Reviewed: The Abbey by Chris Culver

culverAsh Rashid is an unconventional Muslim detective with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. He drinks, eats bacon and likes to handle cases in his own way. He becomes emotionally involved when he seeks those responsible for the murder of his niece. As the investigation continues, the body count increases and Ash finds himself becoming isolated from his colleagues and family. Soon everything he holds dear is in danger and his career – and life – are at stake…


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Christmas books!

It’s always a struggle to know when is the right time to tell you about our Christmas books… too soon and everyone comes over all bah humbug, too late and there’s no time for you to make that must-have Christmas jumper.

But it’s December now, and you should all be munching your advent chocolates – so let’s break them out.

You can find the full selection here.




What’s new this month?

December is traditionally a pretty slow month in publishing: most books tend to come out a little earlier in the year to be sure of plenty of time to pick up the Christmas sales. For that reason, this month we’ll be focusing on some of the books you might have missed over the (very busy!) last couple of months.



If you’re ready for something new to read, the first place to look is our round up of the month, where one of our librarians has painstakingly selected some of the best and most popular fiction for your delight. You can see it either on our catalogue or on our Pinterest Board.


Happy Reading!

“Readers will love wallowing in the twists and turns of this irresistibly luxurious tale.” -Booklist

tinyIt’s the summer of 1966, and Christina Hardcastle – ‘Tiny’ to her illustrious family – is spending what should be an idyllic vacation at her husband’s family estate on Cape Cod. Despite her lush surroundings though, Tiny is beginning to feel more like a prisoner than a guest. As the season gets underway, three unwelcome visitors appear in Tiny’s perfect life: an envelope containing an incriminating photograph; her volatile sister Pepper; and the intimidating figure of her husband Frank’s cousin, Vietnam-war hero Caspian, who knows more about Tiny’s past than anyone else. As she struggles to break free from the gilded cage which entraps her, secrets from Tiny’s past are bubbling to the surface and may yet unravel everything…

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“As good as Michael Connelly or Karin Slaughter at their best”

9781409152002“A middle-aged couple – hacked to death in their own home – with a samurai sword. Normal people. Who were they? And why were they targeted? Twenty years ago a policeman was murdered in his own back garden and the killer was never caught. One woman might link these mysteries. But she is being watched. Can Detectives Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac find her before it is too late?”

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Cats, librarians – it’s like this author has already met us…

trussBy the bestselling author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves and Cat Out of Hell, a nail-biting tale of good versus evil involving one man, his dog and a group of 18th-century amateur scientific pioneers who just happen to be cats.

When you are an inoffensive retired librarian with bitter personal experience of Evil Talking Cats, do you rescue a kitten from the cold on a December night? Do you follow up news items about cats digging in graveyards? Do you inquire into long-ago cats who voyaged around the world with Captain Cook? Well, yes. If you are Alec Charlesworth that is precisely what you do – with unexpected and terrifying consequences …

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The Girl from Venice…

9781849838146“A World War II love story set against the romance and danger of occupied Venice. Cenzo is a world-weary fisherman, determined to sit out the rest of the war. He’s happy to stay out of the way of the SS, quietly going about his business of fishing in the lagoons of northern Italy. Then one night, instead of pulling in his usual haul, Cenzo fishes a young woman out of the canal. Guilia is an Italian Jew who has managed to escape capture and is determined to find her family. This meeting results in them both taking an entirely unexpected journey, and Cenzo suddenly finds himself thrown headlong into the world of international wartime politics, where everyone has their own agenda and nowhere is safe.”

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How to find love in a book shop by Veronica Henry

How to find love in a book shop Emilia has returned to her Cotswold hometown as her Father is gravely ill. After his death she has to decide what to do with his book shop. It is in debt and needs a refurb, she doesn’t know whether to keep it or sell it to a sleazy local developer.

The customers who come in to the book shop help her to make her mind up. They all have tales to tell about their lives too, things that have gone wrong, secrets that have been kept. Most of all there is love in the air. Emilia has a love interest too but he is tied up with someone else.

All seems to be going well, but then disaster strikes. What will Emilia do?

Read the book and find out! I really enjoyed it, good relaxing read. All the characters come to life and develop as the story moves on. All the little stories link together to produce a brilliant novel.


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Two days to go until the new Zadie Smith is out…

9780241144152Two girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either…

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The girl in the spider’s web by David Lagercrantz

The girl in the spider's webHave just got round to reading this, the 4th book in the Lisbeth Salander, Mikael Blomkvist Millennium Series. I wondered if it would live up to the others written by Stieg Larsson. Well I think it does.

There is much action to follow, some detailed talk of Artificial Intelligence, and a gang of ruthless cyber gangsters on Lisbeth’s trail. They will do anything to get hold of the details of the A I developed by a leading Swedish scientist, not to use for the good of all but for evil reasons. Murder and torture is nothing to them.Who can Lisbeth & Mikael trust, there’s even a mole in the security services but who is it?

This would make a good story for Mikael to write for the Millennium magazine, much needed as there are problems there.

The story develops quickly, from America to Sweden & places in between. All the parts of the story come together and make this a gripping thriller you can’t put down.


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