Monday, October 01, 2018

November Treasures in My Closet

I can't believe we're already talking about November book releases. But, hopefully, you'll have a treasure or two in this list.

Because I refuse to read anything about Louise Penny's fourteenth Chief Inspector Gamache novel, Kingdom of the Blind, before I read the book, you're stuck with this one line from the back of the ARC. "Sometimes the real threat lies in what you cannot see." Want more? You'll have to look it up. Kingdom of the Blind is the top book on my November release list, a must-read for me. (Release date is Nov. 27.)

The creators of the podcast "Limetown", Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, with Cote Smith, now bring us Limetown, a prequel. A teenager, Lia Haddock, investigates when she hears that three hundred men, women, and children living at a research facility in Limetown, Tennessee, have disappeared without a trace. Among the missing is her uncle Emile. But, Lia isn't the only one looking for answers. (Release date is Nov. 13.)

In Laura Bradford's latest Amish Mystery, Just Plain Murder, Claire Weatherly tries to help her boyfriend, police detective Jakob Fisher, who is determined to find the person who killed his mentor. Jakob is beating himself up that he didn't answer a phone call from retired police chief Russ Granger. But, Claire's friends convince her she needs to be there for Jakob. (Release date is Nov. 27.)

Author Mikita Brottman has a reason for her obsession with a mysterious death at Baltimore's old Belvedere hotel. She lives there. Now, in An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere, she relates the story of her ten year investigation into a mysterious death, the details of a missing man's life and disappearance and his apparent suicide by jumping from the roof of the Belvedere. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

Rita Mae Brown's latest Sister Jane novel is set during the Christmas season. In Homeward Hound, the CEO of a power company is brought to the Christmas hunt in order to get to know some of the Virginia landowners. The man disappears before they get a chance to lodge their complaints about his plans to put a pipeline through their property, but a murder leads to further investigation. (Release date is Nov. 20.)

The Best Bad Things is Katrina Carrasco's crime fiction debut. It introduces readers to the fiery Alma Rosales - detective, smuggler, spy. She was trained in espionage by Pinkerton Detective Agency, but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man. Now, in 1887, she works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring. When product goes missing, Alma is tasked with tracking the thief and recovering the drugs, disguised as a scrappy dockworker named Jack Camp. It's a dangerous game of shifting identities and double crosses that could unmask Alma as a traitor, a woman, and a spy. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

Harvest of Secrets is Ellen Crosby's latest Wine Country mystery. Winemaker Lucie Montgomery's workers disappear when a skull and bones are found outside the family cemetery. They're superstitious, and are convinced there will be a death. When, a neighboring winemaker is found murdered, there are all kinds of suspects, including Miguel Otero, who works for Lucie. Lucie's employees tell her to prove Miguel is innocent, or none of them will work for her during the harvest. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

In Vicki Delany's latest Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mystery, A Scandal in Scarlet, Gemma and Jayne plan to hold an auction to benefit the local museum after a fire, but the auction never happens. Instead, Gemma Doyle investigates the murder of the museum board chair, found killed in the back room of Mrs. Hudson's Tearoom. (Release date is Nov. 13.)

Storm Rising is the third in Sara Driscoll's series featuring FBI special agent Meg Jennings and her search-and-rescue dog, Hawk. Although they're sent to Virginia in the wake of a hurricane, they recover girls who have been part of a human trafficking ring. Then, Meg takes a special assignment, working to uncover and break that ring, despite its connections to several powerful figures. (Release date is Nov. 27.)

An American historian and a Moroccan teenager discover the dark past of Paris and current problems are more complicated than either expect in Sebastian Faulks' Paris Echo. As Hannah digs deeper into her research on women's lives in Nazi-occupied Paris, a shocking piece of history threatens to shake her core beliefs. And, Tariq questions what sacrifices are worth his happiness. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

Death and Daisies is the second in Amanda Flowers' charming Magic Garden mystery series. After inheriting her godfather's cottage in Duncreigan, Scotland, Fiona Knox is now about to open her Climbinb Rose Flower Shop in Aberdeenshire. But, the parish minister Quaid MacCullen is opposed to Fiona's godfather's family, the magical walled garden, and anything to do with them, including Fiona. When the local police officer announces he's found the minister's body, right in the middle of Fiona's grand opening, she's afraid she'll be a murder suspect, and her shop will fail. (Release date is Nov. 13.)

