The Whisperer by Donato Carissi

I am currently reading the exciting debut crime thriller The Whisperer by Donato Carissi. It features a professor and criminologist named Dr. Goran Gavila and a squad of police detectives who are given the task of hunting down a soulless serial killer, after Passers-by stumbled upon a bizarre gravesite in a fog-shrouded forest. Five left arms, buried in a circle, five arms amputated from little girls who have recently gone missing.

Gavila, and his squad are certain it is a serial killer’s work. Then a sixth arm is discovered, a limb of a child no one has reported missing. Gavila knows the psychopath’s ugly work has destroyed five families, each victim an only child. But the sixth girl cannot be identified, has never been reported missing, may in fact still be alive. With that, they bring in a no nonsense investigator named Mila Vasquez, who is a specialist in locating missing children,

At first The protagonists Gavila and Vasquez, who are both burdened by personal tragedy, don’t get on, but as The investigation widens, they find themselves in greater danger as the killer lures the detectives down a depraved path involving the murky corners of the internet, exposing first a pedophile, then a sociopath masquerading as a good guy. Gavrila and Vasquez also have to contend with disruption and deceit within the squad, as they try to discover the killer’s identity and the obscene method he employs and stop them striking again.

Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver

This week The Telegraph with WHSmith newsagents is offering readers the novel Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver, which has been newly released in paperback for just £2.99 instead of RRP £7.99 between Thursday, August 14 and Wednesday, August 20,

Fall from Grace concerns Leonard Franks who leaves London with his wife Ellie, for their dream retirement amid the seclusion of Dartmoor. At first everything seems perfect. But, two years in, their new life is shattered when Leonard leaves the house to fetch firewood – and never returns. Nine months later, he’s still missing.

The Police investigate, but With the police investigation at a dead end, Leonard’s family turn to David Raker – a missing persons investigator with a gift for finding the lost. Raker investigations eventually unravel the truth and uncover a deadly secret behind the disappearance, but these discoveries end up putting himself and those he cares about in great danger.

The Hundred Foot Journey

The international best-selling novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C.Morais has recently been adapted into a film starring Helen Mirren, directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake. So To coincide with the release of the film adaptation, The Telegraph has teamed up with eOne to offer readers a free copy of the book by Richard C. Morais.

The Hundred-foot Journey is the entertaining story a culinary ingenue Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai who embarks, along with his boisterous family, on a picaresque journey first to London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant in the remote French village of Lumière. Undeterred by the fact that 100 feet away there is a famous Michelin Starred classical French Eatery Run by icy proprietress Madame Mallory , who is outraged by the new arrivals and is determined to have them shut down.

Cultures clash and A culinary war ensues between the two establishments, pitting Hassan’s Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Michelin-starred cordon bleu, chef Madame Mallory, until Madame Mallory realizes that Hassan is a cook with natural talents far superior to her own and his recipes begin to enchant her and she realises that he could have what it takes to garner even more awards for her restaurant, Hassan also becomes friends with Madame Mallory’s sous chef Marguerite and despite their differing cultures and tastes they discover an unlikely recipe for success which surprises them all.

Full of eccentric characters, hilarious cultural mishaps, vivid settings and delicious meals described in rich, sensuous detail, Hassan’s charming account lays bare the inner workings of the elite world of French haute cuisine, and provides a life-affirming and poignant coming-of-age tale. The Hundred Foot Jouney is released in cinemas Friday, September 5. While The novel can be obtained with the Telegraph newspaper on Sunday, August 17

Ana Matronic (Scissor Sisters)

Ana Matronic, singer with American band Scissor Sisters was born 14th August 1974.Formed in 2001,Scissor Sisters were “Spawned by the scuzzy, gay nightlife scene of New York,” the band took their name from a sexual position between two women also known as tribadism. Its members comprise Jake Shears and Ana Matronic as vocalists, Babydaddy as multi-instrumentalist, Del Marquis as lead guitar/bassist, and Randy Real as drummer (who replaced Paddy Boom). Scissor Sisters have incorporated diverse and innovative styles in their music, but tend to sway towards pop rock, glam rock, nu-disco, and electroclash.The band came to prominence following the release of their Grammy-nominated and chart-topping disco version of “Comfortably Numb” and subsequent debut album Scissor Sisters (2004). The album was a success, particularly in the UK (a country they call their “spiritual home”) where it reached number one, was the best-selling album of 2004, was later certified platinum by the BPI and accrued them three BRIT Awards in 2005. All five of its singles reached positions within the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart while “Filthy/Gorgeous” scored the band their first number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs, despite the album’s mere success in their native US.

