I love sharing the treasures in my closet. I feel as if I'm giving you a sneak preview of coming attractions. These books are all coming out in September.
James R. Benn's latest historical mystery is Death's Door, a mystery that takes Lieutenant Billy Boyle to the Vatican. An American monsignor has been found murdered at the entrance to Saint Peter's Basilica. The fact that the Vatican is neutral territory in German-occupied Rome is just one of the obstacles he faces as he disguises himself as an Irish priest.
Lowcountry Boil is a debut mystery from Susan M. Boyer. Private investigator Liz Talbot is a modern Southern belle who blesses hearts and takes names. When her grandmother is murdered, she heads back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. When her brother, the police chief, shuts her out of the investigation, Liz starts her own. (This one looks fun!)
In Margaret Coel's latest mystery, Buffalo Bill's Dead Now, Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O'Malley are witnesses to history, and murder. After more than 120 years, the regalia worn by Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show were supposed to be returned to his people. But, the cartons arrive empty, and a collector ends up murdered. Vicky and Father John must uncover the truth about a blood feud and the original theft, a crime that goes back more than a century.
Vicky Delany will appear for Authors @ The Teague on Oct. 25th. She'll be there to talk about her Gothic suspense novel, More Than Sorrow. Hannah Manning, once a famous war correspondent, is now a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury. She goes to her sister's small farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario, to recover. She's haunted, lost and confused, but finds comfort in a friendship with an Afghan woman named Hila who was also traumatized by war. When Hila disappears, Hannah faces old enemies, and a threat to the only thing she still holds dear, her ten-year-old niece.
Michael Ennis' The Malice of Fortune transports readers to Renaissance Italy where Leonardo da Vinci's "science of observation" and Niccolo Machiavelli's "science of men" are combined in the attempt to unmask an enigmatic serial killer.
After writing short stories, Michael Kardos has a debut crime novel, The Three-Day Affair. Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends who went their separate ways as adults. But, when Jefferey attempts to rob a convenience store and kidnaps a young woman, Will and Jeffrey are caught up in the crime. The three ordinary men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a hostage, without the slightest idea of what to do next.
Charley's Epic Fiascos kicks off a teen adventure series by Kelli London. It's the tale of fearless Charley St. James, "whose can-do attitude leads to a grand, cross-country trip." The author says, "Charly is the epitome of a person who knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it."
Deon Meyer won the 2011 Barry Award for Best Thriller for Thirteen Hours in which South African homicide detective Benny Griessel had to solve a case in a single day. Now, in Seven Days, Griessel has another nearly impossible task. Two police officers have been shot, and the department has received an e-mail from the shooter, threatening more violence unless a cold case, the murder of a lawyer, is immediately solved. When more policemen are shot, the pressure mounts.
Trent Reedy's Stealing Air introduces Brian, a sixth grader who fears he must leave his dreams of flight behind him when he moves to Iowa. Then he meets up with the coolest guy in the the sixth grade, and Max, the nerdiest. Max is building a real airplane, but he's scared of heights. The three boys team up to finish and test the plan, but a bully, a beautiful girl, and fights at home and school threaten to ground the project.
Half the featured novels this month seem to be debuts, so it's fitting to end with another one, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. In 1920, Elsa Emerson, the youngest and blondest of three sisters is born in Wisconsin. While still in her teens, she marries and flees to Los Angeles, where she is discovered by one of the most powerful Hollywood executives. He refashions her as a serious, exotic brunette, calling her Laura Lamont. Despite all the glamour of stardom, this is still a story of a woman trying to balance career, family, and personal happiness.
It seems as if all these books are to be released on Sept. 4th. Don't expect all the reviews that day! Now, tell me which books you're waiting for. Or, wait until you see the list of hot titles tomorrow. Then, let me know what I missed.