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Books Archive

Month: May 2021

What Abigail Did That Summer (May 2021)

By Ben Aaronovitch

May 18, 2021

Ghost hunter, fox whisperer, troublemaker.

It is the summer of 2013 and Abigail Kamara has been left to her own devices.  This might, by those who know her, be considered a mistake.

While her cousin, police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant, is off in the sticks chasing unicorns, Abigail is chasing her own mystery.  Teenagers around Hampstead Heath have been going missing but before the police can get fully engaged, the teens return home – unharmed but vague about where they’ve been.

Aided only by her new friend Simon, her knowledge that magic is real, and a posse of talking foxes that think they’re spies, Abigail must venture into the wilds of Hampstead to discover who is luring the teenagers and more importantly – why?

The Fine Art of Invisible Detection (May 2021)

By Robert Goddard

May 18, 2021

Umiko Wada has had quite enough drama in her life.  With her husband recently murdered and a mother who seems to want her married again before his body is cold, she just needs to keep her head down.

As a secretary to a private detective, her work life is pleasingly uncomplicated, filled with coffee runs, diary management and paperwork.

That is until her boss takes on a new case.  A case which turns out to be dangerous enough to get him killed.  A case which means Wada will have to leave Japan and travel to London.

Following the only lead she has, Wada quickly realizes that being a detective isn’t as easy as the television makes out.  And that there’s a reason why secrets stay buried for a long time.  Because people want them to stay secret.  And they’re prepared to do very bad things to keep them that way…

The Nothing Man (May 2021)

By Catherine Ryan Howard

May 18, 2021

I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man.  Now I am the woman who is going to catch him…

You’ve just read the opening pages of The Nothing Man, the true crime memoir Eve Black has written about her obsessive search for the ma who killed her family nearly two decades ago.

Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle is reading it too, and with each turn of the page his rage grows.  Because Jim was – is – the Nothing Man.

The more Jim reads, the more he realises how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth.  He knows she won’t give up until she finds him.  He has no choice but to stop her first…

Left You Dead (May 2021)

By Peter James

May 18, 2021

A detective superintendent Roy Grace novel

It this Roy Grace’s most challenging case yet?  A mystery that, for the first time in his career, is leaving him totally confounded.

Most Sundays, Niall and Eden Paternoster like to go for a drive and visit country houses.  She likes to look at them, he likes to dream that one day …

However, most weeks they also end up bickering about something or other.  This particular Sunday he wants to get back to catch the end of the Belgian Grand Prix, while she insisted they stop somewhere to buy cat litter.  Reluctantly, he pulls into the car park of a large supermarket and waits while she dashes in.

He waits.  An waits.  But Eden doesn’t come back out – she’s gone.  When he gets home she’s not there either, and none of their friends or family have heard from her.

A few days later, and vigorously protesting his innocence, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder.  When Roy Grace is called in to investigate Eden’s disappearance, it soon transpires that nothing is as it originally seemed…

Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd. (May 2021)

By Jonas Jonasson

May 18, 2021

Victor Alderheim has a lot to answer for.

Not only has he heartlessly tricked his young ex-wife, Jenny out of her art gallery inheritance, he has also abandoned his son, Kevin, to die in the middle of the Kenyan savanna.

It doesn’t occur to Victor that Kevin might be rescued and adopted by a Maasai medicine man, or that he might be expected to undergo the rituals expected of all new Maasai warriors – which have him running back to Stockholm as fast as you can say ‘circumcision without anaesthetic’.

Back in Stockholm, Kevin’s path crosses with Jenny’s – and they have an awful lot to talk about, not least a shared desire to get even with Victor.  So it’s convenient when they run into a man selling revenge services, who has an ingenious idea involving Victor’s cellar, a goat, some forged paintings, four large boxes of sex toys and a kilo of flour…

The Hunting (May 2021)

By Stephen Leather

May 18, 2021

Can a doctor take lives instead of saving them?

British doctor Raj Patel puts his own life on the line to treat the injured in war-torn Syria.  His medical skills help casualties survive against all the odds.  But Raj needs to rely on a completely different set of skills when he is taken hostage in a dangerous case of mistaken identity.

Billionaire big-game hunter Jon van der Sandt is driven by revenge – his family have been killed by jihadist terrorists and he wants his vengeance up close and personal.  He has hired ex Special Forces hard men to snatch the ISIS killers from the desert and transport them halfway across the world to the vast wilderness of his American estate.

But they grab Raj by mistake, and once the killing begins it’s too late to plead mistaken identity.  To survive, he’ll have to become as ruthless a killer as the man who is hunting him.

The Rose Code (May 2021)

By Kate Quinn

May 18, 2021

1949, Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.

Three very different women – aristocratic Osla, Londoner Mab and shy local girl Beth – are recruited to the mysterious Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes.

1947, London.

Seven years after they first met, on the eve of the royal wedding between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, disaster threatens.  Osla, Mab and Beth – their friendship torn apart by secrets and betrayal – must race against the clock to crack one final code before it’s too late, for them and their country.

A Conspiracy of Bones (May 2021)

By Kathy Reichs

May 18, 2021


A corpse with no hands or face.

A decade-old missing child case, full of buried lies.


A connection between them that only one person can find.  And the more Temperance Brennan uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes.


The End of Men (May 2021)

By Christina Sweeney-Baird

May 18, 2021

Glasgow, 2025.  Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild fever.  Within three hours he dies.  They mysterious illness sweeps through the hospital with deadly speed.  The victims are all men.

This how it begins.

Dr Maclean raises the alarm, but the sickness spreads to every corner of the globe.  Threatening families.  Governments.  Countries.

Can they find a cure before it’s too late?  Will this be the story of the end of the world – or its salvation?

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