Scissorsisters-magichourThe album continued its success in countries around Europe, in Australia and in Canada before the unveiling of the band’s second studio album Ta-Dah (2006) which proved to be another success that scored them their second consecutive UK number one album and produced their first UK number one single “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’”. Their third studio album Night Work (2010) displayed a shift towards a more club-oriented sound, charting at number two on the UK Albums Chart, number one on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and in the top 10 of several international territories. The band released their fourth studio album Magic Hour in May of 2012.

Scissor Sisters have performed around the world and have become well-recognized for their controversial and transgressive live performances. They have also collaborated with a number of other well-known pop musicians, including Elton John and Kylie Minogue; these particular collaborations have been received positively by both critics and other notable figures. In 2004, Bono, lead vocalist of rock band U2, described Scissor Sisters as “the best pop group in the world”. They have also collaborated with Global Cool in 2007 on one of their green lifestyle campaigns

The Charlatons

Mark Collins, English guitarist and songwriter withthe The Charlatans and The Waltones was born.14th August 1965. The original members of the Charlatans comprised of Tim Burgess (vocals), Mark Collins (guitar), Martin Blunt (bass), Tony Rogers (keyboards) and Jon Brookes (drums and percussion) most were located in the West Midlands, however many sources state that they formed in Northwich, Cheshire. This is because the band relocated to the home town of new lead singer Tim Burgess (who lived in Northwich) before the 1990 release of The Charlatans’ debut single “Indian Rope”, on the band’s own Dead Dead Good Records label. This means that, based on the definition of the hometown used by Guinness World Records, the band formed in Northwich and consequently, Northwich is recorded as the home town in such publications as British Hit Singles & Albums. The Charlatan’s debut single, “Indian Rope” proved an indie hit and the group soon found a major label, Beggars Banquet off-shoot Situation Two, in time for the release of “The Only One I Know” which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. A further single, “Then”, and debut album Some Friendly, were released later that year. Around this time The Charlatans were forced to add UK to their name for an American tour due to competing claims by a 1960s rock band also known as The Charlatans.

Baker left the band after 1991′s “Over Rising” single to be replaced by Mark Collins (no relation to Rob), and the band brought in producer Flood for their second album Between 10th and 11th (named after the address of the New York Marque, site of the group’s first US concert). Released in early 1992, the album failed to reach the Top 20 in the UK Albums Chart. However, the Top 20 success of the lead single “Weirdo” and a double weekend of gigs (‘Daytripper’) in Blackpool and Brighton with Ride kept them in the public eye.The follow-up album, Up To Our Hips (1994) reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart. In 1995 the band’s self-titled fourth album saw them become major UK stars again, topping the UK albums chart and spawning the Top 20 single “Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over”.The fifth album Tellin’ Stories was released in 1997 and contained the singles “One to Another”, “North Country Boy” and “How High”. In 1998 they released the career-spanning compilation Melting Pot. The band also helped put “The B-sides collection Songs From The Other Side” and DVD “Just Lookin’ 1990 – 1997″ together

Following the album Us And Us Only,The band released their ninth full-length album on 10 April 2006. Titled Simpatico, it was a reggae and dub tinged album and featured tracks like the fan favourite “NYC (There’s No Need to Stop)” and “Blackened Blue Eyes”. Their follow-up to Simpatico was another career-spanning singles compilation entitled Forever: The Singles which was released on CD and DVD on 13 November 2006. In an October 2007 issue of the NME, the band contributed the song “Blank Heart, Blank Mind” to the magazine’s free Love Music, Hate Racism compilation CD. Later the same month, the new single “You Cross My Path” was released as a free download exclusively through the XFM website. On the 3 March 2008, The Charlatans teamed up with Xfm again to become the first UK band to release an album completely free to download via a radio station. This was preceded a week earlier by the second single from the album, “Oh! Vanity”. The album, titled You Cross My Path, is The Charlatans’ tenth studio album and received a physical CD/LP release on 19 May 2008. Their eleventh studio album, Who We Touch, was released on 6 September 2010 and The first single release was “Love Is Ending”.

