New selections with all the ingredients for an appetizing read

By Claire Yezbak Fadden

Promises broken, promises kept. Mysteries solved. New beginnings mixed in with a generous serving of comedy. These fall titles are a savory treat for autumn nights. They’re guaranteed to keep you warm, cozy and satisfied as the colors change and the autumn air turns cool.



John Cleese’s huge comedic influence has stretched across generations. His sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers, and beyond now seem written into comedy’s dNa. in this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway… (Crown archetype, November 4, 2014) Cleese takes readers on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from
his humble beginnings in a sleepy english town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman), to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.


College professor Blanca Perea is on top of the world with a successful and satisfying career, two loving sons and a husband she wants to spend the rest of her life with. in María dueña’s newest novel The Heart has It’s Reasons (atria Books, November 11, 2014) life comes crashing down on Blanca after her husband of some 20 years leaves her for another woman. Pregnant with his child, should Bianca leave her safe existence in Madrid and travel halfway around the world to a small university in California with the hope of rediscovering herself and what’s most important in life?


When elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case—until elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown. in robert Crais’s newest suspense, The Promise (Putnam, November 4, 2014) Cole and Joe Pike are joined by Scott James and his k-9 partner, Maggie, characters from Crais’s thriller, Suspect.


The No. 1 ladies’ detective agency often helps people find things they have lost. But they have never had to help a client find herself—until now. in The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe (Pantheon, October 28, 2014) the latest installment of alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling and beloved series, Precious ramotswe and her friends once again see each other through major changes. When a kindhearted brother and sister take in a woman with no memory of her name or of how she came to Botswana, Mma ramotswe and her new co-director, Grace Makutsi, must uncover the woman’s identity.

Meet the Authors…

Wednesday, November 5: robert Crais, The Promise, 7:30 p.m., (reserved seating available.) Wednesday, November 12: alexander McCall Smith, The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café, 7 p.m. at MCaSd, Sherwood auditorium, (Ticketed event.) and Wednesday, November 19: Maria duenas, The Heart Has Its Reasons, (reserved seating available.) Thursday, November 20: John Cleese, So, Anyway . . . 7 p.m., University of San diego, College of arts and Sciences, Shiley Theater, (Ticketed event.) At Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, for details visit warwicks.com