Once in a while, it's time to mention all the books that arrived in a week. Most of them are January releases, and I haven't mentioned them before. As a librarian and book lover, it's important to call attention to the new books, even if I might not get a chance to read all of them.
I'm not familiar with Alex Bledsoe's Eddie LaCrosse series, but when I read that his latest "genre-blending" book combines "the conventions of hard-boiled mystery and medieval epic fantasy", I was hooked. In He Drank, and Saw the Spider, mercenary Eddie LaCrosse returns to check on the fate of a baby girl he rescued sixteen years earlier. She's now a young teenager at the center of a complicated web of intrigue involving two feuding kings, a smitten prince, a powerful sorceress, an inhuman monster and long-buried secrets. And, once again she needs Eddie's help. (Just released)
Lauren Francis-Sharma's debut novel is 'Til the Well Runs Dry. It's a multigenerational, multicultural saga that spans the 1940s through the 1960s in Trinidad and the United States. In a seaside village in the north of Trinidad, young Marcia Garcia is a gifted sixteen-year-old seamstress who lives alone, raising two small boys and guarding a family secret. When she meets Farouk Karam, an ambitious young policeman who falls for her, the rewards and risks of her life increase. It's the story of a couple's love, a mother's love for her children, and a people's love of an island. (It's an April release)
Steve Hamilton's Ice Run has just been released in paperback. Ex-cop Alex McKnight is happier than he can remember being in a long time because of a woman, Natalie Reynaud, a Canadian police officer. But, their romantic weekend at an old luxury hotel is interrupted by a note, "I know who you are." Their investigation of this strange note leads to a terrible Reynaud family secret, one that still drives men to kill.
Daniel Stashower's The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War was a Washington Post Notable Book, a New York Times bestseller, and the television miniseries rights have been acquired by the Weinstein Company. Now, it's being released in paperback on Jan. 28. It's the true story of the plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln during his train trip to Washington to be sworn in as President. The story features legendary Allan Pinkerton and Kate Warne who became America's first female private eye. But, the two would not find it easy to convince Lincoln's advisors that the plot was real.
Wisconsin Detective Ellie MacIntosh returns in Kate Watterson's Buried. The Milwaukee detective struggles to deal with two cases that divide her attention - a sudden rash of seemingly unrelated cop killings and the startling discovery of an old, hidden grave on her grandfather's property. It's an entanglement of mysteries that Ellie must race against the clock to solve.
It's another terrific collection of books for the TBR (To Be Read) pile. I hope you saw something here to interest you.