Thursday, September 01, 2011

October's Hot Titles

Here are the books I know my library patrons are anticipating, the books I predict will be hot in October. What are you looking forward to, other than these titles, and the ones I told you about in my closet?

Ken Bruen takes readers back to Jack Taylor's Ireland in Headstone. Even the police are shaken by the crimes committed by a group called Headstone. Jack and his friends are about to confront evil and horror.

Mitch Rapp is on a deadly mission in Vince Flynn's latest, Kill Shot. He's tracking down every person responsible for the deaths of the 270 civilians aborad the Pan Am plane brought down in Lockerbie. But, Rapp becomes the hunted when his handlers decide he's expendable.

Do you need to know anything more than John Grisham's novel is called  The Litigators? Finley & Figg is a two-bit law operation in Chicago, handling quickie divorces and DUIs. After twenty years, the two men manage to get by, until a new associate stumbles in, allowing them to tackle a really big case.

I know people are waiting for the new Dexter novel, Jeffry Lindsay's Double Dexter. Dexter isn't happy to learn someone is shadowing him and copying his methods. He's planning to use his own special pleasurable way of extricating himself from trouble.

Down These Strange Streets is a collection of urban fiction, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. Some of the biggest names in the genre bring new cases of death and magic in the city. Stories are by authors such as Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, Simon R. Green, Carrie Vaughn, Joe R. Landsdale and Charlaine Harris.

In Marcia Muller's City of Whispers, P.I. Sharon McCone responds immediately when she receives an urgent email from her half-brother, claiming to need her help. She doesn't hear from him again, but her investigation leads to the body of a dead woman and an unsolved murder case, but no Darcy.

The four surviving sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine were called "The Devil's Brood." Each eventually rebelled against their father. With the death of two elder brothers, Richard became heir, and, upon his father's death, he became king. Sharon Kay Penman's novel, Lionheart, is an in-depth look at Richard.

Terry Pratchett's latest book is Snuff (A Novel of Discworld). Commander Sam Vines is taking a vacation, but as fans of the series know, nothing ever goes as planned in Discworld.

Virgil Flowers must find the person responsible for two bombs in John Sandford's Shock Wave, a story of two factions fighting to prevent the building of a superstore in a Minnesota river town.

Nicholas Sparks tells the story of two small-town former high school sweethearts in The Best of Me. Neither lived the life they imaged. Now, in middle-age, they are forced to confront the choices they made and ask if love can rewrite the past.

It's one month closer, but an Arizona August with temperatures over 110 degrees doesn't make it any easier to think of Christmas books. Are you ready? These are some of the October Christmas titles.

Maybe you can think of Tim Dorsey's book even though it's only September 1. Serge Storm returns in When Elves Attack (A Joyous Christmas Greeting from the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State.) Deranged serial killer Serge is preparing his list for Christmas. Like Santa, he knows who has been naughty and nice, and he's prepared to give with his own special creativity. But, first, he has to attend the office Christmas party.

Richard Paul Evans brings a pleasure seeker home in Lost December. Upon graduation, Luke pursued a life of pleasure, living off his trust fund. When his money and friends disappear, he is forced to take a job at one of the family stores, where he learns about joy.

Even James Patterson has a Christmas book this year, The Christmas Wedding, written with Richard DiLalla. After being a widow for five years, Gabby Summerhill is remarrying. She hopes the event will bring her children home for Christmas for the first time if all those years. They just don't know the name of the groom, or the surprise she has planned.

For those of us who love cats, there's Sheila Roberts' The Nine Lives of Christmas. Ambrose the Cat was in danger of losing his ninth and final life until his desperate plea was answered, and a prayer sent him a firefighter who needed serious romantic help. Leave it to Ambrose to act as matchmaker.

So, there's something for everyone here, whether you're looking for October reading or the new Christmas books. I'm not quite ready for them. What are you anticipating in October?


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I can't believe we're already looking at October books! I'm not ready for fall yet (and definitely not Christmas!) :) But I'm looking forward to these books--some great-sounding ones here.

caite said...

I gave up on Grisham long ago. Is it time to try one of his books again?

Lesa said...


I'm not hurrying the year, but I am looking forward to October. Great concert that month, and a visit in LA with my college roommate. Nothing to do with books! But, this list does look good.

Lesa said...


I gave up on Grisham, too, but this one sounds good.

Joe Barone said...

When Elves Attack? I don't know this writer, but I am at least going to get a sample of the book (if it is available on electronic readers) to see what the book is.

Lesa said...

Tim's another one of those Florida authors with an offbeat sense of humor, Joe. I know it's available on kindle, so probably other readers as well. Let me know what you think, if you read it.

Ingrid King said...

You know I'm going to look forward to The Nine Lives of Christmas!

Carol M said...

I haven't read one of John Grisham's novels in a while. This sounds like one I would enjoy! My grandsons are big fans of Terry Pratchett so they will be looking forward to his new book.

Lesa said...

I want to read The Nine Lives of Christmas, too, Ingrid.

Lesa said...


Isn't if fun to see titles that make you anticipate a book? I'm thinking I'll try the John Grisham, too.

Karen C said...

Actually, I'm so far behind on my TBR pile that I'm trying not to get too interested in new releases. I'll let you know how that works out for me in a couple of days! :-)

Lesa said...

Oh, don't worry about it, Karen. These are October titles. You don't even have to think about them for a while.

Anonymous said...

There are several titles I'm looking forward to in October. I didn't know about Tim Dorsey's Christmas book. I've read all his other hilarious books; I'll have to read this one, especially after the revelation at the end of the last one.

Jonathan King, another Florida writer, has a new Max Freeman due that may be an e-book only.

Penny Warner has How to Party with a Killer Vampire due out in her Party-Planning series.

Denise Swanson has Murder of a Creped Suzette, the 14th in the Scumble River series.

Alexander McCall Smith has another entry in the Isabel Dalhousie series called The Forgotten Affairs of Youth.

Jennie Bentley has entry #5 in her DIY series titled Flipped Out.

Carole Nelson Douglas continues her Delilah Street series with Virtual Virgin.

Lots to read!