Wednesday, August 02, 2017

September Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

If you didn't find a book that appealed to you in yesterday's list, check out day 2 of Treasures in My Closet. These books are coming out in September.

Joe Gunther leaves his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team in capable hands in Archer Mayor's Trace. A family emergency takes him to St. Louis, leaving Sammie Martens to take charge. She's working on a murder case while Lester Spinney takes over a famous case. A police officer shot a driver who killed the policeman at the same time. Now, it appears the evidence is in doubt. And, Willie Kunkel, always the loose cannon, follows a trail that began with three teeth discovered on a railroad track. (Release date is Sept. 26.)

In Katayoun Medhat's The Quality of Mercy, Franz Kafka, aka "K" is a small-town cop whose routine is disrupted by a mysterious death at Chimney Rock. He teams up with Navajo cop Robbie Begay in an investigation that leads the mismatched duo across the reservation into the victim's past. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

I'm looking forward to Louisa Morgan's A Secret History of Witches. It's a sweeping historical saga that traces five generations of fiercely powerful mothers and daughters - witches whose magical inheritance is both a dangerous threat and an extraordinary gift. From early nineteenth century Brittany to London during the Second World War, the women fight the battles of their times. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Celeste Ng writes of a community she grew up in, Shaker Heights, Ohio, in Little Fires Everywhere. Everything is planned in Shaker Heights, from the layout of the roads to the colors of the houses. And, Elena Richardson is very good at playing by the rules. Then Mia Warren and her teenage daughter, Pearl, rent a house from the Richardsons. But, Mia's disregard of the status quo threatens to disrupt the community. When Mia and Elena find themselves on opposite sides of the battle to adopt a Chinese-American family, there are unexpected and devastating costs. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

In the library field, Nancy Pearl is known as the model for the librarian action figure. Now, the NPR contributor and literary critic turns novelist with George and Lizzie. The two have vastly different understandings of love and marriage. George grew up in a warm loving family, while Lizzie grew up as the in-house experiment of two famous psychologists. Over the course of their marriage, George is happy and Lizzie remains unfulfilled, still preoccupied with the memories of a boyfriend who broke her heart years earlier. Now, Lizzie has decisions to make. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Murderous Mistral is the first Provence mystery by Cay Rademacher. Capitaine Roger Blanc may have been a little too successful in his investigations with the anti-corruption-unit. He's been exiled from Paris to the south of France, a move that destroyed his marriage. He moves into a wreck of a house he inherited, and, while trying to do something with it, has his first murder investigation. An outsider in Provence has been killed. But, when a second man dies, Blanc must dig into the underside of Provence. (Release date is Sept. 19.)

Kate Jessica Raphael's Murder Under the Fig Tree takes readers to Palestine. Hamas has taken power there, and the Israeli government is rounding up threats. When Palestinian policewoman Rania Baker finds herself thrown in prison, her friend Chloe Rubin flies in fro San Francisco to try to free her. When an Israeli policeman offers Rania a way out, help find out who killed a young gay Palestinian, she discovers an underground scene she never knew existed. (Release date is Sept. 19.)

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, now examines the response to the question "How do I respond to expectations?" with her book The Four Tendencies. She analyzes personality types with the answers to that question. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

DI Geraldine Steel is influenced by family issues in the latest in Leigh Russell's series, Deadly Alibi. Her mother recently died, so she has a hard time getting involved when a woman's body is found stuffed in a rubbish bin. Even after a second murder, Geraldine finds herself overwhelmed by her new relationship to a twin sister who is a junkie. How will her family problems affect her career? (Release date is Sept. 1.)

Asking for Truffle is the first Southern Chocolate Shop mystery by Dorothy St. James. When Charity Penn receives a letter saying she won a trip to Camellia Beach, South Carolina, complete with free cooking lessons at the town's seaside chocolate shop, she's skeptical. She never entered a contest. Her former prep school friend offers to look into the phony prize, but he ends up drowned in a vat of chocolate. Charity feels guilty, so she heads to the Southern beach town to investigate why he was killed. She's wary of the locals, but even as she's drawn into their lives, she finds herself in the middle of a deadly plot to destroy the town. (Release date is Sept. 12.)

In the novel, I, Eliza Hamilton, author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton's wife, Eliza - a fascinating, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure none of the most gripping periods in American history. (Release date is Sept. 26.)

