Spring is here, the clocks are changing and we’ve got some fantastic new books coming out in the next few months that we’re really excited about. From an exciting new Ben Bracken thriller, the revealing memoirs of a private flight-attendant, the first in a brand new series of thrillers and a swashbuckling historical adventure.
Here are our March bestsellers, upcoming releases and a spotlight on a detective series in the gothic coastal town of Whitby… Happy reading!
The Churchills: A Family Portrait by Celia and John Lee
Beautiful and powerful, the Churchills dominated world politics for generations – but like every family they have their secrets…
Celia and John Lee use never-before-seen archives of hundreds of family letters to cut through the rumours and lies, and get to the truth about the life of the former Prime Minister and his relationship with his family.
2. Look to the Stars by Emilie Loring
When a dark-haired fascinating stranger moves into a new home, her wealthy neighbour decides he has found the woman of his dreams.
Young architect Scott Pelham is not deterred when he learns of her family’s dishonour, and he sets out to clear her name. But in doing so, he finds himself immersed in a shadowy world where nothing and no one is quite what they seem, and danger lurks…
3. Pillar of Fire by Ronald Atkin
In May 1940 over 300,000 men were taken off the beaches of Dunkirk, and it was they who became the nucleus of the armies which swept Nazism from Europe in 1944 and ’45.
Pillar of Fire: Dunkirk 1940 is a unique, soldier’s-eye view of this extraordinary story, making sense of the chaos and anarchy of an army in defeat in the words of those who lived through those tumultuous weeks.
4. Return to the Winter Palace by John Rae
For Emily, the prospect of a cultural holiday in Leningrad seems rather dull, until an adventure presents itself the moment she and her family step off the plane at Leningrad airport. For who is the mysterious Mrs Hannay accompanying them on their tour? And why was her photograph kept by the authorities at Leningrad Airport?
And what is the connection between Mrs Hannay, the Dubinsky family and the Leonardo da Vinci in the Hermitage Museum? Emily feels sure she knows the answer to the mystery and, together with her sister Alyce, is determined to act.
5. We’ll All Be Murdered In Our Beds by Duncan Campbell
‘If it bleeds, it leads’ – this maxim is as true now as it was 300 years ago. Crime is the staple of the news, and our appetite for these dark and dangerous stories shows no sign of abating.
In this colourful history of crime reporting since 1700, Duncan Campbell reveals what it’s really like to deal with murderers, gangsters, robbers, cat burglars, victims, informers and detectives. He introduces us to the ‘hacks in the macs’ and the ‘Murder Gang’, who would go to any lengths to get a story – and serve it up to an ever-eager reading public.
The Watchman (Ben Bracken 5) by Rob Parker
One last mission for an old friend. What could go wrong?
It’s sold as an in-and-out jaunt to The Big Apple, to pick up a harmless envelope. But when Ben Bracken is offered the assignment, he’s a little hesitant. He’s a family man now, with a duty to stay alive for his loved ones.
So begins his American road trip, one that takes him from the city that never sleeps to the misty swamps of Florida. All in pursuit of one highly coveted envelope. Because it turns out, this job isn’t the walk in Central Park it was promised to be.
The Watchman is packed with action, underpinned with believable conspirative intrigue, world-class writing and twists you just won’t see coming.
Above and Beyond: Secrets of a Private Flight Attendant by Saskia Swann and Nicola Stow
Brace yourself for a turbulent read in this hilarious and scandalous memoir, filled with shocking true stories that give a rare insight into life behind the scenes of a private jet’s cabin crew.
Heavily in debt, and earning peanuts as a ‘trolley dolly’, Saskia Swann desperately needed to get her life back on track. After a chance meeting, she landed a job as cabin crew – but this time on a private jet. Saskia soon realised that the job wasn’t quite what it seemed though: her billionaire boss expected far more from his hostesses than just cocktails and nibbles…
In this gripping exposé, Saskia Swann pulls back the first-class curtain on the lifestyles of the mega-rich and famous.
Firepower by John Cutter
White supremacists have climbed their way to the top. It’s his job to bring them down.
Vince Bellator decides to infiltrate their ranks a highly dangerous faction of white supremacists who call themselves The Brethren.
As he delves deeper into their ranks, Vince uncovers the group’s sickening plot, an act of national terror that will wreak devastation on America and all it stands for.
With the FBI unconvinced and government officials colluding with Brethren leaders, can Vince stop the terrorist cell before it’s too late?
By My Sword Alone by David Black
The Battle of Glenshiel, 1719. Thirteen-year-old James Lindsay watches the action unfold as the Jacobite forces supported by his family are defeated. For the rebels, it is the beginning of the end. But for James, forever marked by the battle, it is truly just the beginning.
Later, forced to flee Scotland, James finds himself on the European mainland and eventually in the Roman palace of his own ‘king’. There, he experiences all kinds of adventure, from the romantic to the brutal.
By My Sword Alone is a striking blend of historical novel and psychological profile that immerses readers in the thought, politics and bloodshed of eighteenth-century Europe. It will please David Black’s many fans and likely win him many more.
‘A gripping page-turner of a read.’ – Robert Foster
‘Frank Miller is the most interesting detective series on the market.’ – Tom Kasey
James Whitworth is a cartoonist for the Sheffield Star, Sheffield Telegraph and the Jewish Chronicle, his Detective Frank Miller Mysteries are a series of crime novels set in the coastal town of Whitby in North Yorkshire.