Sunday, December 25, 2011

Something for Everyone in 2011

 If you’re looking for a good book, look no further. There’s something here for everyone.
Behind the Redwood Door by John M. Daniel was published in November by Oak Tree Press. It’s the third book in John’s Guy Mallon Mystery Series. The novel takes place on California’s North Coast, in Redwood Country. It’s the story of a newspaper war, a family feud, marijuana traffic and murder. Pint-sized Guy Mallon’s adventures, as he tracks the murder of his friend, take him from the town square to the harbor, to the forest and into the mountains, where he must confront evil in the form of a bully nearly twice his size. 
       William Doonan writes the Henry Grave mystery series. The second novel in the series, Mediterranean Grave, was published by BookYear Mysteries. Henry Grave is a senior investigator for the Association of Cruising Vessel Operators and, at 84 years old, he’s as cunning as he is charming. The novel takes place on a cruise ship anchored off the Greek Island of Thera. An Egyptian federal agent was onboard to guard a valuable Minoan cup but the agent was murdered and the cup was stolen. Henry has been called in to solve the mystery.
Old Murders Never Die by Marja McGraw was published by Wings ePress, Inc. in July. It’s the fifth novel in the Sandi Webster series. Los Angeles P.I. Sandi Webster is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she and her partner, Pete, become stranded in a ghost town inhabited by a mysterious cowboy and haunted by a series of unsolved Old West murders.
 Lesley A. Diehl is the author of Dumpster Dying, the first book in her Big Lake Murder Mystery series, published by Oak Tree Press. Emily Rhodes retires to rural Florida and inadvertently discovers the body of the county’s wealthiest rancher in the Big Lake Country Club dumpster. With her close friend accused of murder, Emily sets aside her grief at her life partner’s death to find the real killer. She underestimates the obstacles rural Florida can set up for a winter visitor and runs afoul of a local judge with his own version of justice, hires a lawyer who works out of a retirement home and flees wild fires hand-in-hand with the man she believes to be the killer.
 Sally Carpenter has written a mystery that all Beatles fans are sure to love. The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper is the first in her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series and was published by Oak Tree Press in September. Sandy Fairfax was a 70s teen idol and star of the TV show “Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth.” Now he’s 38 years old and solving mysteries while he’s making a comeback. When a member of the tribute band is shot at a Beatles fan convention, the boy detective is back in action.
 Fallen From Grace by John R. Lindermuth was published in March as a Wild Oak mystery, a division of Oak Tree Press. As the 19th century winds to a close, Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman of the small Pennsylvania town of Arahpot ponders his biggest problems: finding a new deputy and convincing his true love, Lydia, to marry him. But Arahpot’s usual tranquility is shaken when a stranger is fatally stabbed and then another dies of arsenic poisoning. As he works through an abundance of suspects, Tilghman finds himself in danger. And worse – Lydia is pushing her obnoxious cousin as a candidate for deputy. 
 Where Angels Fear by Sunny Frazier is the second in her Christy Bristol Astrology Mystery Series, published by Oak Tree Press. Amateur astrologer Christy Bristol finds herself on the fringes of Kearny society in California’s Central Valley and a members only sex club as she reluctantly takes on a missing persons case. A prominent business man has disappeared and his wife can’t go to the authorities. Christy’s investigation crosses paths with several homicide cases. Could the cases be connected? Christy goes where angels fear to tread to find the answers.
 Rowena Through the Wall by Melodie Campbell was published by Imajin Books. College professor Rowena Revel has a magical gift with animals and a huge problem. Gorgeous tunic-clad men keep walking through the wall of her classroom and she’s being haunted by sexy dreams in a rugged land. Curious, she checks out the wall and falls through a portal into a savage world where, after years of war, women are scarce. Good thing she has the ability to go back through the wall. Or does she?
 If you like westerns, you'll want to read Escape from the Alamo by Dac Crossley and published by CreateSpace. Remember the Alamo! The defenders fought bravely, to the last man, giving their lives for freedom and the Republic of Texas. But suppose one of those warriors survived the battle? George Hanks, called “Possum,” finds himself confused and alone. He can’t go back to Tennessee because they believe he died at the Alamo. Possum’s journey to manhood takes him through fights with Indians and bandits, arrest and trial and enlistment in the Texas Rangers.
All of these books are available at Amazon.com. Enjoy!

25 comments:

  1. Thanks, Pat, for featuring these books and letting readers know what's hot this season!

    Lesley

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  2. And thank you from me, too. I've been putting off ordering new books because my TBR stack is so high, but after reading these descriptions I realize I'd better get busy.

    Marja

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  3. Lesley and Marja,
    I had a lot of fun putting this post together and, as Lesley knows, a few issues with posting the book covers. But, I loved doing it. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. A lot of good reads for the coming year. I'd add Clark Lohr's "Devil's Kitchen" to that list. A Tuscon detective finds a head in a landfill that leads to a case filled with murder, politics, and corruption.

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  5. Sounds like another good book. Thanks, Bill!

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  6. Fantastico! Your list would make the perfect home library.

    William Doonan
    www.themummiesofblogspace9.com

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  7. William,
    Thanks! So far, I've read six of the nine I listed and enjoyed them all. We have some incredibly wonderful writers in the Posse!

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  8. Very nice job, Patricia. It was so nice of you to put this together, book jackets and all, for all your blog readers to see.

    Happy New Year!

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  9. Thanks for the list. Trouble is, they all sound good. Let's see--where to start? I am familiar with Sunny Frazier's work, but not the rest.

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  10. Thanks, Eileen!
    Radine, they are all good. Maybe you'll want to start with Sunny's "Where Angels Tread" since you're familiar with her work?

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  11. Patricla thanks for sharing this information , I missed two of the titles that I need to pick up. Augie

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  12. Augie,
    Lots of winter reading fun here!

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  13. Radine,
    I need to correct a mistake I made in my earlier reply to you. Sunny's novel is "Where Angels Fear." I read the book and loved it!

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  14. Thanks for the promotion! Who needs to read what's on the NYT best seller list? Small presses are producing good work. Let's all support our local authors and the small publishers who take care of their writers.
    Sally Carpenter

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  15. Sally, I couldn't agree with you more!

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  16. Looks good. I see several I'll have to check out, especially John Daniel's new one.

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  17. Patricia, thank you for the list of books to be read and enjoyed in the coming year. And I can't tell you how pleased I am to be on that list. Very generous of you. My best wishes to all for a Happy New Year!

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  18. It was my pleasure, John. I believe in giving credit where credit is due. Happy New Year to you too!

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  19. Thanks for pulling this list together,Patricia. Most are on my TBR list already. Have a grand New Year. Can't wait to add your book to my TBR list.

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  20. Nice promotion for these books. Thanks for the post, Patricia!

    Monti
    Mary Montague Sikes

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  21. Theresa,
    Thanks! The next time I do a post like this, I hope to add your novel to the list! Happy New Year!

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  22. Monti,
    Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll visit next week when I feature Something for Everyone in 2012, a post listing novels to watch for starting in January.

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  23. Ill have to check out the books you recommended. There are many good books for me to read at this house. The owner was certainly an avid reader.
    I want to read books that you publish. Hope you have success doing that.

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  24. Dear Anonymous,
    You neglected to type your name so I'd know who you are.
    Thanks for your kind words. I hope you'll visit again soon.

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