The Fiction Hotlist January 14

Sweet dreams, little oneWhat’s new this week? It’s a shorter Fiction Hotlist this week but some great reads on offer. Thriller/crime fans – get stuck into blockbuster of the week – The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly. Haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker comes to Prosperous, Maine for his twelfth outing. Or try Afraid by Mandasue Heller, gritty thriller set in Manchester about fifteen-year-old Skye, alone and penniless.

If French crime fiction is your fancy, Summertime all the cats are bored by Philippe Georget set in Perpignan in a long, hot summer on the French Mediterranean. A young woman is brutally murdered, another disappears without a trace. Gilles Sebag finds himself thrust into the middle of a diabolical game.

In the tradition of Dick Francis (more than 40 novels) and John Francome (25 novels) here’s Tony McCoy with his thriller ‘Taking the fall.’ Duncan Claymore could have it all- one of the country’s most promising riders, his sights are set on reaching the top. He has the talent & tenacity, but also vices, and it’s these that threaten his burning ambition. Duncan was taught everything he knows by his father, Charlie, an ex-trainer whose career and reputation were destroyed when a bitter rivalry got out of hand.

HIn search of hopeistorical fiction lovers there’s Rosie Harris’s Love or Duty – Liverpool, 1924. Racing to meet her fiancé in her father’s new-fangled motor car, Penny Forshaw knocks over a little girl and – much to her fiancé’s disapproval – feels it her duty to take in six-year-old Kelly while she Taking the fallrecovers.

Or go further back in time to 1346 ‘Fields of glory’ by Michael Jecks is about King Edward III and war on France

In search of hope by Anna Jacobs. An unexpected inheritance offering Libby the chance to escape her abusive marriage with her young son Ned. As she’s settling into her new life, her troubled past catches up with her. Her new neighbour, former police detective Joss Atherton, whom she can turn to for help has his own troubles.

Sweet dreams, little one by Italian author Massimo Gramellini  is an international bestseller. New Year’s Eve- 9-year-old Massimo wakes up to a doleful cry and the disconcerting image of his dad being supported by two strangers. Inexplicably, his mother has disappeared, leaving only a vague trail of perfume in his room and her dressing gown bundled up at the foot of his bed.