Thursday, March 03, 2016

April Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

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.)

You're probably not surprised that I'm looking forward to Con Lehane's Murder at the 42nd Street Library. I love the cover comment. "The first book in an amazing new series that features crime a la library at some of America's most famous institutions of higher reading." This one opens with a murder in a second floor office of the flagship of the New York Public Library. Ray Ambler, the curator of the library's crime fiction collection, joins forces with NYPD homicide detective Mike Cosgrove in hopes of bringing a murderer to justice. Can't wait! (Release date is April 26.)

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.)

Jim Lynch's Before the Wind is a grand saga of a sailing-obsessed family. Joshua Johannssen's grandfather designed sailboats. His father built and raced them, his mother knows why and how they work. Joshua has spent all of his thirty-one years among sailboats, but his brother and sister fled. But when the Johannssens reunite for the most important race in the waters near Seattle, all of them together on a historic vessel they built decades earlier, their destinies will change 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.)

Here's a story for everyone who read books about children who found ways to slip into fantasy worlds, through mirrors or wardrobes. "But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children." In Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway, she introduces Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. When a new girl named Nancy arrives at the Home, there's a change at the home. There's darkness and tragedy, and it's up to Nancy and her new schoolmates to get to the heart of things. (Release date is April 5.)

In ten linked stories, Luke Mogelson provides an unflinching glimpse into the lives of those forever changed by war. These Heroic, Happy Dead is Mogelson's debut collection. (Release date is April 26.)

Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants is a debut told through interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles. It's a literary thriller featuring a highly trained physicist who once fell through the earth. Seventeen years after that event, she's trying to crack the code of a giant metal hand. She and others are on the verge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery, and figuring out what it portends for humanity. Once the puzzle is answered, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction? (Release date is April 26.)

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.)

And, I'll end with Anna Quindlen's latest novel, Miller's Valley. It's about a woman coming of age as she unearths surprising secrets about her family, and unexpected truths about herself. The "novel is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery and finding home. Miller's Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever." (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.


Kay said...

You can go ahead and sign me up for the 42nd library book. A series featuring libraries - yep, I'm so there. LOL

Kaye Barley said...

I was SO lucky in getting an arc of Con Lehane's Murder at the 42nd Street Library. Lesa and Kay, you're going to love it!!

Laurie Iglesias said...

I like the sound of Dying for a Taste, Murder at the 42nd Street Library, and Miller's Valley. Thanks for introducing me to these great-sounding reads.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Kay & Laurie. And, thank you, Kaye!