Dangerous Gifts by Gaie Sebold, a Babylon Steel novel, is released later this month (Solaris £7.99).
“Babylon Steel, former avatar of the goddess of sex and war and owner of the Scarlet Lantern brothel, has been offered a job as bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, candidate for the Council of Incandress, and as spy for the barely acknowledged government of Scalentine. Incandress is on the verge of civil war; Enthemmerlee represents the hopes or fears of many of its people and is a prime target for assassination.
Babylon must somehow turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a disciplined fighting force, dodge the ‘Moral Statutes’ and soothe the very lovely, and annoyed, diplomat Darask Fain, who had no intention of joining her on Incandress. And all the while, those she most loves back home are facing a threat she’d never dreamed existed...”