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eBooks of the Month

The Mark and the Void
Paul Murray
August 2015 eBook of the Month. Claude, dull workaholic investment banker crashing around in Dublin during the financial crisis, gives us an easy guide...
 
The Dress
Kate Kerrigan
August 2015 eBook of the Month. Ahh, what a lovely charming book this is, all the more so due to the sharp, genuine tones...
 

Other Featured eBooks this Month

Too Close to Home
Susan Lewis
August 2015 Book of the Month. A page turner of a family drama that twists and wrenches at your heart strings. The author sets in motion a series of harrowing events and...
 
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...
 
Daughter of the House
Rosie Thomas
August 2015 Book of the Month. A heartfelt, lovely, interesting story set between 1910 and 1931, where a family with a difference, face everyday and extraordinary difficulties and conflicts. Daughter of the...
 
Fishbowl
Bradley Somer
August 2015 Book of the Month. STOP PRESS: We have an extended extract running this month ahead of publication. Read and you'll be hooked. A dive in head first and refuse to...
 
The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
Vaseem Khan
August 2015 Debut of the Month. Prepare to be completely and utterly charmed in this whimsical and touching tale that enfolds you in the...
 
All the Old Knives
Olen Steinhauer
Maxim Jakubowski's August 2015 Book of the Month. A man and a woman meet for a drink in a conveniently empty California cafe. Years before they had been lovers and both involved...
 
Nelly Dean
Alison Case
August 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderful and fascinating insight into hidden happenings at Wuthering Heights, from the perspective of Nelly Dean. Focusing...
 
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J. Ryan Stradal
August 2015 Debut of the Month. The life of Eva Thorvald from conception through to fame in her late twenties. This is an extraordinary...
 
Am I Normal Yet?
Holly Bourne
August 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Evie is starting sixth form college and like any normal young person wants to fit in and make friends, and she’d like a boyfriend too....
 
Freedom's Child
Jax Miller
August 2015 Debut of the Month. With a hammer hitting hard prologue, this intensely powerful thriller starts, continues and finishes with provocative words and...
 
Rembrandt's Mirror
Kim Devereux
August 2015 Debut of the Month. This is such a stimulating, penetrating and truly beautiful novel, Kim Devereux obviously has a deeply emotional connection...
 
Drop
Katie Everson
August 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Carla has had to move a lot and is used to changing schools, but doesn’t like it. She’s shy, unconfident, ‘a bit sad’. Faced with...
 
Without the Moon
Cathi Unsworth
Maxim Jakubowski August 2015 Highly Recommended. Novel by novel, Unsworth is proving herself a unique talent in her power of evocation of time and place and this fifth outing set in London...
 
Every Night I Dream of Hell
Malcolm Mackay
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Yet another Scottish slice of realistic noir from the author of the acclaimed and trailblazing Glasgow trilogy of hard men, gangs and double dealings, Mackay's new novel...
 
Survivor
Tom Hoyle
None of it would have happened if I hadn't missed a bus… Fifteen-year-old George's life is sent careering down a cataclysmic course when he misses his bus by seconds, notices a fire and selflessly rescues a baby from the flames....
 
So Nude, So Dead
Ed McBain
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The latest rediscovery in the enterprising Hard Case series that resurrects forgotten pulp classics, often by big name authors, or new titles in the tradition by contemporary...
 
The Seasoning
Manon Steffan Ros
A novel to tease your senses and surprise your soul, this is a beautifully bittersweet read. Peggy’s son asks her to write her story, so she writes a recipe and with each recipe comes a slice of history, a memory,...
 
My Sister's Secret
Tracy Buchanan
A beautifully descriptive and cleverly intriguing read with a monumental secret lying buried at it’s heart. As Willow realises her memories of her childhood may be distorted, she begins a quest to piece the history of her family together. The...
 
Another Day
David Levithan
A is neither male nor female but wakes up each day in a different teenage body. Readers first met A in Levithan’s bestselling novel Every Day, which was told from A’s perspective. In this companion novel, a girl called Rhiannon...
 
The House on the Hill
Kevin Sampson
DCI Billy McCartney first appeared in The Killing Pool, a wonderfully twisted slice of Scouse Noir. Disillusioned by his job and the world, he is drawn back into trouble by the arrival of a runaway on his doorstep. The...
 
Stallo
Stefan Spjut
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Following the disappearance of a young boy from a remote cabin in a Swedish forest, his mother claims he was abducted by a giant to credulous reaction....
 
The Murder Road
Stephen Booth
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. So many of Britain's regions have proven the background to outstanding crime series and the Peak District is no exception, with Stephen Booth as its prominent voice,...
 
Paradise Sky
Joe R. Lansdale
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. East Texas pulpster Lansdale never writes a dull book and his new novel proves no exception. This latest wild tale veers sharply towards the western, albeit in...
 
In Bitter Chill
Sarah Ward
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Assured classic British crime which feels like anything but a debut novel. In small town Derbyshire, two eight year old schoolgirls are kidnapped by a stranger in...
 
Skin
Ilka Tampke
It is easy to think of the Celts as savages and the Romans as the bringers of civilisation when in fact Celtic society was complex and well-structured. Skin captures the flavour of that ancient time beautifully. The people feel a...
 
The Life I Left Behind
Colette McBeth
Written in the first person by the three main characters, one dead, one suffering from memory loss and the other trying to unravel the whole mess, this is a fast read where you will probably guess the villain of the...
 
No Place to Hide
Susan Lewis
Overflowing with suspense, this is a dramatic and gripping family tale. Justine attempts to start a brand new life in the USA and bury all evidence of her old one in England, however fate isn't prepared to hold her hand....
 
The Piano Man Project
Kat French
If you are in search of a flirty, fun read with heart and soul then look no further. ‘The Piano Man Project’ is chic lit with personality, atmosphere and emotion. There are several charming stories weaving though each other here,...
 
The Last Embrace
Pam Jenoff
A lovely warm, evocative story with a lightening sharp edge that highlights the conflict of the Second World War. Set mainly in the USA, with a sojourn in London, the beginning of the book steps back, back and back again...
 
The Madagaskar Plan
Guy Saville
Drawing on the Nazis' original plans for the Jews, Guy Saville has meticulously imagined a world-that-nearly-was to tell an epic tale of love, revenge and survival. 1953 and there has been no holocaust, rather all Jews have been exiled to...
 
Acceptance
Jeff VanderMeer
August 2015 Series of the Month. The highly anticipated third volume of the haunting, disturbing and evocative Southern Reach trilogy. In this last instalment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of...
 
Authority
Jeff VanderMeer
August 2015 Series of the Month. I am an absolute sucker both for quest-through-the-wilderness tales, and for post-apocalyptic landscapes. Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy delivers both, in creepily brilliant and utterly unforgettable...
 
Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer
August 2015 Series of the Month. I am an absolute sucker both for quest-through-the-wilderness tales, and for post-apocalyptic landscapes. Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation delivers both, in creepily brilliant and utterly unforgettable style. Narrated...
 
The Woman in the Picture
Katharine McMahon
Evelyn Gifford, our first-person narrator, is a lawyer in the 1920s. She is on the rebound from a relationship with a young barrister and accepts a proposal from her employer, Daniel. In the midst of this comes the General Strike...
 
