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Each month, we provide our Hotlist of titles. Some are entirely new, others are moving into small paperback format for the first time or being reissued, sometimes after a long time out of print. All are due for publication on various dates that month, or early in the next one. The Hotlist helps local readers to plan and budget for book ordering. Here are some recent lists.

 

DECEMBER 2018


The only ‘big beast’ of crime fiction to be found releasing new work this month is the prolific James Patterson, with The First Lady (l). As he steps from his hotel in Georgia with his wife Grace, the USA’s President Tucker is greeted by the media. His love affair has been revealed to the world two weeks before the election for a second term. Mortified, betrayed and deeply hurt, Grace Tucker heads for a haven outside the capital. Agent Sally Grissom of the Secret Service is appointed to lead a covert mission to bring the First Lady back to Washington DC before the media learns of the disappearance. As the trail runs cold though, Grissom cannot help feeling that she is being watched. Someone else is searching for Grace, and if Grissom does not find her first, the First Lady might not be alive when she does.

 

The First Lady leads off this month’s Hotlist of titles, some entirely new, others moving into small paperback format for the first time or being reissued, sometimes after years out of print. All are due for publication on dates in December, with availability in print this month or in early January. The Hotlist helps readers to plan and budget for book ordering; and do not forget that delivery times can be more erratic in the festive period.

 

Also worth considering are: Lucifer Falls (l), by Colin Falconer; The House Of Silk (p), a Sherlock Holmes mystery from Anthony Horowitz; Dead Man’s Gift & Other Stories (p), by Simon Kernick; Bloodline (p), a Spain-based thriller by Nigel McRery; and, The Au Pair (p), by Emma Rous.

 

Turning to general fiction, The Rumour (l), by Lesley Kara, is an exciting, twisting debut exploring with terrifying credibility how rumours can wreck lives. A casual comment – ‘There’s a killer among us. She stabbed little Robbie Harris.” – is all it takes to change a life. “She is living under a new name. She is reformed. So they say.” Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word. This chilling tale of paranoia, suspicion and accusation keeps readers guessing until the final page. Also worth a look are: The Whisperer (p), by Karin Fossum; The Queen Of Bloody Everything (p), by Joanna Nadin; and, Happiness For Humans (p), by PZ Reizin.

 

If a large serving of sheer romance floats your boat, then try the Spain-located If We’re Not Married By Thirty (p), by Anna Bell. When Lydia breaks up with her long-term boyfriend, she flees to a villa in Spain, where she is surprised to bump into old childhood friend Dan. Years before, they pledged that if they were still single when they turned 30, they would get married. With their friendship rekindled, they fall into a holiday romance. Deeply in love, they realise there is nothing stopping them from fulfilling their romantic pact. But how much do they really know about each other? Could Lydia’s back-up man ever really be her happy-ever-after one? A funny, romantic and bubbly read.

 

Planning a holiday in Spain next year? Well, the latest Lonely Planet Pocket Guides (p) are published this month, including those for Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao & San Sebastian, and Ibiza. They typically include colour pull-out city maps, and details of the best walking tours.

The Pocket Rough Guide to the volcanic Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Gomera (p) is also a handy, pocket-sized book. Whether you plan to explore the backstreets of Santa Cruz, relax on a black-sand beach or hike in the shadow of Mount Teide, this will show you the ideal places to sleep, eat, drink, shop and visit along the way. It contains crucial pre-departure practical information including getting there, local transport, leisure and sports, health, tourist information, festivals, events and more. The sister guide to Ibiza and Formentera (p) is also being published.

 

With January 1 and New Year resolutions around the corner, there is a veritable rush of new vegan and vegetarian cookbooks jostling for your attention this month. In fact, it is hard to remember such a large number being published at this or any other time of year: is it a here-to-stay trend, or a passing fad, we wonder?

 

In The 28-Day Vegan Plan (l), Kim-Julie Hansen delivers a guide to going vegan one step at a time. Otherwise known as ‘Brussels Vegan’, she offers a practical and easy-to-follow strategy laid out day by day with meal plans, shopping lists, great looking recipes and inspiration.

