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After exposing the machinations within an amateur dramatics group in her bestselling debut novel The Appeal, Janice Hallett turns her attention to the sinister side of classic children’s literature in The Twyford Code. While Hallett revamped the epistolary novel format with The Appeal by telling the story entirely through texts, emails and other documents, she
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Ann Patchett’s new essay collection, These Precious Days, reinforces what many longtime fans like best about her writing: its levelheaded appraisal of what is good in the world. In one essay, she describes a photo of herself as “joyful.” She had given this photo to the Academy of Arts and Letters when she was inducted,
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There’s surprisingly little information on the internet, outside of highly focused children’s book blogs/social media or publishing catalogs, about board books. It’s not a huge market, and though some libraries hold them on shelves, not all of them do. It’s not as profitable a format as picture books are, and more, many board books are
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I’ve used only two bookmarks the majority of my adult reading life. One is a wooden bookmark from a former boss who picked it up for me in Tasmania — it smells like the native Australian tree it came from. The other is a metal bookmark I saw in a store while traveling and, thanks
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Former newspaper journalist Emma Christie is a crime author whose reputation is growing. Her first novel, The Silent Daughter, was close to winning a number of awards in 2021 and her second, Find Her First, is another wonderful read. It can be described as a crime thriller, which it is, or a murder mystery, which
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ITV and West Road Pictures have started shooting Ridley, a new crime drama set in the North of England starring Adrian Dunbar – known to many as Superintendent Ted Hastings from the hit series Line of Duty. Starring in the title role, Dunbar plays a retired detective returning to the police in a consultancy role
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It’s 1919. The guns of the Great War are silent and everything is getting back to normal after four years of absolute hell. Or is it? Well no, not really. In the battlefields of northern France volunteers are working their way through the brutalised and still hazardous landscape, searching for the remains of the fallen.
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Best known to crime fiction lovers for his starring roles in the likes of Sherlock and Fargo, Martin Freeman is stepping into very different shoes for The Responder, written by author Tony Schumacher and set in Liverpool, which launches on BBC One at 9pm on 24 January. Freeman plays Chris, described as “…a crisis-stricken, morally
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The American mystery writer Dean Koontz returns, and he’s created an enigmatic new protagonist – but that’s not all we’ve got for you in our new books report this week. Another returnee is British writer Louise Welsh along with her Glaswegian auctioneer Rilke, and there are some new names on our radar too including Danya
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Translated by Mike Mitchell — Basel CID Inspector Peter Hunkeler, first seen in translation in last year’s The Basel Killings, is stuck in traffic on his way to the train station. The Basel police department has received a tip off from their German counterparts that a mule is bringing a cache of diamonds into Switzerland
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Welsh crime fiction is looking forward to a big boost in 2022 with the Gwyl Crime Cymru Festival in Aberystwyth at the end of April, and The Engine House by Rhys Dylan is a good choice if you want to be transported to the wet, windswept and moody climate of rural West Wales. The setting
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Gold standard Outback noir from the rich opal fields of barren northern Queensland, Australia. Chris Hammer’s new stand alone tale may well be his best writing to date and that’s saying something as it follows his engrossing and original Scrublands trilogy. Like those doorstop novels, Opal Country is epic in scale but it’s also a
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If gritty police procedurals are your crime fiction fix, then maybe it’s time to add Marrisse Whittaker to that ever-growing list of authors to explore. Set in the North East of England, The Devil’s Line is her follow up to The Magpie, which was shortlisted for The Lindisfarne Prize for Outstanding Debut Crime Fiction in
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Welcome to our first crime fiction new books roundup of 2022, where we start off with two historical crime novels – one about a girl and one about a boy. Anna Mazzola’s The Clockwork Girl is highly anticipated and looks positively charming… in a creepy kind of way. The Burning Boy by Nicola White, on
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Kai Harris’ debut novel is a stirring story of a transformative summer for a Black girl growing up in 1990s Michigan. What the Fireflies Knew drops us directly into the mind of 10-year-old Kenyatta, known as KB, who has discovered her father’s dead body in the garage of their home on a “dead-end street” in
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One of the key findings from a new study by the Pew Research Center shows that 30% of Americans now read ebooks, up from 25% in 2019. The number of those who read a print book stayed the same in that time period, while audiobook reading increased from 20% to 23%. The Pew Research Center
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Debut fiction author Hiawatha Bray draws on his deep knowledge and experience in writing this highly entertaining techno-thriller set mostly in Boston. Like Bray himself, his protagonist, Weldon Drake, is a technology reporter for a leading newspaper, and both are deacons in an African-American Baptist Church. Late one night, MIT graduate student Astrid Nelson is
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Lan Samantha Chang’s fourth book, the terrific novel The Family Chao, draws inspiration from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, in which three brothers struggle against their father’s tyrannical behavior. Instead of 19th-century Russia, Chang’s dialogue-driven novel is set in contemporary Haven, a small town in Wisconsin where larger-than-life patriarch Leo Chao and his wife, Winnie,
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A.L. Zuniga’s ‘’Vvardenfell,‘’ is the first installment of his trilogy The Elder Scrolls – Žaneta’s Chronicles published in July 2020. And like its lofty christening suggests, it’s epic fantasy. The plot follows a humanoid entity called Žaneta, searching for her children after a brutal home invasion on her island, leaving her husband dead and the
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