New Titles Fiction August 2016 (arrived in July 2016)


Meg : nightstalkers, Steve Alten.
Bela and Lizzy, the dominant Megalodon siblings from Angel's brood, have escaped the Tanaka Institute to roam the Salish Sea in British Columbia. While Jonas Taylor and his friend Mac attempt to either recapture or kill the "sisters," Jonas's son, David, embarks on his own adventure, motivated by revenge.
Tom Clancy duty and honor, Grant Blackwood.
Even though he's on forced leave from the clandestine intelligence group known as The Campus, Jack Ryan, Jr., still finds himself caught in the crosshairs after an attempt on his life is thwarted when he turns the tables on his would-be dispatcher.
The earthly gods, Nick Brown.
Imperial agent Cassius Corbulo is about to go rogue. His bodyguard, Indavara, has been kidnapped and has seemingly vanished.
Burning angels, Bear Grylls.
A prehistoric corpse entombed within an Arctic glacier, crying tears of blood. A jungle island overrun by rabid primates escapees from a research laboratory's Hot Zone. A massive seaplane hidden beneath a mountain, packed with a Nazi cargo of mind-blowing evil. And there's more.
Warning order : a search and destroy thriller, Joshua Hood.
Mason Kane, a special ops hero with a questionable past, joins forces with the CIA to neutralize a radical offshoot of ISIS and unravel a conspiracy emanating from the White House's inner sanctum.
The perfect assassin, Ward Larsen.
Christine Palmer, a young American doctor sailing solo across the Atlantic, makes an incredible discovery a man narrowly clinging to his life in the frigid waters. But there is much more to this desperate survivor than meets the eye. David Slaton is a Kidon a highly-trained, highly-precise, and highly-dangerous assassin. The Kidon is both the hunter and the hunted, and he and Christine are in grave danger. Will they win in this race against time?
The searcher, Chris Morgan Jones.
An unlikely hero dives into the chaotic madness of Russia and Georgia's deadly covert conflict, in this rapid-fire tale of corporate espionage gone
Fire & sword, Harry Sidebottom.
Rome AD238. The Year of the Six Emperors.The empire is in turmoil. With the Gordiani, father and son, dead in Africa, the tyrant Maximinus Thrax vies to reclaim the throne.
The black widow, Daniel Silva.
Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin, is poised to become the chief of Israel secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.
Foreign agent, Brad Thor.
In a safe house near the Syrian border, a clandestine American operations team readies to launch a dramatic mission months in the making. Their target: the director of social media for ISIS.
Icon : the persona sequence, Genevieve Valentine.
A year ago, International Assembly delegate Suyana Sapaki barely survived an attempt on her life. Now she's climbing the social ranks, dating the American Face, and poised for greatness. She has everything she wants, but the secret that drives her can't stay hidden forever.

