Five on Friday with Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor

Today I’m delighted to feature crime author Jane Isaac. I have all Jane’s books (and surprisingly, given my infamous tbr) I have read most of them! Consequently I was delighted when Jane agreed to take part in Five on Friday. I was also lucky enough to meet her at a recent author/blogger event and managed to have a coherent conversation without being too awestruck. Though Jane might tell a different story!

 

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Author bio:-

Jane Isaac lives with her detective husband (very helpful for research!) and her daughter in rural Northamptonshire, UK where she can often be found trudging over the fields with her Labrador, Bollo. Her debut, An Unfamiliar Murder, was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’ The follow up, The Truth Will Out, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com.

After He’s Gone, Jane’s sixth novel and the first in a new series featuring Family Liaison Officer, DC Beth Chamberlain was published on 18th June. The second DC Beth Chamberlain novel, Presumed Guilty, will be released on 10th December 2018.

 

Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?

 

The Pearl Fishers by Bizet. It reminds me of my late mother-in-law, the kindest and most grounded person I’ve ever known.

Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners. Because my daughter and I dance around the lounge whenever it plays on the iPod.

Forever Young by Alphaville. A little reminder that our bodies grow but our minds don’t need to.

Get Here by Oleta Adams. When we were engaged, my (now) husband and I were separated during the week when he went away to university. As the weekend approached, I’d play this and look forward to him coming home.

Patience by Guns and Roses. Because I’ve never had enough!

 

Highlight 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.

 

I’m assuming we include our pets in with family? Okay, them aside, here goes:

Photographs. They are the connection to my past and my only link to lost loved ones; the memories keep me happy.

My travel diaries. Twenty years ago my husband and I took a year out to travel the world and recorded our experiences in diaries every day. Without the diaries, my ageing brain would forget about some of the people we met and the amazing things we did during that crazily special year.

Tea. Who could live without it?

A notebook and pen.

Flowers. They make me smile

 

Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?

 

Care less what others think about you.

Celebrate the differences in people. The world would be a boring place if we were all the same.

Worrying about things out of your control is wasted energy.

Believe in yourself and reach for the stars – you can do it.

Almonds will never taste good, no matter how much they are disguised.

 

Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.

 

I was born in London within the sound of the Bow Bells, although I don’t share the Cockney accent.

I’m learning to play the ukulele.

I don’t kill spiders, wasps or slugs (even though the slugs eat my plants), but have a phobia of maggots.

I’ve never ridden in a helicopter, although I’d love to. Anyone?

I’ve tried the UK’s hottest chilli, the Dorset Naga, and, yes, it is hot!

 

What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?

 

Travel, travel, travel, travel and more travel. I’d love to see Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Plus, the Nordics, especially the Norwegian Fiords. A month travelling around Italy would be amazing, and then, of course, hire a campervan and travel through Europe…

 

Thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog, Jill. I’ve really enjoyed answering your questions!

Thanks so much for taking part Jane, we’ve all enjoyed discovering more about you.  I knew you were lovely person after meeting you, but the fact that you deem your pets family would have confirmed it anyway! I’m with you with tea, I could give up most things if really forced, but not tea. I wish I could be as kind as you with wasps. Spiders and slugs I can live with, but I am terrified of wasps, something which got worse when I discovered my dog would react badly to stings. I love that you had the chance to go travelling for a year, those memories must be magical. Hopefully you’ll have the chance to tick some more countries off your bucket list, I can recommend Vietnam and Cambodia, but that campervan travelling through Europe sounds very appealing . 

 

Jane’s Books

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DC Beth Chamberlain series

 

Presumed GuiltyPresumed Guilty (DC Beth Chamberlain 2) Published on 10th December but available to pre-order.

Accident or murder?

The first victim – a prominent local councillor, killed in a hit and run ‒ could be either, but the next bodies leave no doubt. A twisted killer is at large. And he’s not finished yet.

DC Beth Chamberlain, Family Liaison Officer, has to support the victims’ families, but before she can solve the crimes in the present, Beth needs to uncover the secrets of the past.

Meanwhile, the killer has her in his sights…

 

After He's GoneAfter He’s Gone (DC Beth Chamberlain 1) see my review here

You think you know him. Until he’s dead.

When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.

As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.

Even the dead…

 

DI Will Jackman Series

 

Before It's Too LateBefore It’s Too Late (Book 1)

Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone.

Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor. Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected.

But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late?

 

Beneath the AshesBeneath the Ashes (Book 2) see my review here

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?

 

Lies WithinThe Lies Within (Book 3)

Be under no illusions by her kind face and eloquent manner… This woman is guilty of murder.

Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. With her family falling apart and the investigation going nowhere, Grace’s only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss.

DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him.

When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer, before she is convicted of a crime she didn’t commit?

 

DCI Helen Lavery Series

 

An Unfamiliar murderAn Unfamiliar Murder (Book 1)

Some secrets just won’t stay buried.

Arriving home from a routine day at work, Anna Cottrell has no idea that her life is about to change forever. But discovering the stabbed body of a stranger in her flat, then becoming prime suspect in a murder inquiry is only the beginning. Her persistent claims of innocence start to crumble when new evidence links her irrevocably with the victim…

Leading her first murder investigation, DCI Helen Lavery unravels a trail of deception, family secrets and betrayal. When people close to the Cottrell family start to disappear, Lavery is forced into a race against time. Can she catch the killer before he executes his ultimate victim?

 

The Truth Will OutThe Truth Will Out (Book 2) see my review here

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

“What if it’s not?”

Suddenly, she turned. For a split second she halted, her head inclined.

“Naomi, what is it?”

She whisked back to face Eva.

“There’s somebody in the house…”

Eva is horrified when she witnesses an attack on her best friend. She calls an ambulance and forces herself to flee Hampton, fearing for her own safety. DCI Helen Lavery leads the investigation into the murder. With no leads, no further witnesses and no sign of forced entry, the murder enquiry begins.

Slowly, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. But as Helen inches towards solving the case, her past becomes caught up in her present.

Someone is after them both. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what they want. And as the net starts to close around them, can Helen escape her own demons as well as helping Eva to escape hers?

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like … the final festive reading update.

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This is the third and final update to the blogs posted on 7th, 15th and 24th November.  I think I’ve been wallowing in festive books for long enough, so it’s now time to concentrate on preparing for the real thing. As always the items most recently added appear at the top and I have been through and taken out books that have increased in price. Happy Reading!!

If this is the first time you’ve seen this feature the rules for inclusion are simple, basically they have to be books that I am likely to read myself.  I’ve also excluded short stories and novellas – I’ve made the cut off point 150 pages. I’ve also imposed a price limit, not least because I’d be here until Christmas if I included everything. So nothing listed was over £1.99 as this post went to press. Please also be aware that there are so many Christmas books on the market, it is also more than likely that I’ve missed books I’d happily read just because I didn’t spot them.

The items appear in random order, so don’t apply value judgements to those appearing earlier, or later in the list. I could, I suppose, have put them in alphabetical author order but hey, I didn’t – I like to live dangerously for an ex librarian. The reality is, I’m juggling several wish lists on Amazon to try to keep track of last year’s titles, this year’s additions and one for possibles that need monitoring for price drops so I couldn’t cope with the added complication.

So sit back, enjoy and please remember that Kindle prices change all the time, so just double-check the price before clicking.

