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End of July Book Haul #StackedShelves #BookMail

Good morning and welcome to another over-filled book haul post (17 Books!) here on Always Trust In Books. The proofs and review copies are coming in at an alarming rate and I am trying my best to showcase them all on these posts. There are plenty of brilliant additions to the TBR here, including a big release for Simon & Schuster released January 2018, Anatomy Of A Scandal. If you have read/are reading/ want to read any of these books then please let me know as I would appreciate having a discusson about them! I hope you enjoy this haul and leave with some great books in mind.

End Of July Book Haul

.........................................................Anatomy Of A Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

Published By: Simon & Schuster

I am excited about being part of the promotion of this big new release for S&S. AOAS sounds really intense and compelling. Can’t wait to sit down to read it.

Official Synopsis: You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him.

Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal.

Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them. Kate is the barrister who will prosecute the case – she is equally certain that James is guilty and determined he will pay for his crimes.

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, determined to keep her family safe, must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming. A scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it…

12The History of Heavy Metal by Andrew O’Neill

Published By: Headline

Yes! So much Yes! I am a very happy bunny and/or music fan right now. I have already read a few pages of this and it is hilarious. I am a huge fan of the O’Neill, I have watched him live countless times, and a book where he discusses my favourite genre of music is just gravy 😀

Official Synopsis: The history of heavy metal brings brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess, from the household names of Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Bruce Dickinson and Metallica (SIT DOWN, LARS!), to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. It is the story of a worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music, of cut-throat corporate arseholes ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets. The expansive pantheon of heavy metal musicians includes junkies, Satanists and murderers, born-again Christians and teetotallers, stadium-touring billionaires and toilet-circuit journeymen.

Award-winning comedian and life-long heavy metal obsessive Andrew O’Neill has performed his History of Heavy Metal comedy show to a huge range of audiences, from the teenage metalheads of Download festival to the broadsheet-reading theatre-goers of the Edinburgh Fringe. Now, in his first book, he takes us on his own very personal and hilarious journey through the history of the music, the subculture, and the characters who shaped this most misunderstood genre of music.

13A Talent For Murder by Andrew Wilson

Published By: Simon & Schuster UK

This seems like it is going to be the ultimate murder mystery experience. The queen of the genre is the target of her own stories. ATFM could be amazing, it could be not so good but I am eager to find out!

Official Synopsis‘I wouldn’t scream if I were you. Unless you want the whole world to learn about your husband and his mistress.’

Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, boards a train, preoccupied and flustered in the knowledge that her husband Archie is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events. Her rescuer is no guardian angel; rather, he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind. Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her genius for murder to kill on his behalf.

...............................................Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square by William Sutton

Published By: Titan Books

Titan is so generous when it comes to review copies and I am constantly grateful for their contributions to my content. They have sent me a trilogy! More specifically a historical/crime fiction series that looks incredibly interesting and entertaining.

Official Synopsis: It is 1859, and novice detective Campbell Lawless has just arrived in London. He is summoned to the scene of a deadly act of sabotage at Euston Station by the illustrious Inspector Wardle. Wardle believes that the man found dead amidst his handiwork is the culprit, but Lawless is not so sure. So begins his hunt for elusive revolutionary Berwick Skelton. Aided by a gang of street urchins and a vivacious librarian, Lawless must capture his underworld nemesis before Skelton unleashes his final vengeance…

...............................................................Lawless and the Flowers of Sin by William Sutton

Published By: Titan Books

Official Synopsis: It is 1863, and as a reluctant Inspector of Vice, Campbell Lawless undertakes a reckoning of London’s houses of ill repute, a shadowy netherworld of frayed glamour and double standards, mesmerising and unspeakable by turns. From the erotic booksellers of Holywell Street to the alleys of Haymarket, he discovers backstreet cast-offs and casualties of the society bordellos, and becomes fascinated by a musician who has established a foundation for fallen women. But his inquiries draw the attention of powerful men, who can be merciless in defending their reputations. Lawless must unlock the heart of a clandestine network, before he too is silenced…

.......................................................................Lawless and the House of Electricity by William Sutton

Published By: Titan Books

Official Synopsis: In London’s East End, a corpse tumbles from a ship. Tangled in tarpaulin, it has lain forgotten for years. A scrap of paper in its pocket reads ‘Roxbury’.

The shadows of European machinations loom over the capital. For Sergeant Campbell Lawless, fears become reality as a series of explosions tear across the country. Home Office anxieties lead Lawless to Roxbury House, where the Earl of Roxbury, the country’s foremost weapons manufacturer, resides with a cavalcade of innovative scientists and researchers. Lawless places his best agent, ex-street urchin Molly, in the Earl’s home as he races to find those behind the attacks before the tinderbox of Europe is ignited.

