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New fiction for June 2016

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The crime writer by Jill Dawson

The crime writer by Jill Dawson

The crime writer by Jill Dawson

Clever blend of fact and fiction basing crime novelist Patricia Highsmith in a Suffolk cottage and building a story around it.

It is 1964, the eccentric American novelist Patricia Highsmith is hiding out in a cottage in Suffolk, to concentrate on her writing and escape her fans. She has another motive too - a secret romance with a married lover based in London. Unfortunately it soon becomes clear that all her demons have come with her. Prowlers, sexual obsessives, frauds, imposters, suicides and murderers: the themes of her fictions clamour for her attention, rudely intruding on her peaceful Suffolk retreat. After the arrival of Ginny, an enigmatic young journalist bent on interviewing her, events take a catastrophic turn.

Vinegar girl: The taming of the shrew retold by Anne Tyler

Vinegar girl: The taming of the shrew retold by Anne Tyler

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us her inspired take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. This is the latest in Hogarth’s Shakespeare series where some of the best contemporary writers reinterpret Shakespeare’s work for the 21st century.

The muse by Jessie Burton

The muse by Jessie Burton

How do you follow up a blockbuster like The Miniaturist which sold over a million copies worldwide?

Set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, The Muse is the story of a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and the mysterious painting that connects them across the decades. There will be a massive media frenzy around this one.

Sidney Chambers and the dangers of temptation by James Runcie

Sidney Chambers and the dangers of temptation by James Runcie

The fifth instalment in the Grantchester Mysteries series, set in late 1960s England.

Sidney is now an Archdeacon in Ely. He is beginning to find life as a priest and part-time detective a little exhausting. So when a bewitching divorcee in a mink coat asks for Sidney's help in convincing her son to leave a hippy commune, he hopes it will be an easy one to solve but soon he is dragged into the mysterious workings of a sinister cult and finds himself tangled up in another murder investigation.

The long cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The long cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Completed by the authors eighteen months before Terry Pratchett's death, The Long Cosmos is the grand climax of the Long Earth series.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry’s second novel, The Essex Serpent, is set against a backdrop of Victorian London and Essex. It is the story of Cora Seaborne, an educated and fiercely independent widow and William Ransome, a vicar whose parish is a small village on the Essex coast. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned.

Saturday requiem by Nicci French

Saturday requiem by Nicci French

Another title with local connections. Suffolk’s thriller writing couple return with a new title.

Frieda Klein reluctantly faces a case that penetrates to her very core. Saturday Requiem is classic Nicci French - a dark, gripping, and sophisticated masterclass in psychological suspense in which nothing is quite what it seems.

End of watch by Stephen King

End of watch by Stephen King

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer. Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world. Now, the technological genius has created a hypnotic electronic fishing game which compels users to commit suicide, and he is determined to target the three people who put him in hospital: Hodges and his sidekicks Holly and Jerome.

Brandon King

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