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A Festive Reading Round Up for 2018

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Items added 3rd December 2018

 

The AdultsSnowed in for ChristmasChristmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop

 

The Frozen LakeThe Cosy Christmas Chocolate ShopSnowflakes on Silver Cove

 

One Wish in ManhattanThe Angel TreeBells and Bows on Mistletoe Row

 

Difficult HusbandsThe Christmas SistersHumbugs and Heartstrings

 

After the SnowA Very Lucky ChristmasA Christmas Gift

 

Snowflakes at Lavender BayA Very Vintage ChristmasChristmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights

 

A Wedding at ChristmasMy Christmas BoyfriendThe Christmas Angel

 

The Magic of Christmas Tree FarmThe Winter WeddingMiracle on Regent Street

 

Items added 24th November 2018

 

A Merry Little ChristmasSecond Chance CafeSeven Days of Us

 

                             The Little Church by the SeaThe Christmas Stocking and Other Stories

 

                                  Christmas at Liberty's

                                  Christmas at Strand HouseWinter_s Children

Items added 15th November 2018

 

The Winter That Made Us

 

In the Bleak MidwinterA Wartime ChristmasMolly's Christmas Orphans

 

                              A Christmas WishHello from the Gillespies

 

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter WonderlandA Daughter's Christmas WishChristmas at Borteen Bay

 

                               Married by ChristmasIt Must Have Been the Mistletoe

 

Christmas on the CoastThe Christmas CottageI'll Be Home for Christmas

 

Christmas at The Chocolate Pot CaféCharlee and the Chocolate ShopSaving Mr Scrooge

 

 

Original listing from 7th November

 

Coming Home to the Comfort Food CaféA Ration Book Christmasmarry-me-tomorrow-by-carla-burgess

 

A Christmas Day at the OfficeSleigh Bells in the SnowA Christmas to Remember

 

 

A Cottage in the CountryThe Parisian Christmas Bake OffA Little Sugar, A Lot of Love

 

                           Snow Angel CoveA Town Called Christmas

 

A Winters ChildNever Kiss a Man in a Christmas JumperA Miracle on Hope Street

 

The Christmas WishThe Little Christmas Teashop of Second ChancesA Dad of His Own

 

No One Cancels ChristmasOne Magical ChristmasA Special Kind of Advent

 

Snowflakes Over Holly CoveSnowflakes over Moon CottageThe Finch Family Christmas Holiday 8

 

Watch for Me at ChristmasOne Day in DecemberWhat Happened to Us

 

A Winter Beneath the StarsAnother Day in Winter‘Tis the Season to be Single

 

Winter Without YouThe Snow GlobeThe Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove

 

Coming Home to Maple CottageJust For ChristmasDreaming of Christmas

 

One Winter's DayHappily Ever After at the Dog & DuckA Little Christmas Charm

 

Covent Garden in the SnowChristmas at the Little Cottage on the HillChristmas At Snowdrop Cottage

 

It Started With ChristmasChristmas on Lily Pond LaneCupcakes for Christmas

 

Christmas at Mistletoe CoveChristmas at Butterfly CoveChristmas at Lilac Cottage

 

We'll Always Have ChristmasChristmas Under a Cranberry SkyLove and Lies at The Village Christmas Shop

 

Christmas at The Little Knitting BoxLove at the Northern LightsA Cosy Candlelit Christmas

 

Christmas at the Little Village BakeryWhat Happens at ChristmasComing home for Christmas

 

One Christmas Kiss in Notting HillChristmas at the Log Fire CabinA Proper Family Christmas

 

Ninety Days to ChristmasSnowed in at The Little Duck Pond CafeChristmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

 

A Second Christmas WishSnowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook InnAll I Want for Christmas

 

Bella's Christmas Bake OffSnowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second ChancesSnow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake

 

A Gift from the Comfort Food CaféChristmas Wishes and Mistletoe KissesLittle Christmas Faith

 

Song for St NicholasChristmas at Conwenna CoveChristmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove

 

Christmas at the Lucky Parrot Garden CentreChristmas on the Little Cornish IslesCosy Cottage Cafe

 

Little Bit of Christmas MagicOne Day in DecemberThat Christmas Feeling

 

Christmas at the Dancing DuckJo and Clara's Christmas CountdownJessica's Christmas Kiss

 

Christmas at Bay Tree CottageBeachside ChristmasProper Family Christmas

 

Canal Boat Cafe ChristmasCosy Christmas Chocolate ShopChristmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop

 

From Paris with Love this ChristmasChristmas ProjectFairy Tale for Christmas

 

I won't be Home for ChristmasChristmas for OneVery Merry Manhattan Christmas

 

Christmas CrackerChristmas Cake CafeMake a Christmas Wish

 

Cardiff Christmas ClubSilver Bells Christmas PantomimeA Christmas Romance

 

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yorkshire-christmasSleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas FairMince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

 

Little Village ChristmasWinter at the Dog and DuckReturn of the Christmas Spirit

 

Together for ChristmasNo-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas DaySnowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel

 

A Cotswold Christmas

November Book Haul

Physical Book Purchases

 

Never GreenNever Greener by Ruth Jones

We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.

The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it.

Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all.

But then Kate meets Callum again.

And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been.

Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn’t mean they should always be taken . . .

 

The Secrets of Primrose SquareThe Secrets of Primrose Square by Claudia Carroll

So many stories hidden behind closed doors . . . 

It’s late at night and the rain is pouring down on the Dublin city streets. A mother is grieving for her dead child. She stands silently outside the home of the teenage boy she believes responsible. She watches . . .

In a kitchen on the same square, a girl waits anxiously for her mum to come home. She knows exactly where she is, but she knows she cannot reach her.

A few doors down, and a widow sits alone in her room. She has just delivered a bombshell to her family during dinner and her life is about to change forever.

And an aspiring theatre director has just moved in to a flat across the street. Her landlord is absent, but there are already things about him that don’t quite add up . . .

Welcome to Primrose Square.

 

Deadly AlibiDeadly Alibi by Leigh Russell

A hand gripped her upper arm so suddenly it made her yelp. Biting her lower lip, she spun round, lashing out in terror. As she yanked her arm out of his grasp, her elbow hit the side of his chest. Struggling to cling on to her, he lost his footing. She staggered back and reached out, leaning one hand on the cold wall of the tunnel. Before she had recovered her balance he fell, arms flailing, eyes glaring wildly as he disappeared over the edge of the platform onto the rails below. . .

Two murder victims and a suspect whose alibi appears open to doubt… Geraldine Steel is plunged into a double murder investigation which threatens not only her career, but her life. And then her previously unknown twin Helena turns up, with problems which are about to make Geraldine’s life turn toxic in more ways than one.

 

Love Me NotLove me Not by M J Arlidge

A blood-red sunrise 
Just after 7 AM DI Helen Grace stumbles on a dead woman lying in a country road. She has been brutally shot for no apparent reason.

Two hours later
At gunpoint a shopkeeper is forced to close up by two assailants. Before the police can get inside a single gunshot rings out.

A rampage of revenge?
Over one long day the town of Southampton is terrorized by two young killers who appear to be killing at random.

For DI Helen Grace, it’s a race against time. Uncover why they’re doing this and who’s next or always be a step behind – until the sun sets on this bloody killing spree.

 

Brown Owl's Guide To LifeBrown Owl’s Guide to Life by Kate Harrison

Shy, sweet-natured Lucy Collins is used to being pushed around. For the first eighteen years of her life, her widowed mother Judith ruled the roost. Now Lucy’s husband, her seven-year-old daughter and even Buster the cat boss her about. But her mother’s premature death leaves Lucy an orphan at the age of thirty-five. She’s devastated…but she’s also free. After a lifetime of being a disappointment to everyone, is it finally time Lucy grew up?

As she clears out her mother’s rambling house, Lucy discovers a trunk full of memories…her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all Brown Owls: capable, no-nonsense matriarchs who were the leading lights of the Girl Guide movement. They spent their spare time preparing the next generation for their roles as wives and mothers with a mixture of campfire songs, sew-on badges and reef knots. But could the old values and frontier spirit now hold the key to help Lucy make the changes she needs in her life?