Sheila Simonson's latest Latouche County mystery is Call Down the Hawk. When Jane August, an artist, is visiting her estranged father and his fifth wife on the Columbia River George, she does a good turn for a wine maker from neighboring Hawk Farm. She's swept into a mess of family secrets and betrayals, in the story of two families, feuding neighbors, and failed fathers. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

Dead in the Water is the first in a new series featuring Denise Swanson's beloved Scumble River setting and characters. When a violent tornado devastates Stumble River, school psychologist Skye Denison can't see how the community will ever recover, especially since town councilman Zeke Lyons appears to have perished in the twister. But things get even worse when Skye's husband, Wally, the police chief, disappears while investigating Zeke's death. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Charlotte Holmes returns in Sherry Thomas' second Lady Sherlock mystery, A Conspiracy in Belgravia. She's had the freedom to put her powers of deduction to use as "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective". But, she's not prepared when Lady Ingram, wife of her friend and benefactor, asks Sherlock Holmes to find her first love. The case is even more personal when it appears she's looking for Charlotte's illegitimate half-brother. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Kathleen Valenti's Protocol asks, "What if?" Maggie O'Malley is just out of college with a job as a pharmaceutical researcher. But, on her first day of work, she's receiving reminders on her phone of meetings she's never attended. And, people are showing up on the phone, just before they end up dead. With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers a connection between the people, and a treacherous plot. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Ashley Weaver takes readers to Paris in The Essence of Malice, her latest mystery featuring British socialite Amory Ames and her husband Milo. In the 1930s, when Helios Belanger, a wealthy parfumier, dies shortly after surviving a small plane crash. But, Milo's former nanny, now employed by the Belanger family, insists it was murder. When the clever couple arrive in Paris, they learn confusion over the will have led to a battle for company control. Now, they both search for answers in a world of perfumers and murder. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

The Countess of Prague is Stephen Weeks' first in a planned series of ten mysteries as Beatrice von Falklenburg, known as Trixie, takes readers from Prague through Europe in a series that begins in 1904 and finished in 1914. We witness the stirring events and changes in society through Trixie's eyes, as she journeys from pampered aristocrat in a polite and impoverished marriage, to a degree of emancipation. She starts on her adventure when her uncle, a retired general, asks her to look into the story when a man is fished fro the river, an old man once under her uncle's command. It's a story that takes her from Prague to Paris and London, and back to a famous Czech spa where Edward VII of England, and his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm, have scheduled a meeting. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

Eva Woods' Something Like Happy is something like one of my favorite novels of the year. There's a Hundred Happy Days project. You're meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Now, two women, one who had hit rock bottom, and one who is dying of cancer, try that Hundred Happy Days project. It's a project that will change the lives of so many people in this moving story that will make you laugh and cry. (Release date is Sept. 5.)

And, here's the list of September releases that are still in my closet.

The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler-Olsen
We Are All Shipwrecks by Kelly Grey Carlisle
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
The Taking of K-129 by Josh Dean
Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander
Kung Fu High School by Ryan Gattis
All the Dirty Parts by Daniel Handler
The Templars by Dan Jones
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham
Null States by Malta Older
Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Somewhere in the last two days must be a book that resonates with you. Which one is it?


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

The Archer Mayor. I've been reading about Joe Gunther and his team since book one and always read the new one as soon as it's out.

Lesa said...

I hadn't read any in years, Jeff. I liked this one, though. I don't know how someone will feel who has been reading them right along.

Kaye Barley said...

Ooooh, A Secret History of Witches!!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

One of the good things he does is setting. Each book now is set in a different part of Vermont, or even out of state.

Miranda James said...

Lesa, I believe the community in Denise Swanson's series is "Scumble" River, not "Stumble."

Margie Bunting said...

Already on my list were A Secret History of Witches, The Essence of Malice, and Murderous Mistral, but I think I am going to have to check out Something Like Happy, Protocol, and maybe Asking for Truffle as well! Thanks for the suggestions, Lesa.

Pat S. said...

I am waiting for one of the books that did not come out of your closet. :-)
Jussi Adler-Olsen's book "The Scarred Woman". I have not seen a review or synopsis yet of the story but I have enjoyed all his other books,and the characters there in, that have been translated and available in this country. I hope it will be just as good and interesting.

Kathy Reel said...

Gee, it's so (not) surprising that Kaye and I both like the sound of A Secret History of Witches. Hahaha! I'm also curious about Nancy Pearl's book, since I've long had my Nancy Pearl action figure.

caryn said...

So many tempting books on these two posts! Now I just need a few weeks of no obligations to just read them all.

Lesa said...

Scumble River changed, thanks to Miranda. No thanks to spellcheck, that changed it again as I typed it here.

Pat, I actually received that book after I wrote this blog. Too late for it.

Margie, Just a warning for you. Something Like Happy may hit to close to home at the moment.

Gram said...

A Secret History of Witches, I, Eliza Hamilton, Something Like Happy and A conspiracy in Belgravia.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I marked several of these "Want to Read" on Goodreads but Murderous Mistral is high on the list -- I lived in the South of France for two years so any story set there is special.