Bob Lunn

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Throw Me to the Wolves

Familiar plot elements are reinvigorated by McGuinness (a prize-winning poet and author of a previous novel, The Last Hundred Days, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize), his piercingly acute descriptions and telling sense of detail. This novel has the touch of a flayed poet about it, and that's meant in the best sense. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/18.]
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The Ring

If you can imagine Dickens's Our Mutual Friend as adapted by Gilbert and Sullivan, you have the gist of this medley of mystery and comedy that proves there are still small treasures to be unearthed by mudlarks (river scavengers) in the debris found along the Thames.
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Nighttown

This seventh series installment from Hallinan (In Fields Where They Lay), a sort of West Coast Damon Runyon who has been short-listed for about every mystery genre prize, displays his ability to spin the merest gossamer into an engaging, flip, 300-plus-page novel that goes down very smoothly.—Bob Lunn, Kansas City, MO
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The Accident on the A35: An Inspector Gorski Investigation

Fans of literary noir will clamor for more.
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The Thirty-One Kings: A Richard Hannay Thriller

Following last year's successful films Dunkirk and Darkest Hour, this novel offers a similar escape into a cushy featherbed of certitudes where steely goodhearted lads square off against evil. Exhibit A for anyone complaining they don't write them like that anymore.
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Melmoth

This is a dusty mansion, with small manuscript-filled rooms, creaky stairs, multiple twists and turns, and loads of angst. For readers who favor ghost stories as bedtime reading, this fever dream of a novel will prove as compelling and all-consuming as The Essex Serpent. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]

Melmoth

This is a dusty mansion, with small manuscript-filled rooms, creaky stairs, multiple twists and turns, and loads of angst. For readers who favor ghost stories as bedtime reading, this fever dream of a novel will prove as compelling and all-consuming as The Essex Serpent. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]
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Widows

This thriller provides more than enough thrills and plot twists to satisfy any crime novel enthusiast.
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Mr Gandy's Grand Tour

Jovial BBC gardening program presenter and novelist Titchmarsh (Bring Me Home) delivers a thoroughly engaging fairy tale for adults about second acts and new beginnings. At a time when events on both sides of the pond can lead to vigorous head shaking followed by a profound lie-down, this welcome bit of escapism is perfect for whiling away an afternoon in the garden, followed by a bracing gin and tonic.

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