 

Men of LettersMen of Letters by Duncan Barrett

Re-branded and available on Kindle as The Last Post

Signed copies of the book available direct from Duncan Barrett for £5  – click here  (I checked with Duncan on 11th Nov and he still had copies).

When the First World War broke out, the Post Office was the biggest employer in the world, with its own company of volunteer part-time soldiers, The Post Office Rifles. Suddenly catapulted into conflict, ordinary postmen and messenger boys found themselves in the trenches of the Western Front, hoping that their own letters would reach home – and relying on the letters and parcels they received for comfort and much-needed boosts to morale. By the war’s end, 1,500 of them had been killed. Using the personal stories, letters and diary entries of the men who joined the Post Office Riffles, this is a moving account of how the war touched the lives of ordinary people – how it changed communities, how women took up men’s work, and, of course, the vital role the mail played in winning the war. Foreword written by Alan Johnson MP.

 

ARC’s, prize wins and gifts

 

In Honour BoundIn Honour Bound by Christine Webber

Set in 1980’s London, Helen Bartlett, a popular TV news presenter and Sam Aziz, a glamorous middle-eastern cardiac surgeon, meet on a live programme. They dislike each other on sight, and the interview is a disaster. But that is not the end of their story because later that evening, they find themselves at the same dinner party.
Over the weeks, hostility morphs into passion, and soon they fall desperately in love.
Both are looking for the right partner with whom to settle down and produce a family. They seem made for each other; they delight in the joy that they have found, and plan to marry. But then, the differences in their cultural backgrounds start to manifest themselves. And a debt of honour that Sam cannot ignore returns to haunt him.
Struggling with their torment, while she is so much in the public eye and he is performing life-saving surgery on a daily basis, places them under intolerable strain.
Must they relinquish the most magical relationship either of them has ever known? Can they find a way out of their dilemmas? Or do they have to accept that no matter how modern we are, we cannot fly in the face of the traditions that served, and shaped us, for centuries?

Many thanks to Christine for a copy of this book

 

LittleLittle by Edward Carey

There is a space between life and death: it’s called waxworks Born in Alsace in 1761, the unsightly, diminutive Marie Grosholtz is quickly nicknamed ‘Little’. Orphaned at the age of six, she finds employmet in Bern, Switzerland, under the charge of reclusive anatomist, Dr Curtius. In time the unlikely pair form an unlikely bond, and together they pursue an unusual passion: the fine art of wax-modelling. Forced to flee their city, the doctor and his protégée head for the seamy streets of Paris where they open an exhibition hall for their uncanny creations. Though revolution approaches, the curious-minded flock to see the wax heads, eager to scrutinise the faces of royalty and reprobates alike. At ‘The Cabinet of Doctor Curtius’, heads are made, heads are displayed, and a future is built from wax. From the gutters of pre-revolutionary France to the luxury of the Palace of Versailles, from casting the still-warm heads of The Terror to finding something very like love, Little is the unforgettable story of how a ‘bloodstained crumb of a girl’ went on to shape the world…

Many thanks to fellow blogger Caryl at Mrs Bloggs the Average Reader for a copy

 

Miss MarleyMiss Marley by Vanessa Lafaye

A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill

Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

Many thanks to the publisher  HQ stories for a copy

 

NeedlemouseNeedlemouse by Jane O’Connor

Time to come out of hibernation…

Sylvia Penton has been hibernating for years, it’s no wonder she’s a little prickly…

Sylvia lives alone, dedicating herself to her job at the local university. On weekends, she helps out at a local hedgehog sanctuary because it gives her something to talk about on Mondays – and it makes people think she’s nicer than she is.

Only Sylvia has a secret: she’s been in love with her boss, Professor Lomax, for over a decade now, and she’s sure he’s just waiting for the right time to leave his wife. Meanwhile she stores every crumb of his affection and covertly makes trouble for anyone she feels gets in his way.

But when a bright new PhD candidate catches the Professor’s eye, Sylvia’s dreams of the fairy tale ending she has craved for so long, are soon in tatters, driving her to increasingly desperate measures and an uncertain future.

Sylvia might have been sleep walking through her life but things are about to change now she’s woken up…

E-copy courtesy of Netgalley

 

Reading in Heels November Book

 

States of PassionStates of Passion by Nihad Sirees

The world is so strange, The strangest things are the stories you overhear.

When a hapless bureaucrat finds himself stranded in the countryside during a raging storm, he seeks refuge in a grand yet isolated mansion, inhabited by only an elderly gentleman and his unwelcoming servant.

The tale of family secrets he encounters while sheltering there begins with a faded photograph in yellowed newspaper, of a beautiful woman stepping off a train at Aleppo station many years ago. It transports him to Syria’s golden age, to the heart of the mysterious, unconventional banat al-ishreh – the infamous women who live, dance and play music together – and into a tangled web of forbidden love.

 

Kindle e-book Purchases

 

The PleaThe Plea by Steve Cavanagh

When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to persuade him to testify against the firm.

Eddie is not someone who is easily coerced, but when the FBI reveal that they have incriminating files on his wife, he knows he has no choice.

But Eddie is convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the deal, Eddie must find a way to prove his client’s innocence.

But the stakes are high – his wife is in danger. And not just from the FBI . . .

 

Love and Other Consolation PrizesLove and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

An enchanting tale of innocence and devotion

1909, Seattle. For Ernest Young, the chance to experience the exotic exhibits and carnival rides at the city’s famous World’s Fair feels like the perfect birthday gift. But the half-Chinese orphan finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that he will be a prize, raffled off to ‘a good home’.

The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, and so begins Ernest’s new life. His days of hard work are enriched by his friendship with two girls and he believes he’s found the home he has always longed for – until the three begin to grow up and the choices they must make will haunt them for decades.

1962. On the eve of the new World’s Fair, Ernest is juggling memories and the demands of his ailing wife, while trying to hold on to long-held family secrets which threaten to break free.

INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY

 

Disaster IncDisaster Inc by Caimh McDonnell

He’s a good man having a bad day with the worst hangover. 

All Bunny McGarry wants is a spot of breakfast and a decent cup of tea. So imagine how annoyed he gets when two masked men attempt to rob the New York diner he is in? Unfortunately, dealing with that problem just leads to a whole lot more. One of the diner’s other customers isn’t who she appears to be, and the odds aren’t great that she is going to live to see another breakfast.

So just how much trouble is she in?

Well, you know how they’re always telling us to pay attention to our pensions?   Some ex-employees of the US government are really taking that advice to heart by using their mayhem-creating abilities to maximise their investments. When one of their fund managers has a momentary crisis of conscience and confesses all to a woman he hardly knows, they will stop at nothing to deal with the problem.  Amy Daniels is in big trouble and the only thing keeping her alive is a man who is supposed to already be dead.

 

No One Cancels ChristmasNo One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling jolly!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince gorgeous but Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be…

 

I'll Keep You SafeI’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May

WHATEVER HAPPENS

Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.

I’LL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU

Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.

I’LL KEEP YOU SAFE, NO MATTER WHAT

As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.

 

Underwater BreathingUnderwater Breathing by Cassandra Parkin

On Yorkshire’s gradually-crumbling mud cliffs sits an Edwardian seaside house. In the bathroom, Jacob and Ella hide from their parents’ passionate arguments by playing the ‘Underwater Breathing’ game – until the day Jacob wakes to find his mother and sister gone.

