Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
This ‘urban fantasy’ has a story line which offers something really new – a detailed police investigation with the help of magic! The plot enthralled our U3A reader and it is highly recommended for folk in our age range looking for something different… also for younger adult readers who have enjoyed the Harry Potter fantasies, Charmed, etc.
The Black Hills by Norah Roberts
This book was enjoyed by two of our U3A readers, although we feel that it was written for a readership of younger women – both older teenagers and adults. Beginning with a childhood romance in South Dakota, we follow the couple – Lil and Coop – through into adulthood. They can handle the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of their homeland, but are about to face a killer with very unnatural instincts who regards them as prey.
The Boy with the Top Knot by Sathnam Sanghera
This story of an immigrant family’s settlement in Wolverhampton in the 1970 ‘s will have its readers laughing along with the ‘tongue in cheek’ humour of its narrator, Sathnam Sanghera Sathnam’s life, and that of his family, is far from easy, however, and you may well shed some tears before you turn the final page. A book suitable for any adult reader – but particularly for those who would enjoy a nostalgic look at family life in the 1970’s.
. . . and finally two books from the ‘Quick Reads’ series, longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, for readers who don’t like to be tied down for too long!
Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab
Andy McNab’s autobiography is engagingly written and covers the writer’s difficult childhood in South London, his national service and his time in the Army Education Centre, which for him changes everything.
The Perfect Murder by Peter James
Victor Smiley and his wife Joan are both planning to murder one another – but which one of them will mastermind ‘the perfect murder’?
The library has plenty of ‘Quick Reads’ titles to go on to, for readers who enjoy these two recommendations.