Here this week’s pick of the best new books around.
Villa America by Liza Klaussmann
In the flamboyant world of Gerald and Sara Murphy, everything is about fun and debauchery – in Villa America, the couple find a coastal haven where they can host their decadent parties, indulge their artistic interests and play host to celebrity guests. But their marriage is put to the test when a stranger enters their midst and when tragedy strikes, their ideal world is shattered forever.
Published by Pan Macmillan, priced at £12.99
A Good Catch by Fern Britton
The popular TV presenter is back with a new romantic novel set on the Cornish coast. Beautiful Greer has it all and used to getting what she wants, so she’s confident she’ll win the love of handsome Jesse. However, Greer’s plainer friend Loveday is also in love with Jesse, but she can’t hope to compete – or can she? Torn between love, duty and his best friend Mickey (who loves Loveday), Jesse’s decision has the power to bring down a storm upon them all.
Published by HarperCollins, priced at £12.99
Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver
California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance has been relegated to making insurance checks after losing her gun in a botched interrogation. But when her routine inquiries reveal that a roadhouse fire might be more than just an accident, her finely honed instincts take over and she’s determined to catch the culprit. As the killer uses the panic of crowds to carry out his crimes, Dance faces a race against time to solve the mystery before he strikes again.
Published by Hodder & Stoughton General Division, priced at £18.99
Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis
Although our bodies are the vessels in which we spend our entire lives, many of us know surprisingly little about how it actually works. Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor Gavin Francis takes us on a fascinating journey through the human body, from the inner workings of the womb to the ribbed surface of the brain, and sheds light on what it means to be alive, both in sickness and in health.
Published by Profile Books, priced at £14.99
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
In a flooded world, North travels between the few remaining islands on a circus boat, spending the time dancing with her bear and watching her colleagues perform death-defying feats in exchange for food from the islanders. But little do they know that North has a secret that would put her life with the circus in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Callanish lives alone in the middle of the ocean, atoning for a past mistake by acting as a gracekeeper – someone who tends the graves of those who’ve died at sea. A chance encounter brings the two girls together and offers the chance of a new life, but the tide is against them…
Published by Vintage, priced at £12.99