Sunday, February 01, 2015

March Treasures in My Closet - Part 1

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.)

Well, here's a topic that should interest a lot of people. "What if our federal income tax is illegal?" In The Patriot Threat, author Steve Berry uses a confrontational meeting between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon to leave a web of clues. Cotton Malone, a retired member of an elite intelligence division of he Justice Department, sets out to prevent a rogue North Korean from exploiting top secret Treasury Department files to bring the U.S. to its knees. (Release date is March 31.)

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.)

Here's the book my sister is waiting for, Rhys Bowen's The Edge of Dreams, the new Molly Murphy mystery. Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, has been receiving cryptic notes that taunt him after each death in a string of murders. And, when Daniel receives a note after Molly and their son, Liam, are in a terrible train crash, they both fear Molly might have been the target. Bowen blends turn-of-century interest in dream analysis with the latest investigation. (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.)

Cassandra Clark takes readers back to fourteenth century England in The Dragon of Handale. By now, Hildegard has left the Cistercian order of nuns, returned from a pilgrimage, and heads to Handale Priory to give her more time to decide if she'll rejoin the Order. When she discovers the body of a young man in the morgue, she's told he was killed by a dragon. How does his death connect with a secret tower, locked, barred and protected by armed guards? And, why was the King's courier murdered by assassins. Hildegard is determined to find answers. (Release date is March 17.)

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.)

Montreal is the setting for Jeannette de Beauvoir's mystery, Asylum. Martine LeDuc, director of PR for the mayor's office is tasked with acting as liaison between the mayor and the police department after four women are brutally murdered and shockingly posed on park benches throughout the city. She and a young detective uncover a dark secret dating back to the 1950s when orphanages were converted to asylums to gain more funding. The children were subjected to horrific experiments. The survivors were supposedly compensated for their trauma. So who is bearing a grudge, and why did these women have to die? (Release date is March 10.)

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.)

The winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for The Territory, Tricia Fields returns with a sequel, Firebreak. West Texas is experiencing its worst season of wildfires in a decade, and police chief Josie gray is forced to evacuate the citizens of Artemis. But, she discovers the body of someone who never left town, dead in the home of a local musician. A syringe with traces of heroin could be the reason the deceased missed the order to evacuate. Or, it could be a sign of something more sinister. (Release date is March 3.)

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.)

Behind Closed Doors is the second in Elizabeth Haynes' Briarstone crime series. Ten years earlier, Lou Smith worked the case when fifteen-year-old Scarlett Rainsford vanished while on a family trip to Greece. Now, Detective Inspector Louisa Smith is shocked when Scarlett turns up, found during a Special Branch raid of a brothel in Briarstone. While Lou and her Major Crime team juggle multiple cases, she still wonders why most of Scarlett's family is not enthusiastic about her return. (Release date is March 31.)

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.)

Kazuo Ishiguro, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day, now brings us The Buried Giant. It begins as a couple sets off across a troubled land of mist and rain in hopes of finding a son they haven't seen in years. Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war. (Release date is March 3.)

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.


Kay said...

Several of these are my list already. Really looking forward to the new Elizabeth Haynes book. Plus ASYLUM looks appropriately spooky. Yay for spring!

Lesa said...

Yay for spring is right, Kay. Although February has some fabulous books. And, I have a trip to see Celtic Thunder!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it nice to look forward to new books each month?

Lesa said...

It's just wonderful, Patricia.

Beth Hoffman said...

Such an eclectic mix of books. It's like having a menu at a restaurant where you can pick whatever you're in the mood for!

Happy Sunday to you and the kitties.

Lesa said...

And just as many tomorrow, Beth! It's great.

Sitting with Dickens on my lap right now. Happy Sunday back!

Margie Bunting said...

I hadn't heard the Clements have a new pet sitter mystery coming out--that will definitely be on my list. Also, the juvenile book sounds like my cup of tea. Chris Grabenstein's new YA, The Island of Dr. Libris, is on my March list, along with new books by Jacqueline Winspear and Michael Robotham.

Lesa said...

Definitely the Chris Grabenstein book, Margie! And the Jacqueline Winspear is on tomorrow's list.

Techeditor said...

I will be buying the Ishiguro book is soon as it comes out because I already plan to see his presentation in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 26.

Lesa said...

Isn't it great, Techeditor, when you get to hear the author talk about his book?