American Fiction

Sons and daughters of ease and plenty, Ramona Ausubel.
America in 1976 where a well-off couple face insolvency in a strong tale of how a family faces life.
The good guy, Susan Beale.
Promising first novel in which a married car tyre salesman encounters a single girl and starts to imagine a new life with her.
A doubter's almanac, Ethan Canin.
An exploration of the nature of genius, rivalry, ambition, and love among multiple generations of a gifted family.
The fallout, Tamar Cohen.
Dan and Sasha are Josh and Hannah's closest friends, and lately they all seem to spend more time with each other than they do apart. But cosy weekends together quickly dissolve into a bitter game of tug-of-war when Dan utters three treacherous little words: I'm leaving her. From the author of "The war of the wives."
Death of all things seen, Michael Collins.
Set in Chicago during the 2008 financial crisis and following what happens when a woman commits suicide and it transpires that she'd had an affair with a Chicago businessman.
Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler.
What goes on behind the kitchen doors? The story of a "backwaiter" at a New York restaurant, written by someone who's been there and done that.
What is the what, Dave Eggers.
'What is the What' is an unflinching portrayal of the lives of two boys during the Sudanese civil war one, at seven, too young to know what's happening to his country; the other, at ten, old enough to fight for the rebel army.
People who knew me, Kim Hooper.
Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loves passionately, she is building the life she always wanted. That is, until her husband's business fails and her mother-in-law becomes chronically ill, causing cracks to appear in her marriage. To cope, Emily throws herself into her work. That's when she falls in love with her boss.
Lucky Alan : and other stories, Jonathan Lethem.
Intriguing and entertaining collection of short stories.
Hystopia, David Means.
First novel by well reviewed short story writer. Story of American history revisited with JFK setting up a mental hygiene clinic for war veterans.
Black Deutschland, Darryl Pinckney.
Jed: young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin.
A hundred thousand worlds, Bob Proehl.
In this debut novel we follow actress Valerie Torrey who took her son Alex and fled Los Angeles, leaving her husband after a spectacular tragedy blew their small family apart. Six years later, Val must reunite 9-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York.
My last continent, Midge Raymond.
Excellent first novel about a couple studying penguins in Antarctica and what happens when a cruise ship runs into trouble.
When we were sisters, Emilie Richards.
A children in foster care, two girls vow to be the sisters each had not had. Now one is a rock singer living life on the edge and she drops everything to be with her sister who has been injured in an accident.
Lily and the octopus, Steven Rowley.
A small "octopus" affixes itself to a dog's head in this tale of a man, his dachsund and the meaning of life and death. A droll and touching first novel. Film rights have been sold.
The mirror thief, Martin Seay.
In sixteenth century Venice, the famed makers of Venetian glass faced death if they tried to leave the island but one man schemes to outwit the enforcers of the edict. In 1958 Venice Beach, California, and in today's Venetian casino in Las Vegas, other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret.
The good lieutenant, Whitney Terrell.
Strong tale of courage, loss and leadership as experienced by American soldiers in Iraq. The author covered the war for the Washington
Vinegar girl : the taming of the shrew retold, Anne Tyler.
Anne Tyler gives "The taming of the shrew" her own mix of wisdom and comedy in this first rate delight.
Thirst, Benjamin Warner.
Dystopian first novel. Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam and then finding no running water anywhere. What would you do to survive?
As good as gone, Larry Watson.
The story of a genuine antihero: one of the last cowboys living on the prairie in the 1960s.

Australian fiction

Fear is the rider, Kenneth Cook
A young man driving from Sydney to Adelaide decides to detour into the desert. He turns his hatchback onto a notoriously dangerous track bisecting uninhabited stone-covered flats. Not far along the road a distraught young woman stumbles from the scrub.
What the light hides, Mette Jakobsen.
Vera and David have been passionately in love since the day they met more than twenty years ago. They live in the Blue Mountains where Vera is a sculptor and David makes furniture. Their son, Ben, is at university in Sydney. Or at least he was.
Our tiny, useless hearts, Toni Jordan.
Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes' grade three teacher, Martha. Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry's suits, has gone after them.
The lovers' guide to Rome, Mark Lamprell.
Rome glorious, eternal, intoxicating. Could there be a better place on earth to fall in love? Young artist Alice has come to Rome for adventure before settling down with her safe boyfriend. But when fate intervenes to show her there really is such a thing as love at first sight, will she find the courage to follow her heart?
The ties that bind, Lexi Landsman.
On opposite sides of the world, two lives are changed forever. One by the smallest bruise. The other by a devastating bushfire.
We ate the road like vultures, Lynnette Lounsbury.
This novel is about what happens when Lulu, a girl from down-under, discovers Jack Kerouac alive and living in Mexico with a bloke called Chicco, meets the sexy angel back-packer, Adolf and they all dust off the Hummer in the garage.
Castle of dreams, Elise McCune.
Rose and Vivien are sisters who were brought up in a mysterious castle in northern Queensland. During the Second World War, they find themselves in love with the same dashing American soldier. Linda, Rose's daughter, has long sensed a secret in her mother's past.
Where the light falls, Gretchen Shirm.
Thirtyish photographer returns to Australia when his girlfriend disappears. When she is found dead he has to discover why she died.
The wife's tale, Christine Wells.
A lawyer digs up a mystery linked to an 18th century scandal while investigating the provenance of a stately home on the Isle of Wight.

