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New fiction for August 2018

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Broken Ground, The Silence of the Girls, The Way of All Flesh

The Silence of the Girls, by Pat Barker

Pat Barker author of the Regeneration trilogy, writes for the first time about the ancient world. The Silence of the Girls tells the story of the Trojan War from the point of view of Briseis, queen of Lyrnessus. This is likely to be on most of the literary prize shortlists.

Broken Ground, by Val McDermid

A new Val McDermid novel will need no promotion from us - all we need to tell you is that it is out in August and there is already a waiting list. A body wearing modern trainers is found when an old motorcycle is dug up to create a new case for DCI Karen Pirie of Police Scotland’s Historic Cases Unit.

The Way of All Flesh, by Ambrose Parry

Ambrose Parry is the pseudonym of former Meet the Author interviewee Chris Brookmyre and his wife Dr Marisa Heatzman, an anaethetist whose research into the history of medicine inspired this novel.

“Young women are being discovered dead across the Old Town, all having suffered similarly gruesome ends. In the New Town, medical student Will Raven is about to start his apprenticeship with the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Simpson’s patients range from the richest to the poorest of this divided city. His house is like no other, full of visiting luminaries and daring experiments in the new medical frontier of anaesthesia.

“It is here that Raven meets housemaid Sarah Fisher, who recognises trouble when she sees it and takes an immediate dislike to him. She has all of his intelligence but none of his privileges, in particular his medical education. With each having their own motive to look deeper into these deaths, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest shadows of Edinburgh’s underworld.”

The Mystery of Three Quarters, by Sophie Hannah

This is the third Hercule Poirot novel from Sophie Hannah. In The Mystery of Three Quarters, the Belgian detective is accosted by an angry woman outside his front door demanding to know why Poirot has sent her a letter accusing her of the murder of a man she has never heard of.

Murder Mile, by Lynda La Plante

“Can Jane Tennison uncover a serial killer?

“February, 1979, ‘The Winter of Discontent’. Economic chaos has led to widespread strikes across Britain. Jane Tennison, now a Detective Sergeant, has been posted to Peckham CID, one of London’s toughest areas. As the rubbish on the streets begins to pile up, so does the murder count: two bodies in as many days. There are no suspects and the manner of death is different in each case. The only link between the two victims is the location of the bodies, found within a short distance of each other near Rye Lane in Peckham.”

The Ghost Tree, by Barbara Erskine

A woman clearing her father’s house after his death discovers letters and a diary written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine, who lived in the 18th century and rose from humble beginnings to become Lord Chancellor.

All Among the Barley, by Melissa Harrison

On a farm in Suffolk just before the outbreak of the Second World War, a glamorous outsider, Constance FitzAllen, has a profound effect on fourteen year old Edie Mather.

Ball Lightning, by Cixin Liu & Joel Martinsen (trans.)

This is a standalone sci-fi story about a boy whose parents are killed by a ball of lightning, leading him to devote his life to cracking the secret of this phenomenon. Cixin Liu is also the author of the Hugo Award-winning The Three Body Problem.

Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

Third novel from the author of Our Endless Numbered Days, which was a Richard and Judy pick. In 1969 a woman becomes obsessed with the couple who live below her attic in a dilapidated country house.

Little Liar, by Lisa Ballantyne

An intense story about a student who accuses her teacher of abuse.

“While Nick Dean is enjoying an evening at home with his family, he is blissfully unaware that one of his pupils has just placed an allegation of abuse against him - and that Nick’s imminent arrest will see the start of everything he knows and loves disintegrating around him. Because, mud sticks, right? No matter if you’re innocent or guilty?

“When Angela Furness decides that enough is enough - she hates her parents, hates her friends and, most of all, despises what has recently happened at school - she does the only thing she knows will get her attention: calls the police. But Angela is unaware that the shocking story she is about to tell will see her life begin to topple. Because, once you’ve said what you’ve said, there’s no way back, right?”

Brandon King

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