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New Adult Fiction Added to Stoneleigh Library Stock
April 2019

The following adult fiction books have been added to Stoneleigh Library stock during April 2019. Clicking on the book title (red underlined) will bring up a popup window listing which libraries the book is available at. Simply scroll down this list to see if the title is currently available for loan at Stoneleigh or whether it has been borrowed by another library customer.

The Behaviour of Moths

Poppy Adams (2009)

Ginny watches & waits for her younger sister to return to the crumbling mansion that was once their childhood home. Vivien has not stepped foot in the house since she left, 47 years ago; Ginny, the reclusive lepidopterist, has rarely ventured outside it. The remembrance of their youth, of loss, & of old rivalries plays across Ginny's mind.

Book Details: PB/9781844084883/FIC/2009

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Banker's Wife

Cristina Alger (2019)

Annabel's husband Matthew has just died in a plane crash. But was it really an accident or is there more to the story? Marina's boss has asked for her help on one last investigation - an exposé of a huge banking scandal. Shortly after, he is found murdered in his home. Two women who have lost so much. Two women with so much more to lose. Two women who will stop at nothing to find out the truth.

Book Details: PB/9781473684713/THR/2019

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Bear and the Nightingale

Winternight Trilogy Book 1

Katherine Arden (2017)

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain,intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, wilful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

Book Details: PB/9781785031052/FIC/2017

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The Girl in the Tower

Winternight Trilogy Book 2

Katherine Arden (2018)

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasyawill choose a third way: magic. The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse. Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical.

Book Details: PB/9781785031076/SF/2018

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The Winter of the Witch

Winternight Trilogy Book 3

Katherine Arden (2019)

Moscow has almost burned to the ground, leaving its people searching for answers - and someone to hold accountable. Vasya finds herself on her own, amid a rabid mob that calls for her death, blaming her witchery for their misfortune. Then a vengeful demon returns, renewed and stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos in his wake and never be chained again. Enlisting the hateful priest Konstantin as his servant, turmoil plagues the Muscovites and the magical creatures alike, and all find their fates resting on the shoulders of Vasya. With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures.

Book Details: PB/9781785039713/SF/2019

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The Sunday Lunch Club

Juliet Ashton (2018)

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way. Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of forty. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate. Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?

Book Details: PB/9781471168383/FIC/2018

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Handmaid's Tale

Margraet Atwood (1985)

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford – her assigned name, Offred, means ‘of Fred’. She has only one function: to breed in order to repopulate a devastated world. If she deviates, she will, like all dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction

Book Details: PB/9781784873189/FIC/2017

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One Enchanted Evening

Anton Du Beke (2019)

London, 1936. Inside the spectacular ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty, rub shoulders with the talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them, and sweep away their cares. From behind plush curtains and discreet doors, the unseen staff of the hotel dream and listen - and watch. The storm clouds of war are gathering, and beneath the glitz and glamour of the ballroom lurks an irresistible world of scandal and secrets. Let's dance.

Book Details: PB/9781785764820/FIC/2019

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Restless

William Boyd (2006)

[Bloomsbury Modern Classics]

London, 1936. Inside the spectacular ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty, rub shoulders with the talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them, and sweep away their cares. From behind plush curtains and discreet doors, the unseen staff of the hotel dream and listen - and watch. The storm clouds of war are gathering, and beneath the glitz and glamour of the ballroom lurks an irresistible world of scandal and secrets. Let's dance.

Eva Delectorskaya, a beautiful Russian émigrée living in Paris, is recruited for the British Secret Service by the mysterious Lucas Romer. Under his tutelage she becomes the perfect spy - trusting no one, even those she loves most. Since the close of the Second World War, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life as a typical English wife. But once a spy, always a spy. Now she must complete one final assignment, and this time Eva can't do it alone: she needs her daughter's help.

Book Details: PB/9781408891377/FIC/2017

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury (1953)

The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books. The classic novel of a post-literate future, 'Fahrenheit 451' stands alongside Orwell's '1984' and Huxley's 'Brave New World' as a prophetic account of Western civilization's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which over fifty years from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.

Book Details: PB/9780006546061/SF/2008

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

My Sister, The Serial Killer

Oyinkan Braithwaite (2019)

When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the fit doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other.

Book Details: HB/9781786495976/THR/2019

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

A Vintage Summer

Cathy Bramley (2019)

London has not been kind to Lottie Allbright. Realising it's time to cut and run, she packs up and moves back home - but finds her family in disarray. In need of a new place to stay, Lottie takes up the offer of a live-in job managing a local vineyard. There's a lot to learn - she didn't even know grapes could grow so far north! Butterworth Wines in the rolling Derbyshire hills has always been run on love and passion but a tragic death has left everyone at a loss. Widowed Betsy is trying to keep the place afloat but is harbouring a debilitating secret. Meanwhile her handsome but interfering grandson, Jensen, is trying to convince her to sell up and move into a home. Lottie's determined to save Butterworth Wines, but with all this and an unpredictable English summer to deal with, it'll be a challenge.

Book Details: PB/9780552173957/FIC/2019

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte (1847)

London has not been kind to Lottie Allbright. Realising it's time to cut and run, she packs up and moves back home - but finds her family in disarray. In need of a new place to stay, Lottie takes up the offer of a live-in job managing a local vineyard. There's a lot to learn - she didn't even know grapes could grow so far north! Butterworth Wines in the rolling Derbyshire hills has always been run on love and passion but a tragic death has left everyone at a loss. Widowed Betsy is trying to keep the place afloat but is harbouring a debilitating secret. Meanwhile her handsome but interfering grandson, Jensen, is trying to convince her to sell up and move into a home. Lottie's determined to save Butterworth Wines, but with all this and an unpredictable English summer to deal with, it'll be a challenge.

