These are some of the books our books editor received recently. They may be reviewed later


Private Berlin

by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Random House Struik, R215)

Mattie Engel is one of the rising stars at Private Berlin.

Then Chris her colleague – and until recently fiancé – is found brutally murdered in an old slaughterhouse.

The slaughterhouse is filled with bodies. But just as Private begin their investigations, the building explodes, wiping out all evidence, and almost killing Mattie and her team.

A masked killer is targeting Chris’s old friends and destroying the trail.

She has to get the answers before the killer succeeds.


The Raven Boys

by Maggie Stiefvater (Juta)

Blue Sargent has spent the major part of her 16 years being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die.

When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him.

Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from the private school who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh king who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line.

Blue is determined to find out what fate has in store for her and Gansey.


The Brothers Grimm 101 Fairy Tales

(Canterbury Classics, R189)

The tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm have enchanted and intrigued children for 200 years and while in recent times questions have been asked about the suitability of some tales for little ones, many are still irresistible to read.

In the early 1800s, the Grimm brothers took it upon themselves to collect many of the folk tales of the time and publish them, resulting in classics like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hanzel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin becoming worldwide classics.

This book, which has an attractive flexible cover, contains 101 of more than 200 fairy tales collected by the brothers.


Red Notice

by Andy McNab

Deep beneath the English Channel, a small army of terrorists has seized control of the Eurostar to Paris and taken 400 hostages.

They’ve declared war on the government that has more than its own share of secrets.

Only one man stands in their way.

Enter an off-duty SAS soldier who is hiding somewhere in the train and is Andy McNab’s newest hero.

Sergeant Tom Buckinham is the only chance the passengers and crew have of getting out alive. - Meneesha Govender