On the bookshelves: March 2017

February 22, 2017
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New releases coming in March.

FICTION

Vicious Circle, by C. J. Box: The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect (Head of Zeus, RRP $35).

To Know my Crime, by Fiona Capp: From award-winning writer Fiona Capp comes a novel about blackmail, risk, corruption and consequences (HarperCollins, RRP $35).

The Last McAdam, by Holly Ford: An exciting new voice in rural fiction, combining romance, suspense and a cast of unforgettable characters. Holly Holly Ford is the pseudonym of a writer who grew up in a farming community in the Hokonui Hills in the South Island (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Close Enough to Touch, by Colleen Oakley: An untraditional love story about how two people can touch each other—without ever even touching (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Corpus, by Rory Clements: This big canvas international thriller marks the beginning of a major new series from bestselling, award-winning author Rory Clements. (Zaffre, RRP $33).

Stasi Wolf, by David Young: The new gripping cold war thriller from the CWA Dagger award-winning author of Stasi Child. How do you solve a murder when you can’t ask any questions? (Zaffre, RRP $33).

Evil Games, by Angela Marsons: When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution (Zaffre, RRP $23).

Darke, by Rick Gekoski: Dr James Darke has expelled himself from the world but cracks begin to appear in his carefully managed darkness, drawn in by the love for his daughter and grandson (Canongate, RRP $33).

Charlotte, by David Foenkinos and translated by Sam Taylor: Charlotte Salomon was one of Germany’s great modern artists. But just as she is coming into her own, death is coming to control her country (Canongate, RRP $28).

All the Rivers, by Dorit Rabinyan and translated by Jessica Cohen: A Romeo and Juliet story of our times—the prizewinning bestseller banned in Israeli schools (Serpent’s Tail, RRP $28).

The City Always Wins, by Omar Robert Hamilton: A remarkable novel from the psychological heart of a revolution, The City Always Wins brings to life the 2011 Egyptian revolution from the communal highs of pitched night battles against the police in Cairo to the solitary lows of defeated exile in New York (Faber, RRP $33).

The Intrusions, by Stav Sherez: When a distressed young woman arrives at their station claiming her friend has been abducted by a man who threatened to come back and “claim her next”, Detectives Carrigan and Miller are thrust into the terrifying new world of stalking and the emerging threat of online intimidation, hacking and control (Faber, RRP $33).

First Love, by Gwendoline Riley: Neve is a writer in her mid-30s married to an older man. As she recalls the decisions that led her to this marriage, she tells of other loves and other debts (Granta, RRP $28).

The Song Rising, by Samantha Shannon: The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series—a groundbreaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination (Bloomsbury, RRP $27).

Indelible, by Adelia Saunders: Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees writing on the body of everyone she meets—names, dates, details both banal and profound. When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek (Bloomsbury, RRP $33).

NON-FICTION

They Cannot Take the Sky, edited by Michael Green, Angelica Neville, Andrea Dao, Dana Affleck and Sienna Merope:  Revealing, moving and confronting accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention by those who’ve experienced it (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

The Spider and the Fly, by Claudia Rowe: The chilling story of a young reporter’s obsession with a small town serial killer (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33).

Common Ground, by Justin Trudeau: The triumphs and tragedies of Canada’s most charismatic politician (OneWorld, RRP $37).

Practical Latin for Gardeners, by James Armitage: More than 1500 essential plant names and the secrets they contain (Crows Nest, RRP $28).

The Mosaic Principle, by Nick Lovegrove: The six dimensions of a successful life and career (Profile Books, RRP $40).

Eat Me, A Natural and Unnatural History of Cannibalism, by Bill Schutt: An entertaining, informative and gruesome look at the world’s greatest taboo – cannibalism (Profile Books, RRP $37).

Fragile Lives, by Stephen Westaby: An exceptional insight into the fast-paced and exhilarating world of heart surgery and how it feels to hold someone’s life in your hand (HarperCollins, RRP $37).

The 50 Greatest Dishes of the World, by James Steen: A knowledgeable compendium featuring China’s banquet-pleasing Peking Duck, Thai green curry, the comforting coq au vin of France and much more (Icon, RRP $25).

Havana, by Mark Kurlansky: The award-winning author presents an insider’s view of Havana: the elegant, tattered city he has come to know over more than thirty years. Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings and photographs (Bloomsbury, RRP $39).

YOUNGER READERS

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix: A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children’s speculative fiction, featuring talking dogs, mischievous wizards and an evil stepfather. For ages 13-16 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja Book 8 (Spirit Week Shenanigans), Book 9 (Scavengers Strike Back), and Book 10 (My Worst Frenemy), all by Marcus Emerson: Continuing the havoc-meets-hilarious adventures of Chase Cooper, leader of a secret society of ninjas at his school. For ages 7-12 (Allen & Unwin, RRP $15 each).

The Things We Promise, by J. C. Burke: Set during the early 1990s at the height of the HIV epidemic, a   story of family, friendships and relationships. For ages 15-plus (Allen & Unwin, RRP $23).

Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby: Roza goes missing and as the truth about what happened is slowly revealed, it is  stranger than you can imagine. For ages 14-plus (Faber, RRP $23).

The Secret Rescuers: The Star Wolf, by Paula Harrison & illustrated by Sophy Williams: In a magical kingdom far, far away it’s up to a small group of secret rescuers to keep magical creatures safe from the grasp of the evil Sir Fitzroy. For ages 5-8 (Nosy Crow, RRP $13).

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling: A new edition of this companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling and an new jacket by Jonny Duddle (Bloomsbury, RRP $27).

We Come Apart, by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan: Two of the most important voices in YA come together to break your heart — We Come Apart is a contemporary Romeo and Juliet, a story of two teenagers brought together by circumstance, ripped apart by fate. For ages 12-plus (Bloomsbury, RRP $20).

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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