Tuesday, October 01, 2013

November Treasures in My Closet

Does it sound funny to say I'm happy the Treasures in My Closet pile is a little smaller for November? October's was so large, I don't need a great number of books. Here's what's already here.

In Diner Impossible, Terri L. Austin tells how Rose Strickland is drawn back into her parents' wealthy world when she tries to prove the impossible. She's trying to track down clues to prove the inocense of the town's crooked police chief in the gruesome death of his secretary and mistress. It's a Nov. 12 release.

Sebastian Faulks pays homage to P.G. Wodehouse in a new Jeeves and Wooster novel, Jeeves and the Wedding Bells. It's an affair of mix-up and mishaps. When Bertie agrees to help a friend whose romance is foundering, things only get worse. It's a convoluted plot, filled with comedy and impersonation. Release date is Nov. 5.

I'm hoping to host Charles Finch at the library in 2014, so I'm interested in his new mystery An Old Betrayal. In this seventh book in the series of Victorian mysteries, a case of mistaken identity has Charles Lenox playing for his highest stakes yet: the safety of Queen Victoria herself. This book will be out on Nov. 12.

Nov. 5 will be the release date for the next book in the Carolyn Hart Classics publications from Seventh Street Books. According to her introduction to Death by Surprise, this book is as close as Hart ever came to writing a hardboiled detective novel. K.C. Carlisle, a lawyer with a storefront office on the seedy side of town, is determined to prove her cousin's innocence when he's accused of murdering a blackmailer.

Actress Angelica Huston recounts the story of the first part of her life in A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York. It's the story of her childhood in Ireland, teen years in London, and coming of age as a model and young actress in New York. This book ends as she launches her Hollywood life. The second part of her memoir, Watch Me, will be out in fall of 2014. This memoir comes out on Nov. 19.

There are a number of readers anticipating Ann Patchett's memoir, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Release date is Nov. 5. Patchett examines her deepest commitments: to writing, family, friends, dogs, books, and her husband. These essays form a portrait of a life lived with loyalty and with love.

Larissa Reinhart's Hijack in Abstract is the third in a series said to blend "Southern charm with Southern sass." When the sheriff asks artist Cherry Tucker to draw a composite sketch of a hijacker, her life takes a hairpin turn as the composite leads to a related murder, and her nemesis insults her new collection. Release date is Nov. 5.

The Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel hinges on an eleven-year-old boy's journey across Chicago with his
father's police dog. Joel only wanted to make sure his sister was safe at a party, but when someone shows up with a gun, and Butchie attacks, Joel is terrified he'll lose the dog, and he sets off on a dangerous journey. But, Joel's father is fighting his own battle, and the pursuit of justice takes a staggering toll in a city that can be brutal to anyone on their own. It's another Nov. 5 release.

Nov. 5 is also release date for Diane Setterfield's ghost story, Bellman & Black. As a boy, William Bellman kills a rook with his slingshot. He soon forgets about it, but the act has unforseen consequences. He might have forgotten, but rooks don't forget. And, one day, William Bellman is forced to enter into a bargain to save the one precious thing he still has left in life.

The book I'm anticipating is Julia Spencer-Fleming's latest Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne novel, Through the Evil Days. Russ can focus on little else beyond his impending fatherhood even when he and Clare are called to the scene of an arson fire that claimed two lives. But, they leave the case in the capable hands of two of Russ' officers, and take a vacation to an isolated cabin. Even there, though, they face danger. It's a Nov. 5 release.

I don't read urban fiction, so I doubt if I'll pick up Nikki Turner's The Glamourous Life 2 (due out Nov. 5). Calliope learned at an early age that she could only depend on herself for survival. She's the one responsible for her younger brother. But life takes her down unexpected paths, and at her darkest hour, she meets Lynx, who was released from prison with plans to make a new start. But, his gambling could ruin him. And, then he meets Calliope.

The last Nov. 5 release in my closet is Louise Steinman's memoir, The Crooked Mirror. Steinman explores the burgeoning Polish-Jewish reconciliation movement through the lens of her own family's history, in a story that explores the exhilarating, disscomforting, and healing process of the movement taking place in Poland today.

Quite an interesting collection of treasures, isn't it? Is there anything here that you find intriguing?


Liz said...

Wow. Finch and Spencer-Fleming. Nice.

Lesa said...

Isn't that nice, Liz? And Finch will have a second book out in January.

Shannon Baker said...

It sounds like an interesting series. I will check it out

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Karen C said...

Through The Evil Days by Julia Spencer Fleming is going on my list. Thankfully, that's the only one for me for November. :)

Lesa said...

I feel the same way, Karen.