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Saturday, November 5, 2016

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.

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