The Bones of You
Debbie Howells
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. It's not the first time a book is partly narrated by a dead person observing the chaos his or her own murder has created amongst the living,...
 
Half a War
Joe Abercrombie
With a harsh simplicity, ’Half a War’, the last in the ‘Shattered Sea’ trilogy, offers plenty of mystery and mayhem. While each successive book focuses on new main characters, to tie the full story together it is best to...
 
Devotion
Ros Barber
Captivating and astonishing… from cover to cover ‘Devotion’ prods, pokes and provokes. This is quite simply a book to make you think (possibly until your thoughts combust). The contents page alone sets a uniqueness alert buzzing and quivering. Dr Finlay...
 
The Illuminations
Andrew O'Hagan
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A beautifully told story of war and dementia. Luke is serving in Afghanistan. His grandmother Anne is slipping into dementia in her sheltered flat in Scotland. This powerful and moving book tells their...
 
Without a Trace
Lesley Pearse
An enjoyable, comforting read, even with murder, intrigue and abuse, sneaking and scheming their way through the pages. Set after the Second World War in 1953, the author deftly takes you back to a time when rationing and making do...
 
The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford
The Pocket Wife is a domestic psychological thriller that makes the reader question everything, and it will stay with you - as all good thrillers do - long after you have finished it. Dana wakes up from a drunken sleep...
 
Odysseus Abroad
Amit Chaudhuri
Simply clever, lightly understated writing highlighting life decisions, journeys and discoveries. Step into Ananda’s world, where you feel as though you are floating freely through the confines of his mind and hearing the whispers of his innermost thoughts. Ananda is...
 
The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen
A well observed novel about an American family. We follow each family member’s story and are given a great insight in to modern day America through each ones story and how they need to change their lives. A very clever,...
 
The Secrets We Share
Emma Hannigan
August 2015 Book of the Month. Returning with another warm and delightful tale, Emma Hannigan, much loved author of The Summer Guest, will delight fans of Patricia Scanlan and
 
With a Friend Like You
Fanny Blake
An excellent read with a great plot underlining that however well you know your friends there are still secrets that need to be kept. This features two very close families, each lot best friends with the others. The wives have...
 
The Pleasure Quartet: Summer
Vina Jackson
A striking and beautifully written 'adults only' read, containing some extreme and profoundly intimate scenes. Focusing once more on violinist Summer Zahova, this is the last inThe Pleasure Quartet and is aptly titled Summer. Noah also enters the story, unsatisfied...
 
House of Windows
Alexia Casale
Nick hates it when people call him a genius. Sure, he's going to Cambridge University aged 15, but he says that's just because he works hard. And, secretly, he only works hard to get some kind of attention from his...
 
The Artificial Anatomy of Parks
Kat Gordon
As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves. This is her story about the journey from love to loss and back again.
 
Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter
Louise Pentland
With a Sprinkle of Glitter, this visual journey explores how to lead a happy life through love, comfort zones, pampering, crafts, baking and more!
 
What Milo Saw
Virginia Macgregor
Nine-year old Milo has an eye disease which will eventually render him blind. Right now he sees through pin holes, a very restricted view which means he looks at things closely and so notices what most people miss. He...
 
Visions
Kelley Armstrong
In the first book in this series, Omens, Liv discovers she is the child of serial killers and embarks upon a journey to clear their names. She flees to a town called Cainsville where her ‘supernatural’ powers emerge. This book...
 
The Summer of Secrets
Sarah Jasmon
A suspenseful, spell-binding coming-of-age story about how one simple action on a summer's day can echo through the years. When Helen is sixteen, the Dover family move in next door, at once making Helen's lonely world a more thrilling place....
 
The Square
Rosie Millard
Full of controversy, gossip, affairs and drama, this book is a fantastic summer read. The Square is a contemporary, comic satire, set in the bourgeois heartland of London, featuring a community of great privilege where the only escape route is...
 
Runaway
Peter May
Once started you will find this almost impossible to put down. Jumping between 1965 and 2015 it beautifully illustrates the differences in the periods; fascinating. Back in 1965 a bunch of lads from Glasgow formed a band and took themselves...
 
Post Mortem
Kate London
An intricate, gritty and believable crime novel from a serving detective in the Met's murder squad.Grounded in the terrifying realities of life on the force in city where the affluent middle-classes live cheek-by-jowl with the poorest immigrants, this is a...
 
Jigsaw Man
Elena Forbes
More of a who-did-what-and-why than a whodunit. Divided very much into two stories, one of which follows on from a previous book. This is the fourth to feature London-based DI Mark Tartaglia and although it does stand-alone I do...
 
J: A Novel
Howard Jacobson
For thirty years Jacobson has stuck to his roots, mining his own life for material … until now for, with this book, he has switched to making things up. The result is a triumph. Set in the future and revolving...
 
The Hive Construct
Alexander Maskill
In the dystopian city of New Cairo, in a worryingly possible future, rebellion is brewing. This highly readable book might be a good place to start for those unsure whether a near-future sci-fi would be to their taste as it...
 
The Dangerous Game
Mari Jungstedt
A multi-charactered crime tale centring on the fashion industry and the dreadful effect it can have on young girls prone to anorexia. We are introduced to a host of people and given much detail and background of their lives, no...
 
The Broken Eye
Brent Weeks
Sadly this is one of those epic fantasy novels that you really can’t pick up on its own, you do have to have read the first two books, The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife, before you can begin to...
 
Border Angels
Anthony J. Quinn
Tension and foreboding seem to ooze from every page of this beautifully written thriller. Set mostly in the Irish border country, it displays a dark, bleak area of poverty and despair. Centring on the trafficking of Eastern European young women,...
 
14th Deadly Sin
James Patterson
Another ace in one of his best series with one of his best co-authors, Maxine Pietro. It is a Women’s Murder Club which, if this is your first, fear not, you’ll be fine reading it without having read the others....
 
Three Moments of an Explosion: Stories
China Mieville
A highly anticipated collection of short fiction listed in the Guardian's 'Essential Literary Calendar' for 2015 from one of the most exciting and original authors writing today.
 
The Twinkling of an Eye
Brian Aldiss
Writer, soldier, bookseller, father: Brian Aldiss has earned many titles in his life. In the Twinkling of an Eye is a candid, vivid and charming look at the stories behind this distinctive writer of fiction.
 
Notes from A Small Island
Bill Bryson
In 1995, before leaving his much-loved home in North Yorkshire to move back to the States for a few years with his family, Bill Bryson insisted on taking one last trip around Britain, a sort of valedictory tour of the...
 
The Mosquito Coast
Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - is a breathtaking novel about fanaticism and a futile search for utopia from bestseller Paul Theroux.
 
Moon Tiger
Penelope Lively
Penelope Lively's Booker Prize winning classic, Moon Tiger is a haunting story of loss and desire. Claudia Hampton - beautiful, famous, independent, dying. But she remains defiant to the last, telling her nurses that she will write a 'history of...
 
The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
The History of Love explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love. The book was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and was the winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre...
 
Hideous Kinky
Esther Freud
Two little girls are taken by their mother to Morocco on a 1960s pilgrimage of self-discovery. For Mum it is not just an escape from the grinding conventions of English life but a quest for personal fulfilment; her children, however,...
 
