New Books - 24th July, 2014

Children’s and Young Adult

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Pokemon Black and White

Scooby Do The Secret of the Sea Creature 

Thomas the Useful Engine

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Book of Beasts by John and Carole E. Barrowman 

Spy Cat Blackout by Andrew Cope

My Funny Family Moves House by 
Chris Higgins

This is Not My Hat by  Jon Klassen


Holly Webb, Little Puppy Lost 

Adult fiction

Cavanaugh Strong by Marie FarrarellaAurora's finest are back in action! Why are too many healthy pensioners dying in nursing homes? Vice detective Noelle O'Banyon can't let the mystery go. Though she has no business working on a homicide case, the love-shy single mum draws partner Duncan Cavanaugh into her rogue investigation. He's a notorious player she thoroughly disdains - and the feeling's mutual. Duncan considers Noelle too strait-laced for his taste. But as they uncover the shocking scandal behind the mysterious deaths, the pair become closer and passionately in sync. With time running out, Noelle and Duncan must stop the next murder in Aurora or die trying.

Smokescreen by Dick FrancisSmokescreen tells of Edward Lincoln, a famous film action man, who finds himself unexpectedly mixed up in a deadly conspiracy.

Let it Burn by Steve HamiltonHalf a lifetime ago, Alex McKnight was a young cop in Detroit. Now he's an occasional private eye up in Paradise, Michigan, and trying hard to put the past behind him. Then he gets the call that every cop dreads: a killer he helped put behind bars is getting released, and he might just have payback on his mind. Suddenly the years fall away, and in his mind Alex is back in that hot summer in Detroit, hunting the brutal murderer of a young woman. The problem is, something about the case no longer makes sense, and Alex feels compelled to retrace the steps that led to the arrest and conviction of Darryl King. But it's not just the case that looks different: returning to Detroit, Alex finds a city that is almost unrecognizable from the one he left, a city that is quite literally dying on its feet, where crime and decay hold sway, and law and order are in retreat. And as Alex searches for the truth among the shadows of the past, he discovers a story more shocking than the one he thought he knew and a danger more threatening than an ex-con looking for revenge. 

As Serious as Death by Quintin Jardine - After nine books featuring Oz Blackstone, Jardine had clearly had enough of his movie star come detective and engineered his end. Enter ex-wife Primavera Blackstone, practically a villain when we originally met her she is now very much a heroine, trying to live a quiet life and raise her son in Spain but finding crime very much manages to get in the way. This time a blast from the past shows up and she joins him in an investigation into airline vandalism that very soon has them in much deeper trouble than they expected. This is book 4 of the series and those who haven’t already read them may enjoy starting at the beginning with Inhuman Remains.

Garnethill by Denise Mina - A stylishly written, highly suspenseful murder mystery set in Glasgow with a cast of tough characters and a fantastic protagonist, Maureen, who her enemies find out it has been ill-advised to pick on.

Spare Brides by Adele Parks - England just after the First World War so love and romance in 1920. The story is set around four very different female friends who have to adapt to falling back into their place now the men have come home … or not. It is quite a change of direction for this author, very Downton Abbey, Upstairs/Downstairs. Well written, well researched, with a good balance between the characters’ everyday lives and the past horrors of war. Not all the people are given endings so there is hope for a sequel.