Hansen introduces the benefits of a reset, guides you through the 28-day meal plan, and finishes with additional recipes for beyond the first month. There are more than 100 delicious plant-based recipes to choose from.

 

If you do not fancy going all the way down that road, Part Time Vegan (l) by Sarah Flower is a practical, easy-to-use book for people who want to introduce some vegan recipes to their diet to make it healthier, but do not want to be a full-on vegan.

 

Other variations on the theme include Vegan Slow Cooker (l), by Kathy Hester; So Vegan With 5 (l), by Roxy Pope, who serves up 100 simple 5-ingredient recipes; How To Go Meat Free (p), by Stepfanie Romine; Leon Fast Vegan (l), by Rebecca Seal and others, which has 150 recipes from around the world – Leon being a healthy fast food chain in the UK; Vegan Easy (l), by Denise Smart; and, Veggie Lean In 15 (l), in which Joe Wicks presents veggie meals and workouts that each take a quarter of an hour to cook.



NOVEMBER 2018


Jack Reacher is back. Lee Child’s novel Past Tense (l) picks up with Reacher planning an epic, autumn road trip across America. But not long into the journey, on a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been. It is the town where his father was born. Thinking it will take only a day of his time, he detours and, next morning in the city clerk’s office, asks about the old family home. He is told no-one named Reacher ever lived in the town. He knows his father never went back, but now wonders if Reacher Snr. was ever there in the first place. Thus begins another action-packed adventure: the present can be tense, but the past can be worse.

 

Past Tense leads off this month’s Hotlist of titles, some entirely new, others moving into small paperback format for the first time or being reissued, sometimes after years out of print. All are due for publication on dates in November, with availability in print this month or in early December. The Hotlist helps readers to plan and budget for book ordering.

 

In Target Alex Cross (l), by James Patterson, a US leader has fallen, and the procession route to the White House is lined with thousands of mourners. None feels the loss of a President more than Alex Cross, who has devoted his life to the public good. A sniper’s bullet strikes a target in the heart of Washington DC. Alex’s wife, Bree Stone, newly elevated chief of DC detectives, faces an ultimatum: solve the case, or lose her hard-won position. The US Secret Service and the FBI are also in the race to find the shooter. Alex is tasked by the new President to take a personal role with the FBI, leading an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope.

 

Long Road to Mercy (l), is David Baldacci’s latest blockbuster. It is 30 years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister Mercy was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while lacking proof, Atlee believes he knows what happened to Mercy. Tor still resides in a high-security prison. Now, assigned to the remote wilds of the western US, Atlee is investigating a case in the Grand Canyon when a mule is found dead with strange carvings on its body. Its rider is missing. It seems that Atlee will now have to confront a new monster and face the one of her nightmares.

 

Fire And Blood (l), by George RR Martin, is set 300 years before the events in A Song Of Ice And Fire, which inspired the television series, Game Of Thrones. Fire And Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn. It chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons, the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

Blue Salt Road (l), by Joanne M Harris of ‘Chocolat’ fame, is a stunning fantasy tale of love, loss and revenge, set against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas and drama on the land. It balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man. Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there, without his memories and separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new life, so he learns that his notions of home, and people, might not be as fixed as he believed. Illustrated by Bonnie Helen Hawkins, this is an original modern fairy tale.

 

If you are looking to gift a book to a child, four new titles could appeal.

Child of St Kilda (p), by Beth Waters, for reading age four and more, is an evocative picture book about the cluster of tiny islands off the west coast of Scotland, inhabited for thousands of years, but evacuated in 1930. Based on accounts from Norman John Gillies, who was born and raised on the island of Hirta, the book leads the reader through the daily and seasonal way of life led by the inhabitants. Beautiful prints complement this account of a unique way of life.

Lucy’s Magical Winter Stories (p), by Anne Booth, for age seven to nine, is a lovely collection of three Lucy stories: Lucy’s Secret Reindeer, Lucy’s Magic Snow Globe, and Lucy’s Winter Rescue. It is an ideal present for any youngster who loves animals and a sprinkling of magic. Illustrated by Sophy Williams.

