Sure, summer reading gets all the glory, but no one can deny the magic of spring. Like the familiar crocuses and daffodils that reemerge and remind us winter is over, favorite authors also deliver new books that extend beloved series — or surprise us with new characters.
Based on pre-orders of print, audio, and Kindle eBook editions, here are 10 of Amazon readers’ most-anticipated fiction books out this spring, starting in March and listed in order of release date.
Long Range by C.J. Box
Game warden Joe Pickett is used to dealing with criminals of all types, but rarely do massive wildlife and a long-range assassin collide. In his 20th adventure, Pickett is on the hunt for a skilled sniper who targets a local judge. At the same time, a bizarre grizzly bear attack sets Pickett’s instincts on high alert. Are the incidents connected? And can Pickett stop suspicion of the shooting from focusing on his best friend, Nate? Begin your next thrilling Joe Pickett read on March 3.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas has wowed readers of young adult fantasy with her Throne of Glass and Court of Thorns and Roses sagas. Now she delivers her first book aimed at an adult audience with House of Earth and Blood. Set in a realm that mixes angels, Norse mythology, Fae, shifters, and humans, Maas’ complex world puts emotionally scarred heroine Bryce on a path toward redemption as she attempts to gain justice for the death of her best friend. Discover Maas’ fantastical new series on March 3.
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare delights Shadowhunters fans with an action-packed novel set in gaslamp-era London. Launching a new trilogy, Chain of Gold stars Shadowhunter Cordelia Carstairs as she searches for a way to clear her father of a crime that could bring down their entire family. But when demons begin to attack Londoners in broad daylight, Cordelia learns a worse threat is afoot, and she must tap into powers she never dreamed of to become the hero she always wished she could be. Return to the Shadowhunters’ realm on March 3.
Journey of the Pharaohs by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
The members of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) get called up when important items need to be retrieved from the watery depths. In the newest NUMA adventure, the maritime investigators are racing against the Bloodstone Group, an international criminal organization that steals historical artifacts for profit, in the search for treasure that went missing from an Egyptian tomb thousands of years ago. Sadly Clive Cussler died on February 24, 2020, only a few weeks before this book’s publication date of March 10.
The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel
I’d be willing to bet that this is the first time that a novel about Thomas Cromwell has been so highly anticipated — at least since the release of Hilary Mantel’s previous two novels in this series, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies. Mantel caps off her trilogy with the death of Anne Boleyn, the arc of Henry VIII’s reign, and Cromwell’s inexorable drive toward power and the remaking of England. Immerse yourself in Mantel’s long-awaited historical saga on March 10.
The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
A boy who was discovering living feral in the woods is now an adult, but that doesn’t mean Wilde easily fits in with the local townspeople. But when the disappearance of another child forces Wilde into the limelight and he uses his hard-earned skills to search for her, Wilde also uncovers unexpected and deadly secrets. Stay up all night long with Harlan Coben’s chilling new novel on March 17.
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Everyone’s favorite mechanic and shapeshifter returns in Patricia Briggs’ newest Mercy Thompson novel. The defender of the Tri-Cities area, Thompson — who can change into a coyote — has built strong friendships during her past adventures, but a deadly creature stalking toward the Tri-Cities might overpower even the fae, the werewolves, and Thompson’s other allies. But that doesn’t mean Thompson will relinquish her territory without a fight. Join the battle on March 17.
Masked Prey by John Sandford
Lucas Davenport’s newest investigation — his 30th! — brings him into the private homes of senators who discover that an unknown photographer is posting photos of their children online. Are the photos threats? “Helpful” warnings? Without a crime to point to, the senators turn to Lucas Davenport to uncover the motives behind the disturbing images. Unmask the truth in John Sandford’s latest thriller on April 14.
Walk the Wire by David Baldacci
Amos Decker — David Baldacci’s FBI consultant with a perfect memory — spends his sixth outing in South Dakota, where a town grown rich on fracking suffers a surge in crime. Prostitution and drugs aren’t a surprise, but Decker and his FBI colleague suddenly have to deal with murder, a religious sect, and a secretive government facility. As more people begin to die, Decker faces one of his toughest cases yet. Walk the Wire reaches readers on April 21.
Camino Winds by John Grisham
John Grisham brings readers back to Camino Island, where bookseller Bruce Cable takes the lead in investigating a local author’s death. While most of the island evacuates to avoid Hurricane Leo, both Cable and author Nelson Kerr remain. Sadly, Kerr doesn’t survive the storm, but a missing manuscript and strange wounds make Cable wonder if there’s more to the “accidental” death than the police realize. Stuff Camino Winds into your beach-ready bag on April 28.
This article was originally published in slightly different form on February 26, 2020, on Amazon Charts.
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