Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

Yesterday, I mentioned there was another collection of books for January. There's certainly a collection of books worth checking out for the month.

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.)

New York City school teacher Raymond Donne returns in Tim O'Mara's Dead Red. When he answers a phone call from an old friend from his days as a cop, he doesn't realize how bad his night was going to get. Ricky picks Ray up, but before Ricky can tell Ray what's going on, the taxi is hit by a hail of bullets killing Ricky and knocking Ray unconscious. Now, Ray is determined to help Ricky, finding out who did it and why. (Release date is Jan. 20.)

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.)

Michael Punke's The Revenant is a historical novel of revenge, soon to be a motion picture with Leonardo DiCaprio. In 1823, the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal life. But, when Hugh Glass, one of the Company's finest men, is mauled by a bear, he's not expected to live. The Company's captain dispatches two me to stay behind and tend to him until he dies. Instead, the men abandon him. With grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles, to get revenge. (Release date is Jan. 6.)

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.)

The Mime Order is Samantha Shannon's second book in a proposed seven-book series. Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems are just started. Many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London. There are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community, dark secrets around every corner. Paige must keep moving until the fate of the underworld can be decided. (Release date is Jan. 27.)

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.)

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh is a Spademan novel. In a toxic New York, decimated by a dirty bomb years earlir, Spademan is a hit man. His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife, but Lesser reports that terrorists are planning to attack New York, this time from the inside out. Spademan has always had his share of enemies, but this time they're coming at him from all directions. (Release date is Jan. 13.)

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.)

What better way to end the list than with New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd? A Fine Summer's Day is the new Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery. Todd takes readers into Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge's past in his perplexing final case before the outbreak of World War I. Rutledge paid little attention to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo in June 1914. He's planning to propose to the woman he loves. To the north, another man shows his girl the house he built for her. Back in England, a son awaits the undertaker after his mother's death. That death sets off a series of murders across England. Rutledge rushes to try to solve the case in the weeks before the world goes to war. (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.


Brenda Buchanan said...

Thanks for this great January summary, Lesa. Several of these will find their way onto my list. So many books, so little time, you know?



Lesa said...

Oh, I do know, Brenda. I do know.

Kaye Barley said...

More good stuff!!! Can't wait to read UNBECOMING!

Lesa said...

Definitely more good stuff, Kaye!

CindyD said...

The January release I am eagerly anticipating is AFTER THE WAR IS OVER by Jennifer Robson.

Reine said...

They all look great, but I think my first of the batch will be A FINE SUMMER'S DAY... just looks intriguing.

Lesa said...

It's always good to see one I missed, Cindy. Thank you!

Lesa said...

Reine, I'm interested to see this prequel to the series, too.