 

The Afterwards (l), by AF Harrold, is for reading age nine to eleven. Fact: Ember and Ness are best friends: it is what will always be. Then Ness dies. It is sudden and unexpected and leaves Ember completely empty. How can this be? When Ember finds a way into the Afterworld, she determines to bring Ness back. Because that is what friends do, is it not? They rescue each other. They help. They never give up. A powerful, poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about friendship at its most extraordinary.

 

Station Zero (p), the conclusion to the Railhead trilogy by Philip Reeve, is aimed at reading age twelve and older. The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody, the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova, they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are.

 

If thoughts of planning holidays in 2019 are rising up your agenda towards the end of the year, the latest editions of some popular Lonely Planet guidebooks may be worth seeking out: LP Spain (p); LP Best Of Spain (p); and, LP Barcelona (p). Then there is the Lonely Planet Seville City Map, an easy-fold design held inside a handy slipcase. Detailed and easy-to-read, it is printed in full colour to make travelling and trip planning a breeze. Made for the urban explorer, the map is packed with top sights, expert advice, a transport map and a useful street index. Finally, the authoritative Peñín Guide To Spanish Wine 2019 (l) is supposedly available soon. Check for details as availability can vary. Cheers!



OCTOBER 2018


Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly ignored the phone call that would change his life, and possibly the world, for ever. The old man on the line sounded cranky, but sincere: ‘Mr Hunter, I’m not a lunatic, please hear me out. I’ve been told you are the man who could help me to get taken seriously. I have absolute proof of God’s existence and I need to come and see you, I need your help.’ What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? A breathless race against time to prove the greatest mystery of all is told in Absolute Proof (l), from bestselling author Peter James.

 

It leads off this month’s Hotlist of titles, some entirely new, others moving into small paperback format for the first time or being reissued, sometimes after years out of print. All are due for publication on dates in October, with availability in print this month or in early November. The Hotlist helps readers to plan and budget for book ordering.

 

Ian Rankin returns with In A House Of Lies (l), a new Rebus novel. The English expression ‘a house of lies’ means a place or situation where everyone has something to hide. A missing private investigator is found, locked in a car hidden deep in the woods in an area that had already been searched. Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is part of a new inquiry, combing through the mistakes of the original case. Every police officer involved must be questioned, and it seems everyone on the case has something to hide, and everything to lose. But there is one man who knows where the trail may lead, and that it could be the end of him: John Rebus.

 

The Madrid-born author Javier Marias’ novel Berta Isla (l) is about a relationship built on secrets and lies, and the equal forces of resentment and loyalty at its core. The young people Berta and Tomás meet in Madrid and decide to spend their lives together. Eighteen and betrothed, Tomás leaves to study at Oxford in England. His talent for languages quickly catches the interest of a certain government agency, but Tomás resists their offers, until one day he makes a mistake that will affect the rest of his life, and that of his beloved Berta. After university he returns to marry her, knowing he will not be able to stay for long.

 

In a month when some big names in crime writing enter the joust for seasonal sales, look out too for: The Disappeared (p), by CJ Box; The Reckoning (l), by John Grisham; Greeks Bearing Gifts (p), by Philip Kerr; Elevation (l), by Stephen King; Ambush (l) and The 17th Suspect (p), by James Patterson; and, Holy Ghost (l) and Golden Prey (p), both by John Sandford.

 

In the general fiction lists, our eye is caught by Bridge Of Clay (l), by Markus Zusak, an epic new novel from the award-winning, bestselling author of The Book Thief. Five Dunbar brothers are living, fighting, loving and grieving in the perfect chaos of a house without grown-ups. Today, the father who left them has just walked right back in. He has a surprising request: who will build a bridge with him? At once an existential riddle and a search for redemption, this tale of five brothers coming of age in a house with no rules brims with energy, joy and pathos.