British Fiction

Able Seacat Simon, Lynne Barrett-Lee.
Simon is discovered in the Hong Kong docks in 1948 and smuggled on board the H.M.S Amethyst by a British sailor who takes pity on the malnourished kitten. The young cat quickly acclimates to his new water-borne home, establishing himself as the chief rat-catcher in residence while also winning the hearts of the entire crew.
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food, Cathy Bramley.
Verity Bloom hasn't been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago. But an opportunity to help a friend lands her right back in the heart of the kitchen.
The museum of you, Carys Bray.
Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she's not sure. She'd like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else's story is difficult. She tries not to skate on the thin ice of his memories. A tale of family secrets and lies from the author of the much praised "A song for Issy Bradley."
The light of Paris, Eleanor Brown.
Woman discovers her straight-laced grandmother had once enjoyed a wild romantic summer in Jazz Age Paris. It inspires her granddaughter to start afresh herself.
The muse, Jessie Burton.
From the author of the bestseller "The miniaturist."Set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London and featuring a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and a mysterious painting.
Multitudes : eleven stories, Lucy Caldwell.
From Belfast to London and back again the ten stories that comprise Caldwell's first collection explore the many facets of growing up.
Molly and the Cat Cafe, Melissa Daley.
When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Re-homed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home. Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring cafe owner.
This secret we're keeping, Rebecca Done.
Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment. Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns with a new identity, a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before.
What a way to go, Julia Forster.
1988. 12-year-old Harper Richardson's parents are divorced. Her mum got custody of her, the Mini, and five hundred tins of baked beans. Her dad got a mouldering cottage in a Midlands backwater village and default membership of the Lone Rangers single parents' club.
The many selves of Katherine North, Emma Geen.
Kit has been projecting into other species for seven years. Longer than anyone else at ShenCorp. Longer than any of the scientists thought possible. But lately she has the feeling that when she jumps she isn't alone.
Love, or nearest offer, Adele Geras.
What if your estate agent could find you not just your perfect house, but your perfect job, your perfect partner your perfect new life? On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she's not just good at finding suitable houses for her clients. In fact, she has a gift: Iris is able to see into their lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need.
The bachelor, Stella Gibbons.
In St Alberics, Hertfordshire, stands a newly built family home: Sunglades. Its seven rooms house Kenneth and Constance Fielding, middle-aged bachelor and spinster, along with Kenneth's old flame, an industrious Balkan exile, a young economist and the Fieldings' raffish father. Together they attempt to create a rural idyll precariously close to the remains of blitzed London.
Westwood ; or, The gentle powers, Stella Gibbons
Set in wartime London, Westwood tells the story of Margaret Steggles, a plain bookish girl whose mother has told her that she is not the type that attracts men. Her schoolfriend Hilda has a sunny temperament and keeps her service boys 'ever so cheery'.
Monsoon summer, Julia Gregson.
Love story set in 1940s India where a young woman falls for an Indian doctor.
The gun room, Georgina Harding.
War photographer captures an image in the Vietnam War that makes his career. He flees the horror and goes to live in a Japanese city.
How to find love in a book shop, Veronica Henry.
Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for booklovers. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open.
When I was invisible, Dorothy Koomson.
This is a novel about making peace with your past and finally discovering the person you were always meant to be. In 1999, two women with the same name, who were friends at school, made very different life choices. One walked away from being a minor celebrity into a life so obscure she eventually became homeless. The other walked in through the gates of a convent to take on a new name and completely new existence.
The Lubetkin legacy, Marina Lewycka.
From the author of the bestselling novel "A short history of tractors in Ukrainian" comes another very original novel, this one about a battle over a council flat where a man needs to get someone to impersonate his mother so he can keep the flat.
Music and freedom, Zoe Morrison.
Excellent debut. Story of a woman born in New South Wales who is sent to boarding school in England and how she eventually meets a man who traps her into marriage.
Graveyard clay = Cre na cille : a narrative in ten interludes, Mairtin O Cadhain ; translated by Liam Mac Con Iomaire and Tim Robinson.
A brilliant new translation of O Cadhain's modern Irish literature masterpiece.
The Serendipity Foundation, Sam Smit.
Four British nationals are kidnapped in Cairo and held in (luxury) ransom by a collective making strange ransom demands from the British
The Paris secret, Karen Swan.
Not every door should be opened. Somewhere along the cobbled streets of Paris, an apartment lies thick with dust and secrets: full of priceless artworks hidden away for decades. High-flying Fine Art Agent Flora from London, more comfortable with the tension of a million-pound auction than a cosy candlelit dinner for two, is called in to assess these suddenly discovered treasures.
A French wedding, Hannah Tunnicliffe.
Max is turning forty. All he wants for his birthday is for his six oldest friends to come to France to eat, dance, drink and laugh for one weekend. And to finally declare his secret, undying love for his best friend, Helen.
The farm at the edge of the world, Sarah Vaughan.
Children are evacuated to a Cornish farm in 1939 but a small lie wrecks their future years later and they must rebuild their lives to find peace and closure,
Foxlowe, Eleanor Wasserberg.
Chilling first novel about group mentality, superstition and betrayal and what happens when a utopian community goes wrong.
Show me a mountain, Kerry Young.
Woman who is the daughter of a Chinese migrant and an African mother grows up in this intriguing tale of privilege in an alien world.
Devotion, Louisa Young.
Set in the 1930s where a brother and sister visit Italy while a Jewish family in that same time find life a lot harder.