 Years later, the sea’s creeping closer, his father is losing touch with reality and Jacob is trapped in his past. Then, Ella’s sudden reappearance forces him to confront his fractured childhood. As the truth about their parents emerges, it’s clear that Jacob’s time hiding beneath the water is coming to an end.

 

The Winter That Made UsThe Winter That Made Us by Kate Field

When Tess finds herself unexpectedly alone and back in Ribblemill, the childhood village she thought she’d escaped, she’s sure she can survive a temporary stay. She’s spent a lifetime making the best of things, hasn’t she?

Determined to throw herself into village life, Tess starts a choir and gathers a team of volunteers to restore the walled garden at Ramblings, the local stately home. Everything could be perfect, if she weren’t sharing a cottage and a cat with a man whose manner is more prickly than the nettles she’s removing…

As winter approaches, Tess finds herself putting down her own roots as fast as she’s pulling them up in the garden. But the ghosts of the past hover close by, and Tess must face them if she’s to discover whether home is where her heart has been all along.

 

Where The Light Gets InWhere the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon

It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund, trembling beside her.

Lorna’s come home to Longhampton to fulfil a long-held dream, but she knows, deep down, there are ghosts she needs to lay to rest first. This is where her tight-knit family shattered into silent pieces. It’s where her unspoken fears about herself took root and where her own secret, complicated love began. It’s not exactly a fresh start.

But as Lorna – and the little dog – tentatively open their cracked hearts to old friends and new ones, facing hard truths and fresh promises, something surprisingly beautiful begins to grow around the gallery, something so inspirational even Lorna couldn’t have predicted the light it lets into her world . . .

 

The Man I Fell In Love WithThe Man I Fell in Love With by Kate Field (due 7/2/19)

Sometimes we find happiness where we least expect it…

After twenty years of quiet, contented marriage, Mary Black can’t help but find her eyes drawn to a particularly handsome man at a Christmas party. But her world is suddenly turned upside down when she sees her husband next to him, holding his hand.

For the sake of her children, Mary has no choice but to pick herself up and start again. She hosts family meals that includes her ex-husband and his new partner. She copes with her children wanting to spend less time with her, and more time with their “fun” dads. And she tries her very best to ignore Leo’s gorgeous brother, who has been living in New York for many years, but has just come back to town…

After living a life of sliding doors and missed opportunities, can Mary finally put herself first and take a chance that could change everything?

 

An Isolated IncidentAn Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire

When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm ensues. Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm are Bella’s beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, and May Norman, a young reporter sent to cover the story.

Chris’s ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, her suspicion of those around her grows. And as May attempts to file daily reports, she finds herself reassessing her own principles.

An Isolated Incident is a humane and beautifully observed tale of everyday violence, the media’s obsession with the murder of pretty young women and the absence left in the world when someone dies.

 

Bitter OrangeBitter Orange by Claire Fuller

From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them – Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969 and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours’ private lives.

To Frances’ surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to spend time with her. It is the first occasion that she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes till the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled.

But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The stories that Cara tells don’t quite add up – and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur. Amid the decadence of that summer, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand all their lives forever.

 

The Happy Home for LadiesThe Happy Home for Ladies by Lilly Bartlett

Meet Phoebe, who’s 28, and Laney, Dot and Maggie, who are 68, 78, and none of your business. Together they’ll prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to friendship, belonging and an unquenchable zest for life.

A hilarious, uplifting novel about the ties of community, the strength of love and how nobody is truly ordinary.

When Framlingham’s famously all-female senior living home goes co-ed, a war between the sexes is declared.

Stuck in the middle, chef Phoebe Stockton is desperate to help her friends plot to keep the community that means so much to them. It’s become her life raft, too. She finds comfort in her beloved career that might finally make her parents proud. But Phoebe’s darling Nick is lining up on the other side of the battle, and their relationship is suffering collateral damage.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the home’s owner can’t improve business by moving the men in, he’ll have to evict everyone.

The women aren’t about to let that happen.

 

Picking Up The PiecesPicking Up the Pieces by Jo Worgan

A compelling and emotive story about a mother’s unbreakable love for her autistic son.

Kate has a six-year-old autistic son, Sam. Having started a new life to escape her controlling and abusive boyfriend Jake, Kate believes the past is behind her and that she and Sam are safe.

But after spotting Jake through a misted-up cafe window, she knows that her previous life has found her.

Kate confides in her new neighbour Matt, a man running from his own secrets. He seems to offer a genuine chance at happiness for Kate and her son, but Jake is determined to get them back at all costs….

Picking Up The Pieces is an original, moving and gripping page-turner about a woman’s search for happiness as she fights to protect her autistic son’s future.

 

MurmurationMurmuration by Robert Lock

“The starlings dance in mesmerising patterns. In and out they fold. Up and down. Below them a Victorian pier has stood the test of time, carrying each generation over a cold and relentless sea.”

This heartfelt historical drama follows the lives of five strangers over the course of 150 years. Each of them stop to look at the murmuration of starlings in the very same spot on the pier of a Victorian seaside town, and from that moment on their distinct stories are united by a common thread: a terrible mistake that keeps on repeating with every generation. Only one mysterious man has the power to stop history repeating itself again by solving a mystery as old as the pier itself.

A sweeping narrative filled with intrigue and magical realism, Murmuration explores the shifting patterns of fate. Is there order in the universe? And if not, how can our souls ever truly move on?

 

The InventorThe Inventor by Emily Organ

London 1884. Electricity pioneer Simon Borthwick lights up Victorian London with a stunning illuminations display – then shoots himself in a hansom cab.

Plucky Fleet Street reporter Penny Green witnesses the inventor’s death and suspects the clue to his suicide lies in a mysterious letter he left behind. But can she persuade Inspector James Blakely of Scotland Yard that a crime has been committed?

Borthwick isn’t the only person who died that day and Penny soon encounters a shadowy world which the police can’t get close to. When the intimidation begins, Penny starts to fear for her own safety. James does what he can to protect her, but is it enough?

 

The Good MessengerThe Good Messenger by John Simmons

1912: Tom Shepherd reluctantly stays for two weeks at Hardinge Hall. Mr and Mrs Hardinge are trying to arrange a marriage for their son Teddy to Iris, daughter of a local businessman. Tommy becomes the innocent messenger who delivers the secret arrangements.

Armistice Day 1918: The First World War has changed everything, especially the closeted world that Iris, Teddy and Tom existed in.

1927. Tom is now a journalist investigating the discovery of a baby’s bones in the woods around Hardinge Hall. Past and present move towards a resolution that might still bring everything crashing down.

 

Last Flight of the PigeonLast Flight of the Pigeon by Simon Clode

This is the story of a 5000km bicycle ride across China. A journey from the manic streets of the most populous nation’s capital, all the way to Kashgar, near its most westerly edge in the province of Xinjiang. Over mountains, through deserts, and along the Silk Road; the author encounters wild dogs, furious sandstorms and too many pot noodles.

After moving to Beijing, Simon Clode went in search of the world’s most popular bicycle – The Flying Pigeon PA-02. The PA-02 is the bicycle that features in millions of images of China in the 1970s and 80s. Yet, despite being the most produced model of bicycle ever and being made within 100 miles of Beijing, he couldn’t find a new one anywhere.

Eventually, thanks to a man in Barcelona, he managed to find one of the last remaining models, which was still in the Flying Pigeon factory in Tianjin. Ignoring all advice about the unreliability and general awfulness of the bicycle from the management team, he then cycled it 140km home to Beijing in a moment of sporting endurance heroism to rival all others that also involve regular stops for Snickers.

Following this triumph and in advance of Flying Pigeon’s 65th birthday, he planned to ride the Pigeon 5000km across China from Beijing to Kashgar. He trained for three months and meticulously planned a route along the one road west from Beijing.