Kitchens of the Great Midwest
J. Ryan Stradal
Joyful, quirky and heartwarming, this is the story of a girl who becomes a world-famous chef, told by those who love her, envy her and never forget her.
 
The Space Between
Don Aker
'Fable, intellectual thriller, Gothic extravaganza, symbolist conundrum ... a true work of art' Sunday Independent
 
The Ways of the Dead
Neely Tucker
Racial hatred, local gangs, bad boys, corruption and cover-up, that’s the route of this debut novel the Americans are impressed by. It’s written in a colloquial style which takes a moment or two to get used to. You need to...
 
Satellite People
Hans Olav Lahlum
A lovely, old fashioned whodunit. A very rich Norwegian invites ten people to dinner and dies, powdered nuts contaminated his meal – he was very allergic. Interestingly he knew he was going to be murdered and invited a detective to...
 
Sanctuary
Robert Edric
A fictionalised story of Branwell Bronte, brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, told in the first person by Branwell. He and his sisters lived in Haworth Parsonage in Yorkshire with their much respected father. His sisters were beginning to make...
 
Pegasus
Danielle Steel
Opening in Germany where cousins owned large adjoining estates, we are on the cusp of World War II. Jewish blood is in the family as one cousin married a Jew. Naturally the kids are in danger and a brilliant plan...
 
Mathew's Tale
Quintin Jardine
A huge departure from this author’s crime novels for this is an historical family saga of complicated relationships, misunderstandings, deceit and revenge. Mathew Fleming returns to Scotland after being injured at Waterloo. Assumed dead years earlier his sweetheart had married...
 
The Fire Sermon
Francesca Haig
A futuristic tale set some 400 years after a global nuclear war where conditions have reverted back to a sort of medieval state. Births are always twins, one alpha, healthy and strong, one omega, deformed in some way. They are...
 
Enemy of Rome
Douglas Jackson
Amongst this crowded area of bloody battle and deceit in ancient Rome this series stands out. It is the fifth featuring Valerius, his loyal servant, former slave Serpentius and his love. Saved from execution and eventually sent to spy in...
 
Edge of Eternity
Ken Follett
The conclusion of his huge trilogy featuring five families through the last century and now covers the Cold War period and the Civil Rights movement: 1961-2009. There is little plot, just the stereotypical characters linking world events and having lots...
 
Time and Time Again
Ben Elton
It will come as no surprise to learn that Ben Elton has written another remarkable book, ‘Time and Time Again’ however, captures the flag of remarkable and nails instead to the mast, extraordinary. The first chapter seizes your attention, the...
 
Walking the Nile
Levison Wood
In November 2013, former soldier Levison Wood embarked on one of the last great explorations; to walk the Nile from source delta. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book, recounting his walk along the length of the Nile, he...
 
How to be English
David Boyle
English culture is confused, muddled and often borrowed. The purpose of this book is to give the reader a complete grounding in the idiosyncrasies of the English and to pin down the absurdities and warmth of Englishness at its best....
 
Rain
Barney Campbell
Tom Chamberlain was always destined to be a soldier. From the moment when, as a young boy, he discovered a faded picture of his father patrolling the streets of Belfast his path was set. And despite all entreaties, the tragic...
 
The Invention of Fire
Bruce Holsinger
The richly atmospheric new historical thriller featuring John Gower, poet and trader of secrets. Against the backdrop of medieval London with its grand palaces and churches, dark alleys and mean backstreets, Gower pursues his dangerous quarry. Seeking insights from his...
 
I am China
Xiaolu Guo
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. A tale of love and politics, of poetry and repression. In 1999 two Chinese students hid as a café is stormed by the authorities, so begins their love. In 2013 a...
 
The Hidden Pleasures of Life
Theodore Zeldin
Why do so many people lead sad and empty lives, devoid of other people? Our modern way of life has led to more people living alone than ever before. Yet, as Theodore Zeldin shows, the enriching benefits of human company...
 
The Path of the Ninja
Martin Faulks
By turns thrilling, funny and spiritually enlightening, this is a real-life Kick-Ass. Martin Faulks grew up in a Norfolk village. Returning from the rec with a friend one day they were attacked by a gang of older boys. Martin ran...
 
Landline
Rainbow Rowell
When the marriage has definite cracks Neal takes his two beautiful daughters to his parents in Omaha for Christmas and Georgie stays in California for her work. She spends a few days with her mum and uses her old...
 
The Pleasure Quartet: Autumn
Vina Jackson
So, so much more than just erotica - this arty highly provocative novel includes themes of loss, release and liberation. Summer’s partner has died, as a violinist she is able to truly escape and express her feelings through her music....
 
Trouble in Mind
Jeffery Deaver
August 2015 Book of the Month. Deaver’s third collection of short stories contains twelve pieces and everyone one of them a gem of a read full of clever plotting, surprise, tension and...
 
The Fair Fight
Anna Freeman
Rich storytelling set in and around late 18th century Bristol with each character being given a voice and view in separate chapters. You are driven to read chapter after chapter to gather the differing viewpoints of the plot; highly compulsive....
 
Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It was published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th birthday in June and provides an entertaining and informative look...
 

Last Month's Featured eBooks


The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood
July 2013 Guest Editor Cath Staincliffe on The Handmaid's Tale... A story about a terrifying dystopian world, ruled by a military and religious dictatorship which is homophobic, racist and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Someone Else's Skin
Sarah Hilary
Winner of the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. One of our Books of the Year 2014. A powerful new detective series joins the ranks of...
 
 

Entry Island
Peter May
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Following the undoubted popular success of his China-based thrillers, his Enzo Files set in France and the...
 
 

The Devil in the Marshalsea
Antonia Hodgson
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2014. Set between the death of George I and...
 
 

You
Caroline Kepnes
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger...
 
 

The Facts of Life and Death
Belinda Bauer
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. Another fine work by this author. Unusual for a thriller the police are not the main characters,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Spring of Kasper Meier
Ben Fergusson
Winner of the Betty Trask Award 2015. A highly descriptive literary thriller of post-war Berlin which brilliantly illustrates the terrible aftermath of war. People live hand-to-mouth like rats scavenging for...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Our Endless Numbered Days
Claire Fuller
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Seventeen-year old Peggy has recently returned home, initially we know not from where. Her father is dead, her mother has destroyed all evidence...
 
 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
A very special book indeed, magical in all its senses, which won the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award for best book. Slow to get into and long, it...
 
 

Camille
Pierre Lemaitre
Winner of the CWA International Dagger 2015. The conclusion to the Camille Verhoeven trilogy brings in characters from Irène and Alex but this really does stand on its own and...
 
 

The Seeker
S. G. MacLean
Winner of the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger 2015. A complicated, thrilling tale with many threads all leading to a Royalist plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell. Our hero, Damien Seeker, is...
 
 

Gorsky
Vesna Goldsworthy
Maxim Jakubowski July 2015 Highly Recommended. A rich oligarch's path crosses the path of a disillusioned bookseller through whose voice his story,...
 
 

The Axeman's Jazz
Ray Celestin
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015. So, so much more than just a crime novel, this beautifully written tale, inspired by real events...
 
 

Power Play
Mike Nicol
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When a private security agency run by and for women is asked by the South African Secret...
 
