It's so hard to believe I'm talking about January already. But, you're going to want to see this list of books. January has some outstanding titles.
In The Orphan Choir, Sophie Hannah twists a ghost story of domestic horror.
Louise Beeston's son has been shipped away to a prestigious boarding school where he sings in the boys' choir. Left alone in the city with her husband, Louise finds her home life made even more unbearable by a rowdy neighbor who blasts choral music at all hours of the night, music only she can hear. As she tries to escape the ghostly music, she grows obsessed, unsteady, and her family life begins to unravel. It will be out on Jan. 28.
Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank, brings us the passionate story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny, in Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Fanny van de Grift Osbourne left her philandering husband, sailed to Europe with her children, and after a tragedy, ended up meeting a lively Scot. The two begin a fierce love affair that spans the decades and the globe. It's due out Jan. 21.
James A. Levine brings us Bingo's Run. A modern trickster tale draws on traditional African legends to tell the story of a boy alone in a dangerous world who must depend on his wits to survive. Release date is Jan. 7.
In Rebecca Mead's My Life in Middlemarch, the author revisits the seminal book of her youth, George Eliot's Middlemarch. After Mead gained admission to Oxford, and moving to the U.S. to become a journalist, through several love affairs then marriage and family, the author read and reread Middlemarch. In this revealing memoir, Rebecca leads us into the life that the book made for her, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written. It's a Jan. 28 release.
Although Cath Staincliffe's Dead to Me came out in the U.K. in 2012, it's only coming out in the U.S. on Jan. 14. It's a police procedural featuring an unlikely female detective team, Janet Scott, a straight-laced detective constable, and Rachel Bailey, a detective constable from a deprived childhood, in Manchester, England. In this one, they must work together to find a vicious killer who left a teenage girl stabbed to death.
Sam Thomas takes readers back to Civil War England in The Harlot's Tale, the sequel to The Midwife's Tale. As the city suffers through a brutal summer heat, Bridget Hodgson and Martha Hawkins are drawn into a murder investigation more frightening than their last. To appease God's wrath, and end the heat wave, the Puritan leaders of the city of York launch a campaign to whip the city's sinners into godliness. But someone is York has targeted the city's sinners for execution, and Bridget and Martha race to find a killer. Release date is Jan. 7.
This fascinating collection culminates with Magdalena Zyzak's The Ballad of Barnabas Pierkiel. "Set in the quaint (though admittedly backward) fictional nation of Scalvusia in 1939, the story follows the exploits of a young swineherd with romantic delusions of grandeur. Desperate to attract the voluptuous Roosha, gypsy concubine of the local boot and shoe magnate, Barnabas and his short-legged steed Wilhelm get embroiled in a series of scandals and misadventures, as every attempt at wooing ends in catastrophe." Release date is Jan. 14.
So, what do you think? Is there something that you want to read to kick off 2014?