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One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012. Grim, gritty and totally compelling, Stuart MacBride draws you in then you are up all night! In this stand alone novel dark secrets compromise the central detective in a savage and brutal series of killings of teenage girls. But the same secret also drives him as no one has sacrificed more. September 2012 Book of the Month.
September 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. A novel concentrating on the terrible effect of the death of a teenage boy on his family. He was killed in the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand. The strain is too much for his parents' marriage and his siblings suffer badly, till into their lives comes a live in help a 'rent-a-granny', who suddenly everyone can talk to. This is a nicely woven story with lots of insight into family life, a poignant tale from a lovely author. STOP PRESS: Between a Mother and a Child has been selected as a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice this Autumn.
September 2012 Book of the Month. I fell in love with this book when it was first published in 1997. It did moderately well but not as well as it should. I think one of the problems was that up until then James Long had written adventure spy stories, he was formerly BBC correspondent and certainly knew his stuff – but then he produced this enthralling, tangled love story. As so often happens when author’s change direction, his publishers (Penguin) were not keen, so he went to HarperCollins and, if it were today, it would have been published under a pseudonym, as his other historical novels are (Will Davenport) – but that did not happen and the book rather fell between two stools. But for those who read it, Ferney held a special magic, it haunts your memory and even fifteen years later still pulls at the heart strings. Now James has written the sequel, The Lives She Left Behind, and to refresh fans memories and entice new ones, Ferney is republished. It is such a wonderful, uplifting and unusual story of a couple settling in Somerset. As they renovate their house they discover its history, meet a previous inhabitant and unlock its secrets. Mysterious, exciting, immensely rewarding, it is one of those memorable books that has to be among your of all-time favourites. Please read it. Scroll down to check out what some of our readers thought about Ferney, ahead of reading the sequel The Lives She Left Behind which is published on 27 September 2012.
September 2012 Book of the Month. Supernatural goings on, dangerous London mobsters and an illicit affair are the heart of this dark, paranormal thriller for adults from the number one bestselling Young Adult author (Cirque Du Freak). Ed Sieveking is an American author looking for inspiration for his next book in London but inadvertently gets involved with the wife of a crime lord - soon his real life is resembling the fictional ones of his books. Full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and on the edge of your seat. Darren Shan on his new book... "I never meant to be a children’s author. It wasn’t part of the “grand plan” that I had when I was younger, planning to take the book world by storm. I had always enjoyed reading children’s books, and thought I might try to write one at some point, for fun, but I never saw it as a career move. As a teenager I wrote grisly, morbid books intended for an adult audience. This continued into my early twenties. I was very prolific, writing five or six different books a year. I toyed with different genres and styles, but the one thing all those books had in common was that they were written for adults. Then Cirque Du Freak came along. The idea of writing a vampire book from a child’s point of view intrigued me, and since the main character was a boy, I decided to aim the story at a younger audience. I enjoyed the experience, and so did millions of readers around the world, and I got happily sidetracked. But I never ditched my adult stories. I knew I would return to that world one day and pick up where I had left off. The question was when. I’ve chosen to resurrect my adult career now because it seemed like a natural extension of my last few children’s books. The Thin Executioner and my four-book series The Saga of Larten Crepsley were written for children, but were very adult in tone. Having slipped back into that zone, I decided it was time to fully test myself on the adult front again. The first result is Lady of the Shades, a haunting thriller about a writer with a guilty secret. In many ways I’m like Ed, the writer in the book, in that I also have a secret, which I’m going to share with you today: I never meant to be a children’s author…"
September 2012 Book of the Month. A captivating tale of love and music, food and passion. Take yourself on a journey to Rome in the 1950s, a city of beauty and heartbreak, at one of the most glamorous points in its magical history. The author has a real talent for making the sunshine of Italy shine from the pages.
Shortlisted for the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. September 2012 Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the year 2012. The second in the Lewis trilogy from the author of The Blackhouse . It is even better than the Richard & Judy chosen first. Having left his wife and career in Edinburgh, former policeman Fin Macleod has returned to live on the island of Lewis. The discovery of a unidentified corpse in a peat bog leads to a family asking for Fin's help and he feels duty-bound to help. One of our favourites of the month.
August 2012 Book of the Month. One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. We loved her debut Heresy, with the ex-monk turned secret agent Giordano Bruno and the follow up historical mystery, Sacrilege, is just as gripping. Assassinations, threats of plague and dark secrets hidden in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral prove a formidable challenge for renaissance man Bruno, who is also battling with demons of his own. If you enjoy authors like C J Sansom then we think you will find it hard to resist.
August 2012 Book of the Month. 4th instalment of the fascinating Cousins’ War series again, cleverly blending fact and fiction together to bring to life the riveting story of Anne Neville, youngest daughter of the ruthless Earl of Warwick, the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. These stories of little known but significant women of the time give a fresh perspective and if you love Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction you should not miss her fascinating non-fiction companion volume - The Women of the Cousins' War - that tells the extraordinary true stories behind the heroines of her books. The Cousins' War series:1. The White Queen2. The Red Queen3. The Lady of the Rivers4. The Kingmaker's Daughter
August 2012 Book of the Month. A beautifully written, evocative story of the life of an utterly selfish, dishonest, lazy, loveable rogue. Born in Pakistan, Maqil, this born survivor, quickly finds his charm and good looks will get him a long way provided he doesn’t get hung up on morals or deserting loved ones. But your past will always catch up with you in the end. With its vivid language and colourful descriptions it was deservedly longlisted for the Orange Prize 2012 and is well worth a read.
August 2012 Food and Drink Book of the Month. Stories and seasonal recipes are blended together in this biography celebrating 40 years of the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge in Skye. Author of nearly 20 cookery books, Lady Claire Macdonald, tells the story of how she, her husband, clan chief Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, and their family built up Kinloch from insignificant beginnings in a remote but spectacularly beautiful corner of Skye to the great culinary institution it is today.
August 2012 Book of the Month. 3rd in the series of top-notch London-based crime novels. An abandoned and sexually abused young girl is found in Green Park and she insists she lives in Buckingham Palace. Family man Inspector John Carlyle is justifiably outraged and won’t stop until he catches the perpetrators – or they stop him first. These are addictive reads and like the last two you will want to read it in one sitting. Inspector Carlyle series:1. London Calling2. Never Apologise, Never Explain3. Buckingham Palace Blues4. The Circus Fans of the Inspector Carlyle series who would like to find out about his early years can do so by reading the short ebook, The Enemy Within, which is available in Kindle format. Click here to find out more.
August 2012 Book of the Month. A gripping and thought-provoking follow-up to the sensational Three Seconds. A convicted murderer dies awaiting execution on Ohio's death row. Six years later, the same man walks into a Stockholm police station. He's defeated death and Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens must discover how. This fast-paced, part murder mystery, part polemic on the death penalty has a mesmerising and ingenious plot and is highly recommended. Click here to see the previous book in the series, Three Seconds. Comparison: Michael Ridpath, Henning Mankell, A J Kazinski (The Last Good Man)
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