New Books In This Week

June 19, 2008

Some great new books for summer reading are arriving almost daily. Here are just a few recent arrivals in no apparent order:

Death Of A Cozy Writer by G.M. Malliet ~~ “Detective Chief Inspector St. Just finds himself with a pretty puzzle when a father and son are murdered in a snow-shrouded Cambridgeshire manor house. The family of wealthy mystery writer Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk have arrived in response to a shocking wedding invitation. Long divorced from his first wife, he delights in keeping his unloved heirs on edge by constantly changing his will. Upon their arrival, they learn that he has already married beautiful, aristocratic Violet Winthrop, who Ruthven, his oldest son, announces was accused of murdering her first husband.” Kirkus Reviews

Gas City by Loren Estleman ~~ “Estleman exposes the black heart of a seemingly stable, well-run city suddenly pitched into violence and chaos. A delicate balance of forces—greed and corruption, ambition and desire—run out of control in the wake of a serial killer’s grisly rampage. A power struggle—between a police chief who has looked the other way for too long, a Mafia boss who holds the city’s vices in his powerful grasp, and media reporters looking for a big story—turns what has been a minor dispute into a desperate struggle for survival.”

Outtakes From A Marriage by Ann Leary ~~ “How does a free spirit turned wife and mother cope with her actor husband’s infidelity? According to this debut novel from memoirist Leary, with tears, irreverent humor and, ultimately, a reaffirmed sense of self.” Kirkus Reviews

When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris ~~ “David Sedaris uses life’s most bizarre moments to reach new heights in understanding love and fear, family and strangers. Culminating in a brilliantly funny account of his venture to Tokyo in order to quit smoking, Sedaris’s sixth essay collection will be avidly anticipated.”

While America Aged by Roger Lowenstein ~~ “Bestselling author Roger Lowenstein explains how corporations and governments ran up ruinous pension and health-care promises to workers—promises that are now coming due and that will hit America like a tsunami if nothing is done.”

Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber ~~ “Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again. At thirty-eight, her life’s not what she’d expected—she’s childless, a recent widow, alone. She owns a successful bookstore on Seattle’s Blossom Street, but despite her accomplishments, there’s a feeling of emptiness. On Valentine’s Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate…what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of twenty wishes, things they always wanted to do but never did.”

Ladies Of Liberty by Cokie Roberts ~~ “Roberts presents a colorful blend of biographical portraits and behind-the-scenes vignettes chronicling women’s public roles and private responsibilities.”