Scoop Review of Books

Laidlaw cries thief


We have a fabulous selection of books for you for May with two touring authors, and other great fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from.

Our first author tour of the month is with Chris Laidlaw and his new book Somebody Stole My Game. In his book Chris explores a single, pointed question: can rugby’s soul be saved from the relentless commercial pressures that are bearing down on it? Chris will start his tour with an appearance at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on the 15th May, and then continue around the country.

The multi talented Irish author John Connolly will be touring at the very end of May to promoted his new adult book The Whisperers as well as his childrens/teen cross-over book The Gates (also one of my personal favourites). He has a fantastic sense of humour and makes a wonderful interview subject so if you would like to set-up an interview with him just let me know.

For all you Inspector Lynley fans we have a new book in the series from Elizabeth George, This Body of Death. Lynley is dragged back to the force, after the killing of his wife, when a murdered woman is discovered in the local cemetery. Normally we do not get access to Elizabeth George but I do have the opportunity to place a couple of phone interviews so again let me know if you are interested.

The perfect book for those who may have gotten engaged, Whom Not to Marry by Father Pat Connor has taken the US by storm and now it’s our turn. Based on his popular lecture this is a welcome and wise collection of time-tested advice on how to avoid marrying Mr Wrong. Father Connor will be available for interview from the US and extracts from the book are available as well.

1920’s murder mystery Dandy Gilver & the Proper Treatment of Blood Stains is a charming book which will capture you from the first paragraph. The team here love it so much we have made it our Publishers Promise title for the month. For those who don’t know, Hachette operates a Publishers Promise scheme which guarantees that if you don’t love the book you will get your money back. Obviously only those books we really enjoyed will ever become one of our Publishers Promise choices.

For those crime/thriller lovers we have another chilling selection for you. Deon Meyer’s books have attracted worldwide critical acclaim so if you haven’t read one of his South African based thrillers then you’re definitely missing out. His latest, Thirteen Hours, is a potent and suspenseful thriller. The Scent of Rain and Lightening delves into a 26 year old murder and the possibility that the man who confessed may not be the murderer after all. And American crime writer Lisa Jackson brings us her latest offering in Without Mercy. The academy has a reputation for turning wayward kids around but it may also be harbouring a serial killer!

Last on the list is for all you fantasy fans. Move over vampires Love in the Time of Dragons by Katie MacAlister has arrived. A funny and very sexy paranormal romance this is literally the hottest supernatural fiction around.

That’s it for now folks but I think you’ll agree this is a pretty strong month for Hodder.

As per usual just email me back with your requests or fax back the attached form and I will do my best to fulfil your requests.