Monday, January 02, 2012

February Treasures in My Closet

Thank heaven that February has twenty-nine days this year. We’re going to need every day to try to keep up with the number of books being released that month. I have thirteen of them in my closet alone. Interested?

Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Kate Alcott brings us The Dressmaker, a romantic historical novel about a young woman who survives the disaster, only to find herself caught up in the resulting media frenzy.

Deborah Crombie’s latest book, No Mark Upon Her, is scheduled for release on Feb. 7, and I’m hosting her for Authors @ The Teague on Feb. 9. One foggy evening, a former Olympic rowing hopeful, a Metropolitan Police officer, hoping to make a comeback at the approaching Olympic Games. Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid is assigned to investigate the death.

The Next One to Fall is Hilary Davidson’s new book. The story is set three months after the events of Davidson’s award-winning debut, The Damage Done. Travel writer Lily Moore goes to Peru with her closest friend. The trip was to lure Lily from her dark mood, but, instead, she witnesses a woman’s death at Machu Picchu. Although the official ruling is accidental death, Lily can’t accept that after the woman’s dying comments. Davidson will be appearing for Authors @ The Teague on Feb. 22.

Alex George’s A Good American is an epic tale of the Meisenheimer family’s journey from immigrants to residents of Beatrice, Missouri in a story that covers the life and history of the twentieth century.

In Kristin Hannah’s Home Front, she tells the story of Michael and Jolene, a married couple working and raising their children. An unexpected deployment sends Jolene, a helicopter pilot in the Army National Guard, deep into harm’s way, leaving defense attorney Michael at home, struggling to care for the children. The family and marriage changes in the months Jolene is away. Then, an unexpected tragedy hits. I’ll be giving away copies of Home Front early in February.

The fifth book in R.J. Harlick’s Meg Harris mystery series is A Green Place for Dying., Meg is back home in this book, where she learns a neighbor's daughter is missing. When she investigates, she learns there are sixteen Aboriginal women missing.This is a major issue where there are over 560 missing Native women in Canada.

Dorothy James launches the Inspector Georg Büchner series with A Place to Die. Eleanor and Franz Fabian travel from New York to spend Christmas with Franz’s mother in the Vienna Woods, expecting a boring holiday. Instead, they are caught up in a murder investigation. Büchner’s investigation is set against a backdrop of Viennese history from the Nazi years to the present day.

Set in 1960 in the Solomon Islands, Graeme Kent’s latest mystery, One Blood finds Sister Conchita, a young American nun, teamed up with Sergeant Ben Kella to discover the link between the murder of an American tourist, acts of sabotage that threaten the operations of an international company, and the sudden upsurge of interest in John F. Kennedy, about to become the thirty-fifth American President.

Julie Mars’ Rust, set in New Mexico, brings an artist, Margaret Shaw together with Rico Garcia, the king of the low rider welders. Despite their lack of common ground, when Margaret asks Rico to teach her to weld, they build a deep friendship, embarking on an odyssey that leads to the healing of two broken souls.

Secrets of the Lost Summer, Carla Neggers’ latest romance, takes readers to a beautiful New England town in the Swift River Valley.Olivia Frost is transforming a historic home. She finds it just perfect, except for the ramshackle house next door. Dylan McCaffrey never counted on inheriting that house, one that holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure. He can’t resist that treasure, or his new neighbor.

Kira Peikoff’s debut thriller is Living Proof, a novel set in 2027. By that time, fertility clinics must pass rigorous inspections. A brilliant young doctor is thriving, surpassing every government requirement. But, her own radical past may threaten the future of human life, and scientific progess.

Charlotte au Chocolat is Charlotte Silver’s memoir, the story of her childhood growing up in her mother’s restaurant. Located in Harvard Square, Upstairs at the Pudding was the backdrop of her childhood. When the restaurant looks as if it may finally be closing, she realizes the sacrifices her mother made the keep the family and her restaurant afloat.

"Who’s Irene Huss? She’s a former Jiu-Jitsu champion, a mother of twin teenage girls, and the wife of a successful chef. She’s also a Detective Inspector with the Violent Crimes Unit in Göteborg, Sweden" in Helene Tursten’s latest crime novel, Night Rounds. It’s an unusual case. One nurse is dead and another vanishes after their hospital is hit by a blackout. The only witness claims to have seen Nurse Tekla doing her rounds, a nurse who committed suicide sixty years earlier. Now, Huss has the challenge of untangling a mixture of ghosts and murder.

February looks terrific, but I’m not wishing the year away. I need as many days as I can get to read the forthcoming books.


Kaye Barley said...

So much fun to peek in your closet to see what's coming!

I can't wait for the new Deborah Crombie, and you've given me a few more to add to my list of things to check out. Yay!!!!!

Ingrid King said...

I'm looking forward to Kristin Hannah's new one, and "Charlotte au Chocolat" sounds intriguing.

Judy Starbuck said...

I'm anxious to read "Charlotte au Chocolat!"

Rosemary said...

Lesa, they all look interesting and I haven't heard of any of them, so 2012 is going to be a busy reading year!

Just got back from visiting my in-laws in Cumbria; while there I finished Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes and really loved it. Now I am onto Dana Stabenow's first book - A Cold Month for Murder - having read a later one in the series last year. I enjoy the way you learn so much about the native Alaskan way of life whilst reading these books. While I was away I also trawled through the 'free' books in the Kindle shop - I was surprised to find (a) how many of these books were not, in fact, free, and (b) how many were really quite unsuitable, considering that my 13 year old could just as easily access this list as I could. I suppose that's the internet for you!

Looking forward to a year of reading,


Lesa said...

Looking forward to a number of those books, Kaye. I think it's going to be a good reading year. Happy New Year, and happy reading!

Lesa said...

Both of those books are on my must read list, Ingrid. But, first, there's January!

Lesa said...

Looks good, doesn't it, Judy? I'm looking forward to it, too.

Lesa said...

Welcome back, Rosemary! Yes, it's a little enlightening when you look at that list on Kindle, isn't it? Glad you enjoyed Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, though.

Happy Reading!

Bev Stephans said...

I'm really looking forward to the new Deborah Crombie book and the new Dana Stabenow book. Both authors have been long time favorites of mine.

Inside A Book said...

Oh, you temptress, you!! Stop that. Now what am I going to tell the other 512+ books on my list when I tell them that I HAVE to read a few of these new books first?!?!?

Actually there are some really appealing books here. Like you, I don't want to wish any days away, but waiting for a few of these may be hard. Thanks for sharing.

Lesa said...

I'm going to discuss the Dana Stabenow book tomorrow, Bev.

Lesa said...

You just tell those other 512+ books that they better get read during January because February looks fabulous. I totally get that list. You're welcome.

Karen C said...

Oh, Goodness! They all sound pretty good, but the one I'm really looking forward to reading is Carla Negger's Secrets of the Lost Summer...

Lesa said...

Thanks, Karen. I just love reading which books jump at at people. Thank you.


Stephanie @ Read In a Single Sitting said...

The Dressmaker looks interesting--a different take on the Titanic story.

I also love the look of Charlotte au Chocolate (yes, I love chocolate!)