 

Others worth considering include: In The Midst Of Winter (p), by Isabel Allende; Red Birds (l), by Mohammed Hanif; The Winter Soldier (l), by Daniel Mason; Killing Commendatore (l), by Haruki Murakami; Shell (l), by Kristina Olsson; Year One (p), by Nora Roberts; and, Winter (p), by Ali Smith.

 

Simon Schama’s Story Of The Jews: Belonging, 1492-1900 (p) moves into paperback. This second volume of Schama’s magnificent cultural history stretches from Spain’s expulsion of Jews in 1492. It tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; and, an opera composer in nineteenth-century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California.

 

Biography Of Silence (l), a publishing phenomenon in Spain, is now available in English translation. This essay by the Spanish priest and Zen disciple Pablo D’Ors is a moving, lyrical, far-ranging meditation on the deep joys of confronting the self through silence, which offers an intense engagement with life just as it is.

 

Among the new cookery books, Vegetables All’Italiana (l), by Anna Del Conte, stands out. Her brand-new collection of recipes serves up Italian vegetable dishes with a modern twist as the stars of the show. Organised in an A-Z format from asparago to zucchina, they are classic dishes as well as Del Conte’s own personalised recipes, many previously unpublished, created throughout her years as a writer.

 

Vegan Cakes And Other Bakes (l), by Jerome Eckmeier, has 80 easy vegan recipes: cookies, cakes, pizzas, breads, and more. Packed with savoury and sweet ideas for vegan desserts, breads, and main courses such as dairy-free pizza and eggless quiche, each simple recipe uses easily found ingredients, and has a photo to tempt taste-buds.

 

In Catalan Kitchen (l), Emma Warren lays bare the secrets of one of the richest food cultures in Europe. Catalunya is home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred

restaurants in the world. This book is beautifully packaged with stunning location and food photography.

 

Also worth a look are: Modern Baking (l), a ‘baking bible’ of more than 250 recipes from Donna Hay; Baladie (l), Palestinian cuisine from Joudie Kalla; How To Eat (p), a paperback reissue of Nigella Lawson’s 1998 classic; and, Potatoes (l), Jenny Linford’s collection of 65 potato recipes from around the world.

 

The fifth edition of Berlitz’s pocket-sized travel guide to Tenerife (p) now comes with a bilingual dictionary. It contains ‘Top 10’ attractions and ‘Perfect Day’ itinerary suggestions including Spain’s tallest mountain El Teide, whale-watching, and the hike down the dramatically located village of Masca. Also included are essential practical information on everything from eating out to getting around, and an insightful overview of landscape, history and culture.


SEPTEMBER 2018


The Catalan author and screenwriter Carlos Ruiz Zafón exploded onto the global literary world in 2001 with the publication of La Sombra Del Viento, which would later be translated into the English version, The Shadow Of The Wind. That enthralling gothic mystery set in Barcelona was followed by The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner Of Heaven, two novels building on the plot lines and characters of the first book.

Now comes the translation of El Laberinto De Los Espiritus (2016), The Labyrinth Of The Spirits (l), the fourth and final work featuring byzantine conspiracies in the saga of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, the memorable Barcelona book repository.

The Labyrinth Of The Spirits is the lengthiest novel of the four. It solves all the remaining mysteries in the previous three books, but may also be read as a standalone work as the author fills in enough of the previous plots. It leads off this month’s Hotlist of titles, some entirely new, others moving into small paperback format for the first time or being reissued, sometimes after years out of print. All are due for publication on dates in September, with availability in print this month or in early October. The Hotlist helps readers to plan and budget for book ordering.

Transcription (l) by Kate Atkinson picks up in 1940 as Juliet Armstrong, 18, is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage in an obscure department of the UK secret service monitoring British fascist sympathizers. When World War II ends, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, and now a producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. There is a different war now, and a different battleground, but she finds herself once more under threat. A reckoning is due, and she finally realises that there is no action without consequence.

