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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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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

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
 
 

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
 
 

Summer Reading 2014 This month's 'featured books'
Summer Reading 2014
Do Opposites Attract?
Kathryn Freeman
July 2014 Debut of the Month. If you are looking for easy, relaxing romance then the Choc Lit authors should suit you. This...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/07/2014
 
 

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
Jonas Jonasson
May 2014 Book of the Month. If you have read his debut, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared then you will know the delightful, wacky style of this fellow....
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 

A Discovery of Witches
Deborah E. Harkness
The first in the All Souls trilogy, it’s 640 pages of pure pleasure. Involving, intriguing and compelling, this book may look long but, trust me, it’s well worth it. The premise is that our world contains three types of supernatural...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2011
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

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

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
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
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 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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Treachery
S. J. Parris
The fourth in the series featuring Giordano Bruno, mathematician, philosopher, heretic and spy, and solver of murders in Elizabethan England. In previous novels Bruno encountered John Dee, Nostradamus and Walsingham. He’s good friends with Philip Sidney (historically rumoured to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
August 2014 eBook of the Month. A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
What's Up with Jody Barton?
Hayley Long
A love triangle is always going to be messy but when a love triangle involves twin sisters then that is going to mean trouble but that's not all. One of the twins has a much bigger problem to worry about...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

The Death of Bunny Munro
Nick Cave
The world is a hard place to be good in...Struggling to keep a grip on reality after his wife's death, Bunny Munro does the only thing he can think of: with his young son in tow, he hits the road....
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2014
 
 

Black Box
Cassia Leo
To tell you too much about this book would be to risk ruining the heartbreaking pleasure of reading it. A bittersweet romance between two very damaged people, hopefully you will fall as much in love with Mikki and Crush as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/07/2014
 
 

True Evil
Greg Iles
An electrifying serial killer thriller from the New York Times No.1 bestseller. True evil has a face you know and a voice you trust...Dr Chris Shepard has been happily married for just one year. Then FBI agent Alex Morse brings...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
 
 


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