So the Autumn/Winter publishers catalogues are appearing and so the threats to the TBR are here again. First up is Hodder and Stoughton whose imprints include Hodder, Hodder Fiction, Mulholland, Sceptre, Coronet. John Murray has imprints including Two Roads, Faith, JM Learning and Nicholas Brealey Publishing and is part of Hodder and Stoughton. This is a round of fiction titles we can expect in the latter half of the year (there may be one or two non-fiction titles thrown in for good measure).
A quick mention for June and the release of the 5th Alice Quentin novel from Kate Rhodes. In Blood Symmetry, Claire Riordan goes for a morning jog with her son Mikey. That afternoon he is found alone and a pack of Claire’s blood is found on a doorstep. Alice Quentin is called in to help the boy tell them what he knows. It soon becomes apparent that Claire isn’t the first to be taken, and won’t be the last. (Mulholland)
Onto July and DCI Banks fans will be pleased to hear that the 23rd novel to feature the detective is published this month. Peter Robinson’s When the Music’s Over finds DI Annie Cabbott investigating the murder of a young girl, who appeared to have been abused and then thrown from a moving van. meanwhile Banks, now Detective Superintendent must look into the case of Linda Palmer who was attacked by celebrity Danny Caxton 50 years ago. Caxton is now at the heart of a historical abuse investigation, an investigation that Banks must oversee. (Hodder & Stoughton)
The third novel by Antonia Hodgson to feature Thomas Hawkins, A Death at Fountains Abbey, is published in July. Tom has been blackmailed into investigating threats of murder against weathly John Aislabie. Tom must find out who is responsible or loose the woman he loves. (Hodder & Stoughton)
I’m Still Here by Clelie Avit and translated by Lucy Foster tells the story of Elsa who has been in a coma for 5 months. Her family and medical team want to switch off life support and Elsa has no way of telling them she can hear them. But then Thibault, who is visiting his brother accidently finds himself in Elsa’s room and begins to visit her. And when he does he believes she can hear him. So begins a love story in which Thibault and Elsa may end up saving each other. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant is published this month. You tell a little white lie to an acquaintance, then you are invited to dinner. Soon you accept a holiday invitation. But the holiday is not as perfect as it appears. And it seems that it’s the lies that cause the damage, not the truth…(Mulholland)
Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick tells the tale of Marcel Despres, arrested for murdering his wife. He is transferred to the Salpetriere Asylum. His doctor soon realises that Marcel cannot forget anything. And the police officer assigned to the case wonders why his superiors are eager for the case to be closed. Together they must find out the truth. But can Marcel help, when he does not know which moment from all those he can remember are significant or not? (Mulholland)
Revolver by Duane Swierczynski is also out this month. In 1965 two police officers are killed. In 1995 the son of one of the murdered officers, himself a detective, awaits the release of the man who killed his father. In 2015 his daughter reinvestigates her grandfather’s murder. And realises that the man everyone thinks killed those officers years ago is in fact innocent. (Mulholland)
A Life Without You by Katie Marsh is also published in July. Zoe is about to marry Jamie, literally. It’s her wedding day and she receives a phone call to say that her estranged mother, Gina, has been arrested. Zoe and Gina haven’t seen each other in years, not since an incident Zoe blames Gina for. But then when they do meet Gina is very different from how Zoe remembers. Gina is loosing her memory and as Zoe struggles with this she has to face up to her past and hopefully get back to the people she loves. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Also out this month is Dandy Gilver and the Most Misleading Habit by Catriona McPherson, (Hodder & Stoughton), Sons of the Blood by Robyn Young, (Hodder & Stoughton), The Edge of the Light by Elizabeth George, (Hodder & Stoughton) and Marlow’s Landing by Toby Vieria. (John Murray)
August sees the publication of Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta. Mark Novak is an investigator but he’s never been able to look into his wife’s death. That changes when he returns to the scene of her murder and uncovers a clue that may lead back to his childhood in Montana. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Those of you who loved Tana French’s The Secret Place will be glad to know that The Trespasser is out this month. Antoinette Conway is back and working with Stephen Moran. But the rest of work isn’t going well as there is a campaign to get rid of her. Meanwhile her first case with Stephen appears more complex than it first seemed. It appears that someone in Antoinette’s team is trying to push them towards the obvious answer. Is this still part of the drive to get rid of her or something more sinister? (Hodder & Stoughton)
Why Did You Lie? by Ysra Sigurdardottir is also out in August. In this standalone novel a journalist tracking an old case tries to commit suicide. A couple returning from a house swap find their house in a mess and their guests missing. Four strangers huddle on a rock in the middle of the sea. The thing that connects them – they all lied and someone is trying to punish them. (Hodder & Stoughton)
In Poison City by Paul Crilley, Gideon Tau spends his days solving crimes (sometimes by using magic) and spends his free time searching for his daughter’s murderer. Then he sees the man on CCTV footage of a murder. But things are clear cut – the murder victim is his boss, and the murderer not altogether human…(Hodder & Stoughton)
The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes is out in August. In 1999 a programmer tries to fix the Millennium Bug but feels he has been chosen for something In 1888 five women are killed in the East End by a young man bidden by a mysterious master. In 1777 William Blake has a defining spiritual experience and in 1666 John Milton completes his epic. But there is the feeling that the world is going to end. Where does this feeling come from? (Coronet)
Also out this month is Death in the Tuscan Hills by Marco Vichi (the 5th Inspector Bordelli novel) (Hodder & Stoughton), Acts of Love by Talulah Riley, (Hodder & Stoughton), Recreated by Colleen Houck, (Hodder & Stoughton), Bad Soldier by Chris Ryan, (Coronet)
