Four weeks until March 1, and then spring will be right around the corner! I'm so ready, so looking at March books is a pleasure. It makes me think spring.
I have enormous piles of books to share with you, all March releases. So, we better get started.
Frankie Y. Bailey's mystery, What the Fly Saw, won't make you think spring, though. In Albany, New York, January 2020, the morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, a funeral director is found dead in the funeral home, with an arrow sticking out of his chest. Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies to find a killer. (Release date is March 3.)
The Hidden Man is Robin Blake's latest Cragg and Fidelis mystery. In 1742, the people of Preston are anticipating a festival of merriment and excess, celebrated every twenty years. But, it might not happen after the financial crisis caused by the death of pawnbroker and a would-be banker, shot behind a locked door. Coroner Titus Cragg suspects suicide, but Dr. Luke Fidelis disagrees. It's the latest mystery about the dramas below the surface in a provincial town. (Release date is March 3.)
Paige Britt's debut novel is a juvenile book, The Lost Track of Time. It's "a magical fantasy, an allegorical cautionary tale, a celebration of creativity", and it sounds like I'll love it. Penelope dreams of being a writer, but her mother schedules every minute of her life. Then, on the one day that's completely unplanned, Penelope falls into the Realm of Possibility. It's a high-stakes adventure filled with clever language and wordplay, suggested for readers ages eight to twelve. Or me. (Release date is March 31.)
The tenth Dixie Hemingway mystery by Blaize and John Clement is The Cat Sitter's Whiskers. When she goes to take care of Barney Feldman, a Maine Coon cat, someone sneaks up on her in the house, and knocks her out. But, the cops discover no one has broken in, and nothing is missing. Now, Dixie is caught up in the world of black market antiques, secrets and revenge. (Release date is March 31.)
Hausfrau is Jill Alexander Essbaum's debut novel, the story of a woman, wife and mother, looking for more in life. Anna Benz is an American in her late thirties who lives with her Swiss husband and three children in a suburb of Zurich. But, something's missing. So, she turns to German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs. And, then she finds it difficult to end the affairs. How do you go back after you've "crossed a moral threshold"? (Release date is March 17.)
C.W. Gortner gave up a career as a fashion executive to write historical novels. Now, he turns to a fashion icon for his latest novel, Mademoiselle Chanel. It's the story of the laundry woman's daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire, and yet faced heartbreak. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco Chanel is forced to make choices that will haunt her always. (Release date is March 17.)
Another asylum has a role in Aislinn Hunter's The World Before Us. In the woods of northern England, somewhere between a rundown estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, teenage Jane Standen lost Lily, a little girl she was babysitting. The little girl was never found, leaving her family and Jane devastated. Now, twenty years later, Jane is an archivist who is researching the story of a woman who disappeared over one hundred years ago in the same woods. The story of a group of people linked to the estate and the asylum may help Jane move on with her life. (Release date is March 31.)
There's an unusual premise in Tania James' The Tusk That Did the Damage. The novel is narrated by a poacher, a filmmaker and an elephant. But, the Gravedigger isn't an ordinary elephant. He was orphaned as a calf, sold into a life of labor and exhibition. When he breaks free, he terrorizes the countryside, earning his name by killing humans and then tenderly burying them. (Release date is March 10.)
Enough for today? Book overload? There's crime fiction, historical fiction, dramas and literary novels. Come back tomorrow for the second group of March book releases.