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

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
 
 

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
 
 

Maxim Jakubowski's Selection This month's 'featured books'
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
Dark Road
Ian Rankin, Mark Thomson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Ian Rankin might have taken a year off from writing novels, but this second offering (following his collection of Rebus stories) offers a new insight into his talent,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
 
 

Paths of the Dead
Lin Anderson
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod has already appeared in eight novels and is, reputedly, being developed for television. A Scottish counterpart to America's Kay Scarpetta or Temperance Brennan,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

The Black Life - A Novel of Jewish Collaborators in the Holocaust
Paul Johnston
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Prolific Scottish crime writer Paul Johnston lives in Greece and his long-established and now resurrected Alex Mavros series features a half-Greek and half-Scots private sleuth who specialises in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in WHISKY FROM SMALL GLASSES. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/06/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
The Return
Victoria Hislop
A tale of passion, pain and pride in war-torn Spain, written with a dual-time element. Personally I found the subject-matter of her first, The Island, far more intriguing, probably because I knew little about it. The Spanish Civil War has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2009
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Sunrise
Victoria Hislop
Having told the harrowing tale of the leper colony of Spinalonga in The Island and the history of Thessalonika in The Thread, Victoria Hislop returns to a Mediterranean island, Cyprus. Sunrise was the name of Famagusta's most luxurious...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

The Thread
Victoria Hislop
This is an enthralling novel from the million-copy bestselling author of The Island and The Return. Victoria Hislop is brilliant at setting the scene so you, the reader, really believe you're right there amongst the characters in a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2012
 
 

The Island
Victoria Hislop
A 2013 World Book Night selection. Winner of Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007.Something a bit different, a bit special. A well-researched family history which takes the present day characters back to Crete and the...
Format: Paperback (b Format) - Released: 10/04/2006
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Reader Reviewed I Can't Begin to Tell You
Elizabeth Buchan
September 2014 Book of the Month. A major departure for Elizabeth Buchan for this is an espionage tale set mostly in Denmark in the Second World War. If you are wanting a happy...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and marriages galore; tragedy, mysterious students and skulduggery. The head of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Victoria A Life
A. N. Wilson
September 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. Having recently read Yvonne Ward’s Censoring Queen Victoria (recommended below) I was somewhat prepared for A N Wilson’s revelatory biography of the woman he calls “one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Daughter
Jane Shemilt
September 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of abduction/murder/disappearance? We the reader know not and so the tension and mystery builds. It is about a medical couple with three children, prosperous, hardworking,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Aftermath
Rhidian Brook
September 2014 Book of the Month. 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...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

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 Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
Divided into two first-person, alternating narration, this is strong stuff. One first person, Sarah Grimke, is the daughter of a rich, influential Charleston family in early 19th century Southern America. The second narrative is Handful, one of their slaves. Sarah...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Bring Me Home
Alan Titchmarsh
September 2014 Book of the Month. A big, sprawling family saga revolving around a Scottish castle and estate. We have births, deaths and marriages galore; tragedy, mysterious students and skulduggery. The head of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
The Art of Baking Blind
Sarah Vaughan
With most of us besotted by The Great British Bake Off this lovely book comes to further nurture our appetite. It is indeed about baking, but its heart is about relationships, about being wives and mothers. It’s a dual-time telling...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Claire North
Maxim Jakubowski Highly Recommended. In her recent and rightly praised Life After Life, Kate Atkinson revisited the eternal theme of 'what would you do if you could live again?'. Not a new...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

Mean Streak
Sandra Brown
Hayes Bannock is a Texas Ranger, a natural lawman who is tough, taciturn, perceptive, and guarded. Several years ago, his life was derailed by a tragic chain of events, including the death of his wife in a car accident. Now...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

To Die For
Phillip Hunter
A novel of vengeance and betrayal about a runaway twelve-year-old girl and her protector, Joe, a broken down ex-soldier who has turned his face from the world. It is easy to be anonymous in the city. Make no ties. Work,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
Reader Reviewed We are Not Ourselves
Matthew Thomas
September 2014 Debut of the Month. The life of Eileen Tumulty from 1951 to 2011, starting when she is 9 and from her point of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Tiger Milk
Stefanie de Velasco
September 2014 Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. A scary coming-of-age tale set in Berlin which has been a huge bestseller in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/09/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Man at the Helm
Nina Stibbe
September 2014 Debut of the Month. Fabulously funny, sharp and yet also touching and poignant, this semi-autobiographical novel from Nina Stibbe is wonderfully captivating and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 


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