Fiction Newsletter for June

Welcome to the June Fiction Newsletter. With pleasure we have selected the best most recent new fiction received into our collection. With the shorter winter days ahead, we are sure our selections will provide many reading hours of reading enjoyment.

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Contemporary fiction

Our selection of new Contemporary fiction highlights the most exciting new work from international authors. Offering a wonderful variation of styles, plots locations and eras, there will be hours of reading pleasure for all fiction readers.

Syndetics book cover Hide : a novel / Matthew Griffin.
“Set in a declining textile town in North Carolina, Hide is the love story of Wendell Wilson, a taxidermist, and Frank Clifton, a veteran of World War II. They meet after the war, in a time when such love holds real danger. But, severing nearly all ties with the rest of the world, they carve out a home for themselves on the outskirts of town for decades of self-reliant domesticity. But when Wendell finds Frank lying motionless outside at the age of eighty-three, their carefully crafted life together begins to unravel. Wendell struggles in vain to keep Frank healthy. Faced with giving care beyond his capacity, he must come to terms with the consequences of half a century in seclusion, the sacrifices they made for each other, and the different lives they might have lived.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The little red chairs : a novel / Edna O’Brien.
“One night, in the dead of winter, a mysterious stranger arrives in the small Irish town of Cloonoila. Charismatic Dr. Vladimir Dragan is a poet, a self-proclaimed holistic healer, and a welcome disruption to the monotony of village life. Before long, the beautiful Fidelma McBride falls under his spell and, defying the shackles of wedlock and convention, turns to him to cure her of her deepest pains. Then, one morning Dr. Vlad is arrested and revealed to be a notorious war criminal and mass murderer. The Cloonoila community is devastated by this revelation, and no one more than Fidelma, who is made to pay for her deviance and desire. In disgrace and utterly alone, she embarks on a journey that will bring both profound hardship and, ultimately, the prospect of redemption.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The nest / Cynthia D’Apriz Sweeney.
“Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs’ joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Graphic novels

The Graphic novels collection is an area where all fiction genres are represented, from historical to horror, Manga to murder, contemporary life to crime and beyond. An added bonus of course is always the brilliant art work.

Syndetics book cover Southern bastards. Book one / Jason Aaron, writer ; Jason Latour, art & color ; created by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour.
“Earl Tubb is an angry old man with a big ol’ stick. Coach Euless Boss has buried more bodies under his bleachers than there are championship rings on his fingers. And they’re just two of the kind of bastards that have always seemed to flourish in Craw County, Alabama. When Earl comes home after 40 years, he finds some family business that still needs settling and Coach Boss is at the center of it all.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Ei8ht [1] : outcast / story and art, Rafael Albuquerque ; script, Mike Johnson.
“Welcome to the Meld, an inhospitable dimension in time where Joshua, a chrononaut, finds himself trapped. With no memory or feedback from the team of scientists that sent him, he can’t count on anything but his heart and a stranger’s voice to guide him to his destiny.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler / translation by Zack Davisson.
“A master cartoonist and veteran tells the life story of the man who started the Second World War Seventy years after his death, Adolf Hitler remains a mystery. Historians, military tacticians, and psychologists have tried in vain to unravel his complex motivations for leading Germany into the Holocaust and World War II.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Mysteries

There is another great selection of new Mystery novels this month. Highly recommended is the latest novel from Lynda La Plante, titled Tennison, which gives the back ground story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison.

Syndetics book cover Death sits down to dinner / Tessa Arlen.
“Lady Montford and her pragmatic housekeeper Mrs. Jackson once again become entangled in a clandestine murder investigation, this time in glittering world of society London. Lady Montfort is thrilled to receive an invitation to a dinner party hosted by her close friend Hermione Kingsley, the patroness of England’s largest charity. Hermione has pulled together a select gathering to celebrate Winston Churchill’s 39th birthday. Some of the oldest families in the country have gathered to toast the dangerously ambitious and utterly charming First Lord of the Admiralty. But when the dinner ends, one of the gentlemen remains seated at the table, head down among the walnut shells littering the cloth and a knife between his ribs.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Tennison / Lynda La Plante.
“The back story of the iconic DCI Jane Tennison. In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. She struggles to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, and learns quickkly how to deal with shocking situations without the help or sympathy from her superiors. Then she becomes involved in her first murder case.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Fatal catch : a DI Andy Horton mystery / Pauline Rowson.
“DI Andy Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand. Is it that of missing violent criminal, Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse? Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem. Assailed by doubts both in his personal and professional life, Horton desperately tries to keep his emotional feelings under control and his focus on his work. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing; he’s not sure, though, whether this time he’ll succeed.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Science fiction/fantasy

The selection for this month’s Science Fiction and Fantasy novels covers an amazing range of topics. For this newsletter we have chosen three novels, as examples of this diversity.

Syndetics book cover The deep sea diver’s syndrome : a novel / Serge Brussolo ; translated by Edward Gauvin.
“In The Deep Sea Diver’s Syndrome, lucid dreamers called mediums dive into their dreams to retrieve ectoplasm, sticky blobs with curiously soothing properties that are the only form of art in the world. David Sarella is a medium whose dream identity is a professional thief. Only the dives require an extraordinary amount of physical effort, and as David ages, they become more difficult. David decides to go down one final time, in the deepest, most extravagant dive ever attempted.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Graft / Matt Hill.
“Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol’s partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish trans-dimensional human trafficking conspiracy. Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She’s had her memory removed and undertaken a harrowing journey into a world she only vaguely recognizes. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery at all costs. With the help of a dangerous triggerman and Sol’s ex, they must uncover the true, terrifying extent of the trafficking operation, or it’s all over.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover The trees / Ali Shaw.
“There came an elastic aftershock of creaks and groans and then, softly softly, a chinking shower of rubbled cement. Leaves calmed and trunks stood serene. Where, not a minute before, there had been a suburb, there was now only woodland standing amid ruins. There is no warning. No chance to prepare. They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed. Broken bodies, still wrapped in tattered bed linen, hang among the twitching leaves. Adrien Thomas has never been much of a hero. But when he realises that no help is coming, he ventures out into this unrecognizable world, where he meets green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb. Together, they set out to find Hannah’s forester brother and to discover just how deep the forest goes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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Other genres

With horror, ghosts and vampires being the chosen genre for new “Other Genre” fiction selected this month, reading will not be for the faint-hearted. But with the ever increasing popularity of this genre, we are sure this month’s selection will be welcomed by dedicated fans.

Syndetics book cover The acolyte / Nick Cutter.
“Jonah Murtag is an Acolyte on the New Bethlehem police force. His job: eradicate all heretical religious faiths, their practitioners, and artefacts. Murtag has problems, one of his partners is a zealot, and he’s in love with the other one. Murtag realizes that you can rob a citizenry of almost anything, but you can’t take away its faith. When a string of bombings paralyzes the city, religious fanatics are initially suspected, but startling clues point to a far more ominous perpetrator. If Murtag doesn’t get things sorted out, the Divine Council will dispatch The Quints, aka: Heaven’s Own Bagmen. The clock is ticking towards doomsday for the Chosen of New Bethlehem.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Avery / Charlotte McConaghy.
“The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does, too. So it has been for thousands of years, until Ava. For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is captured by the deadly prince of her enemies. Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book cover Blackbirds / Chuck Wendig.
“Miriam Black knows how you’re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can’t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She merely needs to touch you, and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; it only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

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