By Steph Carroll, Annie Ku, Georgia Wells and Rebecca Weigler
The Last Devil to Die by Richard Osman
14 September, Viking
The fourth instalment of the bestselling ‘Thursday Murder Club’ series from Richard Osman is finally hitting the shelves. The gang is back for another thrilling, entertaining adventure in a series full of wit, charm and friendships we have grown to love.
As it always does, news of another murder has reached the Thursday Murder Club; an old friend in the antiques business has been killed, and to add even more layers to the crime, the dangerous package that he was protecting… it’s missing!
It doesn’t take long for the gang to dive into action, finding themselves face to face with not only drug dealers, art forgers and online fraudsters, but also a heartache that is quite close to home. It’s never easy for our main four, who probably should be taking it easy, but they can’t resist jumping headfirst into the mystery.
The clock is ticking, but has their luck finally run out? With trouble following closely behind them and the body count rising, will they find the missing package and solve the case before it’s too late? It’s time to find out who will be the last devil to die.
The Wake-Up Call by Beth O’Leary
26 September, Quercus Publishing
The master of British rom-com, Beth O’Leary, returns with another witty novel with a cosy take on enemies to lovers.
At Forest Manor Hotel, it is the busiest season of the year, where workplace rivals Izzy and Lucas are working hard to save their jobs and the failing hotel. As sworn enemies who have been put on the same front desk shift, they must put aside their differences and find a way to keep the hotel they adore running past Christmas.
Short of a Christmas miracle, a guest’s reward for Izzy finding one of their four lost wedding rings convinces management that this could be the answer to their problems. As the hectic season progresses and Lucas and Izzy work together more closely, their feelings shift from one end of the scale to the other. Is it just the hotel’s future at stake here, or also their hearts?
The Fragile Threads of Power by V. E. Schwab
26 September, Titan Books Ltd
Introducing an exciting new epic fantasy set in the Shades of Magic universe by the acclaimed V. E. Schwab. Perfect for enthusiasts of Samantha Shannon, Kerri Maniscalco, Leigh Bardugo, and R. F. Kuang.
Seven years have passed since the sealing of the interworld doors. A span during which Kell, Lila and Holland confronted Osaron in a last-ditch battle that safeguarded the realms of Red, Grey and White London. In that time, Kell’s magic was shattered, and Holland met his demise. Now, Rhy Maresh governs over Red London with his newfound family – Queen Nadiya, daughter Ren and Consort Alucard. Yet, his city seethes with plots and uprisings, driven by whispers that he is causing magic to wane.
Meanwhile, Kosika, a young Antari, ascends to the throne of White London. The new monarch guides her people in rituals of sacrifice and blood to display their devotion to the altar of Holland Vosijk, accessing vast power she may not be able to control. Now, Lila and Kell, living as free spirits on the waves, are entrusted by the Floating Market’s captain to recover a tremendously powerful artefact stolen by secretive forces.
Into this mix steps Tes, a skilled young woman adept at repairing broken things. She is suddenly caught in the affairs of Antari, rulers, traitors and thieves. Only her exceptional abilities can thread the strands of power. A triumphant homecoming to the Shades of Magic universe, The Fragile Threads of Power prolongs the sagas of beloved characters Kell, Lila, Rhy and Alucard, while introducing a fresh generation of magic, shadows and embers in the dark.
Enchanted to Meet You by Meg Cabot
12 October, Avon Books
Kickstarting a new series of magical rom-coms titled ‘The Witches of West Harbour’, New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot brings Enchanted to Meet You to the romance shelves this September. Known for the smash hit young adult series The Princess Diaries, Cabot combines romance with paranormal happenings and witchcraft in this anticipated adult fiction saga.
After accidentally casting a spell as a teenager that backfired and caused a chain of consequences, Jessica Gold finds herself once again facing a dilemma in her hometown of West Harbor. Faced between keeping her abilities to herself or using them to save not only herself but also her town, Jess must learn to trust her instincts and her gift.
This dilemma, however, comes with the handsome Derrick Winters, a member of the World Council of Witches, which banned Jessica all those years ago. Claiming she is the Chosen One to help save West Harbor, Jessica’s decision spans more than just her magical abilities, but the magical pull she feels in her heart toward Derrick.
With all the elements for a cosy romantic rollercoaster and set against the backdrop of enchanting small towns and magical mysteries, this new book will be a spellbinding addition to autumnal libraries and wish lists this year.