Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Reading Ahead: April 2014, part 3

This post wraps up the Reading Ahead list for April, but stay tuned for my personal picks for April--posts are coming this Thursday and next Tuesday.  Today's list is a mix of genres--everything from mysteries and humor to suspense and historical fiction.  Ready to dive in and see what I've got for you?

The Other Story, by Tatiana de Rosnay.  As a young man, Nicholas Duhamel uncovered a very carefully concealed secret about his family's history, sending him on a long road to uncovering the truth, only to run from it, desperate to put it behind him.  Years later, in the wake of his success as an author, he finds that every secret has a way of coming out, and must confront his family's past once and for all.  By the author of Sarah's Key.  Book clubs especially will want to check this out.

The Collector, by Nora Roberts.  Leila Emerson is a woman with no ties--a professional house-sitter with no home to call her own.  When she witnesses a murder/suicide during current gig, she is quickly entangled with Ash, who doesn't believe his brother could have done such a thing.  As Leila and Ash seek to unravel what has happened, they find themselves in the thick of a circle whose desire to collect rare antiques could turn deadly at a moment's notice.

Night Diver, by Elizabeth Lowell.  After a family tragedy, Kate Donnelly left the Caribbean behind forever. But a series of bad management decisions has left her family's diving and marine-recovery business drowning in red ink. Now her brother pleads with her to come back to the island nation of St Vincent. Without Kate's financial expertise, the iconic treasure-hunting enterprise started by her grandfather will go under. Unable to say no to the family she has left, Kate heads back to the beautiful and terrifying ocean that still haunts her nightmares. 

And the Dark Sacred Night, by Julia Glass.  Glass revisits some past characters in her new work.  Kit Noonan's life has stalled: he's unemployed, has twins to support, and a mortgage to pay.  His wife, frustrated, insists that Kit could start to turn things around if he would pursue the mystery of who his biological father was.  At a loss for what else to do, Kit complies, and the secrets that have been kept from him all his life begin to unravel.  A story of secrets, family, and forgiveness.  Another title that I think would be excellent for book clubs.

Destroyer Angel, by Nevada Barr. Eighteenth installment in prolific Barr's Anna Pigeon series, US Park Services ranger Pigeon sets off on vacation--a canoeing trip to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota with a couple of friends and their respective children.  When Anna goes out for a short solo trip on the Fox River, she returns to their campsite to find her friends and their children being held hostage by armed thugs.  Anna now has no resources, no way to contact the outside world, and just two days to rescue her friends or lose them forever.  Barr is a pro, and this should be an excellent addition to the series.

Serpent of Venice, by Christopher Moore.  Readers who are unfamiliar with Moore's quirky, irreverent sense of humor are really missing out.  Riffing off of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, we find three cunning fellows (merchant Antonio, senator Brabantio, and naval officer Iago) awaiting a most despised dinner guest: envoy of the Queen of Britain, Fool Pocket.  For such a small man, he has proven to be a huge obstacle to keeping these men from what they want--power, wealth and glory.  And so they have lured him to a dark dungeon, promising wine and women.  But the wine is drugged, there are no women, and now the game is afoot, for our Fool is no fool, after all.

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