Fiction Follies: July 2006

Fiction Follies is a monthly newsletter containing a selection of NEW fiction added to the collection of the Sutherland Shire Libraries. Click on the book title to reserve your copy.

New Mysteries

Looking good dead by Peter James
A good citizen attempts to return a lost CD and is witness to a murder. His own murder then becomes a warped attraction on the internet. Some grisly elements, similar to Peter Robinson and Ian Rankin.

Murder in Montmartre by Cara Black
The sixth mystery to feature Parisian private investigator Aimee Leduc. Set in the seedy district of Montmartre it has an exciting plot interwoven with the culture and history of the famous district.

The risk of darkness by Susan Hill
The third Simon Serailler mysteries and a follow up to “The pure in heart”. For fans of Ruth Rendell, a well written mystery that deals with a number of complex issues and day to day problems.

Fresh kills by Reggie Nadelson
Hard boiled thriller set in Manhattan. Artie Cohen’s nephew is released from prison, supposedly cured of whatever caused him to commit murder. But then more deaths occur. Who is responsible?

Relentless by Simon Kernick
The action begins immediately in this thriller. Tom Meron hears a friend on the phone revealing his address before he is killed. From this moment it becomes a race to escape from, and find the reason why a group of sadistic men want to kill him.

Tomb of the golden bird by Elizabeth Peters
Humour and archaeology in this cosy mystery set in Egypt in the 1920’s. Features heroine Amelia Peabody.

Darkness and the deep by Aline Templeton
A Marjorie Fleming detective novel set in a small Scottish town. For readers of Clare Curzon and less blood thirsty mysteries.

Scared to live by Stephen Booth
A definite for fans of Ruth Rendell. Better than average mystery set in the Peak district of Derbyshire.

North by Northanger by Carrie Bebris
A historical mystery for fans of both Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen. Bebris plays a tribute to Jane Austen in this witty tribute featuring Elizabeth Darcy.

Game of patience by Susanne Alleyn
Police procedural set in post revolutionary France. Well researched history and a gripping who done it.

Nicotine kiss by Loren D. Estleman
Trouble and chaos follow Amos Walker the Detroit PI as he tracks down an acquaintance on the wrong side of the law who once saved his life. Comparable to Lee Child and Robert Crais.

Murder in exile by Vincent O’Neil
Fast paced who done it set in Florida. For readers of Carl Hiaasen.

New Romance

Putting on the style by Freda Lightfoot
Set in 1950’s Manchester. Has Dena fallen in love with her brother’s killer?

Nice girls do by Sarah Duncan
Anna falls in love while attempting to discover the secrets of a mysterious garden she is researching.

On dangerous ground by Sue Cook
Pru’s daughter goes missing in Vietnam just as her marriage of 20 years ends. This book combines thrills, romance and travel.

The other side of the track by Victor Pemberton
Saga style romance set after the Great War. A weary soldier falls in love with a vivacious nurse but can their love outlast the memories of war.

The marriage spell by Mary J Putney
Enthralling romance that combines fantasy and magic. Abby Barton must discover the evil spell that threatens her marriage to the wizard Jack Langdon.

New Family Sagas

Orphans of the storm by Katie Flynn
Follows the stories of two families, one in Liverpool, the other in Australia.

Kitty and her sisters by Maureen Lee
Set in Liverpool and described in the synopsis as “another unforgettable and intimate picture of one family’s chaos, unpredictability and warmth. Kitty McCarthy doesn’t want to get married and raise children like her three sisters so makes an impetuous decision that alters the course of her life.

New Thrillers

6 chambers, 1 bullet by Ralph Sonny Barger
An antidote to the in control policeman or PI. In this series hard drinking bikie Patch Kinkade solves the murders of his fellow gang members more by accident than calculation. Action centred mystery.

Smoked by Patrick Quinlan
Hard boiled action thriller for readers of Elmore Leonard and Harlan Coben. Lots of plot twists as ex bomb maker, Smoke is chased by the mob after stealing 2.5 million dollars.

Other Fiction

Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe
A thrills and glamour novel about a wealthy family of French jewellers. For fans of Jackie Collins.
The remnant by Christy Kenneally
Another in the Da Vinci code vein. The remnant are a group of militant priests waiting to unleash a new Inquisition.

The man of my dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sensitive coming of age novel set in a dysfunctional family. Hannah has to live with the impact of her father’s vindictive break up of the family as she tries to find the man of her dreams. Has been compared to Melissa Banks.

My latest grievance by Elinor Lipman
“Enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original and Austen-like stylist ... Delicately, she travels the line where reality and fiction meet. Reality being more oddball, quirky and chaotic than fiction can ever be, Lipman inures us to the truth about the way we live by making it up as she goes along, cracking jokes and pretending it's all fiction.” Fay Weldon.

Footprints in the sand by Sarah Challis
Life changes completely for Clemmie after she is appointed executor of her great Aunt’s estate. Adventures begin when she transports her Aunt’s ashes to her final resting place in the Saharan desert.

A most uncommon degree of popularity by Kathleen Seidel
A critique of upper middle class family life. This novel has polarized readers into those who thought it was a true depiction of the issues involved in parenting and others who were thankful they were never a part of the in group.

The time of our lives by Imogen Parker
Modern saga set during in a small English town during the Queens coronation in 1953. Full of period detail, easy to read and with likeable characters. Recommended for readers of Cathy Kelly.

New Historical

Lords of the north by Bernard Cornwell
The third in Cornwell’s King Alfred series this is “a powerful story of betrayal, romance and struggle, set in an England of turmoil, upheaval and glory. Uhtred, a Northumbrian raised as a Viking, a man without lands, a warrior without a country, has become a splendid heroic figure.”

The apothecary’s daughter by Patricia Schonstein
From the synopsis “a wondrous tale, rendered in erotic prose and poetry, stitched through with rich imagery, humour and tenderness. It is also a story of trade and exotic travel, both across the surface of the earth and among the stars”

Fort Pillow by Harry Turtledove
Well researched and readable account of an infamous massacre that occurred during the American Civil War.

New Adventure and Political Fiction

Ghost force by Patrick Robinson
For readers of Tom Clancy. A military thriller centring on a war over oil between the United States and Russia.

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