 

A Big Boy Did It And Ran AwayA Big Boy Did it and Ran Away by Christopher Brookmyre

Back when they were students, just like everybody else, Ray Ash and Simon Darcourt had dreams about what they’d do when they grew up. In both their cases, it was to be rock stars. Fifteen years later, their mid-thirties are bearing down fast, and just like everybody else, they’re having to accept the less glamorous hands reality has dealt them. Nervous new father Ray takes refuge from his responsibilities by living a virtual existence in online games. People say he needs to grow up, but everybody has to find their own way of coping. For some it’s affairs, for others it’s the bottle, and for Simon it’s serial murder, mass slaughter and professional assassination.

 

At Home in the Pays d'OcAt Home in the Pays d’Oc by Patricia Feinberg Stoner

This is the story of how a small brown and white spaniel turned the lives of two English holidaymakers upside down.
Patricia and her husband Patrick are spending the summer in their holiday home in the Languedoc village of Morbignan la Crèbe. One hot Friday afternoon Patrick walks in with the little dog, thinking she is a stray.
They have no intention of keeping her. ‘Just for tonight,’ says Patrick. ‘We will take her to the animal shelter tomorrow.’ It never happens. They spend the weekend getting to know and love the little creature, who looks at them appealingly with big brown eyes, and wags her absurd stump of a tail every time they speak to her.
On the Monday her owner turns up, alerted by the Mairie. They could have handed her over. Instead Patricia finds herself saying: ‘We like your dog, Monsieur. May we keep her?’
It is the start of what will be four years as Morbignanglais, as they settle into life as permanent residents of the village. “At Home in the Pays d’Oc” is about their lives in Morbignan, the neighbours who soon become friends, the parties and the vendanges and the battles with French bureaucracy.
It is the story of some of their bizarre and sometimes hilarious encounters: the Velcro bird, the builder in carpet slippers, the neighbour who cuts the phone wires, the clock that clacks, the elusive carpenter who really did have to go to a funeral.

 

Glass HousesGlass Houses by Louise Penny

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent, Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

In the early days of the murder inquiry, and months later, as the trial for the accused begins, Gamache must face the consequences of his decisions, and his actions, from which there is no going back . . .

 

An Italian SummerAn Italian Summer by Fanny Blake

A compelling novel about friendship, family secrets and second chances, set against the backdrop of southern Italy.

Sandy is in her fifties, and at a crossroads in her life: she’s a teacher and respected by her pupils, but she feels she is being sidelined in favour of younger colleagues. So when her mother dies, leaving her a sealed envelope addressed to an unknown woman living in Naples, Sandy decides to head to Italy to resolve the mystery by delivering the letter herself.

She books herself on to a small sightseeing trip from Rome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast, hoping to meet some like-minded people along the way. Who is the mysterious woman she is searching for? And will Sandy find friendship, or even love, along the way…?

 

Fall Down DeadFall Down Dead by Stephen Booth

They knew the danger, but they went anyway…

“Almost before she’d stopped breathing, a swirl of mist snaked across her legs and settled in her hair, clutching her in its chilly embrace, hiding her body from view. It would be hours before she was found.”

The mountain of Kinder Scout offers the most incredible views of the Peak District, but when thick fog descends there on a walking party led by enigmatic Darius Roth, this spectacular landscape is turned into a death trap that claims a life.

For DI Ben Cooper however, something about the way Faith Matthew fell to her death suggests it was no accident, and he quickly discovers more than one of the hikers may have had reason to murder their companion.

To make things worse, his old colleague DS Diane Fry finds herself at centre of an internal investigations storm that threatens to drag Cooper down with it.

 

Dying TruthDying Truth by Angela Marsons

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

 

Mavis and DotMavis and Dot by Angela Petch

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town.

 

What Happened to UsWhat Happened to Us by Faith Hogan

Sometimes the end is only the beginning…

After ten years together, Carrie Nolan is devastated when she’s dumped by her hot-shot chef boyfriend, Kevin Mulvey without even a backwards glance! But on reflection, she has sacrificed her own long-term happiness by pandering to his excessive ego in their successful Dublin restaurant (and out of it) – but not anymore!

While Kevin is ‘living the dream’ with his beautiful new Brazilian girlfriend, Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched strangers who need her as much as she needs them.

With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable.

How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…

 

Dear Rosie HughesDear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson (pre-ordered – due 1st Feb)

The best friendships are worth fighting for…

It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past.

As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters.

The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

 

The Shrouded PathThe Shrouded Path by Sarah Ward

The past won’t stay buried forever.

November, 1957: Six teenage girls walk in the churning Derbyshire mists, the first chills of winter in the air. Their voices carrying across the fields, they follow the old train tracks into the dark tunnel of the Cutting. Only five appear on the other side.

October, 2014: a dying mother, feverishly fixated on a friend from her childhood, makes a plea: ‘Find Valerie.’ Mina’s elderly mother had never discussed her childhood with her daughter before. So who was Valerie? Where does her obsession spring from?

DC Connie Childs, off balance after her last big case, is partnered up with new arrival to Bampton, Peter Dahl. Following up on what seems like a simple natural death, DC Childs’ old instincts kick in, pointing her right back to one cold evening in 1957. As Connie starts to broaden her enquiries, the investigation begins to spiral increasingly close to home.

 

My Dear HamiltonMy Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

A novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

A general’s daughter…

Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she’s captivated by the young officer’s charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton’s bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.

A founding father’s wife…

But the union they create – in their marriage and the new nation – is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all – including the political treachery of America’s first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.

The last surviving light of the Revolution…

When a duel destroys Eliza’s hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband’s enemies to preserve Alexander’s legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she’s left with one last battle – to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her…

 

How Not To Be a BoyHow Not to be a Boy by Robert Webb

RULES FOR BEING A MAN
Don’t Cry; Love Sport; Play Rough; Drink Beer; Don’t Talk About Feelings

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

 

Spanish LavenderSpanish Lavender by Joan Fallon

Elizabeth is visiting her parents in Málaga when the Spanish Civil War breaks out. All foreigners are told they must evacuate – the Nationalist soldiers are coming and no-one is safe. But Elizabeth’s ambition is to be a photo-journalist and she decides she will stay, despite her parents’ objections.
Alone in the devastated city of Málaga, she begins to regret her hasty decision until she meets two young men, Juan, an idealistic Spaniard and Alex, a pragmatic Englishman. Amongst the death and carnage she falls in love with Juan, but as they try to make their escape along the Carretera del Muerte, the highway of death, they become separated.
Not knowing if her lover is alive or dead she must choose between staying and risking death at the hands of the Nationalists or fleeing back to England with Alex.

 

Snowflakes over Moon CottageSnowflakes over Moon Cottage by Lucy Daniels

It’s Christmas-time in the little Yorkshire village of Welford, and the first snowflakes are just starting to fall. 

As far as Susan Collins is concerned, this Christmas is all about quality time with her family, especially her son Jack. After a string of terrible dates she’s given up on love, and Susan’s certainly got plenty to keep her busy.

That is, until she meets handsome children’s author Douglas Macleod. Dishevelled in appearance with bright red hair he is the opposite of Susan’s usual type, but an undeniable spark soon lights up between them. But then Michael Chalk, Jack’s father, turns up on the scene wanting to be a family again – and Susan finds herself torn.

With snow settling on the ground and the big day fast approaching, who will Susan and Jack be choosing to spend Christmas at Moon Cottage with this year?

