Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Books Archive

Month: August 2015

Ghost Girl

By Lesley Thomson

August 1, 2015

A year after her father’s death, the detective’s daughter inherits a strange new case.

Terry Darnell was a detective with Hammersmith police.  Now his daughter Stella has found a folder of photographs hidden in his cellar.  Why did he take so many pictures of deserted London streets?

Stella is determined to find out.

One photo dates from 1966, to a day when a little girl, just ten years old, witnessed something that would haunt her forever.  As Stella grows obsessed with uncovering the truth, the events of that day begin to haunt her too…

Dog Will Have His Day

By Fred Vargas

August 1, 2015

Keeping watch under the windows of the Paris flat belonging to a politician’s nephew, ex-special investigator Louis Kehlweiler catches sight of something odd on the pavement.

A tiny piece of bone.

Human bone, in fact.

When Kehlweiler takes his find to the nearest police station, he faces ridicule.  Obsessed by the fragment, he follows the trail to the tiny Breton fishing village of Port-Nicolas – in search of a dog.  But when he recruits ‘evangelists’ Marc and Mathias to help, they find themselves facing even bigger game.

Foxglove Summer

By Ben Aaronovitch

August 1, 2015

When two young girls go missing in rural Herefordshire PC Peter Grant is sent out of London to check that nothing supernatural is involved.  It’s purely routine, Nightingale thinks he’ll be done in less than a day.

But Peter’s never been one to walk away from someone in trouble, so when nothing overtly magical turns up he volunteers his services to the local police who need all the help they can get.

But because the universe likes a joke as much as the next sadistic megalomaniac, Peter soon comes to realise that dark secrets underlay the picturesque fields and villages of the countryside and there might just be work for Britain’s most junior wizard after all.

Soon he’s in a vicious race against time in a world where the boundaries between reality and fairy have never been less clear!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

By Katarina Bivald

August 1, 2015

‘There’s always a person for every book.  And a book for every person.’

Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads.  When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time.  But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died.  Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.

But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone.  For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too.  In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

The Green Road

By Anne Enright

August 1, 2015

A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them.

The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined, in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns.  In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds.  Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

Anne Enright is addicted to the truth of things.  Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing – who can show us the million splinters of her characters’ lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.

Luckiest Girl Alive

By Jessica Knoll

August 1, 2015

You can run from your past, but the truth will always find you.

Ani FaNelli is the woman you love to hate.  The woman who has it all.  But behind the meticulously crafted persona lies the darkest of pasts.

When a documentary producer invites Ani to tell her side of the chilling and violent incident that took place when she was a teenager, she hopes it will be an opportunity to prove how far she’s come since then.  She’ll even let the production company film her wedding to the wealthy Luke Harrison, the final step in her transformation.

But as the wedding and filming converge, Ani’s immaculate façade begins to crack, and she soon realizes that there’s always a price to pay for perfection.

The Children Act

By Ian McEwan

August 1, 2015

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court.  She is renowned for her fierce intelligence exactitude and sensitivity.  But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife.  There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes.  Time is running out.  Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith?  In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy.  Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

No Cure for Love

By Peter Robinson

August 1, 2015

He’s watching her on TV.  He’s watching her in real life.

In 1990’s Hollywood, the beautiful star of a hit TV cop show is being sent strange letters.

At first, Sarah Broughton dismisses the letters as the ramblings of a lonely fan.  But when the letters take on a disturbing tone and Sarah discovers a body in the sand outside her Malibu beach house, the experts are brought in.

Working as a detective in the LAPD Threat Management Unit, Arvo Hughes has seen it all before: stalkers, love obsessionals, erotomaniacs – willing to kill themselves and their supposed love objects over their devotion.  He knows the language they use and the patterns they follow.

But there is no pattern to follow here.  Dealing with a highly unpredictable but extremely violent killer, Arvo feels certain Sarah’s stalker must have met her before.  And with the squeaky-clean star doing all she can to keep memories of a shady history locked away, Arvo must delve into her past himself.

Close Your Eyes

By Michael Robotham

August 1, 2015

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing.  Someone is coming.  They’re going to find me.

A mother and her teenage daughter are found murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her prince.  Reluctantly, clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin is drawn into the investigation when a former student, calling himself ‘the Mindhunter’, jeopardises the police inquiry by leaking details to the media and stirring up public anger.

With no shortage of suspects, and tempers beginning to fray, Joe discovers links between these murders to a series of brutal attacks where the victims have been choked unconscious and had the letter ‘A’ carved into their foreheads.

As the case becomes ever more complex, Joe’s fate, and the fate of those closest to him, become intertwined with a merciless, unpredictable killer …

The pulse-pounding new thriller from Michael Robotham, one of the greatest crime authors writing today.

The Chimes

By Anna Smaill

August 1, 2015

A boy stands by the roadside on his way to London, alone in the rain.

No memories, beyond what he can hold in his hands at any given moment.

No directions, as written words have long since been forbidden.

No parents – just a melody that tugs at him, a thread to follow.  A song that says if he can just get to the capital, he may find some answers about what happened to them.

The world around Simon sings, each movement a pulse of rhythm, each object weaving its own melody, music ringing in every drop of air.

Welcome to the world of The Chimes.  Here, life is orchestrated by a vast musical instrument that renders people unable to form new memories.  The past is a mystery, each new day feels the same as the last, and before is blasphemy.

But slowly, inexplicably, Simon is beginning to remember.  He emerges from sleep each morning with a pricking feeling, a sense there is something he urgently has to do.  In the city Simon meets Lucien, who has a gift for hearing, some secrets of his own, and a theory about the danger lurking in Simon’s past.

A stunning debut composed of memory, music, love and freedom, The Chimes pulls you into a world that will captivate, enthral and inspire.

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