Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish / There's No Murder Like Show Murder / A Certain Kind of Starlight / Mercer Girls

The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.

Here are three upcoming releases that caught my attention and immediately ended up on my wish list. I am looking forward to reading all of them! 

The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish
(#1) by Paula Brackston 
Release Date: 07/23/2024 by St. Martin's Press 
The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish is book one in New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston's new, magic-infused series about Hecate Cavendish, an eccentric and feisty young woman who can see ghosts. 

England, 1881. Hereford cathedral stands sentinel over the city, keeping its secrets, holding long forgotten souls in its stony embrace. Hecate Cavendish speeds through the cobbled streets on her bicycle, skirts hitched daringly high, heading for her new life as Assistant Librarian. But this is no ordinary collection of books. The cathedral houses an ancient chained library, wisdom guarded for centuries, mysteries and stories locked onto its worn, humble shelves. The most prized artifact, however, is the medieval world map which hangs next to Hecate’s desk. Little does she know how much the curious people and mythical creatures depicted on it will come to mean to her. Nor does she suspect that there are lost souls waiting for her in the haunted cathedral. Some will become her dearest friends. Some will seek her help in finding peace. Others will put her in great peril, and, as she quickly learns, threaten the lives of everyone she loves. [Goodreads Summary]

There's No Murder Like Show Murder
 by M.S. Greene

Release Date: 07/23/2024 by Crooked Lane Books
Tasha Weaver has seen her fair share of divas come and go while working as the costume shop head at the Eastbrook Playhouse, but her beloved theater is put at risk when the star of the show is killed in this fun but deadly debut for fans of Ellery Adams and Kellye Garrett.

Tasha Weaver is most at home in the cozy backstage world of the Eastbrook Playhouse. As the costume shop head at the charming regional theater, she’s used to watching dramatic acts of love and revenge from the shadows. But when Kurt Mozer–the insufferable Broadway reject who stars in their production of Annie Get Your Gun –is shot center stage, the spotlight turns to her.

Everyone knows Kurt was difficult to work with and after he got into a fight with both the director Marnie Mason and the artistic leader Arthur Winston, he promptly decided to quit the show. In deep financial trouble, the Eastbrook Playhouse depended on a big name like Kurt to keep afloat. With reporters coming in from the big apple to Tasha’s little corner of Connecticut, she realizes it's up to her to save their local theater and keep her community safe. After all, the show must go on… But what do you do when the killer could very well be one of your loved ones?

With the help of her friends, her long-time crush Bruno Machado, and her feline colleague Hilly, Tasha must catch a murderer before the shining lights of the playhouse go out forever. [Goodreads Summary]

A Certain Kind of Starlight
by Heather Webber

Release Date: 07/23/2024 by Forge Books
In the face of hardship, two women learn how to rise up again under the bright side of the stars.

Everyone knows that Addie Fullbright can’t keep a secret. Yet, twelve years ago, as her best friend lay dying, she entrusted Addie with the biggest secret of all. One so shattering that Addie felt she had to leave her hometown of Starlight, Alabama, to keep from revealing a devastating truth to someone she cares for deeply. Now she’s living a lonely life, keeping everyone at a distance, not only to protect the secret but also her heart from the pain of losing someone else. But when her beloved aunt, the woman who helped raise her, gets a shocking diagnosis and asks her to come back to Starlight to help run the family bakery, Addie knows it’s finally time to go home again.

Tessa Jane Wingrove-Fullbright feels like she’s failing. She’s always been able to see the lighter side of life but lately darkness has descended. Her world is suddenly in shambles after a painful breakup, her favorite aunt’s unexpected health troubles, and because crushing expectations from the Wingrove side of her family are forcing her to keep secrets and make painful choices. When she’s called back to Starlight to help her aunt, she’s barely holding herself together and fears she’ll never find her way back to who she used to be.

Under the bright side of the stars, Addie and Tessa Jane come to see that magic can be found in trusting yourself, that falling apart is simply a chance to rise up again, stronger than ever, and that the heart usually knows the best path through the darkness. [Goodreads Summary]
Do any of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?

The Old(er) 
Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight those unread books on my TBR in her Books from the Backlog feature, reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!

These past few months I have been featuring books on the losing end of my TBR List Poll, all books which are on my TBR shelves. This one was one of the options in my May 2017 poll that I have not managed to get to yet.

Mercer Girls
by Libbie Hawker
It’s 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town—leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

Schoolmarmish Josephine, tough-as-nails Dovey, and pious perfectionist Sophronia see their chance to exchange their bleak prospects for new lives. But the very troubles that sent them running from Lowell follow them to the muddy streets of Seattle, and the friendships forged on the cross-country trek are tested at every turn.

Just when the journey seems to lead only to ruin, an encounter with a famous suffragist could be their salvation. But to survive both an untamed new landscape and their pasts, they’ll need all their strength—and one another. [Goodreads Summary]
Have you read Mercer Girls?  Does this book sound like something you would like to read? 

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  1. OOh nice picks! These are all new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all once you get to read them!

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  2. The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish and A Certain Kind of Starlight interest me the most. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy them all when you get to them!

    1. Laura - They both sound very promising. Thank you for visiting!

  3. Awesome picks! It's been awhile since I've read a Heather Webber book, but I've absolutely loved the ones I have read. I'm looking forward to this one. Thanks for sharing! :D

    1. Ashley - I haven't tried any of her books yet, but I have a couple of her earlier books on my TBR. I really need to read her books! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. I've seen The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish around and it sounds so good! I've also actually have Mercer Girls on my TBR for ages, thanks for reminding me about it! I hope you enjoy all of these.

    1. Jordan - I hope they both will be good! Maybe we'll both get to Mercer Girls someday soon. Maybe. LOL Too many tempting books out there I want to read. Thank you for visiting!

  5. I am curious about the starlight book

    1. Blodeuedd - It does sound good, doesn't it? Thank you for stopping by!

  6. I love the sound of The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish - I've read books by this author before the thoroughly enjoyed them:)). I hope you find this one a fab read, Wendy:)).

    1. Sarah - That you've enjoyed books by Brackston before is promising! I've never read any of her other work, but I've long wanted to. Thank you for stopping by!

  7. I'm intrigued by The Haunting of Hecate Cavendish! I hope it's as good as her first book was.

    1. Lark - I haven't read anything by her before, but I look forward to. Thank you for visiting!

  8. All of these look fabulous and I haven't read any of them! I've read two books by Heather Webber and loved them both so that is definitely one I wnat to read. I need to look into the others as well - especially The Mercer Girls.


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