Saturday, October 01, 2011

November Treasures in My Closet

There’s a baker’s dozen of books in my closet this month. It’s quite an unusual collection, a little of everything. Tomorrow, I’ll have the hot titles. Tell me what you think of this group of books. Anything you’re looking forward to reading?

Gary Corby’s The Ionia Sanction leads off. In 5th century B.C., Nicolaus, a young private investigator is hired by Pericles to solve a murder, but his mission soon becomes even more serious. He has to stop a plot to invade and destroy Athens.

Templar Magician by P.C. Doherty is another historical mystery. This one is set against the background of the Crusades at the time of the secretive Templar Order. Two men find themselves caught up in a murder when the Count of Tripoli is assassinated.

When two people, happily married, but not to each other, are drawn together, they decide to give themselves two weeks, and be done with it. Larry Duberstein’s The Twoweeks is their story, before, during and after that time.

María Dueňas’ The Time in Between topped Spain’s bestseller list, and has been sold in twenty-five countries. Can it succeed here? It’s the story of a woman, abandoned by her lover in Morocco, who forges a new identity, returns to Spain, and becomes the most sought-after couture designer for the socialite wives of German Nazi officers stationed in Madrid. It’s a story of conspiracy, intrigue, betrayal, and espionage.

In Charles Finch’s A Burial at Sea, Charles Lenox, Member of Parliament in 1873, sets sail on a clandestine mission for the government, visiting the newly-dug Suez Canal. It’s a murder mystery, a spy story, and a journey with the Victorian navy.

Jim Fusilli brings us Narrow’s Gate, an epic novel that follows three men as their lives intersect with the dangerous, seductive power of the Mob in a gritty Italian-American neighborhood in a fictionalized Hoboken during the first half of the 20th century.

Here’s the description of Rick Gavin’s Ranchero. “If only Percy Dwayne Dubois could have paid the twenty dollars he owed on his rented TV. Instead he had to go hit repo man Nick Reid with a shovel, steal his beloved Ranchero, and set into motion a wild chase across the Mississippi Delta.”

How many of you are waiting for Sue Grafton’s V is for Vengeance? `Kinsey Millhone’s thirty-eighth birthday gift is a punch in the face that leaves her with two black eyes and a busted nose. Kinsey says, “I know there are people who believe you should forgive and forget. For the record, I’d like to say I’m a big fan of forgiveness as long as I’m given the opportunity to get even first.”

Dana Haynes, author of Crashers, has the next thriller in that series. In Breaking Point, three plane crash experts from the NTSB, known as “Crashers,” find themselves victims and witnesses rather than investigators when the plan they are on crashes, and it wasn’t an accident.

“What kind of offense or betrayal could result in one sister’s deciding to erase another, as if she had never existed?” Nancy Jensen tries to answer that question in her debut novel, The Sisters, a journey through eighty years and three generations of women in a family.

In Melinda Leigh's romantic suspense novel, She Can Run, she sends a remarried widow and her two children on the run, hiding from her new husband, a Congressman.  She's going to need help from a retired homicide detective if they're going to evade her powerful husband.

Magical Alienation is the new Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery from Kris Neri. A spaceship crash in Roswell, a rumored alien, Area 51, and a harmonic convergence in Sedona, along with rock stars, shape shifters and gods means fake psychic Samantha Brennan and Celtic goddess/FBI agent Annabelle Haggerty have to team up again.

Robin Perini’s In Her Sights rounds out the list. It mixes steamy romance with riveting action in the story of a female SWAT team sniper with a secret past who finds herself in harm’s way when an old enemy returns with a plan to destroy her, and everyone she loves.

Thirteen books to entice you in November. Which books do you find enticing?


Liz V. said...

Goodness. Will I ever catch up? Historicals definitely for TBR pile.

Kay said...

Several of these catch my eye - primarily THE SISTERS. I'm putting it on my list.

Lesa said...

Nope, Liz. We'll never catch up, unfortunately. Too many books, not enough time.

Lesa said...

I find The Sisters appealing, too, Kay. Looking forward to reading it.

Nancy said...

These books all sound enticing. I think I would pick She Can Run for the first read if it were me, followed by Magical Alienation for a wacky, fun read., it's hard to pick. Have fun! I'm looking forward to your reviews, Lesa.
Congratulations on the recent honor bestowed on you.

CindyD said...

Thanks, Lesa - THE TWOWEEKS, THE TIME IN BETWEEN, THE SISTERS, SHE CAN RUN, maybe THE BREAKING POINT all look like possibilities. Can't wait for tomorrow because my November list was short!

Ingrid King said...

The Sisters sounds like something I would enjoy. I'm looking forward to your hot titles tomorrow!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Nancy. I'm glad you found a title or two that were interesting. And, thank you for the compliment.

Lesa said...


There's quite a collection tomorrow. Quite a few of the big authors have books due out - Baldacci, King, Connelly, Evanovich. And, what's a month without a James Patterson release?

Lesa said...

Thanks, Ingrid. I think The Sisters looks interesting. For my sake, I hope it's not too literary. (grin)

Bev Stephans said...

That's quite a choice. My TBR pile is so big that it's threatening to take over my apartment.

The books I'm looking forward to in November are: "The Next Always" by J.D.Robb (anthology), "Three-Day Town" by Margaret Maron and "Explosive Eighteen" by Janet Evanovish.

Lesa said...

And, I have a couple of those books in Sunday's post, Bev, so you might not have to add too many of those to that towering TBR pile.