Sunday, October 01, 2017

November Treasures in My Closet

I'm on my way home today, driving in from Nashville. I put as many books on the November Treasures in My Closet post as I could before I left for Paris. I hope you find some books you like.

John Baxter's Montparnasse: Paris's District of Memory and Desire covers the history and present stories of the Montparnasse neighborhood in Paris. There are photos and stories in this latest book in the Great Parisian Neighborhoods series. (Release date is Nov. 7.)

Elizabeth Berg tells the story of three needy people who become family in The Story of Arthur Truluv. Arthur Moses visits his wife's grave every day. He never imagined a sullen teenager could change his love. But, introspective Maddie Harris comes to the cemetery to escape the other kids at school, and she gives him the name "Truluv". Then, Arthur's nosy neighbor joins their group. (Release date is Nov. 21.)

The Ghost of Christmas Past is Rhys Bowen's latest Molly Murphy. Molly and her husband, Daniel, expect a peaceful Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson. But, the atmosphere is tense, and they learn the couple's young daughter wandered out in the snow ten years earlier and disappeared. Then, on Christmas Eve, a young girl shows up claiming to be Charlotte. (Release date is Nov. 14.)

The Plot is Murder is V.M. Burns' debut mystery. Samantha Washington dreamt of writing a cozy mystery set in England. Her late husband wanted to open a mystery bookstore. Sam is doing both, but the murder of her realtor puts her on the suspect list. Her Nana Jo and the other "girls" from the retirement village are lively investigators in this first Mystery Bookshop Mystery. (Release date is Nov. 28.)

Elizabeth J. Duncan's latest Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery, Much Ado About Murder, finds costume designer Charlotte Fairfax investigating the death of the latest in a string of directors while coping with a demanding star and designing costumes for "Much Ado About Nothing" set during the Civil War. (Release date is Nov. 7.)

Full Service Blonde is the prequel to Megan Edwards first Copper Black mystery. Copper's an aspiring journalist who isn't quite prepared to meet a married prostitute who is an activist. But, when the woman is found dead in the desert, Megan is prepared to investigate her death. (Release date is Nov. 7.)

In the memoir The Wine Lover's Daughter, Anne Fadiman writes about her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman. Her father was a renowned literary critic, editor, and radio host whose greatest love was wine. (Release date is Nov. 7.)

A bookseller is the first victim in Layton Green's Written in Blood. Along with a law student and bibliophile, police officer Joe "Preach" Everson realizes the man was killed in the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. And, then a second body turns up, again connected to a literary death. (Release date is Nov. 7.)

Commander Bliven Putnam returns in James L. Haley's A Darker Sea. After the Battle of Tripoli, Putnam earns command of a new brig, and faces the biggest military conflict between the United States and Britain since the Revolution. It's a high seas adventure set during the War of 1812. (Release date is Nov. 14.)

Molly Harper launches a new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with Sweet Tea and Sympathy. When event planner Margot Cary has one disaster go spectacularly wrong, she's blackballed by the members of Chicago society. But in Lake Sackett, Georgia, the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop needs an event planner. Once she's in Lake Sackett, Margot has to admit there are good dating prospects, including the elementary school principal. But, not everyone is happy an outsider is reeling in one of the town's most eligible bachelors. (Release date is Nov. 21.)

Felicity Hayes-McCoy's novel, The Library at the Edge of the World, is inspired by Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. I've been there! So, of course I'm interested in a novel about a woman who drives a mobile library between the villages of Ireland's West Coast. When the local library is threatened with closing, Hanna finds herself leading the battle to restore the heart and soul of the peninsula's fragmented community. (Release date is Nov. 14.)

Here's a nonfiction title for all of us who are amateur genealogists. A.J. Jacobs' new book is It's All Relative. He's received some strange emails over the years, but this one was probably the strangest. "You don't know me, but my wife is your eighth cousin. And we have over 80,000 relatives of yours in our database." Jacobs wondered who all these people are, and how do I find them. So, he set out on a three-year adventure along the branches of the world's family tree. (Release date is Nov. 7.)

Jennifer Kincheloe brings back Anna Blanc in The Woman in the Camphor Trunk. It's Los Angeles, in
1908. Chinatown is the most dangerous beat, and that's where police matron Anna Blanc and her former boyfriend, Detective Joe Singer, discover the body of a white woman stuffed in a trunk in the apartment of her Chinese lover. He fled. Now, the two are worried about a backlash if news gets out that a white woman was worried in Chinatown. And, they have to solve the crime before a bloody tong war erupts. (Release date is Nov. 14.)

Artemis is the latest novel by Andy Weir, author of The Martian. It's a heist story set in Artemis, the first and only city on the moon. Jazz Bashara is a criminal there. Well, sort of. Artemis is a tough place to live if you're not a rich tourist or a billionaire, so Jazz does a little smuggling to pay her debts. Then, she sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a lucrative payoff. Then she learns she stepped into the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself. (Release date is Nov. 14.)

Honestly? There are other wonderful mysteries and books with November release dates. And, I have already read some, and will be reviewing them here. But, I ran out of time, writing this the night before I left for Paris. So, here's the list of the books I didn't get to summarize. I hope you find something to enjoy from the November book releases.

Here's the list.

The Man in the Crooked Hat by Harry Dolan
Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
Purple Palette for Murder by R.J. Harlick
Easy Errors by Steven F. Havill
After the End of the World by Jonathan L. Howard
It Happened at Two in the Morning by Alan Hruska
l'apart by David Lebovitz
Murder in the Manuscript Room by Con Lehane
The Body on the Doorstep by A.J. Mackenzie
Killing Pace by Douglas Schofield
Unholy City by Carrie Smith
Seeds of Revenge by Wendy Tyson


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Welcome home!

I'm sure you had a great time. The Havill book is on my radar. I've read them all since the start.

SandyG265 said...

I have to order the Havill book for my Mom. She has all of the others.

Lesa said...

Thank you! I had a wonderful time in Paris, and I'll get around to sharing photos and talking about it soon.

Gram said...

Welcome back...I put The Story of Arthur Truluv on hold at the library.