Saturday, 31 August 2013

'Beauty's Daughter: The Story of Hermione and Helen of Troy' by Carolyn Meyer

Release date: 8th October 2013
Published by: Hmh Books for Young Readers
ISBN No: 978 0544108622

What is it like to be the daughter of the most beautiful woman in the world? Hermione knows . . . her mother is Helen of Troy, the famed beauty of Greek myth. Helen is not only beautiful but also impulsive, and when she falls in love with charming Prince Paris, she runs off with him to Troy, abandoning her distraught daughter. Determined to reclaim their enchanting queen, the Greek army sails for Troy. Hermione stows away in one of the thousand ships in the fleet and witnesses the start of the legendary Trojan War. In the rough Greek encampment outside the walls of Troy, Hermione's life is far from that of a pampered princess. Meanwhile, her mother basks in luxury in the royal palace inside the city. Hermione desperately wishes for the gods and goddesses to intervene and end the brutal war--and to bring her love. Will she end up with the handsome archer Orestes, or the formidable Pyrrhus, leader of a tribe of fierce warriors? And will she ever forgive her mother for bringing such chaos to her life and the lives of so many others?

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'A Liverpool Legacy' by Anne Baker

Release date: 21st November 2013
Published by: Headline
ISBN No:  978 0755399598

Set in Liverpool at the end of the Second World War, Anne Baker's latest saga will move you to tears of sadness and joy.

On a spring day in 1947, Millie and Pete Maynard take their daughter Sylvie on a boat trip that is to end in tragedy. Poor Sylvie blames herself for the accident and Millie needs all her strength to comfort her children and overcome her grief. Then Pete's will is read and further heartache lies in store...

Meanwhile, Pete's younger brother and his good-for-nothing sons try to take control of the family business, but they've underestimated Millie's indomitable spirit. She's worked in Maynard's perfume laboratory for eighteen years and is determined to protect her husband's legacy no matter what obstacles are thrown in her way...

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'Knights of the Hawk' by James Aitcheson

Release date: 24th October 2013
Published by: Preface Publishing
ISBN No: 978 1848093225

AUTUMN, 1071. The struggle for England has been long and brutal. Now, however, five years after the fateful Battle of Hastings, only a determined band of rebels in the Fens stand between King William and absolute conquest.

Tancred, a proud and ambitious knight, is among the Normans marching to crush them. Once lauded for his exploits, his fame is now fading. Embittered by his dwindling fortunes and by the oath shackling him to his lord, he yearns for the chance to win back his reputation through spilling enemy blood.

But as the Normans' attempts to assault the rebels' island stronghold meet with failure, the King grows increasingly desperate. With morale in camp failing, and the prospect of victory seeming ever more distant, Tancred's loyalty is put to the test as never before.

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'Day of the Angel' by Irina Muravyova

Release date: 15th September 2013
Published by: Thames River Press 
ISBN No: 978 1783080120

'Day of the Angel' follows the fates and fortunes of three generations of the Ushakov family, members of the Russian emigre community living in Paris following the Revolution. Against the historical background of totalitarian terror, famine and war, depicted in harrowing detail as an epic struggle between the powers of good and evil, the family becomes swept up in a tide of events largely beyond their control. Interspersed with extracts from relatives' diaries and letters, together with contemporary documentary accounts of the great famine, Dmitry Ushakov must find inner peace and a way to love amidst the chaos of his life.

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'Sibyls: Prophecy and Power in the Ancient World' by Jorge Guillermo

Release date: 31st October 2013
Published by: Overlook Press
ISBN No: 978 1468306842

From myth to myth, and over thousands of years, few archetypes have so captured the imaginations of readers as that of the Sibyl. Sibyls--from the Greek word for prophetess--commanded a remarkable amount of respect and devotion in the ancient world for their ability to foretell the future. And even as they receded from myths and stories, they remained an inspiration to many of history's greatest artists. In his definitive and erudite book, Jorge Guillermo tracks the story of Sibyls through polytheism (in Greece and Rome), paganism, and into the seemingly disparate tenets of Christianity. With a remarkably rich set of historical and artistic examples that range from Homer to Virgil, from Boccaccio to Michelangelo, Guillermo pays tribute to the surprising and enduring history of these singular women.

