Category: New Releases

New Releases – February 2016

Posted February 1, 2016 in New Releases / 0 Comments

51NhMh6z9LL._SX316_BO1,204,203,200_First up in February’s new release spotlight is The Little Shop of Happily Ever After by Jenny Colgan which is released on the 11th February. For all I love to read gritty psychological/noir thrillers, it’s good to have some downtime now and again, and personally I think Colgan is one of the best out there.

Given a back-room computer job when the beloved Birmingham library she works in turns into a downsized retail complex, Nina misses her old role terribly – dealing with people, greeting her regulars, making sure everyone gets the right books for their needs. Then a new business nobody else wants catches her eye: owning a tiny little bookshop bus up in the Scottish highlands. No computers. Shortages. Out all hours in the freezing cold; driving with a tiny stock of books… not to mention how the little community is going to take to her, particularly when she stalls the bus on a level crossing…

Another one to add to the ever-growing wish list!

 

51CANzgfpKL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I really enjoy Ann Cleeves’ Jimmy Perez books, and this short read – Too Good to be True – is released for the kindle on the 4th February.

Too Good To Be True is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series.

When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don’t happen.

But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from far-away Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it – but needs proof.

Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .

It’s only a short read, but I’ve already pre-ordered it, so look out for a review on the blog very soon!

 

51kI2zqOTqL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Another guilty pleasure of mine is Jeffrey Archer! Cometh the Hour is the sixth book in the fantastic Clifton Chronicles series and is released on the 25th February.

Cometh the Hour opens with the reading of a suicide note, which has devastating consequences for Harry and Emma Clifton, Giles Barrington and Lady Virginia.

Giles must decide if he should withdraw from politics and try to rescue Karin, the woman he loves, from behind the Iron Curtain. But is Karin truly in love with him, or is she a spy?

Lady Virginia is facing bankruptcy, and can see no way out of her financial problems, until she is introduced to the hapless Cyrus T. Grant III from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who’s in England to see his horse run at Royal Ascot.

Sebastian Clifton is now the Chief Executive of Farthings Bank and a workaholic, whose personal life is thrown into disarray when he falls for Nadira, a beautiful Indian girl. But her parents have already chosen the man she is going to marry. Meanwhile, Sebastian’s rivals Adrian Sloane and Desmond Mellor are still plotting to bring him and his chairman Hakim Bishara down, so they can take over Farthings.

Harry Clifton remains determined to get Anatoly Babakov released from a gulag in Siberia, following the international success of his acclaimed book, Uncle Joe. But then something unexpected happens that none of them could have anticipated.

Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels – all of which went to number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list – showcases Jeffrey Archer’s extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists.

If you haven’t read any of this series, it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s a great set of stories with good characters and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. Well worth a read.

 

511f4+VmARL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Back on to more familiar ground, and 15th Affair by James Patterson is another new release on the 25th February.

Detective Lindsay Boxer has everything she could possibly want. Her marriage and baby daughter are perfect, and life in Homicide in the San Francisco Police Department is going well. But all that could change in an instant.

Lindsay is called to a crime scene at the Four Seasons Hotel. There is a dead man in one of the rooms, shot at close range. The man checked in under a false name with no ID on him, so the first puzzle will be finding out who he is.

In the room next door are a dead young man and woman, also shot. They are surrounded by high-tech surveillance equipment. Could they have been spying on the man now dead in the room next to them?

And in the utilities cupboard down the hall is the dead body of a house maid. The murders are all clearly linked and professionally executed. But what is the motive behind it all? Lindsay will need to risk everything she has to find out.

This sounds like a great read and it’s another one which I’ve already added to my wishlist.

New Releases – January 2016

Posted January 1, 2016 in New Releases / 0 Comments

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe 2016 is here already! May the new year bring you every health and happiness, and every book from your wishlist too!!

51qOcosihHL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_First up for the January new releases, is this new offering from Peter May. Coffin Road is released on the 14th January.

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.

I have to say this sounds absolutely brilliant, and I’ve already added it to my wishlist.

 

61EWCDIigAL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_Next up is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot which will also be released on the 14th January. I must admit I was first drawn to the book as part of my UK Regions and Counties challenge, but I’m also intrigued as to the background of the author and how the stark the contrasts must have been between Orkney and London.

When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.

Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now thirty, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, standing unstable at the cliff edge, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.

Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife – puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings – and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey towards recovery from addiction.

The Outrun is a beautiful, inspiring book about living on the edge, about the pull between island and city, and about the ability of the sea, the land, the wind and the moon to restore life and renew hope.

 

51xI1ZN1fDL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty is released on the 28th of January.

They say trouble always comes in threes. And for triplets Lyn, Cat and Gemma Kettle, their thirty-third year is no exception.

