Lyn Shea

The Legendary
Awakening of

Gerald Monkton

with a White Umbrella

Lone Horse
in the

The Enduring
Wisdom of
Refracted Glass



A good book lasts forever - in the mind and in the collective consciousness. Fashions in literature come and go but a good book lives on, having various phases of interest. Literature endures in the way art endures. We can pick up a book at one time in our life and not take to it, then go back to it another time and find it compelling, such is the nature of the relationship between writers and readers. In ‘Hot Plots’ we present books both new to the market and not so new. Some literature never sees critical acclaim, and some works may remain hidden gems in the vast world of novels. Our selection here is eclectic and random, apprising many sorts of stories and genres.




‘A Rake’s View’

Stephanie Laurens


A surprisingly erotic tale set in the Georgian British period. This novel is too classy to be labelled a corset ripper. Though profoundly romantic in essence she defies the stereotype by her intelligent prose and insights into male/female dynamic. This author has written a whole series and has effortless style and natural story telling ability. A book for male and female enthusiasts of the historical novel with a sexy plot.



‘Snow Blind’

Ragnar Jonasson


This is not a fast paced thriller, but a steady and thoughtful revelation into the minds and lives of people and their deepest fears and desires. It is of that genre of the Scandinavian crime story which has become popular over the last two decades or so. It is written in a truthful way that loses little in translation. A young policemen moves to the northern regions of Iceland in the depth of winter to pursue his career, where the weather conditions are extreme and the town lazy and unchanging until a sudden suspicious death of one of its local theatre’s writers and a further death soon after. Struggling with his own depression and homesickness he follows a trail to unravel the truth. Scenery described beautifully and characters brought to life realistically. Patient crime lovers will enjoy.



‘The Muse’

Jessie Burton


A masterpiece in its own right. A superbly crafted novel of the art world and artists, Set between two worlds and eras – that of Spain in the 1930’s and Britain in the 1960’s. A tale of revolution, betrayal, and cunning. Two strong female protagonists unfold a compelling story which is both unique and thrilling while losing nothing of its complex layers. By the same author who gave us ‘The Miniaturist’.



'Lone Horse in the Hinterland'

Lyn Shea


Three couples unfold a story of ideals, land feuds and past life memory.  Diverse personalities of differing ages, temperaments and  professions. English rural life combines the infinite and seamless potential for life beyond the known agenda with the continuing mundane struggles of pressure and success amid the well-heeled and the poorer.  An interesting montage of plot and action that spins the story into realms unexpected.  Told with simplicity, wit and acute observation into human affection and frailty, it is unsentimental and honest. The style of writing evokes visual drama and is a colourful arc of discovery.


‘The First Wife’

Emily Barr


A light almost ingenuous story, heartwarming in its simplicity of purpose at first, but then descending suddenly into a darker genre when you least expect it A girl from a sheltered background in Cornwall is forced into a new life at a young age with no experience and not much to fall back on. Hard to say where the appeal of this novel lies exactly but it is probably in its honest down to earth approach and graphics and an integrity of style.



‘A Week in December’

Sebastian Faulks


A montage of activity of a group of people over one week in 2007 - a banker, a barrister, a literary critic, a premier league footballer and other movers and shakers, all destined to meet at a London dinner party. Depending on your point of view this gives a depressing insight into the state of society in fashionable London of the 21st century, or can be seen as a fascinating look into modern culture. It does have some satirical humour and a startling honesty, but maybe not to be read if you are looking for light-hearted uplift.



'Gone Girl’

Gillian Flynn


This thriller reached quite iconic acclaim. Baffling, disturbing and unsavory at times it portrays the love/hate tangle of a marriage gone wrong. Whether you deem it to have been a satisfying read at its conclusion depends on your taste for the bizarre, but it is without doubt in a genre of its own as far as psychological thrillers go. At first a seemingly routine tale of police interaction and family consternation amid a disappearance and suspected murder, it takes you suddenly down a steep deep set of twists that present almost a new book entirely.




Iain Banks


A journalist with addiction problems and a need to prove himself becomes involved in a web of conspiracy, serial revenge killings and ultimately the law.. Not a book for the squeamish, but the violence and gore is part of the tale unfolding and is off-set by superb prose and use of language. A page turner and quite a unique style of writing. Not your average crime novel. Set in Scotland it provides the reader with great scenic description and a fast plot.



‘The Virgin’s Lover’

Philippa Gregory


From the author of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ more about the Tudor court of England in the 1500’s. Philippa Gregory excels in her individual style of historical factional drama. Exploring the infamous relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, her favoured courtier and Master Of Horse. The flirtations she kept going with Philip of Spain and other heads of state from in attempts to assure herself marriage proposals and keep herself on the throne. The imposition caused by Dudley’s devoted wife who refused to divorce him. The intricacies of the politics and affairs of state of that time are cleverly depicted - without the boring bits. This intelligent author writes in a way which appeals to both historians and romantics alike. Her objective facts and research are unsurpassed.




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