Saturday, August 04, 2018

September Treasures in My Closet

So, I'm a few days late with Treasures in My Closet. Blame it on not having Internet all of last weekend. It takes time to write up this list. But, you didn't miss anything since these are all September releases. You can still pre-order them or place holds at your local public library.

In Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls, The Booker Prize winner "turns her attention to the timeless legend of the Iliad, as experienced by the captured women living in the greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War. (Release date is Sept. 4.)

Of course Andrea Carter's Death at Whitewater Church caught my attention. It's the first in a series of mysteries set on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland. Solicitor Benedicta "Ben" O'Keeffe is acting for the owners of a deconsecrated church when a skeleton is found in a hidden crypt. While everyone  is convinced the bones must be those of a local man who disappeared on his wedding day, the postmortem says otherwise. Ben is fascinated by the cold case. (Release date is Sept. 4.)

One of my favorite books on this list is Cleo Coyle's The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller. I've waited almost ten years for the next Haunted Bookshop Mystery. Coyle was writing this series under the name Alice Kimberly. This new title is written as Cleo Coyle and it brings back bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and the ghost of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. People are dying to read the biggest bestseller of the year - actually dying. First one customer, then another has a fatality connected to the book. Pen and Jack must solve the real-life cold case. Those of you who haven't read the series might be interested to know the author was inspired by  the movie "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". (Release date is Sept. 25.)

Secret Undertaking is the latest in Mark de Castrique's Buryin' Barry series. When someone shoots at the Grand Marshal in Gainesboro, North Carolina's Apple Festival Parade, funeral director and part-time deputy Barry Clayton, Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins and local insurance agent Archie Donovan, Jr. find themselves caught up in big-time crime involving the U.S. Marshals and the Witness Protection Program, as well as food stamp fraud. (Release date is Sept. 4.)

In Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman, an inspector and journalist join forces to uncover long buried secrets, simmering resentments, and a chilling murder in a remote island in the English Channel. The tiny island of Sark is the world's only Dark Sky Island. It may be a picture of tranquility, but at its hearts lies a web of murder, deceit, and hidden danger. When an elderly resident is murdered, and bones are discovered, DCI Michael Gilbert from the nearby island of Guernsey is called to tackle the case. Joining him is newspaper reporter Jennifer Corey, whose father died in a mysterious drowning off the island. Together, they must discover the truth. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

Hank Green's debut novel is An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. "The Carls just appeared. April May stumbled upon one of them in Manhattan at three in the morning. Gleaming. Regal. Terrifying. She makes a video with her friend Andy. She didn't know there would be more. She never thought her video would launch her to international stardom. She couldn't have predicted that the Carls were part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. And soon, she will be too." (Release date is Sept. 25.)

Phillip Rochester made their lives a living hell. Now, in Jo Jakeman's The Exes' Revenge, three women will get their revenge in a gripping and darkly satisfying thriller. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

When I read Sofie Kelly's last book, I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed the magical cats Hercules and Owen. They're back, along with library Kathleen Paulson in The Cats Came Back.  When a singer's best friend is found dead, and the two look similar, the question is, who was the intended victim? (Release date is Sept. 4.)

In Archer Mayor's latest Joe Gunther novel, Bury the Lead,  Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are investigating a murder and an arson case - both may be related to a potential outbreak of ebola. (Release date is Sept. 25.)

Hitting the Books is Jenn McKinlay's new Library Lover's Mystery. Librarian Lindsay Norris is standing at the window when she sees a car appear to deliberately hit the local tennis coach. While everyone seems to love the woman, when there's a second attempt on her life, questions come up. Is she the target, or is someone out to hurt her wealthy fiance? (Release date is Sept. 11.)

Mary McNear continues her Butternut Lake series with The Secrets We Carried. These books are only loosely connected by the location, with a few characters overlapping, but you can read them as standalones. After ten years away, journalist Quinn LaPointe returns to her hometown when there is a ceremony to dedicate a memorial to classmates who died when they were seniors. Quinn, who still blames herself for the tragedy, is only one of a handful of people who think they could have prevented the deaths. (Release date is Sept. 25.)

