Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Beasts of Paris by Stef Penney, a compelling historical novel that takes readers to the 1870 seige of Paris during the Franco-Prussian war.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Wolf Hunt by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen a thriller that explores the lives of expatriate Israelis in America and engagingly explores the grey area of a number of complex issues.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Secret Hours by Mick Herron a top shelf stand alone espionage novel set in Herron's Slough House continuity.
Pile by the Bed reviews Gods of the Wyrdwood by RJ Barker (Forsaken #1), a ferocious piece of world building and a great set up for the rest of his third fantasy trilogy.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Death I Gave Him by Em X Lui a science fiction, locked room retelling of Hamlet complete with AI, experimental drugs and surveillance.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Detective by Ajay Chowdhury, the third book in his crime series about a disgraced Indian policeman who starts again in London with the help of his family and their restaurant
Pile by the Bed reviews The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin, the first book in a science fiction series set in a world in which all disputes are settled by one-on-one combat.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ordinary Gods and Monsters by Chris Womersley a kids-on-bikes coming-of-age crime story set in 1980s Melbourne suburbia.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Wonder State by Sarah Flannery Murphy, her third book in which she uses a supernatural premise to explore and expose the lives of her very real protagonists.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Tom Lake by Ann Patchett another beautifully observed, totally engaging novel exploring relationships and family.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Learned by Heart by Emma Donoghue, a book that explores the teenage years of Victorian-era personality Ann Lister through the eyes of her roommate and first lover - Elixa Raine.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Ripper by Shelley Burr, page-turning Australian rural crime follow up to her award winning debut Wake.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera, a fascinating debut urban fantasy that explores issues of belonging, revolution, power, religion, class and race.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends He Who Who Drowned the World by Shelley Parker-Chan, the final book in her Radiant Emperor Duology a historical fantasy set in fourteenth century China, Mongolia and Korea.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Cuddy by Benjamin Myers an exploration of the life and legacy of St Cuthbert and the Cathedral built to house his remains in Durham over a period of 1300 years.
Pile by the Bed reviews Airside by Christopher Priest a novel that explores the starnge "null space" of airports through the eyes of a film critic.
Pile by the Bed reviews Abandon by Blake Crouch, a thriller revolving around a hundred year old mystery involving the disappearance of the population of a mining town.
Pile by the Bed reviews For the First Time, Again, the final book in Take Them to the Stars, Sylvain Neuvel's science fiction series that reimagines the second half of the Twentieth Century and in particular the space race.
Pile by the Bed reviews Kill for Me Kill for You a stand along thriller from Steve Cavanagh that takes a familiar crime trope and turns it on its head.
Pile by the bed reviews award winning environmental dystopian novel Pink Slime by Uruguayan author Fernanda Trías.
Pile by the Bed reviews Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a horror story based around B-Grade horror films involving cults and magic set in Mexico City in the early 1990s.
Pile by the Bed reviews When One of Us Hurst by Monica Vuu a dark Australian rural crime debut set in an uninviting town on the Tasmanian coast.
Pile by the Bed reviews Dark Corners by Megan Goldin, her second book feautring true crime podcaster Rachel Krall (following The Night Swim).
Pile by the Bed reviews The Unearthed by Lenny Bartulin a quiet, contemplative crime novel that explores the Eastern European migration to Tasmania after World War II.
Pile by the Bed reviews Independence Square by Martin Cruz Smith, the 10th outing for cynical, hardboiled Russian detective Arkady Renko
Pile by the Bed reviews The Housekeepers by Alex Hay an engaging heist/caper novel set in the upstairs downstairs world of Edwardian London.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Crook Manifesto, the follow up to Harlem Shuffel and second in Colson Whitehead's projected trilogy of heist novels set in Harlem between the 1960s and 1980s.
Pile by the Bed reviews 8 Lives of a Century-old Trickster by Mirinae Lee, an assured and affective debut that takes readers through some of the darkest aspects of 20th century Korean history from a woman's perspective.
Pile by the Bed reviews Blade of Dream by Danila Abraham, the second book in a trilogy set during an evetful year in the history of the city of Kithamar.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Traitor by Anthony Ryan - the final book in his medieval fantasy-style Covenant of Steel trilogy
Pile by the Bef reviews The Drowning Girls by Veronica Lando an Australian crime thriller set on the steamy, mangrove shores of the Northern Australian coast.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Lay Your Body Down by Amy Suiter Clarke a crime novel that deals with the insidious activities of religious cults.
Pile by the Bed reviews Traced by Catherine Jinks, her new domestic thriller set during the early days of the Covid pandemic
Pile by the Bed reviews Lowbridge by Lucy Campbell a rural Australian crime fiction debut in which an amateur detective tries to solve a 20 year old mystery that deals with issues of gender and class politics
Pile by the Bed reviews Small Worlds the second book from British author Caleb Azuma Nelson, focussing on the experience of the Ghanaian community in London in the early 2010s.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Ghost Theatre by Mat Osman an Elizabethan fantasy in the tragedian tradition but with a punk sensibiity
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Mater 2-10 by Hwang Sok-Yong an epic story of Twentieth Century Korean history through the eyes of a family of workers.
Pile by the Bed reviews And Put Away Childish Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky, the third in his Terrible Worlds: Destinations series, this one dealing with English mid-century fantasy worlds.
Pile by the Bed reviews Witch King by Martha Wells a complex piece of fantasy world building with a charismatic and grey central character.
Pile by the Bed reviews Perilous Times by Thomas D Lee an ejoyable and satirical mashup of Arthurian legend and day-after-tomorrow dystopia.