I’m back from a great two week break in Devon. I didn’t read quite as many books as I’d planned but I did enjoy all those that I read which is the main thing. I managed to add a worrying number to the TBR list over the two weeks. This number will only increase as I won a £25 Amazon gift voucher courtesy of Kate Field and Brook Cottage Books in a rafflecopter promotion hosted by Being Anne.
The Two O’Clock Boy by Mark Hill courtesy of NetGalley a debut novel that’s already getting good reviews.
TWO CHILDHOOD FRIENDS… ONE BECAME A DETECTIVE… ONE BECAME A KILLER…
One night changed their lives
Thirty years ago, the Longacre Children’s Home stood on a London street where once-grand Victorian homes lay derelict. There its children lived in terror of Gordon Tallis, the home’s manager.
Cries in the fire and smoke
Then Connor Laird arrived: a frighteningly intense boy who quickly became Tallis’ favourite criminal helper. Soon after, destruction befell the Longacre, and the facts of that night have lain buried . . . until today.
A truth both must hide
Now, a mysterious figure, the Two O’Clock Boy, is killing all who grew up there, one by one. DI Ray Drake will do whatever it take to stop the murders – but he will go even further to cover up the truth.
Discover the gripping, twist-filled start to a fantastic new London-set crime thriller series starring morally corrupt DI Ray Drake – the perfect new addiction for fans of Luther.
Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac and courtesy of NetGalley. Due for publication on 1st Nov. I’ve enjoyed all the previous books so looking forward to reading this one.
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?
Holding by Graham Norton and courtesy of Netgalley. Another debut novel due out on 6th October.
Graham Norton’s masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.
The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn’t always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn’t always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn’t always felt that her life was a total waste.
So when human remains are discovered on an old farm, suspected to be that of Tommy Burke – a former love of both Brid and Evelyn – the village’s dark past begins to unravel. As the frustrated PJ struggles to solve a genuine case for the first time in his life, he unearths a community’s worth of anger and resentments, secrets and regret.
Darkly comic, touching and at times profoundly sad. Graham Norton employs his acerbic wit to breathe life into a host of loveable characters, and explore – with searing honesty – the complexities and contradictions that make us human.
The Secret Letters by Catherine Law another courtesy of NetGalley and due for publication on 6th October.
A truth buried for over forty years.
A love that lasted a lifetime.
Rose Pepper has kept her wartime past a secret for decades. Forty years ago, she fled communist Prague and left behind the love of her life.
Now in her sixties and with two daughters, Rose discovers a bundle of unopened letters sent to her by her lost love, hidden beneath her home. Confronted with the possibility of facing up to her past, she decides it’s finally time to go back to where her story began and uncover the truth buried for so long in Prague . . .
Three Mothers by Patricia Dixon – 99p
Spread over three decades, Trois mères tracks the turbulent journey of cousins Rosie and Tina. Set in urban Manchester, leafy Cheshire and the sprawling scenery of rural France, it tells the tale of two young girls as they move from childhood innocence into their rebellious teenage years and onto careers, marriage and motherhood.
With the bond of a childhood promise tying them together, regardless of romantic liaisons, adversity and heartache, true friendship manages to survive and despite the many miles that always seem to separate them, the two cousins keep in touch. In the nick of time and just when one of them needs it the most, a loyal cousin’s unswerving love swoops down to place her friend under her wing, back where she belongs.
Packed with the raw, emotional hurdles that only real life can bring, Trois mères chronicles the trials and tribulations of two young women facing poverty head on, battling family foes, making new French friends, experiencing the joys of country living and ultimately the prize of motherhood. There are moments on both sides of the channel where their story will make you cry, or seethe, as you witness cruelty at the hands of others and the heartache of a loveless marriage. Laugh along and be uplifted by French countryside characters and their Gallic ways and allow your heart to be melted a little by the gift of love and kindness that comes from within.
A Tapping at my Door by David Jackson – 98p
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.
DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.
As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realises he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.
And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realises the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.
Love is a Four-Legged Word by Michele Gorman. Available on pre-order for 99p and due out on 13th Oct
Best friends Scarlett and Shannon spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur, running their dog business together. Scarlett’s intensive training course, Ruff Love, fixes owners as much as their pets, while Shannon spends her days walking spoiled pooches.
They share more than their business though: they also share Scarlett’s husband, Rufus, who’s been Shannon’s best friend since childhood. It’s a cosy setup. Unless one of them has a secret…
When Scarlett and Rufus’s baby plans are decimated by a surprise turn of events, their marriage hits the rocks and they both turn to Shannon. All three relationships are pushed to breaking point, but when loyalties become divided, how do you decide who’s most important?
Breaking Dead by Corrie Jackson – 99p
London Fashion Week. When a teenage model is found brutally murdered, journalist Sophie Kent is distraught. She failed to save the girl and now she wants justice.
Determined to catch the murderer, Sophie cuts through the industry’s glittery surface to expose a toxic underworld of drugs, prostitution, blackmail and secrets. Then her personal life threatens to derail everything.
Battling her demons and her wealthy dysfunctional family, Sophie goes head to head with a sadistic killer – a killer who is only just getting started . . .
The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt – available on pre-order for 99p due out 27th Oct
One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.
Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?
Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.
With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?
