#IndulgeInBooks: 6 New Book Releases to Read in April 2018

Spring has arrived and these fabulous books have sprung onto the market this month.

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Read on for six new book releases to sink your teeth into this April, from short story collections to deliciously sinister new novels…

1. Past Imperfect by Pam Lecky, Anthology, Out 6th April

Irish historical fiction author, Pam Lecky, is delighted to bring together this collection of new and previously published work entitled, Past Imperfect. Included in this anthology are short stories, a childhood memoir and a Victorian romance novelette.

You can never escape the past… with settings as diverse as WW1 era Dublin to a lonely haunted lighthouse, romance, tragedy and the supernatural await you.

About the Author:

Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author, writing crime, mystery and romance. Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was awarded the B.R.A.G Medallion; shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; and long-listed for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award. She is currently working on her next novel, a Victorian mystery/crime story, entitled No Stone Unturned.

2. <em>Skin Deep by Liz Nugent, Novel, long awaited April release

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The deliciously sinister new novel from the No 1 bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Lying in Wait.

‘I could probably have been an actress.
It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.
Isn’t that what I’ve been doing for most of my life?’

Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party.

As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .

About the Author:

Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. In 2014 her first novel, Unravelling Oliver, was a Number One bestseller and won the Crime Fiction Prize in the 2014 Irish Book Awards.

Her second novel, Lying in Wait, went straight to Number One in the Irish bestseller charts, remained there for nearly two months and won her a second IBA. She lives in Dublin with her husband.

3. The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jeffries, Novel, April 5th

A sweeping, breath-taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Wife.

Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child.

While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean.

After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind. Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past.

The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot’s shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa has only Leo to turn to…

About the Author:

The author, Dinah Jefferies, was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. Her idyllic childhood always held a special place in her imagination, and when she began writing novels in her sixties, she was able to return there – first in her fiction and then on annual research trips for each new novel.

Dinah Jefferies is the author of four novels, The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Number One Sunday Times bestseller, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter and Before the Rains. She lives in Gloucestershire.

4. What a Wonderful Word by Nicola Edwards, Children’s book (9-12 yr olds), April 5th

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Have you ever wished there was a word for friends who are like family to you, or for the way you hesitate when you’ve forgotten someone’s name?
Did you know there was a special word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing the toilet? Or for when you search for something in the water using only your feet?

This hand-picked collection of untranslatable worlds from all over the world celebrates the magic of language, with gorgeous original artwork and fascinating facts about each word and the culture it comes from.

About the Author:

Nicola Edwards, the author was raised by the seaside in beautiful Brighton. She loves reading, dancing, rhyming and turquoise things. She now lives with her husband in East London and spends her days writing and editing children’s books.

5. Shift by Mia Gallagher, Short Story Collection, 27th April

Shift. New Book releases 2018 April

Prowling the streets, bedrooms, parks and schoolyards of a grubby uncertain city, where madness lurks just under the skin, men, women and those in-between enter an unsettling dance of encounters.

There’s Maisie, perfect on the inside and out, a right Primcess™ – but what’s it going to take to get a hard-copy invitation to her party? There’s the angry-deep-inside man, who gets more than he bargained for when he drinks too much at a party, insulting a mysterious guest.

There’s those three lads, up from the sticks to study marketing in Belfield, who can’t help listening to the noises in their creaky Georgian house: a slamming door, a washing machine and geisha Susie downstairs, playing ‘Nights in White Satin’ to her snake.

And the nixer driving a removals van with Christo, who likes dressing up on days he isn’t feeling too good.

Time passes. Roads get built, cars get faster, bubbles bust. But some things endure. The bitter violence of betrayal. Love, in all its foolish sweetness. The hurt – and sometimes healing – of loss.

About the Author:

Mia Gallagher was born in Dublin, where she lives and works. Her novels are HellFire (Penguin, 2006), awarded the Irish Tatler Literature Award 2007, and Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland (New Island, 2016), longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Award 2016, and published in the UK by Head of Zeus in 2018. Shift is her first short-story collection.

6. Our House by Louise Candish, Mystery, 5th April

Our House

For Better, For Worse…

When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?

For Richer, For Poorer…

Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?

About the Author:

Louise Candlish is the bestselling author of twelve novels, including The Sudden Departure of The Frasers (2015) and The Swimming Pool (2016). She lives in South London with her husband and daughter and is very attached to her dog Maggie and cat Tilly. Follow her on Twitter at @louise_candlish and Facebook, or find out more at louisecandlish.com.


Sharon Thompson is an Irish writer, living in Donegal. Her debut historical crime novel, ‘The Abandoned’ launched as a #1 Best-seller on Amazon on 25th January.

She has since signed for two more crime novels with publisher, Bloodhound Books UK. She co-founded #WritersWise trending tweet-chat and her details can be found on www.sharontwriter.com