Saturday, September 01, 2012

October Treasures in My Closet

I'm going to be in Ohio for half of October, so I know I'm not going to get to all the October book releases that I already have in my closet. But, I'm going to share the treasures, and let you see the books coming out then. These are the ones I already have.

Tasha Alexander kicks off the list with her latest Lady Emily mystery, Death in the Floating City. This time, Lady Emily and her aristocratic husband set off for Venice. Years earlier, Emily's childhood nemesis, Emma Callum, scandalized polite Victorian society when she eloped to Venice with an Italian count. When Emma's father-in-law is murdered, and her husband vanishes, she turns to Emily for help.

New Orleans is the exotic setting of Laura Childs' latest scrapbooking mystery, Postcards from the Dead. As a parade rolls through the historic French Quarter, Carmela Bertrand, owner of Memory Mine scrapbooking shop prepares for her interview with Kimber Breeze from KBEZ-TV. But, Kimber's body ends up dangling above the parade, and Carmela is horrified when she receives strange postcards, signed by the dead woman.

Don't you love the cover of Carolyn Hart's What the Cat Saw? Nela Farley finds herself plagued by a sixth sense, the ability to understand the thoughts of cats when she looks into their eyes. When she agrees to substitute for her sister at Chloe's job at the charitable Haklo Foundation, her sister finds her a place to stay. But, when Nela shows up, she finds the previous tenant's cat, and unusual messages from the cat about the dead woman. When there is a second murder, Nela knows she has to use her ability to find answers, and save herself.

I'm looking forward to Amy Hill Hearth's debut novel, Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society. In 1962, Jackie Hart, a transplanted wife from Boston, arrives in Naples, Florida, starts a reading club, anonymously hosts a radio show, and shakes up the entire town.

In Scott Hutchins' A Working Theory of Love, he takes readers on "an odyssey of love, regret, unexpected joy, and reconciliation".This debut features a disaffected man who learns, with the help of a sentient computer that speaks in his deceased father's voice, to make peace not just with his past, but with his future.

Rosalind Lauer's third Seasons of Lancaster novel, A Simple Autumn, is compared to the novels of Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall. It's the story of Amish brothers navigating the difficult passages of love. Jonah King has admired Annie Stolzfus for years, but she has eyes only for his brother, Adam. Gabe King has been courting a schoolteacher, but she insists on keeping their relationship a secret. A Simple Autumn offers two couples the chance to find love and faith.

Susan Elia MacNeal, author of Mr. Churchill's Secretary, brings back Maggie Hope in Princess Elizabeth's Spy. Maggie was once Prime Minister Winston Churchill, but as World War II sweeps Europe, she completes her training to become a spy for MI-5. She expects to be sent abroad to gather intelligence for the British, but instead she's dispatched to go undercover at Windsor Castle to tutor the young Princess Elizabeth in math. And, life at Windsor proves to be more dangerous, and more deadly than Maggie expects.

Max Tudor returns in G.M. Malliet's A Fatal Winter. The Anglican priest, former MI5 agent, and village heartthrob, has returned to the small English village of Nether Monkslip after a brief trip, and is called into the investigation of strange events at nearby Chedrow Castle. A Lord and a Lady are found dead in the castle; the Lady apparently of natural causes, the Lord clearly murder. There are all kinds of complications in Max's latest case.

Peter May's first book in the Lewis Trilogy, The Black House, looks promising. The mystery series is set on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland's Outer Hebrides. When a grisly murder occurs on the Isle, Edinburgh detective and native island Fin Macleod is dispatched to investigate. As he unravels the murder, Fin is forced to confront the tragic events of the past that shaped, and nearly destroyed, his life.

Harry Hole is Jo Nesbo's brilliant, but troubled former police officer. Phantom is the latest book to tell Harry's story. He fled Oslo for Hong Kong, leaving his life as a cop behind. But, when the son of the woman he loved and lost is arrested for murder, Harry returns to prove Oleg isn't a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, his search becomes a solitary, dangerous investigation.

If the cover of Sara Rosett's Mistletoe, Merriment and Murder doesn't make you think of Christmas, you're probably as grinchy as professional organizer Gabrielle Matheson. Super organizer Ellie Avery isn't happy when Gabrielle sets up shop in the same small Georgia town. And, when someone uses Ellie's tasteless white elephant gift as a murder weapon, she finds herself a suspect. Now, she not only has to play Mrs. Santa for her Air Force pilot husband two kids, but has to find a killer who is planning to present her with a deadly Christmas.

