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The Killing House (Paula Maguire 6)

Claire McGowan
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Claire McGowan
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Blood Tide (Paula Maguire 5)

Claire McGowan
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Claire McGowan

Forensic psychologist Paula Maguire returns in BLOOD TIDE, the fifth novel in Claire McGowan's acclaimed series. If you enjoyed Sharon Bolton's LITTLE BLACK LIES or Elly Griffiths' THE WOMAN IN BLUE, you will love this new novel from the author of THE SILENT DEAD and A SAVAGE HUNGER. Called in to investigate the disappearance of a young couple during a violent storm, Paula Maguire, forensic psychologist, has mixed feelings about going back to Bone Island. Her last family holiday as a child was spent on its beautiful, remote beaches and returning brings back haunting memories of her long-lost mother.It soon becomes clear that outsiders aren't welcome on the island, and with no choice but to investigate the local community, Paula soon suspects foul play, realising that the islanders are hiding secrets from her, and each other.With another storm fast approaching, Paula is faced with a choice. Leave alive or risk being trapped with a killer on an inescapable island, as the blood tide rushes in...

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After Alice

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

From the bestselling author of WICKED...When Alice fell down the rabbit-hole, she found Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But how did Victorian Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?Gregory Maguire turns his imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings -and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll's enduring tale. Ada, a friend mentioned briefly in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sets out to visit Alice but, arriving a moment too late, tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and bring her safely home from this surreal world below the world. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts interrupt their mad tea party to suggest a conundrum: if Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

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The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

Neil Gaiman
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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's award-winning novells The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains is a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure, and was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime in November 2015. 'Gaiman's achievement is to make the fantasy world seem true' (The Times). Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and the epic American Gods, whose storytelling genius will appeal to fans of J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin.The text of The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains was first published in the collection Stories: All New Tales (Headline, 2010). This gorgeous full-colour illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman's story.In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sell-out crowd - Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell's magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.Full specification:200 x 200mm, 4x4colour throughout88pp - includes 8pp of additional materialSigned by author and artist, and numbered limited editions of 250. Presentation box Audio CD - music and reading by Neil GaimanMailer carton

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The Last of Days

Paul Doherty
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Paul Doherty

In the final days of Henry VIII, one man is there to witness the demise of a legend... King Henry VIII, a fearsome figure of power and stature, lies upon his deathbed diminished by sickness and haunted by ghosts from his past. Only Will Somers, long-serving jester and confidant, sees all. While Henry is confined to his chamber, Will begins a journal that will document his King's last turbulent days.The country is fraught with tension. And with the King's son and heir just nine years old, there are many power-hungry councillors who will stop at nothing to better themselves. Now as the King's health fails, rebellion threatens amidst widespread rumours of plots against him. With few allies remaining, will Henry himself become the final victim of his reckless, bloody reign?Master historian Paul Doherty weaves his magic in an epic tale of murderous schemes and a blood-smattered political order.

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Mohammed Maguire

Bateman
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When the Marines destroy a terrorist training camp in the Libyan desert, they also kill both the parents of a ten-year-old boy, Mohammed Maguire.Brought back to Ireland, the land of his mother's birth, young Mohammed is treated as a public relations commodity by both sides of an argument that he doesn't understand - but which he can see with the clear eyes of a child.Wickedly funny and wonderfully abrasive, MOHAMMED MAGUIRE is Bateman at his very best.

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Wicked Business (Wicked Series, Book 2)

Janet Evanovich
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Janet Evanovich
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Out of Oz

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

The marvellous land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who's knocking at the door. It's none other than Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy. Amid all this chaos, Elphaba's granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now, Rain will take up her broom in an Oz wracked by war. Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises - the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

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Out of Oz

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

The marvelous land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who's knocking at the door. It's none other than Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy. Amid all this chaos, Elphaba's granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now, Rain will take up her broom in an Oz wracked by war. Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises - the hallmark's of the brilliant and unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

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The Next Queen of Heaven

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

Strange events are occurring in the small town of Thebes, USA.Knocked out by a falling statue of the Virgin Mary, Mrs Leontina Scales wakes up not quite the woman she was before. What on earth are her sons and her foul-mouthed daughter Tabitha supposed to do with a mad mother who speaks in tongues?Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr needs a rehearsal venue for his gay singing group. Could the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries be his salvation? As the year draws to a close, the Radical Radiants battle the Catholics, a Christmas pageant goes horribly awry, and a child is born...Frantic, funny and farcical, The Next Queen of Heaven is a modern masterpiece from the incredible imagination of Gregory Maguire.

