Thursday, September 03, 2015

October Treasures in My Closet - Part 3

Today is the third and final Treasures in My Closet post featuring October book releases. It just shows  the variety of books released every month. I hope you found something of interest in one of these three posts!

Do you wonder what Dr. Oz' family eats? His wife, Lisa Oz, now reveals it in The Oz Family Kitchen. It's a collection of more than one hundred simple recipes, with a foreword and healthy eating tips from Mehmet Oz. (Release date is Oct. 6.)

The Devil in Jerusalem by Naomi Ragen has a fascinating premise. Two brothers are admitted to a Jerusalem hospital with horrific injuries. Their mother, a young American heiress, devoutly recites Psalms, but refuses to answer any questions. When Detective Bina Tzedek investigates, she follows a winding path that takes her through Jerusalem's Old City, kabbalists, mystical ancient texts, and terrifying cult rituals until she finally uncovers the shocking truth. (Release date is Oct. 13.)

Laura Resau's juvenile novel, The Lightning Queen, is set in Mexico in the 1950s. Nothing ever happens on the Hill of Dust in the remote mountains of Mexico. And, then Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning rolls into town. And, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that she and Teo, a young Mixtec Indian boy, will be lifelong friends. (Release date is Oct. 27.)

Well, here's a book that's one of my highlights for the month, Hank Phillippi Ryan's What You See. Reporter Jane Ryland is caught up in a family emergency when a nine-year-old girl, supposed to be a flower girl in a family wedding, is kidnapped by her stepdad. At the same time, Detective Jake Brogan has a strange case. At Boston's historic Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death, and tourists captured the murder on their cell phones. The photos and surveillance video lead Jake to a dark conspiracy. And, the two cases test Jane and Jake's loyalties. (Release date is Oct. 20.)

Steven Saylor brings back Gordianus in Wrath of the Furies. The mystery, set in 88 B.C., finds Gordianus waiting out wars in Alexandria. But, he receives a cryptic message from his former tutor and friend who thinks his life is in danger. To rescue Antipater, Gordianus concocts a daring scheme that will take him behind enemy lines. (Release date is Oct. 13.)

Lisa Scottoline's latest Rosato & DiNunzio novel features Bennie Rosato, the founder of the law firm. In Corrupted, a case from Bennie's past comes back to haunt her. A young boy was sent to juvenile prison. Now, Jason Leftavick is grown, and he's indicted for killing the bully who taunted him as a kid. Bennie sees not choice except to represent him. She feels she owes him for past failures of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of her own misjudgments. Now that she has to relive the darkest period of her life, she'll do anything in her power to get the truth. (Release date is Oct. 27.)

I always look forward to Jeffrey Siger's mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis. The books capture modern Greece, with all the politics and corruption. Devil of Delphi focuses on an assassin, Kharon, who hopes to rebuild his life in Delphi. But, a ruthless criminal decrees that Kharon must serve the mastermind behind counterfeit beverages that are often laced with poison. But, when Kharon shoots a member of one of Greece's richest, most feared families, he draws Kaldis into a firestorm that threatens to bring down the government. (Release date is Oct. 6.)

Jane Smiley completes her acclaimed American trilogy with Golden Age. Following the success of Some Luck and Early Warning, she now takes the Langdon family into our present time, and beyond. (Release date is Oct. 20.)

Carrie Smith introduces Detective Claire Codelia in her debut mystery, Silent City. Codelia catches a high-profile case while she's still struggling to get back up to speed after returning from her sick leave  when she battled cancer. Now, she's caught up in the world of New York City school politics, investigating the murder of a popular principal of a public school. (Release date is Oct. 13.)

Nine Lives launches a new series by Wendy Corsi Staub. After her husband's death, Bella Jordan and her son need a fresh start. But, on their way to stay with family, a storm forces them to spend the night in Lily Dale, New York. Bella's late husband always talked about settling down in a quirky small town like Lily Dale, a town filled with kooky psychics and mediums. So, Bella agrees to help out when she's asked to step in for the local hotel owner, who recently died. But, the woman was murdered, and now it's up to Bella to track down the killer. (Release date is Oct. 27.)

I'm a sucker for adorable cat stories. Nils Uddenberg's true love story is The Old Man and the Cat. It's Uddenberg's own story of how the retired Professor of Psychology became a cat-owner even though he had never owned a pet. But, he discovered a female cat sitting outside his bedroom window on a winter morning, staring at him. And, slowly she worked her way into his life, and his heart, while he tried to analyze her inner life. (Release date is Oct. 13.)

Jeanette Winterson retells Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, calling it The Gap of Time. Shakespeare's "late play" tells the story of a king whose jealousy results in the banishment of his baby daughter and the death of his wife. His daughter is found, and brought up by a shepherd on the Bohemian coast. In Winterson's version, we move from London, a city suffering after the 2008 financial crisis, to a storm-ravaged American city called New Bohemia. It's a story of the consuming power of jealousy, and redemption and the enduring love of a lost child. (Release date is Oct. 6.)

Edited by Kenneth Wishing, Jewish Noir is a collection of new stories by Jewish and non-Jewish literary and genre writers such as March Piercy, S.J. Rozan, Harlan Ellison, Alan Orloff, Moe Prager. The stories explore issues such as the Holocaust and its long-term effects on subsequent generations, anti-Semitism, and the dark side of the Diaspora. (Release date is Oct. 1.)

I have to admit part 3 is my favorite listing, with some of my favorite authors. What October titles excited you?


holdenj said...

Part three! The fun and reading will never end! I'm glad to see a new series from Straub and I like those Hank Phillipi Ryan titles too!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Definitely part 3. I've reserved the Siger book - very good series - and the Carrie Smith for my wife, a retired teacher and supervisor. And as a short story aficionado I'll try Jewish Noir.

Jeff M.

Lesa said...

You both have mentioned some of my favorite books from this list. I agree. Part 3!

TFJ said...

Looking forward to the new Scottoline. I was lucky enough to receive ARC of What You See --- kept me from all other entertainment over a recent weekend. So, yes, Part 3 has been my favorite. Thanks, Lesa.


Lesa said...

You're welcome, Tricia. Great to know Hank's book is so good.