Wednesday, June 01, 2011

July's Treasures in My Closet

There's a wealth of July reading in my closet this month, twenty books. I hope you're interested in some of them!

Tony Abbott's Lunch-Box Dreams may have been written for readers ten and up, but I'm eager to read this story of racial tensions in the South in 1959. When a family is forced to cut short their trip to Civil War battlefields, they return home on a bus, and witness an incident that threatens to deny seats to a black family. They don't know the family is desperate because their child is missing. It's a story that presents Jim Crow, racism, and segregation from multiple perspectives.

Meg Langslow is feeding her twins when she hears noises, and discovers the animals from a local shelter are now in her living room, stolen by family members and friends when the shelter repealed its no-kill policy. Now, she has to juggle feedings and a murder investigation in Donna Andrews' The Real Macaw.

The Samaritan is a debut thriller from Stephen Besecker. Kevin "Hatch" Easter is a husband, a Seneca Indian, and a CIA tracker whose life is shattered when a mob collection gone wrong leaves three people dead, including Kevin's wife. A few days later when the gunman is found dead, they close the case. But, someone thinks the guilty parties are still out there, and that person wants revenge.

What happens to a woman who's preparing to be a chef, about to start at the Culinary Institute of America, when an accident destroys the ability to smell, a sense essential to cooking? Author Molly Birnbaum dropped her plans, quit her restaurant job, sank into depression, Then, she picked herself up, and moved on to try to overcome her condition, a story she tells in Season to Taste.

Alafair Burke's first standalone novel is Long Gone. Alice Humphrey had her dream job managing a Manhattan art gallery until the day she walked in to find the gallery stripped bare, and a dead body on the floor, the man who hired her. But, nothing is as it appears, and Alice has to prove she was set up.

Once again, journalist and part-time spy for the British, Hannah Vogel, is caught up in the stories of 1930s Berlin in Rebecca Cantrell's A Game of Lies. Posing as a travel reporter covering the 1936 Berlin Olympics, she finds her relationship with an SS officer complicated by his alcoholism, and her identity threatened. When her mentor dies before he can reveal important information about the Nazis, Hannah must uncover a killer and get a package out of the country while protecting her true identity.

Acclaimed author Colin Cotterill debuts a new series with Killed at the Whim of a Hat. Set in rural Southern Thailand, it features a former crime reporter and her eccentric family. Will it do for Thailand what Alexander McCall Smith's books did for Botswana?

William Dietrich's Blood of the Reich takes readers from Berlin 1938 to Seattle today. It's a story of a team of daring American adventurers in a race to stop Nazis from acquiring a mythical and dangerous substance rumored to bestow immortality to those who find it.

Requiem for a Gypsy is the fourth book in Michael Genelin's Commander Jana Matinova series set in Slovakia. When the wife of a prominent businessman is killed, Jana has to discover the link between that murder, an anonymous man run down in Paris, a dead Turk with an icepick in his eye, and an international network of bank accounts going back to World War II.

Kathleen George's police procedurals are set in Pittsburgh. Now, in Hideout, two young brothers flee after a woman dies in a hit-and-run accident. As detectives search for them, they create a terrifying hostage situation.

Rizzoli and Isles must go into the past of Boston's Chinatown in Tess Gerritsen's latest novel, The Silent Girl. A violent death is connected with a murder-suicide in a Chinatown restaurant nineteen years earlier. The two women must outwit an unseen enemy in a case with echoes of an ancient Chinese legend.

Once a child of the sixties, Charlie feel under the sway of a cultlike figure in California. Now, years later when disaster strikes, Charlie's younger brother, Jay, is determined to uncover the truth in a quest that leads into the depths of evil in Andrew Gross' Eyes Wide Open.

Will Lavender's Dominance has a fascinating premise. In 1994, a famed literature professor taught a special class called Unraveling a Literary Mystery, from his prison cell. Now, Aldiss, convicted twelve years earlier of murdering two grad students, asks his students to solve a riddle, who is Paul Fallows, a reclusive author. They'll play a game called the Procedure, going inside Fallows' novels to answer that question. Now, years later, the Harvard professor who solved that riddle as a member of the class, must use that same information to stop a killer.

Librarian and author Jenn McKinlay debuts a new series, the Library Lover's Mysteries, with Books Can Be Deceiving. Lindsey Norris is just learning her way around her new job as director of the Briar Creek (Connecticut) Public Library when a famous author ends up dead, and his girlfriend, a friend of Lindsey's is suspect number one. Lindsey's afraid they'll book the wrong person for murder.

In Kwei Quartey's Children of the Street, Inspector Darko Dawson is called to investigate when the street children of Ghana begin falling to a chain of murders.

Five very different women find friendship and love on the barrier island known as Happiness Key. In Sunset Bridge, author Emilie Richards brings together a former socialite with just five ramshackle beach cottages, and the women who are her tenants. The women learn how much they need each other as a tropical storm brews, with a wind that carries surprises and secrets.

Deadly Reunion is a Cealie Gunther mystery by June Shaw. Cealie meets some high school friends for a reunion on a cruise ship in Alaska. Secrets lead to deaths, and while she looks for a killer, she's forced to wonder whether she ever really knew her former friends.

Andreas Steinhofel's juvenile mystery, The Spaghetti Detectives, unites an unusual pair. Rico has mild learning difficulties, but he's skilled at noticing things no one else does. Oscar may be a genius, but he's boy with a great deal of anxiety. It's up to Rico and Oscar to crack the case when kids start to go missing.

Kitty's Big Trouble is the ninth Kitty Norville adventure by Carrie Vaughn. A call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco sends Kitty and her friends to fight another powerful vampire, who brought together a team of werewolves and vampires.As they make their way into a world that exists under San Francisco, they come face to face with a power Kitty had no idea existed.

We go from Andrew Gross' Eyes Wide Open to John Verdon's Shut Your Eyes Tight. Once again, retired NYPD detective Dave Gurney has a case he can't resist. When a newly wed bride is brutally murdered, the police suspect a Mexican gardener. But, the victim's mother doesn't believe, and Gurney takes on an investigation that covers generations of evil.

Are you intrigued by any of these books? If not, wait for the hot titles list tomorrow.


Vickie said...

My TBR pile is getting larger and larger now!!

Kay said...

July is going to be a lovely month for reading. I'm excited about several of these - most especially THE SILENT GIRL, SHUT YOUR EYES TIGHT, the new Kwei Quartey book, Jenn McKinlay's new series (gotta love a library series!!), Rebecca Cantrell's new Hannah Vogel book, Donna Andrews' new Meg book - whew! But, I'm most intrigued by the first one you mentioned - LUNCH BOX DREAM. That one I'll definitely be looking for. Thanks Lesa!

Lesa said...

Join the club, Vickie. This is just one month of my TBR pile.

Lesa said...

Kay, I think you just summarized all the books from my Treasures pile (grin). It's a good TBR list, isn't it? My pleasure!

Tina said...

what a list....there were ONLY ten that started screaming at me!

Dru said...

Five of the books are on my reading list, but I'll definitely check out the others.

Lesa said...

So, it is an appealing list, judging by your comments, Tina and Dru. Thanks!

Karen said...

Oh, my ... I just added 9 of those listed to my TBR list! It's getting much too big - it's gonna fall - ohhhhhhh

Great list - there's more???

Lesa said...

I'm afraid so, Karen. Those are only the ones in my closet. Then there are the other hot titles.

windycindy said...

All of your books excite me...
Many thanks, Cindi