Monday, March 16, 2020

Tuesday Tomorrow

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
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The official patter:
"Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.

My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I'm going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill - until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything - even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won't, can't, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it."

It's FINALLY here folks! And it's EPIC! 

Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang
Published by: Dover Publications
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Paperback, 320 Pages
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The official patter:
"Best known for his "rainbow" series of fairy tale books, pioneering anthropologist and folklorist Andrew Lang was the first to compile a serious, critical survey of ghost stories. With Dreams and Ghosts, he collected scores of well-attested tales from civilizations around the world about spirit visitations. This pageant of supernatural guests includes the naked ghost, the wraith of the czarina, the dancing devil, the ghost that bit, the thumbless hand, and other apparitions from both the remote past and modern times.

Lang's approach is noted for its rational, unbiased, and highly analytical attitude toward his storytellers' accounts of visions and hallucinations. He provides facts and evidence, leaving readers to the fascinating business of deciding whether these tales of the occult - more than 80 in all - have any basis in reality or are merely vivid hallucinations from impressionable minds. In either event, the stories retain their spellbinding charm for all lovers of a ghostly yarn."

Anyone else beyond excited to learn that Andrew Lang of fairy tale fame wrote ghost stories!?!

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
Published by: Custom House
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Paperback, 256 Pages
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The official patter:
"Elegant, sinister and psychologically complex, After Me Comes the Flood is the haunting debut novel by the bestselling author of The Essex Serpent and Melmoth.

One hot summer’s day, John Cole decides to shut his bookshop early, and possibly forever, and drives out of London to see his brother. When his car breaks down on an isolated road, he goes looking for help and finds a dilapidated house. As he approaches, a laughing woman he’s never seen before walks out, addresses him by name and explains she’s been waiting for him. Entering the home, John discovers an enigmatic clan of residents all of whom seem to know who he is, and also claim they have been awaiting him arrival. They seem to be waiting for something else, too - something final...

Written before Sarah Perry’s ascension to an internationally bestselling author, After Me Comes the Flood is a spectacular novel of obsession, conviction and providence."

The obligatory re-release when an author becomes famous.

The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James
Published by: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Hardcover, 368 Pages
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The official patter:
"Rebecca James unveils a chilling modern Gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past in The Woman in the Mirror.

For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond.

In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered, her air slightly chilled. Something malicious resents her presence, something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanity.

In present day New York, art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned she is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne. Adopted as an infant, she never knew her birth parents or her lineage. At long last, Rachel will find answers to questions about her identity that have haunted her entire life. But what she finds in Cornwall is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys. A legacy borne from greed and deceit, twisted by madness, and suffused with unrequited love and unequivocal rage."

I don't know about you, but I need a good Gothic escape with what's going on in the world. 

Death Stops the Frolic by George Bellairs
Published by: Agora Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Kindle
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The official patter:
"Before there was Littlejohn, there was Nankivell. With his classic wit and trademark style, George Bellairs delivers this standalone mystery sure to keep you guessing.

And when they’re up, they’re up-up-up, And when they’re down, they’re down, And when they’re half-way up...

On a joyous afternoon filled with tea and cake, something strange happens at Zion Chapel’s Anniversary Tea Party. The infamous Alderman Harbuttle is behaving uncharacteristically playful - laughing with the assembly, singing rhymes, and leading people in a rousing game of Follow-My-Leader throughout the chapel’s winding halls.

But his jubilee is cut short when the revellers find the Alderman’s murdered body in the dark recesses of the chapel, a bread knife buried to the hilt in his chest.

Superintendent Nankivell of the local police force takes up the case, and his investigation quickly stirs up sinister secrets lurking within the walls of Zion Chapel. His suspect list soon proves massive, as he learns there are many people who would be happier without the sanctimonious Alderman Harbuttle around...

Death Stops the Frolic was first published as Turmoil in Zion in 1943."

A classic British whodunit!

A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
Published by: Scribner
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
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The official patter:
"#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a new riveting novel featuring her vastly popular character forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her cell phone number.

It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.

An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.

To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?

With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.

But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes..."

If you've been missing Temperance Brennan then I have good news for you! 

Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death by Thomas Lennon
Published by: Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
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The official patter:
"The hilarious sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, set in the world of law-breaking leprechauns from actor and writer Thomas Lennon.

Ronan Boyle may be the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, but he’s determined to save his captain from the harpy that dragged her into Tir Na Nog at the end of book one. He may not be the strongest, or the smartest, or the best looking, or the most dexterous...So why was he picked for this mission? He’s not entirely sure. But he may be the captain’s only hope - if he can escape man-eating elves, escape a job in a unicorn’s lounge act, and find the captain before she’s sacrificed to a spooky cult trying to resurrect its leader. Eventually Ronan must battle the scariest monster of all: impostor syndrome. Fast-paced, action-packed, and utterly hilarious, the second book in the New York Times bestselling series delivers laughs and much, much more."

With all the parades cancelled for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, what will you do? I have the answer! READ THIS BOOK! 


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