By Liza Cody
An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubLiza Cody, author of the Anna Lee and Eva Wylie series, tells a take of modern policing. Bath no longer has a proper police station, so when there is a stabbing, disgruntled officers from the surrounding areas are sent in. Shareen Manasseh breaks away from her old-school Sergeant and goes sleuthing on her own, with the help of some locals.
A Gathering in Hope
By Philip Gulley
Pastor Sam Gardner's congregation has voted to expand their meetinghouse. But before building can commence, the County Environmental Board and the Department of Natural Resources put the quietus on the plan for at least four months. Even worse, the meetinghouse itself must be locked down for as long.A colony of endangered Indiana bats have made the tree beside the meetinghouse, and the meetinghouse attic, their place of hanging, mating, and living, which poses a big problem for the congregation. Aside from the fact that their fanged visitors are engaging in sinful acts on church property, until these bats leave for hibernation, the congregation is left without a gathering place. And when an over-zealous Leonard Fink takes matters into his own hands, he may land Sam in jail.
By Douglas Coupland
Andy, Dag and Claire have been handed a society beyond their means. Twentysomethings, brought up with divorce, Watergate and Three Mile Island, and scarred by the 80s fallout of yuppies, recession, crack and Ronald Reagan, they represent the new generation - Generation X.Fiercely suspicious of being lumped together as an advertiser's target market, they have quit dreary careers and cut themselves adrift in the California desert. Unsure of their futures, they immerse themselves in a regime of heavy drinking and working in no future McJobs in the service industry.Underemployed, overeducated and intensely private and unpredicatable, they have nowhere to direct their anger, no one to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie. So they tell stories: disturbingly funny tales that reveal their barricaded inner world. A world populated with dead TV shows, 'Elvis moments' and semi-disposible Swedish furniture.
Girls on Fire
By Robin Wasserman
'Captivating' Sunday Times 'Will utterly terrify you - in the best way possible' Buzzfeed 'While it is a mystery, the true strength of the novel comes from the honesty of the girls' portrayal' Guardian'A hypnotic debut' Elle 'We couldn't put this one down' Marie Claire This is not a story of bad things happening to bad girls. I say this because I know you, Dex, and I know how you think. I'm going to tell you a story, and this time, it will be the truth. Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed and isolated at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki's boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah befriends new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live and think they are invulnerable.But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything . . .
Gone With the Mind
By Mark Leyner
Dizzyingly brilliant and raucously funny, GONE WITH THE MIND is the story of Mark Leyner's life, told as only Mark Leyner can. In this utterly unconventional novel, Leyner gives a reading in the food court of a mall. Besides Mark's mother and a few employees of fast food chain Panda Express who ask a handful of questions, the reading is completely without audience. The action of this book takes place exclusively at the food court, but the territory covered on these pages has no bounds.Existential, self-aware, and very much concerned with the relationship between a complicated mother and an even more complicated son, Leyner's story--with its bold, experimental structure--is a moving work of genius.
By Carrie Blackford
'Sweetheart, you look like a trainspotter,' says Alex, with a kiss on each cheek for Derek. 'That anorak has to go. You haven't done anything rash have you? Like taking up team sport?'Derek shakes his head. 'It's just been a hell of a week.''Darling, it's only Wednesday.'And Derek's week is about to get much, much worse. He shares a house with his teenage on, still speaks to his ex-wife and enjoys a successful career. But Derek is a man with a secret, and when a large manilla envelope is developed to his home, it looks as though his past is about to catch up with him.Against a background of spiraling mayhem at work, adolescent crisis at home, ambiguous sexual tension and blackmail, how can he possibly survive?
Girl at War
By Sara Novic
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILEYS WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016Growing up in Zagreb in the summer of 1991, 10-year-old Ana Juric is a carefree tomboy; she runs the streets with her best friend, Luka, helps take care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But when civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, football games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire and air raid drills. The brutal ethnic cleansing of Croats and Bosnians tragically changes Ana's life, and she is lost to a world of genocide and child soldiers; a daring escape plan to America becomes her only chance for survival. Ten years later she returns to Croatia, a young woman struggling to belong to either country, forced to confront the trauma of her past and rediscover the place that was once her home.