The Yorkshire Pudding Club by Milly Johnson -99p
Three South Yorkshire friends, all on the cusp of 40, fall pregnant at the same time following a visit to an ancient fertility symbol. For Helen, it’s a dream come true, although her husband is not as thrilled about it as she had hoped. Not only wrestling with painful ghosts of the past, Helen has to deal with the fact that her outwardly perfect marriage is crumbling before her eyes. For Janey, it is an unmitigated disaster as she has just been offered the career break of a life-time. And she has no idea either how it could possibly have happened, seeing as she and her ecstatic husband George were always so careful over contraception.
For Elizabeth, it is mind-numbing, because she knows people like her shouldn’t have children. Damaged by her dysfunctional childhood and emotionally lost, she not only has to contend with carrying a child she doubts she can ever love, but she also has to deal with the return to her life of a man whose love she must deny herself.
Heart-warming, up-lifting, tear-jerking and lovely, THE YORKSHIRE PUDDING CLUB is the story of how three women find themselves empowered by unexpected pregnancy. How it revitalises one woman’s tired marriage, strengthens another’s belief in herself and brings love and warmth to a cold and empty life.
Sunshine over Wildflower Cottage by Milly Johnson – 99p
Viv arrives at Wildflower Cottage, a tumbledown animal sanctuary, for the summer. Her job is to help with the admin, but the truth is she is here for something much closer to her heart…
Geraldine runs the Wildflower Cottage sanctuary. She escaped from her past to find happiness here, but now her place of refuge is about to come under threat. Can she keep her history at bay and her future safe?
Back home, Viv’s mother Stel thinks she might have found a man who will treat her right for once. Ian is kind, considerate, and clearly head over heels for her. That’s what she has wanted all along, isn’t it…?
Escape to Wildflower Cottage this summer for love, laughter and friendship…
Sewing the Shadow Together by Alison Baillie – 99p
Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend?
More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah.
“Shona had been gone for so long but the memories still came unexpectedly, sometimes like a video from the past, sometimes distorted dreams, but she was always there.”
When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed…
Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question:
Do we ever really know the people closest to us?
The Devil’s Chain by Mark Dewar – 99p
961 AD, Cordoba, Al Andalus.
A body is found.
A university professor has met with a terrifying, painful and violent end. It is the duty of General Ghalib and Brigadier Zaffar to investigate.
With the passing of the old caliph, abd al-Rahman and the organisation of the inauguration ceremonies of his son and successor, Hakam II, the two soldiers have more pressing things to do than investigate the seemingly open-and-shut case of a dead professor.
But what at first appears to be a routine enquiry quickly reveals itself to be something much more complex and sinister…. The professor had in fact been poisoned, but by who and for what purpose? What had he been working on and why had he been borrowing so much money?
Hasdai ben Shaprut, the old caliph’s vizier, and a Jew, knows that his position with Hakam is a delicate one and when the new caliph rejects his carefully written sermon in preference for his own, Hasdai’s fears for his safety, the security of the caliphate, and, most importantly his dear friends are confirmed.
As they get closer to discovering the truth behind the professor’s last days, Hasdai, Ghalib and Zaffar find themselves becoming entrenched in a dark and dangerous world of treachery and the occult.
Who is trying to destabalise the caliphate, and why?
With a capricious and cruel new ruler, how will they be able to maintain order, whilst preserving their lives and liberties and those of their loved ones?
As we embark on the third millennium, this first millennium story, with its political and religious themes, does not fail to resonate with our own daily experiences.
With a cast of richly portrayed and varied characters, this absorbing thriller explore the medieval world of Al Andalus, where forces of good and evil meet head to head…
Four Sides to Every Story by Valerie-Anne Baglietto – 99p
If you found ‘the one’ would you know it straight away, or would you need a little push in the right direction?
What if there was someone like Lily Rose Whyte in your life, whose sole aim was to help you? Someone who could jiggle fate and fortune in your favour, without you even realising.
And what if you live in a sleepy Cheshire village where nothing much seems to happen, except suddenly one summer, everything does. Your life is turned upside down and inside out. As we all know, love has a habit of doing that.
But hold on. Slow down. Because what if – for once – Lily’s got it wrong? About as wrong as she can get. What would you do then?
Don’t worry, though. Life isn’t a fairy tale, and magic doesn’t exist. So, as long as you don’t read this book, and you never meet Lily Rose Whyte, you’re perfectly safe.
Messandriere by Angela Wren – 99p
Sacrificing his job in investigation following an incident in Paris, Jacques Forêt has only a matter of weeks to solve a series of mysterious disappearances as a Gendarme in the rural French village of Messandrierre.
But, as the number of missing persons rises, his difficult and hectoring boss puts obstacles in his way. Steely and determined, Jacques won’t give up and, when a new Investigating Magistrate is appointed, he becomes the go-to local policeman for all the work on the case.
Will he find the perpetrators before his lover, Beth, becomes a victim?
Messandrierre – the first in a new crime series featuring investigator, Jacques Forêt.
The Magic of Ramblings by Kate Field – £2.99
Running away can be the answer if you run to the right place…
When Cassie accepts a job as companion to an old lady in a remote Lancashire village, she hopes for a quiet life where she can forget herself, her past and most especially men. The last thing she wants is to be drawn into saving a community that seems determined to take her to its heart – and to resuscitate hers…
Frances has lived a reclusive life at Ramblings, a Victorian Gothic mansion, for over thirty years and now Barney is hiding away there, forging a new life after his medical career ended in scandal. He doesn’t trust the mysterious woman who comes to live with his rich aunt, especially when she starts to steal Frances’ affection – and maybe his own too…