Sunday, March 01, 2015

April Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

I hope you found some appealing titles in yesterday's April Treasures in My Closet. Hopefully, there are more books that you want to read in this second part.

Clifford Jackman makes his fiction debut with The Winter Family, a novel that traces "A group of ruthless outlaws from the its genesis during the American Civil War all the way to a final bloody stand in Oklahoma". The "Hyperkinetic Western noir" spans almost three decades, and a group led by a hardened leader, Augustus Winter who resists the rules of society and has a gift for butchery. The group serves as political thugs in a brutal Chicago election and bounty hunters in Arizona. The characters are killers, and dangerous. (Release date is April 14.)

A Desperate Fortune is Susanna Kearsley's novel of two women separated by centuries. For almost three hundred years, Mary Dundas cryptic journal has remained unread. Now, Sara Thomas, an amateur codebreaker has been sent to Paris to crack the cipher. Jacobite exile Mary Dundas longs for freedom, adventure, and the family she lost. When fate opens a door, she steps forth on a path that is more dangerous than she ever dreamt. As Mary's gripping tale is revealed, Sara is filled with her own challenges. "Though divided by centuries, these two women will be united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the coincidences of fate." (Release date is April 7.)

Ed Kovacs' The Russian Bride is a thriller set in the world of counter intelligence. Major Kit Bennings, an elite military intelligence agent works undercover in Moscow. Then, he's forced to marry a Russian woman with mob connections. With little to lose, "He goes rogue in the hope of saving his kidnapped sister and stopping a deadly scheme directed against America." (Release date is April 14.)

In her latest thriller, You Can Trust Me, Sophie McKenzie asks if you can really trust the people closest to you. When her best friend's death is ruled a suicide, Livy Jackson refuses to believe it. And, when she looks into the death herself, she discovers evidence that forces her to consider a terrible possibility. Julia may have been murdered by the same man who killed her own sister eighteen years earlier. And, that killer might be closer to Livy than she ever suspected. (Release date is April 14.)

The internationally acclaimed author Jo Nesbo brings us a stand-alone thriller, Blood on Snow. An antihero, an Oslo contract killer, draws us into a meditation on life and death. (Release date is April 7.)

Spanning twenty-five years, Marian Palaia introduces an unexpected casualty of Vietnam in her debut novel, The Given World. Those left behind suffer as well. Riley travels from the Montana plains to 1970s and '80s San Francisco, and on to Saigon, searching for her brother who went missing in Vietnam. Along the way, she meets members of a lost generation searching for ways to trust the world again. (Release date is April 14.)

Humor might not come to mind when you think of rabid killers, but the blurbs mention that element about Emily Schultz' The Blondes. There's a strange illness transforming blondes, CEOs, flight attendants, students or accountants, into rabid killers who are randomly attacking passers-by on the streets of New York. (Release date is April 21.)

In Emma: A Modern Retelling, Alexander McCall Smith presents his take on Jane Austen with a modern retelling of one of her classics. The summer after she graduates from university, Emma Woodhouse returns home to the village of Highbury, where she will live with her father until she's ready to launch her interior design business. In the meantime, she'll do what she does best; offer guidance to those less wise than she is in the way of the world. (Release date is April 7.)

All the Rage by Courtney Summers is a powerful story of a girl who spoke up and was rejected in a small town. Romy Grey woke up on the side of the road and can't remember how she got there. She can go on with her life, but when another girl disappears and she has ties to the same young man who assaulted Romy, she has to decide if she'll fight in a community ruled by men, where adults turn a blind eye, and authority figures are corrupt. (Release date is April 14.)

Maori detective Tito Ihaka returns in Paul Thomas' Fallout. The unkempt, profane and overweight cop has been demoted due to insubordination. When he's sent to inquire into the murder of a seventeen-year-old girl at an election night party in a ritzy Aukland villa, he becomes embroiled in a more personal mystery. His father, a trade union activist, did not die from natural causes. (Release date is April 14.)

David and Aimee Thurlo bring back Charlie Henry in Grave Consequences. The former Special Forces operative is now a pawnbroker, hoping he has the quiet life he's always wanted. A young Navajo man tries to retrieve a turquoise necklace with a suspicious story. When that doesn't work, he returns with reinforcements and guns. That necklace becomes a pawn, with multiple parties trying to get it, as Charlie and his allies try to find the truth. (Release date is April 28.)

I'll end with another debut novel, Gwendolyn Womack's The Memory Painter. It's a thriller and timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history. It has so many elements including an internationally famous artist whose paintings stem from his vivid dreams and a brilliant neurogeneticist who tracks him down. There are visions of a team of scientists killed in an explosion, and a deadly enemy watching as the scientist and artist search for answers. And, you'll have to wait until April 28, release date.

April looks like an exciting month for books, doesn't it? What are you waiting to read?


Beth Hoffman said...

All those titles are new to me. The synopsis of The Given World drew me in and I'm adding it to my list.

Happy Sunday, my friend. I hope you and the kitties are staying warm!

Kaye Barley said...

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Given World through It is not a book I would have chosen on my own, but it quickly became evident that I would have missed something quite special. I don't even know where to start or how to start explaining this powerful, perfectly written book. It touched my heart and will remain there for a very, very long time.

Lesa said...

Ah, Kaye. Then, it sounds as if Beth and I should both read The Given World, on your recommendation alone. Hugs, and Happy Oh, Kaye! day.

Lesa said...

Beth, Cuddling with Josh right now, and have been all morning. He's my cuddler who likes to be warm. Check out Kaye Barley's comment about The Given World. Sounds as if we need to read it.

techeditor said...

The book I'm waiting for in April is Jon Krakauer's Missoula.

Lesa said...

I'm going to have to check that one out, Techeditor.