 

Botticelli's MuseBotticelli’s Muse by Dorah Blume

A provocative historical fiction about Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, his conflicts with the Medici family of Florence, and the woman at the heart of his paintings. In 1477, Botticelli is suddenly fired by his prestigious patron and friend Lorenzo de’ Medici. In the villa of his irritating new patron, the artist’s creative well runs dry—until the day he sees Floriana, a Jewish weaver imprisoned in his sister’s convent. But events threaten to keep his unlikely muse out of reach. So begins a tale of one of the art world’s most beloved paintings, La Primavera, as Sandro, a confirmed bachelor, and Floriana, a headstrong artist in her own right, enter into a turbulent relationship.

 

Late CheckoutLate Checkout by Alex Walters

DCI Kenny Murrain sees, hears and feels things that others do not. It’s a gift but also a curse.
When he wakes to the phantom sound of screaming he knows a murder has been committed but not where or why.
Then a woman’s body is found in a Stockport hotel room. It’s a murder that seems both frenzied and carefully planned, the scene expertly cleansed of any evidence.
Over the following days, more bodies are discovered, first in an upmarket spa on the Pennine moors, then in a run-down budget hotel on the outskirts of Manchester.
The same frenzied attacks, the same meticulous planning. The same killer.
The victims all have links to one man, a police colleague with a dark past. But Murrain discovers a more unexpected connection—with Marie Donovan, a former undercover officer now part of Murrain’s own team.
As the killer closes in on a fourth victim, Murrain knows that time is running out. But the outcome will be more unexpected and more terrifying than even he can imagine…

 

Who_s That GirlWho’s that Girl by Mhairi McFarlane

She kissed the groom. She’s not the bride…

Edie thought she’d found The One…until he told her he was marrying someone else. And on the day of his wedding, when he kisses her, life really does go pear-shaped…

Labelled as a home-wrecker and office outcast, when her boss offers her the chance to get out of town Edie jumps at it, even though moving back in with her eccentric father and prickly sister isn’t exactly the escape she needs.

When her work throws her into the path of rising star and heartthrob Elliot, Edie is expecting a highly strung diva. But as their unexpected friendship develops, Elliot isn’t the only one in the spotlight.

Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

 

The Death of the FronsacThe Death of the Fronsac by Neal Ascherson

A STORY OF SABOTAGE, BETRAYAL AND THE TERRIBLE SADNESS OF EXILE.

Scotland, 1940: The Fronsac, a French warship, blows up in the Firth of Clyde. The disaster is witnessed by three locals. Jackie, a young girl who thinks she caused the explosiong by running away from school. Her mother Helen, a spirited woman married to a dreary young officer; and their lodger, a Polish soldier whose country has just been erased from the map by Hitler and Stalin.

All their lives will be changed by the death of the Fronsac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five on Friday with Doug Johnstone @doug_johnstone

Today I’m really pleased to introduce Doug Johnstone, crime author and drummer with the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. I had the pleasure of catching up with Doug recently at the East Riding Festival so there was no escaping an invite to take part.

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Picture credit to Chris Scott

 

Author Bio:-

Doug Johnstone has had nine novels published, most recently Fault Lines (Orenda). Several of his other novels have been award winners and bestsellers, and he’s had short stories in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions, and he’s also an arts journalist and Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. Doug is a musician with seven albums released in various bands, and he currently plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager for the Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physics.

Over to Doug:-

 

Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?

 

‘Stand and Deliver’ by Adam and the Ants – Adam Ant was my first crush, I was absolutely besotted with him at an early age. This seems like a golden age when pop stars were preposterous and glorious at the same time.

‘Ace of Spades’ by Motorhead – I loved this pretty much the same time as I loved Adam and the Ants, to me, the idea of only liking one genre of music is preposterous. I spent a long time as a metalhead and rock fan and that is totally coded into my DNBA.

‘My Curse’ by The Afghan Whigs – I was heavily into the grunge scene in the early 90s, and this lot were my favourite of all those bands. They were a cut above the other rock stuff, with a definite soul edge to their music, and this song could make a horse cry.

‘Spirit Ditch’ by Sparklehorse – I love all sorts of Americana or alt.country, and Sparklehorse were just a genius band from start to finish. The project of Mark Linkous, their first record is sublime, and this fragile and weird song is the epitome of what made them so great.

‘Roygbiv’ by Boards of Canada – This blew my mind when I heard it and opened my eyes to the world of electronica. This band are two Scottish brothers who make incredible soundscapes that sound both futuristic and retro at the same time. Perfect music to write to.

 

Highlight 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.

 

Alcohol

Caffeine

Guitar

Drum kit

Salty processed meat products.

 

Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?

 

Chill the fuck out.

Stick in at the piano lessons.

Stop falling in the Keptie Pond so much.

Drink less but take more drugs.

Travel more.

 

Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.

 

I met Kurt Cobain.

I used to have my nipple pierced.

I once touched Meryl Streep continuously for an hour.

I have a PhD in nuclear physics.

I scored the winner in an international football match against Italy.

 

What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?

 

Drive across America.

Write a movie that actually gets made and isn’t shit.

Drive across Canada.

Live to see my kids as healthy and happy adults.

Drive across New Zealand.

 

Great answers Doug, thanks so much for sharing with us. Trying to get a very bizarre image out of my head while simultaneously trying to figure out who/what Meryl Streep was in this context. The falling in the pond reference made me laugh, remembering taking my little brother to the park. He never fell in, but strangely anyone near him did! You clearly love travelling, so taking the advice of your younger self I hope you get to achieve your bucket list dreams.  

 

Doug’s Books

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Fault LinesFault Lines

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, where a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery.

On a clandestine trip to new volcanic island The Inch, to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body, and makes the fatal decision to keep their affair, and her discovery, a secret. Desperate to know how he died, but also terrified she’ll be exposed, Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…

 

Crash LandCrash Land

 

Sitting in the departure lounge of Kirkwall Airport, Finn Sullivan just wants to get off Orkney. But then he meets the mysterious and dangerous Maddie Pierce, stepping in to save her from some unwanted attention, and his life is changed forever.

Set against the brutal, unforgiving landscape of Orkney, CRASH LAND is a psychological thriller steeped in guilt, shame, lust, deception and murder.

 

The JumpThe Jump

Struggling to come to terms with the suicide of her teenage son, Ellie lives in the shadows of the Forth Road Bridge, lingering on its footpaths and swimming in the waters below. One day she talks down another suicidal teenager, Sam, and sees for herself a shot at redemption, the chance to atone for her son’s death.

But even with the best intentions, she can’t foresee the situation she’s falling headlong into – a troubled family, with some very dark secrets of their own.

 

 

The Dead BeatThe Dead Beat

Meet Martha. It’s the first day of her new job as intern at Edinburgh’sThe Standard. But all’s not well at the ailing newspaper, and Martha is carrying some serious baggage of her own.

Put straight onto the obituary page, she takes a call from a former employee who seems to commit suicide while on the phone, something which echoes with her own troubled past.

Setting in motion a frantic race around modern-day Edinburgh,The Dead Beat traces Martha’s desperate search for answers to the dark mystery of her parents’ past.

 

Gone AgainGone Again

As Mark Douglas photographs a pod of whales stranded in the waters off Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach, he is called by his son’s school: his wife, Lauren, hasn’t turned up to collect their son. Calm at first, Mark collects Nathan and takes him home but as the hours slowly crawl by he increasingly starts to worry.

With brilliantly controlled reveals, we learn some of the painful secrets of the couple’s shared past, not least that it isn’t the first time Lauren has disappeared. And as Mark struggles to care for his son and shield him from the truth of what’s going on, the police seem dangerously short of leads. That is, until a shocking discovery…

 

Hit and RunHit & Run

Driving home from a party with his girlfriend and brother, all of them drunk and high on stolen pills, Billy Blackmore accidentally hits someone in the night. In a panic, they all decide to drive off.

