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.)
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.)
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.
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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!