I only have twelve books in my closet with November release dates. November certainly isn't as big a month for book releases as September or October. But, some of my favorite authors have books in those treasures.
Lorna Barrett takes readers back to Stoneham, New Hampshire in her latest Booktown mystery, Bookplate Special. Depending on your viewpoint, Pammy Fredericks could be considered a free spirit or a freeloading thief. Tricia Miles, owner of haven't Got a Clue mystery bookstore, put up with Pammy for weeks, but just when she was ready to throw her out, Pammy's found murdered. Now, Tricia has to look for the killer.
The Charm Stone is a Jean Fairbairn/Alasdair Cameron mystery by Lillian Stewart Carl. It isn't smooth sailing for the relationship between Jean Fairbarn, and her significant other, ex-Scottish cop Alasdair Cameron. Jean had abandoned the academic world to write for a magazine, and Alasdair retired, but they're both caught up in theft and murder. And, it's just in time for All Hallows Eve in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, where witches were once hanged, rather than burned.
It's murder entangled with history and myth.
The Big Wake-Up is the fifth book in Mark Coggins' August Riordan series. Coggins, who will appear at the Velma Teague Library on December 3, takes the San Francisco private eye into a terrifying case, as he witnesses the shooting of a beautiful student, and is drawn into the hunt for for Eva Perón's body. He needs all the help he can get as he's drawn into the intrigue between powerful groups.
Since I've already read and reviewed Vicki Delany's Winter of Secrets for Mystery News, I can tell you this is a terrific police procedural. If you're a fan of those books, or of the Molly Smith/John Winters books, you'll want to return to Trafalgar, British Columbia, for a busy Christmas week for the police.
Terri Dulong's Spinning Forward is a departure from all of the mysteries mentioned so far. After her husband's death, and the revelations about his gambling addiction, Sydney Webster finds herself starting over on Cedar Key, as island off the coast of Florida. It's her passion for spinning and knitting that brings her friends, and a community.
There's one memoir in the pile, Harold Evans' My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times. Evans recounts the world of newspapers and publishing. In England, he was editor of the Sunday Times and The Times of London, involved in revealing some of the biggest stories of the time. Then, in New York, he became a book publisher at Random House, where he acquired the memoirs of Colin Powell, Richard Nixon, and the unknown Barack Obama. It should be a fascinating book for news and publishing junkies.
Sand Castles is Nancy Gotter Gates' novel set in Sarasota, Florida. Ginny McAllister can't find her niche in a Florida life, after her husband bought the place when she was laid up. Now, settled there, away from family and friends, she finds herself having a difficult time coping with discoveries about her husband. A hurricane provides the opportunity to reconsider her life, and her decisions for the rest of it.
Steven Havill's Red, Green, or Murder is another book I reviewed for Mystery News. It's another riveting, well-developed Posadas County mystery, when former Sheriff Bill Gastner gets caught up in two cases, one involving the disappearance of a truck and livestock trailer, along with the cowpuncher who was driving it, and one involving the death of one of Bill's friends. It's not easy to be involved in law enforcement in a small community when friends are often victims.
In G.I. Bones, the sixth Sergeants Sueño and Bascom mystery by Martin Limón, the two MP's in Korea "must find the bones of a long-dead G.I. to exorcise a fortune teller whom he is haunting, and to solve a current series of gangsters' murders."
The Body in the Sleigh is the latest Faith Fairchild mystery by Katherine Hall Page. It's the holiday season, and as they Fairchilds spend the season in Maine, they see Santa arrive by lobster boat, snowshoe in the quiet forest, watch iceboaters, and have plenty of time to read by the fire. But, Faith is involved in two mysteries, the murder of a young woman, and the search for the identity of a newborn baby left in the manger in a barn.
Then there's the nonfiction title, Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution by Joel Richard Paul. Its the true story of how "three remarkable people used espionage, betrayal, and deciption to help win the American Revolution." It's a story that stretches from Versailles to London to Philadelphia.
Bail bondsman Herman Jackson returns in Richard A. Thompson's Frag Box. Charlie Victor was a Vietnam vet, and a steady client for Jackson, until he's murdered, and named Jackson as his heir. Jackson needs money, so he's eager to inherit the frag box in which Victor kept money, but Charlie's killers want it, too.
A couple Florida novels, a memoir, a history, and a small stack of mysteries, make up the November treasures in my closet. Hopefully, you'll find a treasure in this selection as well.