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Exciting New Books for 2021 (Part 3)

Today I’ll share with you the exciting new books from Head of Zeus, I love all their books and I always participate in their blog tours, so it was really difficult not to select all the books on their catalogue for this year, believe me, they all look astonishing! Ready?

I will be part of the blog tour of this book in the next couple of days, a very interesting historical read that will keep you glued to the pages of this story, believe me!

Last Flight to Stalingrad by Graham Hurley (Head of Zeus) – 7 Jan. 2021

A blockbuster thriller set at the iconic turning point of World War Two.
Berlin, 1942. For four years, the men in field grey have helped themselves to country after country across Western Europe. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda, this dizzying series of victories has felt like a party without end. But now the Reich’s attention has turned east, and as winter sets in, the mood is turning.
Werner’s boss, Joseph Goebbels, can sense it. A small man with a powerful voice and coal-black eyes, Goebbels has a deep understanding of the dark arts of manipulation. His words have shaken Germany awake, propelling it towards its greater destiny and he won’t – he can’t – let morale falter now. But the Minister of Propaganda is uneasy, and in his discomfort has pulled Werner into his close confidence.
And it is here, amid the power struggle between the Nazi Chieftains, that Werner will begin his descent into the hell of Stalingrad…

Who doesn’t like to know the dark side of soap operas? Because this book makes you wonder the price of friendship and money… Ready?

Ruthless Women by Melanie Blake (Head of Zeus) – 18 Feb. 2021

Falcon Bay was the world’s most popular soap opera, filmed on location on a tiny, idyllic island off Jersey. But with ratings falling, a new network owner, the beautiful and malevolent Madeline Kane, arrives on the private island determined to do whatever it takes to get the show back to number one.
Writer Farrah, star Catherine and producer Amanda are the driven, ambitious women who keep the show on the road. But Farrah is losing episodes to the network’s lead male writer, Catherine is terrified of the public falling out of love with her and Amanda’s evil husband Jake, vice president of the network, is plotting to get his wife kicked off the show.
In a true battle of the sexes, these women will do anything to stay on top. But can they team up to bring down their rivals? Or will jealousy and revenge tear their friendship apart? As their story reaches its shocking climax, one thing is certain: only the most ruthless woman will survive…

I’ve read only one book from Sebastian Fitzek, but believe me it was so twisted and original that I can’t wait to read his next book, it will be a hit for sure!

Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek (Head of Zeus) – 4 Feb. 2021

Five years ago, Martin Schwarz, a police psychologist, lost
his wife and son. They were holidaying on a cruise ship when they simply vanished. A lacklustre investigation was unable to shed any light on what happened – murder-suicide being the coroner’s verdict. It is a verdict that has haunted Martin ever since, blighting his life. But then he is contacted by an elderly woman, a writer, who claims to have information regarding their fate and wants him to come on board the Sultan of the Seas immediately.
She explains that his wife and son are not the only mother and child pair to have disappeared. Only a few months ago another mother and daughter also vanished. She believes there may be a serial killer on board.
But when the missing daughter reappears – carrying the teddy bear of Martin’s missing son – it becomes apparent that the truth could be much, much worse.

Sometimes a good horror story keeps you awake all night, I think this one will be the must read for this year, don’t you think?

The Children God Forgot by Graham Masterton (Head of Zeus) – 4 Feb. 2021

A young woman is rushed to the hospital with stabbing pains. The chief surgeon performs a C-section, and delivers a catastrophically malformed foetus that is somehow alive…
Sewage engineer Gemma is plunged into a ghostly darkness in the tunnel where she works. She escapes, but her boss goes missing in the chaos. He is later found alive… but his legs have been severed and his eyes pulled out.
DC Jerry Pardoe and DS Jamila Patel team up once more to solve the mystery and save the city. But, if they are to succeed, first they must delve into the dark arts of witchcraft…

Who doesn’t love a book with some Agatha Christie’s reminiscence? This book reminds me of Agatha Christie’s book “And Then There Were None”. Seems twisted and full of surprises, don’t you think?

Into the Fire by Rachael Blok (Head of Zeus) – 1 April 2021

In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three-day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment.
DCI Marten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. His instructions are to offer police protection in case of an outside attack. Instead, he finds simmering tensions, long- buried secrets – and a murderer in their midst.
Rachael Blok is a rising star in crime fiction. Her novels blend elements of police procedural and psychological thriller, and she has won critical acclaim for her lyrical prose, ratcheting tension and atmosphere of foreboding.