 

Reader Reviewed If You Go Away
Adele Parks
A dramatically absorbing and readable family drama, where between the covers prowl the social injustices and horror experienced during World War One. The author sets the two main characters apart,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Whispering Shadows
Jan-Philipp Sendker
‘Whispering Shadows’ may be classed as a murder mystery, however it is one with true heart and soul, and is a sincerely beautiful read. The first in a trilogy, Jan-Philipp...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Only We Know
Karen Perry
July 2015 Book of the Month. A compelling and thought-provoking read, ‘Only We Know’ binds a childhood secret into a tight knot...
 
 

Creature Comforts
Trisha Ashley
One of Trisha Ashley’s best, a charming romance with lots going on and a good central character in Izzy. Some chapters start with her dreams which add a nice touch....
 
 

Paper Towns
John Green
Award winning author John Green’s fresh-voiced novel is an utterly gripping story that gives a roller-coaster, unputdownable read. Strongly set with all the details of life in high school, at...
 
 

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe
Milly Johnson
They say revenge is sweet and there’s nothing sweeter than chocolate! Cheryl, Connie and Della, respectively in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s could be your neighbours, colleagues or relatives. Each...
 
 

Restoration
Rose Tremain
The bestselling and much-loved classic from Orange Prize-winning Rose Tremain, Restoration introduces us to the young Robert Merivel and his rise and fall through glittering seventeenth-century society. When a twist...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Looking Glass House
Vanessa Tait
‘The Looking Glass House’ is a bright, bold work of fiction, simply told yet holding a complicated ring of truth. Alice Liddell, the young inspiration for Lewis Caroll is the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Song Collector
Natasha Solomons
July 2015 Book of the Month. ‘The Song Collector’ subtly tiptoes under your skin, the first few sentences call to you, draw...
 
 

Reader Reviewed You, Me and Other People
Fionnuala Kearney
July 2015 Debut of the Month. A fabulous debut novel, You, Me and Other...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Precocious
Joanna Barnard
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Uncomfortable, sorrowful, challenging - yes Precocious is all...
 
 

Gray Mountain
John Grisham
Grisham is the master of the courtroom thriller and fans would be the first to admit that this isn’t his best, though it’s still hugely enjoyable. Mostly focused on the...
 
 

Leaving Time
Jodi Picoult
To tell you much about this might give away the surprise and shocking ending, suffice to say it is written from the point of view of a daughter, Jenna, desperate...
 
 

The Suicide Club
Andrew Williams
1917 and a British intelligence officer, Sandy Innes, injured whilst working as a labourer behind German lines, is asked to return to the front to help prepare others for spying...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The 3rd Woman
Jonathan Freedland
A discerning, penetrating novel with a difference; there is the double edged substantial plot of a murder investigation, sitting alongside a political thriller. Originally writing under the pseudonym of
 
 

No Place for a Lady
Gill Paul
With strong characters, a gripping and emotionally intense plot combined with meticulous research No Place for a Lady by Gill Paul is a wonderful read for fans of historical fiction....
 
 

Black Rabbit Hall
Eve Chase
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family's country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not...
 
 

The Dog
Jack Livings
Set in the shifting landscape of contemporary China, this title explodes the country's cultural and social fault lines. It features a wealthy factory owner who refuses to help the victims...
 
 

Friday on My Mind
Nicci French
When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is...
 
 

Lillian on Life
Alison Jean Lester
Life and love lessons as told by sassy narrator Lillian as she looks back in this brilliantly written, bold debut.
 
 

The Loss of Leon Meed
Josh Emmons
'Josh Emmons is the real deal: a major league prose writer who has fun in every sentence; you want to keep reading him for the pure pleasure of his company'...
 
 

The Missing Husband
Amanda Brooke
Would Jo's husband David really walk out on her – leaving no message – no trace of his whereabouts. She's pregnant and although their relationship had rocked when she told...
 
 

My Name is N
Robert Karjel
Jo Nesbo meets Homeland in this sophisticated debut literary thriller about a Swedish security force agent sent to the U.S. for a special assignment, which delivers a breathtaking global twist...
 
 

Ordinary Joe
Jon Teckman
July 2015 Debut of the Month. Shades of Notting Hill – Joe snares the...
 
 

The Parrots
Alexandra Shulman
July 2015 Book of the Month. A clever, bittersweet glimpse at a tangled family life and the destructive nature of fleeting moments,...
 
 

What Remains
Tim Weaver
Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins....
 
 

Revolution
Russell Brand
Russell Brand lays bare the discontent running below the surface of life, everything from the political inaction on corruption in the financial industry to the demonization of the poor and...
 
 

How We'll Live on Mars
Stephen Petranek
In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, and explains in...
 
 

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension
Matt Parker
A book that exists in more than one dimension! It’s a book that can be cut-up, drawn in and folded into shapes as Matt Parker engages his readers in a...
 
 

The Murdstone Trilogy
Mal Peet
Question: when does a fantasy novel not feel like a fantasy novel - Answer: when it’s ‘The Murdstone Trilogy’, that's when. Oh what wonderfully witty, quirky and clever writing is...
 
 

This Dark Road to Mercy
Wiley Cash
Winner of the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger - Crime Novel of the Year 2014. Powerfully penetrating and intelligently observed, this intense thriller captures, holds and provokes your interest. The...
 
 

Dear Daughter
Elizabeth Little
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 mystery of...
 
 

The Table of Less Valued Knights
Marie Phillips
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. With Gods Behaving Badly Marie Phillips showed that she has a rare gift for comedy, taking familiar characters from legend...
 
 

Go Set A Watchman
Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman is set during the mid-1950s and features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned...
 
 

Into the Fire
Manda Scott
Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Fire Colour One
Jenny Valentine
July 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Guardian Prize winning author Jenny Valentine’s long-awaited new novel is clever, beautifully written, full of...
 
 

Only Ever Yours
Louise O'Neill
In a dystopian future women are created to 'perfection' for the pleasure of men for beauty in this world is the first duty of every girl. Drawing parallels with a...
 
 

Something to Hide
Deborah Moggach
Petra's romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she's still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an...
 
 

Summer Secrets
Jane Green
A gripping tale of recovery and redemption from bestselling author Jane Green. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and...
 
 

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Haruki Murakami
Nothing need be said about this book except that it is by Murakami. That is endorsement enough. If you are acquainted with this world class literary master that is all...
 
 

The Corners of the Globe
Robert Goddard
The second part of a period spy trilogy which has Book One finishing “to be continued” and now Book Two ending on a terrible cliff hanger one can hardly wait...
 
 

Crash & Burn
Lisa Gardner
A psychological thriller with a very clever plot line. You, the reader, will formulate many different scenarios and theories which will ‘crash and burn’ one by one as a new...
 
 

Dead Girl Walking
Christopher Brookmyre
Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist not averse to breaking the rules to get to the truth and expose corruption in high places. He’s a familiar character has now served...
 
 

The First Bad Man
Miranda July
Cheryl (40-ish) works for a small family concern, Open Palm, which produces fitness programmes based on self-defence. She suffers from ‘globus hystericus’ with her throat becoming very tight when under...
 
 

Flesh and Blood
Patricia Cornwell
In Scarpetta’s twenty-second case it’s her birthday when she discovers shiny copper coins on her garden wall all bearing the date 1981. So begins a terrifying cat-and-mouse game with a...
 
