Wednesday, October 01, 2014

November Treasures in My Closet

I'm just guessing here, but November must be a down month for publishing. I already have more books on the January pile than I do for November. But, that doesn't mean there aren't some treasures here. Check out the forthcoming books from my closet.

Kait Carson launches the Hayden Kent series with Death by Blue Water. Kent, a paralegal, understands how perilous life in the Florida Keys can become. After her discovery of a man's body at 120' beneath the sea, she becomes the prime suspect. As the evidence mounts, she joins forces with Officer Janice Kirby to follow clues that lead to the highest levels and put Hayden's life in jeopardy. (Release date is Nov. 11.)






I've already read the opening of Ildefonso Falcones' The Barefoot Queen, and it looks fascinating. Caridad, a recently freed Cuban slave is wandering the streets of Seville, Spain in 1748, with nowhere to go. Fortunately, she meets Milagros Carmona, a young spellbinding gypsy, and the two women become inseparable. But, Spain at that time is no place for former slaves or gypsies. Royal mandate declares gypsies to be outlaws, and their group has to split up. Eventually Caridad and Milagros are reunited, and join in the struggle against widespread oppression. (Release date is Nov. 25.)




The Laws of Murder is the latest Charles Lenox mystery by Charles Finch. It's 1876, and Charles Lenox has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, to return to his first love, detection. He and three colleagues start a new detective agency, but Charles' chance to start over comes following the shooting of a friend, a member of Scotland Yard. (Release date is Nov. 11.)






Debut author David E. Grogan launches a new series featuring attorney Steve Stilwell with The Siegel Dispositions. Stilwell, a former Navy "JAG", has an unusual first assignment, updating the will of a 70-year-old Auschwitz survivor whose surly adopted daughter will inherit everything. But, the first $1.5 million of Siegel's fortune goes to three wartime friends, if they survive him. After Professor Siegel's violent death, Steve finds that two others have already died under suspicious circumstances. Everyone thinks Siegel's daughter is to blame, but Steve needs to find connections between the will and the murders. (Release date is Nov. 1.)


"Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman is an erotic thriller that created a huge sensation in the UK when it was adapted and aired as a BBC Radio ten-part serial."  Hitchman's story covers seventy years as she tells the story of Adele Roux, a silent film star in Paris in 1914 who becomes entangled in a toxic love triangle. The plot centers on a mysterious silent film she starred in, that was destroyed in a fire before the director had a chance to view it. Years later, in 1967, a print is discovered, but with a crucil scene missing. (Release date is Nov.4.)



Ha Jin brings us a story of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in A Map of Betrayal. When Lilian Shang, born and raised in the United States, discovers her father's diary after the death of her parents, she is shocked by the secrets it contains. She knew her father, convicted decades earlier of being a mole in the CIA, was the most important Chinese spy ever caught. But, his diary reveals the pain and longing he himself felt, leaving behind a family in China and his motherland, and the love he felt for his adopted country, and his new family there. Now, Lilian tries to prevent his tragedy from damaging another generation. (Release date is Nov. 4.)



The newest winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize is CB McKenzie's Bad Country, a debut mystery set in Arizona Indian country. Rodeo Grace Garnet is a former rodeo cowboy turned private investigator, living alone in a remote corner of Arizona known as the Hole. When a body found near his home draws police attention, he doesn't have much choice when offered an unusual case. An elderly Indian woman hires him to help discover who murdered her grandson, but she doesn't seem too interested in the results. Her indifference is nothing compared to true hatred, and Rodeo is about to discover how far hate can go. (Release date is Nov. 4.)



Dandy Gilver returns in Catriona McPherson's latest mystery set in 1920s Scotland, A Deadly Measure of Brimstone. Because the men of the Gilver family have come down, between them, with influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy, Dandy and her entire family travel to a spa town for a weekend of relaxation. But, all is not well at the Laidlaw Hydropathic Hotel where there's a slew of mysterious, and deadly, events. (Release date is Nov. 18.)






Carter Paysingner joins with Steven Fenton to tell Carter's own story in Where a Man Stands. Paysinger came from the wrong side of the tracks when he enrolled in Beverly Hills High School, but that decision changed Carter, and the school itself. Eventually, Carter earned a master's degree, and returned to his school as a coach and teacher. But when the high school fell into disarray, and needed a principal, "suddenly the winningest and most beloved coach didn't have the right profile for the Beverly Hills image." It's a story of hope, triumph, and the struggles that define us. (Release date is Nov. 4.)



The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson is set against the backdrop of Paris during the glittering Belle Epoque. Maud Heighton came to Paris to paint, and to escape her small English town. But, she finds herself slipping into poverty, and takes a job as a live-in companion to Sylvie Morel. But, everything is not as it appears in the Morel household, and Maud is soon drawn into their world of deception. (Release date is Nov. 18.)





In Betrayed, Lisa Scottoline brings back Rosato & Associates, focusing on gutsy lawyer Judy Carrier. She's always been a champion of the underdog, but the murder of her aunt's beloved friend, and the discovery of a cache of dirty money, leads the two women to suspect there's something more to the murder. Their quest for justice takes them into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate that they cannot go to the police, and where others are so ruthless, they're counting on that vulnerability. And, the deeper Judy digs, the more she knows she'll do whatever it takes to help the betrayed. (Release date is Nov. 25.)


Lynn Chandler Willis is the first female writer to win the Private Eye Writers of America competition since 1998. Wink of an Eye introduces private investigator Gypsy Moran, on the run from a double-cross. So, he shows up at his sister's house in Wink, Texas, where she introduces him to a former student, a twelve-year-old who wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father's alleged suicide. Tatum believes his father, a Sheriff's deputy, was murdered after he investigated the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants. Now, Gypsy has his work cut out for him. (Release date is Nov. 18.)

It might be a little smaller list, but there are definitely some treasures in November's releases. Which books are you waiting to read?

12 comments:

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Wink of an Eye sounds good, as do several others.

Enjoy,
Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Patricia T said...

"A Deadly Measure of Brimstone" sounds good to me.

Lesa said...

Shelley and Patricia - I'm with you. It's some of the mysteries that jump out at me, naturally.

CindyD said...

You are right, Lesa, a slim month! My November TBR list was empty - thanks for adding a couple of titles.

Lesa said...

So, it's not just me, Cindy. Of course, I'll probably have a pile of cozy mysteries come in for November. Fortunately, I have a busy month without the books. You're welcome!

Kaye Barley said...

This is the month I'm going to try to get through some of my TBR pile. Let's see how that goes . . .

Lesa said...

Good luck, Kaye. And, sitting in the hospital really doesn't give you extra reading time, just extra time to fret. Although I did read one of my favorite Dennis Lehane books, cover-to-cover, in the hospital waiting room once.

Clea Simon said...

A few of these caught my eye - the Barefoot Queen and the Paris Winter especially. But a new Catriona McPherson? That goes to the top of the TBR pile.

Lynn said...

Thank you for including Wink of an Eye! The support is so appreciated and never goes unnoticed. Hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it :)

Lesa said...

Yep, a new Catriona McPherson. And, that's where it belongs, Clea.

Glen Davis said...

Looking forward to Black Karma by Thatcher Robinson and Robert Crais's next book.

Lesa said...

Thank you for adding those to the list, Glen. I know nothing about Black Karma, but a number of readers will be waiting for Robert Crais' next one.