Living in Galway, this is a must read book for me; how the people from outside sees our little city and how it will become a mystery/crime book!

A Galway Epiphany by Ken Bruen (Head of Zeus) – 1 April 2021

Jack Taylor has finally escaped the despair of his violent life in Galway in favor of a quiet retirement in the country with his friend Keefer, a former Rolling Stones roadie, and a falcon named Maeve. But on a day trip back into the city to sort out his affairs, Jack is hit by a truck in front of Galway’s Famine Memorial, left in a coma but mysteriously without a scratch on him.
When he awakens weeks later, he finds Ireland in a frenzy over the so-called “Miracle of Galway.” People have become convinced that the two children spotted tending to him are saintly, and the site of the accident sacred. The Catholic Church isn’t so sure, and Jack is commissioned to help find the children to verify the miracle or expose the stunt.
But Jack isn’t the only one looking for these children. A fraudulent order of nuns needs them to legitimatize its sanctity and becomes involved with a dangerous arsonist. Soon, the building in which the children are living burns down. Jack returns to his old tricks, and his old demons, as his quest becomes personal.

This is a science fiction story but with reality doses and a way to make us realize the society pressure to have always the last technology.

We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker (Head of Zeus) – 13 May 2021

Everybody’s getting one.
Val and Julie just want what’s best for their kids, David and Sophie. So when teenage son David comes home one day asking for a Pilot, a new brain implant to help with school, they reluctantly agree. This is the future, after all.
Soon, Julie feels mounting pressure at work to get a Pilot to keep pace with her colleagues, leaving Val and Sophie part of the shrinking minority of people without the device.
Before long, the implications are clear, for the family and society: get a Pilot or get left behind. With government subsidies and no downside, why would anyone refuse? And how do you stop a technology once it’s everywhere? Those are the questions Sophie and her anti-Pilot movement rise up to answer, even if it puts them up against the Pilot’s powerful manufacturer and pits Sophie against the people she loves most.

Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray (Zephyr) – 4 Mar. 2021

Twelve-year-old old Dido dreams of becoming the first female charioteer at the great Circus Maximus. She’s lost her heart to Porcellus, a wild, tempestuous horse she longs to train and race. But such ambitions are forbidden to girls and she must be content with helping her father Antonius – the trainer of Rome’s most popular racing team, The Greens – and teaching the rules of racing to Justus, the handsome young nephew
of The Greens’ wealthy owner. When her father is brutally murdered, Dido is forced to seek refuge with an unlikely ally. But what of her dream of Circus triumphs and being reunited with the beloved horse she left behind in Rome? And the threat to her life isn’t over as she faces a powerful
and terrifying new enemy… the emperor Caligula.

Because sometimes it doesn’t matter if the book is for kids or adults, if they are good they are good for everyone. Believe me, this is a must read, I’ll share my review soon.

This book looks perfect for any children age, to keep them guessing and start discovering the pleasures of reading, don’t you think?

The Cooking Club Detectives Ewa Jozefkowicz (Zephyr) – 10 Jun. 2021

Meet Erin, her puppy Sausages and friends as they swap recipes and pots for clues and culprits and try to solve the mystery of why their cookery club is closing.
Erin loves her mum, Lara. For as long as she can remember it’s just been the two of them. Moving to a new school, Erin meets Tanya, who has a housekeeper and a wealthy dad. Their families seem so different but soon the girls become best friends along with Sam and Frixos at their after-school cookery club.
One day the community centre, and their club, is under threat of closure. Who could be plotting against them and why? Erin, Sausages and their new friends form the Cooking Club Detectives and set out to solve the mystery in this beautifully observed 9-12 story about the power of food and friendship.

EXTINCT Ben Garrod & Gabriel Ugueto (Zephyr) – 13 May 2021

The story of life on Earth told through a unique exploration of the major mass extinctions and their affect on the iconic animals that once populated our planet.
A collectable eight-book full-colour series delivering top level science and new discoveries from an unbeatable author/artist team.
With an ‘Ask the Expert’ section, stunning full colour art on every page, glossary and pronunciation guide, every book reveals a different extinction whether caused by asteroids
or mega volcanoes, to over-hunting by humans and habitat destruction. Each book looks in detail at one animal we have lost.

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