Pile by the Bed finds Andy Weir back in his comfort zone with Project Hail Mary which finds a lone quippy expert having to save the Earth through science.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Talk to Me by TC Boyle's 18th novel, this one dealing compassionately and empathetically with issues of animal exploitation, experimentation and ethics.
Pile by the Bed reviews Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour a pointed, redemptive take down of the capitalist dream machine.
Pile by the Bed reviews Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel a magical realist trip back into the dark days of Argentine military rule.
Pile by the Bed reviews How to Kidnap the Rich by Rahul Raina - a fast paced, acidly observed romp through the highs and lows of Delhi.
Pile by the Bed reviews All That I Remember About Dean Cola by Tania Chandler, a tough but compassionate story of a woman dealing with mental illness and a deep seated past trauma.
Pile by the Bed reviews Day Zero by C Robert Cargill - a prequel to his robopocalypse novel Sea of Rust.
Pile by the Bed reviews Falling the debut thriller by TJ Newman in which a pilot and his crew have to try and thwart terrorists who have blackmailed him by kidnapping his family.
Pile by the Bed reviews Widow's Island a stand-alone thriller by LA Larkin that delves into issues of cyber-trolling and climate change.
Pile by the Bed reviews Still, a debut Australian crime novel set in Darwin in the 1960s.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ariadne by Jennifer Saint, a retelling of the Greek myth of Ariadne and going both behind and beyond the well known story of Theseus and the Minotaur.
Pile by the Bed reviews Northern Spy by Flynn Berry, a thriller that explores the unresolved tensions in Ireland.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (Texicalaan #2) - a worthy sequel to her 2020 Hugo Award Winning debut A Memory Called Empire.
Pile by the Bed reviews Second Place by Rachel Cusk - an rish exploration of life, art, parenthood and gender.
Pile by the Bed reviews Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka (translated by Sam Malissa) - a comically violent thriller full of twists, turns, philosophy and a cast of bizarre but fascinating characters.
Pile by the Bed reviews Like Flies From Afar by K Ferrari - dark crime fiction in translation from Argentina.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Missing by Dirk Kurbjuweit (translated by Imogen Taylor) a fictionalised account of the hunt for the Butcher of Hannover.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, Dawnie Walton's debut which explores issues of racism, gender relations, privilege and entitlement in the context of the story of a pair of 1970s music maker.
Pile by the Bed reviews The April Dead by Alan Parks, the fourth book in his Harry McCoy crime series set in 1970s Glasgow.
Pile bv the Bed reviews The Beautiful Ones, a rerelease of Sylvia Moreno-Garcia's 2017 telenovella-style romance with a touch of fantasy
Pile by the Bed reviews Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke a serial killer cold case story featuring a true crime podcaster as the amateur detective.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Girl Remains by Katherine Firkin, her follow up to Sticks and Stones which takes Detective Emmett Corban to the Mornington Peninsula to take up a twenty year old cold case.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Frenchman by ex-secret service agent turned novelist Jack Beaumont, a thriller which takes readers into the details of spycraft in the French secret service.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Best Thing You Can Steal by Simon R Green - an urban fantasy that leans heavily on heist tropes.
Pile by the Bed reviews the new environmentally conscious thriller Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer
Pile by the Bed reviews Hyde by Craig Russell a gothic police-procedural reimagining of the story behind Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde
Pile by the Bed reviews What Abigail Did That Summer by Ben Aaronovitch, the latest novella set in his Rivers of London universe featuring precocious teenager Abigail.
Pile by the Bed reviews Dangerous Women by Hope Adams a reimgaining of the voyage of the women's convict ship Rajah and the creation of the Rajah Quilt.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Long, Long Afternoon - debut historical crime fiction by Inga Vesper set in Los Angeles in the late 1950s.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Like Mother by Cassandra Austin - a dark, engaging thematically rich novel with a devastating premise.
Pile by the Bed goes to Venus to review The House of Styx, the first book of Venus Ascendant, a new science fiction series by Derek Kunsken
Pile by the Bed reviews Civilisations by Laurent Binet - an alternative history that imagines an Incan takeover of Europe in the Sixteenth Century.
Pile by the Bed reviews A History of What Comes Next, the first in a new series by Sylvain Neuvel which imagines an alien influence behind the space race.
Pile by the Bed reviews Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford an imagined history of five lives cut short by a German bombing in World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex - an assured and absorbing debut based on the true story of the locked door disappearance of a group of lighthouse keepers.
Pile by the Bed reviews Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, a story about what it means to be human that is thematically consistent with his broader body of work.
Pile by the Bed reviews City of Vengeance a debut crime novel by screenwriter DV Bishop set in and around historical events in 16th Century Florence
Pile by the Bed reviews The Fall of Koli - the final ominously named book in MR Carey's post-apocalyptic Ramparts Trilogy and finds that the long journey was worth the effort
Pile by the Bed reviews Fog by Polish author Kaja Malanowska (translated by Bill Johnson) - crime fiction effectively used to explore a range of social issues in modern Poland.