March's best book releases, from Harlan Coben to Danielle Steel and Alan Titchmarsh

Caroline Allen
·6-min read
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12 of the best new books launching in March 2020 (Getty Images)

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There’s something very satisfying about engrossing yourself in a good book when the seasons are changing outside.

Spring is a great time for new book releases. Just like the flowers, they seem to pop up all over the place.

Lucky for you, we’ve whittled it down to our 12 favourite March releases. From a new Harlan Coben novel (which you should be very excited about, by the way) to a fabulous debut from comedy writer, Sarah Archer.

Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of stellar reads here for mums (reminder: Mother’s Day 2020 is on 22 March).

The Boy From The Woods, Harlan Coben | 19 March 2020

Harlan Coben rose to worldwide attention recently for his hit Netflix show The Stranger. Many of you would have already been familiar with his work prior to this. Harlan Coben’s back catalogue is very impressive.

We’ve read pretty much every Harlan Coben novel and let us tell you, he never lets you down. If you’re looking for a meaty thriller which is equal parts surprising and well-written, look no further.

After a girl goes missing, there’s only one man (a former soldier who lives off the grid) that knows enough about the town’s dark secrets to save her.

Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles, Alan Titchmarsh | 5 March 2020

Described as a gardener’s bedside book, this charming book makes a lovely gift for the green-fingered amongst us.

It’s packed with poems, verses and entertaining anecdotes from gardening expert, Alan Titchmarsh. He has written more than 40 gardening books in his time, so you’re in good company with his latest one.

This has got Mother’s Day written all over it. If they like gardening, of course.

How To Build A Boyfriend From Scratch, Sarah Archer | 19 March 2020

How To Build A Boyfriend From Scratch is the debut novel from comedy writer, Sarah Archer, and it’s a good’un.

It’s a satirical romance about the things we do to meet expectations. With her sister’s wedding looming, Kelly decides to take her love life into her own hands by building her perfect boyfriend.

It’s a fresh take on a common romance plot and we love it.

Mum & Dad, Joanna Trollope | 5 March 2020

Number one bestselling author, Joanna Trollope, is back with another intelligently written novel.

Gus and Monica - who are mum and dad - moved to Spain 25 years ago and now have a successful vineyard business. But, when Gus has a stroke, it’s time for their three children to step in.

As the children - who are based in London - descend on the vineyard, a whole host of issues arise from resentments to simmering tension. Can the vineyard bring them closer?

The Numbers Game, Danielle Steel | 5 March 2020

At this point, Danielle Steel doesn’t need an introduction. She’s one of our favourite storytellers and The Numbers Game is filled with warmth.

Eileen Jackson is happy to forgo her career for her family, but when she finds out her husband is having an affair, she begins to question her decisions.

If you liked the film The Other Woman, you’ll love this book.

20th Victim, James Patterson | 5 March 2020

This is the 20th book in the woman’s murder club series (we couldn’t believe it, either).

SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is having to deal with three murders hitting three cities (LA, San Francisco and Chicago) and her job is to figure out what links the three murders.

If you haven’t given the woman’s murder club series a go, it’s an excellent introduction to James Patterson.

My One True North, Milly Johnson | 5 March 2020

If your March reading list is all about warmth and cosiness, then Milly Johnson’s latest novel should be top of your reading pile.

From the writer of The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew (which is fabulous, by the way) My One True North is full of the heartfelt optimism we need at this time of year.

Laurie and Pete should never have met, but they’re pulled together by fate. It’s six months since both of their partners died. From their grief comes new beginnings.

If I Never Met You, Mhairi McFarlane | 5 March 2020

If you enjoyed our Grown Ups by Marian Keyes recommendation last month, then this should be top of your March list.

When Laurie is dumped by her partner of 18 years, she and Jamie hatch a plan to fake a romance in revenge. But, the revenge is not-so-sweet when feelings start to get involved.

This is a great one to read if you enjoyed To All The Boys I Loved Before. This is like the adult version of that book series.

The Mirror And The Light, Hilary Mantel | 5 March 2020

We’re sure there are quite a few people patiently waiting for the third novel in this much-anticipated sequel. The wait is over.

The Wolf Hall trilogy consists of Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies and now the final instalment, The Mirror And The Light.

Hilary Mantel was awarded the Man Booker Prize for both novels in this sequel - which is unprecedented. There has been calls for this Thomas Cromwell trilogy to win a third Man Booker Prize and yes, we are in agreement. If you haven’t read any of the trilogy yet, you’re in for such a treat.

Little Doubt, Rachel Lynch | 5 March 2020

Fans of detective stories will thoroughly enjoy the DI Kelly Porter series. This is the seventh book in the series and in our opinion, you don’t need to read them in order - it’s just a bonus.

When Ella Watson is brutally stabbed to death in the Lake District, it sends the whole town reeling. Hours later, there’s another murder.

DI Porter is tasked with running the two cases simultaneously and getting to the bottom of the murders.

Max The Miracle Dog, Kerry Irving | 5 March 2020

We’re in the business of finding the most heart-warming books for March and this has to be top of the pile.

It’s doing very well in the charts, owing to the UK’s love for dogs. This book details Kerry Irving - the author’s story after he suffered life-changing injuries after a car accident.

The story details Irving’s friendship with a dog called Max, and how this relationship turned his life around.

The Beauty And The Terror, Catherine Fletcher | 5 March 2020

This alternative history of the Italian renaissance is such a gripping historical read.

The Italian renaissance shaped western culture as we know it, yet many of us don’t know the darkness and depths surrounding it.

Catherine Fletcher’s novel sheds a light on otherwise little documented time. For example, did you know that Mona Lisa was married to a slave-trader? Often, we don’t know the lives behind the pictures.

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