How can I resist a mystery when the cover proclaims hat the gumshoe's adventures lead "him into the dangerous midst of cutthroat academics, sexy librarians, and killer book collectors"? Swann Dives In is Charles Salzberg's latest Henry Swann novel. Swann have up his profession as a tracer of lost persons when his last case almost killed him. But, when he has the chance to trace a wealthy lawyer's rebellious daughter, he's pulled back into the game. It's a search that could lead him to a priceless first edition as well as to the missing young woman.

There's been a lot of pre-publication buzz about Robin Sloan's debut novel, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. When Clay Jannon becomes the new night clerk at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in San Francisco, he finds only a few customers who return again and again, but never buy anything. Instead, they borrow obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, according to some elaborate arrangement with the owner. Clay ropes in his friends to discover what's really going on in this store. And, they discover a series of codes, and secrets that extend far beyond the walls of the bookstore.

Highball Exit is Phyllis Smallman's latest Sherri Travis mystery. The series, set in Florida beach towns, tells the story of bartender Sherri Travis. She's three months behind on her mortgage for the Sunset Bar and Grill, so she accepts Aunt Kay's offer to pay her to look into Holly Mitchell's death. The easy job turns into a dangerous case involving drugs, sex workers, and perversion. Once again, Sherri's caught up in an unusual situation.

If R.L. Stine gave you goosebumps before, try his adult horror novel, Red Rain. After she's stranded on a small island off the coast of South Carolina during a hurricane, Lea Sutter discovers two orphaned boys, twins, and impulsively decides to adopt them. Although the two boys are grateful, Lea's husband, Mark, and her two children aren't quite as pleased. And, then they learn the twins' true nature, and Mark is suddenly implicated in two brutal murders.

Interested in another debut novel? Try Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners. Textbook editor Grace Barnum leads a very controlled life. She's engaged to a patent lawyer, steady and reliable, but often gone. When responsibility-challenged Tyler Wilkie enters her life, with his warm eyes and country drawl, he turns her head. And, he writes devastatingly beautiful songs. About her.

Shirley Tallman's crusading attorney Sarah Woolson investigates a shooting in nineteenth-century San Francisco in Death on Telegraph Hill. After enjoying an evening listening to the young Oscar Wilde in 1882, Sarah and her brother, Samuel, are making their way home when a gunshot sounds, and a bullet hits Samuel. Who would want to hurt Samuel? Determined to find answers, Sarah discovers murder and mayhem on Telegraph Hill.

The book that wraps up the list has a title that may bother a few people. It's David Wong's This Book is Full of Spiders. It's the story of almost Armageddon at the hands of two hopeless heroes. "When two college drop-outs/reluctant heroes find themselves embroiled in a series of horrifying yet ridiculous events (caused primarily by their own incompetence) the duo must man up to protect humanity from a host of supernatural and paranormal forces."

Quite a collection, isn't it? And, those are just the October book releases that are in my closet. I'll have another list of forthcoming books for you tomorrow.


Dru said...

A couple of those books are on my reading list and pre-ordered.

Harvee Lau said...

Floating City and What the Cat Saw are high on my list of books I'd like to read. Thanks for the info.

Karen C said...

WOW - that's quite a list. I had planned on working through the books on my shelves. I may have to change that line of thinking. Robin Sloan's books sounds pretty interesting.

Kay said...

Well, Lesa, again you've made me add to my 'want' list! LOL Nearly every one of these sound wonderful to me! I'm working on making more reading time for myself. I miss the days of just sitting down & getting lost in a great read.

Lesa said...

I have to admit, Dru, even after listing these, I had to weed some out, knowing I'm not going to have time for everything since I'll be at Bouchercon, home & doing a workshop in October.

Lesa said...

My pleasure, Harvee. And, I love your avatar!

Lesa said...

You still have a month before these books come out, Karen. Time to buckle down & read. (smile)

Lesa said...

It's a good list, isn't it, Kay. Oh, you need some "me time" to read. I hope you get it!

Carol N Wong said...

Looks like a great batch!

Lesa said...

Doesn't it, Carol? I agree.

Jane R said...

Oh my goodness.... many of these books sound so good! I'm especially looking forward to G.M. Malliet's book A Fatal Winter. I've enjoyed the first two Max Tudor novels and I'm sure this one will be a winner too. Thanks for the update!

Jane R said...

Oops, wrote my comment this morning before I finished my first cup of coffee! Meant to say that I enjoyed the first Max Tudor book. Must have been wishful thinking on my part, when I said there had been two previous books in the series. Guess that indicates how much I enjoyed that first book!