From The Booking Desk:
While most bloggers are discussing their favorite books of 2016 – and certainly we are not immune to doing that as well – Dru Ann, Lesa, and I have decided to focus our attention on the future. Our most recent Triple Post below will share with our followers some of the books we are most looking forward to in the coming months. By traveling to each of our three blogs, readers will discover nine new titles to add to their ever-growing to-be-read mountains.
Not wanting to lose sight of the holiday season, we have also each included a seasonally-themed book from the past that we think readers might enjoy delving into as the hustle and bustle of the month ahead begins.
But most of all, we just want to thank you for reading our blogs and hope that the books we have suggested over the past year have helped to add enjoyment to your day-to-day lives. If you have suggestions for Triple Post themes for 2017, do let us know.
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson (January 10, 2017)
Peter Swanson is proving himself to be a master of psychological suspense. Since most of the authors I read in that subgenre tend to be female authors, it is nice to experience this form the other side of the coin. Her Every Fear is his third novel and appears to have echoes of Hitchcock’s Rear Window. In a world where our every movement is documented and observed, how do those with anxiety disorders deal with day-to-day life? And what happens when the danger gets closer than anyone ever expected?
Dru Ann’s Choice:
It’s been five long years since we last heard from Pepper Martin. I’m so thrilled that she returns in January in the 10th book in her endearing series. Thanks to Severn House, we get to enjoy more adventures with Pepper and her friends and introduce her to a new cadre of readers.
In this novel:
Pepper Martin returns in a new ghostly mystery when she is contacted by the ghosts of Eliot Ness and Al Capone . . .
Pepper Martin, now Community Relations Director of Garden View Cemetery, is contacted by the ghost of Eliot Ness, one of Cleveland’s most famous dearly departed. According to Ness, the ashes scattered at the ceremony twenty years earlier weren’t his. His were stolen prior to the ceremony by a Ness groupie, and he cannot rest until those ashes are found. Luckily, Pepper has an idea where they may be.
Knowing she’ll have no peace until she does what the ghost wants, Pepper travels across town to retrieve the ashes. When she gets there, though, she finds more – and less – than she bargained for. There is a dead body in the house . . . and Eliot Ness’s ashes have vanished.
Pepper sets out to solve the murder of the man in the house where the ashes were supposed to be. But when a mysterious package arrives for Pepper, containing the spirit of Al Capone, and her boyfriend Quinn begins acting strange, things go from bad to worse.
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (January 10, 2017)
Last year, when Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning came out, I reviewed it saying, “Meet Veronica Speedwell. She’s a literary descendent of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody and an ancestor of Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce.” In fact, the historical mystery was one of my favorite books of 2015. It had humor, adventure, and an intrepid heroine. It’s no wonder I’m anticipating the January release of the second book in the series, A Perilous Undertaking.
Set in Victorian London in 1887, Veronica Speedwell is an adventuress and butterfly hunter. In the new book, she visits a ladies only establishment for daring and intrepid women where she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge. Lady Sundridge begs Veronica to help save an arts patron from execution. Miles Ramsforth is accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress, and he’ll be executed in a week unless Veronica can find the real killer. But, before she can save him, Veronica has to unmask Lady Sundridge’s true identity. Together with her natural historian colleague, Stoker, Veronica must uncover a number of secrets in a race against time before a man is hanged.
Kristopher’s Holiday Selection:
Mistletoe Man by Susan Wittig Albert (2000)
Susan Wittig Albert’s China Bayles series is one of my long-time favorites. This cozy series is just what folks need this holiday season. In this festive selection, China Bayles must investigate the crime at hand – the death of her main supplier of mistletoe, just before Christmas; but more importantly, this is a novel about China’s relationship with her best friend Ruby. Readers will follow along to see how China learns to navigate the time demands of a family and her long-standing friendships. This leisurely story would be perfect for an afternoon in front of the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate, with holiday carols playing in the background.
From the Booking Desk: