By John Milliken Thompson
On an early spring morning in Richmond, Virginia, within the yr 1885, a tender pregnant girl is located floating within the urban reservoir. it seems that she has dedicated suicide, yet there are curious clues on the scene that recommend foul play. The case draws neighborhood cognizance, and an eccentric workforce of fellows collaborate to resolve the crime. Detective Jack Wren lurks within the shadows, weaseling his manner into the research and intimidating witnesses. Policeman Daniel Cincinnatus Richardson, close to retirement, catches the case and relentlessly pursues it to its sorrowful end. because the id of the lady, Lillie, is printed, her darkish kinfolk historical past involves mild, and the research specializes in her tumultuous affair with Tommie Cluverius.
Tommie, an formidable younger attorney, is the satisfaction and pleasure of his relatives and the polar contrary of his brother Willie, a quiet, humble farmer. although either males enjoyed Lillie, it’s Tommie’s reckless affair that thrusts his family members into the highlight. With Lillie useless, Willie needs to come to a decision how a long way to belief Tommie, and no matter if he ever understood him in any respect. advised via amassing revelations, Tommie’s tale ultimately leads to a riveting courtroom
Based on a real tale, The Reservoir centers on a accountable and passionate love triangle composed of 2 very assorted brothers and one younger, naive woman hiding an unspeakable mystery. a unique of lust, betrayal, justice, and revenge, The Reservoir ultimately probes the query of no matter if we will fairly be aware of the hearts and minds of others, even of these closest to us.
By Karen Maitland
The Vanishing Witch by means of Karen Maitland, writer of the highly renowned corporation of Liars will thrill enthusiasts of CJ Sansom and Kate Mosse with its chilling game of the Peasants' insurrection. It bargains an clever, fantastically researched glimpse of a extra lethal, superstitious period ...
'A compelling mixture of historic grit and supernatural twists' day-by-day Mail at the Falcons of fireplace and Ice
The reign of Richard II is afflicted, the bad are approximately to turn into poorer nonetheless and landowners are lining their wallet. It's a case of each guy for himself, no matter what his prestige or wealth. yet in an international the place not anything could be taken at face price, who are you able to trust?
The dour wool service provider?
His impulsive son?
The stepdaughter with the hypnotic eyes?
Or the raven-haired widow clutching her necklace of bloodstones?
And while humans commence demise unnatural deaths and the peasants come to a decision it's time to struggle again, it's all too effortless to undercover agent witchcraft at each flip.
By Alan Garner
In second-century Britain, Macey and a gang of fellow deserters from the Roman military hunt and are hunted by means of lethal neighborhood tribes. Fifteen centuries later, in the course of the English Civil struggle, Thomas Rowley hides from the ruthless troops who've encircled his village. And in modern Britain, Tom, a precocious, love-struck, mentally volatile youngster, struggles to deal with the approaching departure for London of his female friend, Jan.
Three separate tales, 3 completely diversified lives, far-off in time and but surprisingly associated with a unmarried position, the mysterious, looming outcrop often called Mow Cop, and a unmarried item, the blunt head of a stone awl: a majority of these come jointly in Alan Garner’s impressive Red Shift, a pyrotechnical and deeply relocating elaboration on topics of probability and destiny, time and eternity, visionary awakening and damaging insanity.
By Laurel Saville
Dropped at reside with the George family members as a baby, all someone knew approximately enigmatic Rachel was once that she labored challenging, making herself critical to the plantation. and she or he remained a secret until eventually the day she disappeared…even to her husband. in particular to her husband.
Henry used to be Rachel’s opposite—gregarious the place she used to be quiet, fanciful the place she used to be pragmatic. After years of marriage, Rachel left Henry and their oldest son with no rationalization and trigger on a steamer for brand spanking new York urban with their different 4 teenagers. used to be her flight the last word act of betrayal or one among remarkable braveness? 8 characters attached by way of blood and condition reconstruct Rachel’s inexplicable vanishing act.
Weaving actual kin letters into this narrative of her personal great-grandparents, Laurel Saville creates a old novel of marvelous intensity and wonder.
By Lynn Shepherd
"Nobody, i feel, has ever came across it attainable to love the heroine of Mansfield Park." --Lionel Trilling
In this inventive new twist on Mansfield Park, the famously meek Fanny Price--whom Jane Austen's personal mom referred to as "insipid"--has been totally reworked; she is now a wealthy heiress who's spoiled, condescending, and usually hated during the county. Mary Crawford, however, is now nearly as good as Fanny is undesirable, and suffers nice indignities by the hands of her vindictive neighbor. It's in basic terms after Fanny is murdered at the grounds of Mansfield Park that Mary comes into her personal, teaming-up with a thief-taker from London to resolve the crime.
Featuring real Austen characters--the similar characters, and a similar episodes, yet every one with a brand new twist--MURDER AT MANSFIELD PARK is a brilliantly wonderful novel that provides Jane Austen fanatics an interesting new heroine and tale to learn repeatedly.
