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DIARY OF SOME­BODY by Brian Bil­ston, Pi­cador, £14.99 (ebook £12.99) ★★★★ ★

FAIL­ING at his dead­end job and deal­ing with the break­down of his re­la­tion­ship, Brian Bil­ston chal­lenges him­self to write a poem ev­ery day while he at­tempts to patch his life back to­gether. What fol­lows is a diary and col­lec­tion of around 150 poems that de­velop into a tale of mur­der mys­tery.

Bil­ston has the abil­ity to make the mun­dane both funny and beau­ti­ful – whether that’s tak­ing out the bins or pro­cras­ti­nat­ing on Twit­ter.

THE WHIS­PER MAN by Alex North, Michael Joseph, £12.99 (ebook £7.99) ★★★ ★★

ALEX North’s tightly plot­ted crime thriller presses all the right but­tons for the genre:

A world-weary de­tec­tive with a failed mar­riage and a drink prob­lem, an am­bi­tious younger of­fi­cer, de­part­men­tal pol­i­tics within the Force – all set in a care­fully de­ra­ci­nated Any­town.

In this highly struc­tured en­vi­ron­ment we find the courage to look upon evil. How­ever, I was not en­tirely con­vinced by a novel that de­pends in places, for its chill fac­tor, upon the pro­tag­o­nist’s in­abil­ity to re­mem­ber if he has locked the front door.

THE BODY LIES by Jo Baker, Doubleday, £12.99 (ebook £7.99) ★★ ★★★

A RAN­DOM act of city vi­o­lence on a preg­nant woman by a stranger, opens this sin­is­ter tale. From then on, death stalks its pages.

In an at­tempt to es­cape the re­minders of her as­sault in Lon­don, a young nov­el­ist moves north with her son to take up a cre­ative writ­ing univer­sity post. She finds her­self in the thrall of a mys­te­ri­ous stu­dent who claims to only write the truth. But as their lives en­twine, she re­alises there may be a more trou­bling re­al­ity lurk­ing within his fic­tion.

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