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New books in Knowsley’s libraries this November

by Laura Johnston

If you’re a fan of mystery and crime fiction, you’ll love the new releases you’ll find in Knowsley’s libraries.

Here are the brand new books you can get your hands on at your local library this month…

Quintin – Cold Case

Former Chief Constable Bob Skinner may have left the police service but he’s never far from a case. When his old mentor on the force, Jimmy Proud, finds himself in a desperate situation, Skinner gets pulled into a murder investigation that’s been closed for 30 years.

The Body in the Quarry case was well-known around Edinburgh at the time: a popular priest found dead in a frozen quarry, a suspect with a clear motive charged and a guilty verdict. But with a journalist uncovering new evidence, the cold case has come back to haunt Proud – and only Skinner can help him.

With the clock ticking and his friend’s reputation at stake, Skinner must uncover the truth to find out if an innocent man was convicted for murder and if a killer is still on the loose…

Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke – You don’t own me

When we last saw Laurie Moran, she had recently become engaged to her show’s former host, Alex Buckley. Laurie is approached by Robert and Cynthia Bell, parents of Dr. Martin Bell, a famously charming and talented physician who was shot dead five years ago. The Bells are sure that Martin’s erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder.

Determined to prove Kendra’s guilt and win custody over their grandchildren, they plead with Laurie to feature their son’s case on “Under Suspicion,” assuring her that Kendra is willing to cooperate.

Kendra has lived under a blanket of suspicion since Martin’s death, with the tabloid media portraying her as a secretive, mentally unstable gold-digger. Laurie’s show is a chance for her to clear her name. But unknown to the Bells, Kendra has already refused once before to go forward with a re-investigation of her husband’s murder, and her statements to the contrary only add to the appearance of guilt.

But once Laurie dives into the case, she learns that Martin wasn’t the picture-perfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared to be, and was carrying secrets of his own.

Marc Cameron – Tom Clancy’s Oath of Office

Marine officer. CIA analyst. President. Jack Ryan has devoted his life to protecting the United States. What if this time, he can’t?

Freedom may have finally arrived in Iran. As protests break out across the country, the media rejoices over the so-called Persian Spring. Western leaders are ecstatic. Members of Congress and the Cabinet clamor to back the rebels. Only President Jack Ryan remains wary.

Meanwhile, he has plenty to handle at home; a deadly strain of flu is devastating the United States as spring floods devastate the Southeast and an unethical senator wants to bring down the Ryan presidency.

But the scariest story is the most closely guarded one. Two Russian nuclear missiles have been hijacked. The campus gets their first break when Jack Junior connects with a rogue Russian intelligence officer in Afghanistan–only to be abducted soon after arriving. John Clark and the rest of the campus team race to track the missiles and rescue their colleague.

As sensationalised stories spin out of control and the stolen missiles remain out of reach, President Ryan’s toughest challenge emerges: How do you meet an enemy head on, when he won’t even show you his face?

Cecilia Ahern – Roar

Have you ever imagined a different life? Have you ever stood at a crossroads, undecided? Have you ever had a moment when you wanted to roar?

From much-loved, international bestseller Cecelia Ahern come stories for all of us: the women who befriend us, the women who encourage us, the women who make us brave. From The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband, discover 30 touching, often hilarious, stories and meet 30 very different women. Each discovers her strength and each realises she holds the power to make a change.

Jeffrey Archer – Heads You Win

Russia, 1968: Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive. At the docks, they are confronted with an irreversible choice: should they board a container ship bound for America, or Great Britain? Alexander leaves that choice to the toss of a coin…

In a single moment, a double twist decides Alexander’s future. During an epic tale of fate and fortune, spanning two continents and 30 years, we follow his triumphs and defeats as he struggles as an immigrant to conquer his new world. As this unique story unfolds, Alexander comes to realise where his destiny lies and accepts that he must face the past he left behind in Russia.

David Baldacci – Long Road to Mercy

It is 30 years since FBI special agent Atlee Pine’s twin sister, Mercy, was taken from the room they shared as young children. Notorious serial killer Daniel James Tor, was caught and convicted of other murders, and while there’s no proof, Atlee believes he knows what happened to Mercy. Tor still resides in a high-security prison in Colorado.

Assigned to the remote wilds of the western United States, Atlee has never stopped the search for her sister, and, wracked with survivor’s guilt, she has spent her life hunting down those who hurt others. She will always ask herself, “Why her and not me?”.

Now, Atlee is called in to investigate a case in the Grand Canyon when a mule is found dead with strange carvings on its body, and its rider missing. She knows about killers and perhaps understands them better than any profiler in the FBI, but it soon becomes clear that she will need to put her skills to the ultimate test in this investigation.

Cath Staincliffe – Fear of Falling

Lydia and Bel have been best friends for years – from wild teenage days all the way through to motherhood. Bel becomes pregnant by accident and has a troubled relationship with daughter Freya, while Lydia and love-of-her-life Mac, after failed fertility treatment, choose to adopt. Gorgeous toddler Chloe challenges them more than either of them had ever expected and as a teenager her behaviour escalates increasingly out of control, pushing their marriage, and Lydia and Bel’s relationship, to breaking point.

Simon Scarrow – The blood of Rome

It is AD 55 and as trouble brews on the eastern fringes of the Roman Empire, Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro must prepare for war.

The cunning Parthian Empire has invaded Armenia, a frontier territory claimed by Rome, ousting King Rhadamistus. The king is ambitious and ruthless, but he is vital to Rome’s strategic interests. General Corbulo must restore him to power, while also readying the troops for war with the powerful Parthian Empire. Corbulo orders new arrivals Cato and Macro, and their elite cohort of Praetorian Guards, to carry out the task.