Paris Echo (l) is the latest novel from Sebastian Faulks, the author of Birdsong. At its core lies a question; does an understanding of history and a deep cultural awareness help people to live better and more useful lives? Set in 2006, the plot follows Hannah 31, an American post-doctoral researcher looking into the lives of women during the German occupation of Paris in 1940–44; and Tariq, 19, who has run away from Morocco, searching for sex and adventure. Through their culture clash, Faulks takes us back into the hidden Paris of ‘the Dark Years’, the Algerian war, and the simmering discontents of the city’s suburbs.

In Henki Kawamura’s novel, If Cats Disappeared From The World (p), the narrator’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat, Cabbage, for

company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can set about tackling his bucket list, the Devil appears with a special offer: in exchange for making one thing disappear, he can have one extra day of life. Thus begins a very bizarre week. How do you decide what makes life worth living? How do you separate out what you can do without from what you hold dear? In dealing with the Devil, the narrator will take himself, and his beloved cat, to the brink.

Other general fiction works worth a look include: Love Is Blind (l), by William Boyd; Three Things About Elsie (p), by Joanna Cannon; The Rules Of Magic (p), by Alice Hoffmann; French Exit (l), by Patrick de Witt; The Rules Of Seeing (l), by Joe Heap; Ghost Wall (l), by Sarah Moss; The Oblique Place (p), by Caterina Soderbaum; and, Wish You Were Here (p), by Graham Swift.

Standouts among the crime fiction and thrillers include: The Tattoo Thief (p), by Alison Belsham; The Rhythm Section (p), a Mark Burnell novel that is soon to be a major movie starring Jude Law and Blake Lively; Fox (l), by Frederick Forsyth; Denial (p), by Peter James; Hallowdene (p), by George Mann; Dead Men Whistling (p), by Graham Masterton; The Clockmaker’s Daughter (l), by Kate Morton; Macbeth (p), by Jo Nesbø; I Invited Her In (p), by Adele Parks; Leverage In Death (l), by JD Robb; and, The Piranhas (l), by Roberto Saviano.

Four new cookery books command attention this month. In Etxebarri (l), John Sarabia delivers the first and highly anticipated book on the Asador Etxebarri restaurant in Atxondo in Spain’s Vizcaya province, which is considered one of the best grills in the world. Employing the oldest culinary technique in the world, fire, chef Bittor Arginzoniz grills food using utensils designed by himself, uses specific woods, and searches obsessively for the best product, revolutionising the way people roast meat, fish or vegetables. He cooks everything over a grill, even pudding, so everything has a unique taste to it. In words and stunning photography, this book describes the chef, his kitchen and his recipes.

Marti Buckley’s cookbook, Basque Country (l), unlocks the mysteries of the País Vasco’s culinary world by bringing together its intensely ingredient-driven recipes with stories of regional customs and the Basque kitchen, and vivid photographs of both food and place. It is not about exotic ingredients or flashy techniques. It is about starting with the right fish or cut of meat or peak-of-ripeness tomato, and then bringing forth its depth of flavour. It is the marriage of simplicity and refinement, and the joy of cooking.

Catalan Food (l), by Daniel Olivella and Caroline Wright, serves historical narratives alongside 80 carefully curated food recipes that are simple and fresh. These traditional dishes and inventive takes on classics are intended to be cooked leisurely and with heart.


AUGUST 2018

 

The Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini burst upon the literary world in 2003 with The Kite Runner, a lyrical, bittersweet novel set largely in Afghanistan. It subsequently became a major movie. He followed up with two more acclaimed works, again featuring Afghanistan: One Thousand Splendid Suns; and, And The Mountains Echoed.

His latest, Sea Prayer (l), is another moving fiction, but based in a different conflict zone. A father holds his sleeping son as they await dawn and the arrival of a boat. He tells the boy of long summers in the father’s own childhood, remembering the tranquillity of his own father's home in Syria. Then he recalls life in the Syrian city of Homs before the bombs dropped and the family fled. At sunrise, the father, boy, and their fellow refugees will gather up their few possessions and embark on a potentially fatal voyage in search of a new home.

