Fiction this week – lots of blockbusters


The Museum of Extraordinary ThingsThe new fiction this week includes lots of paperback copies of blockbusters

‘Silken Bonds’, ‘Love Match’ and ‘The First Rebellion’ by M. C. Beaton, ‘The Bootlegger’ by Clive Cussler and ‘By its Cover’ by Donna Leon, to name but a few.

Thriller lovers there’s loads of copies of ‘Wolf’ by Mo Hader, or try ‘The Dead in the Vaulted Arches’ by  C Alan Bradley or ‘The Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid. – When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, cold case squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. However, her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets

Something coming through‘Something coming through’ is scifi by Paul J McAuley The Jackaroo have given humanity 15 worlds and the means to reach them. They’re a chance to start over, but they’re also littered with ruins and artifacts left by the Jackaroo’s previous clients.

‘The Museum of Extraordinary Things’ by Alice Hoffman, Alice is set in New York City, 1911. Meet Coralie Sardie, circus girl, web-fingered mermaid, shy only daughter of Professor Sardie and raised in the bizarre surroundings of his Museum of Extraordinary Things. And meet Eddie Cohen, a handsome young immigrant who has run away from his painful past and his Orthodox family to become a photographer, documenting life on the teeming city streets. One night by the freezing waters of the Hudson River, Coralie stumbles across Eddie, who has become enmeshed in the case of a missing girl, and the fates of these two hopeful outcasts collide as they search for truth, beauty, love and freedom in tumultuous times.

Just want a relaxing read – ‘A lesson in love’ by Gervaise Phinn fits the bill

Try something new this week

A spool of blue thread

Who is Tom Ditto?What have we got for your delectation this week?

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Anne Tyler’s new novel ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’ is on our list – the story of how Abby and Red fell in love in July 1959 and their life…

We quite fancy the new murder mysteries ‘Obsession’ by J.D. Robb  and ‘The devil you know’ by Elisabeth De Mariaffi sounds good too.

How about trying Kyril  Bonfiglioli, who is the author of the Mortdecai books if you saw the film.

The Boston girlDon’t know whether it’s 50 Shades territory but Kresley Cole’s ‘The Master’’s blurb says: ‘A need colder than Siberian winter meets an attitude hotter than the Florida sun in New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sultry new ‘Game The masterMaker’ novel’

A bit more fun ‘Who is Tom Ditto?’ by Danny Wallace – We join the action just as our ‘hero’ Tom, (early thirties, reads the ‘news’ on the radio) finds out that his girlfriend has NOT left him.

With the backdrop of World War I and ‘written with the same immense emotional impact that has made Anne Diamant’s previous novels bestsellers’, ‘The Boston Girl’ is a portrait of one woman’s complicated life in the early 20th century.


What’s new in fiction this week

Holy cowCairoThe Fiction Hotlist is out!

Try X Files’ David Duchovny’s ‘Holy Cow’ – Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night, Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse. Through the window, she sees the farmer’s family gathered around a bright Box God – and what the Box God reveals about something called an ‘industrial meat farm’ shakes Elsie’s understanding of her world to its core. The only solution? To escape to a better, safer world. And so a motley crew is formed: Elsie; Shalom, a grumpy pig who’s recently converted to Crash & burnJudaism; and Tom, a The lovers of Amherstsuave turkey who can’t fly, but can work an iPhone with his beak

Or if you like thrillers, there’s a new Lisa Gardner ‘Crash and Burn’  Try some Australian fiction with ‘Cairo’ by Chris Womersley.

Or as it’s Valentine’s Day on Saturday, how about ‘The lovers of Amherst’ by William Nicholson – ‘The story of two loves: one past, one present, both intimately entwined with Emily Dickinson’s life’.

New fiction this week

Night brokenThis week’s Fiction Hotlist isn’t a bumper one but  if you like Urban Fantasy try Night broken by New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs, who is the daughter of a children’s librarian – it’s her twentieth book.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam won’t turn away a person in need, but with Christy holed up in his house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something isn’t right. Soon, Mercy learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants him back and will do anything to get him, including turning his pack against Mercy. On top of this, there’s an even more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man – in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies pile up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her world apart.