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Mirror Mirror

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

A unique retelling of the classic fairytale, Snow White by the internationally bestselling author of WICKEDThe year is 1502, and seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente. But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm - and the world comes to Montefiore. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia - decadent children of a wicked pope - no one can claim innocence for very long. When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a years-long quest, he leaves Bianca under the care - so to speak - of Lucrezia. She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but in the dark forest salvation can be found as well... A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, MIRROR MIRROR gives fresh life to the classic story of Snow White - and has a truth and beauty all its own.

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A Lion Among Men

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

The third extraordinary novel in Gregory Maguire's bestselling Wicked series, featuring the beloved Cowardly LionAs civil war looms in Oz, an ancient and tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before she can return to dust, however, the Cowardly Lion, an enigmatic figure named Brrr, arrives seeking knowledge about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West - the woman who defended him when he was a cub. But Yackle, too, demands answers of her own.Brilliant and entertaining, A Lion Among Men is another stellar work from the wildly imaginative and talented Gregory Maguire.

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Lost

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

A compelling ghost story from the internationally bestselling author of WICKED Winifred Rudge, a writer struggling to get beyond the runaway success of her mass-market astrology book, travels to London to start her new novel about the ghost of Jack the Ripper. Upon her arrival, she finds that her step-cousin and old friend John Comestor has disappeared, and a ghostly presence seems to have taken over his home. Is the spirit Winnie's great-great-grandfather, who, family legend claims, was Charles Dickens's childhood inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge? Could it be the ghostly remains of Jack the Ripper? Or a phantasm derived from a more arcane and insidious origin? Winnie begins to investigate and finds herself the unwilling audience for a drama of specters and shades - some from her family's peculiar history and some from her own unvanquished past.In the spirit of A. S. Byatt's Possession, with dark echoing overtones of A Christmas Carol, Lost presents a rich fictional world that will enrapture its readers.

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The Prophecy of Death (Knights Templar Mysteries 25)

Michael Jecks
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Michael Jecks

The new thrilling medieval mystery from the West Country's master of crime.1325: There is turmoil in England. But could the Prophecy of St Thomas's Holy Oil save King Edward? It is believed that the king who is anointed with it will be a lion among men: he will conquer France, unite Christendom and throw the heathens from the Holy Land. King Edward II has rejected his wife, Queen Isabella, confiscated her income, exiled her servants and taken away her children. Yet even now she is in France to negotiate peace with her brother, King Charles IV. Meanwhile, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill, Keeper of the King's Peace, and his friend Bailiff Simon Puttock return from France with an urgent instruction for the King. Before long Baldwin and Simon find themselves at the centre of a deadly court intrigue involving the most powerful and ruthless men in the country, who will stop at nothing, not least murder, to achieve their ambitions...

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty ... and what curses accompanied Cinderella's looks? Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who is swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household - and the treacherous truth of her former life.

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Son of a Witch

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire

Back in the land of Oz, the adolescent boy Liir was last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead, Liir is tended to at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by a silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts. What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape - but what of her powers? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enought to grow up?

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Wicked

Gregory Maguire
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Gregory Maguire
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An Evil Spirit Out of the West (Akhenaten Trilogy, Book 1)

Paul Doherty
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Paul Doherty

Known as the Veiled One, the ugly and deformed Akenhaten is a shadowy figure. As a child he is overlooked and despised by his own father. As an adult he is thrust into the political limelight when his elder brother dies. Mahu, ambitious and ruthless, watches the young prince carve his own path to power. He becomes Akenhaten's alter ego, his protector and confidant, standing by as Akenhaten proclaims that there is only one God, the Aten, and that he, Akenhaten, is that God's only son. Revolution and chaos follow in this dramatic reign filled with fraud, abduction, assassination, betrayal and treachery. But when Mahu becomes suspicious of Akenhaten's majestic and glorious wife Nefertiti, and the political skill of her brother, Ay, it seems that a hidden and malign influence may also be at work. And then Akenhaten disappears...

THE HEIST

Our ebook of the month is THE HEIST, the first adventure in an electrifying new series from Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.

Lyndsay Faye, author of SEVEN FOR A SECRET and THE GODS OF GOTHAM, discusses how Twelve Years a Slave inspired her latest novel

