Thursday, July 02, 2009

August Treasures in My Closet

Compared to September and October, the pile of August books in my closet isn't enormous. But, as usual, there are some treasures there. Check out these titles.

Meg Langslow returns in Donna Andrews' Swan for the Money. Meg thought rose growing was a safe hobby for her eccentric parents. Little did she know rose growers are competitive, so much so they may even kill for a rose show's grand prize. At least that's how it looks when Meg finds a body.

Betsy Carter's historical novel, The Puzzle King, is based on a family legend. This story of the immigrant experience brings Simon Phelps and Flora Grossman to America before World War II. And, suddenly they were the last hope for their families' escape from Europe.

In The Merry Misogynist by Colin Cotterill, Dr. Siri Paiboun is curious when a corpse shows up in his morgue in Laos in 1978. His curiosity leads to investigation when he finds something unexpected - a serial killer preying on pretty girls in peaceful Buddhist Laos.

Once again, Mark de Castrique combines a literary cold case with brutal modern crime. The Fitzgerald Ruse brings back Sam Blackman, an Iraq war vet, now opening a detective agency in Asheville, NC. When his first client asks him to retrieve a manuscript she stole from F. Scott Fitzgerald, it looks easy. But a resulting murder and theft is just the start of Sam's problems.

Sophie Littlefield will be appearing at the Velma Teague Library in August to promote her debut crime novel, A Bad Day for Sorry. Stella Hardesty runs a sewing shop in rural Missouri, but, on the side, she helps battered women get rid of their abusive others. When she agrees to help Chrissy Shaw, though, the woman's abusive husband disappears with their two-year-old son. Now, Stella has a tough battle on her hands.

Bridegroom is the latest Stone Creek novel by Linda Lael Miller. Undercover agent Gideon Yarbro usually stops outlaws, but he finds himself stopping a wedding, and marrying the bride himself in order to save her.

Priscilla Royal takes readers to 13th century England in Chambers of Death. When Prioress Eleanor and her party seek shelter at the home of the Earl of Steward, they find a powerful family, a murder, and a sheriff willing to arrest the wrong person, forcing Eleanor to take action.

It's the third case for TV reporter Charlotte McNally in Hank Phillippi Ryan's Air Time. When she goes undercover in the glamorous world of high fashion, it doesn't take her long to find that investigating counterfeiters can be deadly, and no one in the fashion world can be trusted.

"A body in a bathtub is the last thing Sylvia Thorn expects her mother's travel club to find when they check into their Laughlin, Nevada hotel rooms." Can a group of elderly investigators stir up trouble from Florida to Nevada to Arizona? They can, in Patricia Stoltey's The Desert Hedge Murders.

There's going to be heavy promotion for Carolyn Wall's debut novel, Sweeping Up Glass. Olivia Harker Cross will have to face down her mother, her daughter, her neighbors, and wolf hunters in Kentucky, as she tries to come to grips with her own bitter history.

The treasure pile may not be large, but there are some special books here. Place your orders now at your local bookstore, or your favorite public library.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Thanks for the tips on the reading material!

I'm intrigued by "The Fitzgerald Ruse" and will have to check it out. I'm a North Carolinian, and reading an Asheville setting will be fun.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Lesa said...


You'll want to check out the first in the series, Blackman's Coffin. It introduces the main character, and has a storyline involving Thomas Wolfe and Biltmore. Since you're from NC, you'll want to read that one.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Oh, good....thanks for the tip. Yes, I like to check out a series from the start. I love the idea of Wolfe and Biltmore. You can never go home again?


Lesa said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth. Hmmm. Not exactly the plot of the first book. But, I think you'll find it interesting.

Cathy said...

I really enjoyed Blackman's Coffin and read it just before another mystery set in North Carolina: Signs in the Blood by Vicki Lane.

The August treasures in your closet may be fewer, Lesa, but they are certainly choice!

Lesa said...

There are some terrific books in that pile, Cathy. It will be a fun month.

Sophie Littlefield said...

Thanks for the mention, Leesa! I am very much looking forward to our visit to the library!

Lesa said...


I'm looking forward to the book, and to meeting you. Good luck with your book, and the book tour.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Lesa, Thanks a bunch for putting my book on your list. Now I'm going to add the rest of your August reads to my TBR list (which is getting very, very long).

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Patricia. I'm looking forward to it, with the Arizona and Florida connections. Should be fun!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Hey Lesa!

I'm so thrilled that AIR TIME is a "treasure"! You bring tears to my eyes.

Can't wait to talk to you about it..and see you soon!

with much gratitude! (Oh--may I put this on my blog? Is there a shortcut?)

Lesa said...

Hi Hank!

Of course, Air Time is a treasure. I've enjoyed both of the other books, and I'm looking forward to Air Time.

Just sent you my ideas about talking about Air Time!

And, also sent you the shortcut.

Thanks, Hank!

Clea Simon said...

Just did one better than ordering the new Colin Cotterill - I got an assignment to review it! Thanks for the head's up. I'm very curious. I hear it's more conventional in some ways that the previous Siri's, but I love his writing.

The other books sound quite interesting, too - always happy to see a new Hank!

Lesa said...

I haven't read any of Colin Cotterill's books. Nice to hear you have an assignment to review it!

I'm always happy to see a new Hank book, too!