If you like this one, there’s a whole series of Mercy  Thompson books
  1. Moon Called (2006)
  2. Blood Bound (2007)
  3. Iron Kissed (2008)
  4. Bone Crossed (2009)
  5. Silver Borne (2010)
  6. River Marked (2011)
  7. Frost Burned (2013)
  8. Night Broken (2014)

We just ordered some new copies of a couple of the titles.

Echoes of Dollanganger

Or if you’re a Virginia Andrews fan, there’s Echoes of Dollanganger – Kristin Masterwood’s mother was distantly related to the notorious Foxworth family – but she died when Kristin was a child, leaving her daughter to wonder how the ancestral link might affect her. Now that Kristin is the sole possessor of Christopher’s diary, his account of what really happened in the attic of the once lavish estate has her enthralled. Watching Christopher and his sister Cathy’s forbidden love as it comes to life through the entries in the faded diary is overwhelming, and his shocking revelations about the family are more potent than she ever could have imagined

The Fiction Hotlist for this week

Gone are the leaves

The Fiction Hotlist for this week is out. We’re going to try Gone are the Leaves by Ann Donovan – sounds a bit different Feilamort can remember very little of his childhood before he became a choir boy in the home of the Laird and his French wife. Feilamort has one of the finest voices in the land. It is a gift he believes will Dead girl walkingprotect him . . . Gone Are the Leaves is the enchanting story of one boy’s lost past and his uncertain future.

And this thriller ‘Dead girl walking’ by Christopher Brookmyre

Famous, beautiful and talented, Heike Gunn has the world at her feet. Then, one day, she simply vanishes. Jack Parlabane has lost everything: his journalism career, his marriage, his self-respect. A call for help from an old friend offers a chance for redemption – but only if he can find out what happened to Heike before it’s too late

This week’s #FictionHotlist

The missing and the dead The new Fiction hotlist is out. Have a look at all the great new titles that are coming this week.

 Crime Picks – Stuart MacBride’s latest Logan McRae –‘The Missing and the Dead’ and Simon Kernick’s ‘The Final Minute’ and Kate Rhodes ‘Winter Foundlings’. Karen Robards  ‘Hush’ is a romantic suspense thriller from the New York Times bestseller

How about a love story ‘The Cakeshop in the Garden’ by Carole Matthews or a love story gone wrong ‘Evil Eye’ four novellas by Joyce Carol Oates?

Chicklit bestseller – ‘One night in Italy’ by Lucy Diamond – Journalist Anna has never known who her dad is but with her mum refusing to tell her more she’s at a dead end.The crooked maid

Or try ‘The Snow Queen’ by Michael Cunningham about the messy, complicated lives of two New York brothers inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Historical – Robin Young’s ‘Kingdom’ or post WW2 ‘The Crooked Maid’ by Dan Vyleta set in Vienna in 1948 or ‘The Widow’s Confession’ by Sophia Tobin an historical mystery set in Broadstairs, Kent, 1851.

Humour‘The House of Journalists’ by Tim Finch

Our selection from this weeks’ Fiction Hotlist

Forty days without shadow: an Arctic thrillerThe Fiction Hotlist is out so browse the whole list.

How about an ‘‘Forty Days without a Shadow: an Artic Thriller’? Part of the Eurocrime buy, it’s by French author Oliver Truc and won 15 international awards. Perhaps a paranormal romance by New York bestselling novelist Nalini Singh ‘Shield of Winter’ – Sorry those are sounding a bit The new collected short storiescold and wintry.

There’s Cassia Leo’s ‘Black Box’, ‘not just a love story’ another bestseller over in the States. ‘River of Stars’ is set in the era of China’s Song dynasty and is by Guy Gavriel Kay (Under Heaven was an international bestseller about the Tang dynasty)

This one’s about dysfunctional families – definitely one for over Xmas – “Accidents of Marriage” by R S Meyers or try this thriller ‘And She Was’ by Alison Gaylin about the disappearance of a child.

Or sheer escapism Jeffery Archer’s ‘The New Collected Short Stories’