Publication Date/Publisher: October 6th 2020/Sourcebooks Landmark
Genres: Adult, historical, mystery, fantasy
Pages: 488 pages
It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.
But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered. And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.
I’m a sucker for murder mysteries. I read Turton’s debut novel, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, some time ago (review here) and enjoyed it for the most part. I really liked his writing style so I’m intrigued to see what he cooks up in The Devil and the Dark Water.
Publication Date/Publisher: October 6th 2020/Gallery Books
Genres: Adult, contemporary romance, science fiction
Pages: 336 pages
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.
But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.
The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
We’re in for a time loop in Christina Lauren’s upcoming book, In A Holidaze. I love Christina Lauren’s writing style; it’s easy to read and enjoy. I thought this would be a quick romance read, but I like that there will be sci-fi aspects added into this. Anything to do with time travel or time loops intrigues me so I’m excited for what the author duo have in store.
Publication Date/Publisher: October 27th 2020/JIMMY Patterson
Genres: Historical, young adult, fantasy
Pages: 448 pages
Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…
I fell in love with the Stalking Jack the Ripper series earlier this year. Kerri Maniscalco knows how to grasp her reader’s attention and keep it. I’m excited to witness another world that she’s imagined. Kingdom of the Wicked sounds like just my type of read. It has magic, mystery, and revenge: all things I love in a good book.