Awesome October

Oh wow, too many great titles out this month!

I’m almost finished with Sherry Thomas’ second Charlotte Holmes/Sherlock Holmes book,  A Conspiracy in Belgravia and it’s just fabulous (full disclosure, Sherry Thomas sent me the audio CDs because I couldn’t get them from the audio publisher, but anyone who knows me knows I love everything she writes and this one just underlines why she’s a fave).

Being shunned by society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective", aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, she has had great success helping with all manner of inquiries, but she is not prepared for the new client who arrives at her Upper Baker Street office.

Lady Ingram, wife of Charlotte's dear friend and benefactor, wants Sherlock Holmes to find her first love, who failed to show up at their annual rendezvous. Matters of loyalty and discretion aside, the case becomes even more personal for Charlotte as the missing man is none other than Myron Finch, her illegitimate half-brother.

In the meanwhile, Charlotte wrestles with a surprising proposal of marriage, a mysterious stranger woos her sister Livia, and an unidentified body surfaces where least expected. Charlotte's investigative prowess is challenged as never before: Can she find her brother in time - or will he, too, end up as a nameless corpse somewhere in the belly of London?

If you haven’t read the first title, A Study in Scarlet Women, you might want to start there. (And if you’ve never read anything by Sherry Thomas before, I’m almost jealous of all the wonderful reading you have in front of you. Read everything. Seriously.)

I have Eloisa James’ Wilde in Love (releases Oct 31) in my audio queue (thanks Harper Audio!). It’s the first in a new series, The Wildes of Lindow Castle, and hasWilde in Love received some great buzz, including a starred Kirkus review which called it  a “charming, romantic, and unexpectedly funny start to a very promising new series. A must for James fans and a sure bet for everyone else. (read the full review here). 

(And if you haven’t read EJ’s lovely Paris memoir, Paris in Love, it looks like it’s $1.99 right now in electronic form.)

Speaking of “wilds,” Laura Kaye’s next Raven Riders title, Ride Wild releases at the end of the month, when the enigmatic Slider may finally overcome the grief of losing his wife and find another chance at love with his new babysitter, Cora. 

Julie Ann Walker finally brings ex-SAS officer Christian and office whiz Emily together in Hot Pursuit, her recent Black Knights Inc release (Oct 3). Yum! (Read the Kirkus review here).

Joanna Shupe launches a new series this month, The Four Hundred, with A Daring Arrangement, her first Avon title.The Kirkus review says, "Shupe continues to raise the bar for Gilded Age romance with the first book in a promising new series” (full review here).

 Mia Sosa releases Acting On Impulse, which pairs a disenchanted fitness trainer with a famous actor she doesn’t recognize. Kirkus says: “Spicy sexual chemistryActing on Impulse and a generous dash of authentic Puerto Rican flavor blend together in a sharp romance that begs to be savored” (full review here). And shouldn’t we all have Puerto Rico on our minds and in our hearts right now?

So many great releases, so little time!

What are you reading this month? What else do you hope to get to this month?!



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