends a demon with his humor. All of these books are well worth reading and are proof that Samhain Publishing is one of the top horror publishers in spite of the recent announcement that it will soon be out of the publishing business. Fans can only hope that someone will step up to fill the void that will be left once Samhain Publishing is no more.
Mainstream publishers have little of interest to offer in March. March 8th brings the twelfth book in Jeffrey Deaver’s series featuring Lincoln Rhyme with The Steel Kiss as well as the 11th book in the Ali Reynolds series by J.A. Jance: Clawback. James Patterson and Mark Sullivan bring the next installment in the Private series, “Private Paris,” on March 15th. David Baldacci drops the 4th installment in the Will Robie series on March 22nd with The Guilty. Also on the 22nd is Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once which tells the story of an ex-special ops agent who must solve the mystery behind the mysterious video of her young child playing with her deceased husband. Those 5 books are the only books that grab my interest from the mainstream publishers in what is a rather lean month for intriguing new reads.
That is all for a very lean month for new releases. My pick for the one book to read this month would have to go to The Winter Box by Tim Waggoner. The premise for the story sounds very strong and anyone who is familiar with his work knows that he is a seriously talented writer. Here is hoping that April will bring more good reads than March.