Books of the month

Books of the month for April

Bernardine Evaristo – Mr Loverman General Fiction: Bernardine Evaristo – Mr Loverman
French Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather – but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.
M. R. C. Kasasian – The Mangle Street Murders British Crime: M. R. C. Kasasian – The Mangle Street Murders
Set in a London still haunted by the spectre of the infamous Spring-heeled Jack, The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.
Sean Doolittle – Rain Dogs

Tough Crime: Sean Doolittle – Rain Dogs
It was one hell of an inheritance for former Chicago reporter Tom Coleman: a broken-down pickup truck, ramshackle campground, a canoe livery—and one pot-smoking, barely working employee he doesn’t need, doesn’t want, and can’t afford. But the truth is, after losing a child and a marriage, Tom doesn’t really care. And life is nice and quiet in the middle of nowhere. Until a drug lab blows up near his property—putting Tom in contact with the woman he once loved…

Ivo Stourton – The Happier Dead

Science Fiction: Ivo Stourton – The Happier Dead
The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment", a medical procedure which can transform the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great Spa is the place where the newly young immortals go to revitalise their aged souls. In this most important and secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metrolpolitan police is called in to investigate…

Paul Kearney – Different Kingdom

Fantasy: Paul Kearney – Different Kingdom
Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm in rural Ireland. In the woods there are wolves; and other things, dangerous things. He doesn&'t tell his family, not even his Aunt Rose, his closest friend. And then, as Michael wanders through the trees, he finds himself in the Other Place. There are strange people, and monsters, and a girl called Cat.

When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family's doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away; or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place…

E. L. Tettenstor – Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir #1) Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: E. L. Tettenstor – Darkwalker (Nicolas Lenoir #1)
He used to be the best detective on the job. Until he became the hunted...
Once a legendary police inspector, Nicolas Lenoir is now a disillusioned and broken man who spends his days going through the motions and his evenings drinking away the nightmares of his past. Ten years ago, Lenoir barely escaped the grasp of the Darkwalker, a vengeful spirit who demands a terrible toll on those who have offended the dead. But the Darkwalker does not give up on his prey so easily, and Lenoir has always known his debt would come due one day.

Jane Austen – Persuasion

Classic of the Month: Jane Austen – Persuasion
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older’

At twenty-seven, Anne Elliot is no longer young and has few romantic prospects. Eight years earlier, she had been persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a handsome naval captain with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again is movingly told in Jane Austen’s last completed novel.

Ned Vizzini – Other Normals Teen reading: Ned Vizzini – Other Normals
Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine "Perry" Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin. But that isn't happening—not if his parents have anything to do with it. Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man. They want him to be outdoors playing with kids his own age and meeting girls—rather than indoors alone, with only his gaming alter ego for company. Perry knows he's in for the worst summer of his life…

Books of the month for March

General Fiction: Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days
Eleven Days is, at its heart, the story of a mother and a son.It begins in May 2011: Sara's son Jason has been missing for nine days in the aftermath of a special operations forces mission. Out of devotion to him, Sara has made herself knowledgeable about things military, but she knows nothing more about her son's disappearance than the press corps camped out in her driveway.

British Crime: James Oswald – The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean #3)
The body of a man is founding hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot.Then a third body is found. As McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and that the most irrational answers become the only explanations.

Tough Crime: Keith Thompson – 7 Grams of Lead
Russ Thornton is a hard-hitting journalist known for his ability to take on big targets in government and in business. An old flame, now a Capitol Hill staffer, contacts him out of the blue wanting to disclose some top-secret information. But she is gunned down in cold blood, right in front of him. Worse, the killers are concerned about what Thornton knows, and who he may tell. He finds himself in a game of cat-and-mouse, where the stakes are life and death and the surveillance technology is so sophisticated that he wouldn’t believe it existed—if it weren't implanted in his own head.

Fantasy: Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny-to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself.

