Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Arrivals

Since I was in Ohio for a week, the office here held my packages.

Today, I picked up the mail, all twenty-five books that arrived. I had taken three boxes of books to family. I

didn't know I'd recoup the books all at once. Too bad money doesn't work that way. (smile)

So, do you want to know what arrived? I'll start with A Street Cat Named Bob And How He Saved My
Life by James Bowen. It was a gift from a friend who shares a love of cats. It's one of the few books here that are already available. Most of the others haven't been released yet.

Then there was the box that came from Macmillan. Some of the smaller packages were from Macmillan as well.

Rogue is by Mark Sullivan, a novel about a thief turned CIA agent who walked away, only to have a trap set for him. It's out today as a St. Martin's paperback.

C.J. Lyons' Hollow Bones is a release today as well from St. Martin's. FBI agent Caitlyn Tierney searches for a missing college student in the jungles of Guatemala.

The third paperback release today is Dana Stabenow's Bad Blood, a Kate Shugak novel about a deadly struggle between two tribal villages in Alaska.

There are some exciting forthcoming books from Macmillan as well. I'm going to be on a panel at a conference with Frankie Y. Bailey next March. She's the author of The Red Queen Dies (Sept.10). Biracial police detective Hannah McCabe stars in an "Alice in Wonderland-infused crime" in the first in a new series set in the near future. The tangled clues involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Paradise City (Sept. 10)  is the twenty-third book in Archer Mayor's Joe Gunther police procedural series. A string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont culminate in the murder of an elderly woman, leading Joe Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation, the Boston Police, and the vengeful granddaughter of the victim to convene to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Publishers Weekly said, "The real-life Lufthansa heist from Kennedy Airport in 1978 provides the backdrop for (Wallace) Stroby's suspenseful second novel featuring driven but ethical thief Crissa Stone...This thriller evokes Donald Westlake's Parker novels." It's Stroby's Kings of Midnight (Sept. 3).

November 5th is release date for Theresa Schwegel's The Good Boy. An eleven-year-old boy's journey across Chicago with his father's police dog is the lynchpin of the powerful story. For Joel, his father, Pete, and their family, the pursuit of justice takes a staggering toll in a city that can be mercilessly brutal.

Peter James' latest police novel, Dead Man's Time (Oct. 15), spans ninety years and two continents. In 1922, when five-year-old Gavin Daly and his sister sail from New York to Dublin, the boy vows to return someday and find his father. Ninety years later, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace's investigation of a burglary leads to a trail of hatred with Gavin Daly at its heart.

What reader of traditional mysteries isn't waiting for the Nov. 5th release of Julia Spencer-Fleming's latest Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne novel?  Through the Evil Days tells of one tumultuous week in Millers Kill that begins with a farmhouse that erupts in flames, killing the couple sleeping there. The evil that emerges in the following week will forever change the lives of the residents.

Charles French's An Old Betrayal, the seventh in the series of Victorian mysteries, finds Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet, the safety of Queen Victoria herself. (Nov. 12)

I've already heard quite a bit about Carla Norton's The Edge of Normal (Sept. 10). It's a debut thriller about a young woman who was kidnapped and held captive. Now that she's rebuilding her life, her therapist asks her to help a young girl who suffered a similar ordeal. But it pits Reeve LeClaire against a cunning predator who is still out there, watching her every move.

Moving away from thrillers and mysteries for a while, we find Julia MacDonnell's April 2014 release, Mimi Malloy At Last. It's the story of a woman forced into an early retirement who enjoys the simple things in life until an MRI indicates black spots on her brain. But, the mother of six daughters from a large Irish Catholic family prepares to fight back. The back flap says, "A funny, deeply moving story of second chances and late-life romances, told by the most straight-talking woman you'll ever meet." Sounds terrific.

October 15 marks the release of Fiendish Schemes by K.W. Jeter, the author who coined the term "steampunk". George Dower, the son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, has been in exile, accumulating debt. His plan to locate one of his father's inventions goes awry, leaving him drugged, arrested, and interrogated, trapped in a world of secrets, corruption and schemes.

Olivia Laing's The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking will be released Dec. 24th. Laing travels
by train plane and highway to dig into the lives of six of America's most revered and troubled writers: John Cheever, Raymond Carver, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and the poet John Berryman. Her investigations lead to the clearest link between the men; "alcohol, and lots of it."

You could end the year with the new Ava Lee novel, The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton (Dec. 31). Forensic accountant Ava Lee must rescue her half-brother and his business partner from a disastrous multi-million-dollar real estate deal in Macau, but the kidnapping of one of them forces Ava to outwit gangsters, rescue Simon, and save her family's future.