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Thursday, 29 August 2013

'A Gift to Remember' by Melissa Hill

Release date: 24th October 2013
Published by: Simon and Schuster Ltd
ISBN No: 978 1471127618

Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man… literally. One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with owner, Aiden. As she discovers the mysterious stranger's world of books, travel, adventure and all the wonderful things she's ever dreamt about, Darcy builds a picture of this man and wonders if he could be THE ONE… But does fantasy match reality? What happens when Prince Charming wakes up? Will Aiden be the happy ever after she's always imagined?

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'The Coast and the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America' by Linda S. Ferber

Release date: 30th October 2013
Published by: D Giles Ltd
ISBN No:  978-1907804311

This colourful volume presents over 50 of the best American marine paintings and artefacts from the New-York Historical Society's impressive maritime art collection. The works range in date from 1750 to 1940, and include paintings by Thomas Birch, John Frederick Kensett and Charlton T. Chapman, and objects such as scrimshaws and navigational instruments. An essay by curator Linda S. Ferber places the works within their wider historical and cultural narrative. The works are arranged in nine thematic sections, covering a range of subjects, including the Anglo-Dutch tradition in American marine art; the War of 1812 with its great sea battles and heroes; romantic and idealised visions of the sea; the merchant marine and maritime trade; views of the Hudson River and the great Port of New York; Gilded Age nostalgia for the great age of sail, with its clipper ships and majestic wind-jammers; and maritime art and crafts.

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'Dreams to Sell' by Anne Douglas

Release date: 31st October 2013
Published by: Severn House Publishers Ltd
ISBN No: 978 0727883308

1949. Attractive and spirited Roz Rainey, who lives in post-war Edinburgh with her widowed mother, her sister and her brother, enjoys working in a lawyer's property office where she dreams, not of love, but of one day having a beautiful house of her own. After all, why shouldn't she be ambitious? Until the unexpected happens when she falls in love with her new boss, the charming Jamie Shield. Full of happiness, it seems as though a blissful future beckons for Roz. Fate, however, has other ideas ...Roz will have to face heartbreak for herself and her family, and even danger, before she can learn the lessons of life and come through her trials to find true love.

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'Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune' by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell

Release date: 10th September 2013
Published by: Ballantine Books
ISBN No: 978 0345534521

When Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a grand home for sale, unoccupied for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through a surprising portal into American history. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Though she owned palatial homes in California, New York, and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Why were her valuables being sold off? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money?
Dedman has collaborated with Huguette Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few relatives to have frequent conversations with her. Dedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in reverse: the bright, talented daughter, born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside world.
Huguette was the daughter of self-made copper industrialist W. A. Clark, nearly as rich as Rockefeller in his day, a controversial senator, railroad builder, and founder of Las Vegas. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a world-renowned Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she devoted her wealth to buying gifts for friends and strangers alike, to quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to guarding the privacy she valued above all else.
The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguette who was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic.
Empty Mansions reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious Huguette and her intimate circle. We meet her extravagant father, her publicity-shy mother, her star-crossed sister, her French boyfriend, her nurse who received more than $30 million in gifts, and the relatives fighting to inherit Huguette’s copper fortune. Richly illustrated with more than seventy photographs, Empty Mansions is an enthralling story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

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'Taste of Darkness' by Maria V.Snyder

Release date: 31st December 2013
Published by: Mira Books
ISBN No: 978 0778315858

She's fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears? Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he's gone forever. But there's a more immediate theat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry's healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision....

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

'Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Romans But Were Afraid to Ask' by Peter Jones

Release date: 5th September 2013
Published by: Atlantic Books
ISBN No: 978 1848879034

The Romans left a long-lasting legacy and their influence can still be seen all around us - from our calendar and coins, to our language and laws - but how much do we really know about them? Help is at hand in the form of Veni, Vidi, Vici, which tells the remarkable, and often surprising, story of the Romans and the most enduring empire in history. Fusing a lively and entertaining narrative with rigorous research, Veni, Vidi, Vici breaks down each major period into a series of concise nuggets that provide a fascinating commentary on every aspect of the Roman world - from plebs to personalities, sauces to sexuality, games to gladiators, poets to punishments, mosaics to medicine and Catullus to Christianity. Through the twists and turns of his 1250-year itinerary, Peter Jones is a friendly and clear-thinking guide. In this book he has produced a beguiling and entertaining introduction to the Romans, one that vividly brings to life the people who helped create the world we live in today.

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Trip To Turkey 2013 (3)

The final set of pictures from my recent trip to Turkey. These are best viewed in full picture mode. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as enjoyed taking them!

The Temple of Artemis. A stork has found a great place to nest on top of the column!