Science Fiction: Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Autumn
Rudi is a cook in a Kraków restaurant, but when his boss asks Rudi to help a cousin escape from the country he’s trapped in, a new career - partspy, part people-smuggler - begins.

Following multiple economic crises and a devastating flu pandemic, Europe has fractured into countless tiny nations, duchies, polities and republics. Recruited by the shadowy organisation Les Coureurs des Bois, Rudi is schooled in espionage, but when a training mission to The Line, a sovereign nation consisting of a trans-Europe railway line, goes wrong, he is arrested, beaten and Coureur Central must attempt a rescue.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Lisa Shearin – Grendel Affair
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…

Teen reading: George Orwell – 1984
The dystopian novel by George Orwell, written in 1949 but eerie relevant today.
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent – even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101…

Classic of the Month: Edith Nesbit – Five Children & It
The original story from 1902 by classic British author E Nesbit.
When Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother go digging in the gravel pit, the last thing they expect to find is a Psammead - an ancient Sand-fairy! Having a Sand-fairy for a pet means having one wish granted each day. But the children don't realize all the trouble wishes can cause…

Lea Carpenter – Eleven Days James Oswald – The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean #3) Keith Thompson – 7 Grams of Lead Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Autumn Nnedi Okorafor – Who Fears Death  Lisa Shearin – Grendel Affair Edith Nesbit – Five Children & It George Orwell – 1984

Books of the month for February

General Fiction: Karen Campbell – This is Where I Am
A tender and eye-opening novel about loss and survival, and an unlikely friendship between a Glaswegian widow and a Somali asylum seeker.

British Crime: Suzette A. Hill – A Little Murder
London, early 1950s. Marcia Beasley of St John's Wood is discovered dead in her home, naked and covered with a coal scuttle… A host of colourful and comic characters leap from the pages in their hurry to identify the murderer, unravel the mystery of Marcia's life, and discover the importance of all that coal.

Tough Crime: Jeff Abbott – Downfall
When a young woman rushes into Sam Capra's San Francisco bar and whispers these desperate words, Sam feels compelled to help. A moment later she is attacked by two killers. With Sam's aid, she manages to overpower the men, saving his life in the process before vanishing into the night.

Fantasy: Guy Adams – The Good the Bad and the Infernal (Heaven's Gate #1)
A weird western, a gun-toting, cigarrillo-chewing fantasy built from hangman’s rope and spent bullets. The west has never been wilder. A Steampunk-Western-Fantasy from Guy Adams.
“You wish to meet your God?” the gunslinger asked, cocking his revolver, “well now... that’s easy to arrange.”
Every one hundred years a town appears. From a small village in the peaks of Tibet to a gathering of mud huts in the jungles of South American, it can take many forms. It exists for twenty-four hours then vanishes once more, but for that single day it contains the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven.

Science Fiction: Frank Chadwick – How Dark the World Becomes
Sasha Naradnyo is a gangster. He's a gangster with heart, sure, but Sasha sticks his neck out for no man. That's how you stay alive in Crack City, a colony stuffed deep into the crust of the otherwise unlivable planet Peezgtaan.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Viehl, Lynn – Disenchanted & Co
In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Teen reading: Isaac Marion – Warm Bodies
R is a zombie, but its not so bad, he's learning to live with it. True, he can only remember the first letter of his name, and eating is not a pleasant business. He spends his time in an abandoned airport, along with hundreds of other zombies, riding the escalators, standing round and groaning.

Classic of the Month: Kate Chopin – The Awakening
Edna Pontellier struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South… It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension.

Karen Campbell – This is Where I Am  Suzette A. Hill – A Little Murder Jeff Abbott – Downfall Guy Adams – The Good the Bad and the Infernal (Heaven's Gate #1) Frank Chadwick – How Dark the World Becomes Viehl, Lynn – Disenchanted & Co Isaac Marion – Warm Bodies Kate Chopin – The Awakening

Books of the month for January

General Fiction: G. Willow Wilson – Alif the Unseen
This really exciting book by a young female muslim writer was nominated for the Orange Prize (Women’s Fiction Prize) in the UK. A glorious genre bending rollercoaster ride through myth, cyberspace, love and revolution, Alif the Unseen mixes ancient magic with modern adventure to create an extraordinary story.

