Arrowood by Laura McHugh
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
What’s It About: Arrowood is the most ornate and grand of the historical houses that line the Mississippi River in southern Iowa. But the house has a mystery it has never revealed: It’s where Arden Arrowood’s younger twin sisters vanished on her watch twenty years ago—never to be seen again. After the twins’ disappearance, Arden’s parents divorced and the Arrowoods left the big house that had been in their family for generations. And Arden’s own life fell apart: She can’t finish her master’s thesis; a misguided love affair has ended badly. She has held on to the hope that her sisters are still alive, and it seems she can’t move forward until she finds them. When her father dies and she inherits Arrowood, Arden returns to her childhood home determined to discover what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer.
Heather’s Thoughts: I’m looking forward to this one because I loved McHugh’s first novel, THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD, which was a beautifully written page-turner.
Deadly Overtures: A Music Lover’s Mystery by Sarah Fox
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Witness Impulse
What’s It About: Three talented classical music composers have been named finalists in a composing competition hosted by the Point Grey Philharmonic. With money and egos on the line, it doesn’t surprise violinist Midori Bishop that the competition has brought out jealousy and bitter rivalries among the entrants. What does surprise her is finding one of the finalists murdered in the theater. With a cloud of suspicion hanging over the symphony’s esteemed concertmaster, Midori orchestrates her own investigation, uncovering a medley of dark secrets and motives for murder. But can she bring the truth to light before the killer silences her forever?
Heather’s Thoughts: This is the third entry in what has become my favorite cozy mystery series featuring violinist Midori Bishop.
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks
Publication Date: May 1, 2016
Publisher: Hub City Press
What’s It About: It’s 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent’s self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie’s fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband’s bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irenie—tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt—is practicing black magic.
Heather’s Thoughts: I’ve heard such good things about this book and it’s been endorsed by authors like Tim O’Brien, Amy Greene, and Kim Church.
The Memory of Us by Camille DiMaio
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
What’s It About: Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.
Heather’s Thoughts: I love well-written historical fiction and this story sounds right up my alley.
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica
Publication Date: June 1, 2016
What’s It About: In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.
Heather’s Thoughts: I’ve raced through Kubica’s other thrillers so I’m already excited about this one.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
What’s It About: A classic story of murder and deceit
Heather’s Thoughts: The publisher’s notes are a little vague, but I’m always up for a new, smart McEwan novel.