 

Fool's Assassin
Robin Hobb
We first met Fitz as a boy in Assassin’s Apprentice and he has come a long way since. This is the tenth book to feature him. I would advise that...
 
 

Friendship
Emily Gould
A very American tale of two girls, their friendship, their ups and downs and their relationship with a couple for whom they house sit. It covers childlessness, infidelity, envy...
 
 

The Girl Next Door
Ruth Rendell
A dark, sad, slightly depressing tale of old age. We start in the late thirties when the crime was committed (so this is no whodunit) and then leap to the...
 
 

The Rocks
Peter Nichols
A big, generational novel interestingly told in reverse. We begin in 2005 and travel back through 1995, 1970, 1951 and 1948 where the mystery began. There is a small closure...
 
 

Thirst
Kerry Hudson
A love story with a strong will-they-won’t-they element as Dave catches Alena shoplifting, fancies/pities her and takes her in. Two lonely people who are obviously good for each other but...
 
 

The Tudor Vendetta
Christopher Gortner
The final book in this lovely series which can all be read alone. They follow the adventures of Brendan Prescott, personal spy to Elizabeth I, protégé of Walsingham. Elizabeth is...
 
 

War at the Edge of the World
Ian Ross
A well-written and interesting account of the Romans in Britain to join the many. It begins a series, Twilight of Empire, set here in AD305 and features an old Roman...
 
 

Reader Reviewed In Love and War
Alex Preston
A remarkably captivating book that starts as a slow-burner then sparks into an absolute firecracker of a read. The introduction to Fascism in Florence just before World War Two, when...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Prayer for the Dead
James Oswald
An engagingly dramatic crime novel where a curious whiff of the uncanny lurks in the background, occasionally skulking into view alongside the investigation. You don't need to have read the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Book of Lost and Found
Lucy Foley
One of those involved family dramas of uncertain parentage, mystery and secrets. Wonderful stuff. It concerns a young woman, Kate, who at the age of six loses her mother in...
 
 

Damage
Felix Francis
The late Dick Francis collaborated with his son Felix on several books before his death in 2010. This is now the fourth by Felix alone, and fans will not be...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France for a month. Out...
 
 

Radiant State
Peter Higgins
Maxim Jakubowski's July 2015 Book of the Month. The breathless conclusion of the astounding WOLFHOUND CENTURY trilogy proves powerful and moving....
 
 

The Whispering Swarm
Michael Moorcock
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The long-awaited first volume in a new series by Britain's master of fantasy is a strange beast...
 
 

The Scarlet Gospels
Clive Barker
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The first novel in ages from the master of horror and cinematic baroque excess. Cenobite Hell Priest...
 
 

The Replacement
Patrick Redmond
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. An accomplished psychological thriller that uncovers the layers of deceit and human delusion at the heart of...
 
 

S.N.U.F.F.
Victor Pelevin
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. When one thinks of Soviet science fiction, the mind is drawn to the intellectual challenges of the...
 
 

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
If you have only recently discovered Coelho, or if you have yet to discover this utterly brilliant and breathtaking author, who until quite recently was one of the world’s most...
 
 

Reader Reviewed It Started with Paris
Cathy Kelly
A great read, you are never disappointed with a Cathy Kelly. What happened in Paris was a marriage proposal. What happens in the book is the preparation, the family entanglements,...
 
 

The Mime Order
Samantha Shannon
The stunning sequel to the amazing The Bone Season which I really recommend reading first. It starts exactly where the last book finished with the clairvoyant attempting to return...
 
 

Courting Trouble
Kathy Lette
Tilly has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon....
 
 

My Salinger Year
Joanna Rakoff
Poignant, keenly observed and irresistibly funny, My Salinger Year is a memoir about literary New York in the late 1990s, a pre-digital world on the cusp of vanishing, where a...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
Lynn Weingarten
July 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. June and Delia had an intense relationship, the kind that is all important, all-consuming even,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Accident Season
Moira Fowley-Doyle
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Each October Cara’s family must endure the accident season when for four weeks, no matter...
 
 

Because You'll Never Meet Me
Leah Thomas
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. The story of an unusual but increasingly close friendship, this is a totally original and...
 
 

Minus Me
Ingelin Rossland
July 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month. Intriguing, stimulating and full of energy, this is a thought-provoking read…it also contains a hidden...
 
 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Lewis Carroll
This immensely witty and unique story mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, to provide an astute depiction of the experience of childhood. It's the story of Alice, a bright...
 
 

Better Left Buried
Emma Haughton
Emma Haughton’s debut won her comparisons with Sophie McKenzie – high praise indeed. Her new book, Better Left Buried, confirms her reputation for taut, well-plotted psychological thrillers. Sarah’s brother has...
 
 

Lorali
Laura Dockrill
A magical adventure of mermaids, pirates, myth and romance. Rory is on Hastings beach the night before his sixteenth birthday when he stumbles across a naked girl. This is Lorali,...
 
 

Life or Death
Michael Robotham
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. The Shawshank Redemption meets No Country for Old Men in the breathtaking new thriller from international bestseller Michael Robotham.
 
 

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson
Surprising, deliciously quirky and amusing, this gem of a book is one to treasure. Quite literally climbing out of his window, one hundred year old Allan disappears on an adventure,...
 
 

The Devil's Moon
Peter Guttridge
Something strange is in the Brighton air. Old Religion and New Age collide and the body count mounts as the Devil's Moon slowly rises...
 
 

The Month Before's Featured eBooks


Harvest
Jim Crace
Winner of the Impac Prize 2015. A beautifully written and unexpectedly thrilling novel, this book defies categorisation and almost reinvents itself from one chapter to the next. Dark, unsettling, intriguing...
 
 

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...
 
 

Angelica's Smile
Andrea Camilleri
Many burglaries tax Montalbano in this, his seventeenth outing, but they all pale into insignificance when he meets Angelica, one of the victims, who reminds him of a schoolboy crush...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Bees
Laline Paull
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. An excellent book unlike any other. The life of bees is examined and fictionalised...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Emma
Alexander McCall Smith
Continuing the series of Jane Austen 'reboots', Alexander McCall Smith updates the story of interfering Emma . She is exactly as she is in the original, giving dinner parties and...
 
 

Canary
Duane Swierczynski
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Sarie, a young 19-years old Philadelphia bright college student is busted for possession of illegal pills kept...
 
 

Stealing People
Robert Wilson
Addictive; terrifying; full-throttle; a thriller you can't look away from...
 
 

There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You
Lynda Bellingham
Lynda Bellingham is a tremendously gifted storyteller with a rich collection of tales of love, loss and laughter and this book brings her kind heart, courage and emotion to the...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Tape
Steven Camden
This stunning debut novel by acclaimed spoken-word artist Steven Camden tells two stories which take place twenty years apart but which are connected by one old cassette tape. Ryan and...
 
 

Tom Jones - The Life
Sean Smith
“You couldn’t make up a life story as big as this” says author Sean Smith of his subject, Tom Jones. It was published ahead of the indomitable Tom Jones’ 75th...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Museum of Things Left Behind
Seni Glaister
June 2015 MEGA Debut of the Month and eBook of the Month. Escape into...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Flood of Fire
Amitav Ghosh
June 2015 Book of the Month. A thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with...
 
 

Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Following Roy Jenkins from his not-quite working class roots through to his rise in politics and influence on post-war Britain. Jenkins can be seen either as an usher in of...
 
 

Mr Mercedes
Stephen King
Shortlisted for the Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award 2015. Stephen King is one of the greatest writers alive today. He always has a well-structured plot and a delightful turn of phrase....
 
 

The Paying Guests
Sarah Waters
Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. London 1922. Frances and her mother lost all their male relatives in the war and are left struggling with a big...
 
 

Perfidia
James Ellroy
Ellroy is most famous for two exquisite series. The LA Quartet (including LA Confidential) set in the 40s and 50s and centred on the LAPD; and the Underworld USA...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Dacre's War
Rosemary Goring
June 2015 Book of the Month. Historical fiction with a punch of realism and a twist of scheming political intrigue, several characters...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Day Four
Sarah Lotz
Walking in the footsteps of Stephen King, Lotz follows up on her impressive horror breakthrough The Three with yet another literal descent into unimaginable dread with this gripping...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Final Minute
Simon Kernick
An action-packed page-turner with a pace that is relentless. A recurring nightmare troubles Matt Barron once he surfaces from his three-month coma after a traumatic car accident. The other horror...
 
 

Reader Reviewed My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
Fredrik Backman
June 2015 Book of the Month. Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Slaughter Man
Tony Parsons
June 2015 Book of the Month. Intelligently observed, full of horrific murders and more, this, the second in the ‘DC Max Wolfe’...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Versions of Us
Laura Barnett
June 2015 Debut of the Month. In all likelihood this summer’s big hit, and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed We are All Made of Stars
Rowan Coleman
June 2015 Book of the Month. Beautifully thought-provoking and yet simply and effortlessly readable, this is an intimate compassionate dance with life,...
 
 

Watch Me
Anjelica Huston
A second volume of autobiography, following A Story Lately Told, Anjelica Huston picking up her story as she embarked on some turbulent times with Hollywood, love, acting and honours...
 
 

The Day Shift
Charlaine Harris
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The second volume in Charlaine Harris's Midnight, Texas new series, sees the saga growing in scope, and...
 
 

Vagabond
Gerald Seymour
June 2015 eBook of the Month. The great thriller writer returns to Northern Ireland, the setting of his first novel, Harry’s...
 
 

The Sun is God
Adrian McKinty
Alongside Ken Bruen and Stuart Neville, McKinty sits atop the Irish contemporary crime writing scene, so this comes as a pleasant surprise: a quirky historical mystery, based on a true...
 
 

Fallout
Sadie Jones
Sadie Jones won the Costa First Novel Award with her wonderful period drama set just post World War II, The Outcast. As you settle down to this you know you...
 
 

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Winner of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Silent Hours
Cesca Major
June 2015 Debut of the Month. Extraordinarily powerful and emotional, this debut fictional tale,...
 
 

Conversion
Katherine Howe
A fascinating book that captures your imagination for its entirety and then releases it to explore new thoughts and feelings, this is a wonderfully clever foray into the difficulties faced...
 
 

Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
Audrey’s family life is reassuringly normal. There’s her Daily Mail reading mum, computer game addicted big brother, and well-meaning dad trying, and generally failing, to say the right thing. It’s...
 
 

Reader Reviewed It's About Love
Steven Camden
June 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. It’s About Love is a kind of...
 
 

My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend
Eleanor Wood
Tuesday Cooper describes herself as an average girl with a weird name, too-big ambitions, chubby thighs and delusions of grandeur. But surely even for girls like her dreams can come...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Remix
Non Pratt
Two best friends set off for a music festival and the long awaited chance to leave behind school, exams, parents – and ex-boyfriends – for a weekend of hedonism. As...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins
Antonia Hodgson
June 2015 Book of the Month. This wonderfully intriguing and exciting historical mystery really packs a wallop. Although a sequel to ‘
 
 

Reader Reviewed All the Little Pieces
Jilliane Hoffman
June 2015 Book of the Month. All the Little Pieces should come with a warning label: this is not a light easy...
 
 

The Darkling Child
Terry Brooks
From New York Times bestselling fantasy author Terry Brooks comes the second stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series - a perfect place for new readers to begin.
 
 

Lavondyss
Robert Holdstock
The haunting sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Mythago Wood. At the heart of the wildwood lies a place of mystery and legend, from which few return and none...
 
 

The Way of Kings
Brandon Sanderson
A single volume mass market paperback of the first volume in the Internationally bestselling epic fantasy series - a benchmark for the genre.
 
 

Gelato, Ice Creams and Sorbets
Linda Tubby
Gelato, Ice Creams and Sorbets is jam packed full of your classic Italian ice cream recipes. These heart melting favourites will leave you feeling refreshed all year round, as ice...
 
 

Weight Watchers Get Set for Summer
Nicola Graimes
Be inspired by this fabulous collection of recipesfrom Weight Watchers - and get ready to make the most of the long, hot days and savour the fresh flavours of summer.
 
 

The Mysterious World of the Human Genome
Frank Ryan
How could a relatively simple chemical code give rise to the complexity of a human being? How could our human genome have evolved? And how does it actually work? In...
 
 

The Causal Angel
Hannu Rajaniemi
With his infectious love of storytelling in all its forms, his rich characterisation and his unrivalled grasp of thrillingly bizarre cutting-edge science Hannu Rajaniemi has swiftly set a new benchmark...
 
 

Crashing Heaven
Al Robertson
A diamond-hard, visionary new SF thriller. Nailed-down cyberpunk ala William Gibson for the 21st century meets the vivid dark futures of Al Reynolds in this extraordinary debut novel.
 
 

The Long Utopia
Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
As rumours of strange sightings and hauntings proliferate, it becomes clear that something is very awry with this particular world. Millions of steps away, Joshua is on a personal journey...
 
 

Nemesis Games
James S. A. Corey
The exhilarating fifth novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times bestselling Expanse space opera series, which began with the Hugo-nominated Leviathan Wakes.
 
 

The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
Hilary Mantel
A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'.
 
 

KP: The Autobiography
Kevin Pietersen
The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of...
 
 

Amnesia
Peter Carey
A clever political thriller with a powerful message on a large scale. Computer hacking genius Gaby, involved with an extreme anarchist gang, is the daughter of a high ranking Australian...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Animals
Emma Jane Unsworth
Flatmates Laura and Tyler (female) ‘get-off-their-faces’ in and around Manchester. Brilliantly written, incredibly funny with some amazing snippets of erudition it is narrated by Laura, engaged to teetotaller Jim and...
 
 

The Art of Killing Well
Marco Malvaldi
This is a locked room, country house murder mystery set in Tuscany at the close of the 19th century. It’s a hoot, a wonderful parody of the genre with...
 
 

The Barefoot Queen
Ildefonso Falcones
A long book, perhaps a tad too long, about the feuding gypsies in Spain in the 1750s. It stars a Cuban Negress who finds herself a free woman after her...
 
 

Blood Med
Jason Webster
The fourth Spanish-based detective novel starring Max Cámara. These are steeped in Spanish history but this one concentrating on the present recession. There is a murder and a suicide and...
 
 

The Collector
Nora Roberts
The prolific Nora Roberts has done it again, another terrific read. This one is a crime novel revolving round the discovery of a Fabergé egg which has been lost to...
 
 

The Corpse Bridge
Stephen Booth
The action all takes place between Halloween and Guy Fawkes which gives you an idea of the ghostly atmosphere created in this crime. It actually takes a long time for...
 
 

The Dandelion Years
Erica James
A meatier read than is the author’s norm with a lot of research into the World War II years at Bletchley Park for our present day protagonist, Saska, discovers a...
 
 

The Dish
Stella Newman
A slice of commercial women's fiction heaven that'll leave you happy and hungry in equal measure. Fiction has never tasted so good.
 
 

Fetch Nurse Connie
Jean Fullerton
Jean Fullerton returns with more tales from London's East End. London, 1945 and as the end of the war is declared and the troops start returning home, the nurses of...
 
 

The Final Silence
Stuart Neville
Irish cop DCI Jack Lennon returns for another searing thriller. Suspended from the force following the decidely traumatic events of the previous novels in which he appeared, his assistance is...
 
 

Five Days Left
Julie Lawson Timmer
A lovely, lovely book, very sad, heartbreaking but so sensitively written. We follow Mara who prepares for suicide once her incurable illness, Huntingdon’s disease, becomes incapacitating and unbearable. She has...
 
 

Fortress
Andy McNab
Famous for his Gulf War memoir Bravo Two Zero which gave him the basis for his SAS character Nick Stone, McNab has now created a new series character, Tom...
 
 

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste
Valerie Martin
Arthur Conan Doyle meets, on a promotional tour in America, one Violet Petra, a famed medium of the period who seems to have a connection within or to the fated...
 
 

Half the World
Joe Abercrombie
Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War...Thorn lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill. Must Thorn be a...
 
 

In the Unlikely Event
Judy Blume
Inspired by real events, Judy Blume uses her imagination to interweave the stories of three generations of families, friends and strangers whose lives are forever changed in the aftermath. In...
 
 

Into a Raging Blaze
Andreas Norman
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. Swedish crime gives way to Swedish spy! It also raises questions about disclosing secrets, what is “not in the public interest”. Indeed, what...
 
 

The Kill Switch
James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
If your idea of a great read is a pacy, rip roaring thrilling adventure featuring a hard man hero and his faithful canine companion then this is the novel for...
 
 

The King Without a Kingdom
Maurice Druon
The world of fiction and fact merge in this feast of historical intrigue, bloody battle and cankerous corruption. Translated from French, visit the beginning of the Hundred Years War; with...
 
 

Lost for Words
Edward St. Aubyn
Winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014. From the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, this is a thought-provoking...
 
 

The Nightmare Place
Steve Mosby
A scary, well-written frightener not for young women living alone, especially if they have a vivid imagination. It involves a killer who is able to enter houses undetected. The press...
 
 

One Summer in Venice
Nicky Pellegrino
In the maze of Venice's canals, bridges and piazzas, one woman sets herself a goal to find the ten things that could be the key to her happiness. Once she's...
 
 

The Playground
Julia Kelly
A thoughtful novel that may be depressing for some but well worth a read. Set in Ireland the reader is ‘dropped’ into Eve’s life, nothing is clear to start with,...
 
 

Savage Magic
Lloyd Shepherd
The third in this excellent series featuring Constable Charles Horton of the River Police. He is investigating strange goings-on in a grand house in Surrey where the locals fear witchcraft...
 
 

Under a Cornish Sky
Liz Fenwick
For fans of Judy Finnigan and Rosamunde Pilcher, a spelling-binding tale of romance and intrigue, set against the gorgeous Cornish coast. In Under a Cornish Sky Liz Fenwick weaves another...
 
 

We are Called to Rise
Laura McBride
Four different voices relate this remarkable tale; a woman whose marriage is disintegrating, an eight-year old immigrant boy, a woman working with troubled teenagers and a soldier recently returned from...
 
 

The Weight of Blood
Laura McHugh
A chilling psychological thriller with two distinct strands. The detection of a murder for Lucy’s friend Cheri’s body is discovered and Lucy’s mother’s tale, a woman who disappeared years earlier....
 
 

The Woman Who Fell in Love for a Week
Fiona Walker
Three years on from a rather messy divorce Jenny does a spot of house-sitting to supplement her proof-reading income. She is off to the country for two weeks to look...
 
 

Your Servants and Your People
David Towsey
In the wake of World War Z, the 28 Days movies and TV series The Walking Dead, we've been deluged by a surfeit of zombie trash, but The Walkin' Trilogy...
 
 

The Zone of Interest
Martin Amis
1942, every day the trains arrive bringing Jews for the gas chambers or slave labour. We witness the terrible events through the eyes of the German commanders and a Jew...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Thirty List
Eva Woods
A loveable hug of a book, one that retains a positive feel of realism while embracing you with its warmhearted wit. Rachel can’t foresee a time when she will ever...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Lie of the Land
Michael F. Russell
June 2015 eBook of the Month. A fascinating and disturbing premise that has the ability to swing a profound sledgehammer into your...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Watch the Lady
Elizabeth Fremantle
Elizabeth Fremantle has delivered another fabulously engrossing read, her ability to bring some of the most fascinating women from the 16th century to the forefront of historical fiction is truly...
 
 

The Show
Tilly Bagshawe
A simply delightful romp, stuffed to the glamorous brim with revenge, scandal, intrigue and a joyfully good story. This is the second in the ‘Swell Valley’ series, set after ‘
 
 

Reader Reviewed Seveneves
Neal Stephenson
June 2015 eBook of the Month. Quite simply astonishing. Labeled as speculative science fiction, this is actually an all inclusive, wonderful colossus...
 
 

The Island Escape
Kerry Fisher
With hidden depths, it’s easy to sink into this delightfully warm and pleasing read. The synopsis suggests there is one tale on offer here, in actual fact we hear the...
 
 

Wake Up, Sir!
Jonathan Ames
A quirky, eccentric reimagining of the brilliant pairing of Jeeves and Wooster from the Jeeves novels of P. G. Wodehouse. It might be a little disconcerting to find the cover...
 
 

The Turning Point
Freya North
June 2015 Book of the Month. An expressive, moving novel with the ability to reach out, connect with and yet bruise hearts....
 
 

The Good Life
Martina Cole
June 2015 Book of the Month. The Good Life is an audacious, irresistible love story snuggling up to a ferocious crime drama....
 
 

Reader Reviewed I Saw a Man
Owen Sheers
June 2015 Book of the Month. Subtle, powerful writing fills the pages in this commanding and thought-provoking novel. Cleverly taking you in...
 
 

England and Other Stories
Graham Swift
June 2015 Book of the Month. A collection of stories giving us glimpses into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people; twenty-five stories...
 
 

The Ballymara Road
Nadine Dorries
Step into an emotional and expressive read, one that takes you back in time and yet explores issues that remain in the public eye today. ‘The Ballymara Road’ is the...
 
 

The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Hide Her Name
Nadine Dorries
A moving and at times harrowing read, the second in the trilogy drops you straight back into the traumatic aftermath of ‘The Four Streets” so brace yourself and prepare...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Way Back Home
Freya North
June 2015 Book of the Month. A new Freya North is always cause for celebration. In this one she follows Oriana back...
 
 

Career Game
Louise Mensch
June 2015 eBook of the Month. An entertaining, bold and glamorous express of a novel with a fiery steel smouldering beneath the...
 