But the next day Billy wakes to find he has to cover the story for the local paper. It turns out the dead man was Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord and, as Billy struggles with what he’s done, he is sucked into a nightmare of guilt, retribution and violence.

 

The OssiansThe Ossians

A rollicking and hugely enjoyable contemporary novel describing the outrageous mid-winter tour around Scotland of a group of musicians called ‘The Ossians’. The band’s driving force is twenty-four-year-old lead singer, Connor – intelligent but self-destructive, pretentious but charismatic, gloriously opinionated and with an extraordinary ability to get beaten up.

The band is on the verge of signing a major record deal before setting off on a two-week tour of the cities and hinterland of Scotland, a tour expected to culminate triumphantly in a defining Glasgow gig. On their travels there is a seagull massacre, hapless drug deals, a mysterious stalker, a radioactive beach, a bomb-testing range, an epileptic fit, a town full of riotous Russian submariners, deadly snowstorms, epiphanies, regular beatings and random shootings.

 

TombstoningTombstoning

Your best mate just fell off a cliff in mysterious circumstances and you were the last person to see him alive. What do you do?

Well, if you’re David Lindsay from Arbroath, you get the hell out of there and don’t return. Not for at least fifteen years. Until Nicola Cruickshank – yes, that Nicola, the girl you always fancied but never had the guts to approach – gets in touch and asks – no, demands – that you go back for a school reunion. To the place where it happened. The place you’ve been running from for fifteen years. Of course you go. Not to belatedly lay your mate to rest, but because you still fancy Nicola.

The thing is, if you are David Lindsay, then returning to Arbroath isn’t going to lay any ghosts to rest. And when someone else takes a dive off the cliffs – an act the locals have taken to calling ‘tombstoning’ – while David’s there, he has a choice: run away again, or finally find out why people keep dying around him . . .

 

SmokeheadsSmoke Heads

Driven by amateur whisky-nut Adam, four late-thirties ex-university mates are heading to Islay – the remote Scottish island world famous for its single malts – with a wallet full of cash, a stash of coke and a serious thirst.

Over a weekend soaked in the finest cask strength spirit, they meet young divorcee Molly, who Adam has a soft spot for, her little sister Ash who has all sorts of problems and Molly’s ex-husband Joe, a control freak who also happens to be the local police. As events spiral out of control, they are all thrown into a nightmare that gets worse at every turn.

 

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It’s beginning to look like … the second festive update.

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This is the second update to the blogs  posted on 7th and  15th November. New books added appear at the top.

If this is the first time you’ve seen this feature the rules for inclusion are simple, basically they have to be books that I am likely to read myself. I’ve also excluded short stories and novellas – I’ve made the cut off point 150 pages. I’ve also imposed a price limit, not least because I’d be here until Christmas if I included everything. So nothing listed was over £1.99 as this post went to press.

The items appear in random order, so don’t apply value judgements to those appearing earlier, or later in the list. I could, I suppose, have put them in alphabetical author order but hey, I didn’t – I like to live dangerously for an ex librarian. The reality is, I’m juggling several wish lists on Amazon to try to keep track of last year’s titles, this year’s additions and one for possibles that need monitoring for price drops so I couldn’t cope with the added complication.

I appreciate there will be titles that enter the above criteria, just as some others will fall out, so expect an update at some stage.

So sit back, enjoy and please remember that Kindle prices change all the time, so just double-check the price before clicking.

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A Festive Reading Round Up for 2018

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Items added 24th November 2018

 

A Merry Little ChristmasSecond Chance CafeSeven Days of Us

 

The Little Church by the SeaThe Christmas Stocking and Other StoriesIt_s a Wonderful Night

 

The Best Little Christmas ShopChristmas at Liberty'sFour Weddings And A White Christmas

Christmas at Strand HouseWinter_s Children

Items added 15th November 2018

 

The Winter That Made Us

 

In the Bleak MidwinterA Wartime ChristmasMolly's Christmas Orphans

 

A Christmas WishHello from the GillespiesWish Upon A Christmas Cake

 

Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter WonderlandA Daughter's Christmas WishChristmas at Borteen Bay

 

Married by ChristmasIt Must Have Been the MistletoeTwelve Days of Christmas

 

Christmas on the CoastThe Christmas CottageI'll Be Home for Christmas

 

Christmas at The Chocolate Pot CaféCharlee and the Chocolate ShopSaving Mr Scrooge

 

 

Original listing from 7th November

 

Coming Home to the Comfort Food CaféA Ration Book Christmasmarry-me-tomorrow-by-carla-burgess

 

A Christmas Day at the OfficeSleigh Bells in the SnowA Christmas to Remember

 

 

A Cottage in the CountryThe Parisian Christmas Bake OffA Little Sugar, A Lot of Love

 

Snow Angel CoveA Town Called ChristmasThe Great Christmas Knit Off

 

A Winters ChildNever Kiss a Man in a Christmas JumperA Miracle on Hope Street

 

The Christmas WishThe Little Christmas Teashop of Second ChancesA Dad of His Own

 

No One Cancels ChristmasOne Magical ChristmasA Special Kind of Advent

 

Snowflakes Over Holly CoveSnowflakes over Moon CottageThe Finch Family Christmas Holiday 8

 

Watch for Me at ChristmasOne Day in DecemberWhat Happened to Us

 

A Winter Beneath the StarsAnother Day in Winter‘Tis the Season to be Single

 

Winter Without YouThe Snow GlobeThe Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove

 

Coming Home to Maple CottageJust For ChristmasDreaming of Christmas

 

One Winter's DayHappily Ever After at the Dog & DuckA Little Christmas Charm

 

Covent Garden in the SnowChristmas at the Little Cottage on the HillChristmas At Snowdrop Cottage

 

It Started With ChristmasChristmas on Lily Pond LaneCupcakes for Christmas

 

Christmas at Mistletoe CoveChristmas at Butterfly CoveChristmas at Lilac Cottage

 

We'll Always Have ChristmasChristmas Under a Cranberry SkyLove and Lies at The Village Christmas Shop

 

Christmas at The Little Knitting BoxLove at the Northern LightsA Cosy Candlelit Christmas

 

Christmas at the Little Village BakeryWhat Happens at ChristmasComing home for Christmas

 

One Christmas Kiss in Notting HillChristmas at the Log Fire CabinA Proper Family Christmas

 

Ninety Days to ChristmasSnowed in at The Little Duck Pond CafeChristmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe

 

A Second Christmas WishSnowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook InnAll I Want for Christmas

 

Bella's Christmas Bake OffSnowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second ChancesSnow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake

 

A Gift from the Comfort Food CaféChristmas Wishes and Mistletoe KissesLittle Christmas Faith

 

Song for St NicholasChristmas at Conwenna CoveChristmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove

 

Christmas at the Lucky Parrot Garden CentreChristmas on the Little Cornish IslesCosy Cottage Cafe

 

Little Bit of Christmas MagicOne Day in DecemberThat Christmas Feeling

 

Christmas at the Dancing DuckJo and Clara's Christmas CountdownJessica's Christmas Kiss

 

Christmas at Bay Tree CottageBeachside ChristmasProper Family Christmas

 

Canal Boat Cafe ChristmasCosy Christmas Chocolate ShopChristmas at the Second Chance Chocolate Shop

 

From Paris with Love this ChristmasChristmas ProjectFairy Tale for Christmas

 

I won't be Home for ChristmasChristmas for OneVery Merry Manhattan Christmas

 

Christmas CrackerChristmas Cake CafeMake a Christmas Wish

 

Cardiff Christmas ClubSilver Bells Christmas PantomimeA Christmas Romance

 

Christmas at Mistletoe Cottageone-christmas-in-parischristmas-spirit-by-susan-buchanan

 

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yorkshire-christmasSleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas FairMince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

 

Little Village ChristmasWinter at the Dog and DuckReturn of the Christmas Spirit

 

Together for ChristmasNo-one Ever Has Sex on Christmas DaySnowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel

 

A Cotswold Christmas

Five on Friday with Faith Hogan @GerHogan

Today I’m delighted to introduce author Faith Hogan. Faith writes women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring – something I’m particularly partial to. All of Faith’s books are patiently waiting on my tbr mountain, so I promise to get to them asap Faith. Putting this post together has reminded me of exactly why I bought them.

