We had a bumper crop of publication days to celebrate last week, and in our first wave is The Locker by Adrian Magson (originally published in 2016), reissued by Canelo with a brand spanking new cover.
The Locker is the first in Adrian's Gonzales and Vaslik and is a white-knuckle suspense thriller that will have you gripped until the early hours...
Madley and Finnigan praised the author, Victoria Selman, for this “superb, intense and utterly addictive” story about a serial killer, told through the eyes of Sophie, stepdaughter of Matty, the man imprisoned for the murders. Twenty years on, Sophie receives a letter from Matty asking her to visit him in jail and familiar feelings of doubt, unease and guilt come flooding back. This feeling that something’s slightly off continues throughout the plot as the reader tries to piece together the clues that Selman masterfully leaves behind.
The spring Richard and Judy Book Club launches with another series of podcasts on 9th March. WHSmith customers can purchase exclusive special editions of the titles with bonus content.
Time for some epic fantasy now and the second in Godblind author, Anna Stephens' 'Songs of the Drowned' series, The Jaguar Path, was released in hardback, eBook and audiobook last week.
This is the second in the trilogy, full of freedom and empire, gods and monsters, is the follow-up to The Stone Knife (November 2020).
Congratulations to Sean Lusk, whose debut, The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley, was long listed for the Walter Scott Prize 2023.
First awarded in 2010, and founded by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction aims to “honour the inventor of the historical fiction genre, Sir Walter Scott”. The prize’s judging panel comprises Grant, Elizabeth Buccleuch, James Holloway, Elizabeth Laird, James Naughtie, Kirsty Wark and new judge for 2023, investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker Saira Shah.
In this weekend's edition of The Observer, Stephen Moss picked the species that have played a key role for humans, from ancient civilisations to today’s climate crisis.
Stephen's forthcoming book, Ten Birds That Changed the World, tells the gripping story of the long and eventful relationship between humans & birds, through ten key species from all seven of the world's continents.
The next book in Graham Bartlett's Jo Howe series, Force of Hate (March 2023), has picked up a phenomenal quote from the bestselling and award-winning S. A. Cosby, author of Razorblade Tears:
"Force of Hate is a masterful examination of the darkness that exists in the souls of the morally broken. Bartlett takes his readers to a dangerous place where the beating black heart of hatred can only be confronted by that most painful of emotions. Hope."
Finally, we were delighted to see the below review from Publishers Weekly, for Thomas D. Lee's forthcoming debut fantasy novel, Perilous Times:
"Debut novelist Lee takes a side-eyed look at both chivalric legends and contemporary eco-warriors in this hopeful eco-fantasy that asks whether Excalibur might be able to slay climate change ... Lee does not skimp on the bleakness of the environmental crisis nor on naming its villains, but he maintains a steady faith in humanity's ability to bring itself back from the brink; swords can do more than cleave if they become rallying symbols for folks who do not recognise their own heroism."