In 2011 Universal Music re-released a deluxe edition of the band’s Us & Us Only album, originally released in 1999, featuring a collection of bonus tracks including B-sides, live recordings, radio sessions and rare remixes. In March/April 2011 Tim Burgess and Mark Collins played an acoustic tour of the UK. To coincide with the acoustic tour the band released Warm Sounds EP. Featuring six stripped-down and reworked versions of Charlatans tracks including “North Country Boy”, “The Only One I Know” and “Smash The System”. It was available to download from iTunes and The Charlatans website

Larry’s Graham (Sly and the Family Stone)

larry Graham, American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station) was born 14 August 1946. Sly & the Family Stone, played a critical role in the development of soul, funk and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s, with songs like “Stand“, “I Want To Take You Higher”, “Sing A Simple Song”, “If You Want Me To Stay“, and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” In 1993, lead singer Sly Stone was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Funkadelic

Along with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone were pioneers of late 1960s and early ’70s funk. Their fusion of R&B rhythms, infectious melodies, and psychedelia created a new pop/soul/rock hybrid the impact of which has proven lasting and widespread. Motown producer Norman Whitfield, for example, patterned the label’s forays into harder-driving, socially relevant material (such as The Temptations’ “Runaway Child” and “Ball of Confusion”) based on their sound. The pioneering precedent of Stone’s racial, sexual, and stylistic mix, had a major influence in the 1980s on artists such as Prince and Rick James. Legions of artists from the 1990s forward — including Public Enemy, Fatboy Slim, Beck and many others — mined Stone’s seminal back catalog for hook-laden samples. After a mildly received debut album, A Whole New Thing (1967), Sly & The Family Stone had their first hit single with “Dance to the Music“, which was later included on an album of the same name (1968). Although their third album, Life (also 1968), also suffered from low sales, their fourth album, Stand! (1969), became a runaway success, selling over three million copies and spawning a number one hit single, “Everyday People“. By the summer of 1969, Sly & The Family Stone were one of the biggest names in music, releasing three more top five singles, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” / “Everybody Is a Star”, before the end of the year, and appearing at Woodstock.

SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE -LIFE http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ejWNxNir3mA

Sadly though With the band’s new found fame and success came numerous problems. Relationships within the band were deteriorating; there was friction in particular between the Stone brothers & Bass player Larry Graham. After moving to the Los Angeles area in fall 1969, Stone and his bandmates became heavy users of illegal drugs, As the members became increasingly focused on drug use and partying (Stone carried a violin case filled with illegal drugs wherever he went), recording slowed significantly. Between summer 1969 and fall 1971, the band released only one single, which was one of the first recordings to employ the heavy, funky beats that would be featured in the funk music of the following decade. It showcased Graham’s innovative percussive playing technique of bass “slapping”. During this time Stone’s behavior became increasingly erratic.

New material was anticipated in 1970, but with none forthcoming, a Greatest Hits album was released that November. One year later, the band’s fifth album, There’s a Riot Goin’ On, was released. Riot featured a much darker sound as most tracks were recorded with overdubbing as opposed to The Family Stone all playing at the same time as they had done previously. Stone played most of the parts himself and performed more of the lead vocals than usual. It was also the first major label album to feature a drum machine. The band’s cohesion slowly began to erode, and its sales and popularity began to decline as well. Live bookings for Sly & the Family Stone had also steadily dropped since 1970. The final straw came In January 1975, after the band booked itself at Radio City Music Hall. The famed music hall was only one-eighth occupied, and Stone and company had to scrape together money to return home, Following the Radio City engagement, the band was dissolved.

On Sunday, January 14, 2007 Stone made a short guest appearance at a show of The New Family Stone band he supports at the House of Blues. On April 1, 2007, Stone appeared with the Family Stone at the Flamingo Las Vegas Showroom, after George Wallace’s standup act. On July 7, 2007 Stone also made a short appearance with the Family Stone at the San Jose, CA Summerfest. On Labor Day, September 7, 2009, Stone emerged at the 20th annual African Festival of the Arts in Chicago, Ill. He performed a 15 minute set during George Clinton’s Performance. He performed his popular hits along with George Clinton’s band. He left immediately after his short performance. On December 6, 2009, Sly signed a new recording contract with the LA based Cleopatra Records and on August 16, 2011, I’m Back! Family & Friends was released, the first Sly Stone album since 1982′s Ain’t But the One Way. The album features re-recorded versions of Sly & the Family Stone’s greatest hits with guest appearances from Jeff Beck, Ray Manzarek, Bootsy Collins, Ann Wilson, Carmine Appice and Johnny Winter, as well as three previously unreleased songs.