Books of the month

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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