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Jo Fletcher Books acquire three new novels from Alison Littlewood

January 22, 2015 - 3:04 pm No Comments

Jo Fletcher Books has concluded a deal for A Cold Silence: the sequel to Alison Littlewood’s Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller A Cold Season.
What do you want? Whatever your wish, Acheron can grant it… for a price. And Ben Cassidy is about to discover just how scary that price can be. Ben’s always had strict instructions from his mother, Cass, to stay away from his childhood home of Darnshaw. Then an old friend from the village dies unexpectedly and Ben has no choice but to break his promise, for Jessica’s death might be linked to the computer game called Acheron – a game he knows all about.
Ben’s beloved sister Gaila has been playing Acheron too, and so have some more of Ben’s old friends from Darnshaw. And as they delve ever deeper into the world of Acheron, good intentions begin to slip, morals begin to look suspect and some of them find themselves falling deeper into corruption. Ben could save them all, but the price for doing so might just be too high…
Alison Littlewood said of her new deal: ‘It has been fabulous working with Jo and her team, so I’m delighted to continue to do so for the next three books! A very nice Christmas present indeed.’
Jo Fletcher said: ‘I’m thrilled to be able to continue working with Alison, who was not just one of my earliest acquisitions for JFB, but my first bestseller. I’m even more excited that the first book is A Cold Silence, the long-awaited sequel to her Richard & Judy Book Club pick A Cold Season – what could be better?’

Praise for A Cold Season:
This sensual and rather frightening story has a clever ending – it’s all hugely enjoyable‘ Richard Madeley
This is a very spooky story. You’ll love it if you are into tales of the occult, or a fan of film classic The Wicker Man‘ Judy Finnigan, Women’s Own
A scary read that will chill you to the bone… Beware if fact and fiction suddenly start to blur‘ CrimeSquad.com

Jo Fletcher Books will publish A Cold Silence in September 2015.
For further information please contact Andrew Turner at Quercus on 020 7291 6604 or email andrew.turner@quercusbooks.co.uk.

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Agent of Hel Trilogy

January 16, 2015 - 1:06 pm No Comments

Agent of Hel
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Publisher: Roc
Page count: 399
Release date: 2nd Oct 2012
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

The inappropriately named Daisy Jo is an Agent of Hel; not Hell the place, but Hel the Norse goddess, who just happens to roam in her small home town of Pemkowet, Michigan. But Hel isn’t the only creature to reside in the town. Pemkowet attracts the tourists because of its eldritch society; werewolves, ghouls, vampires, naiads, fae. You name it, the town has it. And Daisy is perhaps the most infamous of the eldritch, because she is hell spawn; after a night of passion with demon/incubus Belphegor, her Mom conceives her and as well as having her Mom’s Scandinavian colouring, she had her Dad’s black eyes, as black as the pits of – well, you know, and a cute little tail. She also has the dubious honour of being able to bring about Armageddon if she lets loose with the Seven Deadly Sins and succumbs to her passions then claims her birthright. Luckily for Daisy, as well as working as a filing clerk for the police, she gets involved in cases where the eldritch community are involved and gets to investigate. But this time things are trickier than usual. Not only is she investigating an apparent accident by drowning that looks more like murder, but she’s been teamed up with sexy werewolf cop Cody Fairfax, the trigger behind many of her private fantasies.
Brimming with intrigue, sexual tension, humour and great characters, Dark Currents is a fantastic addition to an overwhelming amount of Urban Fantasy flocking the market. It’s difficult to stand out from the crowd in this genre, but Carey manages to do it. There is no questioning her innate talent, especially if you’ve had the chance to read her earlier fantasy novels in the Kushiel’s Legacy series. Carey’s world building is exemplary and she’s not afraid to mix and match her mythical creatures to great effect in this novel. On top of that, the chemistry between Cody and Daisy versus that of ghoul Stefan and Daisy is sizzling and Daisy is a cracking character. A truly enjoyable discovery.

Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel
Author: Jacqueline Carey
Publisher: Roc
Page Count:433pp
Release Date: 1st Oct 2013
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

After devouring the first Agent of Hel book, I was addicted and dived straight into the next one. It’s been around a month since the events in Dark Currents and Daisy is now dating Sinclair, the supernatural tour bus guide. In the middle of a relaxing Labor Day weekend, Daisy is called by sometime partner Cody to back him up at Rainbow End, a local gay club. Something strange is going on there; the air is redolent with the smell of sex and pheromones. And amidst the mayhem there’s an orgy going on. At the centre of it is a member of the eldritch community, a satyr deep in rut. Unsure what the hell is going on, Daisy calls in ghoul Stefan to help draw the emotions away.
After the event, Daisy consummated her relationship with Sinclair, but is disturbed to find out his Mom is an Obeah woman, a magic user darker than Voodoo. He also doesn’t bother to tell her he has a twin sister, which Daisy finds out when Emmeline turns up unannounced, threatening Daisy and insisting she dump Sinclair so he can return to his native Jamaica. At the same time, an out of town investor is buying up river front pieces of property setting off alarm bells for Daisy.
After another rollicking adventure with Daisy and the Scooby gang, I am again convinced that this is one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there. Tension, fighting, magic and mayhem, this has everything.

Poison Fruit
Author Jaqueline Carey
Publisher: Roc
Page Count:441pp
Release date: 7th Oct 2014
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

It’s November in the eldritch town of Pemkowet. It’s been a month since Daisy had mind blowing sex with werewolf Cody Fairfax and now he wants to talk. Despite having feelings for her, Daisy isn’t a suitable mate for him, because he needs to breed with a werewolf. It’s his duty to his clan. After a drunken night of girly time and self pity with best buddy Jen, Daisy is tempted to see what could happen with sexy Outcast Stefan. Which is pretty bad timing because he has to go on a mission to Poland.
Back at work at the police station, a man is there to report an intruder; a skeletal old woman with red eyes throttling him and sucking his breath away. Carrying on from the previous novel, Daisy has Lee investigating the mysterious backer buying up local properties. The lawyer organising it all is hell spawn, like Daisy.
As always, this episode of the Age t of Hel, is immense fun. The bogle Daisy meets is an incredibly fun character that I hope to see again.
This installment is rife with emotion and tension, as Daisy reflects on the horror of war, meeting and helping a veteran of Iraq and also meeting an Putcast who survived the Gestapo in Poland. Carey is very clear on her stance with this.
I got the feeling after the tumultuous events in this third novel, that things are coming to a head. Carey will either have to come up with a completely new angle it end the series here, which would be a shame. It’s bloody good stuff!