Summer blockbusters

Post date: 
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wherever you’re going to be this summer, these blockbusters are great for a bit of escapist reading.

The dying hours by Mark Billingham. Crime.

It's been 25 years since Tom Thorne last went to work wearing the 'Queen's cloth' but now, having stepped out of line once too often, he's back in uniform. He's no longer a detective, and he hates it. Still struggling to adjust, Thorne becomes convinced that a spate of suicides among the elderly in London are something more sinister. His concerns are dismissed by the Murder Squad he was once part of and he is forced to look into it alone.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB21563,

narrated by Mark Billingham) on DAISY CD and USB stick.

Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington. Thriller.

Karen Finch's seventeen-year-old daughter Sophie arrives home after a night out, drunk and accompanied by police officers, but Sophie remembers nothing about how she got into such a state. Twelve hours later, Sophie's friend Amy still has not returned home. Then the body of a young woman is found. Karen becomes convinced that Sophie is not only involved but also in danger. Karen must confront her own anxieties to stop whoever killed one young girl moving on to another, her own daughter.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23651, narrated by Antonia Beamish) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Cold earth by Ann Cleeves. Crime.

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path and in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23792, narrated by Kenny Blyth) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Mount! by Jilly Cooper. General fiction.

Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. This means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide. Luckily, the fort at home is held by Rupert's assistant Gav. When Gala, a grieving but ravishing Zimbabwean widow moves to Penscombe as carer for Rupert's wayward father, it is not just Gav who is attracted to her: a returning Rupert finds himself dangerously tempted.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23594, narrated by Sian Thomas) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Got you back by Jane Fallon. Chick lit.

Stephanie & Katie are strangers but they're in love with the same man - James. Stephanie is his wife, Katie his mistress. When Stephanie discovers James is having an affair, she tracks Katie down. They join forces to get their own back on him. But what happens when one thinks enough is enough & the other doesn't want to stop?

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan TB23150, narrated by Candida Gubbins) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Monsoon summer by Julia Gregson. General fiction.

Oxfordshire, 1947. Exhausted by the war and nursing a tragic secret, Kit

Smallwood flees to Wickam Farm to recuperate. When Kit meets Anto, a handsome, complicated but charming trainee doctor nearing the end of his

English education, she falls utterly in love. When he informs his family that he is shortly to return home with an English bride, his parents are appalled. Despite being Anglo-Indian herself, Kit's own mother is equally horrified. As they journey to a new life in India, Kit begins to realize the seriousness of what she has undertaken.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23633, narrated by Maggie Mash) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Rogue lawyer by John Grisham. Thriller.

Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial, even if he has to cheat to get one. Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret, one that will threaten everything he holds dear.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23223, narrated by Mark Deakins) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Not quite Nice by Celia Imrie. Chick lit.

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. It is home to a close-knit set of expats. There's Carol, the infinitely glamorous American and her doting husband David; the erstwhile British TV star Sally; the ferocious Sian and her wayward Australian poet husband; the sharply witty Zoe with her penchant for white wine and the suave Brian who catches Theresa's eye.

Available in braille and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23328, narrated by Celia Imrie) on DAISY CD and USB stick.

The girls by Lisa Jewell. Thriller.

Pip and Grace move with their mother Clare into an apartment in Virginia

Terrace, a picturesque communal garden square, and an oasis in urban London. On a midsummer night, as a festive neighbourhood party is taking place, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her and who is responsible?

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23726, narrated by Gabrielle Glaister and Amelie Jewell) on DAISY CD and USB stick.

Buried Angels by Camilla Lackberg. Crime.

Easter 1974. A family vanishes from their home on an idyllic island off the Swedish coast. They have left everything behind - including their one-year-old daughter, Ebba. Now, years later, Ebba has returned to the island. When dried blood is found under the floorboards of the old house, it seems that the cold case involving the missing family is about to be brought back to life. And soon, Patrik and Erica are consumed by the hunt for a killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past buried.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB700681, narrated by Robin Bowerman) on DAISY CD and USB stick

Kingdom of darkness by Andy McDermott. Thriller.

1943 - Occupied Greece. The SS unit's mission was simple: round up Jews for the concentration camps. But beneath an isolated farmhouse, they find a hidden shrine to Alexander the Great and an urn filled with water possessing mysterious qualities.

Present Day - Los Angeles. Archaeologist Nina Wilde and her husband Eddie Chase are sought out by a young man, desperate to warn her about a planned raid on Alexander's newly-discovered tomb in Egypt. But before he can explain more, he is assassinated by a wanted Nazi war criminal - who has barely aged in seventy years. As Nina and Eddie search for answers, they discover that the most evil regime in history is threatening to rise again.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB21653, narrated by Andrew Cullum) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

The son by Jo Nesbø. Crime.

Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates at Oslo jail, and absolves them of their sins. Some people even whisper that Sonny is serving time for someone else: that he doesn't just listen, he confesses to their crimes. Inspector Simon Kefas has worked for the Oslo police force for years. He's been assigned a new murder investigation and a new partner on the same day. Both of them knew Sonny's father. To Sonny he was the man he idolised; to Simon he was his best friend. Both were left devastated when his corruption was revealed. But neither of them knew the truth.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB22985, narrated by Sean Barrett) on DAISY CD and USB stick.

Behind closed doors by B. A. Paris. Thriller.

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23817, narrated by Georgia Maguire) on DAISY CD and USB stick.

Treachery by S. J. Parris. Historical crime.

Summer, 1585. As English ships are held captive in Spain, fear mounts of an invincible Armada, built by King Philip II, and intended to invade English shores. Giordano Bruno, radical philosopher and spy, accompanies his friend Sir Philip Sidney to Plymouth to oversee Sir Francis Drake's departure. Unbeknownst to Bruno, Sidney intends to join the mission - and he wants Bruno to go too. But when a ship captain is brutally murdered, and Drake's life threatened, it becomes clear that someone plans to destroy the expedition before it begins.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB21245, narrated by Greg Wagland) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

Rather be the devil by Ian Rankin. Crime.

For John Rebus, forty years may have passed, but the death of beautiful, promiscuous Maria Turquand still preys on his mind. Murdered in her hotel room on the night a famous rock star and his entourage were staying there, Maria's killer has never been found. Rebus, a former Detective Inspector now a couple of years into his retirement, finds himself drawn into the cold case. He has his own reasons to investigate but it is going to set him against some very dangerous people.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB23607, narrated by James Macpherson) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.

The farm by Tom Rob Smith. Thriller.

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, but with a single phone call, everything changes. “Your mother's not well”, his father tells him. “In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital.” Then, his mother calls saying “Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad. I need the police.”

Daniel is immediately caught between his parents - whom to believe, whom to trust? Presented with a horrific crime, a conspiracy that implicates his own father, Daniel must examine the evidence and decide for himself: who is telling the truth?

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book for loan (TB21306, narrated by Simon Bubb and Lisa Milne Henderson) on DAISY CD, USB stick and Overdrive digital download.