Monday, May 02, 2016

June Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

Let's "jump" (you'll understand in a second) right into the second part of the June Treasures in My Closet postings. These books will all be released in June.

The first book is Keith McCafferty's latest Sean Stranahan mystery, Buffalo Jump Blues. After the Fourth of July fireworks in Montana's Madison Valley, Hyalite County Sheriff Martha Ettinger and Deputy Sheriff Harold Little Feather are investigating a horrible scene at the Palisades cliffs where a herd of bison have fallen to their deaths. And, the person who might know about the deaths is dead himself, among the carcasses. Farther up the valley, Sean Stranahan is hired to find John Running Boy. The two cases seem unrelated until Stranahan's search leads to the brink of the buffalo jump. It's a story of murder, wildlife politics, and lost love. (Release date is June 28)

Burn What Will Burn by C.B. McKenzie is "A nourish crime novel set in rural Arkansas" where Bob Reynolds finds a body in the creek. As a newcomer in town, he knows he's not welcome, and not on good footing with the sheriff. He'd rather pretend he never saw the body. And, then it disappears. (Release date is June 21.)

Terry McMillan's I Almost Forgot About You is the story of a woman, dissatisfied with her life, who decides to shake things up. She quits her job and finds herself on a wild journey that may even include a second chance at love. (Release date is June 7.)

Using reverse chronology, Megan Miranda tells the story of two young women who go missing in her  psychological thriller, All the Missing Girls. It's the story of two women who disappeared from a North Carolina town, ten years apart, as the author takes readers back through the past. (Release date is June 28.)

Infomocracy is Malka Older's debut novel. It's a high-tech political thriller about a global information monopoly attempting to prevent election sabotage and world war. (Release date is June 7.)

What We Become is Arturo Perez-Reverte latest novel, an epic historical tale following the dangerous and passionate love affair between a beautiful high society woman and an elegant thief. It's a story of romance, adventure, and espionage. (Release date is June 7.)

Annie Prouix, author of The Shipping News and "Brokeback Mountain", now brings us Barkskins, the violent, dramatic novel about the taking down of the world's forests. It follows the descendants of two men over three hundred years, and their travels across North America, to Europe, China and New Zealand under stunningly brutal conditions. In the late seventeenth century, two penniless young Frenchmen arrive in Canada, then known as New France. Bound to a feudal lord, for three years in exchange for land, they become woodcutters - barkskins. One suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest. The other runs away, becomes a fur trader, and then sets up a timber business. Barkskins is the story of the world they, and their descendants, create. (Release date is June 14.)

Look at You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength is Liz Pryor's memoir of a lifelong secret. In 1979, Pryor is a seventeen-year-old girl from a good family in the wealthy Chicago suburbs. Halfway through her senior year, she discovers she's pregnant. Her parents are determined to keep that a secret. Thinking she's traveling with her mother to a Catholic home for unwed mothers, she ends up in a locked, government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls. It's an experience that forces Liz Pryor to question everything she once believed. (Release date is June 28.)

Iain Read's debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, has been called a "smart, suspenseful, and intense literary thriller". It begins with the unnamed narrator setting off with her boyfriend to visit his parents at their remote farm. It becomes a bizarre, twisted story of identity and regret. (Release date is June 14.)

There's not a lot to tell about Steven Rowley's Lily and the Octopus because the publishers aren't revealing much. It is 'a story about that special someone: the one you trust most, the best friend you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that special someone is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog."  (Release date is June 7.)

Cathleen Schine's novel, They May Not Mean To, But They Do, is "about how people making the difficult and at times cary journey into old old age figure out how to live. And it's about the people who surround them - with love, anxiety, resentment, and sometimes complete misunderstanding." It's a compassionate look at three generations, all coming of age together. (Release date is June 7.)

In Missing, Presumed, Susie Steiner introduces police detective Manon Bradshaw, assigned to a high-profile missing persons case. Bradshaw has two goals - "to find the body, and to find durable love". It's been called a "police procedural-slash-family thriller". (Release date is June 28.)

Erik Sund's The Crow Girl was a #1 international best seller, and winner of a special award from the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy. Now, the psychological thriller is available in the U.S. When police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy in a Stockholm city park, Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kohlberg heads the investigation, and must battle an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to spend resources to solve the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But, with the discovery of two more children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large. (Release date is June 14.)

In Julie Lawson Timmer's Untethered, Char Hawthorn, a college professor, wife and stepmother, faces uncertainty. When her husband dies in a car accident, she's in danger of losing the stepdaughter  and life she has learned to love. (Release date is June 7.)

Anne Tyler's Vinegar Girl doesn't come out until June 21, but it seems as if I've been talking about it forever. It's part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series in which authors set Shakespeare's works in contemporary settings.Vinegar Girl is the retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew", asking whether a modern, independent woman like Kate would ever sacrifice herself for a man. (Release date is June 21.)

Lisa Unger takes readers back to The Hollows in her latest psychological thriller, Ink and Bone. Finley Montgomery often turns to her grandmother Eloise Montgomery, a renowned psychic, when Finley's mysterious gift become too much for her. Finley is visited by people whom others can't see and haunted by prophetic dreams. Those gifts force her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl's disappearance. (Release date is June 7.)

Amateur sleuth Ellie Stone is once more caught up in a case that puts her in jeopardy in James W. Siskin's Heart of Stone. While she's enjoying a lazy August morning, two men plummet to their deaths in an Adirondack lake. The state police quickly establish that the two victims did not know each other. How did they come to die together? Ellie sticks her nose where it's unwanted while poking into old grudges and past history. (Release date is June 7.)

Looking for something fresh and different? Or, looking for a familiar setting? I'm sure you'll find something in the two Treasures in My Closet postings. What appeals to you?


Kaye Barley said...

Another interesting collection! The one I'm most interested in is Lisa Unger's newest. Love her books that feature The Hollows!

Glen Davis said...

None of these really do anything for me. The books I'm most looking forward in June are Foreign Agent by Brad Thor and First Strike by Ben Coes.