IN HER WAKE AMANDA JENNINGS
A tragic family event reveals devastating news that rips apart Bella’s comfortable existence. Embarking on a personal journey to uncover the truth, she faces a series of traumatic discoveries that take her to the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast, where hidden truths, past betrayals and a 25-year-old mystery threaten not just her identity, but also her life.
Chilling, complex and profoundly moving, In Her Wake is a gripping psychological thriller that questions the nature of family – and reminds us that sometimes the most shocking crimes are committed closest to home.
THE KINDNESS POLLY SAMSON
Julian’s falls begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia. Julia is married and eight years Julian’s senior. Ignoring warnings from family and friends they each give up all they have to be together. Their new life immense happiness, especially after their daughter Mira is born. But when Mira becomes terrifyingly ill, it is impossible for Julia to conceal the explosive secret that she has been keeping at the heart of their lives.
Published by Bloomsbury
THE UNFORGOTTEN LAURA POWELL
Summer, 1956 Fifteen-year-old Betty Broadbent has never left the Cornish fishing village of St Steele or ventured far beyond the walls of the boarding house run by her erratic mother. But when the London press pack descends on her village to report on a series of gruesome murders, Betty’s world changes. In particular she is transfixed by mysterious and aloof reporter, Mr Gallagher.
As the death toll rises, an unlikely friendship blossoms between Betty and Gallagher. But as their bond deepens, they find themselves entangled with the murders and each is forced to make a devastating choice, one that will shape their own lives – and the life of an innocent man – forever.
The Unforgotten is Laura Powell’s first novel.
published by frieght books
THE BACHELORS MURIEL SPARKS
The Bachelors displays the best of Sparkian satire, placing her at the heart of a great literary tradition alongside Waugh and Trollope, Wilde and Wodehouse. It demands rediscovery. ‘
It’s easy to see why Waugh admired The Bachelors. On one level, it is a blithely carnivorous satire in the Waugh mould. The bachelors of the title – almost the only men we meet in the narrative – are the thirty-something male barristers, teachers, journalists and museum attendants of a small patch of West London. They lead inturned, doddery, superannuated lives, pottering between grocers, coffee-houses, bedsits and the houses of their mothers and aunts. But the comedy here is serious in a way that Waugh’s satanically energetic comedies of misery rarely are …comedies of English manners have seldom been darker.
I don’t like this cover either, But the writing is good.
Published by canongate
THE FINISHING SCHOOL MURIEL SPARK
In The Finishing School Muriel Spark is once again at her biting, satirical best. On the edge of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, a struggling would-be novelist and his wife run a finishing school of questionable reputation to keep the funds flowing. When a seventeen-year-old student’s writing career begins to show great promise, tensions begin to run high.
A keen portrait of devouring regret, psychological unravelling and the glittering promise of youth, The Finishing School is the perfect natural partner to Muriel Spark’s most famous novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
I know what they say never judge a book by its cover, but I am not a greatly impressed by the cover of this book. What I did like about this story the most is that it has a creative writing theme. Chris subject of his story was about Mary Queen of Scots. This is Muriel Sparks contribution to world literature.
Published by canongate
DEATH IN PROFILE GUY FRASER- SAMPSON
The genteel façade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?
Intellectual analysis and police procedure vie with the gut instinct of ‘copper’s nose’, and help appears to offer itself from a very unlikely source – a famous fictional detective. A psychological profile of the murderer allows the police to narrow down their search, but will Scotland Yard lose patience with the team before they can crack the case?
Praised by fellow authors and readers alike, this is a truly original crime story, speaking to a contemporary audience yet harking back to the Golden Age of detective fiction. Intelligent, quirky and mannered, it has been described as ‘a love letter to the detective novel’. Above it all hovers Hampstead, a magical village evoking the elegance of an earlier time, and the spirit of mystery-solving detectives.
A comforting old school crime fiction with a modern twist. Classy and sophisticated. If you thought the Golden Age of crime writing was dead, then read this. This book is the first of the Hampstead Murders series sees a police investigation into a series of sex killings threatened by internal politics and a burgeoning love triangle. Faced by senior officers desperate for results a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?
Having said that I do like to find a new crime author, but to be really honest I didn’t find that this crime book grab my full attention as much as some of the well established crime authors do.
A BED OF SCORPIONS JUDITH FLANDERS
What’s an editor to do with so many demands? Do you deal with the morning’s pile of manuscript submissions first? Or the swine from sales who steals all the chocolate digestives? Or do you concentrate on your ex-lover, whose business partner has just been found dead in their art gallery, slumped over his desk with a gun in his hand?
It’s another day at Timmins & Ross publishing house, but when sharp-tongued editor Samantha Clair’s CID boyfriend is brought in to investigate Frank Compton’s death, her loyalties become stretched. And when one of Aidan Merriam’s artists is found dead in identical circumstances, Sam takes on the art world and the CID, armed with nothing more than her reliable weapons: satire, cynicism and a stock of irrelevant information culled from novels.
I found A Bed of Scorpions very easy to read and quite light reading as a crime book. A lot of readers don’t like heavy crime books finding them too hard to digest for the stomach. I love reading heavy crime/thrillers, so for me this story was more gentle crime book than I normally read. Judith Flanders is a new author for me. A lot of readers will like reading this story about Book Fairs, and the publishing world and the art world. Frank Compton is found dead with a gun in hand. Samantha Clair’ CID boyfriend is brought in to investigate Frank Compton’s death. This is a witty crime caper. A delight to read.
Published by allison and busby