On Nov. 5, Sebastian Faulks will pay homage to P.G. Wodehouse with a new Jeeves and Wooster novel, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells. With the approval of the Wodehouse estate, Bertie Wooster and his manservant, Jeeves, once again end up in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps involving romance and impersonations.

Magdalena Zyzak's The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel will be out in January 2014. Set in the quaint and backward fictional nation of Scalvasia in 1939, the story follows the exploits of a young swineherd with romantic delusions of grandeur. It's called "A story of love, adventure, and redemption".

Did you realize all those books come from Macmillan? There were a few other books in the delivery. Librarians have been raving about John Searles' Help for the Haunted. Due out Sept. 17th, it's the story of two sisters, and one dark secret. Sylvie Mason overhears a phone call one night, but her parents often receive late-night calls. They help "haunted souls" find peace. But, this time, when her parents are lured to an old church at the edge of town, they disappear, and Sylvie, asleep in the car, awakes to the sound of gunfire. In the months following, Sylvie pursues the mystery of what occurred that night, uncovering the truth about her family, and what went wrong one snowy winter night.

Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN's Mike & Mike, brings us All You Could Ask
For next week. It's about three women, one happily married, one a newlywed who discovers her husband's infidelity, and one who works for the man who broke her heart years earlier. When the three women meet, they discover the importance of friendship, and that they have all they need as long as they have each other.

I think I mentioned Carolyn Hart's Brave Hearts before. It's a World War II novel about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who accompanies her British diplomat husband to the Philippines, where an American war correspondent follows, the man she loves. When the Japanese attack, the trapped civilians are forced into a harrowing adventure to escape the army. This novel is already out, and it's a re-release of Hart's 1987 book.

I have two mysteries from Gallic, both translations from the French. The Officer's Prey (Nov.) by Armand Cabasson is the first book in a murder mystery series set in the Napoleonic Wars. The book takes place during Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia. Quentin Margont, officer in the Great Army is assigned to carry out a secret investigation and uncover the officer in the Great Army who is savagely murdering women on the route to Moscow. The Officer's Prey won the 2003 Gendarmerie National Thriller Prize and was chosen as one of the best detective novels to be published in French between 2001 and 2002.

Jean-Francois Parot's The Chatelet Apprentice (Oct.) is the first in a series of historical crime novels, called The Nicolas Le Floch Investigations. The bestselling novel is now translated into English, and available to U.S. readers for the first time. Set in 1761, it's a gritty novel that follows a young detective, Nicolas Le Floch, as he investigates the disappearance of one of his superiors.
From the court of Versailles to the Paris underworld, the storyline closely ties into actual historical events.

It's a mystery to me how I ended up with Masterminds & Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman (Sept.). It's subtitled "Helping Your Son Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World." Somehow, I don't think I'm the target audience for this one.

The final book in the pile is Sujata Massey's The Sleeping Dictionary. Set between 1925 and the end of World War II, the book follows Pom, a young girl set adrift in the world after a tidal wave destroys a tiny village on Bengal's southwest coast. Pom, known successively as Sarah, Pamela, and finally Kamala, travels from near death to become a servant in a private school where she discovers a gift for languages. That gift is just one of the skills she uses to eventually fight for India's freedom and her own happiness.

One month's supply of reading material arrived in one day! It will take me quite a while to get through all of them. Does anything appeal to you in that list?


Susan C Shea said...

Frankie Bailey's book sounds enticing. I met her briefly this year - at a conference, probably Malice - and she's really bubbly and fun.

Sandi Lewis said...

Actually, quite a few sound intriguing but I just wanted to mention how exciting it is to come after a while and find all these books! It's like Christmas! What do I read first? Love to page through new books after a lovely haul. I do this all the time whether it is books from the library, books I buy or books I ordered through the mail. Enjoy!!


SandyG265 said...

I put hold requests in at the library for the cat book and Help for the Haunted.

Kaye Barley said...

What a great bunch of books! Two of these looks especially appealing to me - Frankie Bailey's Alice book and Help for the Haunted.

Lesa said...

I'm looking forward to meeting Frankie Bailey in March. And, there are way too many books there that I'm excited about. I'm in heaven, but it's also a little bit of sugar overload.

Jane R said...

Those are the kind of boxes I like to receive in the mail. What fun! Help for the Haunted caught my eye and will have to put it on my book list. Thanks for sharing!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Jane! Help for the Haunted is going to do great if you can judge by the interest here.

Karen C said...

Oh no! There are way too many books I want.....

Lesa said...

I know. It's tough, Karen.

TFJ said...

I'm so glad to see Sujata Massey back! Eager to read this stand-alone and see what's kept her so occupied.

Happy reading, Lesa!


Lesa said...

Thank you, Tricia, and I hope Sujata Massey doesn't let you down!