By S. J. Parris
Excellent for lovers of C.J. Sansom and The identify of the Rose, the 5th ancient mystery that includes Giordano Bruno, heretic, thinker and spy.
A KING with no AN HEIR
Heretic-turned-spy Giordano Bruno arrives in Paris to discover a urban at the fringe of disaster. King Henri III lives in worry of a coup through the Duke of Guise and his fanatical Catholic League, and one other bloodbath at the streets.
A court docket AT warfare WITH GOD
When Bruno’s outdated rival, Father Paul Lefèvre is located murdered, Bruno is drawn right into a risky internet of spiritual politics and courtroom intrigue. And observing over his shoulder is the King’s mom, Catherine de Medici, together with her harem of lovely spies.
A lethal CONSPIRACY IN PLAY
When homicide moves on the middle of the Palace, Bruno unearths himself at the path of a killer who's preserving a bad mystery. With the royal homes of France and England lower than possibility, Bruno needs to reveal the reality – or be silenced for good…
By Lindsey Davis
There are principles for personal informers accepting a brand new case. by no means tackle consumers who can't pay you. by no means do favours for pals. Don’t paintings with kin. If, like me, you're a girl, preserve away from males you discover appealing.
“Will I by no means learn?”
In historic Rome, the variety of slaves used to be a long way more than that of loose electorate. accordingly, frequently the folk Romans feared such a lot have been the “enemies at home,” the slaves less than their very own roofs. due to this, Roman legislations decreed that if the top of a loved ones was once murdered at domestic, and the perpetrator wasn’t fast stumbled on, his slaves—all of them, accountable or not—were presumed dependable and have been placed to dying. with out exception.
When a pair is located lifeless of their personal bed room and their condo burglarized, a few of their loved ones slaves understand what's approximately to ensue to them. They flee to the Temple of Ceres, which through culture is revered as a haven for refugees.
This is the place Flavia Albia is available in. The gurus, stressed from each side, want a resolution. Albia, a personal informer similar to her father, Marcus Didius Falco, is requested to resolve the murders, during this secret from Lindsey Davis
By Neal Stephenson
Within the yr 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves -- together with one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack -- devises a bold plan to win freedom and fortune. an outstanding event ensues -- a dangerous race for a tremendous prize of silver ... nay, gold ... nay, mythical gold.
In Europe, the beautiful and imaginative Eliza, Countess de l. a. Zeur, is stripped of her colossal own fortune by means of France's most voguish privateer. Penniless and in danger from those that wish both her or her head (or both), she is stuck up in an internet of overseas intrigue, whilst she desperately seeks the go back of her most valuable possession.
Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz proceed to propound their grand theories as their notorious competition intensifies, obdurate alchemy does conflict with the common sciences, dastardly plots are set in movement ... and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the insanity into which his international has descended.
This P.S. variation positive factors an additional sixteen pages of insights into the booklet, together with writer interviews, prompt studying, and extra.
By Elizabeth Chadwick
"A celebrity again in Britain, Elizabeth Chadwick is eventually getting the eye she merits here." —USA Today
Nothing useful is simple. now not changing into a knight. no longer in the event you don't slot in anyplace. Brunin Fitzwarin is familiar with this greater than an individual. misplaced in his own residence, he's now a knight-in-training to the Lord of Ludlow—and nonetheless totally on my own. that's, till the youngest daughter of the home befriends him. yet England is in turmoil, and Brunin needs to struggle together with his lord to help King Stephen for the English crown. because the conflict rages on and his fairly with reference to domestic, Brunin needs to defeat the shadows of his formative years and tackle the mantle of knight, confronting the longer term head on. A wealthy story of coming of age in an international the place chivalry is a luxurious few can manage to pay for. Shadows and Strongholds is a story of incomes your house and discovering your means home.
"Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is like having a Bentley draw up at your door: you recognize you're in for a luxurious ride." —Daily Telegraph
"The most sensible author of medieval fiction presently around." —Richard Lee, founder and writer, Historical Novel Society
By Thomas Keneally, Geordie Williamson
A South Pacific penal colony within the past due eighteenth century. a good guy named Phelim Halloran and Ann Rush, his mystery bride. Poet, soldier, lover and grand blameless, Halloran needs to confront his future in a spot of tyranny and searing horror.
This variation comprises an advent by means of Geordie Williamson.
Thomas Keneally used to be born in 1935 in kingdom New South Wales to Irish Catholic mom and dad. He received the Miles Franklin Award in consecutive years for his novels deliver Larks and Heroes (1967) and 3 Cheers for the Paraclete (1968). He used to be the 1st Australian ever to win the Booker Prize, in 1982, for Schindler’s Ark. In 1983, Keneally grew to become a member of The Order of Australia and in 1997 was once named as an Australian residing Treasure.
Geordie Williamson is leader literary critic of the Australian, a place he has held due to the fact that 2008. His essays and experiences were showing in newspapers and magazines right here and within the united kingdom for over a decade. In 2011, he gained the Pascall Prize for criticism.