Sunday, October 02, 2011

November's Hot Titles

There are some big names with books due out in November. Other than James Patterson, who do you think will make the bestseller lists? There are some interesting titles here.

Start with David Baldacci’s Zero Day. When a military investigator is assigned to investigate the case of a murdered family, he butts heads with a local homicide investigator. The husband was in the army; the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor, and no one in the small town is what they seem.

Precocious Flavia de Luce returns in C. Alan Bradley’s I Am Half-Sick of Shadows. Flavia’s father rents the estate to a film studio that plans to shoot a movie there over the Christmas holidays. When the star, a despised, reclusive actress is found murdered, Flavia investigates.

It’s been three years since Edna Buchanan’s last book. In her new novel, A Dark and Lonely Place, she asks, “Can we change our destiny, or must our lives always end the same way?” When a police detective hunts for a woman linked to a murdered millionaire, he discovers she’s the girl who had haunted his dreams since childhood, and is tied to his ancestors’ past.

Michael Connelly returns with Harry Bosch in The Drop. Bosch is nearing retirement, and he wants all the cases he can get. In one morning he gets two. One is investigating how DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. The other involves the case of a city councilman’s son. Was he murdered or did he jump from a hotel window.

Micro combines the writing of Richard Preston and the late Michael Crichton. There’s a new era of bioprospecting in the forests of Hawaii. A group of grad students, lured there to work for a mysterious biotech company, find themselves transformed and cast out into the rain forest.

There’s really nothing more to say about Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich other than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and the gang from the Burg are back in another explosive adventure.

With The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz brings Sherlock Holmes’ fans the first new mystery ever authorized by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate. There are no other details about this book.

11/22/63 by Stephen King is the big book of November. And, at 960 pages, I mean big. A high school English teacher, Jake Epping, is shocked to receive a personal essay from a student about a horrific event in his life. Then a friend tells Jake about a secret portal in his diner that takes time travelers back to 1958. Epping, still shook from the assassination of President Kennedy, decides to go back and change history. (Jim would have loved this book - Kennedy and King together, two favorites.)

Here’s one Margaret Maron’s fans have been awaiting for years. In Three-Day Town, Judge Deborah Knott is in New York on her honeymoon, staying in an apartment. She’s been asked to deliver a package to NYPD homicide detective Sigrid Harold. But, the package disappears and the building’s super is found murdered. As a Sigrid Harald fan, I’ve been waiting years for her return.

James Patterson’s latest book is Kill Alex Cross. When the President’s son and daughter are abducted, Cross discovers someone very high up is keeping him from the center of the case. Then a deadly contagion is discovered in the water supply, and Alex realizes someone may be about to unleash an attack on America.

And Ian Rankin ends the list with The Impossible Dead. When Malcolm Fox begins looking into the actions of a neighboring police force, he doesn’t know who he can trust. The trail of corruption leads back to the suicide of a politician, and there are those who don’t want the truth to come out.

There’s quite a collection of books for November. (Did you catch all the red book jackets? And, some of the ones not pictured had red jackets as well. This season’s popular color.) Let me know which books you’re looking forward to reading.


Kaye said...

Edna Buchanan!!

Joe Barone said...

Not always, but often, it is not the bestsellers I enjoy. It is the mid-list writers or sometimes even those who are self-publishing.

kathy d. said...

King's cover dog-gone regal!

Lesa said...

It's been a while for Edna Buchanan, hasn't it, Kaye?

Lesa said...

I read more mid-list authors than bestselling authors, Joe, but I need to know these authors as a librarian. I'm looking forward to the books by Stephen King & Margaret Maron.

Lesa said...

I like the cover of King's book, kathy. Really looking forward to it, despite the size.

Ingrid King said...

Isn't that interesting about the red covers! I love Edna Buchanan, so that's definitely going on my list.

Lesa said...

And, you should see some of the others, Ingrid - RED! Some months it appears to be blue from every publisher. This month, it's red.

Anonymous said...

My list is long! Briefly, I am dying to read the new Sherlock Holmes mystery, "The House of Silk" and "India Black and the Widow of Windsor." You have intrigued me with the newest Edna Buchanan and I had been meaning to catch up on more of hers. Dennis Palumbo's new one coming out in November is high on my list too.

Lesa said...

Thank you. I'm glad some of these books appealed to you. I hope you enjoy them!

Kitchen Benchtops said...

Buchanan's hard-hitting novel takes this solid series to a new level.