Continuing the April theme

Not content with a brilliant glut of April reading in my previous post, here is news (via the same source, The Bookseller) of upcoming paperbacks in the UK.


Losing You by Nicci French (Penguin, £6.99). Can’t wait, I love these books, written by husband and wife Sean French and Nicci Gerard.

Skin Privilege by Karin Slaughter (Arrow, £6.99). Ditto. She’s fantastic, and this one is a return to her Grant County series.

The Woods by Harlan Coben (Orion, £6.99). Completes the hat-trick for my March must-reads.

Beneath the Bleeding by Val McDermid (Harper, £6.99). She’s always good. Make that four.

Also: Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child, the usual exciting outing for Jack Reacher; Trouble by Jesse Kellerman, son of Jonathan and Faye – I still have his first to read; Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith (Ian Hocking has recently been reading Gorky Park, the author’s sensational debut, which I adored when I read it all those years ago); and Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon — not up to her usual standards but a lovely read nonetheless.


Borderlands by Brian McGilloway (Pan, £7.99). One of Euro Crime’s three best reads of 2007, it is brilliant, as well as short. Please read it.

The Pool of Unease by Catherine Sampson (Pan, £6.99). I shall definitely be reading this, having loved her first two. The blurb says "the shadowy underbelly of modern China, depicted in a fast-paced thriller". The Chinese aspect is a departure from the domestic themes of the first two books in the series.

Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson (Hodder, £6.99). More Inspector Banks, "delayed from March in an attempt to find more "space" ", whatever that means.

God’s Spy by Juan Gomez Jurado (Orion, £6.99). Apparently a hugely successful Spanish novel about a serial killer in the Vatican after the death of Pope John Paul II. Said to be an "excellent, grisly, galloping thriller", but it has passed me by, possibly because of the theme.

Absolution by Caro Ramsay (Penguin, £6.99). "Introduces a Glasgow-based duo, Anderson and Costello, for the Rankin/Billingham market". They forgot to include the adjective "overworked" before "market". Nonetheless, could be good.

Cross by Ken Bruen (Corgi, £6.99). Obviously I have to read this, given that everyone who reads crime fiction rates him as one of the best, if not the best.

The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan (Pocket, £6.99). Winner of Susan Hill’s Long Barn Books competition last year, and one I am keen to read – even though the Bookseller calls it "Christopher Brookmyre territory" (which isn’t mine), it also says it is "about a delightful character caught up here in a crazy caper".

Other April paperbacks: The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag; The Burnt House by Faye Kellerman; Creation in Death by J D Robb (they are quite good but come out more quickly than you can read them, at two per year as well as at least that many non-Eve Dallas books under her Nora Roberts name); Citizen One by Andy Oakes, an Olympic-set thriller that follows-up Dragon’s Eye, winner of the 2004 European Crime and Mystery award, apparently; The Blade Itself by Marcus Sakey, being compared by the publisher to Simon Kernick, only American; A Thousand Bones by P. J. Parrish; Stalked by Brian Freeman (said to be for the Patterson market).

April is delightfully cruel

Via a couple of Booksellers (21/28 December 2007 and 4 January 2008 issues), there are some mouth-watering books to be published in the UK in April, of which I provide a selection here:

White Nights by Ann Cleeves (Macmillan £16.99 hb), a sequel to Raven Black, winner of last year’s Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel.

T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton (Macmillan, £16.99 hb). I’ve read all of the Kinsey Millhone series to date. This one sounds very good, based on the US reviews.

To Steal Her Love by Matti Joensuu (Eurocrime/Arcadia, £11.99 tpb). "A Helsinki-set crime tale featuring scholarly police sergeant Timo Harjunpaa." Sounds good, and his earlier novel, The Priest of Evil, is being released at the same time, in B format pb at £7.99.

The Girl of His Dreams by Donna Leon (Heinemann, £16.99 hb). The new Comissario Brunetti novel, eagerly awaited by Norm of Crime Scraps, me and a few others.

A Killing Frost by R. D. Wingfield (Bantam, £14.99 hb). The first Jack Frost novel for eight years, and presumably the last as, very sadly, the author died last year. The earlier books were brilliant so I am looking forward to this one. I didn’t see many of the popular TV adaptations, but saw enough of them to note that Frost had been seriously softened-up compared with his character in the bleakly excellent books.

No Trace by Barry Maitland (Eurocrime/Arcadia, £11.99 tpb). Past winner of the Ned Kelly award, an Australian police procedural featuring DCI David Brock and DS Kathy Kolla. Sounds as if I’d like this series.

Bruno, Chief of Police by Martin Walker (Quercus, £12.99 hb). First in a series featuring Captain Bruno Courreges, "a small-time cop in deepest rural France". Sounds promising.

Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (Harvill Secker, £12.99 hb). Eagerly awaited installment in the Harry Hole series, set in Norway. (See here for Euro Crime reviews of his earlier books, The Redbreast and The Devil’s Star.)

Pitch Black by Alex Gray (Sphere, £19.99 hb). Latest DCI Lorimer novel, set in Scotland, this one with a soccer theme. I have recently read the first of this series and although I quite enjoyed it, have yet to be convinced that it is up there with the best.

The Finder by Colin Harrison (Bloomsbury, £10.99 tpb), about a "beautiful young Chinese woman" involved in industrial espionage and on the run in New York.

Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger (Arrow, £9.99 hb), thriller "about a young woman who steps off a New York street to save the life of a child and finds herself thrown into a whirlwind of violence, deception and fear".

Other April crime highlights: The Eye of the Leopard by Henning Mankell (non-Wallender); The Museum of Dr Moses, a short story collection by Joyce Carol Oates; The Twilight Time by Karen Campbell, a good-sounding debut (Glasgow police-procedural); and Rough Justice by Jack Higgins.

OK, that’s April taken care of, then. See you in May.