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

The Fiction Hotlist is out. Inspire yourself with these new titles

The kindness545 copies of new fiction are on their way to libraries this week! Take a look at the list.

Feeling summery and want a light read?  Jenny Colgan – ‘Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery’ and ‘A Summer Promise’ by Sunday Times bestselling author, Katie Flynn, might fit the bill, as might ‘Wild Wood’ by Posie Graeme-Evans about a young archaeologist who unearths ancient secrets, a tragic romance, and Viking treasure on a remote Scottish island.

‘The Testament’ is a new thriller by Eric Lustbader, author of the Jason Bourne series .

Dr Who fans ‘Time Trips’ is a collection of short stories featuring Doctor Who, authors Summer at Little Beach Street Bakeryinclude Jake Arnott, Cecelia Ahern and Joanne Harris. Scifi/fantasy fans – how about ‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ by Victoria Schwab.

Ashes in the Wind’ is a well- reviewed saga by Christopher Bland, rooted in his own Anglo-Irish family’s history, it brings to vivid life the people and places of 20thC Ireland in a story of love, violence and redemption. ‘

The Kindness’ by Polly Samson sounds The buried giantgood – ‘Julian’s fall begins the moment he sets eyes on Julia. Julia is married and eight years his senior; he is a gifted English student, a life of academia ahead. Ignoring warnings from family and friends they each give up all they have to be together.’

For a bit of humour – ‘Style’ – Joseph Connolly’s comedy of manners

As a fan, I will get my name down for ‘The Buried Giant’ by Kazuo Ishiguro about a couple who set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. ‘Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.’

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