................................................Soho Sins by Richard Vine

Published By: Titan Books

I am loving this hard crime series! I am trying my best to read them all as fast as I can as they are amazingly retro and masterfully written 😀 I will definitely have to write a series abut these books.

Official Synopsis: They were the New York art scene’s golden couple — until the day Amanda Oliver was found murdered in her SoHo loft, and her husband Philip confessed to shooting her. But was he a continent away when the trigger was pulled? Art dealer Jackson Wyeth sets out to learn the truth, and uncovers the dangerous secrets lurking beneath the surface of Manhattan’s posh galleries and decadent parties, a world of adultery and madness, of beautiful girls growing up too fast and men making fortunes and losing their minds. But even the worst the art world can imagine will seem tame when the final shattering sin is revealed…

This stunning debut novel from an editor of one of world’s leading fine art publications offers an insider’s tour of the New York and international art worlds, and a searing, unforgettable visit to the darkest chambers of the human heart. tame when the final shattering sin is revealed…

14The Pagan Night by Tim Akers

Published By: Titan Books

Epic-Fantasy is my current addiction so this makes me happy.

Official Synopsis: The Celestial Church has all but eliminated the old pagan ways, ruling the people with an iron hand. Demonic gheists terrorize the land, hunted by the warriors of the Inquisition, yet it’s the battling factions within the Church and age-old hatreds between north and south that tear the land apart.

Malcolm Blakley, hero of the Reaver War, seeks to end the conflict between men, yet it will fall to his son, Ian, and the huntress Gwen Adair to stop the killing before it tears the land apart. The Pagan Night is an epic of mad gods, inquisitor priests, holy knights bound to hunt and kill, and noble houses fighting battles of politics, prejudice, and power.

15The Iron Hound by Tim Akers

Published By: Titan Books

Again, just to reiterate, me = happy 😀 plus look at that cover!

Official Synopsis: MAD GODS WALK THE LAND

Tensions flare between north and south, and hatreds erupt into war. Yet the conflicts of men are quickly overshadowed by a far greater threat. Creatures long kept confined rise from below, spreading destruction on an unimaginable scale.

The flames of war are fanned by the Celestial Church, whose inquisitors and holy knights seek to destroy the pagans wherever they are found. A secret cabal creates unexpected allies, and pursues its own dark agenda…

While Malcolm Blakley seeks to end the war before all of Tenumbra is consumed, his son Ian searches for the huntress Gwendolyn Adair, and finds himself shadowed by the totem of his family, the Iron Hound. Gwen herself becomes allied with the pagans, and wrestles with the effect of having been bound to a god.

..............................................................................Soul Cage by Tetsuya Honda

Published By: Titan Books

I have already read some of this and it is pretty cool. I shall sit down to finish it soon.

Official Synopsis: A severed hand is found in a van in the outskirts of Tokyo at the same time as contractor Kenichi Takaoka goes missing, leaving his garage covered in blood. Lieutenant Reiko Himekawa is on the case, and when the hand is identified as Takaoka’s, she’s investigating a murder. Reiko is plunged into a world of past sins, forced suicides, and the shadowy control of the yakuza.

The rest of Takaoka’s body is nowhere to be found. But when his childhood friend sees a photo of the missing man, he swears it is not Takaoka at all…

................................................................................3 Minutes By Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström

Published By: Riverrun

Official Synopsis: One-time government agent Piet Hoffmann is on the run: both from the life prison sentence he escaped, and from the Polish drug mafia he double-crossed. Only Hoffmann’s handler, Erik Wilson, knows he now hides in Calí, Colombia, living under a false identity with his wife Zofia and sons Rasmus and Hugo.

But life on the run is precarious. And so when Hoffmann, in order to survive, accepts employment as a bodyguard and hit man for the Colombian cocaine mafia, and is simultaneously approached by the US DEA to infiltrate the same cartel, he chooses to say yes to both. Hoffmann has a new, lucrative double life.

However, Hoffmann’s successful balancing act is short lived. When Timothy D Crouse, Chairman of the US House of Representatives, is kidnapped while on a trip to Colombia, US forces settle on a new enemy for their next War on Terror. This gives the cartel and the US government the same problem. Piet Hoffmann.

Condemned and hung out to dry by both sides, Hoffmann is stranded. Yet help will come from the most unlikely of figures – the stubborn, ascerbic Swedish detective who has doggedly tracked his whereabouts. DCI Ewert Grens – the enemy who Hoffmann once tricked – will now become the only ally he can trust.

