New in Leeds Libraries this week

Missing youHarlan Coben – Missing you 5 * #Bookoftheweek 

Harlan Coben’s combination of dark twisting stories set against the backdrop of serene, domestic settings have made him one of the most succesful crime thriller authors writing in the world today. He has inhabited the top of the charts all over the world for over a decade now and still more new fans are discovering him. This new novel will continue his explorations of betrayal, loss and dark secrets – an irrestibible combination. Suspense/Thriller

James Patterson – Mary, Mary 5*

Another 5 star read. The 11th in the Alex Cross series, A well-known actress has been shot outside her Beverly Hills home. Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles Times receives an email describing the murder in vivid detail. It is signed Mary Smith. More killings & emails follow. FBI agent Alex Cross & the LAPD scramble to find a pattern before Mary can send another chilling update. Thriller

James Rollins – The blood gospel

The author is a bestseller on the New York Times list. When an earthquake in Masada, Israel, reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain, a trio of investigators are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them in to a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb: a book rumoured to have been written by Christ’s own hand. Suspense/thriller

Neil Gaiman – The ocean at the end of the lane – 5 *

We’ve already got some copies of this but more coming this week. If you haven’t read it, it’s been rated 5 star by 9 readers. It began for our narrator 40 years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive. Fantasy/Scifi

Robert Conroy – 1920 America’s Great War

Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she had crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating. By 1920, Kaiser Wilhelm II is looking for new lands to devour. The United States is fast becoming an economic super-power and the only nation that can conceivably threaten Germany. The US is militarily inept, however, led by a sick and delusional president who wanted to avoid war at any price. Thus, Germany ships a huge army to Mexico to support a puppet government. Her real goal: the invasion and permanent conquest of California and Texas!

Jill Mansell – Staying at Daisy’s

Not new, but worth a go if you like chick lit. Daisy runs the country house hotel owned by her flamboyant father, Hector. When she discovers that her friend’s ex-boyfriend, Dominic is about to get married there, she isn’t worried at all – but Dominic has other ideas

Sarah Pinborough – Beauty

Something a bit different and a reader has given it 5 stars – ”Beauty’ is a retelling of the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the ancient curse, the sleeping girl and, of course, the haunting castle) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires

Lesley Naa Norle Lokko – Little white lies

Lesley Lokko is a Scottish/Ghanian architect and if you like this one she’s written a lot more !Yet another rated 5 star by a reader. In a beachfront mansion in Martha’s Vineyard, Annick and Rebecca have left their young children in the care of their life-long friend Tash. Tash has made millions from her fashion business and treating her friends to a holiday makes all the hard work worthwhile. But by the end of the afternoon, one of the children will have vanished

Elizabeth George – Just one evil act

Number 18 in the Inspector Lynley (8th Earl of Asherton) novels – When Hadiyyah Upman disappears from London in the company of her mother, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is as devastated as the girl’s father. They are her close friends as well as neighbours, but since the child is with her mother, nothing can be done. Five months later, Hadiyyah is kidnapped from an open air market in Lucca, Italy, and this triggers an investigation in the full glare of the media spotlight. Barbara’s clever manipulation of the worst of London’s tabloids forces New Scotland Yard to become involved. But rather than Barbara herself, her superior officer DI Thomas Lynley is assigned to handle a situation made delicate by racial issues, language difficulties, and the determination of an Italian magistrate to arrest and convict someone, anyone, for the crime. Crime/detective

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles – The outcast

No 21 in the Morland dynasy series- Benedict Morland’s comfortable life is overset when an old enemy’s dying wish leaves him guardian of an orphaned boy. Historical fiction

Mary Lawson – Road ends

Mary Lawson (Crow Lake) is a late blooming Canadian novelist and this is her third family saga-ish book. The novel spans the silver rush in Northern Ontario in the early 1900s to London in the 60s, covering the ‘intricacies and anguish of family life, the push and pull of responsibility and individual desire, the way we can face tragedy and, in time, hope to start again’