Margaret Mizushima brings back Officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo in Burning Ridge. When first one body, and then another, are found on Colorado's Redstone Ridge, there's a terrible connection to Mattie and the past she really doesn't know. She and the rest of the police department investigate, along with veterinarian Cole Walker. But, Walker has to team up with Robo when Mattie goes missing. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

A Borrowing of Bones, Paula Munier's debut mystery, introduces two heroic dogs as well as their owners. Retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois dog Elvis discover a baby in the woods on 4th of July weekend. The incident brings Game Warden Troy Warner and his search and rescue dog Susie Bear into the story. And, then it becomes a case because Elvis finds a body nearby. Now the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont from a dangerous holiday. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, uses five words to describe Rebecca Serle's novel The Dinner List. "Wistful. Delicious. Romantic. Magical. Love." We've all played the game, who would you invite to a dinner party, dead or alive. In this one, Audrey Hepburn is one of the guests. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

P.J. Tracy's Monkeewrench novels are some of my favorite ones, combining police procedural with computer technology and personal connections.  The Guilty Dead is one of the best in the series as Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth look into the death of a philanthropist while the Monkeewrench team try out a new program that shows a possible terrorist attack right downtown. (Release date is Sept. 11.)

Ashley Weaver takes readers back to 1930s London in the latest Amory Ames mystery, An Act of Villainy. Amory and her husband Milo run into a wealthy investor and actor, Gerard Holloway, who invites them to the dress rehearsal of his new play. Amory is shocked to discover he's cast his mistress, Flora in the lead. And, Gerard actually invited them so they could discover who has been sending Flora threatening letters. Despite her misgivings, Amory and Milo try to find a killer after the threats escalate. (Release date is Sept. 4.)

And, more! Here are the books I didn't summarize. They all have September release dates.

Ackerman, Elliot - Waiting for Eden (Sept. 25)
Akhtar, Amina - #Fashion Victim (Sept. 11)
Brackmann, Lisa - Black Swan Rising (Sept. 8)
Buzzelli, Elizabeth Kane - In Want of a Knife (Sept. 11)
Carlisle, Anna - In the Darkest Hour (Sept. 11)
Edugyan, Esi - Washington Black (Sept. 18)
Gayle, Stephanie - Idyll Hands (Sept. 4)
Gertcher, Frank L. - The Dark Cabin Murders (Sept. 1)
Kalteis, Dietrich - Poughkeepsie Shuffle (Sept. 11)
Klinenberg, Eric - Palaces for the People (Sept. 11)
Logan, T.M. - Lies (Sept. 11)
Lourey, Jess - Mercy's Chase (Sept. 8)
Noreback, Elizabeth - Tell Me You're Mine  (Sept. 4)
Oleksiw, Susan - Below the Tree Line (Sept. 8)
Saviano, Roberto - The Piranhas (Sept. 4)
Shteyngart, Gary - Lake Success (Sept. 4)
Today, Daniel - Boomer1 (Sept. 18)
Wassmer, Julie - Murder on the Pilgrims Way (Sept. 18)
Wortham, Reavis Z. - Gold Dust (Sept. 4)


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

It is so easy to lose track of authors you want to read, other than long-time favorites. So while the top of my list in this group would be the P. J. Tracy and Archer Mayor books, the one I'm really happy you mentioned is the Margaret Mizushima. I read her first book about K-9 officer Mattie Cobb and her dog Robo last year and really liked it, but somehow she slipped from my mind and I never got the rest of the series. Incidentally, the first was KILLING TRAIL, available for $1.99 on Kindle.

SandyG265 said...

I had a chance to read an ARC of Hitting the Books and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to The Cats Came Back and Burning Ridge. I didn’t know that Margaret Mizushima had a new book coming out so thanks for the info.

Margie Bunting said...

Lesa, I have a few of these on my TBR list for September, and here are a few more: Amanda Flower's Premeditated Peppermint; Juliet Blackwell's The Lost Carousel of Provence; Stuart Turton's The 7-1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Kay said...

As you might expect, I've already got a few of these on my list as well. So excited for the new P.J. Tracy book. I love that series and have from the very beginning. And also so, so excited about Cleo Coyle's new entry into the haunted bookshop books. I thought we were done with those, but no - love it! I'm looking forward to Lara Dearman's Dark Sky Island. The 'dark sky' thing is in my mind as I'm reading Lori Rader-Day's new book Under A Dark Sky. Plus more. Thanks for featuring all these books, Lesa! Such a wonderful service that you do.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

Thrilled to learn there is a new Joe Gunther series book coming. Now number three on the holds list here with 6 copies planned here.

Also a fan of the Monkeywrench series, but am several books behind.

Gram said...

So many new books - I put a few on my library list and will wait for P.J. Tracy's latest to get there.

Kaye Barley said...

I'm so excited about the new Mark de Castrique!

P. J. Tracy fans are going to love this new one, I think (I did).

Lesa said...

So many good titles in September. Like Kaye, I loved the new P.J. Tracy. I also enjoyed Cleo Coyle's. It's so good to have Jack & Pen back, Kay. You're welcome, everyone. And, Margie? Yes, that Juliet Blackwell. I'm waiting for it.

Grandma Cootie said...

I have been waiting for Jack Shepard, too!

Lesa said...

So, welcome back, Jack!