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Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Reader Reviewed The World is a Wedding
Wendy Jones
June 2014 Book of the Month. Follow-up to The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price has Wilfred, from a small town in Wales, now on his second marriage. This new tale does...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/06/2014
 
 

Slow Train to Switzerland: One Tour, Two Trips, 150 Year and a World of Change Apart
Diccon Bewes
A travel diary from 1863 inspires author Diccon Bewes to retrace Thomas Cook's historic train trip that revolutionised tourism forever.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
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 killed in the back of a police ambulance, appears to have risen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/06/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Ace, King, Knave
Maria McCann
A lush, sumptuous and vivid historical novel, the language is exquisite, the storytelling brilliant, the characters engaging and the humanity palpable. Ace, King, Knave is full of all the shallow respectability and dark underbelly of 18th Century London and the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

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
 
 

The Proposal
Tasmina Perry
August 2014 Book of the Month. A tale of an unlikely friendship and hard lessons well learned. Amy, bruised by a failed relationship, answers an advertisement in The Lady magazine and becomes companion...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
September 2014 Book of the Month. 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,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Isla and the Happily Ever After
Stephanie Perkins
Best-selling Stephanie Perkins adds a new chapter to a romantic series she began with Anna and the French Kiss. When Isla meets Josh in a café in Manhattan she hopes it will be the beginning of the relationship she has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Buddhaland Brooklyn
Richard C. Morais
As he approaches his fortieth birthday, the introverted monk Seido Oda is ordered by his superior to leave behind his peaceful, quiet refuge in the remote mountains of Japan and set up a temple in Brooklyn's Little Calabria. There Oda...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/01/2014
 
 

Reflection
Diane Chamberlain
YOU CAN NEVER OUTRUN THE PAST. Twenty years ago, a terrible tragedy shattered the tranquillity of the small Pennsylvania Dutch town of Reflection. The residents of the village have never forgiven the one woman they blamed for what...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two
Catherynne M. Valente
The third story in this best-selling series about September and her magical adventures in Fairyland. Back from her second adventure, September finds keeping the secret of the enchanting world of Fairyland almost impossible. She longs to return and to see...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
 
 

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

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
 
 

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
 
 

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

The Corporal's Wife
Gerald Seymour
A highly complicated, compulsive and intelligent story of espionage and adventure. The corporal’s wife of the title is one Farideh, a strong-minded, feisty woman used by her husband as barter. For her safety the now captured Iranian corporal, driver to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/02/2014
 
 

The Unknown Soldier
Gerald Seymour
I don’t think that Gerald Seymour’s plot-driven thrillers have wavered in their excellence since he started with Harry’s Game and The Glory Boys, but somewhere along his distinguished career he seemed to go out of fashion. Not any...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

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
 
 

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

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
 
 

Friend of the Devil The 17th DCI Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson
The 17th instalment of the Inspector Banks books but the first to be televised, Friend of the Devil delves deeply into Banks’ and Cabbot’s past and memories and is best read as part of the series, particularly as it regularly...
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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed The Last Witness A D.C.I. Daley Thriller
Denzil Meyrick
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 killed in the back of a police ambulance, appears to have risen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/06/2014
 
 

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 Wars of the Roses: Stormbird
Conn Iggulden
The first in a new series of the Wars of the Roses. Whereas the TV drama The White Queen looked at the period from the female point of view, this is the male’s angle. It tries to make sense of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Secret Place
Tana French
September 2014 Book of the Month. 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,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 


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