Books of the month for June

General Fiction: Viet Tanh Nguyen – The Sympathizer

British Crime: Andrea Carter – Death at Whitewater Church

Tough Crime: Lisa McInerney – The Glorious Heresies

Fantasy: Victor Milan – Dinosaur Lords

Science Fiction: Margaret Fortune – Nova

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: J. C. Nelson – Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1)

Teen reading: Eric Lindstrom – Not If I See You First

Classic of the Month: Patricia Highsmith – Carol

Non-Fiction: Michael Jones – After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe

 

Viet Tanh Nguyen – The SympathizerAndrea Carter – Death at Whitewater ChurchLisa McInerney – The Glorious HeresiesMarc Turner – When the Heavens Fall (Chronicles of Exile #1) Margaret Fortune – NovaDaniel José Older – Half-Resurrection BluesEric Lindstrom – Not If I See You FirstPatricia Highsmith – CarolChris Wright – No More Worlds to Conquer: Sixteen People Who Defined Their Time - and What They Did Next

Viet Tanh Nguyen – The Sympathizer

General Fiction: Viet Tanh Nguyen – The Sympathizer

Finalist for the Edgar Award for best First Novel 2016! Winner of the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction! Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize!

The Sympathizer is a Vietnam War novel unlike any other. The narrator, one of the most arresting of recent fiction, is a man of two minds and divided loyalties, a half-French half-Vietnamese communist sleeper agent living in America after the end of the war.

Andrea Carter – Death at Whitewater Church

British Crime: Andrea Carter – Death at Whitewater Church (Innishowen #1)

First in a series of Ben O'Keeffe mysteries set on the Inishowen peninsula in County Donegal, Ireland.

When a skeleton is discovered, wrapped in a blanket, in the hidden crypt of a deconsecrated church, everyone is convinced the bones must be those of Conor Devitt, a local man who went missing on his wedding day six years previously. But the post mortem reveals otherwise.

Solicitor Benedicta 'Ben' O'Keeffe is acting for the owners of the church, and although an unwelcome face from her past makes her reluctant to get involved initially, when Conor's brother dies in strange circumstances shortly after coming to see her, she finds herself drawn in to the mystery. Whose is the skeleton in the crypt and how did it get there? Is Conor Devitt still alive, and if so is there a link? What happened on the morning of his wedding to make him disappear?

Negotiating between the official investigation, headed up by the handsome but surly Sergeant Tom Molloy, and obstructive locals with secrets of their own, Ben unravels layers of personal and political history to get to the truth of what happened six years before.

Lisa McInerney – The Glorious Heresies

Tough Crime: Lisa McInerney – The Glorious Heresies

Shortlisted for the Baileys' Prize for Fiction 2016!'

He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that.A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over.' One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society.

Marc Turner – When the Heavens Fall (Chronicles of Exile #1)

Fantasy: Victor Milan – Dinosaur Lords

A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden – and of war.

Margaret Fortune – Nova

Science Fiction:  Margaret FortuneNova

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend...

J. C. Nelson – Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1)

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: J. C. Nelson – Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1)

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem – from eliminating imps to finding prince charming – as long as you can pay the price.

Eric Lindstrom – Not If I See You First

Teen reading: Eric Lindstrom – Not If I See You First

Parker Grant doesn't need perfect vision to see right through you. That's why she created the Rules: Don't treat her any differently just because she's blind, and never take advantage. There will be no second chances. When Scott Kilpatrick, the boy who broke her heart, suddenly reappears at school, Parker knows there's only one way to react – shun him so hard it hurts. She has enough to deal with already, like trying out for the track team, handing out tough-love advice to her painfully naive classmates, and giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn't cried since her dad's death. But avoiding her past quickly proves impossible, and the more Parker learns about what really happened – both with Scott, and her dad – the more she starts to question if things are always as they seem. Not If I See You First illuminates those blind spots that we all have in life, whether visually impaired or not.

Patricia Highsmith – Carol

Classic of the Month: Patricia Highsmith – Carol

Therese is just an ordinary sales assistant working in a New York department store when a beautiful, alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter. Standing there, Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love. Therese is an awkward nineteen-year-old with a job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn't love; Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce and a custody battle for her only daughter. As Therese becomes irresistibly drawn into Carol's world, she soon realizes how much they both stand to lose...

First published pseudonymously in 1952 as The Price of Salt, Carol is a hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of fifties' New York

Michael Jones – After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe

Non-Fiction: Michael Jones – After Hitler: The Last Days of World War Two in Europe

The fascinating and little-known history of the last days of the Second World War in Europe.

On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Dönitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another ten days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history. Relations between the 'Big Three' - the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union - suddenly plunged to near breaking point. This book reveals that tumultuous story.

After Hitler also looks at the wider canvas of the war and the terrible humanitarian catastrophe uncovered in Europe. It describes those who felt the joy of freedom, but also those who faced a highly uncertain future. As Red Army soldiers joined forces with their British and American allies, Stalin's East finally came face to face with Churchill's and Truman's West. After Hitler tells of their growing mistrust, but also of moments of remarkable goodwill and co-operation - the brief but poignant hope that these great nations could together fashion a new and safer future. This is a fascinating exploration of the brief but crucial period that shaped the emerging post-war world.

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