Wednesday, September 02, 2015

October Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

Wait until you see the long list of books for part 2. It was actually an arbitrary ending yesterday. I ran out of time. Today's list is a little off because I received a couple books in the mail, and I'm adding them to this list. Let's start with them.

Julia Buckley kicks off a new series with The Big Chili. Lila Drake dreamt for years about owning her own catering company. She's made a small start by discreetly providing covered-dishes to neighbors who don't have time or the skills to cook. Everything's great until someone drops dead at a church bingo night minutes after eating chili that Lilah made for a client. Now, the anonymous chef has to find a killer before her business collapses. (Release date is Oct. 6.)

Carolann Camillo and Phyllis Humphrey take readers into the world of soap operas in Eyewitness. Toni Abbott finally has her big break, playing a soap opera villainess. But, her luck runs out when a photographer is killed during a late-night photo session, and Toni hits her head in the confusion, and can't remember what happened. Apparently the killer thinks Toni might remember, though, because she barely escapes another attempt. Too bad the police believe she might be involved. (Release date is  Oct. 15.)

Who isn't fascinated by Houdini? David Jaher brings us The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. This account pits the pretty wife of a Boston surgeon, Margery, the nation's most credible spirit medium, against Harry Houdini, the world's greatest unmake of charlatans. The book takes readers back to the 1920s to a time when people yearned for contact with an unseen spirit world. (Release date is Oct. 6.)

The latest Tara Holloway novel is Diane Kelly's Death, Taxes, and a Chocolate Cannoli. IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway has risked her life to take down drug cartels and other dangerous tax frauds. But, cream-filled cannolis could be hazardous to her waistline when she goes undercover at a bistro in order to take down a crime boss. (Release date is Oct. 6.)

With Schwarzkopf: Life Lessons of the BEAR is Gus Lee's tribute to his mentor, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. In 1966, Lee was on the verge of getting kicked out of West Point. Then he was assigned a new professor, then-Major Norman Schwarzkopf. The two began to meet regularly, discussing what it meant to be a scholar, a soldier, and a man. Now Lee brings Schwarzkopf and his teachings to life as he shares the wisdom his mentor imparted. (Release date is Oct. 13.)

In Devotion, Adam Makos asks "How far would you go to save a friend?" It tells a story from America's "forgotten war" in Korea, that of the U.S. Navy's most famous aviator duo. Lieutenant Tom Hudner was a white New Englander from the country club scene, and Ensign Jesse Brown was an African American sharecropper's son from Mississippi. The two became pilots, and as the war in North Korea escalates, the duo fly to save a Marine unit. And, then,  when one man is shot down, the other faces an unthinkable choice, whether to watch his friend die, or attempt a one-man rescue mission. (Release date is Oct. 27.)

When Alex Mar set out to direct the documentary American Mystic, she learned that almost a million Americans practice Paganism today.Witches of America is the account of her exploration as it delves into the history of Paganism and the occult in America, as she learns about the world of present-day witches and magical societies. (Release date is Oct. 20.)

Bernard Minier, the internationally acclaimed author of The Frozen Dead, brings us a chilling murder mystery set during the World Cup in the south of France, The Circle. In June 2010, Martin Servaz has to investigate two brutal murders, one of a teacher, and the other of a Classics professor. Now, death and chaos is surrounding the small university town in Southern France where Servaz was once a student and where his daughter is now enrolled. With the help of two detectives, Servaz has to find the person behind the gruesome murders. (Release date is Oct. 27.)

Howard Frank Mosher's fiction is set in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, telling the intertwining family God's Kingdom is set in the 1950s, revealing the Kinneson family through the coming of age of the heir to its rich and complicated history, Jim. He's a bright young man, a loving son and brother, but he's also curious about the unspoken "trouble in the family" that haunts his father and grandfather. Layer by layer, Jim explores the family history, ending with a discovery that changes his life forever. (Release date is Oct. 6.)
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The Mark and the Void is Paul Murray's madcap new novel of institutional folly. Since it's a convoluted synopsis, here's the one from the back of the book. "What links the investment Bank of Torabundo, (yes, hots with an s; don't ask), an art heist, a novel called For Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after the TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, an ex-KGB agent?" You'll have to read the book to understand. (Release date is Oct. 20.)

Ben Nadler's novel, The Sea Beach Line, combines mid-20th-century pulp fiction with traditional Jewish tales folklore. It updates the story of a young man trying to find his place in the world, introducing Izzy Edel. After being expelled from college, Izzy returns to New York City, searching for his estranged father. But, when reports are that his father has died, he takes over his father's bookselling business and meets the hustlers and gangsters who filled his world. (Release date is Oct. 13.)

Today's collection was an odd one, wasn't it? But, there are so many books that I'll have to end the list tomorrow. Wait until you see the terrific books in tomorrow's collection!

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