Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Books Archive

Month: March 2016

The Gangster

By Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

March 1, 2016

The Perpetrators
It is 1906, and in New York City the Italian crime group known as the Black Hand is on a menacing spree: kidnapping, extortion, arson.

The Investigator
Detective Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Agency is hired to form a special ‘Black Hand Squad’, but the gangsters appear to be everywhere.  So much so that Bell begins to wonder if there are imitator mobs emerging – other criminals using the Black Hand name to further terrorize the city.

Where will it lead?
But then the murders begin, each one of a man more powerful than the last.  Bell knows that copycat or not he’s facing a lethal organisation, and to his dismay their ultimate target may be the most powerful man of all.

Thursday’s Child

By Nicci French

March 1, 2016

Two crimes, generations apart…

Twenty years ago, teenager Frieda Kiein was brutally attacked in her own home.  No one believed her – not the police, not her mother, not her friends.  She left town, trained as a psychologist and never went back.

Now an old classmate has shown up.  She wants help with her daughter, who claims to have been attacked at home.  An attack eerily similar to the one on Frieda.  No one else believes the girl’s story.

Now – with a school reunion in the offing – Frieda returns to the darkness she fled.  To the small town that refused to help her and which hides a terrible secret.  Because someone at the reunion knows what happened.

And they’ll stop at nothing to prevent Frieda discovering the truth…

Find Her

By Lisa Gardner

March 1, 2016

I escaped
My name is Flora Dane and I was kidnapped from a beach on spring break.  I spent 472 days with my captor before I was found.

I survived
I’ve spent the last five years trying to reacquaint myself with the rhythms of my life.  But everything is different.  I’ve had to learn how to protect myself in this dangerous new world.

I’m reckless
There are other predators out there and I’ll do anything to stop them.  Am I a victim or a vigilante?  Detective D.D. Warren doesn’t know.  Sometimes neither do I.

When another girl disappears, I know I have to Find Her, whatever it takes, even if it means putting myself in danger again…

The Dressmaker

By Rosalie Ham

March 1, 2016

In the 1950’s Tilly Dunnage returns to a small Victorian town to care for her mad old mother.  The townspeople drove her away many years ago, and she became an expert dressmaker in Paris.  Now she earns her living by making them exquisite frocks, while planning revenge.

The Dressmaker, a much loved Australian story you’ll never forget.  Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet.

Summer at Mount Hope

By Rosalie Ham

March 1, 2016

“A quirkily engaging comedy of small-town manners.  Set on a Victorian family vineyard in 1894, it’s the sort of provincial novel you might expect if Pride and Prejudice met Steele Rudd’s On Our Selection…
While it’s the social and romantic intrigue that carries the story, it’s Ham’s wickedly black humour and finely researched social observation that deliver the real joy of the book.”
The Australian

“Rosalie Ham’s second novel is as unforgettable and unputdownable as her first, the quirky The Dressmaker…  Ham is a gifted storyteller.  Her ideas are fresh, unusual and entertaining, and result in a marvellous story steeped in an Australia at once recognisable but also new.  There’s not a cliche within cooee.”
The Sun Herald

“Ham introduces an Austenesque cast of captivating characters… Summer at Mount Hope is a passionate tender story because it takes place in a world where sex is not fully described or admitted…”
Australian Book Review

The House on Cold Hill

By Peter James

March 1, 2016

Evil isn’t born it’s built …

Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for Ollie and Caro Harcourt and their twelve-year-old daughter Jade.  But when they view Cold Hill House – a huge, dilapidated Georgian mansion – Ollie is filled with excitement.  Despite the financial strain of the move, he has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child, and he sees Cold Hill House as a paradise for his animal-loving daughter, the perfect base for his web-design business and a terriffic long-term investment.  Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being separated from her friends.

Within days of moving in, it becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren’t the only residents of the house.  A friend of Jade’s is the first to see the spectral woman, standing behind her as the girls talk on FaceTime.  Then there are more sightings, as well as increasingly disturbing occurrences in the house.  As the haunting becomes more malevolent and the house itself begins to turn on the Harcourts, the terrified family discover Cold Hill House’s dark history, and the horrible truth of what it could mean for them …

The Witness

By Simon Kernick

March 1, 2016

I had a simple choice.  Stay here, and almost certainly be discovered or get up and run!

The Witness
When Jane Kinnear sees her lover being murdered, she finds herself in extreme danger.  Taken to an anonymous police safe-house, it soon becomes clear that her lover was an MI5 informant with important information about an imminent terrorist attack.

The Detective
DI Ray Mason of Counter Terrorism Command is a man with a controversial past, but his effectiveness at getting results means that he’s now been given the task of preventing the attack from taking place.  But can he be trusted, and does he know more about the attack than he’s letting on?

The Killer

In the safe-house, Jane is trying to piece together a description of her lover’s killer.  But what she doesn’t know is that the killer has already found out who she is, and where she is hiding.

And now he is coming for her

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