Wednesday, July 30, 2014

September Treasures in My Closet - Part I

September has a wealth of book releases, so many that I'm splitting the posts in two parts. Welcome to the first part of the September Treasures in My Closet.

Siobhan Adcock links two mothers over the centuries in her suspenseful debut novel, The Barter. It's a ghost story and a love story, an emotional tale that explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, each young mother must face an ordeal of her own making. (Release date is Sept. 4.)

Are you ready for Agatha Raisin's twenty-fifth adventure? M.C. Beaton's latest mystery, The Blood of an Englishman takes Agatha Raisin to the theater, even though she hates amateur dramatics. But, her boredom turns to interest when the baker playing an ogre steps on a trapdoor, falls through, and there is silence. When she learns the popular man was murdered, she puts her team of private detectives on the case. (Release date is Sept. 16.)

Albert J. Bell, Jr. brings us the fifth case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger, The Eyes of Aurora. Pliny and the love of his life, his servant Aurora, stumble upon the scene of a grisly murder while trying to help a woman search for her missing husband. Meanwhile, back in Rome, Pliny's mother is arranging a marriage that Pliny must accept, much against his wishes. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Maureen Corrigan, the Fresh Air book critic, investigates the enduring power of a classic, The Great Gatsby. She calls it "The Great American Novel we all think we've read but really haven't." It's So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Kate Flora takes us into the true crime world in Death Dealer: How Cops and Cadaver Dogs Brought a Killer to Justice. Investigators from two countries cooperate in the relentless pursuit of a brutal murderer, a man with a reputation for violence and drug abuse. When he threatens the officials and their families, they take him seriously. The Canadian police, frustrated by a fruitless search through miles of frozen wilderness, finally enlist the id of Maine game wardens along with cadaver dogs in order to find a killer. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

"Once upon time, there was a seventeenth century noblewoman forced to spend her life in a convent. While there, she wrote a tale of an innocent girl sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens - and locked away in a tower by a beautiful witch." Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens is the sumptuous retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale, interwoven with the true life story of the woman who told the story. "From the decadent courts of Versailles to the romance of Venice, three women and three stories are braided together to create a tale of desire, black magic, and the redemptive power of love." (Release date is Sept. 23.)

Jacob Gowans takes readers into a fantasy world in A Tale of Light and Shadow. In Atolas, a world of swords and daggers, Henry and Isabelle have secretly sword to marry despite his lowly station as a carpenter. However, he commits an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. At the same time, a prophecy threatens the thrones of rulers throughout the world. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

I have to admit Philip Gulley's A Place Called Hope is the treasure I'm anticipating. It's been a few years since the author of The Harmony Series has had a book. And, he'll be appearing at the library for us on Monday, Sept. 22. Gulley's launching a new series featuring Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner. When he is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It's only when he sees the couple that he realizes it's two women. In the tempest that follows, Sam faces potential unemployment. Then he receives a call from a woman in the suburban town of Hope, Indiana. They desperately need a pastor. Can Sam really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony? (Release date is Sept. 2.)

Skink No Surrender is Carl Hiaasen's first novel for teens. To avoid being shipped off to boarding school, Malley takes off with some guy she met online. Richard knows his cousin's in trouble before she does, so he teams up with Skink, the ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, a renegade who thinks he can track Malley down. Together the two scour the state for the missing girl. Blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators won't stop their search. (Release date is Sept. 23.)

Here's a fun concept. Wouldn't It Be Deadly by D.E. Ireland is the first book in a new mystery series featuring amateur detectives Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion. Eliza becomes an assistant to Professor Higgins' chief rival Emil Nepommuck, who then publicly takes credit for transforming the Cockney flower girl into a lady. An enraged Higgins submits proof than Nepommuck is a fraud, but the man's murder puts Henry Higgins on the top of Scotland Yard's suspect list. It isn't long before Eliza and Higgins realize they have to discover the real killer in order to clear the professor. (Release date is Sept. 23.)

Thriller author Erin Kelly brings us Broadchurch, based on the story by series creator Chris Chibnall. This novelization of the television show follows Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller as they search for a young boy's killer in a quiet British seaside town. (Release date is Sept. 16.)

And, a perfect book to end with, undoubtedly a treasure from Dennis Lehane, With The Drop, the author takes readers back to the streets of Mystic River. Already set to be a movie, Lehane wrote the screenplay about a lonely bartender who rescues an abused puppy three days before Christmas, and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. "As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back." (Release date is Sept. 2.)

Now you can see why I'm sharing the treasures in two parts. There's a wealth of reading material here. Are you looking forward to any of these books?


Beth Hoffman said...

Many of those titles are new to me. You always have such a wide variety of books. Happy reading, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Beth! And, another pile of books from September on tomorrow's blog.

Nancy said...

I always look forward to a new Beaton book. None of the others was on my radar. Once again you've brought authors to my attention. I love it when you recommend a book, because I trust your judgement.

Mrs. Mac said...

Looking forward to your take on Skink No Surrender. Sounds like a totally fun read.

Lesa said...

Nancy, I just wanted to warn you I'm NOT recommending most of these yet. I haven't read them. These are just in my piles of books. Recommendations will come when I review the book. But, thank you for the wonderful comment!

Lesa said...

I'll let everyone know, Mrs. Mac!

Margie Bunting said...

I agree with you, Lesa. I'm looking forward to Gulley's new book--loved the Harmony books! I also noticed last night that there's a sequel to my favorite book of last year, The Rosie Project, due out in January--The Rosie Effect. I'm excited!

Lesa said...

The Rosie Project was your favorite book, Margie? I haven't read it. When I get through this War books project, I may have to pick it up.

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Robyn said...

I haven't read any of these books, so thanks for a great list to add to my summer reading. I am most interested in true crime books. Ann Rule is one of my favorite authors. She has written over 30 books. I am currently reading "A Rose For Her Grave." A chilling account of several cold-blooded killers including one man who would marry women for their Social Security benefits and then ruthlessly kill them. Ann has updated her books on ebook format! There are so many interesting books to choose from.

Laura Wilkins said...

What an amazing list you have here! Thank you for sharing these. I especially want to read Death Dealer as I love true crime and this one looks like it's full of some good twists and turns. Thanks for sharing Ann's info., Robyn :-). She is one of my favorite authors ever.

Meg Mims said...

Thanks so much for mentioning our September release, WOULDN'T IT BE DEADLY. We hope readers enjoy it as much as we did writing it.

Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta
also w/a D.E. Ireland

Lesa said...

I love it when readers share information with each other. Thanks for passing on the information about Ann Rule, Robyn. And, I hope you and Laura both get a chance to read Death Dealer.

Lesa said...

It just looks like a fun book, Meg! Thanks for the note, and for writing the book!