By Keigo Higashino
'Clever and charming' Sunday Times'An intriguing mashup of police procedural and golden age puzzle mystery' Guardian'Mesmerising' Spectator Newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyoichiro Kaga is assigned to a baffling murder . . .Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn't long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman's past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer. This is the second appearance in English of Police detective Kyochiro Kaga, the protagonist of the critically acclaimed Malice.
No Need for Geniuses
By Steve Jones
Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today's physics, chemistry and biology. They were true revolutionaries: agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. Many had an astonishing breadth of talents. The Minister of Finance just before the upheaval did research on crystals and the spread of animal disease. After it, Paris's first mayor was an astronomer, the general who fought off invaders was a mathematician while Marat, a major figure in the Terror, saw himself as a leading physicist. Paris in the century around 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope. The metre replaced the yard and the theory of evolution came into being. The city was saturated in science and many of its monuments still are. The Eiffel Tower, built to celebrate the Revolution's centennial, saw the world's first wind-tunnel and first radio message, and first observation of cosmic rays.Perhaps the greatest Revolutionary scientist of all, Antoine Lavoisier, founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and much improved gunpowder manufacture. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him - and many other researchers - claimed that 'the Revolution has no need for geniuses'. In this enthralling and timely book Steve Jones shows how wrong this was and takes a sideways look at Paris, its history, and its science, to give a dazzling new insight into the City of Light.
New Life: An Anthology For Parenthood
By Sally Emerson
New Life, An Anthology for Parenthood takes the reader through the big dipper emotions of parenthood - the joy, the puzzlement, the wonder, the comedy. It captures the love and the moments of despair. Contemporary voices mix with the great names of literature - from Dickens to Sylvia Plath - to record their sense of wonder. But also the nameless women who have sung to their children night after night in countries far and near contribute ravishing lullabies. It contains love songs to sing to the baby and games to play. Baby love, post-natal depression, the joy, the bad and good advice, and the sadness, it is all here. This is the book you will need in the still watches of the night to help you understand and appreciate this period of your life that will never return. It is a perfect collection for all new parents.