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Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Good Kings, Bad Kings
Susan Nussbaum
April 2014 Debut of the Month. Set in a USA home for physically and mentally challenged children and told using the alternating voices of seven people (three are disabled youngsters, three are...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Book of You
Claire Kendal
April 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A tale of stalking, date rape and fear, all set against the backdrop of a trial of which...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
April 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, whichimmediately becomes acompulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
 
 

In Bloom
Matthew Crow
April 2014 Debut of the Month. As funny as it is moving, this is wonderfully vibrant and life-affirming story as told by fifteen year old...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2014
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Thursday's Children A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
April 2014 Book of the Month. Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Blue Monday
Nicci French
The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2012
 
 

Tuesday's Gone A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
For Frieda Klein the days get longer, the cases darker... Psychotherapist Frieda Klein thought she was done with the police. But once more DCI Karlsson is knocking at her door. A man's decomposed body has been found in the flat...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2013
 
 

Waiting for Wednesday A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
The third Frieda Klein mystery. She is an insomniac psychotherapist and in this unfortunate case finds herself confidante to both her detective chum and the victim’s son. Other characters from the earlier two books pop in and out and some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Gallowglass
Gordon Ferris
This is an excellent series. It stars a former World War II soldier now a crime reporter in Scotland, one Douglas Brodie. He becomes involved in some pretty big stories, here uncovering Nazi loot on its way to South America....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

The Hanging Shed
Gordon Ferris
A riveting and stimulating read, this tenacious thriller grabs your attention and refuses to let it go. Set in Scotland, just after the Second World War, when men who had survived the horrors of conflict returned altered, damaged, different; Ferris...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
 
 

Bitter Water
Gordon Ferris
Douglas Brodie is an ex-policeman, an ex-major in the Highlanders during World War II and now a journalist for the Glasgow Gazette. It is 1946 and Glasgow is sweltering in a late summer heat wave and in a wave of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2013
 
 

Pilgrim Soul
Gordon Ferris
Described as ‘the new Ian Rankin’ by the Daily Mail, Gordon Ferris writes disturbingly good post WW2 Glasgow-based crime thrillers with ex policeman turned journalist Douglas Brodie at their centre. Pilgrim Soul is the 3rd and finds a hard up...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Love and Treasure
Ayelet Waldman
A fugitive train loaded with the plunder of a doomed people. A dazzling jewelled pendant in the form of a stylized peacock. And three men - an American infantry captain in World War II, an Israeli-born dealer in art stolen...
Format: Paperback - Released: //--
 
 

Perfect
Rachel Joyce
Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Fly Away
Kristin Hannah
Celebrity news reporter and presenter, Tully Hart, has hit rock bottom. Kate Ryan had been her best friend for more than thirty years. They'd lived, laughed, danced and cried together. Kate had been her anchor, and now Tully was cast...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/03/2014
 
 

Fragments
Caroline Green
The thrilling follow-up to the award-winning Cracks, Fragments is a taut, suspenseful and fast-paced thriller set in a near future Britain in which the authorities want to crush Kyla's very freedom and brainwash her in order to tap into her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Dearest Jane ... My Father's Life and Letters
Roger Mortimer, Jane Torday
April 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The letters Roger Mortimer wrote to his son Charlie, collected in Dear Lupin propelled him to a posthumous spot in the bestseller charts. Daughter Louise...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Jonathan Evison
April 2014 Book of the Month. An American road trip with a difference. Our travelling companions are a surly, wheelchair bound teenager, Trev, with muscular dystrophy and his damaged carer, Ben, a man...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Thursday's Children A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
April 2014 Book of the Month. Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Helen Rappaport
April 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. The four daughters of the last Tsar of Russia, overlooked in life and in death, the young women, the eldest only twenty-three were gunned down with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed JAM
Jake Wallis Simons
April 2014 Book of the Month. A clever, absorbing story of choices and opportunities, brought about on an enforced break from the real world during a Sunday evening traffic jam. The first chapter...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Schroder
Amity Gaige
Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Eric has kidnapped his six year old daughter and is now in prison awaiting trial. This narrative is his account of everything from childhood right up to their week on the run to explain...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Long Shadow
Mark Mills
A terrific story about revenge. Two school friends from private boarding school. Jacob’s parents are abroad so he is very much part of Ben’s family. They fall out; we know not why until the last chapters. They are very competitive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
April 2014 'New Gen' Debut of the Month. An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with magic that is helped on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

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