British Crime: Sian Busby – A Commonplace Killing
A murder story set in London in 1946, which gradually peels away the veneer of stoicism and respectibility to reveal the dark truths at the heart of post-war austerity Britain.

Tough Crime: Jake Hinkson – The Posthumous Man
When Elliot Stilling killed himself, he thought his troubles were over. Then the ER doctors revived him. It's infatuation at first sight when he meets his nurse, Felicia Vogan, a strange young woman with a weakness for sad sacks and losers. After she helps Elliot escape from the hospital, she takes him back to her place. He's happy to go with her, even when she leads him straight to a gang planning a million dollar heist…

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Jenn Bennett – Bitter Spirits
"It’s the roaring twenties, and San Francisco is a hotbed of illegal boozing, raw lust, and black magic. The fog-covered Bay Area can be an intoxicating scene, particularly when you specialize in spirits…"

Fantasy: Alex Bledsoe – Hum and the Shiver
No one knows where the Tufa came from, or how they ended up in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Enigmatic and suspicious of outsiders, the Tufa live quiet lives in the hills and valleys of Cloud County. While their origins may be a mystery, there are hints of their true nature buried in the songs they have passed down for generations.

Science Fiction: Gareth L. Powell – Ack-Ack Macaque (#1)
In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain's best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed 'Ack-Ack Macaque'. The trouble is, Ack-Ack Macaque is a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey, and he's starting to doubt everything, including his own existence.
A century later, in a world where France and Great Britain merged in the late 1950s and nuclear-powered Zeppelins encircle the globe, ex-journalist Victoria Valois finds herself drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse… And all the while, the doomsday clock ticks towards Armageddon.

Teen reading: Robyn Schneider – Severed Heads, Broken Hearts
Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them – a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: In one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

Classic of the Month: G. K. Chesterton – The Man Who Was Thursday
In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe’s Central Anarchist Council and infiltrate their deadly mission, even managing to have himself voted to the position of “Thursday.” When Syme discovers another undercover policeman on the Council, however, he starts to question his role in their operations…

G. Willow Wilson – Alif the Unseen Sian Busby – A Commonplace Killing Jake Hinkson – The Posthumous Man Jenn Bennett – Bitter Spirits Alex Bledsoe – Hum and the Shiver Gareth L. Powell – Ack-Ack Macaque (#1) Robyn Schneider – Severed Heads, Broken Hearts G. K. Chesterton – The Man Who Was Thursday

Books of the month for December

General Fiction: Charles Todd – The Walnut Tree
The critically acclaimed creator of the Inspector Ian Rutledge and battlefield nurse Bess Crawford mystery series, Charles Todd now offers readers a bittersweet love story and romantic mystery that unfolds at Christmas during the dangerous opening days of World War I. The Walnut Tree is an unforgettable story of a woman who puts herself in the line of fire for the sake of wounded soldiers and falls deeply in love with a man who may be forbidden to her. 

British Crime: Emily Winslow – The Whole World
Polly and Liv are American students at Cambridge University. Both strangers to their new home, both survivors of past mistakes, they quickly become friends and find a common interest in Nick, a handsome, charming and seemingly guileless graduate student. But a betrayal, followed by Nick's inexplicable disappearance, brings long-buried histories to the surface.

