Tuesday, May 07, 2013

New Arrivals from Macmillan

It isn't every day that I get a box with ten books in it. Macmillan sent a box to me at Velma Teague, and one of my wonderful former co-workers sent it on. Yesterday's box is too good not to share, even though some of the books aren't coming out immediately.

Take Maggie Barbieri's Once Upon a Lie. It's a December 2013 release. However, in a departure from her
Murder 101 series, Barbieri's book is a thriller about a woman whose father is a prime suspect in her cousin's murder. Maeve Conlon may not always get along with her father, but he's succumbing to Alzheimer's, and she's determined to clear his name, even if she has to face the darkness of her own past.

I love the cover of James Bowen's A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My Life (July). Bowen, a street musician found a sick animal, and nursed Bob back to health, and then set him free. But Bob had other ideas about the man who was living hand to mouth on the streets of London.

Silent Voices is the first Vera Stanhope mystery by Ann Cleeves that has been published in the U.S. It's the basis for the Public Television series "Vera". But, I'm not discussing it today. Release date is today, and I only have one hundred pages to read, so the review for this British police procedural will be up tomorrow.

It's September for Michael Gruber's The Return. No one, not even his daughter,
knows the real Richard Marder. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Francis Skelly, knows what he's capable of. But a shattering piece of news sets the two men on a trail to punish the people who changed Marder's life.

The Wild Beasts of Wuhan, the third Ava Lee novel by Ian Hamilton, is due out at the end of June. When a Chinese powerbroker is bilked out of $100 million in an art forgery con, he hires Ava Lee, a forensic accountant. Her hunt takes her from Denmark, the Faroe Islands, New York and London, on a job that could get her killed.

The publisher is predicting bookclub potential for Kelly Harms' July debut novel, . The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane. When Janine Brown of Cedar Falls, Iowa is named as the winner of a brand-new, fully-loaded dream house, two down-on-their-luck women show up in Christmas Cove, Maine to claim it. When their lives intersect, the women discover that more than a dream house awaits them. One of the blurbs says, "bursting with good humor, fast action, and delicious food."

In her June historical mystery, Death of a Dyer, Eleanor Kuhns brings back traveling weaver Will Rees. Rees has settled back on his farm in Maine in the 1790s, and he's quite content with life with his son and housekeeper. But, he's asked to investigate the murder of an old friend, and can't refuse. He soon discovers everyone on the Bowditch farmstead has something to hide. But, whose secret led to murder?

Catherine O'Flynn's October novel, Mr. Lynch's Holiday takes a retired bus driver and recent widower to Spain to the gates of his son's crumbling development. Dermot Lynch finds something nostalgic about it, reminding him of his childhood in Ireland. He's soon the center of the community. When something peculiar happens in the development, father and son find each other when they need it most.

Noble Smith's Sons of Zeus marks the start of an action adventure series set in 432 BC during the sneak attack taht started the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Nikias, a young fighter lives in the city-state trapped between the two superpowers. After a sneak attack on his home city, he gathers an army and leads them into a suicidal battle. It's a June release.

After bitter novelist Amy Gallup hits her head on a porcelain birdbath, a journalist turns her into a literary "Zen-goddess", making her a publishing star. But news of her semi-conscious state could close the doors on her fame in Jincy Willett's June release, Amy Falls Down.

One of my sisters is convinced I'm a book hoarder. Can you blame me when ten novels show up all at once?


Jane R said...

ohhhh.... what a great surprise to find at the end of the day! What a treat and all the books sound great. My book list has certainly grown a little!

Karen C said...

And being a book hoarder would be bad, why??

Lesa said...

Jane & Karen,

I love the comments you two make on my blog.Thank you for following, and being as excited about the books as I ma. Karen? That is such a great comment. Thank you.

Ingrid King said...

A Street Cat Named Bob is one of the best cat books I ever read. You will love it, Lesa.