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Mid-March Newsletter

Mid-March already! Read on for news of unmissable books in April you can start reading now… 30 years of Rebus… more of Maxim’s marvellous recommendationsthe chance to win exclusive book goodies… and much more.


April Pre-Publication exclusives

A packed virtual shelf of books that we have exclusive Opening Extracts of ahead of publication. Enjoy…

Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick – Next instalment of the The D.C.I. Daley Series. Past and present collide in a gripping web of secrets and small community lives. Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi – A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Like the title we simply couldn’t put it down. The Owl Always Hunts at Night by Samuel Bjork – Nail-biting suspense combine with masterful writing to compete with the very best of Nordic Noir. A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys – Agatha Christie meets Downton Abbey in a mystery that fizzes with glamour, romance and intrigue.

Spotlight on Rebus.  Top Rankin!

Ian Rankin has a huge throng of dedicated followers the world over for his eponymous Rebus mysteries and amazingly it is 30 years since the first one hit the bookshops; gritty detective stories on the dirty streets of Edinburgh with a delightfully anti-social hero. If you have never read any of his books do take a look at what other ‘newbie’ Rebus readers think by checking out their reviews.

Also the 21st and latest Rebus, Rather Be the Devila tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries, has been reviewed by one of our Lovereading experts who herself was a ‘newbie’ to Rebus and she loved it saying “I found myself well and truly caught in the snare of Ian Rankin’s writing“. If you haven’t discovered his stand-out crime writing yet, we envy you for the joy you will have in reading all 21. You can find all of the darkly addictive Rebus cases here. And, tickets have just gone on sale for an exclusive Rebus event – RebusFest – in Edinburgh over the weekend of 30 June to 2 July – more details in our special category.

E is for Reee-ading – March eBooks of the Month

Whatever device you use, we have scoured the digital delights of the literary world for the best books for downloading denizens! This month, we love:

Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary – Silence is deadly in this chilling, dark and cold crime drama from an award-winning author. Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey – An absolute belter of a crime novel, and the seventh in the ‘Maeve Kerrigan’ series. The Fatal Tree by Jake Arnott – Powerful and expressive, an extraordinary tale, based in reality, set in the London underworld of the 1720s.

Horses’ Mouths – Reader Highlights

Every month we list the books most loved by our dedicated Reader Reviewers. Great recommendations from book lovers like you.

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – ‘This story is a joy to read and be part of. Full of heartache, enduring love and desperation that will bring you to tears.’ (Julie, Reader Reviewer). Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – ‘Addictive, funny yet serious… will have you thinking about this book long after the last page is reached.’ (Pearl, Reader Reviewer). Waking in Time by Angie Stanton – ‘I loved the concept of the book; two time travellers, one moving forward the other backwards and meeting in the middle, each with different memories.‘ (Olivia, Reader Reviewer).

A Basket of the Best – Mid-March highlights

These are our mid-month highlights, all gathered into one handy place, so it’s now even easier to find your next great read!

The Soldier, the Gaoler, the Spy and Her Lover by Simon Parke – A captivating and fascinating novel, where fact blends seamlessly with fiction, set from 1647-1649 during the final months of Charles I.


A Crown on the Jewell. All Hail, Lisa Jewell!

If suspenseful family drama is your thing, look no further than the books of the brilliant Lisa Jewell. Inspired by Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, a newly redundant secretary started to pen the first tentative chapters of a story. That secretary was Lisa Jewell and the chapters were the first of Ralph’s Party, the bestselling debut novel of 1998. The rest is history! Her latest, a Book of the Month for us, is I Found You: a page-turning delve into the darkest corners of memory and identity. A gripping, psychological treat that is just a little different from what she’s written before. Find out more here.

Just Great Stories! – That’s our Maxim!

Every month, editorial guru Maxim Jakubowski takes us through his choices of the best books about in the crime fiction, literary and sci-fi genres. This month his top two picks are:

Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow – Epic historical masterpiece that never even moves outside a hotel’s lobby!

Michael Farris Smith Desperation Road Harsh and beautiful, very human thriller that manages to sing of the human spirit but grip vice-like on your nerves!

But visit his category to see them all.

More of the same? MUCH More! If You Like You’ll Love

Know what you like but not sure where to look? Our If You Like, You’ll Love section keeps your bedside table piled high with writers right up your street.

For instance, if you liked The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, you’ll LOVE Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney, an extraordinary, thought-provoking and ultimately life-enhancing novel that walks a razor-sharp edge of belief and understanding, will you discover the truth?

Reader Reviewer Caz said ‘an extraordinary book… you will exhale slowly once you have finished it, vowing to live life to the full.’

If you like Santa Montefiore you’ll love The House on Sunset Lake by Tasmina Perry. If you like Sophie Kinsella you’ll love Puzzle Girl by Rachael Featherstone. If you like Helen Simonson you’ll love The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan. If you like Louis de Bernieres you’ll love When the Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea.

Why not give your Mum a book on 26 March?

By now you know that we believe a book is a perfect gift for any occasion. Lasting, thoughtful and non-expensive. What better way to show Mum that she matters this Mother’s Day? But which one? That’s where we come in! Check out our selection of ideas here. Ideas like:


Finally… From ‘Self’ to Shelf – Spring 2017 Independent AuthorsDon’t miss our latest selection of self-published titles worth a peruse.

That’s it from us this month. We’re looking forward to giving you more recommendations next month, so watch this space for some great new adventures in April!

P.S. Perfectly timed for International Women’s Month is the inspirational Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane.

P.P.S. If you live in the South East of England why not put The Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival in your calendar from 30 April – 1 May? Also, find out how you can win one of 4 pairs of tickets to see historical novelist Alison Weir discuss her books.

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