Nele Neuhaus is one of the most widely read German mystery writers. Now, she brings us The Ice Queen. When the body of a 92-year-old man, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death execution style in his house near Frankfurt, Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Why does the mark have a tattoo on his arm, a marker once used by Hitler's SS? Who was this man? And, the investors find two other victims, all of them connected with a well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family. The trail leads back to the end of World War II and an area of Poland. No one is who they claim to be, and there are all kinds of secrets to uncover. (Release date is Jan. 13.)
Romain Puertolas' debut The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe is a comic novel of a fakir from India who arrives in Paris with one dream, to get to Ikea. But, when he hides in a wardrobe at Ikea, he ends up on a whirlwind trip, making unexpected friends, and finding out that everyone dreams of a better life. (Release date is Jan. 27.)
Unbecoming is Rebecca Scherm's debut novel. When Grace moved to Paris, she changed her name, and took a job restoring bric-a-brac, mending teapots, and resetting gems. Although she calls herself Julie, and says she's from California, she actually from Garland, Tennessee, where two young men have just been paroled. Both were jailed for a crime that Grace herself planned in exacting detail. And, a cat-and-mouse game begins as Grace's web of deception unravels. (Release date is Jan. 22.)
Sharma Shields' The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is an epic, multigenerational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch he encountered as a boy. Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his beloved mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a gigantic, hairy stranger that Eli thought was Sasquatch. For the rest of his long life, Eli hunts for the elusive creature his mother chose over him, and his obsession colors every relationship from that of his father to his wives, children, grandchildren, and colleagues. (Release date is Jan. 27.)
Sam Thomas takes readers back to Puritan England with midwife Bridget Hodgson in The Witch Hunter's Tale. It's winter in the city of York, bringing the threat of witchcraft. As women and children sicken and die, midwife Bridget Hodgson is pulled against her will into a full-scale witch-hunt. She soon finds herself playing a lethal game of cat and mouse. As the trials begin, Bridget must decide how far she'll go to protect the people she loves. (Release date is Jan. 6.)
I hope you enjoy the two days of treasures in my closet. Hopefully, some of them will find the way to your reading table.