Saturday, August 01, 2015

September Treasures in My Closet

My gosh! There are almost enough September book releases for three days of Treasures in My Closet, but I have to split them in two. I already have an interview scheduled for Monday. So, I hope you find something of interest in the wealth of titles coming out in September.

My personal pick for the first day was actually a self-published bestseller, now brought out by a large publisher. St. Martin's Press is releasing Nicole Dweck's Debt of Tamar. I'm a sucker for historical novels spanning centuries. It's a saga intertwining the fates of two families, one Jewish and one Muslim, beginning in Istanbul when a young man escapes the Inquisition in Portugal. The book moves to WWII Paris and modern-day New York, in a story of love, history, and fate. (Release date is Sept. 8.)

The Secrets of Blood and Bone is Rebecca Alexander's follow-up to The Secrets of Life and Death. It's a supernatural thriller featuring a woman running from her past. Her only salvation may lie with the secrets of a sixteenth century master occultist and the dangerous mission he once undertook to confront the Inquisition. (Release date is Sept. 1.)

Leave it to Margaret Atwood to come up with an unusual premise for her novel The Heart Goes Last. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple desperately trying to stay afloat during an economic and social collapse. They live in their car until they find what seems to be the answer to their prayers, the Positron Project. Everyone gets a comfortable house to live in for six months out of the year. On alternating months, they must leave their home and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. One their month is up, they can return to their "civilian" home. It seems to work, until Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house while they're in prison. (Release date is Sept. 29.)

Agatha Raisin is back in M.C. Beaton's Dishing the Dirt. This time, Agatha must use her skills to save her own skin when a local therapist turns up dead. Agatha Raisin was not the therapist's biggest fan since the woman was romancing Agatha's ex-husband and dug up details of Agatha's not-so-glamorous origins. When Agatha learns the woman hired a private detective to investigate her background, she threatened her. Of course, when the therapist ends up dead, Agatha Raisin tops the suspect list. (Release date is Sept. 15.)

K.K. Beck kicks off the Workplace Mystery series with Tipping the Valet. Pity young parking valet Tyler Benson who is accidentally involved in cases of auto theft and murder on the lot at an upscale Seattle restaurant. There's a body in a parked car, someone shooting at a tech zillionaire, and a collection of inept Russian mafiosi. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Bill Clegg's debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, was one of the heavily promoted books at BEA. On the eve of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's life is completely devastated when a shocking disaster takes the lives of everyone in her family, leaving her as the lone survivor. Alone and directionless, she drives across country, leaving a community made of a web of connections behind her. (Release date is Sept. 8.)

H.S. Cross also has a debut novel, Wilberforce. Set at St. Stephen's Academy in England in 1926, it's a story of adolescent longing, and a young man. Everything Wilberforce touches turns to disaster "in his desperate attempts to fight off boredom, desire, and angst". When a terrible accident at the boarding school leaves him with more suffering than he could have thought possible, he finds himself utterly lost. (Release date is Sept. 15.)

Robert Dugoni follows up his bestselling thriller My Sister's Grave with Her Final Breath. Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite has returned to the police force after the retrial of her sister's killer. She's still scarred from the ordeal, but ends up working an investigation that threatens to end her career, if not her life. A serial killer known as the Cowboy is killing young women in cheap motels in North Seattle. Even after a stalker leaves her menacing messaging suggesting the killer or a copycat could be targeting her personally, she continues to pursue the case, hoping she doesn't become the next victim. (Release date is Sept. 15.)

Are you up for a 576 page novel, Purity, by Jonathan Franzen? Called "a dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder", it's the story of a young woman who doesn't really know who she is. Oh, Pip knows the facts of her life, but she doesn't know who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life. It won't come about by her internship in South America with an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world. Pip hopes to find the secrets of her own origins. In the process, she's drawn to the charismatic man who heads up the organization, a man on the lam in Bolivia. (Release date is Sept. 1.)

Shane Gericke brings us a high stakes thriller, The Fury. Police detective Superstition "Sue" Davis is still mourning the recent murder of her husband when she's thrown into a dangerous undercover assignment. She must infiltrate the Mexican narcotics cartel responsible for the death of her husband in order to get close to the cartel's enforcer. But, when that man's entire family is killed in Mexico by a U.S. Special Forces raid gone wrong, Garcia is willing to trigger a doomsday attack on the U.S. (Release date is Sept. 4.)

The Second Life of Nick Mason is the new crime novel by Edgar Award-winner Steve Hamilton. Nick Mason has already served five years in prison when he's offered a chance for early release instead of the rest of his 25-to-life sentence. He grabs at it, but he finds himself forced to answer his cell phone whenever it rings, night or day. He owes his release to a criminal mastermind, Darius Cole, who is running his criminal empire from his prison cell. And, as the expectations continue to get worse, Nick grows desperate to escape his new prison. (Release date is Sept. 29.)

Elsa Hart's debut suspense novel, Jade Dragon Mountain, "weaves an intricate web of imperial politics and personal greed set against the art, science, magic, and religion of eighteenth-century China". Li Du, an exiled librarian, can see the pass over Jade Dragon Mountain that will take him out of China forever. "But before he can escape, he is tasked with solving the murder of a Jesuit astronomer." (Release date is Sept. 1.)

Shakespeare No More is a Jacobean mystery by the late Tony Hays. It's set in April 1616 when William Shakespeare is dying. Some say he's dying of a fever, but he tells his estranged friend Constable Simon Saddler that he's been poisoned. And, once Shakespeare dies, Constable Saddler feels compelled to investigate his old friend's death, not only to find a killer, but also to learn more about the man who destroyed their old friendship. (Release date is Sept. 9.)

Amateur detectives Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins return in D.E. Ireland's Move Your Blooming Corpse. It's murder at the posh Royal Ascot in a mystery that explores the Edwardian racing world and the fascinating characters that people it, from jockeys to duchesses. And, Eliza and Higgins have quite a collection of characters to investigate. (Release date is Sept. 22.)

How many of you will be delighted to read a novel about a woman returning to her home town to tell  off the woman who betrayed her twenty-five years earlier? Matthew Dicks' novel is Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, about a woman who has always been a wimp. When she finally asserts herself with a four-letter word in the face of the president of the PTO, she decides it's time to go back and find the person who set her on that path. She busts her daughter out of school, and the two set off on a trip to fix the past, while mother and daughter learn to understand each other. (Release date is Sept. 8.)

And, we'll end today's list with Erica Jong's novel, Fear of Dying. It's the story of Vanessa Wonderman, a woman "of a certain age" watching her aged parents fade, her daughter prepare for childbirth while her much older husband struggles with open-heart surgery. And, she doesn't want endings. Searching for fountain of youth fantasies, she finds a website with fantasy encounters with no consequences. And, she's willing to try anything, until she realizes that what she craves may be closer at hand than she realizes. (Release date is Sept. 8.)

So, which of today's titles appeal to you? Or, are you waiting for tomorrow's treasures in my closet?


Patricia Stoltey said...

What a great list. I added "The Debt of Tamar" to my Goodreads Want to Read list already, but may add more of these later.

Lesa said...

I'm with you, Patricia. We'll see what I get to.