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Author bio:

Faith Hogan is an award-winning and bestselling author of four novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favourites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads.

Faith’s latest book, What Happened To Us? was published in October 2018.

Faith was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

So over to Faith:-

Which 5 pieces of music/songs would you include in the soundtrack to your life and why?

 

This is a tough one… but here we go…

Waterloo – ABBA. This is probably one of the first songs I remember singing loudly at the top of my voice in the back garden when we were kids. In my memory (maybe coloured by imagination) those days were all long and sunny and we wore cotton dresses and sand shoes and ate penny sweets. Our back garden (tiny now) was the place where every kid on our street hung out and we had wonderful adventures with home made tents and a goose that put manners on us if we dared to lose the run of ourselves – ah, yes, happy days indeed!

Love Cats – The Cure. Being young, being in love and believing that you’re invincible and… soul mates!

Nothing Compares To You – Sinead O’Connor. Because everyone has their heart broken once and this was the song that made it all seem so much more poignant.

You’re Just Too Good To Be True –  Andy Williams. Getting my mojo back and all the wonderful things life seemed to stack up for me to mend that broken heart.

Il Paradiso – Ennio Morricone. Because when I really did fall in love – it felt like this and everything just fell into place around me like a perfect orchestra with each instrument filling up their sounds perfectly – this is a piece of music that even now makes us (Mr H and I) stop and smile at each other.

 

Highlight 5 things (apart from family and friends) you’d find it hard to live without.

 

Penny – our Labrador.

Coffee

Moisturiser / Sunblock!

Reading Glasses for all the books I couldn’t leave behind!

My Lap Top

 

Can you offer 5 pieces of advice you’d give to your younger self?

 

The Big one:  Don’t Stress!

The next one… No-one else is really watching, so do it anyway!

Number 3 – You’re better than you think at EVERYTHING!

Four: Go for it!

And Finally, Five – Take the time to say hello and goodbye, because you never know…

 

Tell us 5 things that most people don’t know about you.

 

I started out writing crime and still take out those old manuscripts now and again and have a little tinker with them, just for fun!

I’m Irish and I don’t drink (alcohol) but I make up for it with vast amounts of coffee.

I usually have three or more books on the go at a time (reading) and one is always a self help book of some sort!

My favourite colour is green – although I’ve tried to talk myself out of it and choose something that doesn’t have forty variations!

I’m a total a sucker for a good face cream!

 

What are the first 5 things you’d have on your bucket list?

 

I’d like to see Kenya (perhaps more as it was, than as it is!)

Talk Mr H into a second dog, a pony and two large fat cats all at the same time!

I would like to go back, one day… (when all the kids are finished school!) and do my Phd, but that looks like a long, long way off at this point.

I’d love to have a vintage, smallish motor one day when I don’t need to be carting seven seats about the place and paying road tax that runs to a king’s ransom! I like the idea of setting off on lazy afternoon spins in the country with the hood down and the dog in the back and stopping off at country pubs for afternoon lunches and walks by the sea! (well it is a bucket list!)

Finally, it may be cheating but, I’d like to see a world of equality – where there was no great disparity between rich and poor, men and women and everyone got a fair shot at their life’s dream – that’s the kind of world I’d like to see my kids grow up in!

 

Thanks so much for taking part Faith. I’m loving the music choices, especially Il Paradiso. You are a woman after my own heart with the face cream – we should swap recommendations ( I think I’ve tried quite a few!). Good advice to your younger self, number 5 is particularly poignant and very good advice for all adults as well. Hope you get to have your second dog, and that Phd sounds like a great plan for the future. As for equality – Amen to that!

 

Faith’s Books

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What Happened to UsWhat Happened to Us?

Sometimes the end is only the beginning…

After ten years together, Carrie Nolan is devastated when she’s dumped by her hot-shot chef boyfriend, Kevin Mulvey without even a backwards glance! But on reflection, she has sacrificed her own long-term happiness by pandering to his excessive ego in their successful Dublin restaurant (and out of it) – but not anymore!

While Kevin is ‘living the dream’ with his beautiful new Brazilian girlfriend, Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched strangers who need her as much as she needs them.

With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable.

How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…

 

The Girl I Used to KnowThe Girl I Used to Know

Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn’t be more different.

Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.

By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.

It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.

 

secrets-we-kepSecrets We Keep

Some people are good at keeping secrets but some secrets are never meant to be kept…

Two distant relatives are drawn together and forced to confront their pasts.

The beautiful old Bath House in Ballytokeep has lain empty and abandoned for decades. For devoted pensioners Archie and Iris, it holds too many conflicting memories of their adolescent dalliances and tragic consequences – sometimes it’s better to leave the past where it belongs.

For highflying, top London divorce lawyer Kate Hunt, it’s a fresh start – maybe even her future. On a winter visit to see her estranged Aunt Iris she falls in love with the Bath House. Inspired, she moves to Ballytokeep leaving her past heartache 600 miles away – but can you ever escape your past or your destiny?

 

my Husband's WivesMy Husband’s Wives

One man, three wives, too many secrets. A heart-warming story of love, loss, family and friendship. A compelling debut that fans of Freya North will love. 

Paul Starr, Ireland’s leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with a pregnant young woman by his side.

United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.

The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other, forever.

As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s death proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.

 

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After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor #Review

 

Amazon Blurb

You think you know him. Until he’s dead.

When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.

As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.

Even the dead…

 

My Review

My favourite genre of crime writing is the police procedural, and all the better if it has a strong female protagonist. Consequently I was delighted to discover that After He’s Gone has both, plus having read and enjoyed previous books by the author it was all boding well. Happily I was not disappointed.

The blurb gives you the basics and I’m not intending to reveal much more, the twisty plot with all its secrets are there to be discovered by the reader and not spoiled by me.

What I will say, is that the unfolding plot was one that kept me gripped on several fronts. The investigation to discover exactly why, seemingly respectable, loving family man Cameron Swift was gunned down offered a number of intriguing lines of enquiry. What quickly became apparent was that Mr Swift was not all that he appeared to be. For me, it was these surfacing personal revelations about his family and private life that really kept me wanting to know more. DC Beth Chamberlain in her role as Family Liaison Officer was ideally placed to unravel what was from the outset a surprising and fascinating turn of events.

I loved Beth as a character, she is warm and compassionate and yet nobody’s fool. She is doggedly determined to seek out the truth. Refreshingly, she is also not carrying the baggage that often hampers many protagonists. Her role offers an insight that is often sidelined as we get to see the more personal side of police work. While we’re party to the details of the main investigation, courtesy of an ‘interesting’ relationship between Beth and her Sergeant, it takes back seat to Beth’s viewpoint. The reveal, when it finally came was an unseen, yet plausible one that offered a satisfactory resolution to the investigation.

Happily, there is to be another outing for DC Beth Chamberlain, and this book left several personal and professional question marks that offer scope for development, over and above any future investigations.

All in all a really enjoyable, satisfying and engaging read, that gave me a new character to follow with interest.

Many thanks to the author for my review copy.