Some of my favorite authors have new books this year:
- Sophie Hannah – Perfect Little Children
- Chris Bohjalian – The Red Lotus
- Hilary Mantel – The Mirror and the Light
- Donna Leon – Trace Elements
- Carol Goodman – The Sea of Lost Girls
- Anne Tyler – The Redhead by the Side of the Road
- Isabel Allende – A Long Petal in the Sea
- Lisa Gardner – When You See Me
- Sophie Hannah (Author of The Nightingale and How to Hold a Grudge) has a new suspense mystery coming in February – Perfect Little Children:
” Beth hasn’t seen Flora for twelve years. She doesn’t want to see her today—or ever again. But she can’t resist. She parks outside the open gates of Newnham House, watches from across the road as Flora arrives and calls to her children Thomas and Emily to get out of the car.
There’s something terribly wrong. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven’t they grown? How is it possible that they haven’t grown up?”
2. If you need more suspense, Chris Bohjalian (The Flight Attendant) has The Red Lotus coming in March:
” an American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam, and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met.”
3. For fans of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel is finally delivering the third book in the trilogy in March – The Mirror and the Light:
“With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man’s vision.”
4. Need a taste of Italy? Donna Leon returns with a new Guido Brunetti mystery in Trace Elements, March 2020:
“When a dying hospice patient gasps that her husband was murdered over “bad money,” Commissario Brunetti softly promises he and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that the man had worked in the field, collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice’s water supply, and that he had recently died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Piecing together the tangled threads, Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman’s accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when he reads Aeschylus’s classic play The Eumenides.”
5. Carol Goodman (The Lake of Dead Languages) has a new romantic mystery coming in March – The Sea of Lost Girls:
“Tess has worked hard to keep her past buried, where it belongs. Now she’s the wife to a respected professor at an elite boarding school, where she also teaches. Her seventeen-year-old son, Rudy, whose dark moods and complicated behavior she’s long worried about, seems to be thriving: he has a lead role in the school play and a smart and ambitious girlfriend. Tess tries not to think about the mistakes she made eighteen years ago, and mostly, she succeeds.
And then one more morning she gets a text at 2:50 AM: it’s Rudy, asking for help. When Tess picks him up she finds him drenched and shivering, with a dark stain on his sweatshirt. Four hours later, Tess gets a phone call from the Haywood school headmistress: Lila Zeller, Rudy’s girlfriend, has been found dead on the beach, not far from where Tess found Rudy just hours before. The more Tess learns about Haywood’s fabled history, the more she realizes that not all skeletons will stay safely locked in the closet.
6. And Anne Tyler, one of my favorite authors, has a new book in April: The Redhead by the Side of the Road:
“about misperception, second chances, and the sometimes elusive power of human connection…”
Can’t Wait? These are coming in January:
7. Isabel Allende’s A Long Petal in the Sea
“From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place.”
8. Lisa Gardner’s When You See Me
“Detective D. D. Warren, Flora Dane, and Kimberly Quincy—in a twisty new thriller, as they investigate a mysterious murder from the past…which points to a dangerous and chilling present-day crime.”
I’m counting the days until I can get my hands on the Hilary Mantel!
But I don’t think it’s in the U.S. until March.
That’s when it comes out in UK also
What a wonderful list, Rosemary! I can’t wait to start reading them all. I’m currently reading an old (well, 1974) British mystery I found in my friend’s great aunt’s bookshelf: The Hanged Man’s House by Elizabeth Ferrars. She handles dialogue very well.
Great to hear from you, and thanks for the book recommendation.