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New fiction for November 2014

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Elly Griffiths

The Zig Zag girl by Elly Griffiths

The Zig Zag girl by Elly Griffiths

Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens finds the body of a girl cut into three, which reminds him of the magic trick the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is reluctant to help Edgar investigate the case, but when he finds out he knew the girl, he changes his mind.

Some luck by Jane Smiley

Some luck by Jane Smiley

Denby, Iowa – the setting of Smiley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Thousand Acres – is revisited in this family saga spanning the 1920s to the 1950s, as the first instalment of a trilogy spanning over a century.

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

In this modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Emma arrives from university back home to Norfolk as a big fish in a little pond. However, there is only one person who can play with Emma’s indestructible confidence, her friend and neighbour George Knightly – this time has Emma finally met her match?

Funny girl by Nick Hornby

Funny girl by Nick Hornby

Set in the 1960s, a Blackpool-comedienne, Sophie Shaw, lands her own TV show. However, as life imitates art, tensions arise within the cast and crew. Hornby explores the dramatic social change of the era.

A twist of the knife by Peter James

A twist of the knife by Peter James

Combines short story collections Short Shockers One and Short Shockers Two with new material. From a story of ghostly terror to the first ever case of his best-loved Detective, Roy Grace, James makes us question how well we can trust ourselves, and each other.

The American lover by Rose Tremain

The American lover by Rose Tremain

The current Chancellor of the University of East Anglia releases a diverse collection of short stories, from a love affair in 1960s Paris to a Canadian lakeside retreat.

Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B Parker and Helen Brann (eBook)

Silent Night: A Spenser Holiday Novel by Robert B Parker and Helen Brann

It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organisation named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost. Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin, whose hold on the at-risk community Street Business serves threatens not just the boys’ safety and security, but their lives as well. Unfinished at the time of his death, Silent Night was completed by Parker’s longtime agent, whose decades-long association with Parker’s work gives her unique insight and perspective to his voice and storytelling style.

Academy Street by Mary Costello (eBook)

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Growing up in the west of Ireland in the 1940s Tess is a shy introverted child. Beneath her quiet exterior lies a heart of fire that that will drive her to make her home among the hurly burly of 1960s New York. Over four decades and a life lived with quiet intensity on Academy Street in upper Manhattan, Tess encounters ferocious love and calamitous loss. Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman’s quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America’s greatest city.

Brandon King

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