Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Arrivals

Time to do a few new arrivals. While I was gone for a few days, eleven books showed up in my mailbox. I'll share titles because you might want to look for some of these now or in the future. No special order, just from the TBR pile.

Do you miss Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee mysteries? His daughter, Anne Hillerman, picks up where he left off with Spider Woman's Daughter, a new book in the series. And, Navajo Nation police officer Bernadette Manualito is a witness to a shooting. Look for it in October.

Ann Patchett's This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is nonfiction. She charts her life, from childhood, through an unhappy marriage, and a later happy one. The collection focuses on moments that shaped her as a daughter, wife, writer, and friend. It's released in November.

Chuck Greaves follows up Hush Money with Green-Eyed Lady. Jack MacTaggart, a wisecracking legal ace is hired to help a U.S. Senatorial candidate who was arrested on burglary charges after a chivalrous act. It's a madcap plot with a man whose motto is "Trust me. I'm a lawyer." It's out next week.

Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev of the Moscow Militia returns in William Ryan's The Twelfth Department. In 1937, Stalin's security chiefs frequently find themselves sent to Siberia. Captain Korolev is actually happy until he's assigned to a case so sensitive that it threatens his job and his family. Watch for this one in July.

The Last Kind Word by David Housewright is already out. Why would a millionaire retired police officer agree to infiltrate a Minnesota gang, throwing himself directly into harm's way? Alex McKenzie asks himself that same question when he agrees to help the ATF and ends up playing teacher to a group of amateur criminals.

"How do writers and painters get their ideas? And what are the hard realities of such seemingly glamorous and romantic lives?" In The Fountain of St. James Court or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the transformative power of art, history, and love in the lives of creative women. Watch for this one in September.

Daniel Silva's The Fallen Angel is now out in trade paperback. After Gabriel Allon barely surivved his last operation, he takes refuge restoring a masterpiece at the Vatican. But, a murder in St. Peter's Basilica threatens the Church with another scandal. And, Gabriel is tasked with finding a killer, with a difficult warning. "Don't ask too many questions."

The Sleeping and the Dead is Jeff Crook's first mystery. Jackie Lyons, a former vice detective with the
Memphis Police Department, is trying to put her life back together after her husband files divorce papers. She's broke, needs a place to live after a fire in her apartment. She has lots of problems, including the fact that she sees ghosts. She's been making ends meet by photographing crime scenes, but her new camera captures images of ghosts. It's out next week.

Next month, the second book in Robyn Carr's Thunder Point series is released. The Newcomer brings a couple women to town, women who have surprises for a couple residents. An ex-wife shows up bringing drama to a loving relationship, and an old girlfriend asks a man to visit her when she's dying. Thunder Point is  a little town on the Oregon coast filled with love and the dramas of everyday life.

Alex Bledsoe's Wisp of a Thing is set in the dark valleys and hollows of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Musician Rob Quillen comes to Cloud County after losing his fiancee in a plane crash. A mysterious man told him the Tufa, a mysterious group of mountain people, have a song that will mend his broken heart. Rob will do anything to find it.

Blood Tango by Annamaria Alfieri takes readers into a page-turning murder mystery set against the events of 1945 Buenos Aires, illuminating how Evita Peron rose from abject poverty to become one of the most powerful women in the world. If interested, look for it next week.

Most of these books should be available at your local public library. I hope there are a couple here you want to read.


Joe Barone said...

I went to Amazon and pre-ordered the Anne Hillerman book. I'm willing to try at least one of them out of respect for her father and how much I loved his writing. Besides, she might be as good or better, and there might be more to come.

Thanks for the heads up on this book.

Jane R said...

Several titles caught my eye but I'll definitely be on the lookout for Chuck Greaves' new book. (I enjoyed his first book, Hush Money). And Jeff Crook's book sounds intriguing. Thanks for the list!

Lesa said...

Joe, I'm with you. I always give someone a chance when they take over a series. We'll see.

Lesa said...

Oh, good, Jane. I'm glad a couple of the books jumped out at you.

Miranda James said...

Lesa, I've read the Anne Hillerman book, and I enjoyed it very much. She has the same kind of easy-going style that her father had, and she conveys the settings well, too. I hope this one does well enough that she can continue the series.

Sue Farrell said...

I, too, miss the Hillerman novels. I'll definitely try the daughter's book.

Lesa said...

"Miranda", That's good to know that you enjoyed the book. Our library director is looking forward to reading it, as I know a lot of other people are.