The black dream, Col Buchanan.
Third in the "Heart of the world" series.
Black jade, Kylie Chan.
Third in the "Celestial battle" series.
The Augur's Gambit, Stephen R. Donaldson.
The "Augur's Gambit" is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen.
The sword of Midras, Tracy Hickman and Richard Garriott.
First in "Blade of the Avatar," a new fantasy series.
The curse of tenth grave, Darynda Jones.
Latest in the series featuring part-time private eye and full-time grim reaper, Charlie Davidson.
The Perdition score, Richard Kadrey.
Latest in the Sandman Slim series.
The Wheel of Osheim, Mark Lawrence
Third in the "Red Queen's War" series.
A darker shade of magic, V. E. Schwab.
Welcome to Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, with one mad king George III. Then there is Red London, where life and magic are revered and White London, a city slowly being drained through magical war, down to its very bones. Begins a new and intriguing series.
Allegiance of honour : a psy-changeling novel, Nalini Singh
The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads.
Hope and Red, Jon Skovron.
Begins a new series, "Empire of storms."

Fiction from the rest of the World

The parable book : a love story, P. O. Enquist
"No. Write a letter when I'm dead." Nine years after they met, Perola asks Ellen if he can write to her about what it meant to him. That was her response.
The little communist who never smiled, Lola Lafon
Reimagining of the life of gymnast Nadia Comaneci who was just 14 at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Happy people read & drink coffee, Agnes Martin-Lugand
Diane is the owner of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a literary cafe in Paris. When her husband and daughter die in a car accident, her life is overturned and the world as she knows it instantly disappears. Trapped by her memories, she moves to a small town on the Irish coast. There she falls into a surprising and tumultuous romance with Edward, a taciturn photographer who lives next door.
I'm thinking of ending things, Iain Reid.
Canadian author. Described as "literary horror" with a story of a couple on a drive to the farm of his parents where the woman is left stranded at an abandoned school.
The elephant's journey, Jose Saramago
Solomon the elephant's life is about to be upturned. For two years he has been in Lisbon, brought from the Portuguese colonies in India. Now King Dom Joao III wishes to make him a wedding gift for the Hapsburg archduke, Maximilian.
Ruins, Rajith Savanadasa.
Told from five viewpoints - mother, father, daughter, son, servant. A first novel set during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war.
Before the feast, Sasa Stanisic
Fascinating tale - told with comedy and seriousness - of a fictional German village on the eve of an annual feast.

Graphic novel

Flight. Volume five, [editor/art director, Kazu Kibuishi].
An anthology of short stories, by a variety of international artists.
Crimson. Volume 2, Brian Augustyn
Judge Dredd : the mega collection. Trifecta, Al Ewing
Sex criminals. [3], Three the hard way, Matt Fraction
Attack on Titan. 16, Hajime Isayama
The walking dead. Book 6 : a continuing story of survival horror, Robert Kirkman
Inuyashiki. 4, Hiroya Oku
Black Science. Volume 4, Godworld, Rick Remender
Saga. [Volume six], Fiona Staples


