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Inspired by the real-life story of the infamous ‘Witchfinder General’ Matthew Hopkins, Beth Underdown’s debut novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister (012066), is the tale of his sibling Alice. Widowed and pregnant she returns to live with her brother but finds him horribly changed. Alice discovers the cause is a secret buried deep in their family’s past but now she must put her life in danger to prevent him from sending more innocent women to the gallows.  

Fed up with city life landscape designer Alex Dingwall-Main left London with his wife and dog and headed to the South of France for a new life. He recounts gardening his way around Provence and the restoration of the secret garden of M-nerbes with its ancient fig trees and clouds of almond blossom in The Luberon Garden (012061).

The Red Queen (012138) by Philippa Gregory is the second book in the series, The Cousins’ War. It tells the story of Margaret Beaufort who marries Edmund Tudor at the age of twelve before finding  herself widowed the following year with a young son, Henry. She infiltrates the House of York and, charting her way through secret plots, loveless marriages and perfidious alliances, ensures her only child becomes the next monarch, Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty.

In The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History (012065) Dr. Oliver Tearle explores a wide variety of literature from novels and science tomes, to cookery and joke books. We discover the story behind the idiosyncratic traveller who introduced the table fork to England and the forgotten Victorian novelist who outsold Dickens. He also reveals what links Homer’sIliad to Aesop’s Fables, and how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by taking a wicket from legend W.G. Grace gained an entry into the prestigious Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

At the centre of Jon McGregor’s Reservoir 13 (012189), longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, is the disappearance of 13-year-old Rebecca Shaw on a family holiday in the Peak District. From the initial search through the passing of time without discovery, the story unfolds to reveal the many lives haunted by one family’s tragic loss.

Described by Nick Rennison in theSunday Times as a ‘work of great charm, intelligence and insight’A Gentleman in Moscow (012109) by Amor Towles is the story of Count Alexander Rostov deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by the new Bolshevik regime. Escorted from the Kremlin hoping for his usual luxurious suite in the Hotel Metropol he finds himself under indefinite house arrest in the attic. Aided by a strange triumvirate of a captivating actress, a grumpy chef and a doleful child, he ponders what makes us who we are and discovers a new purpose and direction in life. 

Martin Clune’s celebrates all things canine in A Dog’s Life (012175) including his two cocker spaniels and Labrador who battle it out to be top dog in his house. Written to accompany the television series the actor explores our special relationship with them from ancient times to the present day.

The Haunted Hotel (012148) by Wilkie Collins is the eerie story of Agnes Lockwood who is jilted by her lover Lord Montbarry. He marries Countess Narona and goes to live in a decaying old Venetian palace. When he dies Agnes and Montbarry’s family travel to the city not realising that their hotel is the refurbished building where her lover passed. When a decapitated head floats across her bedroom and others experience horrific nightmares and odious smells, they discover that Montbarry’s death was not from natural causes but from something far more evil and sinister.

Joseph Heller’s World War II satire Catch-22 (012193) is the tale of bombardier Captain John Yossarian. His commander, Colonel Cathcart, keeps increasing the number of missions his men must fly to complete their service. But here’s the catch – a man is considered insane if he willingly flies these dangerous sorties but if he makes a formal request not to participate in this act he is considered sane and ineligible to be relieved. Yossarian contemplates this conundrum while feigning illness from his hospital bed.

Gently Does It (012197) by Alan Hunter finds Chief Inspector George Gently on a quiet Easter break in Norchester. His sojourn is rudely interrupted when a local timber merchant is found dead and he is asked by the local police to investigate the murder. He soon finds himself locking horns with the officer in charge, Inspector Hansom, who has very different ideas on how to handle the case.

For the full list of this month’s new books checkout our New Books page.

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