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

Try something new this week

A spool of blue thread

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

Check out the full fiction list 

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