I don't know if my closet has ever had such a large stack of books scheduled for publication in one month. October looks like a true treasure for readers. And, this isn't even the list of other hot books, just the ones I have in my closet. The other list will appear tomorrow.
Check out this eclectic mix of books, mysteries, romances, and nonfiction. There has to be something here that you'd like to order from your favorite bookstore, or place on hold at your local public library.
My pile of books is topped by Zoë Sharp's Third Strike, a thriller in which
Charlie Fox must save the life of her own father. It's a story of blackmail, treachery, and murder.
For the first time together in one volume, Laura Lippman has a collection of award-winning short stories and a novella. It's Hardly Knew Her.
I'm excited about Jana Bommersbach's true crime book, Bones in the Desert. She focuses on the murder of Loretta Bowersock, a murder here in Arizona. And, Bommersbach will speak at my library in December.
Betsy Thornton's mystery, A Song for You, is another book with an Arizona setting. Thornton includes her victim's advocate, Chloe Newcombe, when an uncovered body brings a cold case back into focus.
The Arizona frontier is the setting for Linda Lael Miller's romance, The Rustler. When outlaw Wyatt Yarbro goes to Stone Creek to go straight, he sees Sarah Tamlin as the perfect angel to help him clean up his act.
Sean Chercover's Trigger City is an intriguing story of a detective whose case leads him into the secret world of America's military contractors and the intelligence community, creating a fight between the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Sounds like a timely book.
Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay takes readers to Paris in 1942, when a young Jewish girl locks her younger brother in the cupboard to save him from arrest by the French police, promising to return. Sixty years later, an American journalist stumbles onto the family secrets.
Christine Barber's The Replacement Child is the first winner of the Tony Hillerman prize for best debut mystery set in the Southwest. When the night editor of Santa Fe's Capital Tribune answers the phone to fine the notorious Scanner Lady on the phone, she doesn't know she's involving herself in a murder case. For the Scanner Lady is killed soon after saying she heard two Santa Fe cops discussing a dead body.
The Catch is the latest Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor. Gunther, now head of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation investigates the killing of an officer in the line of duty, and a major drug-running operation.
Ken Bruen's Once Were Cops unleashes a sociopathic Irish cop and an unstable New York cop on the streets of New York.
Eric Stone brings back Ray Sharp in Flight of the Hornbill, a "thrill ride through an exotic Asian landscape" in a story about gold found in Sumatra. Or was it?
Mark Billingham's In the Dark is a stand-alone thriller set in the gritty streets of South London, where teenage gangs clash with career criminals.
Ex-NYPD detectives Joe Serpe and Bob Healy team up again in Tony Spinosa's The Fourth Victim. When five oil truck drivers were robbed and shot to death, the killer made a mistake. The fourth victim was a former cop who once saved Joe Serpe's life.
One of my favorite romance writers, Holly Jacobs, has a holiday story, Once Upon a Thanksgiving, about a single mom with four kids, who is stretched a little too thin.
Rowena Cherry's romances are a little hotter than Holly's. Knight's Fork features the Queen Consort of the Volnoth who needs a sperm donor. She just happens to pick the son of her greatest enemy, who has taken a vow of chastity.
There's even a Christmas story in my October pile, Debbie Macomber's A Cedar Cove Christmas. It's the Christmas story, reenacted in Cedar Cove, when a pregnant woman shows up, needing a place to stay.
Five nonfiction books round out the pile. John Grogran, author of the bestseller, Marley & Me, tells his own story in the memoir, The Longest Trip Home.
Actress Diahann Carroll relates her story in The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying & Other Things I Learned the Hard Way.
Steve Dorsey tells Tales from the Dad Side, Misadventures in Fatherhood, in a humorous collection.
I even have an odd reference book, Genius and Heroin by Michael Largo. It asks why so many creative geniuses are self-destructive, in the form of an illustrated catalogue.
The fat book on the bottom of the pile is Peter Golenbock's In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World. It's a social history of the borough and it's ethnic and social background.
Is there anything here that whets your appetite? If not, check back tomorrow. If there is, don't forget to place a hold at your local library, or order it now from your favorite bookstore.