Monday, 6 March 2017

'The Bone Witch' by Rin Chupeco


Release date: 7th March 2017
Published by: Sourcebooks
ISBN No: 978 1492635826


Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there's anything I've learned from him in the years since, it's that the dead hide truths as well as the living.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she's a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha--one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles...and make a powerful choice.

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'About Last Night' By Catherine Alliott


Release date: 9th March 2017
Published by: Michael Joseph
ISBN No: 978 0718183615


Molly has moved from London to rural Herefordshire chasing the Good Life. Swapping the tube for the saddle, she is living the country dream.
Apart from it isn't really her dream. It's her husband David's. And David is, well, rather dead now.
Then a distant relative of her late husband kicks the bucket, leaving a London townhouse in her possession, and Molly dares to consider chucking it all in. Quitting the Good Life and going back to her good life.
But there's a problem. A rather tall, handsome problem. In the shape of a man already living in Molly's new house. And when a face appears from her past, Molly is more confused than ever.
Will Molly's London dream replace her muddy reality? Do any of the men in her life really have honourable intentions? And has she said goodbye to country life too soon?

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'The Fix' by David Baldacci


Release date: 20th April 2017
Published by: Macmillan
ISBN No: 978 1447277439


Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix.
Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters , he’s built a life many would be proud of.
But then the unthinkable happens.
Standing outside the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D C, Dabney shoots school teacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood before turning the gun on himself.
One of the many witnesses is Amos Decker; a man who forgets nothing and sees what most miss.
Baffled by what appears to be a seemingly senseless and random killing, Decker is thrust into the investigation to determine what drove this family man to pull the trigger.
As part of an FBI special task force, Decker and the team delve into the lives of Dabney and Berkshire to find a connection that doesn’t seem to exist. What they do find are secrets that stretch back a lifetime and reveal a current plot of impending destruction that will send the world reeling, placing Decker and his team squarely in the cross-hairs.



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'Houses of Power: The Places that Shaped the Tudor World' by Simon Thurley


Release date: 20th April 2017
Published by: Bantam Press
ISBN No: 978 0593074947


What was it like to live as a royal Tudor? Why were their residences built as they were and what went on inside their walls? Who slept where and with who? Who chose the furnishings? And what were their passions?

The Tudors ruled through the day, throughout the night, in the bath, in bed and in the saddle. Their palaces were genuine power houses - the nerve-centre of military operations, the boardroom for all executive decisions and the core of international politics. Houses of Power is the result of Simon Thurley's thirty years of research, picking through architectural digs, and examining financial accounts, original plans and drawings to reconstruct the great Tudor houses and understand how these monarchs shaped their lives. Far more than simply an architectural history - a study of private life as well as politics, diplomacy and court - it gives an entirely new and remarkable insight into the Tudor world.


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'Outdoor Photographer of the Year: Portfolio II' by Ammonite Press


Release date: 18th March 2017
Published by:  Ammonite Press
ISBN  978 1781453049 


Outdoor Photographer of the Year presents a stunning collection of the winning, commended and shortlisted photographs from the 2016 Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition. Featuring over 150 winning, commended and selected images from entrants based all around the world, it captures the magnificent diversity of our planet. The annual competition, organized by Outdoor Photography magazine and now in its sixth year, last year received over 12,000 entries from more than 35 countries. Judged by some of the most respected names in the outdoor photography community, the contest attracts and curates the most inspiring images in adventure, travel, landscape, wildlife and nature. This year's winner will be given the opportunity to photograph the 2017 Fjallraven Polar Expedition, a 300-kilometre dog-sled adventure across the Arctic, through some of the world's wildest and most beautiful scenery. The book is divided into the eight categories of the competition, including At the Water's Edge, Wildlife Insight, Live the Adventure and Spirit of Travel. A breathtaking variety of images is accompanied by detailed captions and technical information, creating a collection of extreme environments and exceptional photography that will inspire outdoor photographers and adventure enthusiasts alike.


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Sunday, 5 March 2017

'Midnight Jewel' by Richelle Mead


Release date: 1st May 2017
Published by: Razorbill
ISBN No: 978 1595148438


Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they've only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it's simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free. 

Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she's discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency--and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms--and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into an elusive case. But the case isn't all they're fighting... 
Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them--an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira's worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?


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'The Queen of Wishful Thinking' by Milly Johnson


Release date: 9th March 2017
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
ISBN No:978 1471163791 


When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his  wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?


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'House of Names' by Colm Tóibín


Release date: 18th May 2017
Published by: Viking
ISBN No: 978 0241257685


'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.'
On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice.
His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory.
Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family - mother, brother, sister - on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act.
House of Names is a story of intense longing and shocking betrayal. It is a work of great beauty, and daring, from one of our finest living writers.



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'Etched in Bone' by Anne Bishop


Release date: 9th March 2017
Published by: Roc
ISBN No: 978 0451474490


After the Elders reclaimed many human towns, Lakeside Courtyard emerged relatively unscathed. Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and prophet Meg Corbyn must still work with the human pack to maintain the peace. But their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery's shady brother arrives. With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end - with her standing beside a grave...


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'Orange Blossom Days' by Patricia Scanlan


Release date: 9th March 2017
Published by: Simon and Schuster UK
ISBN No: 978 1471151125


In a beautiful southern Spanish town, where the sea sparkles and orange blossoms scent the air, the gates of a brand new apartment complex, La Joya deAndalucía, glide open to welcome the new owners. 

Anna and Austen MacDonald, an Irish couple, are preparing to enjoy their retirement to the full. But the demands of family cause problems they have never foreseen and shake their marriage to the core.  

Sally-Ann Connolly Cooper, a feisty Texan mother of two young teenagers, is reeling from her husband’s infidelity. La Joya becomes a place of solace for Sally-Ann, in more ways than one.

Eduardo Sanchez, a haughty Madrileño, has set out with single-minded determination to become El Presidente of the complex’s management committee. But pride comes before a fall.

Jutta Sauer Perez, a sophisticated German who aspires to own her very own apartment in La Joya, works hard to reach her goal. Then the unthinkable happens.

As their lives entwine and friendships and enmities develop, it becomes apparent that La Joya is not quite the haven they all expect it to be…


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