December! It's so hard to believe that we're talking about December book releases, but then, I did review a Christmas book yesterday. So, here goes...December's Treasures in My Closet.
The author of Forget Me Not, Heather Ashby, is as interesting as her books. She's a Navy veteran whose mother was one of the original Navy WAVES in World War II. She was married to a Navy husband, and she now writes military romance novels. Forget Me Not brings together a Navy Seahawk pilot and playboy who swears he'll never settle down, and a a war widow and veterinarian who swears to love only animals after her husband is killed in Afghanistan. The fur flies when these two survivors get together.
In a departure from her Murder 101 series, Maggie Barbieri's Once Upon a Lie is a thriller about family, justice, and unimaginable choices. Maeve Conlon's life is coming apart at the seams. Even so, she's not really devastated by her cousin's death, until the police start asking questions about her father who is deteriorating as a result of his Alzheimer's. Now, Maeve is determined to clear her father's name, but she'll have to cope with dark memories and secrets.
Gold Web is the latest Klondike mystery by Vicki Delany. In 1898, in Dawson City, Yukon, a man staggers out of the dusk to collapse at the feet of a startled Fiona MacGillivray. When the strange man's llast words are "MacGillivray, Culloden", Fiona doesn't really want to know why he linked her nae with the "bloodies of all battles". Now, Fiona has to watch the handsome corporal from the the Mounties search for a killer while paying a little too much attention to another woman.
In James W. Hall's Going Dark, Hall's hero Thorn embarks on a mission to save his newfound son. Flynn Moss, Thorn's son, has naively fallen in with a group of environmental activists who are targeting Florida's largest nuclear power plant. When Flynn begins to suspect the group's true intentions, he asks his father to help him escape. But, Thorn realizes if he wants to save his son's life, he will have to join the eco-terrorists and help them complete their deadly mission, causing a radioactive catastrophe.
The latest Ava Lee novel by Ian Hamilton is The Red Pole of Macau. The intrepid forensic accountant must rescue her half-brother Michael and his business partner, Simon, from a disastrous real estate deal in Macau. When Simon is kidnapped, the rules of the game abruptly change, and Ava must use all her skills to outwit gangsters, rescue Simon, and save her family's future.
In Innocence, Dean Koontz brings two loners together, a man who lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, and a woman who lives in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies. The bond that runs between them brings them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing is an unconventional biography. The author travels deep into the lives of six of America's most revered writers to examine one element they have in common, alcohol, and lots of it. It's a new look at John Cheever, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and the poet John Berryman.
The Atlantic cartoonist Sage Stossel turns the classic male superhero on his head in her graphic novel, Starling. Life in the big city presents a lot of problems for protagonist Amy Sturgess. When Xanax and therapy fail to relieve her stress, she does what any young woman in her position would do, uses her super strength, speed, flight, and the ability to generate 750 volts from her hands to fight crime as the mysterious masked vigilante Starling.
Joseph Wallace's thriller, Invasive Species, brings to life a newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its African wilderness habitat as a massive swarm moving across the globe and using humans as hosts.
I know many of us will be busy all December. Even so, is there a book or two here that appeals to you?