By Mark Haysom
A heartbreaking and beautifully told short story about the meaning of Christmas, The Gift introduces characters from Mark Haysom's stunning new novel Imagine, available now in ebook and publishing in print in December 2015. Visit Mark's website at: http://mark-haysom.co.uk/ to read an extract from the opening of Imagine and to read about Mark's other work, including Love, Love Me Do which is available now in print and ebook.Praise for Love, Love Me Do:'Haysom's skilful debut ... a highly readable novel with a warm heart' The Independent'In just a word or two, Mark Haysom evokes the pain of a deserted parent or the fear of a little boy' We Love This Book'Love, Love Me Do manages to be both funny and heart-breaking' Good Housekeeping
The Girl in the Road
By Monica Byrne
A young woman called Meena wakes up one morning covered in blood. There are mysterious snakebites across her chest. She knows she's in danger but something has happened to her memory. All she can do is run - but why? And from whom?As Meena plots her escape she hears of the Trail - an extraordinary, forbidden bridge that spans the Arabian sea, connecting India to Africa like a silver ribbon. Its purpose is to harness the power of the ocean - Blue Energy - but it also offers a subculture of travellers a chance for sanctuary and adventure.Convinced the Trail is her salvation, Meena gathers supplies - GPS, a scroll reader, a sealable waterproof pod. And so begins her extraordinary journey - both physical and spiritual - from India to Ethiopia, the home of her birth. But as she runs away from the threat of violence she is also running towards a shocking revelation about her past and her family.'It's transfixing to watch Monica Byrne become a major player in science fiction with her debut novel . . . Beautifully drawn people in a future that feels so close you can touch it, blended with lush language and concerns of myth. It builds a bridge from past to future, from East to West. Glorious stuff' - Neil Gaiman
By Amanda Coe
They were colour-supplement darlings of the 1980s: Patrick, the sexy, ferocious young playwright, scourge of an enthralled establishment, and Sara, who abandoned her two children to fulfil her destiny as Patrick's beautiful, devoted wife and muse.Thirty-five years later, Sara's death leaves Patrick alone in their crumbling house in Cornwall, with his whisky, his writer's block and his undimmed rage against the world. But bereavement is no respecter of life's estrangements, and Sara's children, Louise and Nigel, are now adults, with memories, questions and agendas of their own. What was their mother really like? Why did she leave them? What has she left them? And how can Patrick carry on without the love of his life? Getting Colder is a painfully funny and perceptive novel about family, love, and how sometimes the harder you look, the less you find.
The Glasgow Coma Scale
By Neil D. A. Stewart
When Lynne offers money to a homeless man on Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street she is shocked to recognise Angus, her former art tutor from college. Lynne once revered him, even dreamed of becoming an artist under his tutelage. Now, she works as a supervisor at an insurance call-centre. And as for Angus, he has fallen on even harder times . . .She insists on inviting him to stay at her flat, but just as Angus doesn't go out of his way to explain the reasons for his misfortune, neither is Lynne's insistence on taking him in to her home purely altruistic.The Glasgow Coma Scale is a barbed love letter to the city, a dysfunctional romance, and a story about damage: the kind done unthinkingly, the kind done deliberately, and the worst sort - the harm we do even as we're trying to do 'the right thing'.'Neil Stewart is the kind of writer who appears once in a generation, gifts fully formed. Through the unforgettable duo of Angus and Lynne, he takes us to places where other novels fear to treat, from the perils of life on a park bench through the murky grey areas of love to the ineffable mysteries of art. Compassionate, brave, singing with life, The Glasgow Coma Scale is an outstanding debut from an extraordinary talent.' Paul Murray, author of Skippy Dies
The Girl Who Wasn't There
By Ferdinand von Schirach
Sebastian von Eschburg, scion of a wealthy, self-destructive family, survived his disastrous childhood to become a celebrated if controversial artist. He casts a provocative shadow over the Berlin scene; his disturbing photographs and installations show that truth and reality are two distinct things.When Sebastian is accused of murdering a young woman and the police investigation takes a sinister turn, seasoned lawyer Konrad Biegler agrees to represent him - and hopes to help himself in the process. But Biegler soon learns that nothing about the case, or the suspect, is what it appears. The new thriller from the acclaimed author of The Collini Case, THE GIRL WHO WASN'T THERE is dark, ingenious and irresistibly gripping.
The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies
By Martin Millar
Set in ancient Athens, The Goddess of Buttercups and Daisies is the new book from the celebrated author of The Good Fairies of New York and the Kalix Werewolf series. This is Martin Millar at his best, gently poking fun while tugging at our heart strings, surprising us with sudden and sharp insights into the life of the outsider. It comes complete with a struggling playwright (a little-known bloke called Aristophanes), excess cavorting, an assortment of divinities, the odd Amazon and some truly execrable poetry. Fans of Kalix, here you will find no laudanum but a lot of drinking. No carnage, but plenty of intrigue and danger. And humour (of course). And a love story. And a few very troublesome phalluses.Praise for Martin Millar'These mortals do keep on writing.' - The Goddess Athena 'It's not a bad book, I suppose.' The Poet Luxos (who might have given a more enthusiastic quote if Martin had let him write an introduction to the book LIKE HE PROMISED but unfortunately Martin is a prosaic soul with no true appreciation of lyric poetry)'Is there any more wine?' - Aristophanes
The Girl Who Couldn't Stop Arguing
By Melissa Kite
Madison Flight refuses to be born for five days. She comes out eventually - kicking, screaming, and scarred for life by forceps - but it isn't long before her mother, Cynthia, realises the terrible truth: she has given birth to the world's first arguing baby.Cyntha's husband Mitchell soon takes off in terror, leaving her to raise their quarrelsome rugrat with only the help of the next door neighbour Shirley - a sadistic retired nurse who detests children.Madison's young life is full of proud milestones: at the age of one she breaks the world record for the number of times anyone has said the word 'no' during a two week Spanish package holiday - 4,477 times - and she gets better with practice. Lots of practice.This is the story of a girl who wanted to be right rather than happy. This is the story of the girl who couldn't stop arguing.
