Wednesday, August 31, 2011

October Treasures in My Closet

Hard to believe August is almost over, and it's already time to look at the October books piled up in my closet. What a mixed collection this is!

It doesn't matter what other book jacket I show. Nothing is going to make people go "Awww," the way Jill Abramson's The Puppy Diaries will. Abramson wrote a blog for The New York Times' website about the joys and trials in raising her new golden retriever puppy, Scout. Now, she expands on that with the chronicle of Scout's first year.

Tasha Alexander brings back Lady Emily Hargreaves in her latest novel of suspense, A Crimson Warning. Secrets prove deadly in this story. Some very prominent people in London wake up to find their doorsteps smeared with read paint, the warning that someone is about to reveal a dark secret. With all of London high society in fear, Lady Emily and her husband, favorite agent of the crown, must uncover the twisted mind who delights in destroying others.

 Skeleton Letters is Laura Childs latest Scrapbooking mystery. When a fellow scrapbooker is bludgeoned to death in New Orleans' historic St. Tristan's Church, Carmela Bertrand and her friend Ava team up with a police detective to find a killer whose theft of an antique crucifix may be the clue needed to put the final touches on the record of a murder.

Like Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Hargreaves, Inspector John Carlyle must investigate the murky world of the British ruling classes in James Craig's debut political thriller, London Calling. In the middle of a General Election, a murderer is stalking the man about to be the next Prime Minister, a man who might take the law into his own hands, if Carlyle doesn't track down the killer first.

Stolen Souls is described as Stuart Neville's "most gripping Belfast thriller yet." It's up to Inspector Jack Lennon to locate a runaway Ukrainian sex slave. She killed a crime boss, and his brother wants revenge. She fled, only to face a serial killer. It's up to Lennon to track her down before the violence spins out of control.

Philippa Gregory is well-known for her historical novels. Now, she brings us The Lady of the Rivers, "weaving witchcraft, passion, and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses."

In The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman combines imagination and research to tell the story of Masada. Nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans in 70 C.E. Hoffman bases her novel on that event, telling of four women who arrived at Masada.

 Arnaldur Indridason, author of Jar City and Hypothermia, brings us his first standalone thriller, Operation Napoleon. In 1945, a German bomber, with both German and American officers on board, crashes on a glacier. One man walks away, and disappears. Today, the bomber has been discovered, but a rescue volunteer disappears, setting his sister on a dangerous journey to search for him, and the the key to the riddle of Operation Napoleon.

Drama: An Actor's Education is John Lithgow's autobiography. In his memoir, Lithgow tells the backstage history of his struggles, crisis, and discovery, writing a tribute to the most important influence in his life, his father, the man who brought theater to John's life.

It must be the month for theater. Tony Award-winning producer Mitchell Maxwell sets his first novel, Little Did I Know, in the seventies, when a young man dreams of producing vibrant musicals in a refurbished historic theater in Massachusetts. While building his dream of being a Broadway producer, Samuel August also builds a romance with a local woman, one that isn't what either of them expected.

Eduardo Sacheri's The Secret in Their Eyes is available for the first time in English. The crime novel follows a recently retired detective in Buenos Aires who decides to write a book about a period of his life that haunted him, when he couldn't bring a case to justice because of dirty politics, and when he missed the opportunity for love.

The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff is the story of an artist. Ella Saville is a successful portrait painter, with a distinguished record. But, three portraits will change her life forever.

Quite a mixed selection of books for October. And, tomorrow you can read about the possible hot titles for the month.


Karen C said...

Ohhh, they all sound good!!

Lesa said...

Now you know why all I do is read, Karen. Too many good books out there. I can't keep up.

Janet Rudolph said...

Oh my, what a treasure trove...a new Alice Hoffman, a new many... can't wait. Thanks for the news!

Lesa said...

And, those are just the ones in my closet, Janet! There are other interesting ones scheduled for October, too.

Ingrid King said...

Wow, lots of great possibilities. I think The Puppy Diaries and the new Phillippa Gregory will need to go on my TBR list. I don't usually like historical novels, but the few I've read by Gregory have reeled me in each time.

Lesa said...

And, of course, The Puppy Diaries, Ingrid. I'm looking forward to Gregory's nonfiction this month, and this novel.