WOMEN WRITERS take centre stage in the latest selection of new titles added to the Library shelves. We have offerings from Catherine Isaac, Joanna Cannon, and Leila Slimani, together with a joint effort by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
VAL McDERMIND’S latest addition to her series of thrillers featuring DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill, characters who featured in the hugely popular ITV1 series, Wire in the Blood, is among the new titles added to the Library shelves this month.
There’s more from the thriller genre, with new offerings from Simon Kernick, Mari Hannah and Jane Corry, while our DVD spot highlights Taboo, an eight-part BBC historical series featuring Tom Hardy, honoured by the Queen in the 2018 Birthday Honours with a CBE for services to drama.
by Val McDermind
A QUIET NIGHT on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver’s seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident.
And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer. Someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice.
by Simon Kernick
DENNIS MILNE is a former cop and part-time assassin. He kills the bad guys – people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. Now he’s in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who’s made deadly enemies.
DI Tina Boyd is in Manila, hunting down the man responsible for the death of her lover. She knows he’s dangerous. She knows he’s ruthless. But she’s determined to bring him to justice – even if it kills her.
Two cops with pasts that haunt them – and a present that could see them both dead. They are about to meet. When they do, it’s payback time.
by Mari Hannah
ALEX ARRIVES HOME from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared.
It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver. Stone has returned to his roots with 15 years’s experience in the Met. Oliver is local, a third-generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back.
But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.
The Dead Ex
by Jane Corry
VICKI’S HUSBAND DAVID once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress.
So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.
What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?
JAMES KEZIAH DELANEY (Tom Hardy) is a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa in 1814 to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself.
But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice and with enemies lurking in every dark corner James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death.
FORMER US PRESIDENT Bill Clinton is jointly credited with best-selling author James Patterson in one of the highlighted new titles just added to the Library shelves, along with offerings from Robert Crais, Liz Lawler and Gail Honeyman.
by Robert Crais
WHEN ELVIS COLE is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case – until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defence contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives.
Meanwhile, LAPD officer Scott James and his patrol dog, Maggie, enter an abandoned building to, locate a dangerous thief, only to discover far more than they expected. soon, Scott and Maggie find themselves targeted and, as their case intertwines with Elvis and Joe’s, they join forces to find the missing woman, not only before she is killed but before the same fate happens to one of them.
Don’t Wake Up
by Liz Lawler
ALEX TAYLOR WAKES UP tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn’t a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable but when Alex re-awakens, she’s unharmed – and no one believes her horrifying story.
Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim….
The President Is Missing
by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
‘CLINTON’S INSIDER SECRETS and James Patterson’s storytelling genius make this the political thriller of the decade,’ says Lee Child.
The Presidents disappears. The world is in shock. But the reason he’s missing is much worse then anyone can imagine. When details only a president could know, and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver it’s a ‘bullet train of a thriller.’
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
ELEANOR OLIPHANT LEADS a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except sometimes everything…
Peaky Blinders Series Four
WHEN TOMMY SHELBY receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve he realises that his entire family is in danger of annihilation. As the enemy closes in, Tommy flees his country house and heads to the only safe place he knows…
In May of this year, with this gritty drama series a big winner at the BAFTA TV Awards, series creator Steven Knight confirmed his "ambition of making it a story of a family between two wars, and by ending it with the first air raid siren in Birmingham", which was 25 June 1940. He said it would take another three series, making seven in all) to complete the story up to that point.
NEW TO the shelves of the Library this month are a collection of titles that take us from the swamps of Ohio to pre-war Paris, taking in Scotland along the way, as Tracy Chevalier, Clare Dyer, Kate Furnival and Jenny Colgan give us their take on family, love, secrets and redemption.
SUMMER is almost upon us, a time to relax beside the pool with a good book in one hand and a long cool drink in the other.
As a consequence, this month’s reviews have more than their fair share of romance and the feel-good factor. We also have a number of titles from Richard and Judy’s summer selection and as always a variety of authors and subjects, introducing new writers alongside some rather more established favourites.