The Glass Ocean
By Lori Baker
The Glass Ocean is a story of becoming. Flamehaired, six-foot-two in stocking feet, newly orphaned Carlotta Dell'oro recounts the lives of her parents - solitary glassmaker Leonardo Dell'oro and beautiful, unreachable Clotilde Girard - and discovers in their loves and losses, their omissions and obsessions, the circumstances of her abandonment and the weight of her inheritance. With a master artisan's patience and exquisite craft, debut novelist Lori Baker has created a gemlike Victorian world, a place where mistakes of the past reappear in the future, art can destroy, and family is not to be trusted.
The Golden Hustla
By Wahida Clark
Only New York Times bestselling author Wahida Clark could take street lit to the next level in this incendiary tale of a hustler facing a game more lethal than any 'hood . . She's the star sales associate of a profitable Atlanta "advertising" firm, WMM. She lives for top-of-the-line everything . . . and making enough money to finally reunite with her children. But Nina Coles is an ex-hood-rat in hiding. And no amount of paper can keep her safe from a ruthless FBI agent who's determined to take down the shady company she works for. Now Nina's vicious, greedy boss Rinaldo is defying the feds and endangering everyone to rack up several last scores. Her conniving ex-partner Akil is playing Nina against WMM and the mob to get his hands on the company's multimillion-dollar stash. And sexy undercover cop Rick is proving to be one danger Nina can't figure out-or get enough of. Between betrayal, lies, and murder, Nina must risk everything on one last deadly hustle that almost guarantees winner lose all . . .
A Good Year for the Roses
By Gil McNeil
Newly divorced and struggling to find a way to support her three boys, Molly Taylor is stunned when she inherits Harrington Hall, her late aunt's beloved yet dilapidated bed and breakfast. But does she really want to take over a three-hundred-year-old manor house on the Devon coast where the only thing that doesn't need urgent attention is the beautiful rose garden?Once she gets over the initial shock, Molly is ready dive right in, but the universe has other plans: she must first overcome the needs of her eccentric uncle (and his pet parrot), the ambitions of her conniving brother, and the disquiet of her three sons. Not to mention an unexpected chance at new love. Nothing is going according to plan - and then Harrington begins to work its magic and the roses start to bloom . . . Charming, uplifting and highly entertaining, A Good Year for the Roses is a story for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting over. Wonderfully warm and witty, it will have you smiling until you turn the very last page.
By Joyce Mandeville
Wall Street crashes in New York and the world is reeling - but all Glory is worried about is the drunken priest and why fat Aunt Flo is always upset. But when Glory goes into the woods one day with her best friend Pammy, something happens. Something terrifying, which leaves Pammy convinced that the Virgin Mary has saved them. Glory isn't so sure, but she asks the Virgin for a miracle anyway. And gets it: a pair of much-desired 'Mary Jane' shoes. Soon miracles are happening two-a-penny: the drunken priest dries out, Aunt Flo gets her wish and her mother develops strange powers. But the story soon gets out and, once the dead town starts to thrive again, problems emerge . . .Curious, quirky and magical, this is a novel of childhood, belief and love set in the heart of America.
By Catherine Jones
Kate has almost resigned herself to remaining single for ever. After all, any man willing to take her on, also has to take on an instant family in the form of her adorable baby son. So this dedicated working mother is surprised to find not one but two men vying for her attention. First there's her boss, Greek hotel tycoon Andreas. Powerful, enigmatic and rich, he makes it clear he'd like to take their relationship beyond office hours. And then there's Martin. Kate feels the first stirrings of attraction for her sexy colleague. Maybe she won't have to go through life solo after all . . .
Grey Griffins: The Clockwork Chronicles No. 3: The Paragon Prison
By Derek Benz, J.S. Lewis
In this, the third book in The Brimstone Key Trilogy, Avalon Academy's turbulent first semester is winding down. The students are trying to find a balance between cramming for final exams and practicing for the Round Table qualifying tournament. But for the Griffins, the joy of the holiday season is being overshadowed by the return of The Immortals, and the escape of a changeling bred to detonate like a nuclear bomb.