Monday, February 02, 2015

March Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

Ready for the second pile of March book releases? There are just as many books to tempt you. Here are the books that might end up on your own TBR (To Be Read) pile.

Ali Reynolds returns in the tenth book in J.A. Jance's series, Cold Betrayal. Ali had hoped to slow down now that she's a newlywed, but she's torn in two different directions by friends who need her. One is Sister Anselm, the Taser-carrying nun who rushes to the hospital because a young pregnant woman was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. Since the victim was running from The Family, a polygamous cult, Sister Anselm needs Ali's help. But, so does her new daughter-in-law, who suspects someone is trying to kill her grandmother. Ali Reynolds is committed to both cases. (Release date is March 10.)

Diane Kelly's IRS Special Agent, Tara Holloway, has a new problem in Death, Taxes, and Cheap Sunglasses. She's great at handling professional con artists. But, when her boyfriend goes undercover as part of a joint tax force with the DEA to bring down a drug cartel, she wants to help Nick without blowing his cover. Kelly uses her own experiences as a former assistant state attorney general and a tax advisor who had experiences with white-collar criminals to bring a touch of reality to her smart, funny series. (Release date is March 3.)

Erik Larson, the bestselling author of The Devil in the White City, now brings us Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. The story of the sinking of the Lusitania is published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the disaster. Anyone who has read one of Larson's books knows, though, that it will be focus on more than just the ship. It's the story of the disaster as well as a portrait of the U.S. on the brink of war. (Release date is March 10.)

Laura Lebow's debut mystery, The Figaro Murders, takes readers into the world of opera in 1786 Vienna under Emperor Joseph II. Or, it could be said to take readers into a world of intrigue. Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart's librettist, has one week to finish the libretto for The Marriage of Figaro before the opera is premiered for the Emperor himself. However, Da Ponte is also a murder suspect. And, he has been given a choice. Find the murderer, or be hanged for the crime, missing the opening night of the opera. (Release date is March 31.)

What if you could only leave the house at dawn or dusk because your eyes were too sensitive to Girl in the Dark, is her story of going from a life with only a mild intolerance to some artificial light to something much worse. She was forced to live in her blacked out room, listening to audio books and playing word games. But, though it all, Pete, her new love, was there when her loneliness seemed bottomless. (Release date is March 3.)
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Elli Lisbon, amateur sleuth and director of the Ballantyne Foundation, returns in Kendel Lynn's Swan Dive. When the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Foundation's new production of The Nutcracker is found dead backstage, poisoned by a cupcake she baked herself, rumors indicate suicide. But Elli, who is coordinating the ballet, thinks otherwise. (Release date is March 17.)

Marie Moore's new Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery is Side Trip to Kathmandu. Sidney's job as a travel agent is in jeopardy. On her last two tours, she and her colleague, Jay, were involved in murder investigations, and their employer, Itchy Feet Travel, is not happy. Fortunately, their wealthy friend Brooke asks them to accompany a small group to India and Nepal. But, it turns out Brooke doesn't need a travel agency. She wants someone to watch her fellow travelers since all the "friends" have grown rich when others died, and Brooke survived an attempt on her life. Now, she's not taking chances with the others. (Release date is March 15.)

The Poser is Jacob Rubin's debut novel, the story of a master impressionist who could lose his own identity. Giovanni Bernini has always had an uncanny gift, the ability to imitate anyone he meets. His mother encouraged him at a young age, and his talent catapults him to stardom. Giovanni has always been able to grab the thread to help him unravel the person, until he meets a stage singer who remains unknown to him. Trapped inside his poses, Giovanni must assume the one identity he's never been able to do; his own. (Release date is March 17.)

Due for Discard by Sharon St. George is the first in a new series featuring amateur sleuth Aimee Machado, who is also a forensic librarian. On the first day of her job at a medical center north of Sacramento, a body is found in a dumpster. It's the wife of Aimee's supervisor. And, Aimee's brother was one of the last people to see her alive. Aimee's determined to get her brother off the suspect list, but her new life on an isolated farm leaves her vulnerable. (Release date is March 1.)