Andrew Gaddes' debut historical mystery, Those Who Go By Night, takes readers to England in 1324, to a superstitious village and the terror of the Church's inquisition. When a beggar is murdered in Bottesford, and his body displayed on the altar, Thomas Lester, son of a disgraced Templar Knight, is sent to investigate. However, a monk sent by the Pope's Inquisitor General beats Thomas to the village, and the two become rivals for witnesses and "the truth". (Release date is Nov. 13.)

Libby Fischer Hellmann's High Crimes has this first line on the back jacket. "How do you solve a murder when there are 42,000 suspects?" Chicago PI Georgia Davis has been hired to hunt down those ultimately responsible for the assassination of Resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a demonstration fourteen months after the 2016 election. And, the gunman dies within minutes of the shooting. Georgia has to deal with an emotional family crisis at the same time she pursues killers whose only goal is to protect themselves. (Release date is Nov. 1.)

How can two divorced parents provide a "normal" family Christmas for their daughter? It all goes wrong in Caroline Hulse's The Adults. There's his new love. She brings her new boyfriend. Their daughter brings her imaginary giant rabbit. Too much drink. Too many secrets. The holiday is about to explode. (Release date is Nov. 27.)

The latest book in Emily Littlejohn's Detective Gemma Monroe series is Lost Lake. When Gemma answers a call about a missing person, she finds something eerie about Lost Lake. There are stories about young women who committed suicide there. Now, there's a missing woman who was camping with three friends. But, Gemma's convinced one of those "friends" is lying. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

Liana Moriarty, author of Big Little Lies, now brings us Nine Perfect Strangers.  Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine people gather at a remote health resort, all of them there for a different reason. Frances Welty, the former bestselling romantic novelist is one of them. She has a bad back and a broken heart. She's immediately intrigued by her fellow guests, but even more intrigued by the mysterious owner/director of Tranquillum House. Should she put aside her doubts and immerse herself in the experience, or run while she still can? Soon, every guest at Tranquillum House is asking the same question. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

Lynne Truss, author of the nonfiction bestseller Eats, Shoots and Leaves, now introduces a cast of eccentric policemen and scheming criminals in the mystery A Shot in the Dark. In 1957, a famous theater critic, A.S. Crystal comes to Brighton to tell Constable Twitter the secret he knows about the unsolved Aldersgate Stick-up case of 1945. But, before he can reveal the name of the criminal mastermind involved, Crystal is hot dead. Now, Constable Twitter and his colleague Sergeant Brunswick set out to solve the decade-old mystery. (Release date is Nov. 6.)

Here are the rest of the November releases that I have at home. I hope you found a treasure or two that you might enjoy!

Berlin, Lucia - Evening in Paradise (Nov. 6)
Chemerinsky, Erwin - We the People: A Progressive Reading of the Constitution for the Twenty-First Century (Nov. 13)
Schwab, Klaus - Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Nov. 6)
Sheridan, Sara - The Ice Maiden (Nov. 1)
Yokoyama, Hideo - Seventeen (Nov. 13)


SandyG265 said...

I’m looking forward to Just Plain Murder and Death and Daisies

Lesa said...

They're both good books, Sandy. I've already read those two.

Kaye Barley said...

Another list of terrific upcoming books - Yay! I've read a couple of these but, as you probably guessed already, the new Louise Penny is the #1 treasure. Loved it Loved it Loved it.

Lesa said...

I haven't read it, yet, Kaye, but it definitely is the #1 treasure.

Kay said...

Of course, the new Penny book is at the top of my list. Cannot wait, but then will have to wait again. It's hard to decide whether to read it immediately or save it for a bit. Ha! I'll read it immediately. Also looking forward to Liane Moriarty's new book. I didn't love her last one as much. Hope I like this one better.

Lesa said...

I've never read her books, Kay, but I think this one sounds intriguing. I'm going to give it a try.

kHAN BOOKS said...

Nice books

Nice and very good collection of books