The Girl Who Walked On Air – Emma Carroll

The girl who walked on airAbandoned as a baby at Chipchase’s Travelling Circus, Louie dreams of becoming a ‘Showstopper’. Yet Mr Chipchase only ever lets her sell tickets. No Death-Defying Stunts for her. So in secret, Louie practises her act – the tightrope – and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air. All she needs is to be given the chance to shine. One night a terrible accident occurs. Now the circus needs Louie’s help, and with Wellbeloved’s rival show stealing their crowds, Mr Chipchase needs a Showstopper- fast. Against his better judgement, he lets Louie perform. She is a sensation and gets an offer from the sinister Mr Wellbeloved himself to perform… over Niagara Falls. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie’s bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus . . .

Emma Carroll’s blog

 

Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

Out of the easySet against the vivid background of 1950s New Orleans, this is the riveting story of seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine. The daughter of a prostitute, Josie is determined to escape the life she was born into. Working in a local bookstore in exchange for a safe place to sleep and cleaning the brothel to earn money, Josie dreams of attending an elite college far away from the clutches of her scheming mother. But then a mysterious death in the city threatens Josie’s plans and the murky underworld lures her in deeper as she searches for the truth, and temptation beckons at every turn. Feisty, intelligent and street smart, Josie is surrounded by a cast of colourful characters; some who will do anything to protect her, some who are determined to do her harm.

Love, mystery, murder, blackmail and friendship combine in this rich historical novel of secrets and intrigue.

Out of the easy website

The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud

The_Screaming_StaircaseWhen the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts.

Jonathan Stroud’s website

The Screaming Staircase book trailer

Jonathan Stroud answers fan questions

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead – Rebecca James

22341147Cooper Bartholomew’s body is found at the foot of a cliff.  Suicide. That’s the official finding, that’s what everyone believes. Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They’d been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life? As Libby searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal.  Are those friends – and enemies – what they seem?  Who is hiding a dangerous secret? And will the truth set them all free?

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Rebecca James’ blog.

Every Breath – Ellie Marney

Every BreathA teenage Sherlock Holmes set in Melbourne.

Rachel Watts is an unwilling new arrival to Melbourne from the country. James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old genius with a passion for forensics. Despite her misgivings, Rachel finds herself unable to resist Mycroft when he wants her help investigating a murder. And when Watts and Mycroft follow a trail to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den – literally.

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Ellie Marney’s website and blog.

The House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes by Anthony Horowitz #1) – Anthony Horowitz

The House of SilkIt is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks. Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious ‘House of Silk’…

(From Goodreads)

Anthony Horowitz’s website.

Crow Country – Kate Constable

Crow country

Sadie isn’t thrilled when her mother drags her from the city to live in the country town of Boort. But soon she starts making connections—with the country, with the past, with two boys, Lachie and Walter, and, most surprisingly, with the ever-present crows.

When Sadie is tumbled back in time to view a terrible crime, she is pulled into a strange mystery. Can Sadie, Walter, and Lachie figure out a way to right old wrongs, or will they be condemned to repeat them?

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Kate Constable’s blog.