Good week for paranormal and fantasy, quite a few titles.
Peter Lovesey – Upon a dark night A young woman emerges from a coma. Who is she, and why was she dumped unconscious in a hospital car park upon a dark night? She is unable to recall anything, even her name. Then Ada Shaftsbury, a boisterous shoplifter she meets in a homeless hostel, takes up her cause and names her Rose. Peter Diamond is already investigating a suspicious death – a woman has plunged from the roof of Bath’s Royal Crescent during a party and none of the guests seem to know who she is. Badgered by Ada and galvanised by another gruesome death, Diamond takes on the case, and is soon forced to admit that Rose is the key. But she has disappeared and Diamond’s own dark night is just beginning. Detective /mystery
Danny Miller Exit the thief When Vince Treadwell spots a famous jewel thief in Soho one night and the next day reads about a daring robbery at the Ritz, he takes it upon himself to investigate the case as the missing jewels belong to the beautiful French movie star Capuchine, with whom he is smitten. But it soon leads to murder – and he is the chief suspect. In prison and looking at a life sentence, he is offered a lifeline from his old friend at Interpol, Ray Dryden. He wants Vince to go undercover and return the jewels to the movie star, who is secretly dating hotshot producer, Carlo Messina. In reality Messina is one of the biggest gangsters in Marseille, running a heroin pipeline to America. Detective / mystery
Lucy Clarke A single breath One day Ella’s young, gorgeous husband gets swept away by a giant wave whilst fishing in Bournemouth – and Ella’s life gets swept away with him. After fruitless weeks of searching for his body Ella holds a memorial but with no body she has no closure, so she leaves her friends and family in search of his. But she doesn’t get a warm welcome in Tasmania. His father isn’t interested in swapping memories and his brother – who looks so like him – is hostile. Ella feels defensive and sad, but she also can’t put her finger on why she feels so unsettled. When she discovers she’s 6 weeks pregnant, she’s determined to heal the rift for her unborn child’s sake. Suspense /Thriller
Carola Dunn Heirs of the body When a claimant to the title of Lord Darlymple comes to an unexpected sticky end, the cry goes up: ‘Was it murder?’ This title evokes the life and times of 1920s England while providing a plot that is a cut above the average British cosy. Detective /mystery
Jacqui Rose Betrayed No one can touch Del Williams – the hardest gangster in Soho. He’s got the monopoly on the drugs, the clubs and the girls – it’d be a mistake to underestimate him. The one person he’d take a bullet for is tough, beautiful Bunny Barker, mother of their daughter Star. Bunny is determined to shield Star from ‘life’ but Del has a lot of enemies. When a familiar face appears from their past, their family is put into terrible danger. Can Bunny protect Star from the demons of her own past, and her very worst nightmare? Suspense /Thriller.
Rosie Goodwin – A mother’s shame More copies of this blockbuster On the outskirts of Nuneaton stands Hatter’s Hall, a dark forbidding place, once a home for the mentally insane. On a rainy dismal day in 1857, Maria Mundy arrives at Hatter’s Hall, not as an inmate but as a worker. There she is ordered to care for Isabelle Montgomery, the daughter of an influential land owner, and as their lives became entwined the life Maria had known is destined to change for all time
Josh Reynolds The serpent queen Travelling to the mysterious south in search of a mighty death, the Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson and his human companion, Felix Jaeger, find themselves caught up in a battle between warring kingdoms. Captured by the sinister Queen Khalida and forced to do her bidding, the adventurers must brave the horrors of the sun-soaked Land of the Dead. And the dead do not rest easy
Robin Hobb The Blood of Dragons Dragons will fly over Kelsingra once more. The Tarman expedition has at last found Kelsingra, a city filled with ancient treasures. Here, the dragons and their Elderling keepers may discover their full potential, but only if the magic of Kelsingra can be unlocked. Already rumours of the city have floated down the Rain Wild River. Adventurers, pirates and fortune hunters will soon be coming to pillage what they can. Meanwhile, Selden Vestrit finds himself a prisoner of the ailing Duke of Chalced, who believes him to be a dragon-man whose flesh and blood may work miracle cures
Terry Goodkind The third kingdom The bloodthirsty Jit is dead, and against all odds Richard and Kahlan have survived. But a new menace has attacked them in the Dark Lands. Infected with the essence of death itself, robbed of his power as a war wizard, Richard must race against time to uncover and stop the infernal conspiracy assembling itself behind the wall far to the north. His friends and allies are already captives of this fell combination, and Kahlan, also touched by death’s power, will die completely if Richard fails. Bereft of magic, Richard has only his sword, his wits, his capacity for insight – and an extraordinary companion, the young Samantha, a healer just coming into her powers
