Sunday, June 21, 2015

July Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

Some people may think the second book on today's list should be the highlighted title. But, since I'm highlighting the ones I'm most anticipating, here's my pick, a crime novel.

Brad Parks' latest Carter Ross novel is The Fraud. Investigative reporter Carter Ross is assigned the story about a rash of carjackings when one results in the murder of a wealthy banking executive. Tired of only writing about stories that are about the rich and white, Carter finds a Nigerian immigrant who was also killed during a recent carjacking. When he learns the two victims knew each other, Carter plunges onto the trail of a band of thieves, a hunt that puts his unborn child in harm's way. Now, Carter will stop at nothing to rescue the baby, even if he has to choose to save the unborn child instead of himself. (Release date is July 7.)

Circling the Sun is Paula McLain's first novel since her bestselling The Paris Wife. This time, McLain  takes readers to Kenya in the 1920s to tell the story of a captivating woman, Beryl Markham. Markham was a trailblazing horse trainer and record-breaking aviator. She's also known for the tragic love triangle with safari hunter Denis Finch Harron and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa. The fearless woman, author of West with the Night, is a worthy subject for McLain's latest book. (Release date is July 28.)

How about a memoir, Layne Mosler's Driving Hungry? It's a story that takes readers from Buenos Aires to New York City to Berlin, following the author whose adventures became the basis for her blog, Taxi Gourmet. In Buenos Aires, she impulsively asked a taxi driver to take her to his favorite restaurant. That kicked off her adventurous food quest, as she follows taxi drivers' advice in international cities, and even becomes a driver herself. (Release date is July 14.)

If not a crime or historical novel, or a memoir, are you looking for a debut? Julia Pierpont brings us Among the Ten Thousand Things, the story of the possible breakup of a family during one tumultuous summer. Deb Shanley left a career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. And, all along, she's ignored the weaknesses of Jack, an artist and her husband. But, they're all brought to light when a package is delivered, addressed to Deb, but opened by her daughter. It's a collection of emails detailing Jack's extramarital affairs. One-by-one, the family members come home to this catastrophe, and, over the course of the summer, have to decide how to cope. (Release date is July 7.)

Natasha Pulley's debut novel is a historical fantasy, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. In 1884, Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, warning him of a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. When he goes searching for the watchmaker, he meets Keita Mori, a man who remembers the future. (Release date is July 14.)

"Old Rivalries Never Die. But Some Rivals Do." That's the cut line for Lori Rader-Day's Little Pretty Things. Juliet Townsend is used to losing. Even in high school, she lost every track race to her best friend, Madeleine. Ten years later, she's still running behind, stuck in a dead-end job cleaning rooms at the Mid-Night Inn. But one night, Maddy checks in. And, when she checks out of life, permanently, Juliet is no longer jealous. She's the chief suspect in Maddy's murder, forced to investigate to protect herself. (Release date is July 7.)

Authors Amy Hempel and Jill Ciment are writing as A.J. Rich in The Hand That Feeds You. It's the unsettling suspenseful story of an accomplished woman involved with a man. It's only when he's found dead, mauled to death, that she learns he's an imposter. Everything he told her was a lie, and one by one the other women involved with him are murdered. (Release date is July 7.)

Don't you love the cover of David Rosenfelt latest Andy Carpenter mystery, Who Let the Dog Out? Attorney Andy Carpenter isn't as excited about practicing law as he is about the dog rescue operation, the Tara Foundation. When one of the dogs is stolen, and Andy and his business partner track the dog down, they discover it standing next to a dead body. Andy's curiosity gets the better of him, and he starts to investigate, uncovering information that convinces him the police arrested the wrong man. (Release date is July 21.)

Scott Sigler's Alive is the first in his science fiction Generations trilogy. A group of teenagers wake up in a mysterious corridor, with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there. There only hope lies with a young woman whose name is engaged on the foot of the coffin where she wakes up. M. Savage is determined to lead the others out, and make sure they all survive. (Release date is July 14.)

Bennington Girls Are Easy is Charlotte Silver's coming-of-age novel featuring two recent Bennington grads, girls known as free spirits, who are determined to make it in New York City. Heartfelt and funny, it's a novel about female friendships. (Release date is July 14.)

When you think thriller, do you think of Chevy Stevens? Those Girls is the story of Dani, Courtney, and Jess Campbell who live on a remote ranch in Western Canada, dreaming of the day their alcoholic father would disappear. When their wish comes true, they must assume new identities and forget the past. Eighteen years later, though, Jess' own teenaged daughter is asking too many questions. (Release date is July 7.)

Professional thief Crissa Stone has spent a year without pulling a job. Now, in Wallace Stroby's The Devil's Share, she takes a thief-for-hire job. When what should have been an easy theft, stealing from a man who wants to be robbed, turns deadly, Crissa is on the run again, with both an ex-military hit squad and her own partners-in-crime in pursuit. (Release date is July 7.)

Quite a collection, isn't it? What titles jump out at you? There should be plenty of titles released in July for all readers. And, just think, the August Treasures in My Closet will be coming soon. And, later this week, the book chat featuring July mysteries from Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian. I put those mysteries aside to save. So, you and Jinx can watch for the book chat, too.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

That last book is IT!. I've loved all of Stroby's Crissa Stone books and have this one on hold. I highly recommend starting with the first and reading them all. And his earlier books are worth reading too.

Jeff M.

Janet C said...

For me it's both the Brad Parks and the Lori Rader Day books. I really liked the first Rader Day book, and have the second one ordered. I've enjoyed all of Brad Parks' books.

Lesa said...

Oh, good, Jeff! I'm glad there was one that appealed to you. And, thank you for the comment about starting with the first one.

Lesa said...

I love to see which books appeal to other readers. Thank you, Janet.

Margie Bunting said...

I agree with Janet--I have Brad Parks' The Fraud on hold already at the library (love his series) and I just took out Lori Rader-Day's first book from the library. It sounds great, so her second should be interesting as well. In addition, I absolutely love David Rosenfelt (Mike has read all of his as well), so I'm looking forward to Who Let the Dog Out? and it's already on my TBR list. From your description, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street sounds intriguing as well so I'll look for more about it.

Lesa said...

I love the Carter Ross books, too, Margie. And, that Watchmaker book sounds interesting. So many books; so little time.

Kaye Barley said...

I have become a big Paula McLain fan, and this one sounds terrific!

Lesa said...

A couple of the staff read copies I brought back from BEA, Kaye, and they loved it.

holdenj said...

Also very curious about Circling the Sun, looks good!

Lesa said...

I've heard good things about Circling the Sun, Holdenj.