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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Last of December Titles

Holiday times are always hectic and since I will not be here next week - I am finishing up with December titles today. Luckily it is also the time of year that lists of the best books for 2016 come out so I will probably be talking about some of those in future weeks. Bunt now for the December roundup.

Camilla Grebe has her first solo novel, The Ice Beneath Her coming out on December 27.  Grebe is a Swedish author and this title has three narrators: one being Emma Bohman who had an affair with Jesper Orre, her boss. After he breaks it off, strange things start to happen to her and a woman's beheaded body is found in one of Orre's homes. Orre, it appears, has disappeared when the other two narrators come in Peter Lindgren, the investigator and Hanne Lagerlind-Schon, a profiler. Said to be dark and twisty.

While we are talking about Nordic Noir, Anne Holt has Beyond the Truth coming out on December 6. This is the seventh in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. Here, Hanne investigates a mass killing at the home of a wealthy high-profile shipping family. The dead include three members of the family and a mediocre novelist. At the scene, an open bottle of champagne is found. Hanne is intrigued - what was the novelist doing there and what did they have to celebrate.They find many motives but the truth has not yet been revealed. Hanne has never given up before. Will she risk everything this time?

James Rollins has the next Sigma Force Novel coming out on December 13, The Seventh Plague. This is the twelfth in the series. Sigma Force is called in after a member of a missing archaeological team comes staggering out of the desert and drops dead. He appears to have been partially mummified. Then, people who came in contact with him start getting sick and soon all Cairo is sick. Sigma Force to the rescue.

John Clement carries on his mother's, Blaize Clement, Dixie Hemingway series with The Cat Sitter and the Canary. Out on December 20 this is the eleventh in the series. Here, Dixie has a new partner, a Lhasa Apso named Charlie. They go to visit a cat they are looking after but can't find him. The next day, they find a body with a note pointing to Dixie. Dixie must find the murderer before she is arrested or killed.

Christopher Fowler has his thirteenth Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery coming out on December 13. As usual Bryant & May get the most unusual cases. Here, a woman is found drowned and tied to a pillar in the Thames. There appears to be only her footprints leading to her body. Soon, other murders appear connected. And in addition, the unit ti getting grief from the higher ups. Can Bryant and May find out what is happening before the unit is shut down? People have either loved this or hated it. If you have read him before you know these books are wacky and wonderfully complicated.

Lastly, Helene Tursten has Who Watcheth coming out on December 8. December seems to be the month for Scandinavian mysteries. This is the eleventh in the Inspector Huss series which takes place in Sweden. Apparently, there is a stalker out there with rules for those he stalkers. If the women obey the rules, he protects them. If the women break the rules, he murders them. The only problem is - they don't know they are being stalked and they don't know the rules. Huss must identify this stalker and stop the murders.

OK - hopefully enough to tempt you with something. We do have most of the Huss series but I have ordered the ones we were missing. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

December Big Names

December is not a big name publishing month but there are some who have work coming out. Most are not BIG big names but you should recognize most.

Mark Greaney (not a big name by himself) has Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance (a Jack Ryan novel) coming out on December 6. Greaney has degrees in international relations and political science so is ideal to carry on this series. Here 'the Campus' is asked to investigate a Russian hacking scheme  but some of the important data lands in the hands of the Chinese. President Jack Ryan must get involved.

W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV have Curtain of Death coming out on December 27. This is the third in the Clandestine Operations series that looks at the Cold War. Here, in 1946,  two WAC officers leaving the Officer's Club in Munich are kidnapped by four Soviet agents. One of the WAC officers is a CIA agent. Strangely, three of the Soviets end up dead and the fourth is wounded. There are many consequences.

Also on December 27, Jack Higgins has The Midnight Bell (the 22nd in the Sean Dillon series) coming out. Former President Jake Casalet receives a warning while vacationing in the Virgin Islands. The wife of the head of a clandestine White House department is killed in hit and run. How are these two incidents connected and what does Al Qaeda have to do with it? Read to find out.

Nora Roberts has the third in her Guardians Trilogy (following Stars of Fortune and Bay of Sighs) coming out on December 6. Roberts and paranormal don't seem to go together for me but these have been popular. In the trilogy, the six guardians are hunting for the Stars of Fortune - here the Star of Ice has brought them to Ireland and Riley, the werewolf, is looking to the past to help them. Doyle, the immortal of the guardians, is attracted to Riley. Hmmmm.What will happen do you think?

Lastly, Val McDermid - an award winning British author, has Out of Bounds also coming on December 6. This is the fourth in the Detective Karen Pirie series. Here a teenager takes a joyride in a stolen car and crashes it. He is in a coma and somehow it connects to a cold case murder from 22 years before. Even with the new evidence, this is complicated.

OK - not the BIG big names as I said or at least most of them, but...definitely well known. I hope one of them strikes your fancy. Enjoy.

Finishing Up November

The last weekend in October is a good time to finish up November titles. This has been a pretty busy month for the publishing industry. There are still quite a few good possibilities out there to discuss.

If you like historical fiction, Beatrice Colin has To Capture What We Cannot Keep coming out on November 29. If you liked All the Light We Cannot See particularly because of the sense of place, this title might be for you. It takes place in Paris during the construction of the Eiffel Tower and focuses on a young Scottish widow chaperoning an adult brother and sister on a visit to Paris who falls in love with an engineer working on the Eiffel Tower. Class distinctions raise walls and a relationship would require great sacrifice. It is the time of Impressionist artists and Bohemian experimentation. A great sense of time and place.

Richard Paul Evans has The Mistletoe Secret coming on November 15. His new Christmas story involves a grieving blogger who lost her stillborn child and her husband and a New York writer who tries to find the blogger. Evans holiday stories always have a happy ending.

Ruler of the Night is David Morrell's conclusion for his  Opium-Eater mysteries. Morrell's Victorian era mysteries feature Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily. Morrell writes intricately plotted, fast paced mysteries. De Quincey was an actual journalist and was friends with Wordsworth and Coleridge and Morrell has done quite a lot of historical research for this trilogy. Here he investigates one of the first murders on an English train when trains were transforming Victorian society.

Stefanie Pintoff has City on Edge arriving on November 15. Pintoff is an Edgar award winner and this is the second in the Eve Rossi series. Rossi is an FBI agent who leads a division made up of former criminals. Here, they investigate the attempted murder of NYC's police commissioner during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. When the commissioner was shot, his daughter was also kidnapped. Can they rescue the daughter? Pintoff writes with a very strong sense of place and I love the Macy's Day Parade so I am adding this one on my list.

Victoria Helen Stone, a pen name for contemporary romance author Victoria Dahl, has Evelyn, After coming on November 1. This one is defined as romantic suspense but could also be women's fiction I believe. It follows Evelyn who realizes she has been going nowhere in life when she receives a call from her husband, a respected psychiatrist, who has been involved in a hit and run accident. She discovers her husband was not alone and had been having an affair with one of his patients. She covers for him but she is having trouble figuring out where she goes from here.

Lastly, on November 8, we have Julia Chase's new cozy series and Cat Got Your Diamonds.
Lacy Crocker returns to New Orleans and opens her dream business, a pet boutique and organic treat bakery. An unsatisfied customer returns late at night and Lucy sprays him with her glue gun and calls police. The police finds the late night customer dead at the back door. Her backer for her business wants to get out so Lacy has to find out who killed him before she is arrested. Humor and New Orleans make this an interesting read.