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Orion Crime / Thriller HB August £12.99 288pp 978 1 4091 5020 6 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 5022 0

DAN KAVANAGH Fiddle City

The second novel in a darkly humorous Londonbased crime series featuring private detective Duffy. Everyone knows a bit of petty theft goes on in Heathrow’s freight business – it is fiddle city, after all. But things have gone beyond a joke for Roy Hendrick, and he suspects someone who works for him is helping themselves. That’s when he sets Duffy on the case. A bisexual ex-policeman, Duffy runs a struggling security firm, has an obsessive attitude to cleanliness and can be found propping up the bar at the Alligator. Duffy agrees to work for Hendrick and goes undercover to try and root out the culprit. But things aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. What’s the story behind the imperious HR manager Mrs Boseley with her permanently frosty demeanour? And is Hendrick really as honest as he claims to be? Duffy’s up to his neck in it. Dan Kavanagh was born in County Sligo in 1946. He has been a steer-wrestler, a waiter-on-roller-skates and a bouncer in a gay bar in San Francisco. He is currently working in London at jobs he declines to specify.

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Location: London. Allegedly. Available for interview www.dankavanagh.com

Orion General and literary fiction TPB August @ £12.99 320pp 978 1 4091 2849 6 eBook: £6.99 / 978 1 4091 2848

FANNY BLAKE With a Friend Like You

With her wisdom, insight and wicked humour, Fanny Blake, author of The Secrets Women Keep, shines a light on to female friendships, in this delicious tale of two so-called best friends. Beth is a woman in supreme control of all aspects of her life and family, with a stellar career and her house an oasis of calm. Her closest friend, Megan, is very different; somehow she swims through the chaos of her family with ease. And while they could not be more different, Beth and Megan have a genuine friendship built on years of laugher, tears and true understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Because that’s what friends do, isn’t it? But when Beth’s daughter reveals a surprising secret, a wedge is driven between them and soon a misunderstanding develops into a full-blown feud. Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. She is also Books Editor of Woman & Home magazine.

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Location: London Available for interview www.fannyblake.com @FannyBlake1

Orion Fiction • August 2014