Monday, September 01, 2014

October Treasures in My Closet

Ah, October. Cooler days. Here in the Midwest, leaves changing colors. And, another pile of books to entice readers. Here are the October forthcoming books I already have, books to beckon you into fall.

Tasha Alexander takes readers back to her Victorian series with The Counterfeit Heiress. After an odd encounter at a masquerade ball, Lady Emily becomes caught up in the murder investigation of a guest, an actress trying to pass herself off as a mysterious heiress who hasn't been seen publicly in years. Now, Lady Emily and her husband, Colin Hargreaves, journey from London to Paris looking into the truth behind two mysteries. (Release date is Oct. 14.)

Gretchen Archer's capers feature Davis Way's mishaps. In Double Strike, a storm hits the Gulf a week before the Strike It rich Sweepstakes at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino. Here's "A VIP invitation to an extraordinary high-stakes gaming event as thieves, feds, dance instructors, shady bankers, kidnappers, and gold waiters go all in." (Release date is Oct. 21.)

Robert Dugoni is known for his legal thrillers. Now, in My Sister's Grave, he gives us a whodunit with a family story at its heart, the story of a homicide detective determined to avenge the murder of her beloved younger sister, no matter what the cost. Tracy Crosswhite changed her career, becoming a homicide detective after her sister's disappearance and murder. But, twenty years after an ex-con was convicted, Tracy still questions whether the right man went to jail. Now, Tracy teams up with a friend and attorney to exonerate the convicted man, and find her sister's killer. (Release date is Oct. 14.)

Debut novel! I'm a fan of debuts, so here's Allen Eskens' The Life We Bury. College student Joe Talbert's wirting assignment leads him to interview Carl Iverson, a dying Vietnam vet who spent thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder, and has been medically paroled to die in a nursing home. But, Joe can't reconcile the two sides of Carl's character, and he teams up with a neighbor to unravel the truth. (Release date is Oct. 14.)

Bailey Ruth returns! Ghost Wanted is Carolyn Hart's latest mystery featuring Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Heaven's Department of Good Intentions. And, this one involves a library! Bailey Ruth's supervisor, Wiggins, dispatches her to check on an old friend, the ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow who haunts Adelaide, Oklahoma's college library. But, someone is making mischief in the library, stealing a valuable book, destroying property. Trouble stacks up when a campus security guard is shot, and a student is the primary suspect. It's up to Bailey Ruth to find the real culprit, and bring peace back to the library. (Release date is Oct. 7.) And, watch for my "Win It Before You Can Buy It" Giveaway in September. I have 3 autographed ARCs to give away then.

Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series returns with Shopaholic to the Stars. Becky Brandon arrived in Hollywood, all sarry-eyed, and hoping her husband would introduce her to his client, actress Sage Seymour. Becky dreams of being a personal stylist for Sage. But, she accepts a job dressing Sage's archrival. It's a dream come true of red carpet premieres and paparazzi, everything Becky always wanted. Or is it? (Release date is Oct. 21.)

I'll have a second "Win It Before You Can Buy It" giveaway in September. Although G.M. Malliet's new Max Tudor mystery, A Demon Summer, will be released in October, I"ll have galleys to give away in September. Lord Lislelivet survived a murder attempt, but he complains to the local bishop because the poison was in a fruitcake made and sold by the Handmaids of St. Lucy of Monkbury Abbey. Max Tudor, vicar and former MI5 agent investigates. He thinks the poisoning was accidental, until a body is discovered in the cloister well. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

The Margaret Mitchell estate has authorized the first-ever prequel to Gone with the Wind. Award-wining author Donald McCaig takes on the story of Mammy in Ruth's Journey, a story that sweeps from the island of Saint-Domingue to Savannah to Charleston and then Tara. Set against the backdrop of the American South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, it brings to life the story of one of the most famous supporting characters in literature. (Release date is Oct. 14.)

Hank Phillippi Ryan has won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards, so, of course, her latest Jane Ryland novel, Truth Be Told, is already on my calendar. In digging up the facts on the heartbreaking story of a middle-class family evicted from their suburban home, reporter Ryland uncovers foreclosures that lead to a big-bucks scheme and players who will stop at nothing to keep their goal a secret. While she works that story, Boston police detective Jake Brogan deals with a man who confessed to a twenty-year-old crime, but Brogan isn't so sure the man is telling the truth. Once again, Ryan and her characters dig into the stories behind the headlines. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