..............................................The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting

Published By: MacLehose Press

Official Synopsis: Edvard grows up on a remote mountain farmstead in Norway with his taciturn grandfather, Sverre. The death of his parents, when he was three years old, has always been shrouded in mystery – he has never been told how or where it took place and has only a distant memory of his mother.

But he knows that the fate of his grandfather’s brother, Einar, is somehow bound up with this mystery. One day a coffin is delivered for his grandfather long before his death – a meticulous, beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Perhaps Einar is not dead after all.

Edvard’s desperate quest to unlock the family’s tragic secrets takes him on a long journey – from Norway to the Shetlands, and to the battlefields of France – to the discovery of a very unusual inheritance. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme is about the love of wood and finding your own self, a beautifully intricate and moving tale that spans an entire century.

...................................................................................Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler

Published By: Headline

I have already finished this and loved it. I am on the blog tour in August so please stop by to check out my review.

Official SynopsisThe funny thing with suffering is just when you think you’ve suffered enough, you realize it’s only the beginning.

Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex.

The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain. And when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp.

After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom. There’s always the chance it’ll get worse . . .

....................................................................................Defender by J. X. Todd

Published By: Headline

Official Synopsis: In a world where long drinks are in short supply, a stranger listens to the voice in his head telling him to buy a lemonade from the girl sitting on a dusty road.

The moment locks them together.

Here and now it’s dangerous to listen to your inner voice. Those who do, keep it quiet.

These voices have purpose.

And when Pilgrim meets Lacey, there is a reason. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Defender pulls you on a wild ride to a place where the voices in your head will save or slaughter you.

.............................................The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs

Published By: Gateway (Orion Books)

Official Synopsis: In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way up stream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it – from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do.

In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together.

For Fisk and Shoe – two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other – their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky.

And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the stretchers have other plans.

......Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs

Published By: Gateway (Orion Books)

Official Synopsis: The world is on the brink of war.

Fisk and Shoe – mercenaries, very much not wanting to get caught in the middle of a political whirlwind – must deliver a very important message, and find a very dangerous man. They have caught the eye of the powerful men of the world, and now the stakes are higher than they like.

And the Emperor has decreed that Livia Cornelius, pregnant with Fisk’s child, must travel to the far lands of the Autumn Lords on a diplomatic mission. It will mean crossing half the world, and facing new dangers. And in the end, she will uncover the shocking truth at the heart of the Autumn Lords’ Empire.

A truth which will make the petty politics of war and peace unimportant, and will change the world.

..............................................Infernal Machines by John Hornor Jacobs

Published By: Gateway (Orion Books)

Official Synopsis:

The world is burning.

Rume is under attack. The Autumn Lords, rulers of the Tchinee empire, have had their true nature revealed. The Emperor descends into madness. And Fisk and Shoe – unlikely heroes, very likely mercenaries – must find their way to Fisk’s wife and child, who he has never seen.

There might be quite a lot in their way. A war, for one thing. But Livia is as determined as Fisk to be reunited. And Shoe may have a plan…

Thank you all for coming to check out the latest book haul here on Always Trust In Books. There are so many exciting and epic books being released in the second Half of 2017. This list is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see more books from Joe Hill, David Wong, Joanne M Harris and many more awesome authors. Any books that take your interest or that you have finished and loved/hated please let me know in the comments. I love to chat books with you all so don’t be shy and until next time, happy reading!


19 thoughts on “End of July Book Haul #StackedShelves #BookMail

  1. That’s a lot of books! I’ve got Defender to read, got it from bookbridgr, it’s for the paperback release but they sent a hardback which was sweet. I enjoyed The Pagan Night, decent fantasy read. And, A history of heavy metal is awesome! I finished it yesterday and will post my review next week but damn, it’s so funny, a quality read.😀

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    1. I am a huge fan of Andrew O’Neill, I couldn’t believe my luck when I got a review copy of AHOHM. I am in the process of reading it, I was laughing from page 1. I got a hardback of Defender too 🙄 that was nice of them! I have started The Pagan Night and I am about 50 pages in and liking it. Bit heavy for me but I am sure I will adapt. I prefer more action based fantasy like Blackwing or Darien. I look forward to reading your review 😃.

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      1. Yeah, you have a point about The Pagan Night, it’s definitely heavy and slow paced especially after the recent spate of faster paced fantasy like Blackwing, etc.

        It really was nice of them sending a hardcover.

        Yeah, can’t help but smile at the very first page, it’s definitely one of those books that you pick up and it cheers you up and makes you smile.

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      2. Have you read book 2 yet? (Can’t remember the name of it!) That looks pretty good but I wanted to read TPN first so I was up to speed. Andrew O’Neill is a brilliant comedian, I have seen him live quite a few times and it is excellent every time 😆 I even bumped into him at a Metallica concert! Good times 😅

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