September arrives and with it so does the latest novel by Alan Titchmarsh. Mr Gandy’s Grand Tour sees newly widowed Timothy Gandy left unexpectedly to his own devices. He decides to set off on a Grand Tour and finds himself changed in the process. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Real Tigers by Mick Herron is also published in September. Slough House is where disgraced spies are sent. When one of the spies is kidnapped by a former soldier the other agents must steal intel to enable his release. They find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that could threaten MI5. (John Murray)
Also out this month are Username: Regenerated by Joe Sugg, (Hodder & Stoughton), Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, (Hodder & Stoughton), A City Dreaming by Daniel Polansky (Hodder & Stoughton), Red Right Hand by Chris Holm, (Mulholland), Mistress of the Just Land by David Ashton, (Two Roads) and the paperback edition of The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis. (Two Roads)
The as yet untitled debut novel by Graham Norton is published in October. In the small Irish town of Duneen and a secret unearthed at a building site draws a seemingly mis-matched cast of characters together. What can possibly link a lonely policeman, three spinster sisters and the town gossip? (Hodder & Stoughton)
Replica by Lauren Oliver is the first of a duology. Gemma has been labelled a ‘sickly child’ lonely with only her home, school, and best friend Alice in her life. When she finds out about her father’s link to the secret Haven research facility she decides to find the institute and some answers. Lyra and another experimental subject have escaped Haven. When they meet Gemma, they try to uncover the truth about Haven, and discover shocking secrets in the process. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier is out this month. In it Christine finds a suicide note in her mailbox, then a man calling her radio show is convinced she caused someone to die. Commandant Martin Servaz is on leave when he receives a key card to a room where an artist committed suicide. Is someone driving women to kill themselves. They are both about to find out. (Mulholland)
Fans of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet will be delighted to hear that the standalone sequel by Becky Chambers is out this month. A Closed and Common Orbit sees Lovelace, once a ship’s AI now a person in a new body and the universe is now even more confusing. Lovey will discover with her friend Pepper that it is though, not as empty as it appears. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Also out this month is Inferno by Julian Stockwin, (Hodder & Stoughton), Secrets at the Village School by Gervase Phinn, (Hodder & Stoughton) and The Whistler by John Grisham. (Hodder & Stoughton)
On to November and Jodi Picoult fans will be pleased to hear that her latest novel, Small Great Things is published this month. Ruth was raised the daughter of a black woman in a white household. Now a nurse, she believes such inequality is in the past. But then the child of a white supremacist couple stops breathing and Ruth has to decide between her vocational oath or the hospital’s edict that no one of colour treat the child. The decision may cost her more than she thinks. (Hodder & Stoughton)
Also out this month are The Screaming Statue, the second in the Curiosity House series from Lauren Oliver and H.C.Chester, (Hodder & Stoughton) and Ruler of the Night by David Morrell. (Mulholland)
Published in December are The Sun’s Domain by Rebecca Levene, (Hodder & Stoughton) and Expecting to Die by Lisa Jackson, (Mulholland)
Throughout July to September Hodder & Stoughton will be reissuing the novels of Jeffery Deaver, in paperback with new covers. The books to be reissued are:
Standalone novels –
Mistress of Justice, The Lesson of Her Death, Praying for Sleep, Speaking in Tongues, A Maiden’s Grave, The Devil’s Teardrop, The Blue Nowhere, Garden of Beasts, The Bodies Left Behind, Edge and The October List.
The Rune series –
Manhattan is my Beat, Death of a Blue Movie Star and Hard News.
The Location Scout series –
Shallow Graves, Bloody River Blues and Hell’s Kitchen.
The Lincoln Rhyme Thrillers –
The Bone Collector, The Coffin Dancer, The Empty Chair, The Stone Monkey, The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card, The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, The Burning Wire, The Kill Room and The Skin Collector.
The Kathryn Dance Thrillers –
The Sleeping Doll, Roadside Crosses and XO.
Short Stories –
Twisted, More Twisted and Trouble in Mind.
Throughout August to December Hodder & Stoughton will be reissuing the Lord Peter Wimsey mystery novels by Dorothy L Sayers. The titles are Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness, Unnatural Death, Lord Peter Views the Body, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Strong Poison, The Documents in the Case, Five Red Herrings, Have his Carcase, Hangman’s Holiday, Murder must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon, In the Teeth of the Evidence and Striding Folly.
Throughout December Hodder & Stoughton will be reissuing Mary Stewart’s novels in celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of her birth. The novels to be reissued are:
Madam, Will You Talk, Wildfire at Midnight, Thunder on the Right, Nine Coaches Waiting, My Brother Michael, The Ivy Tree, The Moon-Spinners, This Rough Magic, Airs Above the Ground, The Gabriel Hounds, Touch Not the Cat, Thornyhold, Stormy Petrel, Rose Cottage, The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, The Wicked Day and The Prince and the Pilgrim.
Between October and February 2017 Mulholland will be publishing the Hap and Leonard series by Joe R Lansdale. The titles include: Savage Season, Mucho Mojo, The Two-Bear Mambo, Bad Chilli, Rumble Tumble, Vanilla Ride, Devil Red, Honky Tonk Samurai and Rusty Puppy.
Non-fiction during the remainder of 2016 sees books from Miranda Hart, Joe Lycett, Kevin Hart, Ranulph Fiennes, Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, Susie Dent, Trevor Noah and The Last Leg. Cookery wise there will be Made in Spain by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, The Great British Bake Off at Home by Linda Collister and Eat.Live.Go by Donal Skehan, Go Lean Vegan by Christine Bailey, Deliciously Ella and Deliciously Ella Everyday by Ella Woodward and The Sirt Food Diet by Aiden Goggins and Glen Matten
So there we have it, a whole host of books which should cover a variety of tastes. I know what I want to add to the TBR. What about you, what has caught your eye?