Three advance review copies of titles being released in February 2018, all from authors I’ve not read before. Note, that two involve ‘seven deaths’ is just a very weird coincidence!
Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan
Hachette Australia, 13 February
Tom, Karl and Baz grew up together in down-on-its-luck Dublin. Friends since childhood, their lives diverged when Tom left home to be a war correspondent. Now, after three years embedded in the Siege of Sarajevo, he returns a haunted shell of the lad who went away.
Karl and Baz have no idea what they’re doing but they are determined to see him through the darkness, even if it means travelling halfway around the world. Hearing about an unlikely cure – an experimental clinic called Restless Souls – they embark on a road trip across California. Full synopsis & book details…
‘The funniest sad book I’ve read in a long time . . . A terrific debut from a dynamic new writer’ — J. Robert Lennon
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Bloomsbury, 8 February
Described as “a brilliantly original high concept murder mystery from a fantastic new talent: Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” and appearing in ‘Must Read Books in 2018’ lists.
‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Full synopsis & book details…
Seven Dead by J Jefferson Farjeon
Poisoned Pen Press, 6 February
An atmospheric crime novel first published in 1939, now republished as part of the British Library Crime Classic Series.
Ted Lyte, amateur thief, has chosen an isolated house by the coast for his first robbery. But Haven House is no ordinary country home. While hunting for silverware to steal, Ted stumbles upon a locked room containing seven dead bodies.
Detective Inspector Kendall takes on the case with the help of passing yachtsman Thomas Hazeldean. The search for the house’s absent owners brings Hazeldean across the Channel to Boulogne, where he finds more than one motive to stay and investigate. Full synopsis & book details…
J. Jefferson Farjeon (1883 – 1955) was the author of more than sixty crime and thriller novels.
UPDATE: Read our review of Seven Dead
What else has been going on here at Booklover Book Reviews?
- Books really do make the best gifts so we published Our Book Gift Guide 2017 that has something for everyone… including recommendations from the experts!
- The Aussie Author Reading Challenge will be back for its 9th year in 2018 – the challenge homepage is now live and taking sign-ups.