Here’s a guide to some of the books that we can all look forward to reading when they are published this year….
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd- Robinson: following on from Blood & Sugar, this is a new murder mystery from the author set in Georgian London. The story is centred on the murder of a highly paid prostitute – whose death the Bow Street Runners cease to care about, and whose body was discovered by Caroline ‘Caro’ Corsham who decides to look into the murder herself – leading her to put herself in danger….
Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal: following on from The Doll House Factory, Elizabeth Macneal offers a new dark story set in the Victorian era. It follows the story of Nell, who is sold by her father to a circus who has just come into town – but as her fame grows can she survive being more popular than the showman who bought her?
The Nature of Middle-Earth by J.R.R Tolkein: one for those who loves the world in which Tolkein created for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This publication features many of the author’s final writings on Middle-Earth – which he continued to write about up until the years before his death. Edited by Carl F Hostetter, it is a chance for readers to immerse themselves in this world again.
With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher: the actress and author is back with a brand new love story. In With This Kiss, Lorelai seems to be an ordinary woman -but with one difference when she kisses someone she can see how they are going to die. So when she meets Grayson as much as she wants to kiss him – if she does will she be able to change what she sees in his future? Perfect reading for someone who has loved the author’s previous work.
Endgame by Malorie Blackman: this is the final part in the immensely popular Noughts and Crosses series, which first started twenty years ago. Fans will definitely want to know how it all ends when it is published in August this year.
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint: joining the likes of Madeline Miller and Natalie Haynes, Jennifer Saint’s debut novel reimagines a classic Greek myth for contemporary readers. In this case, it is the tale of Theseus, Adriane and the Minotaur being brought to life to give voice to one of the many forgotten women in Greek mythology.
The Thursday Murder Club 2 by Richard Osman: given the strongly positive reviews that The Thursday Murder Club received, Richard Osman is set to release his latest book in September.
Six Tudor Queens: Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife by Alison Weir: this sixth novel in the series turns its attention to Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. Suited for those who love their Tudor history ,this is a story about religious repression, duty and unrequited love all told through the dangerous world of the Tudor court.
Snow Country by Sebastian Faulks: this new novel from the acclaimed author is set to be published in September.
Greek Myths by Charlotte Higgins: this new book from the Guardian journalist reimagines the Greek myths as though they are scenes being woven on to textiles by women.