Figurine outside the House of the Virgin Mary.

The House of the Virgin Mary

Some of the mineral pools at Pamuakkle

View of the valley below the mineral pools.

Roman theatre on the site at Herophilus.

Avenue to the ancient site at Asklepion.

A 'therapeutic' tunnel at Asklepion site. When you walk through the tunnel you can hear the trickling of water. Very relaxing. Nothing today 'is new'!


Some of the remains of a building at Pergamon

Theatre at Pergamon

Jeep safari through the National Park.

Dusty and wet turned out to be the order of the day!

Ancient abandoned monastery found in the forest.

Pit stop for lunch in the shade.

A great outdoor kitchen to barbecue behind!

You could see the Greek Islands out to sea from this view point in the mountains.

 Finished off the jeep safari with a swim in the sea at Long Beach!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

'Panic' by Lauren Oliver

Release date: 6th March 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:  978 1444723021

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a poor town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them-and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

In this gritty, spellbinding novel, bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping narrative of friendship, courage, survival, and hope.

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'The King's Deception' by Steve Berry

Release date: 21st November 2013
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444740844

There is a secret from our history - 500 years old - startling in its revelations and devastating in its political impact. A secret that has, thankfully, stayed hidden.
Until now.

Former Justice Department agent, Cotton Malone, travels to England and finds himself caught in a dark conspiracy born long ago, in the time of the Tudors.

Now both the CIA and MI6 seem to be competing to uncover the mystery and, for Malone, supposedly on holiday with his son, Gary, it's not just the action which comes thick and fast. When Gary disappears, Malone is forced into a race against time, as he battles to decipher a puzzle that leads him from the Middle Temple to the chapel at Windsor Castle, from an Oxford college to the sewers beneath Hampton Court.

With assassins, traitors, spies, and dangerous disciples of a secret society closing in, Malone discovers that the solution to the mystery will not only draw him into a lethal trap, but force him closer to his own troubling past. And a shocking revelation.

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'The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood' by Irving Finkel

Release date: 30th January 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1444757071

In THE ARK BEFORE NOAH, British Museum expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on a 4,000 year old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah's Ark myth. A world authority on the period, Dr Finkel's enthralling real-life detective story began with a most remarkable event at the British Museum - the arrival one day in 2008 of a single, modest-sized Babylonian cuneiform tablet - the palm-sized clay rectangles on which our ancestors created the first documents. It had been brought in by a member of the public and this particular tablet proved to be of quite extraordinary importance. Not only does it date from about 1850 BC, but it is a copy of the Babylonian Story of the Flood, a myth from ancient Mesopotamia revealing among other things, instructions for building a large boat to survive a flood. But Dr Finkel's pioneering work didn't stop there. Through another series of enthralling discoveries he has been able to decode the story of the Flood in ways which offer unanticipated revelations to readers of THE ARK BEFORE NOAH.

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'The Curse of Babylon' by Richard Blake

Release date: 2nd January 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No:978 1444709742

615 AD. A vengeful Persian tyrant prepares the final blow that will annihilate the Empire.

Aelric - the young adventurer from England - is now almost as powerful as the Emperor. Seemingly without opposition, he dominates the vast and morally bankrupt city of Constantinople. One step at a time, in his fortified palace, he is pushing forward reforms that are the Roman Empire's only hope of survival, and perhaps restoration to wealth and greatness.

But his domestic enemies are only waiting for their moment to strike back. And the world's most terrifying military machine is assembling in secret beyond the mountains of the eastern frontier.

The plot to destroy the English upstart begins with an ancient and apparently accursed Babylonian treasure - and continues with kidnap, revolution and a brutal invasion.

Can Aelric overcome his greatest challenge yet? Can he call on new and unexpected forces to save the Empire? And can he find a personal happiness that has so far eluded him?

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'Creative Writing Masterclass - Developing Characters: Teach Yourself' by Irving Weinman

Release date: 28th March 2014
Published by: Hodder and Stoughton
ISBN No: 978 1471804465

A guide to building characterization for writers who want - or need - to go further, this is an ideal course for the person who doesn't have the time or money to attend an advanced fiction writing workshop. It uses a unique interactive Workshop method to engage the writer with their material, editing and redrafting your characters and their contexts to take your work to the next level. With support, advice and inspiration from a leading and respected creative writing tutor, this is an essential book for you if you know you need to polish and hone your manuscript prior to attempting publication.

