eAudiobook recent picks for August

This month is a good month for mystery readers with lots of top quality crime fiction added to Overdrive. We have six new titles from Camilla Lackberg, plus titles from Donna Leon, Robert Harris and Thomas Perry. If mysteries aren’t your cup of tea Maya Banks adds a dose of romance and there’s a wide variety of nonfiction to check out.

Overdrive cover Where Monsters Dwell, by Jørgen Brekke (Audiobook)
“A murder at a museum in Richmond, Virginia, bears a close resemblance to one in Trondheim, Norway. Richmond homicide detective Felicia Stone and Trondheim police inspector Odd Singsaker find themselves working on similar murder cases, committed the same way, half a world away. A runaway bestseller in Norway, Jørgen Brekke’s Where Monsters Dwell has since sold to over fourteen countries. Where Monsters Dwell is the most awaited English language crime fiction debut in years.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Fire Dance, by Helene Tursten (Audiobook)
“Detective Inspector Irene Huss hasn’t seen Sophie Malmborg for over fifteen years, but she’s still haunted by the strange young ballerina’s role in the fire that killed her stepfather. Irene’s questions resurface fifteen years later, when Sophie disappears and the charred remains of a dancer are found in an abandoned warehouse. Irene has a startling realization that could shed light on the case that has been lingering in the back of her mind since the beginning of her career.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Hidden Child, by Camilla Lackberg (Audiobook)
“Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig into her family’s past to discover why. Her enquiries lead her to a retired history teacher, but her questions are met with evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death. Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Herbie’s Game, by Timothy Hallinan (Audiobook)
“It’s everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s top crook, sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to pass along the instructions and the money, ensuring that the hitter doesn’t know who hired him. Then one day Wattles finds his safe open and the list of the crooks in the chain missing. When people associated with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can turn to for help is Junior Bender, professional burglar and begrudging private eye for crooks.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Stand Down, by J. A. Jance (Audiobook)
“Life has shifted for J. P. Beaumont. After a tragic accident that devastated his Special Homicide Investigation Team, he accepts that he has left homicide detection behind. He’s keeping busy with renovations on the new house that he and his wife Mel Soames, the newly appointed Chief of Police in Bellingham, Washington, have bought. Mel is struggling to gain control of her new situation, cast into a department where some are welcoming—and some are not. When Beau shows up one afternoon to survey the construction at their new house and finds Mel’s car there but no sign of her, his investigative instincts kick in. Suddenly he’s back in the game—except this time, his heart is on the line as well as his professional dignity.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Looting Machine, by Tom Burgis (Audiobook)
“The trade in oil, gas, gems, metals and rare earth minerals wreaks havoc in Africa. During the years when Brazil, India, China and the other “emerging markets” have transformed their economies, Africa’s resource states remained tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain. While Africa accounts for about 30 per cent of the world’s reserves of hydrocarbons and minerals and 14 per cent of the world’s population, its share of global manufacturing stood in 2011 exactly where it stood in 2000: at 1 percent. In his first book, The Looting Machine, Tom Burgis exposes the truth about the African development miracle.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Alone, 1932-1940, by William Manchester (Audiobook)
“This second volume in William Manchester’s three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill’s finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932–1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors, he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles. He was disowned by his own party, dismissed by social and political establishments as a warmonger, and twice nearly lost his seat in Parliament. Manchester tracks with new insights this complex, fascinating history without ever losing sight of Churchill the man.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Paddle Your Own Canoe, by Nick Offerman (Audiobook)
“Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Blood, Bones & Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton (Audiobook)
“Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that in her adult years eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors. The smells of spit-roasted lamb, apple wood smoke, and rosemary garlic marinade became as necessary to her as her own skin. Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion. By turns epic and intimate, it marks the debut of a tremendous literary talent.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)