Wait until you see all the exciting books coming out in August, and these are just the ones that are in piles at my house. There are so many other great books released next month. And, if you think these two days of books are overwhelming, wait until you see the September releases. They take up quite a bit of room on my shelves.
Let's kick off the August releases with Donna Andrews' Die Like An Eagle. The latest Meg Langslow mystery finds Meg as Team Mom and Michael as couch of their twin sons' youth baseball team. It isn't long before Meg tangles with Biff Brown, the petty league head. When Biff's lookalike brother is found dead at the ball field on opening day, Meg suspects Biff may have been the target. And how many people might have wanted Biff dead? (Release date is Aug. 2.)
The Nix, Nathan Hill's debut novel, is considered by reviewers to be one of the top books of the summer. In 2011, Samuel Anderson, an English professor who was abandoned by his mother at the age of eleven, sees her on the news throwing stones at a presidential candidate. The news continues to run Faye's picture while Samuel searches for the story of her past, and uncovers his own story. (Release date is Aug. 30.)
Ann Hood, the author of The Knitting Circle, brings us The Book That Matters Most. It's a story about "the healing power of literature". After Ava's marriage of twenty-five years falls apart, she joins a book group, desperate for companionship. What she finds is a group whose goal is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava searches for a book that helped her through trauma in the past, and may help her adult daughter now. (Release date is Aug. 9.)
Maybe you already read Alex Lake's After Anna as an ebook. When a five-year-old is taken from outside her school, the police are at a lost. But, the biggest mystery is yet to come. One week after she was abducted, Anna is returned with no memory of where she has been. And, for her mother, this is just the beginning of the nightmare. (Release date is Aug. 2.)
The Couple Next Door is Shari Lapena's suspense debut. How well do you know the couple next door, or your husband, or yourself? Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all, including a beautiful baby. But, one night when they are at dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. Detective Rasbach knows that the couple is hiding something. But, Anne and Marco soon discover they're both keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years. (Release date is Aug. 23.)
I booktalked Forrest Leo's debut novel, The Gentleman, when I was at BEA. How can you resist a description that calls a book "in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python"? It's about a famous poet in Victorian London who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil, and then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her. (Release date is Aug. 16.)
The Glorious Heresies is Lisa McInerney's debut novel that plays out in the criminal underworld of Cork, Ireland, in housing estates, nightclubs, and brothels. When grandmother Maureen Phelen is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone. The consequences of this unplanned murder connect four misfits living on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. (Release date is Aug. 9.)
Edgar Award-winner Alex Marwood brings us a psychological thriller, The Darkest Secret. When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news, and the attendees are nicknamed the Jackson Associates, for the man who was celebrating his birthday, Sean Jackson. It was one of his daughters, Coco, that disappeared. Twelve years later, Sean is dead, and the Jackson Associates assemble for the funeral. Barbed comments and accusations fly, and someone else ends up dead. And, one of Jackson's surviving daughters makes a shocking discovery. (Release date is Aug. 30.)
Enough books for today? Are there any that excited you? I know which ones are on the top of my TBR pile. If nothing interests you today, come back tomorrow for the second part of August Treasures in My Closet.