Twelve Years a Slave

This volume was published in 1885 by Miller, Orton & Mulligan, two years after its author was recovered from a Louisiana cotton plantation, following – as the title makes clear – over a decade of heinous abuse at the hands of his multiple ‘masters’. The real Solomon Northrup was a resident of New York State, a husband and a father, whose life was shattered when he was drugged and chained at the hands of unscrupulous whites and put up for sale like cattle. The Solomon Northrup as rendered in finely etched lines for the frontispiece of the 1855 edition looks as if he just finished a catfish dinner with a slice of peach pie afterwards and is titled by the bookmakers ‘Solomon in His Plantation Suit’. I was not present during slavery, but I can promise you two things: Mr Northrup and his fellow slaves did not look as if they’d just quit the family picnic, and he wasn’t wearing a ‘suit’ at the time. The new film Twelve Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and starring the passionately compelling Chiwetel Ejiofor, sets out to correct these errors – apparently to brutal, honest effect. One hopes this signals a new willingness to talk about historical atrocities as they actually were, rather than neatly folding them into intriguing cultural cul-de-sacs. Which makes my own confession doubly atrocious: I have not yet seen Twelve Years a Slave. I have merely lived for many months within its pages, and been gutted by what I found there. When I set out to write Seven for a Secret, the sequel to The Gods of Gotham, I knew the stakes for my ‘copper star’ protagonist Timothy Wilde had to be epic in historical scope. In the first installment, Timothy navigates a strife-torn New York City in the summer of 1845 – a season that suffered a devastating fire downtown, witnessed the first emigrant deluge fleeing the Irish Potato Famine, and formed a police force of misfits wearing copper badges, all at the same time. I was well aware that, as an abolitionist, Timothy would be presented with terrific challenges should he ever confront the issue of the ‘free’ North’s complicity with the slave trade directly. But when I studied the history of white complacency, I was horrified to learn of the sheer scope of human trafficking – not from slaving vessels to tobacco plantations, but from New England metropolises southward to bondage and misery. Twelve Years a Slave wasn’t the first I’d heard of the systematic kidnap of free people of color performed by ‘blackbirders’, the villains who populate Seven for a Secret. A nonfiction book called In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863 by Leslie M. Harris taught me that ‘emancipation’ during the nineteenth century meant danger, betrayal, and wariness far more than it meant freedom. I’d never suggest that blacks in the South suffered less, but the very threat of being subjected to the South as an institution – one in which human beings were forced into labor, tortured, raped, and killed with impunity, all of which take place in Twelve Years a Slave – was enough to create incredibly well-organized neighborhood watch programs, of which the New York Committee of Vigilance was one and a main character, Julius Carpenter, was my fictional leader. The rest of the volunteer watch, because I didn’t wish to precisely reproduce their own names when I couldn’t find sufficient biographical information regarding their lives, represent nods to historical men as they existed in my own imagination. Higgins and Brown, the two committee members who work alongside Julius Carpenter in his quest to prevent his community from being sold into slavery, are real last names from the New York Committee’s annual report, and that is for a purpose – when historical fiction works best, I think it channels a voice which would have been silent at the time. And I am only too grateful, therefore, that the real Solomon Northrup’s voice did live on through history, and that I was thus gifted with the chance to see through his eyes and gain a glimpse into his gruesome spiritual and physical losses. I’ve mentioned that I haven’t yet seen Twelve Years a Slave as a film. But I lived in the autobiography for about fourth months, and it informed everything I wrote, and the picture of the half-smiling Mr Northrup on the cover was absolutely false from the start. The landscape the author paints of slavery is a true one, and the truth is sometimes very very ugly, and my imagination supplied me with so much material that I at many times grew overwhelmed. A mother and child are torn apart by a well-meaning, delusional slave owner named William Ford in the film (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) because that actually happened, not because a screenwriter was trying to win an Oscar. Solomon Northrup is forced to torture his fellow slaves against his will by another owner (played by Michael Fassbender) because the account exists, to heartbreaking effect, in the book. Solomon Northrup’s real life had been ripped away from him, and his slave friend Patsey’s plea for him to kill her resulted from her essentially being raped to death, and none of this is the sick ravings of a psychopath. It is simply the facts of the matter – ones I’ve read but not watched, novelized but not watched, ones I’ve imagined in all their dark terror but have not viewed on the big screen, and ones I hope I have the courage to experience soon. Meanwhile, I thunderously applaud absolutely everyone who contributed to the movie version of Twelve Years a Slave. It is by all accounts high art as well as a true-crime horror story, and every filmmaking party should be lauded for what they have managed to achieve and where they have taken our culture – beyond line drawings of Solomon Northrup smiling in an innocuous white suit, beyond deliberate ignorance, beyond the broom standing idle behind the slave when his master in fact used to require the chattel who’d just toiled in the blazing sun all day to dance for his pleasure long into the night. But most importantly of all, I challenge those who are gripped by this story to pick up Twelve Years a Slave as told by Mr Northrup. Read it, and hear the voice of our grim history echoing before us. In his words, regarding slavery: ‘What it may be in other States, I do not profess to know; what it is in the region of the Red River, is truly and faithfully delineated in these pages. This is no fiction, no exaggeration. If I have failed in anything, it has been in presenting the reader too prominently with the bright side of the picture.’