So, Tiffany, you might ask, why is there no book review today? The main reason is that I did not finish a new book in time to post a comprehensive review of it this week. <Gasp!> My daughter’s birthday celebration was on Saturday and my sister is moving and… well, let’s just say it has been a hectic week!
OK, so today’s blog is going to be a little different. It’s not a review – wait, is that allowed? Yes, it’s my blog, so it’s totally allowed. Today I take a look ahead at some of the titles releasing this fall and winter that will totally be worth the wait!
by Janet Evanovich
Putnam Pub Group
Fiction / Comic Mystery
Releases November 13, 2018
I had to put this one first because I LOVE THIS SERIES! Stephanie Plum is one of my favorite book characters, and these books always put me in a great mood. Yes, they’re not at all plausible, and yes, they’re a bit formulaic (ok, more than a bit), but that predictability only translates into familiarity with loveable characters and slapstick comedy that always manages to brighten my mood. Plus, I’ve read all 24 of the previous books, so it would be criminal to stop now!
“There’s nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.”
Supernatural Historical Thriller / Horror
Releases October 2, 2018
This spooky prequel to Bram Stoker’s world-famous horror story, Dracula, was teased on J.D. Barker’s website back when I first read his stupendous thriller, The Fourth Monkey (if you haven’t read it yet, get it. It’s one of the best crime/thriller/suspense novels I’ve read).
So, J.D. announced that he’s working with the Bram Stoker Estate – namely great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker – to create the story of how Dracula actually became a thing. I was instantly intrigued. And when I say this release is going to be perfect, I mean just that. One: it releases in October, perfect for Halloween reading. And Two: it releases just a few days before my birthday! PERFECT TIMING! Can you tell I’m more than a little excited for this title? And if you’re just as anxious, J.D. has thoughtfully provided us with a countdown timer on his website. Just a little over 100 days…
“It is 1868, and a 22-year-old Bram Stoker has locked himself inside a desolate tower to face off against a vile and ungodly beast, armed with mirrors and crucifixes and holy water and a gun, kept company by a bottle of plum brandy, praying to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to leave a record of what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles out the events that led him here–a childhood illness, a haunting nanny, stories once thought to be fables now proven true.
A riveting novel of Gothic suspense, Dracul reveals not only Dracula’s true origin, but Bram Stoker’s–and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them.”
A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilits
St. Martin’s Press
Releases October 16, 2018
My mother’s side of the family is from Asheville, North Carolina, home of beautiful Biltmore Estate. The mansion, Biltmore House, is the largest private home in America. It was built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s.
Not quite that long ago, I had an uncle who helped to select and gather plants for parts of the expansive Biltmore gardens, specifically in the 15-acre Azalea Garden. Some of the azaleas there today are descendants of the ones selected and planted by my great-uncle’s hands back in the 40s! Don’t believe me? Check out this short article.
And that’s just one of many links my family has to the Biltmore Estate and to the Vanderbilt family. So, naturally, I am obsessed with all things Vanderbilt – including the books that are currently popping up about them.
“Alva Smith, her southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America’s great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York’s old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built 9 mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, in A Well-Behaved Woman, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted against desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman. Meet Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, living proof that history is made by those who know the rules—and how to break them.”
***A Well- Behaved Woman is available as Read Now on NetGalley
by Alex Michaelides
Thriller/ Mystery / Suspense
Releases February 5th, 2019
I enjoy a great thriller. That particular genre is one of the first (Sci-fi being the true first) that really drew me down the rabbit hole of reading.
And everything about this title says “perfect thriller” to me – especially the fact that film rights have already been sold on it and it’s screenwriter Michaelides’ DEBUT NOVEL! Now if that doesn’t get your bookish motor revving, nothing will!
“Alicia Berenson lives a life most dream of… Her life is seemingly perfect. That is until one evening when Gabriel, her husband, returns home late from a fashion shoot and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.
Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.”
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
by Kiersten White
YA / Historical Fiction
Releases September 25, 2018
Can I be honest about this book? I am not a fan of Frankenstein. No particular reason. He’s just not my particular monster of choice.
However, I do love a good origin story AND I love a good alternate perspective story. Think about it… What if the Princess Bride had been told from the POV of Fezzik the giant? Or Harry Potter solely from Hermione’s perspective? I’m sure the outcome would be very different. As successful? You’d never know unless you try. So, I’m eager to see what Victor Frankenstein’s sister thought about the monster he was building in his workshop.
“The Frankenstein legend as you’ve never seen it before, as told by New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White! You will not be able to put down this stunning and dark reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic told from the point of view of Elizabeth, Victor Frankenstein’s adopted sister, timed for the 200th anniversary.”
***The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is available for request on NetGalley
by Jude Deveraux
Releases September 18, 2018
Romance novels. Most times they are either hit or miss. You never can fully get away from the standard characters or the all-too-common “instalove”, but some romance can be pretty compelling. And that’s what Jude Deveraux fans have been expecting (and getting) from her for years.
But Jude’s got a surprise for her fans. A Willing Murder is her very first mystery novel! It’s labeled as “A Medlar Mystery“, so not only is it a break from her standard genre, it is expected to be a series too, apparently. Ambitious, Mrs. Deveraux!
“New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and an improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover the truth regardless of the consequences.
When two dead bodies are accidentally discovered in the quiet town of Lachlan, Florida, an unlikely trio comes together to solve a mystery everyone else seems eager to keep under wraps.”
***A Willing Murder is available for request on NetGalley
by Rebecca Serle
Releases September 11, 2018
I already know my dinner “bucket list”. I’ve had it together for several years now. And – surprisingly – it has only changed by one person since I created it. I actually did a “Last Supper” guest list, so I had 12 guests (and no, none of them was Oprah). My guests included Neil deGrasse Tyson, Criss Angel, my mom, Kelly Clarkson, and Steven Spielberg. Coincidentally, The Dinner List‘s main character and I have another one of my guests in common (Hint: she’s had a Roman Holiday and she had Breakfast at Tiffany’s)!
“At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen?
When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together.”
Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.”
*** The Dinner List is available for request on NetGalley
by Stephanie Land
Nonfiction / Autobiography
Releases January 29, 2019
Newsflash: I’m not the biggest fan of the nonfiction genre. I’ll admit that. But sometimes a particular nonfiction title will come along that intrigues me. This is one of those books.
“In the tradition of bestsellers NICKEL AND DIMED and EVICTED, Stephanie Land—a writing fellow for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project (EHRP) and Center for Community Change (CCC)—writes a compassionate, unflinching account of her years scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet. In MAID, we enter Stephanie Land’s world and that of domestic workers who are paid far less than their needs.
Written in raw, masterful, heart-rending prose, MAID is the story of one woman’s tenacity to survive and break free of the grips of the system to give her child a better life. Stephanie Land’s work gives voice to the working poor. Her compassionate, unflinching writing is fueled by her own struggle as a low-income single mother who aspired to use her stories to expose the reality of pursuing the American Dream while being held under the poverty line.”
So there you have it – 8 book titles that I am SO looking forward to in the fall & winter of 2018! Do you already have your fall/winter TBR list going? What titles are you looking forward to?