Books of the Week

Books of the Week

Here’s this week’s pick of the best new books around.

Time of Death by Mark Billingham
Recurring hero Tom Thorne returns in this gripping murder mystery. Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small Warwickshire town where Tom’s partner Helen grew up and a local family man, Stephen Bates, is accused of the crime. Stephen’s wife is an old friend of Helen’s, so the couple head back to support her – drawing Tom into a collision course with the police, locals and the real killer as he battles to expose the truth.
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, priced at £18.99

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure & the Importance of Imagination by JK Rowling
The world famous Harry Potter author presents an inspiring speech she made at Harvard University in 2008, now available in delightfully illustrated book form. Using examples from her own experience, the renowned success story offers advice to anyone at a turning point in their life and discusses ideas such as embracing failure and using our imagination to help ourselves and others. Sales will benefit Lumos, Rowling’s charity for disadvantaged children and university-wide financial aid at Harvard.
Published by Little, Brown Book Group, priced at £9.99

Falling in Love by Donna Leon
Renowned Italian soprano Flavia Petrelli is used to attention from adoring fans, but when she is inundated by bouquets of yellow flowers everywhere she goes – even inside her locked apartment – she turns to her old friend, Commissario Brunetti, for help. At first Brunetti is unconcerned, assuming it’s just a side effect of her fame. But when a fellow opera singer is attacked, he realises that a psychotically obsessive admirer is on the loose.
Published by Cornerstone, priced at £18.99

NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
Billionaire Hunter Alden Jr has got the perfect life, with a beautiful wife and brilliant son to share it with. But when his son disappears, Hunter realises that the kidnapper is in possession of a secret that could change the world – definitely a secret worth killing for. With his world on the brink of collapse, Hunter calls in New York detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie Macdonald, but the case puts them in extreme danger as they edge closer to the truth.
Published by Cornerstone, priced at £18.99

Romantic Lives: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
Feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and Frankenstein author Mary Shelley were mother and daughter, yet they never met. This captivating new book compares these two influential women and marks the remarkable parallels between their groundbreaking, scandalous, unconventional lives. They may not have had a relationship, but the links and similarities between their achievements, challenges and tragedies demonstrate a shared strength of character and an unforgettable legacy.
Published by Cornerstone, priced at £25