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A Commonplace Killing  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On a damp July morning, two schoolboys find a woman’s body in a blitzed and abandoned churchyard in north London. The police assume that the woman, strangled and left on a pile of rubble with her clothes and handbag intact, was the random victim of an ex-serviceman looking for a cheap thrill, but the autopsy finds no evidence of sexual assault.

 

The mysterious case of Lillian Parry’s death sets Divisional Detective Inspector Jim Cooper on a mad search for answers: How did Lil, a seemingly proper middle-class woman who lived nearby with her family, come to be in the churchyard—a well-known lovers’ haunt? If she hadn’t been raped, why was she strangled? What went on in her private life; how could her husband have failed to notice that she never came home on the night she was murdered?

 

Tension and intrigue build as DDI Cooper unravels the case and the much seedier double life Lil was hiding. The facts point to a postwar world of disillusionment, bitterness, and emotional disturbance—a world where getting back to normal proves far more difficult than the cheerful optimism that the newsreels suggest.

 

The Cruel Mother  

A Wonderful Little Girl  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siân Busby, an award-winning writer, broadcaster and filmmaker, was married to BBC Business editor, Robert Peston, and the mother of two sons. She published four books, including The Cruel Mother, a memoir of her great-grandmother that won the MIND Book Award in 2004, and a novel, McNaughten, a highly acclaimed historical novel published in 2009. She died in 2012.

 

 

 

Set in the bleakness and confusion of post-WWII London, A COMMONPLACE KILLING is a gripping psychological thriller “in which the veneer of stoicism and respectability is gradually peeled away to reveal the dark truths at the heart of postwar British society.”

 

 

 

 

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OOh nice line up Becke :smileyhappy:

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OOh nice line up Becke :smileyhappy:


Oh, Deb - sorry if this is confusing. I decided we needed a thread to put the spotlight on new releases and soon-to-be-released books. I haven't posted a schedule for this month because I'm mostly highlighting books without author visits. (I'm going to Florida at the end of the month to help my daughter pack and move, so I need to keep it low key here.)

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This is WAR  

 

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This is not a story of forgiveness... 

The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Emily Thorne would be proud.

 

Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.

 

And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.

 

They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.

 

Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost.

 

This summer, SOHO TEEN will do something it’s never done before: publish a book co-authored by sisters.

 

 

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming.

 

 

Their first book, The Liar Society, earned fans everywhere and compelled Bookalicious to exclaim:

Liar Society  

 

 

The Liar Society is full of boarding school awesome, secret societies, and misunderstood hot teen boys. It takes a very unique plot for me to enjoy a contemporary YA and The Liar Society has unique coming out of the authors’ little pink brains.”

 

 

As you can see, you’re in very capable hands. And the Roecker sisters do not disappoint with their follow-up effort This is W.A.R.

 

So, what’s this new book all about? Glad you asked …

 

Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent. And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.

No one believes that Willa’s drowning was an accident. After all, she held the Club record for the 1500 meter freestyle.  And the Gregory family has a history of making troublesome girls disappear.

They all know James Gregory killed her.

But none of them will say a word.

Enter the W.A.R. Four girls. Four very different motives to avenge Willa’s death, and only one rule: Destroy the Gregory  family at any cost. Innocence is lost, battles are won, and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.

 

Sound like a book you’d like to know more about? Great! An excerpt is below …

 

