Sunday, December 11, 2016

Triple Time with 2017 Anticipation by Holstine, Love, and Zgorski

While most bloggers are discussing their favorite books of 2016 – and certainly we are not immune to doing that as well – Dru Ann, Kristopher, and I have decided to focus our attention on the future. Our most recent Triple Post below will share with our followers some of the books we are most looking forward to in the coming months.  By traveling to each of our three blogs, readers will discover nine new titles to add to their ever-growing to-be-read mountains.  

Not wanting to lose sight of the holiday season, we have also each included a seasonally-themed book from the past that we think readers might enjoy delving into as the hustle and bustle of the month ahead begins.

But most of all, we just want to thank you for reading our blogs and hope that the books we have suggested over the past year have helped to add enjoyment to your day-to-day lives. If you have suggestions for Triple Post themes for 2017, do let us know.

I selected Deborah Crombie's The Garden of Lamentations for my post. Release date is Feb. 7.

At Bouchercon, the annual mystery convention, Deborah Crombie talked a little about her seventeenth book to feature Duncan Kincaid and Gemma Jones. But, the best description of The Garden of Lamentations comes from Crombie’s website, since I don’t have a copy of the book yet. I’m eagerly awaiting the February release.

Here’s what Crombie’s website says. “On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill’s private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she’s sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma and Kincaid’s son. Gemma soon discovers that Reagan’s death is the second tragedy in this exclusive London park; a few months before, a young boy died in a tragic accident. But when still another of the garden’s residents meets a violent end, it becomes clear that there are more sinister forces at play. Boatman and Gemma must stop the killer before another innocent life is taken.

While his wife is consumed with her new case, Kincaid finds himself plagued by disturbing questions about several previous—and seemingly unrelated—cases
involving members of the force. If his suspicions are correct and the crimes are linked, are his family and friends in mortal danger as well? Kincaid’s hunch turns to certainty when a Metropolitan Police officer close to him is brutally attacked. There’s a traitor in the ranks, and now Kincaid wonders if he can trust anyone.

As Gemma begins to see a solution to her case, she realizes she holds a child’s fate in her hands. Can she do the right thing? And can Kincaid rely on his friends, both inside and outside the Scotland Yard force, to stand beside him as he faces the deadliest challenge of his career?

Dru Ann Love chooses Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb. Release date is Feb. 7.

As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman - dazed, naked, and bloody - suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.

Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it's too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him "the devil"...

While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn't point to the spouse. So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner-party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions:

What does the devil look like? And where will he show up next?

Kristopher Zgorski selects The Drifter by Christine Lennon, with a Feb. 21 release date.

In the publisher’s blurb on this novel it is described as Megan Abbott meets M. O. Walsh, so that is enough for it to shoot high on my anticipation list.  Southern Gothic with a modern-twist, this tale of female friendship, sisterhood, and sorority secrets seems poised to be an impressive debut for Christine Lennon.

Although we're all looking forward to books with February release dates, I'm looking to the past for my Christmas mystery selection.

Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod

When it comes to humorous Christmas mysteries, it’s hard to top Charlotte MacLeod’s Rest You Merry, the book that introduced Professor Peter Shandy and Balaclava Agricultural College. It came out in 1978, and it may be hard to find today. You can find copies at some public libraries, used copies for sale. But, you can also buy it through or get a copy to download to Kindle.

Professor Shandy was sick and tired of the annual Christmas illumination in his neighborhood. So, he ordered a company to put up the most outlandish decorations they could, and he left town to escape the hullabaloo. But, he felt guilty when he returned home. And, he felt even worse when he found the head of the illumination committee dead in his house. While campus security was eager to call it an accidental death, Shandy and his best friend, the victim’s husband, both suspect murder.


Thanks again for stopping by the blog today. Please journey over to BOLOBooks and Dru’s Book Musings to see what’s on their anticipated lists, including titles I selected for both blogs.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Well, obviously Jackie would go along with Dru Ann here, since she has read every J. D. Robb book (and short story) and is undoubtedly anticipating this one highly. But she'll have to wait until we get back from Florida in March to get her hands on a copy.

(PS - We leave January 15.)

Dru said...

I've already pre-ordered my copy of Echoes in Death.

Kaye Barley said...

Oh Oh Oh - I cannot wait for two of these new releases! You and Dru Ann both picked books I am eagerly looking forward to.

Kathy Reel said...

Looks like 2017 is going to be another great reading year! So looking forward to Debs' Garden of Lamentations!

Lesa said...

I knew A Garden of Lamentations would prove to be popular. I'm glad you're looking forward to it!

David C said...

Well, you know how much we love Margaret Maron! Especially Kaye :)

Jody Crocker said...

Every one of those books will be on my list. I love J.D. Robb and Deborah Crombie.

Lesa said...

Pretty good list, isn't it? Thanks for visiting!