Sensible Lyn is struggling to balance being a mother, wife and business woman without losing her mind. Cat, whose perfect marriage is the envy of all her friends, never suspects that her husband has been hiding a secret that will tear her life apart. And directionless Gemma, who changes jobs and boyfriends every few months, has just met a new man who might be the answer she didn’t know she was looking for.

Through everything, the bonds of the sisters are strong enough to withstand whatever life throws at them. That is until the night of their thirty-fourth birthday dinner, when things are said that can’t be taken back . . .

This was originally published in January 2001, but it’s not one I’ve read so it’s another I’m looking forward to.

 

51eKykZH5cL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Woman who Walked into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home is released on the 14th January.

Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things – and sometimes people – lost or missing at sea.

His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, twenty-six years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.

Megan’s daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life.

As McGill is drawn into Violet’s search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief, and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried…

I wasn’t too sure about this one initially, but the description and the reviews have tempted me into it. It was originally released in 2013, but is being re-released this month.

New Releases – December 2015

Posted December 1, 2015 in New Releases / 0 Comments

In between all the diet cookbooks and exercise manuals hitting the shelves this month in preparation for the inevitable New Years resolutions, there are still a few gems that caught my eye.

51Cd4Q3lOmL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_First up is The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman which is released on the 3rd December.

Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.

Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.

Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Cogman’s first novel, The Invisible Library, and although it’s not my normal cup of tea, the characters and storyline were gripping. I’m really looking forward to this next one in the series.

 

51dGBYhS+wL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Next is The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons which is released for eReader and in paperback on the 1st December.

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

I also discovered while searching through Amazon that this book is part of the Kindle First programme, which I’d never heard of! It gives Amazon Prime members the chance to read one of six new releases in the month prior to them being published. Definitely something worth keeping an eye out for!

 

51Doq4IzNQL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_December also sees the release of Billionaire by Peter James. This one is out on eReader and paperback on the 31st December.

From Peter James, the award-winning author of the Roy Grace series, comes Billionaire, an exhilarating financial thriller.

City stockbroker Alex Rocq leads a comfortable life – with a luxury flat in London, a country cottage, a very expensive car, and a lucrative job that still leaves time for leisure. But all this isn’t enough. After receiving a tip-off, Alex decides to play the commodities market for himself. He soon learns the hard way that fortune doesn’t always favour the brave, and his luck comes to an abrupt end.

When he is offered the chance to write off his debts – in exchange for special services and silence – Rocq can’t believe his luck. But how far will a desperate man go to harness the power players around him?

Peter James’ Roy Grace books have been great, so this is definitely another one to look out for.

 

513SI2jC72L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_ Rounding off the pick of December’s new releases is The Winter Children by Lulu Taylor, released on the 3rd December.

Behind a selfless act of kindness lies dark intentions . . .

Olivia and Dan Felbeck are blissfully happy when their longed-for twins arrive after years of IVF. At the same time, they make the move to Renniston Hall, a huge, Elizabethan house that belongs to absent friends. Living rent-free in a small part of the unmodernised house, once a boarding school, they can begin to enjoy the family life they’ve always wanted. But there is a secret at the heart of their family, one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds its darkness deep within it . . .

I haven’t read anything from this author before, but the description of the book sounds like it’s right up my street, so it’s definitely one I’ll be looking out for in the New Year.

 

New Releases – November 2015

Posted November 1, 2015 in New Releases / 0 Comments

Four new releases have caught my eye this month …

41Ae2zIHdGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_ First up is The Grownup by Gillian Flynn, released on Kindle and other eReader formats on the 3rd November and in paperback on the 5th.

A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sex work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Carterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time . . .

It’s a short story at only 80 pages long, but having read most of Flynn’s other works, I’m looking forward to this release.

indexNext up is The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern which is also released on the 5th November.

A forgotten childhood. A discovered life.

What if you only had one day to find out who you really were?

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

Although I was very disappointed with The Year I Met You, I usually really enjoy Ahern’s books so I’m looking forward to this. I’ve already got a reservation placed with my local library!

51CIuM6cjTL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Third on my list is Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths, which is the 2nd Stephens and Mephisto Mystery following the success of The Zig Zag Girl. Smoke and Mirrors is also released on the 5th November.

Brighton, winter 1951.

Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max’s headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ­­of two local children. When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it’s not long before the press nickname them ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the clue lie in Annie’s unfinished – and rather disturbing – last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime?

Once again Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But is this all just classic misdirection?

I am currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, The Zig Zag Girl, so I am looking forward to picking up this sequel sometime soon.

61dlt5nWwLL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Finally, and also released on the 5th, is A Snow Garden and Other Stories by Rachel Joyce. This is a collection of short Christmas-themed stories.

Seven stories to span the Christmas holidays:

A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn’t feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit.

The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son’s Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage.

Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth…

The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing?

A Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas.

Trees: As if Christmas wasn’t wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground … Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.

This looks perfect for the festive season, so I may well pick up a copy of it towards the end of the year.

What new releases are you looking forward to this month?