Marching into unmapped and unfamiliar terrain to restore an unpopular king is a perilous mission. Allies cannot be trusted and foes lurk on all sides. The bravery and skill of the Roman army will be tested to the limit.

Simon Kernick – We Can See You

You have it all: success, a beautiful home, a happy family until, in a heartbeat, it’s gone.

‘We’ve kidnapped your daughter, and we know everything about you…including the dark secrets from your past you thought were forgotten.’

We tell you not to contact the police – and that we’ll know if you do. Because we can see you.

And now you know this is no ordinary abduction. It’s worse. Within hours you’re on the run, with only one thought in your head: that you will stop at nothing to get your daughter back. Even murder…

James Patterson – Target Alex Cross

Men and women from across the nation line the streets of Washington D.C. to mourn the unexpected death of the President. Hit by painful memories of the loss of his first wife, Alex Cross is left reeling by this tragedy.

TARGET: UNITED STATES CABINET

A sniper’s bullet strikes another devastating blow to the heart of Washington with the assassination of a prominent Senator. The shock of this attack puts huge pressure on the police to deliver a speedy response, and as Chief of Detectives, Alex’s wife Bree Stone is given an ultimatum: solve the case or lose her job.

TARGET: ALEX CROSS

The new President calls on Alex Cross to lead an unparalleled FBI investigation to help capture America’s most wanted criminal. Alex has a terrible feeling that the assassination is just the beginning of a much larger plan. All too soon this fear springs to life as a terrifying chain of events plunges the government and the entire country into chaos.

The stakes have never been higher for Alex Cross as his courage, his training and his capacity for battle are stretched to their limits in the most important case of his life.

Roberta Kray – Deceived

She trusted the wrong man and now she wants revenge.

Judith Jonson has been a widow for five years. At first she dreamt Dan would return, but with the war over she’s had to accept her beloved husband is never coming home.

Then one day she sees a picture in the paper – the aftermath of a dramatic robbery in London’s West End – and Judith can’t believe her eyes. It’s Dan, she’d stake her life on it. Or his life rather, the back-stabber.

Judith begins a hunt for the man she thought she married, and in amongst the lowlifes of the East End’s gangland underworld she finds more than she bargained for. But Judith had better be careful; the rule of law doesn’t apply in Kellston. She’s been deceived, but she doesn’t want to end up dead…

Kay Brellend – A Lonely Heart


Growing up in fear of their cruel, drunken father, Olivia Bone and their siblings haven’t had an easy start in life. But when Livvie’s fiancé, Joe, is killed and he leaves her his house, it seems like the Bone family might finally escape the worst street in North London.

Though their new life is anything but settled, at least Livvie has a good friend in Matilda Keiver, and a better one in Lieutenant Lucas Black, her old boss at the Barratt’s sweet factory. Lucas and Livvie might be from very different worlds, but he treats her with kindness and respect. As they become closer, she grows determined to assist with the war effort and help the brave men like him.

Livvie’s life as a factory girl in no way prepares her for the sights she sees on the front line, where she enlists as a nurse – but amongst the violence and heartache, she finds new friends and a new meaning in life.

As she falls deeper in love with Lucas, Livvie realises he has secrets that he won’t share – and that there can be no future for them without mutual trust. But with the world at war, should Livvie follow her heart or her head before it is too late?

George R.R Martin – Fire and Blood

Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen – the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria – took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than 80 all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

Anthony Horowitz – The Sentence is Death

‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late

These, heard over the phone, were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death in his bachelor pad with a bottle of wine.

Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Why this bottle? And why those words? And why was a three-digit number painted on the wall by the killer? And, most importantly, which of the man’s many, many enemies did the deed?

Baffled, the police are forced to bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony, who’s really getting rather good at this murder investigation business.

But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide. As our reluctant narrator becomes ever more embroiled in the case, he realises that these secrets must be exposed – even at the risk of death…

Elly Griffiths – The Stranger Diaries

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to tales of murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland, she teaches a short course on them every year. Then Clare’s life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer’s works somehow hold the key to the case.

Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary. Writing that isn’t hers…

Lee Child – Past Tense

Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been – the town where his father was born. He thinks, what’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the very same moment, a car breaks down close by. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It’s a strange place…but it’s all there is.

The next morning in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?

So begins another nail-biting, adrenaline-fuelled adventure for Reacher. The present can be tense, but the past can be worse.

Rosie Goodwin – The Blessed Child

Nessie Carson will do anything to keep her family together after her mother is killed. Her father abandons them and they are evicted from their cosy little Nuneaton home. She and her brothers and sisters take on jobs as live-in assistants to a local undertaker. She is soon entwined in fortunes of her employer, Andre, who is forced to live a lie, and the local doctor – someone she’s attracted to but can never have.

But even in the darkest of times, and saddest of places, when you’re as spirited as Nessie Carson, there is light, love and the promise of happiness if you’re only brave enough to search for it…

Barbara Taylor Bradford – Master of His Fate

London 1884: Queen Victoria is Empress of India and Britain is at its peak of worldwide power. James Falconer works as a barrow boy in a flourishing London market, but hungers for more.

Alexis Malvern is the only child of the market’s owner, Henry Malvern. Raised by her father and heir to his businesses, she has no interest in marriage.

Turning away from family tradition, young James Falconer dreams of building an empire of stores like Fortnum and Mason’s. He believes that Henry Malvern could offer him a way to climb beyond his beginnings, part of the new middle class. But tragedy and betrayal threaten the dreams of both James and Alexis and jeopardise everything they hold dear.

Moving from Victorian London to the vibrant port cities of England and France, from gracious stately homes in Gloucestershire to the decadence of Paris, Master of his Fate launches an unforgettable new historical series.