Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Treasures in My Closet - Part 1

What a glorious month! There are piles of June releases in my place. And, for me, the month will be one week short for reading because I'll be on vacation with my family. That doesn't mean I'll ignore all these wonderful books. In fact, there are so many June titles that it's going to take me two days to write about them.

Start with Ellie Alexander's new mystery, A Batter of Life and Death. Jules Capshaw is promoting her family's bakeshop by competing in the Pastry Channel's reality show, Take the Cake. But, with a top prize of $25,000, some people would kill for that kind of dough. (Release date is June 30.)

M.J. Arlidge's international bestseller, Eeny Meeny, will be available in the U.S. in June. It marks the debut of a new series detective, Detective Inspector Helen Grace, who has battled her own demons on her rise through the police ranks. Now, she has to battle a mastermind who abducted two people, imprisoned them, and left them with a gun. One lives and one dies. No choice. And, now Grace must solve the case before the killer raises the stakes. (Release date is June 2.)

I love to discover new mystery series. Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec also introduces a new police inspector, Commissaire Georges Dupin, a cantankerous, Parisian-born caffeine junkie recently relocated from Paris to the remote Breton coast. Then, in a sleepy village by the sea where everyone knows one another and nothing much happens, a legendary ninety-one-year-old hotelier is murdered. (Release date is June 30.)

Annie Barrows, co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, brings us The Truth According to Us. In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck is forced out of the lap of luxury and sent by her wealthy father to work on the Federal Writers' Project. Assigned to cover the history of the small town of Macedonia, West Virginia, she finds herself caught up int he town legends, and the history of the unconventional Romeyn family. (Release date is June 9.)

In the Unlikely Event is Judy Blume's first adult novel since 1998's Summer Sisters. Inspired by the three fatal plane crashes in Elizabeth, N.J. in the winter of 1951-52, Blume tells the story of three generations of families, friends and strangers changed by unexpected events. (Release date is June 2.)

Jane Casey's latest police procedural is The Kill. When a policeman is murdered, Detective Maeve Kerrigan is called back from a colleague's wedding, only to find herself in the middle of a delicate and increasingly dangerous investigation. It's a case that will test Kerrigan's loyalties and her sense of right and wrong. (Release date is June 2.)

Rebecca Dinerstein's debut novel, The Sunlit Night, takes two people trying to get past their own grief, to an area of small islands north of the Arctic Circle. It's there that they form a bond that fortifies them against the turmoil of their distant New York homes. (Release date is June 2.)

In Julia Dahl's second novel featuring journalist Rebekah Roberts, Run You Down, the investigation of the murder of a young Hasidic mother might bring Rebekah face-to-face with her own mother, the woman who abandoned her as a baby. (Release date is June 30. No cover art was available when I wrote this.)

Game warden Mike Bowditch returns in Paul Doiron's The Precipice. He part of the search for two missing girls in the "Hundred Mile Wilderness," deep in the Maine woods. But, the search leads to something more sinister, something that could lead the person closest to Bowditch over the edge. (Release date is June 16.)

In No Place to Die by Clare Donoghue, London detective Jane Bennett doesn't have time to dwell on grievances against her boss because a friend's husband, a retired policeman, has disappeared. But, Jane finds blood splatters and knows there's no time to waste. And, then the body of a young girl is found under a London greenway, and police resources are stretched even thinner. But, it appears the two cases might be related. (Release date is June 9.)

I may not have a lot of time for reading in June, but I'm going to make time for Judith Fertig's debut novel, The Cake Therapist. Claire "Neely" O'Neill moves back to her small Midwestern hometown from NYC to open a bakery, Rainbow Cake, named after her signature pastry. But, she has a special gift, the gift of "tasting" feelings. When flavor and feeling give Neely a glimpse of someone's inner self, she can customize her creations. Sounds like a book for those of us who love Sarah Addison Allen's books. (Release date is June 2.)

Jonathan Galassi, the author of Muse, is also a publisher, poet, and translator. His debut novel is a love letter to those who love books, the story of a decades-long rivalry between two publishing lions over the work of an iconic female poet. (Release date is June 2.)

How about a second love letter to books? Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop is already an international bestseller. From his floating bookstore on the Seine, Monsieur Perdu dispenses books to heal the hardships of life. But, he can't heal himself after his great love disappeared, leaving him with a letter he has never opened. Once he finally does, he sets out on a journey, joined by a blocked writer and a lovelorn Italian chef, on a journey to allow the literary world to heal his soul. (Release date is June 23.)

The publisher calls Victor Gischler's novel Stay, "an action-packed, often hilarious, and hugely entertaining suburban thriller". It's the story of an awesome stay-at-home dad who handles everything there while his wife commutes to New York City where she works as Deputy District Attorney. But, when her prosecution of a crime lord threatens David Sparrow's family, he reveals his own secret past, and a deadly skill he'll need to protect his family. (Release date is June 2.)

It seems suitable to end the first day of Treasures in My Closet with Scott Hawkins' debut novel, The Library at Mount Char. Here's the summary on the back of the ARC: "A library with the secrets to the universe, a woman with the power to claim it - and a struggle that may cost her everything." And, a quote says it's "full of dark mystery". (Release date is June 16.)

Overwhelmed? I am, and it's only the first half of the treasures. Is there anything there that hits home for you?


holdenj said...

And this is only the first half!?
A. How will I wait until June?
B. How will June ever be long enough?

I can't wait for a new Mike Bowditch tale! And the Burrows book looks good, I enjoyed Guernsey along with so many others.

holdenj said...

Sorry, as I clicked back, I realize it's Barrows. :)

And Judy Blume--always worth a look!

Kay said...

I already knew about many of these and I'm excited about them. A few were new to me - Stay looks interesting. And a new Judy Blume book. Yay!

I've already read The Kill and it is very good.

Lesa said...

Holdenj, Barbara Peters from the Poisoned Pen indicated in her newsletter what I thought - June is overwhelming. So many good books! We'll just have to plow through.

Lesa said...

Looking forward to so many of those books, Kay. Yes, Stay does look interesting, doesn't it?

Beth Hoffman said...

Most of the titles are new to me. Happy reading, my friend!

Nancy said...

Several of these books interest me, Lesa. What a great selection!

Lesa said...

Oh, yes, Beth! Thank you!

Lesa said...

And, there's another whole selection for tomorrow, Nancy!

Libby Dodd said...

I really liked The Guernsey Literary... So I will be eagerly anticipating The Truth...

Lesa said...

I'll be interested to see how The Truth reads, Libby. I liked The Guernsey..., but felt as if it dropped off at the end. At the time, I wondered if the aunt was really the better writer. We'll see.

Miranda James said...

Lesa, I've already read the Bannelec book, and I absolutely loved it! Reminiscent of Georges Simenon and Inspector Maigret (in fact, Maigret is mentioned in the book). Can't wait for another one.

Lesa said...

Oh, good! Death in Brittany looked good, so it's great to know you loved it, Miranda.

Kaye Barley said...

I finished the Barrows book last night. (an early Egalley from NetGalley), and loved it. I was concerned, at first, that there were too many characters and I'd have a hard time keeping up with them all, but Ms. Barrows handled it perfectly. The style is reminiscent in many ways of "Guernsey," but I would so love to be able to read another book written by the aunt who sadly died while writing it. Barrows writes children's books and she certainly puts that to good use with her 12 year old narrator in this one. I enjoyed it very much.

Can't wait to read The Cake Therapist!

Bonnie K. said...

Awesome! Some great reads here.