Here are some of my favorite books that I got from BEA last year. I haven’t heard anything about them anywhere else and they definitely deserve some more love.
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
“Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Harford, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.
Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.
Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she’s just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willingâ€¦”
Vivian In Red by Kristina Riggle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn’t stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he’s not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red hat, winking at him on a New York sidewalk, looking just as beautiful as she did back in 1934.
The sight causes him to suffer a stroke. And when he comes to, the renowned lyricist discovers he has lost the ability to communicate. Milo believes he must unravel his complicated history with Vivian Adair in order to win back his words. But he needs helpâ€”in the form of his granddaughter Eleanorâ€” failed journalist and family misfit. Tapped to write her grandfatherâ€™s definitive biography, Eleanor must dig into Miloâ€™s colorful past to discover the real story behind Miloâ€™s greatest song Love Me, I Guess, and the mysterious woman who inspired an amazing life.”
“They call him IQ. He’s a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tires or a homemade casserole. To get by, he’s forced to take on clients that can pay.
This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. As Isaiah investigates, he encounters a vengeful ex-wife, a crew of notorious cutthroats, a monstrous attack dog, and a hit man who even other hit men say is a lunatic. The deeper Isaiah digs, the more far reaching and dangerous the case becomes.”
There is a sequel to this coming out this year.Â It is on my list to read for sure.
The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner
This is a story about a lonely girl who meets a Bigfoot girl.Â I read this one out loud to the husband and the step-daughter who was determined not to listen on a road trip.Â The husband and I love it.Â There is a sequel to this one coming out soon too.