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Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on A Tale of Two Cities... The most important book to me, the greatest influence on my own writing, has to be ‘Tale of Two Cities’. It is a classic novel and also...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2003
 
 

Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s Game, for this, his thirtieth book. He is ace, although this is not his best but you’ve got lots to indulge in to find...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

A Deniable Death
Gerald Seymour
One of our Books of the Year 2013. An epic novel of high courage and low cunning, of life and death in the moral maze of the post-9/11 world. Gerald Seymour expertly explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/04/2012
 
 

The Dealer and the Dead
Gerald Seymour
One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011. A terrific thriller set in the arms dealing world amid the Serbo-Croat atrocities twenty years ago. It is Seymour's 26th novel so you have a lot more to choose from,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 23/05/2011
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of great reads. This stars sparky DI Marnie Rome and her sidekick, quieter DS Noah Jake, a splendid duo. Their case is dreadful and the faint-hearted should stay away. Set largely in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday reality filled with exquisite loss and longing. With harrowing memories of the savagery of Nazi Germany, tantalising...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fall from Grace David Raker Novel
Tim Weaver
August 2014 Book of the Month. The follow up to Never Coming Back sees David Raker helping Melanie Craw, a Met police officer from the earlier book, find her missing father, also a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship, the deep do-or-die kind, and an intricate peek into the teenage psyche, a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Little
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A great American thriller debut. Janie Jenkins is released from prison on a technicality. Ten years earlier she killed her mother and is now determined to unravel the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and engaging. Two sisters (aged 11 and 9), conclude that finding their newly divorced mother a man will lead to happiness and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Tomorrow and Tomorrow
Thomas Sweterlitsch
Maxim Jakubowski's Book of the Month. Heralded as a mix of Philip K. Dick, William Burroughs and Raymond Chandler, this splendid slice of future noir hits all the right buttons and demonstrates that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Children of the Jacaranda Tree
Sahar Delijani
Post-revolutionary Iran, 1983-2011, and three women prisoners’ lives are torn apart. Through linked stories we follow the utter pain of many characters as they try to find some sense in their world. Here is love at a terrible price. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Love, Love Me Do
Mark Haysom
1963. The year the Beatles first top the charts. The year Martin Luther King has a dream. The year Truman Bird moves his family from their home in Brighton to a dilapidated caravan in the Ashdown Forest - then disappears....
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Welcome to Meantime
Murray Davies
August 2014 eBook of the Month. This is a book to make real coppers and crime sleuths smile, the first chapter slaps your interest then...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/08/2014
 
 

Every Second Counts
Sophie Mckenzie
A dramatic sequel to Split Secondwhich picks up the threads of the story about Charlie and Nat, two idealistic kids living in England in a time of recession, who are determined to take a stand against terrorism. When Charlie...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Harry's Game
Gerald Seymour
A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/06/2013
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed Little Lies
Liane Moriarty
August 2014 Book of the Month. Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Summer Guest
Emma Hannigan
August 2014 Book of the Month. Life, loves, laughs and a few bumps amid a group of folk in an Irish seaside town. Kathleen has returned to visit her childhood home now lived...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
A stunning murder mystery, yes, Tana French has awards that say so, but as with all her novels it is so much more. An exploration of friendship, the deep do-or-die kind, and an intricate peek into the teenage psyche, a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
World War II is an all too written about period of history but Brook manages to find a fresh take in this exquisite novel. It’s 1946 and there’s an uneasy tension in Hamburg between the occupying forces, hunting war criminals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Watching the Dark A DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
DCI Banks is back - and this time he's investigating the murder of one of his own. The new novel from Number One bestselling author Peter Robinson.
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2013
 
 

Abattoir Blues The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Although DCI Banks makes some appearances and is indeed featured on the cover, this whodunit largely stars Annie Cabot and his female staff snowed under with a weird case full of red herrings. Could it be a World War II...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

All the Colours of Darkness The 18th DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
The 18th DCI Banks novel, All the Colours of Darkness is an enjoyable gripping read but fans of the series may feel this isn’t Robinson’s finest. Starting with what looks like the suicide of the set designer for a local...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/02/2009
 
 

Bad Boy
Peter Robinson
The 20th in the DCI Banks series, Bad Boy is arguably not Robinson’s best and certainly not one to start with if you’re not a pre-existing fan of the series. Absent for much of the novel, it lacks Banks narrative...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Alex As Well
Alyssa Brugman
An incredibly accessible book which explores a controversial subject with honesty and openness. It is a tender, funny, and powerful novel about questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.A Piece of Passion from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, which immediately becomes a compulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you into an everyday reality filled with exquisite loss and longing. With harrowing memories of the savagery of Nazi Germany, tantalising...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Eeny Meeny
M. J. Arlidge
May 2014 Debut of the Month. Introducing DI Helen Grace of the Southampton Constabulary, a woman with a past and a strange fetish which is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/05/2014
 
 

The Devil's Workshop
Alex Grecian
We are back in London for the third in this terrific series of early police detection in The Murder Squad. Full of the smells and dirt of the Victorian underworld contrasting with the opulence of the grand drawing rooms, this...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 


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