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  7. A Place for Us: Part 1 by Harriet Evans
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Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Reader Reviewed The Swimmer
Joakim Zander
July 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Written in several voices and dual-time, this is one of those thrillers that you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

Survivor
Lesley Pearse
The third in the Belle series but you really do not need to have read the earlier two. This follows Mari from New Zealand to London on the brink of World War Two. She has loved before her journey, loves...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed A Song for the Dying
Stuart MacBride
Famous for his DI Logan McRae series, this new violent tale stars DI Ash Henderson who is in prison for murdering his brother. Now his peers need his help in finding the ‘inside man’ who Henderson was investigating eight years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

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 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
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
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
 
 

Piece of My Heart
Peter Robinson
This DCI Banks thriller was first published in 2006 but is being reissued to coincide with the TV adaptation. This is an exciting dual time story as Banks’ investigation of the murder of a freelance music journalist sees him having...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Children of the Revolution A DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
Ex-college lecturer Gavin Miller is found dead; his distorted body strewn across a disused railway track near his home. There's no sign of a struggle, and no concrete evidence except for one distinguishing package: GBP5,000 of cash, tucked inside the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed A Song for the Dying
Stuart MacBride
Famous for his DI Logan McRae series, this new violent tale stars DI Ash Henderson who is in prison for murdering his brother. Now his peers need his help in finding the ‘inside man’ who Henderson was investigating eight years...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

The Love Object Selected Stories of Edna O'Brien
Edna O'Brien
August 2014 Book of the Month. Whether or not you have previously read any of O’Brien’s works, this is a perfectly sublime book of short stories, first published between 1968 and 2011. O’Brien...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Dreamwalker
J.D. Oswald
August 2014 Book of the Month. The first in a new fantasy series. Our hero Sir Benfro is a dragon and this is a world where dragons walk upright but have also been...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
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
 
 

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 Day of the Jackal
Frederick Forsyth
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on The Day of the Jackal... I have big respect for Frederick Forsyth. There have been very few lurches in direction for thriller writers in the last half century. Ian Fleming changed direction with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2011
 
 

Most Secret
Nevil Shute
August 2014 Guest Editor Gerald Seymour on Most Secret... The stories of Nevil Shute have a timeless appeal. He was a complete story teller, knew how to put together a beginning, a middle, and an end. The reader is transported...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/09/2009
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Every Short Story by Alasdair Gray 1951-2012
Alasdair Gray
Containing sixteen tales that were published in 1983 with the title Unlikely Stories, Mostly, this collection also includes fifty-seven tales from later books, as well as sixteen new ones.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/08/2014
 
 

The Good Girl
Mary Kubica
August 2014 Debut of the Month. A memorable and riveting thriller of a mystery novel, ‘The Good Girl’ features an unusual focus and startling ending....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
 
 

Village Rumours
Rebecca Shaw
At least that's what the residents of Turnham Malpas would say...While clearing out the rectory's loft, Reverend Peter Harris makes an unsettling discovery and a dark secret is exposed that soon sets tongues wagging in the village. Having received a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Tell-Tale Heart
Jill Dawson
One heart, two lives...When a teenager dies in an accident in rural Cambridgeshire, it affords Patrick, a fifty-year-old professor, drinker and womaniser, the chance of a life-saving heart transplant. But as Patrick recovers, he has the odd feeling that his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed Black Dog Summer
Miranda Sherry
August 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Black thugs break into a South African animal sanctuary/farm and senselessly massacre the whites....
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

The Good Girl
Mary Kubica
August 2014 Debut of the Month. A memorable and riveting thriller of a mystery novel, ‘The Good Girl’ features an unusual focus and startling ending....
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
 
 


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