Sunday, June 01, 2014

July Treasures in My Closet

I'm really not trying to rush through the summer. It's my favorite season of the year. Give me heat over cold any day. But, it's still time to share July's forthcoming books. These are the July releases I have, the Treasures in My Closet.

I already have Linda Castillo's sixth Kate Burkholder novel on my calendar. The Dead Will Tell takes readers back to Painters Mill, where an Amish father and his four children died in 1979, while his wife disappeared. Only fourteen-year-old Billy Hochstetler survived. Now, in 2014, everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. "But only a few know the terrible secrets of that tragic night thirty-five years ago - and, and one by one, they're turning up dead." (Release date is July 8.)

Donna Andrews reveals some of Meg Langslow's family secrets in The Good, The Bad, and the Emus. Meg's paternal grandfather, Dr.Blake, was reunited with the family when he saw a picture of Meg, who looks just like her grandmother. Now, Dr. Blake has hired Stanley Denton to find Cordelia, his long-lost love. When Stanley and Meg go searching for her, though, they discover she died several years ago, and there's suspicion she might have been murdered. As Stanley and Meg dig, another murder occurs, and it's up to the two of them to find the real killer. (Release date is July 8.)

We move from emus to The Cat Sitter's Nine Lives by Blaize and John Clement. Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is driving alongside a beachside road when she witnesses a terrible head-on collision, and pulls one of the drivers from his car just before it explodes in flames. The next day turns weird for Dixie when the driver claims he's her husband, the owner of a bookstore and his cat disappear without a trace, and a mysterious phone call sends her to a crumbling, abandoned mansion. Strange events even for Dixie. (Release date is July 8.)

Flavia Albia, daughter of private informer Marcus Didius Falco, takes after her father. In Lindsey Davis' latest mystery set in Ancient Rome, Enemies at Home, Flavia is asked to solve murders when a burglary that led to murder could result in many more deaths. The Romans fear "the enemies at home", the slaves under their own roofs. So, Roman law decreed that if the head of a household is murdered at home, and the culprit isn't discovered, every one of his slaves were presumed responsible and put to death. So, when a couple is found dead in their bedroom and their house burglarized, some of the slaves flee to a temple, traditionally respect as a haven for refugees. Flavis is asked to step in and solve the murders. (Release date is July 15.)

Dead in the Water is the second mystery in Lesley A. Diehl's series featuring amateur sleuth Eve Appel. Florida consignment shop owner Eve Appel is enjoying a renewed relationship with her long-lost Uncle Winston when she's shot on an airboat ride through the swamps. Eve didn't realize her uncle was a wise-guy. When her best friend is then kidnapped, she sets out to find a kidnapper and killer, before whoever wrecked her car and left her to the mercy of the alligators finishes the job they started. (Release date is July 15.)

I'm a fan of the Moriah Dru/Richard Lake series by Gerrie Ferris Finger. But, I have to admit the summary for Murmurs of Insanity, her latest book, is confusing. There are two complex storylines. So, I'll quote just the short blurb on the back of the book. "From the mean streets of Atlanta to the bizarre world of conceptual artists, Moriah Dru, ex-cop and child finder, and police Lieutenant Richard Lake, team up to solve a couple of crimes that expand the boundaries of the insane. (Release date is July 16.)

Looking for something other than a mystery? The Fortune Hunter is Daisy Goodwin's latest novel. Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, was considered the most beautiful woman in nineteenth century Europe, but she had nothing in common with the man she married at age 16. She loved riding, a dangerous sport that took her away from the formality of the Vienna court. When she comes to England to indulge her passion for hunting, her relationship with Ray Middleton, the only man in England who can outride her, becomes the talk of Europe. But, Sisi is Empress of Austria, and Bay is a suspected fortune hunter, all but betrothed to an heiress. (Release date is July 29.)

I'll be interested to see how Laura Lane McNeal's Dollbaby compares with Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt. When Ibby Bell's father dies in an accident in the summer of 1964, her mother deposits her with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. "Dollbaby brings to life both teh charm and the unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time." (Release date is July 3.)

