Waiting On Wednesday (166) @FeinLouise @WmMorrowBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Hidden Child
Louise Fein
William Morrow, October 2021
Historical

From the publisher—

In this new historical novel by the author of Daughter of the Reich, Londoners Eleanor and Edward Hamilton have it all. But the 1929 financial crash is looming, and they’re harboring a shameful secret. How far are they willing to go to protect their charmed life? 

Eleanor Hamilton is happily married and mother to a beautiful four-year-old girl, Mabel. Her husband, Edward, is a leading light in the burgeoning Eugenics movement, which is designing the very ideas that will soon be embraced by Hitler.

But when their daughter develops debilitating epileptic seizures, their world fractures. Mabel’s shameful illness must be hidden or Edward’s life’s work and the family’s honor will be in jeopardy.

When Eleanor discovers Edward has been keeping secrets, she calls into question everything she believed about genetic inferiority, and her previous unshakeable faith in her husband disintegrates. Alarmed, distressed, and no longer able to bear the family’s burden, she takes matters into her own hands.

Inspired by her personal experience, author Louise Fein illuminates moral and ethical issues of an era shaped by xenophobia, prejudice, fear, and well-intentioned yet flawed science. Vividly rendered, deeply affecting, and impeccably researched, The Hidden Child is a sweeping story and a richly drawn portrait of a family torn apart by shame, deceit, and dangerous ideals.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I think this is going to be a bit darker than I normally like but, at the same time, there are elements here that I’d like to know more about including the Eugenics movement and the prevalence of ideas we usually chalk up to the Nazis and overlook in those people we consider the good guys. A lot of this carried over to the US as well as England and we all can use a reminder of how insidious misguided ideas and true evil can be. Flawed science? Antipathy towards other cultures? Prejudice? It’s all too familiar these days.

Waiting On Wednesday (165) @AndreaPenrose @KensingtonBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens
A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #5
Andrea Penrose
Kensington, September 2021
Mystery, Historical

From the publisher—

One advantage of being caught up in a whirl of dress fittings and decisions about flower arrangements and breakfast menus is that Charlotte Sloane has little time for any pre-wedding qualms. Her love for Wrexford isn’t in question. But will being a wife—and a Countess—make it difficult for her to maintain her independence—not to mention, her secret identity as famed satirical artist A.J. Quill?

Despite those concerns, there are soon even more urgent matters to attend to during Charlotte and Wrexford’s first public outing as an engaged couple. At a symposium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, a visiting botanist suffers a fatal collapse. The traces of white powder near his mouth reveal the dark truth—he was murdered. Drawn into the investigation, Charlotte and the Earl learn of the victim’s involvement in a momentous medical discovery. With fame and immense fortune at stake, there’s no shortage of suspects, including some whose ruthlessness is already known. But neither Charlotte nor her husband-to-be can realize how close the danger is about to get—or to what lengths this villain is prepared to go . . .

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I’ve been intending to start this series ever since the first one came out and, now, here we are with the fifth book—I think it’s high time I got off the pot, don’t you? It has many of the elements I love including a Regency setting, a peek at society’s doings, what seems like a compelling mystery to solve and, oh yes, Charlotte has a big secret of her own that I want to know more about. Oh, and that cover? Gorgeous!

Waiting On Wednesday (164) @mkayandrews @StMartinsPress

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Santa Suit
Mary Kay Andrews
St. Martin’s Press, September 2021
Mystery, Southern Fiction, Women’s Fiction

From the publisher—

When newly-divorced Ivy Perkins buys an old farmhouse sight unseen, she is definitely looking for a change in her life. The Four Roses, as the farmhouse is called, is a labor of love―but Ivy didn’t bargain on just how much labor. The previous family left so much furniture and so much junk, that it’s a full-time job sorting through all of it.

At the top of a closet, Ivy finds an old Santa suit―beautifully made and decades old. In the pocket of a suit she finds a note written in a childish hand: it’s from a little girl who has one Christmas wish, and that is for her father to return home from the war. This discovery sets Ivy off on a mission. Who wrote the note? Did the man ever come home? What mysteries did the Rose family hold?

