I'm afraid there will undoubtedly be a part 3 to the Treasures in My Closet this month because of my schedule this week. I'll post what I can today, and the rest will be up on Saturday.
Let's kick today off with a debut mystery, Leslie Karst's Dying for a Taste. After losing her mother to cancer, Sally Solari quits her job as an attorney to help her dad run his old-style Italian eatery in Santa Cruz, California. But, when her aunt is found murdered in her own restaurant, Sally's the one best equipped to keep that one running. When a staff member is accused of the murder, Sally investigates the world of sustainable farming, along with a few family secrets, in order to catch the true killer. (Release date is April 12.)
Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson's disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. Old Age: A Beginner's Guide is a collection of essays in which Kinsley escorts his fellow Baby Boomers towards the door marked "Exit". (Release date is April 26.)
In Laura Lebow's mystery, Sent to the Devil, Mozart's collaborator, Lorenzo DaPonte, finds himself dealing with murder, both literary and not. He's trying to polish the libretto for the Vienna debut of Don Giovanni when an old friend is murdered. When he discovers the death was not the first murder, he agrees to help with the secret investigation. (Release date is April 5.)
The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is Alison Love's U.S. debut. It's the epic love story of an Italian singer who first met his love, a captivating British dance hostess, at the seedy Paradise Ballroom. Years later, they meet again as World War II dawns. Despite her marriage to Antonio's patron, Olivia is drawn to him again. But, when Italy declares war on England, the impact may separate them forever. (Release date is April 19.)
Delivering the Truth is the first in Edith Maxwell's Quaker Midwife series. Quaker midwife Rose Carroll loves attending to the needs of mothers and newborns in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Then, an arson fire and two murders leave her fearing for the well-being of her loved ones. Driven by a desire for safety and justice, Rose Carroll begins asking questions related to the crimes, using her strengths as a counselor and problem solver to find the criminals. (Release date is April 8.)
Molly Prentiss' Tuesday Nights in 1980 is also a debut novel. It's set in SoHo at the beginning of the eighties, a playground for writers and artists. One of them in an art critic for The New York Times. Another is an exiled Argentinian painter. As the two men ascent in the downtown arts scene, dual tragedies trikes, and each has to deal with a loss that affects his relationship to life and to art. (Release date is April 5.)
If you find a couple treasures in each list, you'll still have a few April releases for your TBR list. Which titles jump out at you today?
We're only through Q for the April releases. Tomorrow, I have a terrific giveaway. Come back, then, on Saturday for the last of the April titles.