Thomas Sweterlitsch's debut novel is Tomorrow and Tomorrow. A decade
after the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash, John Dominic Blaxton hasn't moved on. Grieving for his lost wife and unborn child, he immerses himself in the Archive, a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh. He investigates deaths to help close cold cases until he discovers glitches in one crime scene, and is convinced someone tried to delete the record of the crime. With nothing left to lose, Dominic tracks his way into the heart of a nightmare. (Release date is July 10.)

Deadly Assets is the second Allison Campbell mystery by Wendy Tyson. "An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell's laest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day." And Allison's business manager, Vaughn, is the last to have seen each. (Release date is July 22.)

Now, here's a book that just screams summer beach read, Wendy Wax' The House on Mermaid Point. Maddie, Avery, and Nikki first got to know each other while restoring a beachfront mansion. Now, they're putting their experience to professional use, working on the home of a rock-and-roll legend. "William the Wild" Hightower isn't happy about letting go of his privacy so three women can turn his piece of paradise into a bed-and-breakfast for a reality show. No matter what, though, these women are in it together. "The only thing that might drive them apart is being trapped in a houseboat with one bathroom." (Release date is July 1.)

Cup of Blood is Jeri Westerson's Crispin Guest medieval noir prequel. Crispin Guest was disgraced and banished from court seven years ago. Now, he's put his intellect to work as the "Tracker," hired to find lost objects and solve murders. When he begins an inquiry after a corpse turns up at his favorite tavern, the murdered man turns out to be a Knight Templar, an order thought to be extinct for the past seventy-five years. The order is charged with guarding a certain holy relic that is now missing. It's an intriguing prequel to the acclaimed series. (Release date is July 25.)

A Jacqueline Winspear novel might be last in the list, but it certainly would never be the least of the treasures in my closet. The Care and Management of Lies is a standalone novel about World War I. "By July 1914, the ties between Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, friends since girlhood, have become strained." Thea is passionate about women's suffrage, and not happy to see Kezia about to marry Thea's brother, Tom, who runs the family farm. In fact, Thea gives Kezia a book on household management, hinting she's about to lead a prosaic life. But, no one in Britain leads a prosaic life once war is declared. Tom enlists; Thea ends up on the battlefield, and the farm becomes Kezia's responsibility. "Each woman must find a way to endure the ensuing cataclysm and turmoil." A July 1 release date ensures readers will be talking about this novel, and Winspear's other outstanding novels, in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the Great War.

Several of these books are already on my "must read" list for July. Which ones are now on your wish list?


Mason Canyon said...

A good selection of books to read. It would be hard to know which one to start with.

Thoughts in Progress

Christie said...

There are several there on my wish list. So, should I be placing holds on them now or are you going to share them with me when I come to visit you? Or, since it will still be June I suppose you won't be able to share them because they haven't been released and/or you haven't reviewed them yet?

Kevin R. Tipple said...

I want THE DEAD WILL TELL and sadly my library system still does not list it. A more and more common problem is at work here with books from major authors being listed at time of publication ensuring that I am way back on the holds list. Grrrrrrr.....

(who does not want the freezing cold of winter or the melt your brains out of your ears heat of summer but something in between where one can breathe and not choke)

CindyD said...

The Winspear looks good - i've enjoyed several books recently about WWI. I'm hearing good things about the new Moyes - ONE PLUS ONE.

Kaye Barley said...

oooh, Dollbaby has grabbed my interest!

Anonymous said...

It's not fair for you to compare Dollbaby to Saving Cee Cee Hunnicut when that is one of your all time favorites. You will be too prejudiced when you are reading it if you are trying to compare it.

Anonymous said...

Very anxious to read DollBaby. Thank you for the introduction to it!
Sandy in So. Cali

Mark Baker said...

More Meg!!! Can't wait to get my hands on that book.

Lesa said...

I love to see everyone's pick. Now, Christie, I'll be fair to DollBaby. I promise! And, I'm sure you can find some books to take home in a couple weeks!

Karen C said...

It's The Dead Will Tell for me!

Lesa said...

Looking forward to that one, too, Karen.