Monday, August 1, 2016

Tuesday Tomorrow

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
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The official patter:
"After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George's head.

Katherine is expected to observe the mourning customs and get on with her life, but she can't accept that her brother's death was an accident. A bitter poacher prowls the estate, and strange visitors threaten the occupants of the house. There's a rumor, too, that a wild animal stalks the woods of Walthingham.

Can Katherine retain her sanity long enough to find out the truth? Or will her brother's killer claim her life, too?"

Death, mystery, a dress on the cover unlike anything from 1820? I'm sold!

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen
Published by: Berkley
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages
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The official patter:
"Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules...

With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to make me his wife!

Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand.

Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it—for better or worse."

Yes, yes, another new Rhys Bowen we should all rejoice, but is anyone else thinking that the castle on the cover looks like Edith's house from Downton Abbey? Just me?

The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Format: Paperback, 352 Pages
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The official patter:
"It's October 1938, and radio is king. Vivian Witchell is determined to be a star, and with her new role in the popular detective serial The Darkness Knows, everything she's dreamed of is finally within her grasp. Until the night she steps into the employee lounge and stumbles upon the body of the station's biggest--and most reviled--actress. Clutched in the dead woman's hand is a threatening letter that targets Vivian as the next victim. Suddenly, Viv's biggest worry isn't remembering her lines--it's staying alive."

Radio serial leading up to the start of WWII? Mmm, yes please!

The Bertie Project by Alexander McCall Smith
Published by: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Format: Hardcover, 224 Pages
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The official patter:
"Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith ...Bertie's respite from his overbearing mother, Irene, is over. She has returned from the middle-east, only to discover that her son has been exposed to the worst evils of cartoons, movies and Irn Bru, and her wrath falls upon her unfortunate husband, Stuart. Meanwhile, Bruce has fallen in love with someone other than himself; Big Lou wants to adopt her beloved Finlay; Matthew and Elspeth host the Duke of Johannesburg for supper and Bertie decides he wants to move out of Scotland Street altogether and live with his grandmother, Nicola. Can Irene and Stuart's marriage survive? Will Bruce's new found love last? And will Bertie really leave Scotland Street? Find out in the next installment of this charming, beloved series."

My mom's favorite series. I find it interesting that it's often compared to a shared favorite series, that of the Flavia De Luce mysteries...


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