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Author of the Month for September is George Mann who is best known for his Steampunk adventures and his Doctor Who novels besides much, much more. Here, Mann brings his latest to the present, however there is still a sharp sense of the past impinging on the present, of being always ‘there’. As myths and legends are weaved amidst a current killing spree, it would be difficult to sense what is real and what is not. Combined with a wonderful sense of claustrophobia in a small village in crisis, Mann has produced one of the most readable and addictive stories I have read in a very long time.

Fresh Blood for Emma Viskic and her debut, ‘Resurrection Bay’. This Australian author has already won five awards for this novel already, showing how well it has been received in her home country. Now it has finally arrived in the UK. We are introduced to Caleb Zelic who has been deaf since childhood. With this different take on her main character, Viskic produces a wonderful novel that doesn’t take its foot off the pedal until the final page. I devoured this novel. I am sure you will, too.

We have a bumper number of fantastic Reviews from all the Crimesquad team including the likes of Lee Child, Ann Cleeves, Peter Robinson, Chevy Stevens and many more.

Classic Crime features Ngaio Marsh to celebrate the re-issue of The Nursing Home Murder which was Inspector Alleyn’s third novel. Marsh was one of my favourites growing up as a teen. As with many other readers, I went on from Christie to Marsh. I loved Marsh’s talent for serving up the most bizarre scenarios, murders and characters. Every book of hers I read singed off the page… and I am still enjoying her books today as I re-read them. Alleyn was always the calm eye of the storm as everything around him became chaos. He really was the most wonderful foil for Marsh’s theatrical plots. Harper Collins now celebrate her third book with a gorgeous re-issue. In case you didn’t know, fellow New Zealander, Stella Duffy has been commissioned to write an Alleyn book from Marsh’s discarded notes. It will be intriguing to see the results of that labour in 2018.

The news has majorly covered the terrible Battle of Passchendaele. As we commemorate those who lost their lives in those muddy and hellish fields in France, William Brodrick has written a sensitive and eye-opening piece about how reading about this terrible time led him to write his Gold Dagger winning novel, A Whispered Name. If you haven’t read this book, reading it now would make it even more poignant as we remember those brave and young men who gave their lives for their country. Events

The Penguin microsite features Fiona Neill and her gripping family drama, The Betrayals. This book which has just be published has been added to the Richard and Judy Book Club Pick 2017.

‘None of them would forget that week on the wild Norfolk coast. Best friends Rosie and Lisa's families had always been inseparable. But that summer, Lisa had an affair with Rosie's husband Nick. And now, after years of silence, she sends Rosie a letter begging for help. A letter which exposes dark secrets. Daughter Daisy's fragile hold on reality begins to unravel. Teenage son Max blames himself for everything that happened that long hot summer. And Nick must confront his own version of events. There are four sides to this story. Who will you believe?’

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Top Ten features the latest exciting books that any reader MUST put in their suitcase for those of you having a late holiday or finding some sun before the Autumn settles in. The next Top Ten will be Christmas… but I won’t mention how many days/months to go before that big day arrives!!!

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