Passionate, poetic and revolutionary, Jane Eyre is a novel of naked emotional power. Its story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society - and instead finds love on her own terms - has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever written, but it is also a brooding Gothic mystery, a profound depiction of character and a transformative work of the imagination.

Book Details: PB/9780141198859/FIC/2012

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Good Earth

Pearl S. Buck (1931)

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the life and labours of a Chinese farmer during the sweeping reign of the country's last emperor. When O-lan, a servant girl, marries the peasant Wang Lung, she toils tirelessly through four pregnancies for their family's survival. Reward at first is meagre, but there is sustenance in the land - until the famine comes.

Half-starved, the family joins thousands of peasants to beg on the city streets. It seems that all is lost, until O-lan's desperate will to survive returns them home with undreamt of wealth. But they have betrayed the earth from which true wealth springs, and the family's money breeds only mistrust, deception - and heartbreak for the woman who had saved them.

The Good Earthis a riveting family saga and story of female sacrifice - a classic of twentieth-century literature.

Book Details: PB/9781471151873/FIC/2016

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Magician's Apprentice

Trudi Canavan (2010)

In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.

When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice.

But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries.

Book Details: PB/9781841495903/SF/2010

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Shogun

James Clavell (1999)

This is James Clavell's tour-de-force; an epic saga of one Pilot-Major John Blackthorne, and his integration into the struggles and strife of feudal Japan. Both entertaining and incisive, SHOGUN is a stunningly dramatic re-creation of a very different world.

Starting with his shipwreck on this most alien of shores, the novel charts Blackthorne's rise from the status of reviled foreigner up to the heights of trusted advisor and eventually, Samurai. All as civil war looms over the fragile country.

Book Details: PB/9780340766163/FIC/1999

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Tai-Pan

James Clavell (1999)

Set in the days of the founding of Hong Kong, Tai Pan is the story of the ruler - the Tai-Pan - of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. This is the story of his fight to establish himself and his dynasty as the undisputed master.

Book Details: PB/9780340750698/FIC/1999

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Blue Lightning

Ann Cleeves (2015)

With autumn storms raging, Fair Isle feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder ... A woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, with feathers threaded through her hair. The islanders react with fear and anger. Detective Jimmy Perez has no support from the mainland and must investigate the old-fashioned way. He soon realises that this is no crime of passion - but a murder of cold and calculated intention. There's no way off the island until the storms abate - and so the killer is also trapped, just waiting for the opportunity to strike again.

Book Details: PB/9781447274476/THR/2015

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Cold Earth

Ann Cleeves (2017)

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died.

Book Details: PB/9781447278221/THR/2017

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Crow Trap

Ann Cleeves (2016)

At the isolated Baikie's Cottage, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. The three women each know the meaning of betrayal. So when people begin to mysteriously die, DI Vera Stanhope is sent to investigate.

Book Details: PB/9781509815890/THR/2016

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

The Glass Room

Ann Cleeves (2016)

DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than just a missing friend.

Book Details: PB/9PB/9781509816002/THR/2016

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Hidden Depths

Ann Cleeves (2016)

DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than just a missing friend.

Book Details: PB/9781509815920/THR/2016

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Raven Black

Ann Cleeves (2015)

The murder of teenager Catherine Ross sends shockwaves through a small Shetland community, and most of the fingers of blame point to loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But Catherine's vicious and sudden demise has thrown a veil of suspicion over everyone who knew her, and one local detective is keeping all options open.

Book Details: PB/9781447274438/THR/2015

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Red Bones

Ann Cleeves (2015)

When a young archaeologist, studying on a site at Whalsay, discovers a set of human remains, the islanders are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery?

Book Details: PB/9781447274469/THR/2015

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White Nights

Ann Cleeves (2015)

When Shetland detective Jimmy Perez finds a body in a hut used by fishermen, it seems to be a straightforward case of suicide. He recognises the victim - a stranger with amnesia who had disrupted a local party the night before. Yet this is no desperate act of anguish, but the work of a cold and calculating killer.

Book Details: PB/9781447274452/THR/2015

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]

Abaddon's Gate

James S.A. Cory (2013)

For generations, the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt - was humanity's great frontier. Until now. The alien artefact working through its program under the clouds of Venus has emerged to build a massive structure outside the orbit of Uranus: a gate that leads into a starless dark. Jim Holden and the crew of the Rocinante are part of a vast flotilla of scientific and military ships going out to examine the artefact. But behind the scenes, a complex plot is unfolding, with the destruction of Holden at its core.

Book Details: PB/9781841499932/SF/2014

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Caliban's War

James S.A. Cory (2013)

For someone who didn't intend to wreck the solar system's fragile balance of power, Jim Holden did a pretty good job of it. When a single super-soldier begins slaughtering soldiers of Earth and Mars, the race is on to discover whether this is the vanguard of an alien army, or if the danger lies closer to home.

Book Details: PB/9781841499918/SF/2013

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Leviathan Wakes

James S.A. Cory (2012)

Humanity has colonized the planets - interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. But there are tensions - the mineral-rich outer planets resent their dependence on Earth and Mars and the political and military clout they wield over the Belt and beyond.

Book Details: PB/9781841499895/SF/2012

[Book Selected and Financed by Friends of Stoneleigh Library]