Sunday, September 01, 2013

October Treasures in My Closet

September 1. Where has the summer gone? In my case, it went into terrific work trips and a visit with family in Ohio. Now, I have piles and piles of books for the fall. In fact, I have 23 books for the 31 days in October. Let me share the information about October book releases, and see if there's something you want to read.

Behind the Shattered Glass continues Tasha Alexander's Victorian mystery series as Lady Emily and
her dashing aristocratic husband, Colin Hargreaves, head for his ancestral home in the Midlands of England, wanting a peaceful country visit. However, the peace is broken when their neighbor bursts through the doors, and falls down dead. Now, they have a murder case on their hands. (Oct. 15)

Jo Baker's Longbourn is one of the most talked about novels of the month. "Pride and Prejudice was only half the story."  Baker takes readers belowstairs in the Bennet household for a story in which the servants take center stage. The orderly world at Longbourn may be upended when a mysterious new footman arrives. (Oct. 8)

Just in time for Halloween, John Boyne brings readers a Dickensian ghost story, This House is Haunted. When Eliza Caine arrives at Gaudlin Hall in Norfolk in 1867, reporting for her job as governess, she finds the two children in her charge, and no adults. It's up to Eliza to keep the malign presence in Gaudlin's walls from destroying her and the children. (Oct. 8)

What was so special about the summer of 1927 that made Bill Bryson, bestselling nonfiction author turn to that summer for his latest subject? It began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century, Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic. It was also a Babe Ruth summer, the time of Al Capone, and the flooding of the Mississippi River, and other events that are important in One Summer: America, 1927. (Oct. 1)

When legendary investor Warren Buffett challenged his son in 2006, telling him he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy, Howard G. Buffett set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth - nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And, Howard gave himself forty years to put more than $3 billion to work on this challenge. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World captures Howard Buffett's journey. (Oct. 22)

Is this your first Christmas novel of the season? W. Bruce Cameron's The Dogs of Christmas tells the story of a man whose neighbor abandons a very pregnant dog. Josh can't resist Lucy's big brown eyes, and decides to do his best for her, although he's never had a dog before. Before he knows it, he's over his head with puppies and romance. (Oct. 15)

Skating Under the Wire is the fourth in Joelle Charbonneau's mystery series featuring skating rink owner Rebecca Robbins. With the help of Elvis-loving grandfather and her boyfriend, Rebecca has to track down thieves that have eluded the cops for years, solve a murder, get a friend safely married, and somehow cook Thanksgiving dinner for an ever expanding guest list without getting herself killed. (Oct. 1)

Jennifer Chiaverini, bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, returns to the Civil War period for her latest novel, The Spymistress. It's a story of heroism, patriotism, and bravery, featuring Elizabeth Van Lew, a woman who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war - and stealing Confederate secrets. (Oct. 1)

Lynn Cullen's Mrs. Poe is a novel of romantic obsession, filled with historical detail. When Frances Osgood, a struggling poet, met Edgar Allan Poe, their flirtation led to an illicit love affair. But, when Edgar's frail wife insists on befriending Frances, the relationship becomes dark and deceiving. (Oct. 1)

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois, tells of Lily Hayes, an American foreign exchange student in Buenois Aires arrested for murdering her roommate. Her desperate father is determined to win her freedom. A brilliant lawyer is the prosecutor. And, then there is the sphinxlike young man who is her only alibi (Oct. 8)

Tony Hillerman's beloved characters Leaphorn and Chee return in a new novel by the late author's daughter, Anne Hillerman. Spider Woman's Daughter focuses on Navajo Nation police officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses a shooting. Every officer in the squad and the local FBI office want to catch the gunman, but Bernie is told to sit on the sidelines as a witness. Since her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of the case, the couple pool their skills, and a cold case involving retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn could hold the key to the shooting. (Oct. 1)

Dead Man's Time is Peter James' new police novel. Opening in New York in the 1920's, it tells of two children boarding a ship to Dublin. When Gavin Daly is handed a note that will haunt him his entire life, he vows o return some day and find his father. Almost a century later, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace's investigation into a savage burglary leads him to ninety-five-year-old Gavin, a man with a score to settle. (Oct. 15)

K.W. Jeter, the author who coined the term "steampunk", returns with Fiendish Schemes. George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, has been in exile, incurring debt. He has one chance to make his future, and his fortune, by recovering a missing invention. But, Dover is soon, drugged, arrested and imprisoned, caught up in a world of secrets, corruption and schemes. (Oct. 15)

