Monday, January 13, 2014

New Arrivals

Once in a while, it's time to mention all the books that arrived in a week. Most of them are January releases, and I haven't mentioned them before. As a librarian and book lover, it's important to call attention to the new books, even if I might not get a chance to read all of them.

I'm not familiar with Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series, but when I read that his latest "genre-blending" book combines "the conventions of hard-boiled mystery and medieval epic fantasy", I was hooked. In  He Drank, and Saw the Spider, mercenary Eddie LaCrosse returns to check on the fate of a baby girl he rescued sixteen years earlier. She's now a young teenager at the center of a complicated web of intrigue involving two feuding kings, a smitten prince, a powerful sorceress, an inhuman monster and long-buried secrets. And, once again she needs Eddie's help. (Just released)


The Axe Factor is Colin Cotterill's latest Jimm Juree mystery. Jimm Juree is a former crime reporter now living with her family in a rural village in Southern Thailand. She's very happy to have the chance to interview an award-winning author of crime novels. But, a few local women have disappeared, including the author's Thai wife. With a major storm on its way, and a potential serial killer on the loose, Jimm Juree, her eccentric family, and the entire town could see some major changes. (April 15 release date)



Lauren Francis-Sharma's debut novel is 'Til the Well Runs Dry. It's a multigenerational, multicultural saga that spans the 1940s through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States. In a seaside village in the north of Trinidad, young Marcia Garcia is a gifted sixteen-year-old seamstress who lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman who falls for her, the rewards and risks of her life increase. It's the story of a couple's love, a mother's love for her children, and a people's love of an island. (It's an April release)


Cora Felton, aka the Puzzle Lady, finds herself a murder suspect in Parnell Hall's latest mystery, NYPD Puzzle. Cora accompanies an attorney to New York City to meet a new client, but they find the man dead in his apartment, with a puzzle on his chest. Since Cora fired a shot at an intruder, she's lucky to get out on bail. The diabolical killer is leaving puzzle clues, and Cora must match wits with a gruff NYPD homicide sergeant in order to clear her names. Once again, the book combines Parnell Hall's snappy dialogue and Will Shortz's puzzles as clues to solve the mystery. (Jan. 21 release)


Steve Hamilton's Ice Run has just been released in paperback. Ex-cop Alex McKnight is happier than he can remember being in a long time because of a woman, Natalie Reynaud, a Canadian police officer. But, their romantic weekend at an old luxury hotel is interrupted by a note, "I know who you are." Their investigation of this strange note leads to a terrible Reynaud family secret, one that still drives men to kill.




Moriarty Returns a Letter is Michael Robertson's fourth Baker Street mystery featuring brothers Reggie and Nigel Heath. Their London law firm doesn't do an overwhelming business, but they are overwhelmed by the mail they receive at their 221B Baker Street offices, mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes. Just when an exhibition of vintage Sherlock Holmes letters has opened, and Reggie and his beloved Laura embark on a pre-wedding trip, someone from the past reappears causing a slew of new problems for the brothers. (Jan. 28 release)



Daniel Stashower's The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War was a Washington Post Notable Book, a New York Times bestseller, and the television miniseries rights have been acquired by the Weinstein Company. Now, it's being released in paperback on Jan. 28. It's the true story of the plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln during his train trip to Washington to be sworn in as President. The story features legendary Allan Pinkerton and Kate Warne who became America's first female private eye. But, the two would not find it easy to convince Lincoln's advisors that the plot was real.

David and Aimee Thurlo launch a new series with The Pawnbroker.  When Charlie Henry returns from special-ops work in Iraq, he and an old Army buddy become the new owner of the Three Balls pawnshop in Albuquerque. But, the shooting of an old childhood friend turns out to be related to the previous owner of the pawnshop. As the two ex-soldiers lend a hand in the investigation, they get tangled up in gang rivalries, and led astray in a case where nothing is what it seems. (Jan. 28 release)




Wisconsin Detective Ellie MacIntosh returns in Kate Watterson's Buried. The Milwaukee detective struggles to deal with two cases that divide her attention - a sudden rash of seemingly unrelated cop killings and the startling discovery of an old, hidden grave on her grandfather's property. It's an entanglement of mysteries that Ellie must race against the clock to solve.

It's another terrific collection of books for the TBR (To Be Read) pile. I hope you saw something here to interest you.




10 comments:

Jane R said...

Several of these titles sound terrific. I'm definitely adding Moriarty Returns a Letter and The Hour of Peril to my book list The Kate Watterson series might be a good fit as well, So many books, so little time....

Lesa said...

I wholeheartedly agreed with your comment, Jane, "So many books, so little time..."

Rosemary said...

The Axe Factor and Moriaty Returns a Letter both look good, Lesa. And yes, let me echo that & expand upon it - so many books, films, plays, events.....it's easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes, isn't it?

We just watched the last episode in the current series of Sherlock last night. It has a stunning ending; Madeleine and I were thrilled with the whole thing. Enjoy!

Beth Hoffman said...

All these titles are new to me. The synopsis for "Moriarty Returns a Letter" grabbed my attention (and I love the cover, too).

Happy reading, Lesa!

Lesa said...

So good to hear, Rosemary! I am going to enjoy Sherlock. Wonderful to know you were both thrilled with the season!

Lesa said...

That's why I like to share the titles, Beth. Sometimes books get overlooked that might be of interest.

Mark Baker said...

Some how when I was doing my usual search for new books by authors I read, I'd missed Michael Robertson's new book. Thanks for mentioning it so I can be sure to read it.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Mark. Enjoy!

Karen C said...

A very interesting list of new books. Wish I had time to read. Several caught my eye, especially Moriarty Returns a Letter.

Shannon @ Reading Has Purpose said...

I am very much looking forward to "Til the Well Runs Dry." The cover drew me to it initially, but once I read the synopsis, it sounds like a wonderful story. I'll definitely be reading this one this year.