Wednesday, February 01, 2012

March Treasures in My Closet

Are you ready for a sneak peek into my closet? It’s February 1, time to preview some of the March releases. I have a dozen March books that are already here. Which of these appeal to you?

Murder at the Lanterne Rouge is the latest Aimée Leduc mystery, the twelfth one by Cara Black. Aimée’s longtime business partner, René, is in love with Meizi Wu. Aimée just doesn’t trust her. And, her disappearance the same night a body is found with Meizi’s picture in his wallet plunges Leduc into the investigation. Cara Black will be appearing for Authors @ The Teague on March 12, joined by Rhys Bowen and Libby Hellmann.

Laura Childs’ latest Tea Shop mystery is Agony of the Leaves. Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is in over her head when she discovers a body at the grand opening of Charleston’s new aquarium. The victim is Theodosia’s former boyfriend. The EMTs call it an accident, but Theodosia is determined to jump into the investigation and prove it was murder.

Forgotten Country is a debut novel for Catherine Chung. It’s a story that weaves Korean folklore into a modern story of immigration and identity. Janie is charged with keeping her younger sister safe because the family has lost a daughter in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea. Years later, when Hannah cuts all family ties and disappears, it’s up to Janie to find her sister, and uncover the family secrets.

The back cover says, “1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.” The Gods of Gotham is a crime novel by Lyndsay Faye. When Timothy Wilde becomes a cop in the new NYPD, he assigned a beat at the edge of Five Points, the world’s most notorious slum. It’s there he hears a story of dozens of bodies buried, and finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that could cost him everything.

Matthew Glass envisions the near future in his thriller, Trigger Point. It’s 2018 when the U.S. intervenes in Uganda after 32 American aid workers are massacred there. In retaliation, China manipulates the American stock market, the two world superpowers find themselves at a standoff, and the world is on the verge of a financial meltdown.

In Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son, author Anne Lamott enters a new and unexpected chapter of her life. She’s a grandmother. She’s stunned to learn nineteen-year-old Sam is about to become a father. In this book, she and Sam forge new relationships and tell of that first year in Jax’s life.

The thriller, The Professionals, is Owen Laukanen’s first novel. According to the back jacket, four friends, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And, then, suddenly, it’s no joke. For two years, they succeed, until they kidnap the wrong man, and two groups are after them. Veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and young FBI agent Carla Windermere are after them. So is an organized crime outfit, out for payback.

Witchful Thinking is a paranormal romance from H.P. Mallory. Sassy, self-deprecating witch Julie Wilkins was shocked to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, charged with governing many factions of supernatural creatures. She can’t handle her own personal life, torn between a warlock who is the love of her life, and a seductive vampire sworn to protect her.

Investigative reporter Carter Ross returns in Brad Park’s third mystery, The Girl Next Door. When a delivery person for the Eagle-Examiner ends up in the paper’s obituaries, Ross decides to write a human interest piece on her. It’s only at the funeral that he learns that the hit-and-run victim had a few enemies, including the newspaper’s publisher. As Carter digs deeper, he may dig his own grave.

Liar Moon is Ben Pastor’s second novel to follow Baron Martin von Bora, an officer in the Wehrmacht who reluctantly becomes an investigator of delicate cases. In this one, he’s sent to Verona, Italy to investigate the murder of a prominent local fascist, a bizarre death that threatens to discredit the regime’s public image.

Reviewers are already talking about Chris Pavone’s debut thriller, The Expats. Kate Moore and her husband, Dexter, pack up their family and move to Luxembourg. Kate expects a low-key life, but she and her husband both have secrets. And, those secrets lead the reader from the streets of Luxembourg to Paris to the red light district in Amsterdam in a story that twists and turns.

Thomas Perry wraps up the list with a Jane Whitefield thriller, Poison Flower. Jane help James Shelby disappear, but once she does men posing as police officers kidnap her, and shoot her. She refuses to reveal Shelby’s location, even though she’s tormented. Her escape, wounded and alone, leads her captors and the police on a cross-country chase, where she struggles to survive using the traditions of her Seneca ancestors.

Do any of these twelve books jump out at you? They’ll be available in March, so you might want to reserve them at your local library now, or place your order with your favorite bookstore.


Kay said...

Quite a few of these sound good to me. I highlighted THE GODS OF GOTHAM today. That's one I definitely want to read.

rosemary said...

I like the look of The Expats and the Agony of the Leaves, I'll look them both up on the library catalogue - but if they're being published in the US they may take a while to arrive here.

Finally finished Let's Kill Uncle (Rohan O'Grady) and would definitely recommend it.

Having a lovely peaceful day here in East Lothian, marred only by the poetry assignment hanging over me...think I need a scone.

Lesa said...

I'm looking forward to the Brad Parks book myself. He's a favorite.

Oh, Rosemary! A scone sounds good right now. Instead, I'm off to the accountant to look at my taxes.

Harvee said...

I'm an Aimee LeDuc fan and I want that book now!!! (smile) Thanks for letting me know it's coming out.

I like the TEa Shop Mysteries as well and the book about immigrants from Korea is enticing. What a lovely set of books you have! Enjoy!

Lesa said...

I do have a lovely set of books to start the month, don't I, Harvee?

Karen C said...

WOW - there sure are a lot of good books for March; I'm going to need to read fast!