Mari Jungstedt's Killer's Art is Nordic noir, set on a Swedish Island in the Baltic Sea. Although it's the fourth in the series featuring police superintendent Anders Knutas, each one can be read alone. When the murder of an art gallery owner is found to be connected to the theft of a famous painting, Knutas' case takes a turn into the exclusive Swedish art world and an underworld of prostitution and drugs. (Oct. 15)

Here's the October release I can't wait to read, G.M. Malliet's Pagan Spring. Former-spy-turned-cleric Max Tudor returns to the small English village of Nether Monkslip. Vicar Max Tudor has nothing more challenging on his plate than writing his Easter sermon. But, when a dinner including village newcomers ends in a death, Max knows a poisonous atmosphere has once again enveloped the seemingly perfect village. (Oct. 8)

When Hurricane Irene leaves Vermont devastated, Joe Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation pitch in to help the state's overextended authorities in Archer Mayor's Three Can Keep a Secret. Gunther and his agents end up with some odd, seemingly unrelated cases that end up connecting with the death of an old, retired state politician and the disappearance of a patient who walked away from a state mental facility. (Oct. 1)

Harry Hole returns inn Jo Nesbo's latest thriller, Police. The police urgently need Harry Hole. A killer is staking Oslo's streets and police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. But, now, when Harry is most needed, he's not in a position to protect anyone, even himself. (Oct. 15)

Mr. Lynch's Holiday by Catherine O'Flynn sends Dermot Lynch, a retired bus driver and recent widower, to Spain to his son's crumbling development. However, Dermot finds something beautiful and nostalgic, reminiscent of his childhood in Ireland. As father and son slowly begin to peel back their pasts, they find each other when they need it most. (Oct. 8)

The blurb for Quiet Dell reads, "From one of America's most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, a chilling, spectacularly riveting novel based on a real-life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows - a story that has haunted Jayne Anne Phillips for more than four decades." In Chicago in 1931, a widow and mother of three receives letters from an elegant man named Harry Powers who makes all kinds of promises. Weeks later, the family is dead. One of the few women journalists in Chicago teams up with a banker who funds the investigation, determined to ensure that Powers is convicted. (Oct. 15)

Lee Smith takes readers inside Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina in 1936 in her novel, Guests on Earth . Evalina Toussaint is just thirteen, a piano prodigy, when she is admitted into the celebrated hospital where a celebrated psychiatrist uses innovative methods of treatment on patients such as Zelda Fitzgerald, estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda takes the young prodigy under her wings. When a tragic fire kills nine women in a locked wing, including Zelda, it's Evalina who tells everything she knows about the hospital. (Oct. 15)

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer turns her hand to writing juvenile mysteries with Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective. When Randi Rhodes moves to a small town, she isn't expecting the kind of adventures she had in New York City where she used her detective and ninja skills to solve mysteries. But, a missing time capsule, just days before the town's Founders' Day Festival, brings her a case o investigate along with her new friends. (Oct. 15)

Maori cop Tito Ihaka, "unkempt, overweight, intemperate, unruly, unorthodox and profane", returns in Paul Thomas' Death on Demand, his latest mystery set in New Zealand. After getting in trouble with the authorities at Auckland Central, Ihaka is called back to follow up on a strange twist in the unsolved case tht got him into trouble in the first place. (Oct. 15)

P.D. Viner debuts with a psychological thriller, The Last Winter of Dani Lancing. Twenty years earlier when Dani Lancing was kidnapped and murdered, the case destroyed her parents' marriage. Now, when her former boyfriend, now a cop, finds an opening in the case, Dani's mother reacts with obsession and a determination to get revenge, even if she dags her whole family back into the nightmare. (Oct. 8)

I'm sure there will be more coming, including the cozy mysteries from Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian. Which of these books jumps out at you?


Carol N Wong said...

They look so good. My wish list is going to grow!!!

Lesa said...

They do, don't they, Carol? I know! My TBR pile is out of control again.

Sue Farrell said...

I always have to read one Christmas romance---The Dogs of Christmas may be it this year.

Karen C said...

I started out thinking that I might get away without injury to the TBR list. Then I kept reading. Oh, No! So, do you think that we add years to our lives equal to the number of books we add to the wish list?? :)

Lesa said...

I love Christmas books, Sue. And, I read more than one Christmas romance.

Lesa said...

Well, that's a scary though, Karen. I don't know that I want to live THAT long.