Tuesday, August 01, 2017

September Treasures in My Closet - Part 1

There are so many mysteries and crime fiction titles in September that those books will dominate the lists. I've just added a few other books that might appeal.

Of course, after saying that, I'm kicking off the list with a book that is not a mystery. Or, maybe we can call Emanuel Bergmann's debut novel The Trick a mystery of life. In Prague in 1934, a rabbi's son joins the circus, becomes a magician, and rises to fame as the Great Zabbatini. When he's discovered to be a Jew, his battered trunk full of magic tricks becomes his only hope of surviving the concentration camp. Seven decades later, ten-year-old Max tracks down the elderly, cynical magician, and begs him to perform his love spell on his parents. (Release date is Sept. 19.)

In Sharon Bolton's Dead Woman Walking, just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There's just one survivor. She's seen the killer. And, he's seen her face. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Michael Brandman introduces Buddy Steel in Missing Persons. Buddy has been content working homicide for the LAPD until his father, the legendary Sheriff Burton Steel, falls ill with Lou Gehrig's disease, and asks Buddy to come home to learn the ropes. And, Buddy's first job? Find the missing wife of a world-renowned television evangelist. It's a case that pits him against the man's whole organization. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody brings back Kate Shackleton and captures the atmosphere of 1920s England. Kate takes a vacation in August, heading off to Whitby to visit a friend, Alma, who works as a fortune teller. But, when she arrives she discovers Alma's daughter has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

Hank Phillippi Ryan calls David Burnsworth "the voice of new Southern noir". In In It For the Money, Lowcountry private investigator Blu Carraway desperately needs a new client. The ex-Desert Storm Ranger finally accepts a client, a rich distraught mother with a wayward son. Seems like the perfect case for him, except nothing is as it seems. The pieces, the ransom note, a beat-up minivan, dead strippers, and a missing briefcase filled with money and cocaine, don't add up. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

Anna Carlisle's second Gin Sullivan mystery is All the Secret Places. On extended leave from her job at the Chicago medical examiner's office, Gin returns home to Pittsburgh and rekindles her relationship with her high school sweetheart, Jake. Then Jake receives harrowing news. The new housing development his construction firm is building has caught fire, and underneath one of the burnt homes is a dead body. And, that body is identified as a man who may very well be the violent offender who terrified Gin's childhood town years ago. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

David Carlson's Let the Dead Bury the Dead reunites Christopher Worthy and Father Fortis. A priest is found brutally strangled before the altar of Detroit's St. Cosmas Greek Orthodox Church. The captain of the Detroit Police assigns her star detective, Christopher Worthy, knowing the interim priest is Worthy's close friend, Father Fortis. Small clues lead the duo to believe the killer is connected to the church. (Release date is Sept. 1.)

Murder and blackmail take center stage in Julie Chase's Cat Got Your Secrets. Pet boutique owner Lacy Marie Crocker has to clear her father's name when he was the last one to see a murder victim, although she receives a threatening letter bent on silencing her. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

Vicki Delany's fun Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series is one of my favorite new series. In Body on Baker Street, Sherlockian sleuths Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson team up when the author of a controversial Hudson and Holmes mystery series collapses and dies while appearing at the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

Whispers of Warning, the latest in Jessica Estevao's historical mystery series, features Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past. Ruby is starting to feel at home in her aunt's seaside hotel where she helps her aunt keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium. When renowned Spiritualist and outspoke suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge checks into the hotel, she takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her. So, when Sophronia is found dead, Ruby takes it upon herself to solve the murder, and finds the woman was hiding some secrets of her own. (Release date is Sept. 19.)

Juliana Gray takes Maximilian Haywood, the new Duke of Olympia and his fellow researcher Emmeline Truelove to Scotland in 1906 in A Strange Scottish Shore. A mysterious object has been discovered inside an ancient castle, a suit of clothing that, according to family legend, once belonged to a selkie who rose from the sea in ancient times and married the castle's first laird. But Haywood and Truelove are not the only ones interested in the artifact, and the mystery takes a dangerous turn. (Release date is Sept. 19.)

Sleep Like a Baby is the latest Aurora Teagarden mystery by Charlaine Harris. Robin and Aurora finally bring baby Sophie home, but Aurora's overwhelmed. She hires a woman to help her out when Robin has to attend a conference, and she's succumbed to the flu. It's Sophie's cries that alert Aurora that the nurse has disappeared, and there's a body in the backyard. (Release date is Sept. 26.)

Holly Goddard Jones was at Book Expo discussing The Salt Line, a novel "in the spirit of Station Eleven". It's a story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who pay a fortune to tour what's left of nature, jumping the salt line - a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. Once out of the zone, the group finds themselves at the mercy of deadly ticks, and at the center of a murderous plot. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Ax to Grind is Tonya Kappes' new humorous mystery featuring Sheriff Kenni Lowry. Bestselling author Berlye Stone, the most famous citizen to ever come out of Cottonwood, Kentucky, has died and put all her worldly goods up for auction. But, she left one more manuscript behind, a hidden tell-all about Cottonwood that's "got more gossip than a ladies' luncheon". When Beryle's assistant turns up with an ax in her back, Sheriff Kenni Lowry reckons someone in town will do anything to keep the manuscript hidden.  (Release date is Sept. 19.)

The new Magical Cats Mystery is Sofie Kelly's A Tale of Two Kitties. Minnesota librarian Kathleen Paulson teams up with her two cats, Owen and Hercules, to uncover a hidden family story. Everyone of a certain age in town remembers when Victor James had an affair with his brother Leo's wife, who then died in a car accident. Now, the brothers are trying to reunite, and Leo invited Victor back to town. Then, Kathleen finds Leo dead, and Leo's son is the number one suspect. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

A Legacy of Spies is John Le Carre's first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years. Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience for its justifications. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Meera Lester takes readers to Las Flores, California in A Hive of Homicides. When Abigail Mackenzie left the police force to become a farmer and beekeeper, she thought her days of criminal investigation were behind her. When Abigail's friend Paola renews her vows with her husband Jake, owner of a winery, Abby provides her trademark lavender honey for the occasion. But after the ceremony, the guests of honor are nowhere to be found, until Abby hears a gunshot, and finds one of them dead and the other injured. Who was the intended target? (Release date is Sept. 26.)

Lisa Lieberman takes readers to Hungary during the revolution in 1956 in Burning Cold. Cara Walden is enjoying her honeymoon in Paris as she sings with her husband's jazz trio. But, when they learn Cara's half-brother Zoltan has disappeared in the middle of the revolution, the couple impulsively decide to head to Hungary to find him and get him out of the country. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

Remember, it's only day one of the September Treasures in My Closet. Do any of these books jump out at you? If not, wait until tomorrow.


SandyG265 said...

I hope my library gets aa Tale of Two Kitties because the price is a lot higher than the previous books n the series. Otherwise I'll have to wait to read it.

Kaye Barley said...

Oh! John Le Carre! I remember gobbling the earlier ones up as soon as they were released. I'll be reading this one - Thanks, Lesa!

Lesa said...

Well, darn, Sandy. I already passed Tale ofTwo Kitties on, or I would have sent it to you.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Kaye. It's been a long time for him.

Reine said...

These all look good, Lesa. Thank you, once again. -R

Gram said...

Too many jumped out at me and I can't wait for tomorrow...

Lesa said...

You're welcome! Reine & Gram, I hope you find more on Wednesday!

Margie Bunting said...

From this group, I already have the following on my TBR list: Dead Woman Walking (on hold), Body on Baker Street (enjoyed the first in the series), and Sleep Like a Baby (on hold). I wish there were more hours in the day!