Saturday, October 12, 2013

New Arrivals

When I arrived home Wednesday, and found eight books plus the entire shipment of Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian mysteries for November, I thought I'd share new arrivals. You'll have to wait to see a book chat for the Penguin mysteries. But, I'll share the other eight with you.

I asked for a copy of Sarah Addison Allen's Lost Lake. I love her books. And, Lost Lake has a beautiful cover. A year after Kate's husband dies, she packs up her daughter and visits Suley, Georgia, home of Lost Lake where she had one of the happiest summers of her life. Now, she finds a place full of ghosts and oddities, but sometimes lost loves aren't really lost. (Feb. 11 release)

Joelle Charbonneau's Skating Under the Wire is already out. It's bad enough that skating rink owner Rebecca Robbins has to juggle Thanksgiving preparations and duties as a maid of honor. But, when she's hired to look into a string of home invasions, and a dead body turns up at the bridal shower. Rebecca isn't going to have a quiet holiday season.

Edgar Award-winner Bruce DeSilva brings back Liam Mulligan in Providence Rag, the third book to feature the old-school investigative reporter for a dying newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. Based on a true story, Mulligan and his fellow newspaper pal, Mason, find themselves on the opposite side of an ethical argument. Which side would you be on if the state's youngest serial killer was kept in prison on trumped up charges so no one else will die? It's a March 11, 2014 release.

Gaute Heivoll's novel, Before I Burn, is also based on a true story, the true account of Norway's most dramatic arson case. In the novel, an arsonist targets a small town for one month in 1970s Norway. But, new life arrives even during the fires. A young boy named Gaute Heivoll  is christened on the day the last house is set afire, but the stories about that time engross him. As he begins to retell the story, the arsonist's motivations are slowly revealed. It's released Jan. 7, 2014.

I'm eager to read Marci Jefferson's debut novel, Girl on the Golden Coin. She's an Indiana author who is writing about Frances Stuart, the beautiful Royalist exile who must walk a fine line between pleasing kings and protecting her family's secrets. In 1660, the Restoration of Stuart Monarchy in England returns Frances Stuart and her family to favor. But, she has Stuart secrets to keep, even if it means dealing with a vengeful King Louis XIV in France, and maneuvering the political turbulence of England under King Charles. It's another Feb. 11, 2014 release.

I found two readers for Bich Minh Nguyen's Pioneer Girl when I summarized it in the hall one day. The Feb. 6 book is a novel about a Vietnamese American family's ties to The Little House on the Prairie. When Lee Lien returns home and her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother's Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream, a gold-leaf brooch abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon that may be an heirloom of Laura Ingalls Wilder's. This literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic is also the story of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter trying to honor her parents, find her brother, and find a way to live her own life.

Terry Shames brings back ex-police chief Samuel Craddock in The Last Death of Jack Harbin. Just before the Gulf War, two best friends from Jarrett Creek, Texas signed up for the army. Woody Patterson was rejected, stayed home and married the girl they both loved. Jack Harbin came back from the war badly damaged. Just when they were about to reconcile, Jack was brutally murdered. It's up to the ex-police chief to uncover the dark secrets to find a murderer. Release date is Jan. 7, 2014.

And, I'll end with a fun little book, There Is a God! 1,001 Heartwrming (and Hilarious) Reasons to Believe by Richard Smith and Maureen McElhron. It eatures 60 original drawings and 1,001 "reasons to beliee" that range from wry and witty to sweet and reassuring. I haven't read the book yet, but I definitely believe this one - "Fireflies on a June night". This one is due out Oct. 31.

There has to be something here that catches your attention. Which one is it?


Beth Hoffman said...

If I came home to eight books and a box filled with mystery/crime books, I'd be overwhelmed! Sounds like you'll have plenty of reading during the colder winder months.

Hope you and the kitties have a nice weekend!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Thanks for sharing these! =)

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Lesa said...

As you can see, I had a great weekend; the kitties, not so much. The cat sitters only saw Jinx, but said he got a lot of lovin'. I'm sure he ate it up.

Karen C said...

WOW! I'd never leave the house with all those good books!