          Willa Ames-Rowan never thought she would die. She firmly believed white should be worn before Labor Day, champagne was best enjoyed on an empty stomach, and sleep was for the weak. If it weren’t for the inky black water tugging at her limbs, clawing its way into her mouth, she might have welcomed the dark solitude of Hawthorne Lake. She might have floated on her back, counting stars, dreaming about what it would be like to wake up next to her future husband, what it might be like to marry James Gregory.
          But not tonight.
          Tonight, Willa Ames-Rowan was drowning.
          As luck would have it, she’d just read an article recounting a Tsunami survivor’s near-death experience in a tattered copy of Reader’s Digest. This, while waiting for her acupuncture appointment earlier in the week. Willa took comfort in the survivor’s story because just before he passed out from lack of oxygen, he felt a moment of peace. He gave himself to the water, accepted his fate.
          So Willa knew she couldn’t be dying because there was nothing peaceful about her struggle to determine which way was up, down, left or right. The moment she went under she’d decided to decline death’s invitation – with the socially acceptable level of regret, of course. She knew enough to remain calm, tread water, back float until someone noticed she was missing. Contrary to her sister’s judgy texts, Willa was a fighter. She would never let her life slip away in a Hallmark movie moment of blissful surrender.
          She’d only had a couple of drinks but her head was cloudy and her limbs sluggish and heavy. She’d been raised on the water—boating trips, beach vacations, the Club pool—she should have been above the surface, not under it. Earlier in the afternoon, Willa had taken a dip in this very same water while the girls lounged on the beach. Madge yelled at her not to swim out too far, brown hair swirling around her face in the wind, her fair skin shielded by layers of sunscreen and a long, gauzy cover up. Next to her, Lina buried her nose in a magazine, all boobs and legs, doing her best impression of not giving a shit. And then there was Sloane with her pin straight hair and black almond eyes, looking like a tiny beacon in her bright pink bikini. She stood next to Madge, shielding the sun with her hand. Even from the distance, Willa could see the smile tugging at her lips. If Sloane weren’t so self-conscious, she might have been cheering.
          And so it was her friend’s silent encouragement that pushed Willa on as brief bursts of light shone in the sky overhead, fireworks guiding her toward the surface. She scissored her legs toward the red, white and blue explosions. Her lungs burned, the muscles of her arms wept for a break. But still, she fought.
          Images of the Gregory brothers bubbled to the surface of her consciousness. She couldn’t think of them now. But Rose McCaan was different. There was something about Rose that begged to be remembered. The quiet way she walked around the Club. Almost invisible. Rose was pretty, but she didn’t realize it yet, hiding an hourglass figure behind unflattering t-shirts and unfortunate shorts.
          Willa knew Rose had a thing for James Gregory.
          She knew but she didn’t care and now she couldn’t help but wonder if that kiss had somehow landed her here, in this water. Willa would take it back if she could. She’d take a lot of things backAnd for a moment she thought she might actually have the chance.  She finally broke free of the lake’s slippery grip. Her head bobbed into the cool night air.  But she opened her mouth too early and choked on the stagnant water. Hacking and sputtering, she was able to keep her head up long enough to drink in brief gasps of oxygen between coughs. The agony in her lungs slowly faded and for the briefest of moments she thought she was going to live to write a much more accurate drowning survival story, preferably for Teen Vogue.
          But Willa never saw the hands that pushed her head back under.
          She never felt the water fill her lungs.
          And she was completely unaware of the champion-sized trout grazing her lifeless arm.
          Willa Ames-Rowan never gave up and welcomed death.
          Willa Ames-Rowan simply died.
 

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Widow's Tears (China Bayles Series #21)  

Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose  

The Tale of Castle Cottage (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #8)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Becke, The Tale of Castle Cottage is a couple of years old, I think.  I've had it since at least last year, but  it had been out a while, and even longer in hardback.  I finally read it recently.  Sadly, it is the last in the Beatrix Potter series (sigh).

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becke_davis wrote:

Widow's Tears (China Bayles Series #21)  

Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose  

The Tale of Castle Cottage (Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series #8)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Becke, The Tale of Castle Cottage is a couple of years old, I think.  I've had it since at least last year, but  it had been out a while, and even longer in hardback.  I finally read it recently.  Sadly, it is the last in the Beatrix Potter series (sigh).


Thanks - I must have clicked on the wrong book. You can see the full Susan Wittig Albert book lists here: http://www.susanalbert.com/books.shtml