May has been mostly spent reading urban fantasy, namely Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer series, Mark Hayden’s King’s Watch series, and the fantastic Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix. Urban fantasy seems to be where my head is at right now, so I’m just going with it. The Last Dragonslayer is technically YA, but I don’t care; it was excellent.
Caimh MCDonnell published a blog post mid-May in which he states that Dead Man’s Sins, a new instalment of the increasingly inaccurately named Dublin Trilogy, will be published on 15th June. There’s no trace of it showing on Goodreads or Amazon yet, but I’m going on trust. Apparently, it’ll be book 0.5, slotting in between Angels in the Moonlight and A Man with One of Those Faces.
This Fragile Earth is a debut novel that I’ll be reviewing early in June. It’s a peri/post-apocalyptic tale set not too far in the future, and doesn’t involve viruses, which is nice.
Anything by Karin Slaughter is always worth a read, so I’ve chosen her stand-alone novel, False Witness as my third choice for June. I’ve been reading Karin Slaughter since her debut with Blindsighted in 2001, and her stand-alones maintain the quality of the Grant County and Will Trent series.
Reading update for May: thirty to date (I’m writing this on May 28th), all eBooks. Shame on me. I am reading a hard copy of The Missing Lynx by Ross Barnett, about the extinction of our mammal species right back to prehistoric megafauna, and the possibilities of rewilding by reintroduction. It’s taking me a while to read because it keeps dropping me down the rabbit hole – I’m keeping a running list of things he mentions to read up on, and my problem is that I’m finding everything fascinating and need to know everything now! Did you know we used to have hyaenas and hippos in the UK? No, me neither.
Best read of the month: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, by Garth Nix
Worst read of the month: Plan for Chaos, by John Wyndham
This Fragile Earth
Not long from now, in a recognizable yet changed London, Signy and Matthew lead a dull, difficult life. They’ve only really stayed together for the sake of their six-year-old son, Jed. But they’re surviving, just about. Until the day the technology that runs their world stops working. Unable to use their phones, pay for anything, even open the smart door to their flat, Matthew assumes that this is just a momentary glitch in the computers that now run the world.
But then the electricity and gas are cut off. Even the water stops running. And the pollination drones – vital to the world, ever since the bees all died – are behaving oddly. People are going missing. Soldiers are on the streets. London is no longer safe.
A shocking incident sends Signy and Jed on the run, desperate to flee London and escape to the small village where Signy grew up. Determined to protect her son, Signy will do almost anything to survive as the world falls apart around them. But she has no idea what is waiting for them outside the city…
Released 24th June 2021
He saw what you did … He knows who you are. The stunning new standalone from the No.1 international bestselling author
AN ORDINARY LIFE …
Leigh Coulton has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defence attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilised – her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be.
HIDES A DEVASTATING PAST …
But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average … a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.
BUT NOW THE PAST IS CATCHING UP …
Then a case lands on her desk – defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given – a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realises that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.
AND TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Calli, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice …
Released 24th June 2021
Dead Man’s Sins
How far would you go to protect a dead man?
It’s the year 2000, in Dublin, and, following some traumatic events, Detective Bunny McGarry is taking a well-earned break from the force. However, just because you’re not looking for trouble, it doesn’t mean trouble isn’t looking for you.
Bunny’s former partner, Tim ‘Gringo’ Spain, died under dubious circumstances in the line of duty, and his murky background has suddenly resurfaced, threatening to take Bunny’s reputation with it. As if that isn’t enough, a young boy is in danger and a woman from the big fella’s past is trapped in a loveless marriage to a monster. They both need Bunny’s help, but he has to get to work fast because it seems someone is trying to frame him for murder.
Dead Man’s Sins is a continuation of McDonnell’s critically acclaimed bestselling Dublin Trilogy and mixes high-octane thrills with distinctly Irish wit.
Released 15th June 2021