Monday, June 11, 2012

New Releases June 12, 2012

Probably the most highly anticipated fiction title to arrive this week is Mark Haddon's (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) latest. The Red House is the story of a wealthy physician who invites his estranged sister, along with her husband and children, on holiday. Sound a bit tense? Oh, yeah. Rachel Martin interviewed Haddon on Weekend Edition Sunday.

Francine du Plessix Gray's Them: A Memoir of Parents (2005) was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle award. She's also a journalist, the author of novels, works of history, and literary biographies. The Queen's Lover, a novel, tells the story of the love affair between Marie Antoinette and a now obscure Swedish nobleman, Count Axel von Fersen. Barbara Hoffert in The Library Journal says that "Gray offers a rich and exacting portrait of Fersen and his world."

Alexander McCall Smith is best known for his beloved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, featuring Precious Ramatswe, but the prolific author has several ongoing series, and this week's A Conspiracy of Friends is the third Corduroy Mansions novel. Unlike No. 1 Ladies, which is set in the more exotic Botswana, Corduroy Mansions takes place in the hip London neighborhood of Pimlico. Publisher's Weekly, in its starred review, says of A Conspiracy of Friends "Short on plot but teeming with charm, this confection takes its cue from Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City." Sounds like a recommendation to me.

Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the team that gave us The Nanny Diaries is the She Knows Book Lounge's "Red Hot Book of the Week." Yowza! They say, "Juicy and utterly delicious, it should be a staple in your beach bag this summer."

Mission to Paris is Alan Furst doing what Alan Furst does: spy fiction set in exotic locales. In this go-round we have an American actor, under contract to Warner Bros. but on loan to Paramount to make a film in Paris on the eve of World War II. Writing in the Washington Post, critic Maureen Corrigan says that although Mission is not five-star like many of Furst's other novels, it's still "perfectly agreeable summer suspense reading," and sometimes that's all you need.

In Carsten Stroud's Niceville events are triggered by the disappearance--quite literally without a trace--and subsequent reappearance in a very disturbing and unlikely place of a young boy. We soon learn that this is only the most recent in a series of disappearances that have occurred for the better part of a century. And then it gets weird. Niceville is an interesting and largely effective blend of crime and occult thriller, and the first in a projected trilogy.

Jury master David Sloane is back for his fifth adventure in Robert Dugoni's The Conviction. In this one, Sloane is hired to defend two teens unjustly convicted of a crime they didn't commit.

XO by Jeffrey Deaver features Special Agent Kathryn Dance. SFGate says, "Deaver is a master of manipulation. XO delivers more twists than a bag of pretzels, and just when readers believe they have everything figured out, another surprise awaits them. Fans of Deaver's other series featuring paraplegic Lincoln Rhyme will be excited to see him make a cameo appearance."

Cop to Corpse is the eleventh Peter Diamond mystery by English crime novelist Peter Lovesey.  Crime Fiction Lover says this novel about Detective Superintendent Diamond's hunt for a cop-killer is "a clever and solid police procedural with a lot of true-to-life texture to it and certainly makes for worthwhile reading."

Rapture by Lauren Kate is the fourth and final book in the Fallen series about fallen angels and forbidden love.

Patrice Kindl's Keeping the Castle, her first novel in a decade, is a regency comedy of manners. Publisher's Weekly has given it a starred review and says it's "sharp-witted" with a heroine who of "remarkable ingenuity and compassion for loved ones." 

The two selections featured this week couldn't come from more different perspectives. On the one hand, Glenn Beck's Cowards: What Politicians, RAdicals, and the Media Refuse to Say reveals the left to be, well, cowardly and untruthful. And on the other hand, Christopher Hayes's Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy comes at his topic from the other side of the political divide.

Nightwoods, by Charles Frazier and The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje.

As always, this is a mere sampling of the many, many titles to be released this week. If you don't see the one you're interested in, please let us know. We'll order it in for you quickly and easily.


Netherland said...

I read 50 shades of gray first and found this book to be as close to plagerism as you could get without directly stealing!! The story is so similar is is like dejavu. It is okay but 50 shades is so much better because the story felt original. I was looking for books similar to 5o shades but not necessarily an exact match!!

Rebecca Glenn said...

Hey Netherland--

Not sure exactly what you're referring to. 50 Shades is plagiarized, but you prefer what? I might be able to recommend something if you gave me some more details.