The Harrowing, James Aitcheson.
The Norman army rampages through Britain and five travellers flee to the last Saxon stronghold.
Kingmaker. Divided souls, Toby Clements.
Third in the "Kingmaker" series set during the Wars of the Roses. Hilary Mantel has given strong praise to this series.
The constant queen, Joanna Courtney.
Elizaveta is princess of Kiev, but that doesn't stop her chasing adventure. Defying conventions, she rides the rapids of the Dneiper alongside her royal brothers, and longs to rule in her own right as a queen.
Sleeper's Castle, Barbara Erskine.
Hay-On-Wye, 1400. War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game playing on the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords.
Belgravia, Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is what Mr Fellowes does best.
When the dawn breaks, Emma Fraser.
Skye, 1903. Jessie, the young daughter of a local midwife, is determined to become a nurse one day, but family loss and heartache jeopardise her dreams. Isabel, the doctor's daughter, is planning to follow in her father's footsteps even though medicine is not considered a fitting career for a woman.
The girl from the Savoy, Hazel Gaynor.
Downtrodden maid gets work at London's Savoy and then becomes part of the glittering theatre scene.
Left in the wind, Ed Gray.
Faced with dwindling resources and warring tribes, the settlement on Roanoke Island begins to crumble while one young housekeeper commits herself to recording her every memory of the Lost Colony.
Morning's refrain, Tracie Peterson.
When Phoebe Robbins learns her family will move to Sitka, Alaska, she is unsure what this wild, untamed land might offer her. But before she even sets foot on this new territory, she has an unexpected encounter with Dalton Lindquist.
Barkskins, Annie Proulx.
This epic novel has been two years in the writing. It's about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest and is set over three centuries.
Florence Grace, Tracy Rees.
Orphan girl in Cornwall finds she's related to a rich London family. Her life soon changes.
Maud's line, Margaret Verble.
First novel about a headstrong heroine in 1920s Oklahoma. The author is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Seven dreams : a book of North American landscapes, William T. Vollmann.
In this new installment in his acclaimed series of novels examining the collisions between Native Americans and European colonizers, William T. Vollmann tells the story of the Nez Perce War, with flashbacks to the Civil War.