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Monday, 26 August 2013

'Ghost Hawk' by Susan Cooper

Release date: 29th August 2013
Published by: Bodley Head
ISBN No: 978 1782300007

In the winter of his eleventh year, Little Hawk goes deep into the forest, where he must endure a three month test of solitude and survival, which will turn him into a man. But outside the woods, the world is changing. English settlers are landing on the shores of the New World, and tensions between native tribes and the invaders are rising. Little Hawk's fate becomes irreversibly entwined with that of John, a young English boy who dares to question intolerance. He is witness to a secret murder - will he now be witness to bloodshed between nations?

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'The Melody of Secrets' by Jeffrey Stepakoff

Release date: 19th November 2013
Published by: Thomas Dunne Books 
ISBN No: 978 1250001092

Jeffrey Stepakoff's" The Melody of Secrets" is an epic love story set against the 1960s U.S. space program, when deeply-buried secrets could threaten not just a marriage, but a country. Maria was barely eighteen as WWII was coming to its explosive end. A brilliant violinist, she tried to comfort herself with the Sibelius Concerto as American bombs rained down. James Cooper wasn't much older. A roguish fighter pilot stationed in London, he was shot down during a daring night raid and sought shelter in Maria's cottage. Fifteen years later, in Huntsville, Alabama, Maria is married to a German rocket scientist who works for the burgeoning U.S. space program. Her life in the South is at peace, purposefully distanced from her past. Everything is as it should be--until James Cooper walks back into it. Pulled from the desert airfield where he was testing planes no sane Air Force pilot would touch, and drinking a bit too much, Cooper is offered the chance to work for the government, and move himself to the front of the line for the astronaut program. He soon realizes that his job is to report not only on the rocket engines but also on the scientists developing them. Then Cooper learns secrets that could shatter Maria's world...

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'Black and Blue' by Gena Showalter

Release date: 7th November 2013
Published by: Pocket Books
ISBN No: 978 1451671605

He is every woman's fantasy… Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent...and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he's forced to turn to his boss's daughter for help, a woman with even more secrets than Blue. She becomes his only obsession… Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he's decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe-even though he'd rather die than live without her…

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'Churchill's Angels: Wave Me Goodbye' by Ruby Jackson

Release date: 7th November 2013
Published by: Harper
ISBN No: 978 0007506262

She’s packing up her troubles…

When war is declared, four plucky girls from Dartford, Grace, Sally, Rose and Daisy, are keen to do their bit on the Home Front. For orphan Grace, it’s a chance to start afresh. She’s always has a soft spot for Sam Petrie, brother of Daisy and Rose and away fighting in some far flung place, but Grace realises that he is in love with their friend Sally, so setting her own feelings aside, she puts her best foot forward.

Proud of her green fingers, Grace signs up for life as a Land Girl. But early morning milking and mucking out from dawn-til-dusk comes as a big shock, life is harder than she expected and even worse, she seems to have ended up on the wrong side of Lady Alice, the formidable owner of the farm.

But Grace is nothing if not determined and though their lives will never be the same, the four girls know they will always have each other to lean on, no matter what the war throws at them…
As the war deepens, each of the girls will face heartache and pain, triumph and tragedy, but their strength and friendship will see them through Britain’s darkest days.

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

'The Outside' by Laura Bickle

Release date: 3rd September 2013
Published by: Hmh Books for Young Readers
ISBN No: 978 0544000131

After a plague of vampires was unleashed in the world, Katie was kicked out of the safe haven of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. She enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two friends and a horse by her side. And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can they be trusted, and are they even people at all? In this sequel to "The Hallowed Ones," it's up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to sacrifice in return?

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'Shadow of the Alchemist: A Medieval Noir' by Jeri Westerson

Release date: 15th October 2013
Published by: Minotaur Books
ISBN No: 978 1250000309

"Creative and enthralling . . . If you enjoy authentic Medieval history combined with modern suspense, this one's for you." --John Lescroart Once a Knight of the Realm, Crispin Guest was stripped of his title and his lands and must now earn his meager living through his wits. With the help of his young apprentice, reformed thief Jack Tucker, Guest is known to certain populations as The Tracker, the man who can find anything--for a price. It is for that reason that Guest is sought out by Nicholas Flamel, an absent-minded alchemist. Both Flamel's wife and his apprentice are missing, and he wants Guest to find them and bring them home. Before he can even begin looking, Guest discovers that Flamel's house has been ransacked. Then Flamel's assistant turns up--dead, hanging from the rafters with a note pinned to his chest by a dagger. It is a ransom note that promises the safe return of his wife in exchange for the Philosopher's Stone, which is reputed to turn lead into gold and create the elixir of life. And the kidnappers aren't the only ones after it. From the highest nobility to Flamel's fellow alchemists, everyone is seeking the stone for themselves. Guest must rescue the missing wife and find the stone before it falls into unworthy hands.

