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What? Two For Sorrow by Nicola Upson (Faber and Faber, pounds 12.99) What's it about? The author returns with her third novel with reallife crime writer Josephine Tey as her main character. During the 1930s, Tey sets out to write a book on Finchley baby farmers Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, who were hanged in Holloway Prison in 1903 for the murder of an unknown number of babies. But the deaths of an ex-Holloway inmate-turnedseamstress, and her father, at the fashion house of sisters Lettice and Ronnie Motley intervenes. Josephine's inspector friend Archie learns that some people are not who they seem, and that, after 30 years, evidence links back to Sach and Walters.

Is it any good? An intricate whodunit flicking between Josephine's life and the pages from her book, that brings out the sleuth in the reader.

What? Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris (Gollancz, pounds 14.99) What's it about? The 10th novel in the Sookie Stackhouse series - the saga about a telepathic cocktail waitress, which inspired the TV hit show True Blood - sees Sookie dating sexy vampire Eric Northman and recovering from injures sustained during the recent Fae War. Bon Temps in Louisiana is now home to packs of werewolves, vampires and Sookie's relative, Claude (a non-human fairy). Meanwhile, Sookie also has other family issues. Bill is sick and she needs to find his estranged sister while Eric's brother appears - the troubled Alexei Romanov, the son of murdered Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Is it any good? Charlaine Harris' latest novel is as witty, quirky and sassy as ever, with strong characters and plenty of mystery, and moral dilemmas, to keep the reader enthralled.

KIDS What? iBoy by Kevin Brooks (Penguin Books, pounds 6.99) What's it about? Returning with his ninth book, Kevin Brooks focuses on Tom Harvey, 16, who lives with his grandmother in a council flat. One day an iPhone drops on him from a great height and he falls into a coma. When he regains consciousness, he learns bits of phone are embedded in his brain. Later, he hears his friend Lucy has been attacked by the gangs that rule his estate. Tom realises he can access any information he wants and turns vigilante.

Is it any good? This tale of good versus evil will appeal to young and old alike.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 17, 2010
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