I have two days of forthcoming books for you, all books scheduled for release in July. And, one of the titles is by a favorite author. I'll let you know when I get there. In the meantime, there are a number of interesting titles here.
I love to start off with a debut novel. Caroline Angell brings us All the Time in the World. After Charlotte, a gifted young musician, is betrayed, she takes a job as a nanny to have time to lick her wounds. But, she falls for her two young charges. And, when a tragedy occurs, she realizes she holds the key to holding the children's world together. Charlotte has to choose between the future she planned, and the people she's come to love. (Release date is July 12.)
How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball introduces a teenage narrator, Lucia. She can't stay in high school, lives in a converted garage with her broke and eccentric aunt. Her mother is in a mental institution. Her father is dead, and she always tells the truth about what matters. And, when she learns her new school has a secret Arson Club, she's willing to do anything to belong in it. (Release date is July 5.)
The back of the book says, "Commissaire Dupin is back", and I'm happy with that. Murder on Brittany Shores by Jean-Luc Bannalec brings back the outsider who enjoys his coffee and long walks. Ten miles off the coast of Brittany, three bodies wash up on the shore of the Glenan Islands. When the victims are identified Dupin is called to delve into a mystery that is tied to the past, while he tangles with treasures hunters, militant marine biologists, and dangerous divers. (Release date is July 26.)
Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, now brings us The Light of Paris. Madeline is trapped - by her family's expectations, her controlling husband, and her own fears. She remembers her grandmother Margie as the kind of woman she should have been. But, when she discovers a diary detailing Margie's bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew. And, when she flees from her marriage, inspired by her grandmother, she creates her own Parisian summer. (Release date is July 12.)
Jennifer Close's novel, The Hopefuls, follows a young wife who accompanies her husband and his political dreams to Washington, D.C. She hates everything about the city, and people turn away from Beth when they learn she isn't in politics. When Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy, and his wife, the couples become inseparable. But, as Jimmy's star dishes, their friendship, and Beth's relationship with Matt, suffers. (Release date is July 19.)
Indra Das' debut novel, The Devourers, takes readers to India, where a college professor, Alok, encounters a mysterious stranger with an extraordinary story. Tantalizes by the man's unfinished tale, Alok will do anything to hear its conclusion. She agrees to translate an odd collection, and finds the chronicle of a race of people more than human, but kin to beasts. The story is about a wanderer in seventeenth-century Mughal India who is drawn to a defiant woman, and ends up torn apart by two clashing worlds. (Release date is July 12.)
Looking for a traditional cozy mystery series filled with recipes and small-town charm? Try Wendy Sand Eckel's Death at the Day Lily Cafe. Rosalie Hart has finally opened the cafe of her dreams, but five minutes into the grand opening, a friend cashes in on a favor, asking her to help clear her sister of a first degree murder charge. Rosalie has to juggle the cafe and the case, but the suspect list grows. And, then Rosalie's daughter, Annie gets caught in the crossfire, and Rosalie's search becomes personal. (Release date is July 26.)
Dave Eggers, author of The Circle, now introduces us to a small family in Heroes of the Frontier. Josie and her children's father have split up. She's lost her dental practice, and is being sued by a former patient. It's the last straw when her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancee's family. Josie decides to make a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as can get. It's an adventure at first, but their journey through an Alaskan wilderness is plagued by wildfires as the family is chased by enemies both real and imagined. (Release date is July 26.)
The Hemingway Thief is a debut novel by Shaun Harris. In 1922, Ernest Hemingway asks his wife, Hadley to pack up very last piece of his work and join him in Switzerland. While Hadley waits for her train in Paris, the suitcase containing a year's worth of Hemingway stories vanishes, never to be seen again. At least until Henry "Coop" Cooper, lounging on a Baja beach with his friend, Grady, joins Grady in the attempt to save a drunk from two thugs. Coop tags along, only to find that the drunk, a small time thief, has stolen the never-before-seen first draft of Hemingway's A Moveable Feast from a wealthy rare book dealer. What starts as a hunt for a legendary writer's lost works becomes a deadly adventure. (Release date is July 19.)
The last book for today is Monterey Bay by Lindsay Hatton, another debut. It's
a story set around the creation of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the last days of Steinbeck's Cannery Row. In 1940, Magot Fiske arrives in Monterey Bay with her entrepreneur father. Steinbeck is hiding out from his fame at the lab of Ed Ricketts, the biologist known as Doc in Cannery Row. Fascinated by Ricketts, Margot becomes his sketch artist, and her father is soliciting the biologist's advice on a controversial project to transform Cannery Row into an aquarium. Margot's affair with Ricketts sets in motion a chain of events that changes Monterey. (Release date is July 19.)
So which books fascinate you? Debut novels about Hemingway or Steinbeck? Linda Castillo's latest Kate Burkholder novel? Stories of domestic fiction? If nothing fits your interests today, check back tomorrow for the second part of Treasures in My Closet for July.