I think most of the books I want to read are going to be released on October 7. I love Terry Shames' Samuel Craddock mysteries, so I'm looking forward to Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek. The town of Jarrett Creek, Texas is bankrupt, so retired police chief Samuel Craddock is asked to return. And, his first case involves the death of Gary Dellmore, heir apparent to the main bank. He's a man who supposedly had a roving eye, and made some bad business investments. He also took a kickback on a loan, one that led to the town's bankruptcy. It seems a lot of people in Jarrett Creek might have wanted Gary Dellmore dead. When there's evidence of another crime, the townspeople learn something a lawman always knows. A town isn't as peaceful and innocent as it appears. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

Jeffrey Siger takes readers into an unfamiliar culture and location in Greece in Sons of Sparta. In the mountainous Peloponnese, the Mani families have a history of pirates, highwaymen and endless vendettas with neighbors. When Special Crimes Division Detective Yiannis Kouros is summoned their by his uncle, he fears pressure to act in some new vendetta since his uncle once headed a criminal enterprise. But, the family is about to become rich through the sale of its property, until the uncle is killed, along with the deal. But even the solution to a murder is not simple when Greece's government corruption comes into play. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

Some Luck launches the first in a trilogy by Jane Smiley, a series of books that will take readers into the lives of the Langdon family. The Langdons are an Iowa farm family, led by Walter Langdon, the family patriarch, his wife and their five children. Each chapter covers a year, beginning in 1920 when Walter returns home from the trenches of World War I, and going up to the 1950s. The story, with roots in the story of Smiley's own family, will eventually cover a century of transformation in America. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

Night Blindness is Susan Strecker's debut novel. When Jensen Reilly was sixteen, she and her high school sweetheart are involved in a horrible accident. Since then, Jensen has been running from her past. But, when her father is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she returns home where all the memories of her old life come flooding back, along with the people she's tried to escape. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

New York Times bestselling author Colm Toibin brings us Nora Webster, a novel set in Ireland about a young widow and mother of four, navigating grief and fear, struggling for hope. When Nora's husband leaves her a widow at forty, she lost the love of her life, and the man who rescued her from her past. Fearing she'll be drawn back into it, she's drowning in her own sorrow, blind to the suffering of her young sons. But, when she begins to sing again, after decades, she finds herself. (Release date is Oct. 7.)

Well, here's a book that doesn't come out on Oct. 7, Ashley Weaver's debut mystery, Murder at the Brightwell. Deborah Crombie refers to it as "An elegant Christie-esque 1930s romp...With its dash of romance, Amory Ames and her rakish husband, Milo, might just be the new Nick and Nora Charles." Amory Ames is a wealthy young woman who regrets her marriage to her notoriously charming playboy husband, Milo. She's looking for a change when she accompanies her former fiance, Gil, to the Brightwell Hotel to help circumvent his sister's marriage. When the groom-to-be is murdered, Gil is arrested, and Amory becomes embroiled in trying to clear his name. Matters become more complicated when Milo turns up. Now Amory must decide where her heart lies, and catch a killer before she becomes the next victim. (Release date is Oct. 14.)

Last Words is the first book in Rich Zahradnik's Coleridge Taylor mystery series. In March of 1975, newsman Coleridge Taylor roams police precincts and ERs looking for a story that will get him out from obits. It's the body of a homeless teen that gets him into trouble, when his digging reeals the boy was a spoiled society kid up to no kid, the son of a city official. And, now Taylor's trying to protect a homeless man from goons trying to kill any number of street people to cover tracks. And Taylor and his one ally in the newsroom need to wrap that story before they become part of the obits page. (Release date is Oct. 1.)

So, what do you think of the October releases? Enough to keep you occupied for the month? I know it's an enticing collection of books. Happy reading!


Janet C said...

Top of my list will be Hank Ryan and Terri Shames books. Love, love, love both writers books.

Lesa said...

I do, too, Janet, and I'm looking forward to reading both books.

Beth Hoffman said...

That's quite a collection, Lesa. All those titles are new to me. Happy reading!

Kaye Barley said...

Truth be Told is my favorite Hank book to date.

Terry Shames said...

So nice to read these great comments. Thanks, everyone. Looks like a whole pack of good books. Happy reading!

Lesa said...

Good to know, Kaye! Thank you! It does look like a whole pack of good books!

Margie Bunting said...

Terry Shames and GM Malliet, please!

Liz said...

Have read all of Jeffrey Siger's books and follow his blog, Murder is Everywhere.

caryn said...

I love your monthly previews! I ordered a couple and put a couple more on reserve at the library. Thank you for the write ups!

Lesa said...

Thank you, Caryn! I hope everyone enjoys the October releases!