The Fiction Hotlist for March 4

The silent boyWhat’s in the new fiction this week? Don’t miss well established authors like James Patterson and Jeffery Archer but do take a look at the full list for your favourites, we recommend –

Bestseller ‘The Dandelion Years’ by Erica James – a story of wartime love or for something a bit harder edged, try ‘Too Close to Home’ by Susan Lewis, another Sunday Times bestseller about a family making a fresh start in Wales but it unravelling into a nightmare. ‘The Girl in the Red Coat’ by Kate Hamer has been acclaimed – again it’s the story of a child’s disappearance.

The girl in the red coatStill for crime fans there’s ‘Terminal City’ by Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author who delivers another breakneck thriller that captures the essence of New York City – its glamour, possibilities and  endless capacity for darkness  and Veronica Heley’s ‘Murder in Time’ about complicated relationships –it’s the fifteenth dark and sinister  Ellie Quicke mystery.

If you like some history dished up with your murder mystery try C J Samsom-ish ‘The Invention of Fire’ by Bruce Holsinger set in London, 1386. Young King Richard II faces the double threat of a French invasion and growing unrest amongst his barons – and now there’s evil afoot in the City. Sixteen corpses have been discovered in a sewer….. Stay up with me

Historical crime novel of the year ‘The Silent Boy’ by Andrew Taylor is out in paperback. Paris, 1792.  A mute boy has witnessed horrors beyond his years, but what terrible secret haunts him so deeply that he is unable to utter a word?

‘Winter Pilgrims’ by Toby Clements is set in February, 1460 –  a young nun is caught outside her priory walls by a corrupt knight, rescued by a young monk with far reaching consequences.

Or enjoy these more darkly humourous stories of confounded expectations in ‘Stay Up with Me’ by Tom Barbash