Fall Reading Gathering – Reporter Journals
These new books, which will be published this fall, will take their readers to places around the world, from Scotland to Sweden to Spain.
The madness of the crowds | Louise Penny
In this 17e Episode of her much-loved and award-winning series starring Canadian Inspector Gamache, Penny once again captivates readers with intriguing twists and moral dilemmas.
Gamache is asked to provide security for a lecture given by a visiting professor of statistics, but this supposedly boring event will become something else when the professor’s agenda is revealed. Gamache’s colleagues, his family, and the villagers of Three Pines will all be involved in this layered and uplifting novel. (Minotaur, $ 28.99, September)
rock Paper Scissors | Alice feeney
Even if you think you are tired of the “unreliable narrator” tendency in mysteries, this one will surprise you. Adam and Amelia Wright’s marriage has been in trouble for some time, but they are hopeful that a weekend in a remote Scottish house might help.
Strange events ensue, and to complicate matters is Adam’s prosopagnosia, an inability to recognize faces, including his or his wife’s. It’s a measure of Feeney’s skill that otherwise tired tropes work so well here. (Flatiron Books, $ 27.99, September)
We know you remember | Tove Alsterdal
Winner of the best Swedish detective novel of the year, this first American film will gain new readers. Accused of a heinous crime when he was only fourteen, Olaf Hagstrom was expelled, exiled from his home and his family. Now, after more than 20 years, when he returns to his Swedish home, something is seriously wrong, and Police Detective Eira Sjodin will have to sort through past and present, innocence and guilt, and reliable memories, all wrapped up in vivid Swedish. Locations. (HarperCollins, $ 28.99, September)
April in Spain | Jean Banville
Booker Prize-winning author Banville (who also writes as Benjamin Black) follows “Snow” with another gripping read.
Irish pathologist and recovering alcoholic Dr Quirke tries to enjoy his vacation in Spain with his wife, when he thinks he recognizes a woman who was allegedly murdered years ago. Seeking help, he contacts Irish detective St. John Strafford, who is sent to Spain to investigate.
As always, Banville’s prose is elegant, the rich atmosphere captured in the descriptions of places, people, food, drink, and attitudes. (Hanover Square Press, $ 27.99, October)
The dark hours | Michel connelly
Connelly’s iconic sleuth, Harry Bosch, is back and teaming up with Renee Ballard once again. Ballard, a Los Angeles Police Detective, works at the cemetery on New Year’s Day when an employee of a local auto store is shot dead that was not from the savage and festive gunfire of a party animal. His investigation leads to one of Bosch’s old unsolved cases, and they work to resolve both cases before a killer can find them. (Small, Brown, $ 29. November)
These books are available at several local bookstores, including Virginia Highland Books (1034 North Highland Ave, NE; Atlanta, 30306) and A Capella Books (208 Haralson Ave, NE; Atlanta, 30307)