Books 2017

March

The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann

23 March 2017 | paperback | 464pp | £7.99

9781786580207Pools of blood, scenes of carnage, signs of agonising death – who deals with the aftermath of violence once the bodies have been taken away?

Judith Kepler has seen it all. She is a crime scene specialist. She turns crime scenes back into habitable spaces. She is a cleaner.

It is at the home of a woman who has been brutally murdered that she is suddenly confronted with her own past. The murder victim knew Judith’s secret: as a child Judith was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances – parentage unknown. And the East German secret police were always there, in the background. . . .

When Judith begins to ask questions, she becomes the target of some powerful enemies.

And nothing will ever be the same again.

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Elisabeth Herrmann is an exciting new voice in crime fiction. Her novels have captivated German readers since the publication of The Sitter in 2005 and have reached a broader audience with the subsequent adaptation into TV movies of The Sitter and The Cleaner. Elisabeth lives in Berlin with her daughter.

May

White Silence by Inge Löhnig

18 May 2017 | ebook | 448pp | £2.99

When the body of a retired paediatrician is discovered in his weekend house on Lake Starnberg, it seems clear that his death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. But as Commissioner Konstantin Dühnfort starts to investigate and details of how the man met his death are revealed, an altogether murkier series of events begins to emerge – one of torture, betrayal and cruelty. With a family ripping at the seams, will Dühnfort be able to uncover what really happened?

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Bestselling author Inge Löhnig won critical and popular acclaim with her Detective Konstantin Dühnfort crime series, which has sold over 300,000 copies to date. Inge lives with her family near Munich. You can find out more about the author on her website: http://www.inge-loehnig.de

June

Under the Ice by Gisa Klönne

29 June 2017 | ebook | 448pp | £2.99

When a seemingly unconnected boy and a bird researcher disappear without a trace, detective Judith Krieger is called to find them. As she and her colleague Manni Korzilius start their investigation, they uncover a dark network of misunderstood love, bullying, trust and betrayal, which takes them somewhere more sinister than even they could have anticipated. Drawn into the Canadian wilderness and the realm of a deranged suspect, the investigators feel they’re close to finding the missing victims. But is Judith on the right track? And will she be able to uncover the truth – without risking her own life?

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Gisa Klönne is the author of two bestselling, award-winning and critically acclaimed crime series, featuring superintendents Judith Krieger and Manni Korzilius. Silent is the Forest was nominated for a prestigious Friedrich Glauser Crime Writing Award, while Night Without Shadows won in 2009 for best novel.

July

The Convict’s Mistress by Inez Corbi

13 July 2017 | ebook | 464pp | £2.99

Australia,1800: Moira, a young Irish girl, arrives in New South Wales with her much older husband, a doctor who has been sent to work at the penal colony.

Locked in a marriage of convenience, the blue skies and sunshine do nothing for Moira; she is miserable, far from home and her beloved horses. A future in this land of red earth seems bleak. But things change after she meets Duncan, one of the convicts, who she saves during one of the camp raids. As the two get to know each other they grow closer and Moira realises she may have a chance at happiness, if only she can leave her situation.

But how can Moira escape her husband? And Duncan, imprisonment? Together they dream of a future that may never be possible . . .

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Inez Corbi studied German and English at university and worked for a period as an accountant before turning her hand to writing full-time, following the success of her historical novels. She lives with her husband near Frankfurt.

 

August

Suna by Pia Ziefle

10 August 2017 | ebook | 304pp | £2.99

The baby simply will not sleep. Not in her mother’s arms, nor in the pram.’How can her heart grow if she has no roots?’ says the village doctor. ‘Go and find yours first.’

So Louisa tells her daughter Jana, night after night, her story: about her Serbian mother, her Turkish father, her German parents who adopted her. About why her name is also Suna, and how a family far away thinks she is a miracle.

Crossing borders and cultures we follow one woman on her journey of self-discovery, through upheaval and heartbreak, as she uncovers the truth to discover what it means to belong.

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Pia Ziefle is a freelance writer and blogger. She has contributed to various German newspapers, including Tagesspiegel, the Berliner Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau. She lives with her family near Tübingen. Suna is her first novel.

August

The Shock by Marc Raabe

24 August 2017 | ebook | 400pp | £2.99

When Laura Bjely goes missing during a storm on the Cote d’Azur, the only thing her friend Jan finds is her smartphone – with a disturbing film in the memory.

Back in Berlin, Jan’s neighbour is discovered with a bloody message left on her forehead.

As Jan searches for answers about what happened to Laura, he is thrown into a nightmare of madness and murder.

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Marc Raabe owns and runs a television production company. He lives with his family in Cologne.

September

Happy Days of the Grump by Tuomas Kyrö

21 September 2017 | ebook | 400pp | £2.99

The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days.

When The Grump hurts his ankle after falling down his basement steps, he has to spend a weekend in Helsinki for physiotherapy. The Grump doesn’t like this because it means taking a taxi, not being able to look after his wife, who has Alzheimer’s, and having to spend time with his family.

The Grump’s daughter-in-law, who lives and works in the city, isn’t keen to spend time with The Grump either. Her boss has asked her to look after Russian businessmen and she’s supposed to close a major deal over the weekend. It doesn’t make her any happier when The Grump decides to ‘help’ with the deal.

Finally, The Grump has to face his useless son to become the father he never was, teaching him how to take care of his loved ones. Something The Grump has never been able to do.

The only thing that’s for sure is that somebody’s day will be ruined.

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Tuomas Kyrö is one of the new voices in Finnish literature, whose talents were first showcased in his debut novel, Leather Jacket (Nahkatakki). Kyrö draws on the long tradition of Finnish prose to tell compelling, even tragic stories with great authority. He is also a prolific cartoonist and columnist.

October

When Time Runs Out by Elina Hirvonen

19 October 2017 | ebook | 230pp | £2.99

A young man is shooting people from a rooftop in downtown Helsinki. An unsuspecting mother is confronted with a horrifying scenario she’s powerless to stop. A sister can only watch events unfold from afar. Over the course of a day, one family fractures and with lives at stake each member is forced to examine everything that brought them to this moment. But this crisis goes beyond their small lives; Aslak is not the only boy on a rooftop with a gun today. He is part of an international group set on stopping environmental disaster by killing as many of those they deem responsible – first-world citizens – as possible.

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Elina Hirvonen is a Finnish writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker. When I Forgot, her debut novel, was published in Finland in 2005, where it was shortlisted for a Torch-bearer award. Her first documentary feature film, Paradise: Three journeys in this world, is about migration from Africa to Europe. It premiered in Helsinki in 2007, and has won several awards in international festivals around the world. She has been working as a host, journalist and producer for current affairs TV shows, and as an editor-in-chief for feminist magazine Tulva (‘The Flood’).