Sea Prayer is aimed at all ages and is beautifully illustrated. As with his previous books, this one is straight from the heart. Hosseini is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation not-for-profit organisation providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Hippie (l) is Paulo Coelho’s most autobiographical book. The international bestselling author embarks on a journey encouraging readers to revive the dreams of the hippie generation. As a young man who wants to be a writer, Paulo grows his hair long and travels the world searching for freedom and the deepest meaning of existence. The journey progresses from his 1970 arrest as a terrorist by the Brazilian military dictatorship until his encounter with Karla, with whom he decides to go to Nepal on the Magic Bus. Along the way, they are transformed and embrace new values.

Future Popes Of Ireland (l), by Darragh Martin, is a hilarious and sad novel about the messiness of belief, family, and love, and the futility of thinking things will go according to plan. In 1979, Bridget Doyle has one burning ambition. She wants her family to produce the very first Irish pope. Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s appearance in Phoenix Park, Dublin, she sprinkles Papal-blessed holy water on the marriage bed of her son and daughter-in-law and leaves the rest to nature. But when her daughter-in-law dies in childbirth, Granny Doyle must raise four grandchildren. Thirty years later, it is unlikely that any of them will fulfil her dreams; or is it?

The Accidental Further Adventures Of The Hundred Year Old Man (p), is the darkly comedic sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international bestseller, The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared. This time, it all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views but are not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship. Neither could they have ever imagined that the captain of the ship would be transporting a suitcase full of contraband uranium on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un.

Other general and historic fiction titles worth considering this month include: The Silence Of The Girls (l), by Pat Barker; The Impostor (p), by Javier Cercas; Washington Black (l), by Esi Edugyan; Rome’s Sacred Flame (p), a Vespasian novel by Robert Fabbri; A Column Of Fire (p), by Ken Follett; The Water Thief (l), by Claire Hajaj; Forest Dark (p), by Nicole Krauss; The Life To Come (p), by Michelle De Kretser; All Among The Barley (l), by Melissa Harrison; Last Of The Summer Moet (p), by Wendy Holden; In The Midnight Room (p), by Laura McBride; The Ninth Hour (p), by Alice McDermott; The Secret Keeper (l), by Susan Lewis; Johannesburg (p), by Fiona Melrose; Secret Books (p), by Marcel Theroux; Sunset Over The Cherry Orchard (p), by Jo Thomas; and, Anatomy Of A Scandal (p), by Sarah Vaughan.

Two standouts in the fantasy fiction list include The Story Of Kullervo (p) and The Fall Of Gondolin (l), both by the late JRR Tolkien of The Lord Of The Rings fame.

The first of these is a previously unknown work. It tells of a doomed young man who is sold into slavery and swears revenge on the magician who killed his father. It is being published with the author’s drafts, notes and lecture-essays on its source-work.

In The Fall of Gondolin, two of the greatest powers in the world clash. Morgoth of the uttermost evil is unseen throughout but rules a vast military power from his fortress. His foe is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwe, chief of the Valar. This earliest tale from the First Age was published posthumously in the second volume of The History Of Middle-Earth series by Tolkien’s son, Christopher. In the words of JRR Tolkien, it was ‘the first real story of this imaginary world’. Together with his works Beren and Luthien and The Children of Hurin, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.

Thrillers worth a look from this month’s extensive list for publication include: Fall Down Dead (l), by Stephen Booth; A Close Run Thing (l), by David Donachie; Y Is For Yesterday (p), by Sue Grafton; The Mystery Of Three Quarters (l), an Hercule Poirot story from Sophie Hannah; Earth Storm (p), by Mons Kallentoft; A Measure Of Darkness (l), by Jonathan Kellerman; Broken Ground (l), by Val McDermid; The Psychology Of Time Travel (l), by Kate Mascarenhas; The Way Of All Flesh (l), by Ambrose Parry; In Bloom (p), by CJ Skuse; Lullaby (p), by Leila Slimani; and, Fatal Sunset (p), a Valencia-based Max Camara mystery by Jason Webster.

 

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