Serpents in Eden : countryside crimes, Edited and introduced by Martin Edwards.
An eclectic mix of crime stories written over half a century. From a tale of poison-pen letters tearing apart a village community to a macabre mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle, the stories collected here reveal the dark truths hidden in an assortment of rural paradises.
The charmers, Elizabeth Adler.
Mirabella Matthews' Aunt Jolly died unexpectedly and mysteriously, and as a result, Mirabella has inherited her villa in the South of France. Driving on the way from the train with Verity, the young woman she picked up along the way, Mirabella is run off the road by a motorcycle and she soon discovers that the dangers do not end there.
I am behind you, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Four families wake up one morning in their caravans, next to their cars, on an ordinary campsite in southern Sweden. However, during the night something strange has happened. Everything else has disappeared, and the world has been transformed into an endless expanse of grass.
Blood orange, Susan Wittig Albert.
The latest in the long running China Bayles series.
The girl with the crystal eyes, Barbara Baraldi.
A beautiful killer, a cop determined to unravel an enigmatic trail of bloody butchery, a young medium fleeing her past, troubled dreams of murder. Italian thriller.
Deadly secrets, Britta Bolt.
Third in the Posthumus series featuring Pieter P. who works for Amsterdam's Lonely Funerals Team.
The secrets of death, Stephen Booth.
Latest in the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry crime series.
Dear Amy, Helen Callaghan.
Debut by Cambridge author is about an agony aunt in a local paper who gets a letter from a woman who claims she has been kidnapped.
I will have vengeance : the winter of Commissario Ricciardi, Maurizio de Giovanni
Naples, March 1931: a bitter wind stalks the city streets, and murder lies at its chilled heart. As one of the world s greatest tenors, Maestro Vezzi, is found brutally murdered in his dressing room at Naples famous San Carlo Theatre, the enigmatic and aloof Commissario Ricciardi is called in to investigate.
Widowmaker, Paul Doiron.
After a mysterious woman gives Mike Bowditch disturbing news, the game warden goes looking for a family secret in a Maine ski town and discovers a vigilante who seems to be targeting sex offenders.
Berlin red, Sam Eastland.
April, 1945. East of Berlin, the Red Army stands poised to unleash its final assault upon the ruined capital of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich. To the north, at a lonely outpost near the Baltic sea, German scientists perfect a guidance system for the mighty V2 rocket, which has already caused massive damage to the cities of London and Antwerp.
In the month of the midnight sun, Cecilia Ekback.
Author of the bestseller, "Wolf winter." A tale of massacre in the Laplands mountains in 1855.
The pursuit, Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.
Nicolas Fox, international con man, thief, and one of the top ten fugitives on the FBI's most-wanted list, has been kidnapped from a beachfront retreat in Hawaii. What the kidnapper doesn't know is that Nick Fox has been secretly working for the FBI.
Darkest place, Jaye Ford.
What do you do when your nightmares are real and no one believes you? Carly Townsend is starting over after a decade of tragedy and pain. In a new town and a new apartment she's determined to leave the memories and failures of her past behind. However that dream is shattered in the dead of night when she is woken by the shadow of a man next to her bed, silently watching her.
Hellfire, Karin Fossum
A gruesome tableau awaits Inspector Konrad Sejer in the oppressive summer heat: a woman and a young boy lay dead in a pool of blood.
Saturday requiem, Nicci French.
Thirteen years ago eighteen year old Hannah Docherty was arrested for the brutal murder of her family. It was an open and shut case and Hannah's been incarcerated in a secure hospital ever since. When psychotherapist Frieda Klein is asked to meet Hannah and give her assessment of her she reluctantly agrees. What she finds horrifies her. Hannah has become a tragic figure, old before her time.
Stop the presses!, Robert Goldsborough.
Detective Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are tasked with protecting, Cameron Clay, the Gazette's most hated columnist in New York City, after he begins to receive anonymous death threats.
The dead woman of Deptford, Ann Granger.
On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found.
Burned and broken, Mark Hardie.
First in a planned series featuring DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine Russell from the Essex police force, here on the case of a policeman found dead in his car on the Southend sea front.
Goodbye forever, Bonnie Hearn Hill.
Crime blogger and radio host Kit Doyle goes undercover and into danger in the second of this intriguing crime series.
No echo, Anne Holt
When celebrity chef Brede Ziegler is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of the Olso police headquarters it sends a shockwave through the city's in-crowd. Ziegler had lots of famous friends, is there a culprit among them or was this a random act of violence?
False hearts, Laura Lam.
One twin imprisoned for a terrible crime, the other wants to set her free. San Francisco police suspect drugs involved. Clever debut novel with some SF elements.
Black teeth, Zane Lovitt.
Fast moving and witty thriller set in Melbourne.
Game for five, Marco Malvaldi
At the Bar Lume, in a small seaside town where everyone knows everyone else, barman Massimo and four old-timers pass the time, between hands of cards and shots of coffee, chatting, arguing and theorising about the murder of a young woman in their town.
The fire maker, Peter May.
Features Beijing detective Li Yan, and American pathologist, Margaret Campbell, as they track the killer of a government scientist whose horribly burned corpse is found smoldering in a Beijing park.
The unseeing, Anna Mazzola.
First novel by London criminal justice solicitor, a tale of a seamstress and mother accused of murder in Victorian London.
Silver bullets, Elmer Mendoza
For Detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta, tormented by past heartbreak and dismayed by all-pervasive corruption, the murder of lawyer Bruno Canizales represents just another day at the office in Culhuacan, Mexico's capital of narco-crime.
Charcoal Joe, Walter Mosley.
Life for Easy is uncharacteristically easy. He's set up his own agency and is about to propose to his sweetheart Bonnie. But all that changes when his old friend Mouse one of the deadliest men in America appears at his door, asking for a small favour.
Murder in an Irish village, Carlene O'Connor.
Twenty-two-year-old Siobhan O'Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother. It's been a rough year for Siobhan, but it's about to get rougher. One morning they discover a man seated at a table with a pair of scissors protruding from his chest. It's up to Siobhan to solve the crime.
We were kings, Thomas O'Malley and Douglas Graham Purdy.
In 1950's Boston, the Irish Republican Army is running guns and killing witnesses. Cal and Dante are committed to stopping them. When a body is discovered at the Charlestown locks tarred, feathered and shot to death it appears to be a gangland killing, and is almost immediately dismissed.
Baby doll, Hollie Overton.
Creepy tale (with echoes of "Room") about a kidnapped girl who escapes.
Death in the Devil's Acre, Anne Perry.
When a doctor is found brutally murdered in the lurid section of London aptly named Devil's Acre, even its most hardened residents are stunned. But shock soon turns to horror when Inspector Thomas Pitt discovers three more bodies with the same gruesome calling card.
The dying detective, Leif G.W. Persson
Retired Chief of Sweden's Security Service is in hospital when he picks up information on a 25 year old murder case and wonders if he'll be solving it on his deathbed.
The butchers of Berlin, Chris Petit.
Wartime tale set in Berlin featuring August Schlegel, normally working on financial cases, called to a murder/suicide case.
Danger woman : a Botswana mystery, Frederick Ramsay.
One night in Chobe National Park, Ole Anderson, an expert on hyena behavior who's leading a group of trustees from the foundation that funds his research, spots a human skull after witnessing a group of hyenas chasing off a lone lion.
Sidney Chambers and the dangers of temptation, James Runcie.
More investigating for Cambridge's clerical detective.
Marked for life, Emelie Schepp.
When a high-ranking head of the migration board is found shot to death in his living room, there is no shortage of suspects. But no one expects to find the mysterious child-sized handprint in the childless home.
The kept woman, Karin Slaughter.
It's the most dangerous case of Will Trent's career. He knows this from the moment he sets foot in the abandoned Atlanta warehouse where a body lies on the floor the body of an ex-cop. Bloody footprints leading away from the scene reveal that another victim, evidently a woman, was carried away and has vanished into thin air.
The second girl, David Swinson.
First in new series introducing Frank Marr, a Washington D.C. investigator with a secret drug addiction.
The house with no rooms, Lesley Thomson.
The summer of 1976 was the hottest in living memory. Britain sweltered, trees and plants wilted, fire ripped through forests and rivers ran dry. In London's Kew Gardens a ten year old girl was parted from her friends and, dizzied by scorching heat, wandered lost into its secluded undergrowth. Forty years later, the detective's daughter Stella Darnell takes on a chilling new case.
Out of the ice, Ann Turner.
When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine.
A climate of fear, Fred Vargas
A woman is found murdered in her bathtub, and the murder made to look like a suicide. A strange symbol is found near the body. Then a second victim is discovered, who was also part of a group of tourists on a doomed expedition to Iceland ten years earlier. How are these deaths linked?
The woman in cabin 10, Ruth Ware.
This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin.
Striking murder, A. J. Wright.
1893. Wigan is in the grip of a devastating national miners' strike and a harsh winter. Arthur Morris, a wealthy colliery owner whose intransigence on miners' pay is the main cause of the strike, is found brutally murdered in Scholes, a rough working-class district where he is universally hated and blamed for the grinding hardship the strike is causing.