Andy Chambers Path of the Archon The eternal city of Commorragh is no longer beset by the horrors of the Dysjunction, but the scars of its passage remain. Now the supreme overlord, Asdrunael Vect, strives to reassert his authority over the anarchic city before hidden challengers can make their bid for power
Lynn Viehl Clockwork Wolf Best selling author Just as mechanical pets are becoming all the rage in society, suddenly, without warning, decent citizens are transforming into wild, animalistic wolfmen that themselves are made of strange clockwork machinery. Hired by the widow of one of these wolfmen to clear her family name, and suddenly a target herself, Kit must navigate the protective attentions of deathmage Lucien Dredmore and Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle if she’s to remain at liberty to solve the mystery of the mechanized wolfmen and their link to a mysterious figure running a local hellfire club
Sherrilyn Kenyo – Styxx Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother’s side. They’ve spent more centuries going at each other’s throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he’s willing to trade his life and future for Acheron’s Paranormal romance
Amanda Quick –The mystery women The second novel in the Victorian ‘Ladies of Lantern Street’ series features paid companion/private inquiry agent Beatrice Lockwood and burned out ex-spy Joshua Gage in a mystery involving paranormal forces and Egyptian antiquities. A mad scientist has preserved his dead lover in an ancient Egyptian embalming formula, and has convinced himself that he can revive the dead woman, but he needs Beatrice Lockwood’s psychic abilities to ‘ignite’ the formula. And he will do anything to capture her. Paranormal romance
Love and Chick Lit
Paullina Simons, Bellagrand They gave up everything to be together, but love was just the beginning. Italian immigrant Gina, independent, compassionate and strong, desperately wants a family. Boston blue-blood Harry, idealistic and political, wants to create a better world. Bound together by tormented passion, they rail, rage, and break each other’s hearts, only to come face to face with a stark final choice that will forever determine their destiny. Their journey takes them through four decades and two continents, through triumph and turmoil, from the wooden planks of the troubled immigrant town of Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the marble halls and secret doors of a mystical place called Bellagrand. Love story
Rebecca Chance Bad brides Milly Gamble is an up-and-coming actress, and the perfect English flower child. At 23, she’s always been cast as the innocent heroine. But looks can deceive. Calculating and fiercely ambitious, Milly is determined to be the most famous star in England. And how better to achieve her goal than by dating Tarquin Ormond, lead singer of the biggest folk band of the moment? Tarquin is madly in love with Milly; Milly is only in love with herself. Chick lit
Jane Costello – The time of our lives Imogen and her friends have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6am offensives for a space by the pool. So when one of the group wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona’s hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in surroundings of unapologetic luxury. But as they mingle with movie stars, mafia bosses and millionaires, it becomes clear – with riotous consequences – that even in the most glamorous of locations, things can go wrong. Chick lit.
Val McDermid – Northanger Abbey Seventeen-year-old Catherine ‘Cat’ Morland has led a sheltered existence in rural Dorset, a life entirely bereft of the romance and excitement for which she yearns. So when Cat’s wealthy neighbours, the Allens, invite her to the Edinburgh Festival, she is sure adventure beckons. Edinburgh initially offers no such thrills: Susie Allen is obsessed by shopping, Andrew Allen by the Fringe. A Highland Dance class, though, brings Cat a new acquaintance: Henry Tilney, a pale, dark-eyed gentleman whose family home, Northanger Abbey, sounds perfectly thrilling. And an introduction to Bella Thorpe, who shares her passion for supernatural novels, provides Cat with a like-minded friend
Jane Fallon Skeletons Top 10 bestseller -All Jen had ever wanted was a big, happy family. And when she married Jason and became part of the Masterson clan that’s exactly what she got. For years everything was perfect. But then Jen sees something that she was never meant to see; unearths a secret she was never supposed to discover. If she tells, then her idyllic life might be over. But can she really keep it to herself?