Wednesday, March 02, 2016

April Treasures in My Closet - Part 1

It's slightly late, but I do have an April Treasures in My Closet post. Here's the first day, with some interesting looking books.

The 14th Colony is Steve Berry's eleventh Cotton Malone novel. In three days, a new President will be sworn into office. A former KGB agent fueled by Cold War hatred is ready to attack. Can clues hidden within a secret society help Cotton Malone and his team keep American safe? (Release date is April 5.)

Bill Beverly's Dodgers is a coming-of-age story. It's the story of East, a sixteen-year-old member of a Los Angeles gang. When East's uncle send him and three other teenage boys to kill a key witness hiding in Wisconsin, that journey takes him out of the only city he's ever known to an America that is totally alien to him. (Release date is April 5.)

Lucy Campion, a ladies' maid turned printer's apprentice in 17th-century is the lead character in Susanna Calkins' A Death Along the River Fleet. One morning, she encounters a distraught young woman, barely able to speak and clad only in a blood-stained nightdress. When the woman is identified as a nobleman's daughter, Lucy finds herself caught up a far-reaching plot. (Release date is April 12.)

What a beautiful cover for Robyn Carr's What We Find. The author explores the healing powers of rural Colorado in a story of fresh starts, budding relationships and one woman's journey to finding the happiness she's been missing. (Release date is April 5.)

According to author Sarah Smith, "Janet Dawson expertly mixes railroad history, a fine traditional murder, and a 1950s heroine in Jill McLeod." Jill's back on the fabled train called the California Zephyr in Death Deals a Hand. She's heading west from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area, knowing she can deal with just about anything on the train from high-stakes poker games to troublesome passengers. But, the stakes are hire when Death is on the train. (Release date is April 7.)

Author Eric Fair questions everything in his memoir Consequence. He questions his faith, his morality, and his country as he recounts his experience as an interrogator in Iraq. (Release date is April 5.)

In Elizabeth Hand's Hard Light, punk photographer Cass Neary flees to London, expecting to reunite with her lover, Quinn O'Boyle, who is wanted by both Interpol and the Russian mob. When he fails to show, she's fearful she'll be the next to disappear, and she goes on the run. (Release date is April 19.)

One of my online librarian colleagues has been raving about Ashley Hay's novel The Railwayman's Wife. It's already an award winner in the author's native Australia. In the aftermath of World War II, Annikka Lachlan, a newly widowed mother, is offered the job at the Railway Institute's library. There at the library, three lost souls struggle to find their own peace and a new story. (Release date is April 5.)

Here's a book for readers who prefer true crime over fiction. Skip Hollandsworth's The Midnight Assassin is subtitled "Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer." In 1885, the city of Austin was rocked by a series of brutal murders. For almost a year, the Midnight Assassin terrorized the city. Three years later, detectives in London would speculate that the Midnight Assassin had come to England and become Jack the Ripper. (Release date is April 5.)

In Wendy Hornsby's Disturbing the Dark, Maggie MacGowen, an investigative filmmaker, is in Normandy with a film crew to document the agricultural four seasons on her ancestral family farm. But, an accidentally excavated skull causes a sensation, dredging up scars left by the wartime German Occupation. Now, tourists, descendants of dead Nazis, the mass media and war memorabilia dealers are flocking to the formerly quiet farm. Then, a young woman is murdered. (Release date is April 7.)

Here's another memoir that looks fascinating. Hope Jahren is an acclaimed scientist who has built three laboratories for the study of plants.Lab Girl is her self-portrait of a longtime collaboration, in work and in life, and a fresh look at plants that could change how you see the natural world. (Release date is April 5.)

In The Dinner Party, Brenda Janowitz tells the story of one particular Passover dinner. This Passover Seder is not just any Passover Seder. There will be a quick service and a festive meal afterwards, but this night is different from all other nights. "This will be the night the Golds of Greenwich meet the Rothschilds of New York City." (Release date is April 12.)

I know which of these titles entice me. Which ones interest you?


Just a note. I'll cover as many April releases as I can today and tomorrow. Friday's post features a terrific giveaway. If I can't get through everything tomorrow, I'll finish the list on Saturday. At least these are April releases!


Nancy said...

I see a couple of books that interest me. Thanks Lesa!

Laurie Iglesias said...

I like the sound of A Death Along the River Fleet, The Railwayman's Wife and What We Find. A couple of others sound interesting too. Thanks for this list. ( :

Lesa said...

You're always welcome, Nancy.

Lesa said...

I'm glad you found a couple that interest you, Laurie. More books tomorrow.

Kay said...

Of course I'm interested in THE MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN for the setting alone. I don't read much non-fic crime stuff, but I remember that Stephen Saylor wrote about this same crime in a fictional book, A TWIST IN THE TALE (think that was the name), and my book group discussed it. The book was pretty good, but the discussion was great. Austin in the 1800's - yep, I'm there.

Have you read any of Susanna Calkins series yet? That's not a time period that I love so much for mysteries, but after seeing her this last weekend, maybe.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I've read most of the Maggie McaGowan books by Wendy Hornsby - I'm a couple behind - so I'm sure I'll read the new one, eventually.

Lesa said...

Kay, I think The Midnight Assassin sounds fascinating, but I can understand why you would be really interested with that setting. Looking forward to that one!

Lesa said...

I haven't read any of them, Jeff, but this one looks really interesting.