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New fiction for July 2018

Written by · Published Jun 29, 2018

An Unwanted Guest, The Temptation of Gracie, Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire

Day of the Dead, by Nicci French

There is probably no need to promote this final thriller in the Frieda Klein series as we already have a waiting list for it. 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the writing partnership of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French.

Careless Love, by Peter Robinson

In the 25th instalment in the DCI Banks series:

“A young local student has apparently committed suicide. Her body is found in an abandoned car on a lonely country road. She didn’t own a car. Didn’t even drive. How did she get there? Where did she die? Who moved her, and why?

“Meanwhile a man in his sixties is found dead in a gully up on the wild moorland. He is wearing an expensive suit and carrying no identification. Post-mortem findings indicate he died from injuries sustained during the fall. But what was he doing up there? And why are there no signs of a car in the vicinity?

“As the inconsistencies multiply and the mysteries proliferate, Annie’s father’s new partner, Zelda, comes up with a shocking piece of information that alerts Banks and Annie to the return of an old enemy in a new guise. This is someone who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to get what he wants - and suddenly the stakes are raised and the hunt is on.”

The Great Level, by Stella Tillyard

A story of love and betrayal from the author of The Tides of War, with local(ish) interest.

“In 1649 Dutch engineer Jan Brunt arrives in Ely to begin the great endeavour of levelling and draining the Fens. His life and work are bound by order, measurement and science. England is in the throes of Civil War and Cromwell’s troops are amassing, yet the real danger for him is water and the many labyrinthine channels that encompass the Great Level. Then one day lost on the level he spies a Fenswoman and everything he thought he knew starts to unravel.

“Many years later, now a distinguished gentleman in Nieuw Amsterdam in the bustling hubbub of the New World, Jan receives a note, unsigned.”

Clock Dance, by Anne Tyler

“Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was 11 and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at 21, the accident that would make her a widow at 41. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country.

“The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by new and surprising neighbours, she is plunged into the rituals that make a community, and takes pleasure in the most unexpected things.”

A bittersweet novel of family and self-discovery from the award-winning author of A Spool of Blue Thread.

Give Me Your Hand, by Megan Abbott

“Kit has risen to the top of her profession and is on the brink of achieving everything she wanted. She hasn’t let anything stop her. But now someone else is standing in her way - Diane. Best friends at seventeen, their shared ambition made them inseparable. Until the day Diane told Kit her secret - the worst thing she’d ever done, the worst thing Kit could imagine - and it blew their friendship apart. Kit is still the only person who knows what Diane did. And now Diane knows something about Kit that could destroy everything she’s worked so hard for.”

Crisis in the Cotswolds, by Rebecca Tope

Previous Meet the Author interviewee Rebecca Tope is a big favourite in Suffolk and we confidently expect this to be popular.

“Thea and Drew have been married for a year and are settled in the village of Broad Campden, but Thea is chafing at the domestic routines she is expected to devote herself to, missing the novelty and adventure that house-sitting used to bring.

“When a routine burial exposes the secrets of the deceased, Drew finds himself caught in the middle of a family feud, in which he feels he is on the wrong side, and Thea’s inquisitiveness and penchant for solving crimes draws her in too. With another crisis at Drew’s other business leaving him with a profound dilemma and Thea struggling against the charismatic charms of a new man, can their marriage survive this latest Cotswold drama?”

The Temptation of Gracie, by Santa Montefiore

“Gracie Burton is a grandmother, living quietly in Devon. She has rarely left the village over the past 40 years. Her daughter, Carina, is immensely high-powered with her own fast-paced business in London. She has very little time for her 17-year-old daughter, Anastasia, away at boarding school, and even less time for her aging mother. In many ways, the three of them barely know each other.

“Then Gracie stumbles upon an advertisement for a weeklong cookery course in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. She cannot resist and ploughs her life savings into the trip. Carina and Anastasia accompany her. They have no idea why Gracie has been drawn to this venture. They have no sense of her past; she has never spoken about it. They have no idea that Gracie is harbouring the secret of an extraordinary life that preceded them.”

Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire, by M. R. C. Kasasian

The Suffolk Vampire launches a new 1930s/40s crime series featuring Inspector Betty Church. Called to the train station in the sleepy Suffolk town of Sackwater to investigate a missing bench, instead she finds a dead man with two distinctive puncture marks in his throat.

So Much Life Left Over, by Louis De Bernières

Another new book with local interest as Louis De Bernières lives in Suffolk and is a patron of Bungay Library.

“Rosie and Daniel have moved to Ceylon with their little daughter to start a new life at the dawn of the 1920s, attempting to put the trauma of the First World War behind them, and to rekindle a marriage that gets colder every day. However, even in the lush plantation hills it is hard for them to escape the ties of home and the yearning for fulfilment that threatens their marriage.

“Back in England, Rosie’s three sisters are dealing with different challenges in their searches for family, purpose and happiness. These are precarious times, and they find themselves using unconventional means to achieve their desires. Around them the world is changing, and when Daniel finds himself in Germany he witnesses events taking a dark and forbidding turn.”

The Death Knock, by Elodie Harper

The police refuse to believe there is a serial killer loose in East Anglia, but journalist Frankie is convinced. How far will she go to get her story?

If you recognise the name of the author, it is because she is a reporter for ITV News Anglia.

An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapeña

In the new novel from the author of The Couple Next Door, a romantic Valentine’s weekend turns deadly.

“As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.

“With a violent storm raging outside the hotel, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in - or out. And then the first body is found - and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them - and nowhere to run.”

Kill for Me, by Tom Wood

New from the author of Simon Mayo Radio 2 Book Club pick Better of Dead.

“For two years, two sisters have vied for the turf of their dead crime boss father. Across the streets of Guatemala City, bodies have piled up; the US Drug Enforcement Agency, operating far from its own borders, is powerless to stop the fighting.

“But now one sister has a weapon that could finally win the war - a cold, amoral hitman known, fittingly, as ‘Victor’. Freed from previous employers the CIA and MI6, Victor is a killer-for-hire whose sense of self-preservation trumps all else. Yet as betrayal and counter-betrayal unspool in the vicious family feud, Victor finds himself at the centre of a storm even he could be powerless to stop.”

Brandon King

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