It’s a busy month for books, with new entries in numerous ongoing sagas. The resurrected Thorvald Spear continues to hunt rogue AI Penny Royal in WAR FACTORY (out now, Tor), the second in Neal Asher’s Transformation series. Sookie Stackhouse creator Charlaine Harris’s Midnight, Texas trilogy draws to a conclusion with NIGHT SHIFT (out now, Gollancz). In WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES? (out now, Pan), the third of Paul Cornell’s gritty Shadow Police stories set in a gothic fantasy London, supernaturally-sighted copper James Quill investigates who’s put a ceremonial dagger through the great detective’s ghost. Peter Newman journeys back to the demon-infested world of The Vagrant (“brilliantly imaginative”, we said) with sequel THE MALICE (out now, Harper Voyager). And warrior queen Zosia returns in A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL (out now, Orbit), Alex Marshall-aka-Jesse Bullington’s follow-up to epic fantasy A Crown For Cold Silver – expect more “humour, zippy dialogue and moments of grisly darkness”. Elsewhere, STAR WARS GRAPHICS (out now, Egmont) uses cutesy infographics to impart vital data on everything from Leia’s wardrobe to the diameter of Coruscant, while NEVER SLEEP AGAIN (out now, Pocket Books) chronicles the making of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street back in 1984, using dozens of exclusive interviews with cast and crew to get the inside skinny on fearsome Freddy. Phew!