Welcome to February, and the chance to talk about March books. With Treasures in My Closet, I'm always looking ahead one month so you have time to place your holds on books at your favorite public library, or to pre-order books from your favorite bookstore.
Let's kick off the March titles with Maggie Barbieri's Lie in Plain Sight. It's a busy day at Maeve Conlon's bakery when she receives a phone call that her employee's daughter, Taylor, is ill. With Taylor's mother out on a delivery, Maeve stands in and gives permission for Taylor to leave high school. But, somewhere between the school and home, Taylor disappears. Feeling responsible, Maeve takes matters into her own hands. (Release date is March 15.)
A. Igoni Barrett's Blackass is a comic satire. Furo Wariboko, a young Nigerian, wakes one morning before a job interview to find that he's been transformed into a white man. It seems he's been completely changed into a man with red hair, green eyes, and pale skin. However, there's still his family, his accent, his name, and his black ass. He plunges into the bustling world of Lagos, landing his first job, and tries to make his way in an unfamiliar world. (Release date is March 1.)
Devonshire Scream is Laura Childs' latest Tea Shop Mystery. Theodosia Browning is thrilled that she and the Indigo Tea Shop are catering a high-class trunk show at Heart's Desire Fine Jewelry. It's a gathering of jewelers, museums, and private collectors, all sipping Theo's best blends. But, the party is crashes by a gang of masked thieves who steal the precious gems and jewelry, leaving shattered glass, scattered gemstones, and a dead body behind. The FBI believes it's the work of an international gang of thieves. Theo is looking a little closer to home. (Release date is March 1.)
Debut mystery! Terror in Taffeta is Marla Cooper's mystery featuring a wedding planner of destination weddings. Kelsey McKenna is wrapping up her latest job, a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. But, just as the bride and groom are taking their vows, one of the bridesmaids collapses. When Kelsey discovers the woman is dead, the demanding mother of the bride insists Kelsey not tell anyone. And, when the bride's sister is arrested for murder, Mrs. Abernathy demands that Kelsey fix the matter. Before she can leave Mexico, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, another dead body, and a rekindled romance. (Release date is March 22.)
Amateur sleuth and book editor Samantha Clair returns in Judith Flanders' A Bed of Scorpions. Samantha's lunch with ex-boyfriend, art dealer Aidan Merriam doesn't go so happily when she learns his partner has just been found dead in their gallery with a gun in his hand. And, the police investigation is being led by Inspector Jake Field, Sam's new boyfriend. Then Sam is threatened. (Release date is March 1.)
Olivia Laing examines the subject of loneliness in a work of biography, memoir, and cultural criticism, Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone. When Laing moved to New York City in her mid thirties, she found herself dealing with loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by her own experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. (Release date is March 1.)
Andy Mozina's debut novel is Contrary Motion. Set in Chicago, it's the story of a talented musician. Matthew Grzbc is a harpist, hoping for the life-changing audition with a major orchestra that will change his life. He appears successful on paper while struggling to cope with his six-year-old daughter, his girlfriend and his ex-wife, and, then, unexpectedly, his father's death. (Release date is March 8.)
I hope you found something here that excites you. If so, let me know which book or two. If not, check back tomorrow for the second half of the March Treasures in My Closet.