I hope you found a book or two that appeals to you, in Part 1, or today, in Part 2 of Treasures in My Closet.
I'll kick it off today with Sarah Jin's Always. Kailey Crane has a great job as a writer for Seattle's Herald, and is now engaged to Ryan, who is almost perfect. But, when the couple are leaving a restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, beard homeless man, and recognizes the man who was the love of her life, Cade McAllister. In the years since they broke up, Cade's mind has suffered. Now, Kailey sets out to help him, but finally realizes she must decide what, and who, she wants in her life. (Release date is Feb. 7.)
Ausma Zehanat Khan's latest mystery, Among the Ruins, finds Canadian police detective Esa Khattak in Iran, reconnecting with his cultural heritage. But, his vacation is interrupted when he's asked to look into the death of a Canadian-Iranian filmmaker, murdered at a notorious Iranian prison while seeking the release of a political prisoner. When the investigative trail leads back to Canada, Khattak calls on his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, for help. It's a mystery that explores politics and religion, and the effects of one murder. (Release date is Feb. 14.)
A Separation by Katie Kitamura is a novel about the end of a marriage, and secrets. A young woman agreed with her faithless husband that their marriage was over, and it was time to separate. But, they kept their decision private. Once she begins her new life, she receives word that Christopher is missing in a remote region of Greece. She agrees to search for him, but she isn't even sure she wants to find him. (Release date is Feb. 7.)
Author Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller and an avid book collector. He brings us The Lost Book of the Grail, the story of a man, Arthur Prescott, who is happiest surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. It's there he nurtures his obsession with King Arthur and the Holy Grail. Together with a young American who shares that same fascination, they begin a quest to find a lost book that holds the key to understanding the cathedral's history, a search that becomes even more important when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened. (Release date is Feb. 28.)
Zoe Walker is the hero of Clare Mackintosh's latest thriller, I See You. While glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her face staring back at her from a classified ad, along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com. The other women who appear in the ad daily have become victims of increasingly violent crimes, including murder. With the help of a determined copy, Zoe ulcers the ad's purpose and a twisted game of cat and mouse. (Release date is Feb. 21.)
All Our Wrong Todays is Elan Mastai's debut novel of time travel and two versions of 2016. In Tom Barren's 2016, the world envisioned in the 1950s really happened. Humanity thrives in a world of flying cars and moving sidewalks. But, Tom's always felt out of place here. Then, a rash decision sends him to our reality of 2016, a world that seems like a dystopian wasteland. But, he finds unexpected versions of his family, his career, and maybe his soul mate. Now, he has decisions to make. (Release date is Feb. 7.)
Sara Flannery Murphy also sends readers to a strange world in her debut novel, The Possessions. Edie works for the Elysian Society as a "body". She helps grieving clients reconnect with lost loved ones by wearing their clothes, summoning their spirits while distancing herself from personal connections with the clients. Then she channels Sylvia, the deceased wife of Patrick Braddock, and becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Even as she becomes obsessed with keeping Patrick, she's grappling with Sylvia's growing influence and questions about the woman's death. It's a novel of obsession, deceit and dark secrets. (Release date is Feb. 7.)
Renee Rosen, author of White Collar Girl, now brings us Windy City Blues. In the middle of the twentieth century, Chess Records helped shape the Chicago blues. But, that was just where Leeba Groski worked until she comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Etta James. But, she also falls in love with a black blues guitarist named Red Dupree. Their relationship is unwelcome in segregated Chicago, and Leeba's Orthodox Jewish family shuns them. They soon find themselves in the middle of the civil rights movement, and discover that music has the ability to bring people together. (Release date is Feb. 28.)
Aurelee Wallace's latest Otter Lake Mystery is Snowed in with Murder. Erica Bloom has returned to Otter Lake, New Hampshire to rekindle her romance with Sheriff Grady Forester. But, her mother rented her island lodge to a reality TV show filming the awful Boatright clan, brought there by their patriarch who claims one of them wants to kill him. Erica arrives just ahead of a superstorm that knocks out the power on the island. When the patriarch is killed, Erica is stranded with the dead body and a group of murder suspects. (Release date is Feb. 7.)
I hope we all find a few books to read in February's collection of treasures. Do any of them appeal to you?