Sunday, September 30, 2012

November Treasures in My Closet

It's not that I'm hurrying November along. That means the election in early November, and we'll find out what happens with the libraries. I'm not looking forward to this. However, I am looking forward to the books in my closet. Let's talk about November's book releases.

B. Kent Anderson's Silver Cross is the sequel to Cold Glory. History professor Nick Journey and federal agent Meg Tolman team up after the murder of a friend of Tolman's. She finds a conspiracy hanging on a letter from Napoleon III to Confederate president Jefferson Davis.That letter was lost, and Tolman and Journey follow a treasure map into Texas. Horrifying acts of domestic terrorism erupt while Journey and Tolman search for an answer to a 150-year-old riddle.

The Twelve Clues of Christmas is Rhys Bowen's latest Royal Spyness mystery. Lady Georgiana lands a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton, a village like something out of A Christmas Carol. On her first day in town, a dead man fell out of a tree. On her second day, a second accident, followed by another on her third. Georgie doesn't quite believe the villagers that it might be the result of a long-standing curse.

Susannah Cahalan was an ambitious twenty-four-year old starting a promising career at a newspaper. One month later, she woke up in a strange hospital room, with medical records showing a month-long stay which she doesn't remember, one that showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability. Brain on Fire is the story of her descent into madness, and her family's refusal to give up.

Donis Casey's The Wrong Hill to Die On brings her characters, Alafair and Shaw Tucker, to Tempe, Arizona in 1916. Their ten-year-old daughter was suffering from a lung ailment, and the best chance for a cure was dry desert air. Once they arrive, Blanche begins to improve, but everything is not so well in sunny Arizona. And, when Alafair finds a dead man in the ditch, it appears the year isn't getting much better. (Casey will be appearing for Authors @ The Teague with Vicki Delany on Oct. 25.)

Aaron "Woodshed" Wallace thinks he's getting his big break from MMA promotion Warrior Inc., but first he has to make sure Warrior and its president don't get snuffed out by the yakuza, Japanese mobsters. In Jeremy Brown's Hook and Shoot, Woody has to use his mixed martial arts skills to help the president and his bodyguard stay alive.

A Death in The Small Hours is Charles Finch's latest Charles Lenox mystery. Sir Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career, and his career investigating crimes is years behind him. But, a trip to his uncle's estate reveals trouble in Plumley, where someone is bringing fear and suspicion to the village.

Christina Freeburn's Cropped to Death is a Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery. Former U.S. Army JAG specialist, Faith Hunter, returns to her West Virginia home to work in her grandmother's scrapbooking store, determined to lead a quiet life. But that life unravels when a friend is charged with mruder, and Faith supplied the evidence.

Ellen Hopkins wrote her novel, Collateral, in her poetic verse style. It's the story of a woman torn between love and war. Ashley grew up reading books and singing in a band, never dreaming of becoming a military wife. Then she meets a Marine named Cole, who doesn't fit the stereotype of an aggressive military man. For five years, their relationship survives deployments. When Ashley meets a man who shares her interests, she isn't sure she wants to live a life in the shadow of war.

How can I resist a book called Killer Librarian? Mary Lou Kirwin's mystery features Karen Nash, a librarian planning her dream trip to London, until her lover dumps her for a younger woman. She fantasizes about revenge as she takes off to London, where a fellow guest at a B and B drops out of circulation, permanently. When she learns her ex-lover is the target of a killer, she uses her skills to find answers.

Whitney Otto, author of How to Make an American Quilt, brings us Eight Girls Taking Pictures. The novel is inspired by the lives of famous female photographers. Otto weaves together eight vignettes to tell the story of women, larger-than-life characters and photographers who find satisfaction in their work, but also search for love.

Like Donis Casey, Mike Resnick brings his character to Arizona in Dog in the Manger. Down-on-his-luck private eye Eli Paxton is hired to find a missing dog, the number one Weimaraner in the country and current Westminster winner. The case isn't so simple, and the trail leads to Arizona, then Mexico, and then back to his hometown, Cincinnati.

After eight works of fiction, Richard Russo turns to memoir in Elsewhere. He relates the account of his life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled to escape.

And, the last book in my closet is Peter Tremayne's Behold a Pale Horse. In 664 A.D., Fidelma of Cashel is heading home to Ireland until upon arriving in Genua (modern day, Genoa), she learns one of her old teachers is close to death. She makes the dangerous trip to the remote abbey where he's dying. When she hears his last words, her most dangerous adventure is just beginning.

Do any of these November releases interest you? If not, wait until tomorrow for the November Hot Titles.


Dru said...

I have two on my "going to buy" mode, Killer Librarian and Cropped to Death. Both looks like fun.

Looking forward to seeing your Hot November titles.

Lesa said...


There are some BIG books due out in November. I'm working on that post right now.

Beth Hoffman said...

Love the title "Killer Librarian" ...LOL! I'll be interested to hear more about it.

Happy Sunday to you and the kitties, Lesa!

Karen C said...

Some interesting books on this list!

Lesa said...

Had a terrific Sunday. Thank you, Beth!

Lesa said...

And, more interesting books on Monday, Karen.

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Anonymous said...

I'm definitely looking forward to Christina Freeburn's Cropped to Death. I love to scrapbook and make cards, so I sure hope this one is fun.