Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Books to Look Forward to From Penguin and Michael Joseph.

When a bloated corpse is found floating in the River Thames the police can at least sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words Dr F Klein...But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect. Unable to convince the police of her innocence, Frieda is forced to make a bold decision in order to piece together the terrible truth before it's too late either for her or for those she loves.  Friday on My Mind is by Nicci French and is due to be published in July 2015.

There are many rumours about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the lost empire of the Solomon king and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and those who venture there do not return. It is cursed. Which is exactly what attracts the attention of husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo. How could they resist? Clues and whispers lead them on a hunt from the Solomons to Australia to Japan, and what they find at the end of the trail is both wonderful and monstrous-and like nothing they have ever seen before...  The Solomon Curse is by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake and is due to be published in September 2015.

What Remains is by Tim Weaver and is due to be published in July 2015.  When all has been
lost what is there left to find? Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins. His failure to find an elusive killer - or even a motive for such a merciless crime - consumed him, his career and his family. Missing person’s investigator David Raker is the only friend Healy has left. The only one who understands that redemption rests on solving these murders. As they reopen the investigation together, Raker learns the hard way how this case breeds obsession - and how an unsolvable puzzle can break even the best detective. Their search will take them down a trail of darkness, unravelling a thread of tragedy spanning years, and will force them to sacrifice everything they have left.

Liar, Liar is by M J Arlidge and is due to be published in September 2015. Faced with yet another ruthless serial killer, one with a penchant for pyromania, DI Helen Grace is an unwilling participant in a race against this new sadistic combatant.

This is a chilling new thriller that gets into the heart and mind of the killer, and the victim...Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a 'Black-Eyed Susans' by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars - or so she thought. Now, decades later the black-eyed Susan’s planted outside Tessa's bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison. Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter's safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it's too late?  Black Eyed Susans is by Julie Heaberlin and is due to be published in August 2015.

Jefferson Hinkley is back. In his role as an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, Jeff is approached by the multi-time champion jockey, Dave Swinton, to discuss the delicate matter of losing races on purpose. Little does Jeff realise that the call would result in an attempt on his life, locked in a sauna with the temperature well above boiling point. Dave Swinton is then found dead, burnt beyond recognition in his car at a deserted beauty spot. The police think it's a suicide but Jeff is not so sure. He starts to investigate the possible races that Swinton could have intentionally lost but discovers instead that others are out to prevent him from doing so, at any cost.  Front Runner is by Felix Francis and is due to be published in September 2015.

Following Stormbird and Trinity this novel will continue through the brutal Civil War that we now know as the Wars of the Roses. Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions clash at the battle of Towton - the single most bloody conflict every fought on British soil. The victorious Edward of York seals his claim to the English throne. Bloodline is by Conn Iggulden and is due to be published in October 2015.

The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily
Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country's future elite. As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession...The picture of Emily that begins to emerge is that of a girl wanted by everyone, but not truly known by anyone. Anyone, that is, except Daniel Shepherd. Her fellow student, ever-faithful friend and the only one who cares. The only one who would do anything for her… Bitter Fruits is by Alice Clark-Platts and is due to be published in July 2015.

The Drowning Ground is the debut novel by James Marrison and is due to be published in August 2015.  A man is found dead near his home with a pitchfork through his neck. When DCI Guillermo Downes is called to the scene he realizes the victim is well known to him. A decade earlier, Downes made a promise to the families of two missing girls that he would find their daughters. Although cleared of any involvement, the dead man had been a suspect in their disappearance. And as the ripples from his death spread through the local community it happens to offer fresh hope that the detective might finally make good on his promise. But as Downes, tormented by his own troubled past, pursues the case alongside a new partner, Sergeant Graves, it soon becomes clear to them both that there's a darkness at the heart of the investigation more dreadful than either could ever have imagined. As past and present bind ever more tightly, Downes and Graves are forced to confront a terrible truth that lies just beneath the surface.

Religion, madness and murder align amongst the teeming spires of Oxford, England, in this terrifying Halloween thriller from Jason Sharp. Perfect for fans of Karen Rose, Richard Montanari, Chris Carter, and Alastair Gunn. Oxford in October: on the outskirts of the city, the mutilated body of a local doctor is found flayed and robed in his own skin. The gruesome crime scene displays religious iconography leading DI Lauren Rose the detective assigned to the case, to University's theology department. Here, Professor Matthew Brask - on exchange from Harvard - identifies the agonies suffered by the victim as identical to those that killed martyred apostle St Bartholomew. A series of unsolved deaths across Europe suggest a murderer with a dangerous religious obsession is on the loose and that the doctor's death is likely only to be the first of a pattern of three. And it's up to Rose and Brask to stop the Halloween Killer... Trick or Treat is the debut novel by Jason Sharp and is due to be published in October 2015.

For a lucky few, death is merely an inconvenience. With the help of technology the mind can survive long after a body has been laid to rest. This afterlife, however, is far from paradise...Making A Living. Rhodes is a 'Husk'. It's an illegal, controversial and highly lucrative job - renting out control of his body and mind to the highest bidder. It's a sure way to gain a better life, but some clients go too far. Sometimes, he wakes up with scars. Making A Killing. Then the visions start - terrible sights that haunt his waking hours. They could be dreams, or they could be something far worse - they just might be memories...  Husk is by J Kent Messum and is due to be published in July 2015.

Only to Die Again is by Patrick Lee and is due to be published in August 2015.  In the dead of night, ex-Special Forces operative Sam Dryden gets a call from an old colleague, desperate for help with a last-minute secret mission.  Together they race to a remote shack, break in, rescue four kidnapped girls, fleeing seconds ahead of the arriving police and FBI.  Only then does Sam Dryden learn the secret behind this mission.  His former team-mate has been working security for an old friend whose company has made a discovery which could change the curse of history.  And there are some very bad people determined to ensure that it goes their way.

My Sunshine Away is the debut novel from M O Walsh, and is due to be published in July 2015. Welcome to Woodland Hills, Louisiana: a place of lush, sweltering summers, neighbourhood cookouts in every backyard and vats of chilled beer under the crepe myrtles. A terrible crime is just about to take place...One day Lindy Simpson cycles home from school and straight into a trap: someone is lying in wait for her, a wire strung between lampposts blocking the path. She is raped just yards from her front door. No one sees a thing and the perpetrator is not caught. Her fourteen year old neighbour has cherished a crush on Lindy, the ultimate girl next door, since they were kids. After her assault he becomes determined to solve the crime, investigating each suspect in the neighbourhood. But before this long, hot summer is out, it will become clear that the friendly community of Woodland Hills has much to hide. Behind every white picket fence in suburbia lies a tangled web of darkness. In his zeal to solve the mystery, the teenage detective stumbles across a sinister world he doesn't recognise, drawing ever closer to a terrifying denouement.

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