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'Rasputin's Shadow' by Raymond Khoury

Release date: 21st November 2013
Published by: Orion
ISBN No: 978 1409143802

On a cold, bleak day in 1916, a mining pit in Siberia turns into a bloodbath when its miners attack each other, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men - a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar - hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage.

In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly is tasked with a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment's owners, a retired high school teacher and his wife, have gone missing, while a faceless killer is roaming New York City, leaving a trail of death in his wake.

Joined by Russian FSB agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, Reilly's investigation into the old man's identity will uncover a deadly search for a mysterious device whose origins reach back in time to the darkest days of the Cold War and to Imperial Russia and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.

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'The King's Corrodian' by Pat McIntosh

Release date: 19th September 2013
Published by:  C and R Crime
ISBN No: 978 1472101051

'The tale seems very improbable,' Gil Cunningham said. 'How should the Devil enter a religious house and carry off one of its members? 'How indeed? But Arnold Fleming, the widely dislike pensioner, or corrodian, lodged in the Dominican's house in Perth, has vanished from a chamber, and a local knight and his mistress claim to have seen the Devil abroad that very same night. Three of the friars are accused by their fellows of involvement, documents found in Fleming's lodgings suggest he was blackmailing somebody, and when Gil is called in to investigate, he reveals theft, ancient murder - and more recent secrets. Then a body turns up - then a second one. Are these deaths connected to Fleming's disappearance, or to the victim of his blackmailing activities? Gil's questioning uncovers some of the truth, but it is Alys who discovers the answer, with the help of the Dominicans' redoubtable lay-brothers and the priory kitchens.

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

'Horizon (Soul Seekers)' by Alyson Noel

Release date: 19th November 2013
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN No: 978 0312577179

In this breathtaking finale from the "New York Times" bestselling author Alyson Noel, the Soul Seekers' journey draws to an explosive end where all will be revealed. Now that she's gained mastery over her powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire Santos faces her ultimate enemy, the Richters. But on the horizon is a new and even deadlier foe, a powerful prophet determined to help the Richters bring about the end of the world. And even worse, the prophet's daughter is someone painfully close to Daire...Dace's ex-girlfriend, Phyre. With the odds stacked against her and foes at every turn, will Daire survive long enough to create the future she desires with Dace, and will love truly be enough to conquer all?

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'Mrs.Poe' by Lynn Cullen

Release date: 24th September 2013
Published by: Gallery Books
ISBN No: 978 1476702919

A vivid and compelling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in an affair with Edgar Allan Poe at the same time she becomes the unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.It is 1845, and Frances Osgood is desperately trying to make a living as a writer in New York; not an easy task for a woman especially one with two children and a philandering portrait painter as her husband. As Frances tries to sell her work, she finds that editors are only interested in writing similar to that of the new renegade literary sensation Edgar Allan Poe, whose poem, The Raven has struck a public nerve. She meets the handsome and mysterious Poe at a literary party, and the two have an immediate connection. Poe wants Frances to meet with his wife since she claims to be an admirer of her poems, and Frances is curious to see the woman whom Edgar married. As Frances spends more and more time with the intriguing couple, her intense attraction for Edgar brings her into dangerous territory. And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears. As Frances and Edgar s passionate affair escalates, Frances must decide whether she can walk away before it s too late... Set amidst the fascinating world of New York s literati, this smart and sexy novel offers a unique view into the life of one of history s most unforgettable literary figures.

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'The Mayan Secrets' by Clive Cussler

Release date: 7th November 2013
Published by: Michael Joseph
ISBN No: 978 0718177225

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are in Mexico, when they come upon a remarkable discovery--the skeleton of a man clutching an ancient sealed pot, and within the pot, a Mayan book, larger than anyone has ever seen. The book contains astonishing information about the Mayans, about their cities, and about mankind itself. The secrets are so powerful that some people would do anything to possess them--as the Fargos are about to find out. Before their adventure is done, many men and women will die for that book--and Sam and Remi may just be among them.

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