February is shaping up to be a month for intriguing puzzles and mysteries, in both fiction and non-fiction. We're also seeing a trend towards new WWI books, given the 100th anniversary. Also look for some sweet titles for children and teens.
Adults: The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia by David Stuart MacLean
MacLean came to awareness in the middle of a train station in India, having no idea who or where he was. This is the story of the mystery he hopes to solve - they mystery of himself.
Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War Against America by Howard Blum
This meticulously researched account focuses on Manhattan just before the outbreak of WWI when New York City Police Detective Tom Tunney is perplexed about a number of incidents of sabotage. Publisher's weekly says the book combines "the best features of a police procedural and a spy novel with a firm base in verifiable events."
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash
When 12-year-old Easter and her 6-year-old sister Ruby are orphaned, they're placed in foster care. But just as they settle into their new life, their errant father, Wade, an ex-minor league baseball player whom they haven't seen in years, suddenly reappears and steals them away in the middle of the night. Fans of Charles Frazier, Daniel Woodrell and baseball allusions in their fiction may enjoy this one.
Children and teens:
Maple by Lori Nichols combines a love a nature with welcoming a new baby. Maple loves the tree that was planted for her before she was born. One day her family plants a Willow.
What's Your Favorite Animal?, edited by Eric Carle, asks famous children's authors about their favorite animals. They respond with quirky, funny and sometimes imaginary creatures. Parents and kids will have a fun time exploring this one.
Also look for Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin. A spin on Hans Christian Andersen's "Nightingale", it is a story with a little magical realism set in Texas, for middle grades.