Wednesday, December 03, 2008

January Treasures in My Closet

There are some terrific looking ARCs in my closet, books scheduled out in January. I know everyone is counting pennies right now, but there might be a book or two in the stacks that you might want to order from your favorite bookstore, or place on hold at your local library.

In January, some of the authors I read regularly bring back some favorite characters. The book on the top of the pile is Louise Penny's new Armand Gamache
mystery, A Rule Against Murder. Gamache's holiday turns into murder, and a tribute to Agatha Christie. I can't wait for this one!

The Sky Took Him is the latest Alafair Tucker mystery by Donis Casey. Alafair is accompanied by two of her daughters when family gathers at a deathbed in Enid, Oklahoma in 1915. It's a story of family secrets going back over twenty years. This is another series with wonderful characters.

Blaize Clement's Dixie Hemingway mysteries are a homecoming for me, since they're set on Florida's West Coast. Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof brings back Dixie Hemingway, former cop turned pet sitter. Dixie's new friend seems to be hiding from an abusive husband. Or is she?

Eve is a debut novel for Elissa Eliott. This work of fiction blends biblical tradition with recorded history and Elliott's storytelling to explore the story of Eve, her husband, Adam, and the story of their sons.

Hallie Ephron turns from writing award-winning reviews to writing a suspense novel with her book, Never Tell a Lie. When the perfect couple runs into an old high school friend, that encounter is the trigger for a hellish nightmare of deceit and betrayal.

Leighton Gage's Buried Strangers brings back Chief Inspector Mario Silva for another powerful crime novel set against the lush Brazilian landscape. Silva and his team travel to São Paulo to investigate when a bone is dug up by a dog, only to find a clandestine cemetery, and a possible link to missing tourists.

I'm looking forward to Norman Green's The Last Gig, the debut of a new series featuring Alessandra Martillo, a Puerto Rican runaway from the Bronx, who is just the person needed when the head of an Irish mob family wants a private investigator.

Jill Gregory and Karen Tintori join forces for The Illumination, in which the search for the origin of a pendant sucks a museum curator into an international battle between powerful religious factions.

Victoria Holt's classic novel of romantic suspense, Mistress of Mellyn, is back in print. Those of us who read gothic novels in the 1970s remember Holt's books with fondness. Now, there's the opportunity to reread these books, or for new readers to discover them.

I can already attest to the strength of Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey M. Siger. I was lucky enough to get a chance to read an early version of this complex crime novel set on Mykonos, the most famous of Greece's Aegean Cycladic islands, where young women of similar appearances have disappeared over years. Now, the island's new police chief, Andreas Kaldis, has a political hot potato on his hands.

A new Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery is always welcome. Charles Todd brings him back in A Matter of Justice. Is this the only case in which Rutledge fails to get his man?

January 19, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. To celebrate, Mystery Writers of America presents two collections. On a Raven's Wing is a collection of new tales in honor of Edgar Allan Poe. The book, edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky features stories by authors including Mary Higgins Clark, S.J. Rozan, James W. Hall, and seventeen others. Michael Connelly edited a book with a slightly different slant, In the Shadow of the Master. This book contains classic Poe tales and essays by Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Sue Grafton, Stephen King, Laura Lippman, Lisa Scottoline, and fourteen others.

January looks like a terrific month for those of us who love crime fiction. There just isn't enough reading time in a month! But, now is the time to order the books that entice you the most.


Joy said...

Ahhh!!! What a great list of books! I'm most interested in the Penny book, but many are close behind. :)

Lesa said...

I'm excited about the Penny book, too, Joy. And, I'm going to get to go to dinner with her, and host her at my library the next day. I'm so stoked!

Corey Wilde said...

The Penny and Casey books are on my 'want list.' I'll have some good reading on hand come the January snows.

Joy said...

How exciting, Lesa! Make sure you say "Hello!" from me. :)

Lesa said...


You will have some good books for the new year!

Lesa said...


I'm really looking forward to it. I'll pass on your greetings!

meen said...

Lesa, you had me confused there with that newest Louise Penny. I brought a book home by her from the library called THE MURDER STONE and was wondering if there were two new titles by her. But no such luck. Turns out it is the same book, published under two different titles. (I wish they'd stop doing it, it's soooooo confusing.)

Lesa said...

Marleen, The book hasn't yet been released in the U.S. They changed the title from the original Canadian title, which is probably the title the rest of the world is using, except for us. (sigh) And, I like dhte title The Murder Stone.

meen said...

I'm just sorry it's not two different two titles. That would just be perfect

Lesa said...

It would be perfect, Marleen. But, Louise Penny might not be feeling so good! (grin)

meen said...

Yes, I suppose there's that, but still, with some authors it's just such a shame that writing books actually takes time.

Lesa said...

And, then there's all the time they HAVE to take to publicize it. Time that could be spent writing! But, then I'd never get to see them in person, and I love that!

Karen said...

Thanks for telling your readers about THE ILLUMINATION! It's coming out in four days and Jill Gregory and I can't wait to hear what all of you think of it.

We're having a contest on our websites to celebrate its release, giving away gorgeous custom designed evil eye bracelets.

Stop by for details on how to win, and for much more information about THE ILLUMINATION.

Karen said...

Ooops! It would help if I gave you the URLs of our websites, wouldn't it?

Happy Reading! And like the nice lady says every time I buy a MegaMillions Lottery ticket -- good luck!


Lesa said...

Thank you, Karen! I hope readers come back and pick up on the websites. And, good luck with the book!