Upcoming Titles

By TERRY MATHEWS | News-Telegram Arts Editor

Oct 12, 2007 - It’s that time in the publishing world – a host of new titles are about to be released. Here are a few of the books that are certain to hit everyone’s best seller list. 

Book of the Dead

While Cornwell’s last few stories about forensic specialist Dr. Kay Scarpetta have left me a little flat, I am still willing to give the upcoming book a spin. 

Book of the Dead
By Patricia Cornwell
$26.95. 
416 pp.
Penguin Books
Release: Oct. 23

Penguin Books’ website says: 

The "book of the dead" is the morgue log, the ledger in which all cases are entered by hand. For Kay Scarpetta, however, it is about to have a new meaning. 

Fresh from her bruising battle with a psychopath in Florida, Scarpetta decides it's time for a change of pace – not only personally and professionally, but geographically. Moving to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, she opens a unique private forensic pathology practice, one in which she and her colleagues offer expert crime-scene investigation and autopsies to communities that lack local access to competent death investigation and modern technology. 

I sure hope Cornwell has regained the snap, crackle and pop of her earlier books.

Stone Cold

The last Baldacci I tackled, “Simple Genius” did not flip my switches. The plot was too fantastic and the main character was way too annoying. 

Stone Cold
By David Baldacci
$26.99.
400 pp.
Grand Central Publishing
Release: Nov. 6

However, this plot, taken from the publisher’s website, looks promising: 

Oliver Stone and the Camel Club are back in their most dangerous adventure yet, a war on two fronts. Casino king Jerry Bagger from “The Collectors” is hunting Annabelle Conroy, who conned him out of millions. Stone and his colleagues Reuben, Milton, and Caleb marshal all their resources to protect Annabelle.

 

 

 

 

Home to Holly Springs

�How wonderful it is to have Father Tim back in circulation. Karon�s �At Home in Mitford� series has ended, so she�s decided to give fans a glimpse into the sweet priest�s past. Here�s what the Viking website has to say:

Readers of the nine bestselling Mitford novels have been captivated by Jan Karon�s �gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives�along with a vividly imagined world� (People Magazine).

They learned quickly that “after you’ve spent time in Mitford, you’ll want to come back” (Chicago Tribune).

Home to Holly Springs
By Jan Karon
$26.95. 
368 pp.
Viking
Release: Oct. 30

Millions eagerly awaited the publication of each novel, relishing the story of the bookish and bighearted Episcopal priest and the extraordinary fullness of his seemingly ordinary life.�

For the first time in decades, Father Tim returns to his birthplace, Holly Springs, Mississippi, in response to a mysterious, unsigned note saying simply: “Come home.” Little does he know how much these two words will change his life. 

A story of long-buried secrets, forgiveness, and the wonder of discovering new people, places, and depth of feeling, “Home to Holly Springs” will enthrall new readers and longtime fans alike.

T is for Trespass

I am such a fan of private eye Kinsey Millhone. She is feisty, fearless and she trims her hair with cuticle scissors. I also love that Grafton has not sold Kinsey out to Hollywood.

T is for Trespass
By Sue Grafton
$26.95. 
400pp.
Putnam
Release: Dec. 4

While Grafton doesn’t churn out four or five boiler-plate novels each year like many best-selling writers, her stories are always so well-crafted and satisfying they are worth the wait.

This is what Putnam’s website has to say about Kinsey’s latest case:

In what may be her most unsettling novel to date, Sue Grafton's “T is for Trespass” is also her most direct confrontation with the forces of evil. 

Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the voice of Kinsey Millhone to that of Solana Rojas, introducing readers to a chilling sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity she cunningly stole, an identity that gives her access to private caregiving jobs. 

�The true horror of the novel builds with excruciating tension as the reader foresees the awfulness that lies ahead. The suspense lies in whether Millhone will realize what is happening in time to intervene.�

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