New Zealand Fiction

The agency, Ian Austin
As a boy Dan Calder guiltily witnessed his father abuse his mother and later had to endure the near hero worship of the same man who was a senior officer in the police force he joined. Still not over his early resignation from the police in the UK Calder seeks a fresh start in New Zealand.
The salted air, Thom Conroy.
Tells the story of Djuna, who, while grieving for the sudden loss of her partner, Harvey, is drawn to his married brother. It's an attraction based on shared grief, on familiarity to a dead partner, and is an affair that is impossible and wrong yet addictive.
Please do not disturb, Robert Glancy.
Story of a lawyer losing his grip on the world. A funny and sad novel that has been much recommended.
Lonesome when you go, Saradha Koirala.
Paige plays bass in high school rock band Vox Pop, which means keeping a steady rhythm even in their most raucous rock and roll moments. But in the tense build-up to the Rockfest competition, Paige finds she can't control everything in her life, not matter how hard she practises and how loud she plays.
Waitapu, Helen Margaret Waaka.
Beneath a range of mountains lies the rural town of Waitapu. Here, sisters Ruby and Rowena reconnect, Mereata feels her tipuna like a breath on the back of her neck and Harriet goes missing from the rest home. With a cast of lively characters, this collection of 18 short stories cracks open the image of rural tranquillity, to reveal the heartbreak and kindness of everyday lives


