Friday, August 07, 2009

Kittling: Books-- Book Picks

One of the joys of being a bookaholic is learning about new books that have yet to be published. It helps me chart a battle plan so I can be first in line to pick up titles that I'm positive I'm going to enjoy.

This week I received the Poisoned Pen's August Book News in my inbox, and naturally I had to click that link and peruse each and every title.

I found five books that are going to be published in the near future that sound like perfect cups of tea for me. Just in case they might be yours, too, I thought I'd share them with you today. You can click on the book cover to learn more about that particular title.

The Confederate General Rides North by Amanda C. Gable. It's the summer of 1968 and eleven-year-old Katherine's mother proposes a road trip up the East Coast to collect antiques for her latest business venture. In her own imaginary world, Kat is a Civil War general, and she plots a route for the two of them that will take them past as many Civil War battlefields as is humanly possible. Excited about setting foot in "enemy territory", Kat gradually learns the truth about her family and this road trip.

Treasure of the Golden Cheetah by Suzanne Arruda, the fifth Jade del Cameron mystery. Intrepid photojournalist Jade del Cameron is about to embark on safari for a Hollywood film shoot inspired by the ancient legend of King Solomon’s lost treasure, under the leadership of adventurer Harry Hascombe and with the companionship of the young healer Jelani and her pet cheetah Biscuit. But when the film’s financial backer is stabbed to death by a native man who then commits suicide, the trip is cast by a sinister pall. And as the expedition moves higher onto Kilimanjaro’s rugged slopes, a series of dastardly hoaxes and a fatal native curse convince Jade that a killer is at work.

I've referred to these books as my "Saturday Matinee Reading", and although they are fun reads, they also pack a lot of historical detail.

Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch pursues the criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. Harry Bosch is one of my favorite characters, so there's no way I can pass this one up!

A Cornish Maid by Rosemary Aitken. Autumn 1909: Edith Trewin, the general maid in the Killivert household, and Miss Alicia, the young lady of the house, are social worlds apart, though they share a streak of independence and intelligence. The two young women become unlikely allies after a kitchen maid inexplicably disappears shortly after her arrival at the house. The two unite in the search for her as they experience love and loss as the Great War overtakes the world.

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory. 1939. In the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, twelve-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "The Guardians" to watch over the community. But the murderer evades them and they watch helplessly as one child after another is taken. Even when the killings cease, a shadow of fear follows Joseph for the rest of his life. The past won't stay buried and, fifty years later, Joseph must confront the nightmare that has overshadowed his entire life....


  1. The Confederate General Rides North appeals to me. Thanks for sharing these about-to-be-new books with us. I've heard you speak often of the Poisoned Pen. Maybe sometime you could take pictures and talk more about it? I'd love to visit next time we are in Arizona.

  2. A Quiet Belief in Angels was published in the UK last year. It was a reasonably good thriller, but not amazing.

  3. One of our local bookstores is having a lunch with Amanda C. Gable. I haven't signed up because I thought her book was about the Civil War. I'm going to check that out now.

  4. Margot--I've already done a write-up on the Poisoned Pen. You can read it here. :)

    Jackie--Thanks for the info. I appreciate it!

    Kathy--I wouldn't particularly care to read it either if it were solely about the Civil War.

  5. I loved THE BRASS VERDICT, my first Michael Connelly / Harry Bosch novel; will look for this next one, thanks for the heads up!

  6. Dawn--You're welcome. :) I love Harry!

  7. A Cornish Maid looks and sounds like something any addict must add to the list. But I am not an addict - far from it - so I will wait until I have read your review - I think.

  8. I've read only one Connelly (this year) and became an instant fan. And that Confederate General Rides North really looks good.

  9. Dorte--But I hear doubt in your voice! ;)

    Beth--If the character of the little girl is done well, it should be a winner.

  10. If (= when) I turn into an addict, I know one possible (= likely) source of infection :O


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