Tuesday, July 31, 2012

September Treasures in My Closet

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!)

With one of the prettiest covers of the month, Rosanna Chiofalo's Bella Fortuna is also a debut novel. It's said to evoke the " beauty of Venice, the charm of a close-knit New York neighborhood, and the joys of friendship, family, and surprising second chances."

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.

Texas native Sam Hawken's debut crime novel, The Dead Women of Juarez,  takes a look at a horrific phenomenon. "Since 1993 it has been documented that over 500 women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez. Most residents believe the true number of those disappeared to be 5,000." When a new disappearance is reported, a washed-up Texas boxer and a Mexican detective believe they can outwit the corruption around them, and find the truth about the female victims of the Mexican border wars.

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."

I'm going to try Morgan McCarthy's The Other Half of Me, but if it doesn't suit me, I know just the person to give it to. It's a coming-of-age novel set in Wales, where Jonathan Anthony and his little sister grow up in the family ancestral home. They're inseparable, exploring the wild acres of Evendon and inventing magical worlds. When their grandmother returns following a tragedy, the two are elated to have her there, until the family secrets drive a wedge between Jonathan and his sister. When tragedy strikes again, Jonathan is forced to confront the secrets that have haunted Evendon for generations.

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.

Chet the dog and Bernie, his private investigator companion, return in Spencer Quinn's latest mystery romp, A Fistful of Collars. When the mayor lures a movie studio to town to shoot a major production starring bad boy, Thad Perry, he hires Chet and Bernie to babysit the actor. The money is good, but something smells fishy. It turns out the actor had links to the Valley that go way back, and he might just have links to an old crime.

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.

I have high hopes for Hank Phillippi Ryan's The Other Woman. Jane Ryland, a disgraced newspaper reporter, tracks down a candidate's secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. As the body count rises and election day nears, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their investigations are connected, and they may be facing a ruthless killer determined to silence a scandal. I'm looking forward to this one, and hosting Ryan for Authors @ The Teague on October 1.

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.


holdenj said...

I am really looking forward to the next Billy Boyle story, I think Benn has created a great series and storyline for him.

Lesa said...

Thank you. That's what I like to know, which books readers are anticipating. Appreciate it, Holdenj.

tati said...

Goodness, one could travel around the globe by reading this set of books!

Lesa said...

Yes, Tati, and, in some cases, back in time as well.

Gigi Pandian said...

Thanks for the sneak peak. So many of these look interesting. Guess that means more coffee, less sleep ;)

Lesa said...

And, unfortunately, Gigi, later nights.

Karen C said...

I'm interested in Hank Phillippi Ryan's The Other Woman.

Jane R said...

What a great review of up-coming books. I have really enjoyed Hank Phillippi Ryan's Charlie McNally series. This one sounds like a winner too. Thanks for the updates!