The doctor's forbidden fling, Karin Baine.
Signed over to Santino, Maya Blake.
A pregnancy scandal, Kat Cantrell.
A bride for the boss, Maureen Child.
Expecting a royal scandal, Caitlin Crews.
The Greek's nine-month surprise, Jennifer Faye.
The prince and the midwife, Robin Gianna.
Expecting the Fellani heir, Lucy Gordon.
Bought for the Greek's revenge, Lynne Graham.
An heir to make a marriage, Abby Green.
Twin surprise for the single doc, Susanne Hampton.
The army doc's secret wife, Charlotte Hawkes.
Stranded with her rescuer, Nikki Logan.
Return of the untamed billionaire, Carol Marinelli.
His pregnant sleeping beauty, Lynne Marshall.
Rose's vintage, Kayte Nunn.
One night, twin consequences, Annie O'Neill.
The surprise Conti child, Tara Pammi.
Wedded, bedded, betrayed, Michelle Smart.
A baby to save their marriage, Scarlet Wilson.
Ruin & rule, Pepper Winters.
Sin & suffer, Pepper Winters.
The Greek's nine-month redemption, Maisey Yates.


The Cavendon luck, Barbara Taylor Bradford.
It is 1938 in England, and Miles and Cecily Ingham have lead the family in bringing the Cavendon estate back from the brink of disaster. But now, with the arrival of World War II, Cavendon Hall will face its biggest challenge yet. It is a challenge that will push the Inghams and Swanns to protect each other and the villagers, and reveal their true capacity for survival and rebirth.
The girl with no name, Diney Costeloe.
Lisa is thirteen when she arrives in England in August 1939, with just one precious letter from the mother she will never see again. Bullied at school for being German, worse is to come when the Blitz blows her new home apart and she wakes up in hospital, with no memory of who she is or where she came from.
The land of my dreams : war at home, 1916, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles.
It is 1916 and the Hunters, their friends and their servants are settling down to the business of war.
The house between tides, Sarah Maine.
Following the deaths of her last living relatives, Hetty Deveraux leaves her strained marriage behind in London and returns to her ancestral home, a crumbling estate in Scotland's Outer Hebrides, with the intention of renovating and reselling it as a hotel, much to the dismay of the locals.
Pengelly's daughter, Nicola Pryce.
Cornwall: 1793. Rose Pengelly's father has been ruined he has lost his boat yard and his fortune, plunging Rose and her mother into poverty and debt. There appears to be only one way out of their terrible circumstances; for Rose to marry Mr Tregellas, a powerful timber merchant and the man Rose believes is responsible for her father's downfall.
A voice in the wind, Francine Rivers.
The holy city of Jerusalem has fallen. By the mercy of God, Hadassah, a young Christian girl survives famine, the deaths of her entire family, and unspeakable atrocities. And in Germania, a heroic young chieftain named Atretes battles the Romans with unmatched fury. It is prophesied tha Atretes will drive the Romans from his lands, and someday meet a dark complexioned woman from an exotic land whom he will come to love.
Magic, Danielle Steel.
A tale set against the glamorous White Dinners in Paris traces the experiences of longtime participant Jean-Philippe Dumas, who at the sides of three couples reflects on friendship, love, and magical possibilities on a life-changing night.

Science Fiction

The God Wave, Patrick Hemstreet.
First in trilogy in which a team of neuroscientists uncover brain capabilities that may take humanity towards miraculous and deadly frontiers.
Beacon 23, Hugh Howey.
For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. In the twenty-third century, this job has moved into outer space.
Falcone strike, Christopher G. Nuttall.
Now a celebrated war hero, Captain Kat Falcone is back at the helm of HMS Lightning and up against near-impossible odds. After an ill-timed outburst almost ends her career, Kat is handed command of a deep-strike mission into enemy space.
Too like the lightning, Ada Palmer.
The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard- won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech.
The prison in Antares, Mike Resnick.
Edgar Nmumba is the only person who knows how to neutralize the Coalition's deadly Q bomb, but after he is captured by the Coalition it is up to Nathan Pretorius and the Dead Enders team to rescue him from a remote maximum prison in the Antares Sector.
The nightmare stacks, Charles Stross.
Seventh title in the Laundry Files series.
Central Station, Lavie Tidhar.
A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality.