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Winner of the 2006 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.This award-winning debut is a literary thriller of the highest order that is both powerful and compelling. Tough and original characters and situations that really get under the skin mark this writer out as a great new find in the world of crime fiction. She's got one hell of a future in our opinion.
The publisher created a new category with the publication of this novel, that of ‘gangster saga’, and it’s not far off the mark. A gangland 60’s saga set in Gosport with a strong heroine and some memorable characters. It’s got heart, violence, sex and an underground current which is very atmospheric. Evocative and gritty, it’s the beginning of a series that continues in the follow up, Broken Bodies. See the links below to read the books in order. 1 Trust Nobody 2 Broken Bodies 3 Damaged Goods 4 Fatal Cut 5 Jail Bait 6 Fighting Dirty Similar this month: None.Comparison: Martina Cole, Mandasue Heller, Lynda La Plante.
This is causing quite a stir in the fantasy area. A new young (26-year old) talent with a hero, Locke Lamora, who is destined to become a cult hero. A rogue and a con artist, he is a brilliant creation. Highly recommended.Similar this month: None.Comparison: George R R Martin, Steven Erikson, Terry Brooks.
This is a strange and intriguing tale of the relationship between maid and mistress in 1860’s Scotland. Both have secrets to keep. I must admit to being increasingly drawn in as the story progressed and more of the mystery was revealed. This is far better than most in this area; genuinely interesting and enjoyable.Similar this month: NoneComparison: Jude Morgan, Melanie Gifford, Katharine McMahon.
A very violent criminal gang which attracts some extraordinarily nasty characters has an old score to settle â€¦ Smoke. But it hadnâ€™t banked on the reformed criminalâ€™s girlfriend â€¦ on one of its members growing tired of slaughter â€¦ on general mayhem â€¦ a plucky flatmate or on a series of mishaps that grace this fast-paced, addictive novel. Itâ€™s Tarantino/Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels territory and it is fantastic.Similar this month: None.Comparison: Jake Arnott; Christopher Brookmyre; James Hawes.
The pungent odour of cheese will waft off the page in what for me is the debut novel of the year so far. Well I know itâ€™s only mid January but Iâ€™ve read quite a few books scheduled for later in the year as well. This is a deliciously written comic novel that brings together three quite disparate ingredients â€“ history, cheese and mystery. The head of the Trencom family has, through history been unique in as much as their nose provided each of them with talent unsurpassed and admired in the cheese world, but clearly it has also led to catastrophe for each one. Itâ€™s the 1960s and Edward Trencom, the latest head of the family stumbles across some family papers and is drawn unstoppably towards finding out more about his family past to the detriment of his cheese business and possibly his life. Just be sure you have some mouth-wateringly smelly cheeses and a glass of wine to hand when you read this book â€“ it canâ€™t be read without them. Please also have a look at Nathaniel's Nutmeg by the same author, which is also highly recommended.
A slightly improbable historical novel of a novice monk accused of stealing a holy relic â€“ a saintâ€™s hand. He finds refuge with pirates and a great adventure ensues. Equally enjoyable to readers of fantasy, it is light and fun and, I believe, the beginning of a series.Similar this month: None.Comparison: C C Humphreys, Martin Stephen, Ellis Peters.
An 18th century rural backdrop with an inspiring middle-class family bent on acquiring wealth by the marriage of a beautiful daughter results in sibling jealousy, not unusual in an historical novel. But then the tale turns into a very dark love story until it turns again into a twisted tale of mistaken identity. The reader is repeatedly surprised by the many twists throughout this exceptional novel. As soon as you realise where it is all going, it veers off somewhere else. As a novel it doesnâ€™t obey patterns and as an historical novel, it is amazing. Very highly recommended.Similar this month: None but try Christie Dickason.Comparison: Sarah Waters, Emma Donoghue, James Morrow .
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2006.Costa Book Awards 2006 Judges'comment: "Michael Cox's recreation of the underbelly of Victorian high society brings a great revenge tale to life. It is a powerful achievement of research, style and plotting."
Grief can make you do things that at the time make perfect sense â€“ and when you are a doctor capable of cloning who you believe to be your daughterâ€™s killer then you are playing with high stakes. Grief blinds you from the consequences and the price of your actions. This High-tech thriller makes compulsive reading mixing politics, religion and personal lives with events and consequence playing out over twenty years. Highly recommended.
This is not a Rebus detective story, in fact it is Rankin’s first novel so fascinating for his fans to see how he has developed. It’s a strange book of relationships, local feuds, suspicion and the search for happiness, many themes he has developed over the years. He introduces it himself. This title is also available as an Audio book in CD or Audio Cassette format.Similar this month: None but try Natasha Cooper.Comparison: Denise Mina, Quintin Jardine, Sarah Rayne.
A great read with a totally unexpected twist, it grabs from the start with the attempted assassination of the US President and the killing of his best friend and one of the ‘inside ring’ – his bodyguard. The ensuing investigation takes us to the swamp lands of the Deep South and a nest of illegal activities ruled over by a self ‘crowned’ king of the area, a very nasty character. The pace of this book is truly great, I couldn’t put it down. It leaps from one crisis to another, from one corrupt official to the next and to a revelation involving the inner ring and skulduggery in high places. Nail-biting stuff.Similar this month: Vince Flynn.Comparison: Lee Child, John Grisham, David Baldacci.
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