Treasures on the Shelves: Some new books from familiar authors

Published 10:27 am Sunday, October 1, 2023

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Now that fall is here, we can look forward to cooler temperatures and falling leaves and also new titles from some of our favorite authors.

September and October are big months for publishers and authors as they get their latest books out before the holiday season begins.

John Grisham and Stephen King are two of the most popular and successful authors writing today and a new title from each of them is a fall event. This year, both authors have written books featuring characters from previous bestsellers. Grisham is returning to Mitch McDeere, the protagonist from his first major bestseller “The Firm.” In “The Exchange: After the Firm”, Grisham begins the novel 15 years after the events in the previous book and sets McDeere in the middle of another legal conspiracy. No one writes legal thrillers better than Grisham and this title is sure to satisfy fans of the genre. 

Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes trilogy and subsequent stand-alone title “The Outsider” introduced readers to Holly Gibney, a smart, brave and insecure heroine who gets a story all to herself in “Holly.” After the death of her overbearing mother, Holly is unmoored until she’s asked to investigate the disappearance of a young woman. Following her instincts, she uncovers a horrific crime and is determined to find justice for the victims. This is a page-turning thriller and another hit for King.

In 2016, Paulette Jiles published “The News of the World” , a frontier murder mystery. The book was a huge bestseller and was nominated for the National Book Award and also was made into a film starring Tom Hanks. “Chenneville” is the new title from Jiles and she returns to the frontier to follow the odyssey of a Union soldier after the Civil War who pursues the killer of his sister’s family. Readers who enjoy exquisite prose and pacing will want to add this book to their reading list.

William Kent Kruger, author of the Cork O’Connor mysteries, has a new book, “The River We Remember.” Set in 1958, the book explores characters living in the aftermath of the Korean War. A murder at the beginning of the story sets the stage for an examination of the prejudice that exists in communities and the generational trauma this can cause.

So make a nice cup of something warm and welcome fall with a good book!