Scott Simon's latest book is the story of his connection with his remarkable and devoted mother, Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime. The NPR host began tweeting from his mother's hospital room in July 2013. His messages went viral, as he reflected on his mother's death and life. Now, he tells that story. (Release date is March 31.)

The Bookseller is Cynthia Swanson's debut novel. It's the story of a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing world of what might have been. In Denver, 1962, Kitty Miller has an unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, and no one tells her what to do. Once, there was a man, but it didn't work out. Then, she starts to dream. In Denver, 1963, Katharyn anderson is married to Lars, the love of her life. They have children, an elegant home, good friends; everything Kitty Miller once believed she wanted. But, that world only exists in Kitty's dreams. Now, Kitty is torn, trying to decide which life she wants. And, can she choose? (Release date is March 3.) Oh, and this book came along with a tantalizing list of books from the fifties and early sixties, books mentioned in this novel.

Susan Wilson tells the story of "one very special dog and the human lives he touches" in her latest novel, The Dog Who Saved Me. After his K-9 partner is killed in the line of duty, a grieving Cooper Harrison returns to his hometown and becomes an animal control officer. That's where he has to rescue a wounded dog that turned feral, while trying to prove his low-life older brother is back in the drug business. Cooper's family always had a bad reputation. He must learn to forgive before he can heal. (Release date is March 24.)

And, for a reader of mysteries, it's perfect to end with the new Maisie Dobbs novel by Jacqueline Winspear, A Dangerous Place. It's been four years since Maisie Dobbs left England for India, and she's reluctant to return when her stepmother calls her home saying her father isn't getting any younger. In fact, she is so reluctant to return, she disembarks in Gibraltar. But, Gibraltar in 1937 is teeming with refugees who fled the civil war in Spain. When a Sephardic Jew, a photographer, is murdered, Maisie becomes entangled in the case, bringing her to the attention of the British Secret Service. Maisie Dobbs is soon caught up in a web of lies, deceit and intrigue. (Release date is March 17.)

There's a wealth of book releases in March. Reasons to anticipate the month - books and spring! What are you waiting for?


Anonymous said...

I "spy" some good ones!

Lesa said...

Me, too, Patricia! Looking forward to this selection. I don't know why, though. I have tons of good February releases. Reading a terrific one right now, Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.

Jen Forbus said...

Lesa, I read THE BOOKSELLER to do an interview with Cynthia for Shelf Awareness. I really enjoyed it. I have a couple non-fiction in my closet that I'm looking forward to for March: HISSING COUSINS and INJUSTICES. There's a thriller called DEAD KEY that has Cleveland ties, so I'm hoping to fit that one in for March, too. :-) It's such a great time of year for new books!

Lesa said...

Isn't it wonderful, Jen? And, on top of all that terrific reading, I want to start pulling together information about authors from Indiana, stories featuring Indiana, or authors with Indiana connections. Next year is the bicentennial of the state, and I'm looking ahead.

Bonnie K. said...

I'm a big Maisie Dobbs fan. I look forward to Jacqueline Winspear's next book.

techeditor said...

I'm reading an ARC of DEAD WAKE right now. I'm about at the halfway point. I don't want to say anything about it right now, though, because my review may not be the same by the time I finish this.

Lesa said...

I always look forward to Jacqueline Winspear's books. I'm with you, Bonnie.

Lesa said...

It will be interesting to see what you think, Techeditor. Larson's wife thought it was his best book yet.

Carol N Wong said...

I think I have a crush on your closet. Some of my favorite writes have new books in it. Also, I got to listen to the Nightengale in a review copy and I loved, loved, loved it.

Lesa said...

That's so funny, Carol! I'll be glad to share. I'm so glad you loved The Nightingale. I've only read 100 pages, so it's good to know you loved the book.

Kaye Barley said...

ooooh - gotta read The Bookseller!!!

Lesa said...

Sounds terrific, doesn't it, Kaye?