The highlight of this month’s new books has to be Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day (14436) by Captain Tom Moore who, sadly, passed away earlier this month. What better way to remember one of our national heroes than to read his enthralling autobiography - from his humble beginnings in Yorkshire to his time in Burma and, finally, his inspirational fundraising efforts during lockdown.
The new books list is also full of crime and thrillers that are guaranteed to keep you strapped to your seats, so take a look and see if your favourite authors are there. Here are a few to tempt you: Ian Rankin, Jane Casey, Sue Grafton, Peter James and Michael Connelly. Plus we have a book of short stories called Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (postal book only), an Agatha Raisin (14378) beautifully narrated by Penelope Keith, and a legal thriller by Mark Gimenez. Forecast to be the ‘next Grisham’ by The Times. Gimenez’s Accused (14431) sees lawyer Scott Fenney embarking on a case where his ex-wife is accused of murdering her partner, the man she left Fenney for.
Meanwhile, Thirteen (14423) a thriller by Steve Cavanagh has been described as ‘outstanding’ by Lee Child and ‘ingenious’ by Michael Connolly, praise indeed. In the murder trial of the century, the serial killer is not the man in the dock but one of the jury, but there’s someone on the trail of the real killer - though time is running out!
One from the list that I’ve already enjoyed is the spine-chilling Pine (14418) by Francine Toon. Set in a small Highland village, young Lauren and her unfathomable father pick up a woman who stumbles out of the pine forest late one night, a woman who, the next morning, has vanished. Another mystery to add to the disappearance of Lauren’s mother ten years ago and a host of secrets harboured by the villagers in this modern gothic tale.
Moving on to books with a medical theme we have Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas (postal book only) by doctor Adam Kay, the follow-up to his bestselling This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor (postal book only), and Christmas for the District Nurses (14372) by Annie Groves: a ‘heart-warming wartime saga’. For a trip around the British Isles, you could join TV historian Neil Oliver, author of A History of Ancient Britain (14338), or you could add some adrenaline to the mix with How not to be a Professional Racing Driver (14403) by Jason Plato, ‘One of the most gifted racing drivers of his generation’ according to Damon Hill.
I can’t finish without mentioning An Inspector Calls (14404), the play by J B Priestly beloved of so many examination boards. And why not, it’s a great story, featuring Francis Barber and Toby Jones in the cast, amongst others.
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