 

Finders Keepers
Stephen King
Finders Keepers is an intelligent, powerful and enthralling read from one of the masters of storytelling. While there are obvious ties to Mr Mercedes and several of the characters...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Hearts of Stone
Simon Scarrow
With a foray into more recent history than Simon Scarrow’s previous novels, the Greek Resistance in World War Two is brought vividly and violently to life in ‘Hearts of Stone’....
 
 

The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Flirty, unconventional and diverting, yet there is a darker deeper tone that really sets this fabulous novel apart. The somewhat audacious beginning sets the scene, allows you to settle in…...
 
 

The Silk Tree
Julian Stockwin
A non-stop, action packed adventure from 549 AD spanning the fascinating Roman and Chinese empires. Nicander and Marius are unlikely companions and after the Ostrogoths have sacked Rome, find themselves...
 
 

Telling the Bees
Peggy Hesketh
‘Telling the Bees’ is an original, contemplative, little gem of a book. As you read, try not to overthink, try to stop your thoughts from rushing to and fro and...
 
 

The Bone Clocks
David Mitchell
This is a big story on a huge canvas. If you are a David Mitchell fan then you are in for a treat. If new to him then be prepared...
 
 

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...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Woman Who Stole My Life
Marian Keyes
One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long...
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Year I Met You
Cecelia Ahern
Very different from her previous books for there is no supernatural or spiritual element. Just a thoroughly good story of family dynamics, relationships, handicaps in families and it affects all....
 
 

The Man Who Watched Women
Michael Hjorth, Hans Rosenfeldt
Scandinavian crime fiction is well know for being dark, gritty and full of complex characters, The Man Who Watched Women sits confidently alongside its associates. The author pairing of Michael...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Find Me
Laura van den Berg
June 2015 Debut of the Month. A sensitive debut novel by a young American...
 
 

Please, Mister Postman
Alan Johnson
Winner of the Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2014. Having written of his childhood in This Boy, Labour MP, Alan Johnson follows on...
 
 

Young Winstone
Ray Winstone
An exploration of Ray Winstone’s past, growing up in an East End recovering the bombing of WWII. Ray Winstone reveals not only his childhood but also how it helped mould...
 
 

Bones Never Lie
Kathy Reichs
Dr Temperance Brennan is at it again – bones, bones and more bones. This is another involved, gripping tale of murder and mayhem featuring copycat killings … or are they?...
 
 

Cobra
Deon Meyer
Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger 2015. You’ve got to push through the bitty start, sort out the difficult names and allow the book to get going for then...
 
 

The Falcon Throne
Karen Miller
The eponymous throne is that of the Duchy of Clemen, one of two warring Dukedoms that take centre stage in this medieval epic which spans over a generation. Both the...
 
 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson
A forty year old mystery all mixed up with family feuds, fraud and corruption this is the first of a trilogy. There is plenty to keep your interest hooked and...
 
 

Cop Town
Karin Slaughter
Shortlisted for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award 2015. Atlanta 1974 and two female cops join forces, one old hand, one brand new. This excellent thriller certainly makes you think...
 
 

Ghost Ship
Clive Cussler, Graham Brown
The 12th in the NUMA series and one of the best. They are a state of the art marine research organisation with a great team led by Kurt Austin....
 
 

Hereward: Wolves of New Rome
James Wilde
The fourth in the series sees Hereward finally defeated and in exile. He is off to Constantinople where rumour has it the streets are paved with gold and employment...
 
 

Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories
Mary Higgins Clark
A collection of Mary Higgins Clark's acclaimed short stories, with her most famous unfinished story finally completed. From the first-ever published story (1956's 'Stowaway'), to classic 'Alvirah and Willy', 'My...
 
 

Arimathea
Frank McGuinness
A passionate, poetic debut novel from Irish Playwright and Poet Frank McGuiness. 1940’s Donegal and an Italian Painter arrives to work and nothing and no-one is the same afterwards. Told...
 
 

The Peripheral
William Gibson
No one writes better about the future than William Gibson. He almost single-handedly created the 'cyberpunk' genre in which a dizzying noir atmosphere cloaked the unknown beneath a veil of...
 
 

Bittersweet
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
A great story, very hard to put down but just a bit too long for a one-sitting read which it deserves. It concerns a rich American family with parental and...
 
 

Reader Reviewed If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go
Judy Chicurel
1972 and the teenagers of Long Island spend their time drinking, smoking and taking drugs. The girls all experiment with sex, get pregnant, have abortions or adoptions, such is life....
 
 

Reader Reviewed Left of the Bang
Claire Lowdon
Clare Lowdon’s novel is a sharp, sometimes funny but always bracingly honest look at the lives of contemporary young Londoners who below the surface are having a lot less fun...
 
 

Moriarty
Anthony Horowitz
Author of the global bestseller The House of Silk, Anthony Horowitz once more breathes life into the world created by Arthur Conan Doyle. With pitch-perfect characterisation and breathtaking pace,...
 
 

The Cartel
Don Winslow
Maxim Jakubowski's June 2015 Book of the Month. Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian...
 
 

The Vorrh
Brian Catling
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Fantasy fiction for a new generation, with not a trace of dragons or elves, this opening volume...
 
 

Gangsterland
Tod Goldberg
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. A wonderfully sprawling thriller of mafia life and aftermath, in which Sal Cupertino, a notorious Chicago hitman...
 
 

Asylum City
Liad Shoham
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. The past few years have allowed us a most welcome introduction to crime fiction from many other...
 
 

From a Distance
Raffaella Barker
A family story that moves from 1946 Cornwall to present day Norfolk with some wonderful characters who do eventually link as their stories connect to a lighthouse. Lots of symbolism,...
 
 

Reader Reviewed Saint Mazie
Jami Attenberg
An astonishing, stimulating, and quite quite wonderful novel based on the life of the indomitable Mazie Phillips who lived in New York through some of the most interesting times of...
 
 

Reader Reviewed There Will be Lies
Nick Lake
Award-winning Nick Lake tells a complex story fusing two strands of narrative into a richly woven single thread. Seventeen-year-old Shelby Cooper has always been very protected by her mother; she...
 
 

To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
You may have read this but it certainly deserves another read. It’s the sort of book that becomes more profound with each reading. It is quite simply brilliant, a tale...
 
 

Phoenix Rising
Bryony Pearce
A world where a devastating series of manmade and natural disasters have destroyed civilisations, leaving communities walled in and fearful, and the seas choked with mankind’s accumulated junk – plywood,...
 
 

Clariel
Garth Nix
The long awaited prequel to the original ‘The Old Kingdom’ trilogy will cause glee for fans, as it lays...
 
 

Twisted
Lynda La Plante
The exciting new standalone thriller from the No. 1 bestselling mistress of suspense
 
 

Burn
James Patterson
Detective Michael Bennett is coming home to New York. And a world of unimaginable evil awaits. Having brought an end to the vengeful mission of the ruthless crime lord who...
 
 

Summer at Shell Cottage
Lucy Diamond
Another must-pack beach read from the bestselling author of The Beach Cafe.
 
 

Blue Moon
Pam Weaver
A fantastic new saga novel from bestselling author Pam Weaver. Ruby dreams of a life outside of the seaside town with Jim, but it falls to her to hold the...
 
 
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