Ivy’s quest brings her into the community, at a time when all she wanted to do was be left alone and nurse her wounds. But the magic of Christmas makes miracles happen, and Ivy just might find more than she ever thought possible: a welcoming town, a family reunited, a mystery solved, and a second chance at love.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? There are any number of things about this book that appeal to me, not least of which is the fact that Mary Kay Andrews never lets me down in any way. Add to that my own fascination with”plundering” through seemingly unwanted stuff and old family history and the promise of a mystery to be solved, maybe even more than one, and I’m there. Besides, it sounds like a good way to begin the Christmas season, don’t you think?  😉🎄🎅

Waiting On Wednesday (163) @AnnCleeves @MinotaurBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Heron’s Cry
A Detective Matthew Venn Novel #2
Ann Cleeves
Minotaur Books, September 2021
Mystery, Police Procedural

From the publisher—

North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder–Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter’s broken vases.

Dr. Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He’s a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.

Then another body is found–killed in a similar way. Matthew soon finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Ann Cleeves has well and truly earned her place in my list of top five police procedural crime fiction writers and I’m equally, if not more, addicted to Vera and Shetland, the two British TV series based on her books. I’m new to this third series but really want to jump in so I’ll start with this second book, then go back to catch up with the first. Based on the author’s writing in the first two series, I’m quite sure this will be just as compelling and I need to get a head start on the books before the new TV series debuts sometime in 2022 😄.

Waiting On Wednesday (162) @KiraJaneWrites @GrandCentralPub

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Feral Creatures
Kira Jane Buxton
Grand Central Publishing, August 2021
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Humor

From the publisher—

In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom, the animal kingdom’s “favorite apocalyptic hero”is back with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic (Helen Macdonald).

Once upon an apocalypse, there lived an obscenely handsome American crow named S.T. . . .

When the world last checked-in with its favorite Cheeto addict, the planet had been overrun by flesh-hungry beasts, and nature had started re-claiming her territory from humankind. S.T., the intrepid crow, alongside his bloodhound-bestie Dennis, had set about saving pets that had become trapped in their homes after humanity went the way of the dodo.

That is, dear reader, until S.T. stumbled upon something so rare—and so precious—that he vowed to do everything in his power to safeguard what could, quite literally, be humanity’s last hope for survival. But in a wild world plagued by prejudiced animals, feather-raising environments, new threats so terrifying they make zombies look like baby bunnies, and a horrendous dearth of cheesy snacks, what’s a crow to do?

Why, wing it on another big-hearted, death-defying adventure, that’s what! Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges plus his biggest one yet: parenthood.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? I fell totally in love with S.T. in his first adventure, Hollow Kingdom, and I just can’t wait to learn how his epic quest is progressing. Kira Jane Buxton has found a way to make the reader pay attention to the perils facing humanity and have enormous fun doing it. What lies in store for this intrepid fellow and his army of pets and wildlife in the battle to save themselves and, by the way, us? Let’s find out!

Waiting On Wednesday (161) @StephenKing @ScribnerBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Billy Summers
Stephen King
Scribner, August 2021
Mystery, Noir, Thriller

From the publisher—

Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?

How about everything.

This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.

You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? Well, it’s Stephen King and that’s all the reason I need, really. Add to that my conviction that he’s at his best with characters who shouldn’t be sympathetic or appealing but are—this time, it sounds like the hitman is somebody I’m going to like despite his chosen profession. Then, throw in a spell of bad luck and a search for redemption and here we go, off on a new adventure from the master. 😀

Waiting On Wednesday (160) @ChetTheDog @ForgeReads

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Tender Is the Bite
A Chet & Bernie Mystery #11
Spencer Quinn
Forge Books, July 2021
Mystery, Private Investigators

From the publisher—

Chet and Bernie are contacted by a terribly scared young woman who seems to want their help. Before she can even tell them her name, she flees in panic. But in that brief meeting Chet sniffs out an important secret about her, a secret at the heart of the mystery he and Bernie set out to solve.

It’s a case with no client and no crime and yet great danger, with the duo facing a powerful politician who has a lot to lose. Their only hope lies with a ferret named Griffie who adores Bernie. Is there room for a ferret in the Chet and Bernie relationship? That’s the challenge Chet faces, the biggest of his career. Hanging in the balance are the lives of two mistreated young women and the future of the whole state.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? To be honest, I can’t imagine NOT waiting eagerly. I know some readers shy away from animal sleuths but nobody does it better than Mr. Quinn and having Chet tell these tales from his point of view never gets old. This private eye duo is good at what they do even if Chet is sometimes thrown off track by random squirrels and other distractions and they’re just plain fun to spend time with. This time, the fate of their corner of the universe seems to be in peril and I so want to know what’s going to happen with Griffie 😃.