I hope you’re still enjoying the Holiday season and that you are getting some extra reading time! We’ve received some exciting new titles in, and there is something for everyone in this batch.
Mystery readers, there are some new books in by some of your favorite authors. M. C. Beaton’s latest title, Beating About the Bush, features Agatha Raisin looking into industrial espionage that turns into murder. Also new on the shelves is The Peppermint Tea Chronicles, Alexander McCall Smith’s latest 44 Scotland Street novel. Mary Higgins Clark draws from the headlines with a novel that combines elements of the #metoo movement with murder in Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry. Sara Shepard’s new title, Reputation, also takes on a timely issue – a data breach – and blends it with murder.
We have a few new thrillers, including Criss Cross by James Patterson. The creator of the Dexter character (which turned into a television series), Jeffry P. Lindsay, has created a new character in Just Watch Me. Riley Wolfe is a master thief with Robin Hood tendencies: he only steals from the very rich but he doesn’t share them with the poor. He’s also a violent killer when necessary. Just Watch Me is the first in a series. Robin Cook broaches another ripped-from-the-headlines topic, harnessing DNA from ancestry websites to catch a killer, in Genesis. Something to think about in case you received one of those kits as a Holiday gift! Thirty-six Righteous Men, by Steven Pressfield, is a murder novel with an apocalyptic twist – the men being murdered are the legendary 36 men who can preserve the world from destruction.
Bernard Cornwell has written the latest in The Saxon Stories – Sword of Kings. The Netflix series The Last Kingdom is based on these books. Another historical fiction title just in is The Second Sleep by Robert Harris. Set in 15th-century England, it is the story of a young priest who has his faith tested while determining the cause of death of an elderly priest.
Girl by Edna O’Brien is a fictional account of survival inspired by the 2014 mass kidnapping of Nigerian girls by Boko Haram. O’Brien does not shy away from tough subjects or conversations, so expect a brutal narrative capped off by an inspiring, no-holds-barred survival of the toughest circumstances.
In nonfiction, I love Gwynne’s Grammar by N. M. Gwynne. It’s a new edition; and it is the most enjoyable, concise guide to curing all of society’s ills (according to Mr. Gwynne) with proper grammar! Read this book to hone your skills or just for fun; it will not disappoint. Fascinated by the Cartier family and their jewelry empire? Try The Cartiers: The Untold Story Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Carter Brickell. Brickell writes about the family’s history and their start in the jewelry business from Revolutionary France to the 1970s, covering four generations of the family. Brickell has first-hand knowledge: her great-grandfather was one of the three brothers who propelled the business into international fame. And just in time for the new Star Wars film, read I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels. Daniels was the actor behind the golden droid and the only actor to appear in every film in the franchise. This book is a memoir of his journey during the Star Wars years.
As always, Happy Reading! And be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments about any of these titles.