Newsletter: Books Coming in the New Year by Wendy

Monday Nov 30 2015


Joanna Cannon, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, (TP $21)

This book is set in London, England in the long and very hot summer of 1976. The main characters Grace and Tilly spend the summer holidays trying to find out what happened to a neighbour, Mrs. Creasy, who one day just disappeared.  This search becomes intertwined with a search for God.  While this is a charming and engaging story, there is a much darker sub story which deals with events which occurred nine years previously.  It is well written and presents a realistic portrait of the time.  I have never been able to take to Alan Bradley’s Flavia, but I am thoroughly enamoured with Grace and Tilly.


Andrew Marr, Head of State, (TP $18.95)

The author, Andrew Marr, is a political journalist who works for the BBC.  This book is set in 2017 when Britain is preparing to vote in a referendum about whether the country should remain in the EU.  Needless to say unbeknownst to the population at large there is much skullduggery and chicanery going on in the corridors of power.

Judith Flanders, A Murder of Magpies, (TP $18.50)

This is the first in a new series set in the UK. The main character Sam Clair is an editor at a major publishing house.  The book on which she is working at the beginning of the novel is about a recent scandal in the fashion industry.  When the author, who is also a friend of hers seems to have disappeared, events quickly spiral out of control. The major, and obviously continuing, characters are both interesting and believable. The second novel, A Bed of Scorpions, will be released in hard cover in March 2016 

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