Tough Crime: Tom Pitts – Piggyback
When two young girls disappear with a trunk-load of pot, unaware that their payload has been packed with an extra five kilos of cocaine, a lovable loser persuades a sociopathic killer to pursue them across Northern California in a violent, twisted goose-chase that ends in a horrific place none of them could have forseen.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Laura Resnick – Misfortune Cookie (Esther Diamond)
Esther Diamond's year gets off to a rocky start when NYPD's Detective Connor Lopez, who slept with her and then didn't call, shuts down her current place of employment and gets her arrested. Once she's out of handcuffs…

Fantasy: Tony Ballantyne – Dream London
In Dream London the city changes a little every night and the people change a little every day. Captain Jim Wedderburn has looks, style and courage by the bucketful. He’s adored by women, respected by men and feared by his enemies. He’s the man to find out who has twisted London into this strange new world, and he knows it.

Science Fiction: Libby McGugan –Eidolon
When physicist Robert Strong loses his job at the Dark Matter research lab and his relationship falls apart, he returns home to Scotland. Then the dead start appearing to him, and Robert begins to question his own sanity. Victor Amos, an enigmatic businessman, arrives and recruits Robert to sabotage CERN’S Large Hadron Collider, convincing him the next step in the collider’s research will bring about disaster. Everything Robert once understood about reality, and the boundaries between life and death, is about to change forever. And the biggest change will be to Robert himself... Mixing science, philosophy and espionage, Libby McGugan’s stunning…

Teen reading: Every Day – David Levithan
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Charles Todd – The Walnut Tree Emily Winslow – The Whole World Tom Pitts – Piggyback Laura Resnick – Misfortune Cookie (Esther Diamond) Tanya Huff – The Silvered Libby McGugan –Eidolon Every Day – David Levithan

Books of the month for November

General Fiction: Anton Disclafani – Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls
Thea Atwell is fifteen years old in 1930, when, following a scandal for which she has been held responsible, she is 'exiled' from her wealthy and isolated Florida family to a debutante boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina…

British Crime: Robert Ryan – Dead Man's Land
Deep in the trenches of Flanders Fields, men are dying in their thousands every day. So one more death shouldn't be a surprise. But then a body turns up with bizarre injuries…

Tough Crime: Jim Winter – Northcoast Shakedown
Sex, lies, and insurance fraud on America's North Coast. Nick Kepler is a Cleveland insurance investigator who finds three cases, two seeming slam dunks and an easy cheating spouse job, are all tied together somehow.

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy: Emma Jane Holloway – Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair, The #1)
Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

Fantasy: Tanya Huff – The Silvered
It began with the prophecy made by the Imperial Soothsayer, a prophecy that had Emperor Leopald's army bent on conquering the small kingdom of Aydori. For Aydori was ruled by the Hunt Pack–shape changers who took the form of wolves– and the Mage-pack–masters of the six disciplines: air, fire, water, earth, metals, healing.

Science Fiction: Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick – The Cassandra Project
Formerly a cynical, ambitious PR man, Jerry Culpepper finally found a client he could believe in when he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director.

Teen reading: Cory Doctorow – Little Brother
"Little Brother is my first young adult novel, a story about hacker kids in San Francisco who use technology to reclaim democracy from the Department of Homeland Security after a terrorist attack and the concomitant crackdown." – Cory

Anton Disclafani – Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls Robert Ryan – Dead Man's Land  Jim Winter – Northcoast Shakedown  Emma Jane Holloway – Study in Silks (Baskerville Affair, The #1) Tanya Huff – The Silvered Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick – The Cassandra Project Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Books of the month for September

General Fiction: William Sutcliffe – The Wall

British Crime: Carol McCleary – The Formula for Murder

Tough Crime: Dana Stabenow – Bad Blood

Paranormal: Kimberly Frost – Would-Be Witch

Fantasy: A. Lee Martinez – Too Many Curses

Science Fiction: Christopher L Bennett – Only Superhuman

From October we'll be listing a Teen title also!

William Sutcliffe – The Wall Carol McCleary – The Formula for Murder Dana Stabenow – Bad Blood  Kimberly Frost – Would-Be Witch A. Lee Martinez – Too Many Curses Christopher L Bennett – Only Superhuman

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