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1979 by Val McDermid
She’s on the hunt for a killer story . . .
1979. It’s the winter of discontent, and Allie Burns is chasing her first big scoop. One of few women in the newsroom, she needs something explosive for the boys’ club to take her seriously.
Soon Allie and fellow reporter Danny Sullivan are making powerful enemies with their investigations – and Allie won’t stop there. When she discovers a terrorist threat close to home, she devises a dangerous plan to make her name.
But Allie is a woman in a man’s world . . . and putting a foot wrong could be fatal.
The Heights by Louise Candlish
Up here, anything can happen.
Especially murder. . .
The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn’t know it existed if you weren’t standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that’s when you see a man up there – a man you’d recognize anywhere. He’s older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it’s definitely him.
Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years.
You know this for a fact.
Because you’re the one who killed him.
The Country Village Summer Fete by Cathy Lake
Emma Patrick’s life is spiralling out of control. On the cusp of her 50th birthday, she realises that she’s been so focused on work that she’s lost any real connection to people.
When Emma’s ageing father needs her help, she decides to go back home to the countryside to spend some time with him. But returning to Little Bramble after years away is filled with complications and people she’d rather avoid.
To her surprise, as Emma settles in she finds herself loving village life. When the opportunity to get involved in the running of the summer fête comes her way, soon she’s embracing jam making, cake baking and bunting. And with romance brewing, Emma begins to doubt the glamorous city life that she worked so hard to build . . .
There’s Only One Danny Garvey by David F Ross
Danny Garvey was a sixteen-year old footballing prodigy. Professional clubs clamoured to sign him, and a glittering future beckoned.
And yet, his early promise remained unfulfilled, and Danny is back home in the tiny village of Barshaw to manage the struggling junior team he once played for. What’s more, he’s hiding a secret about a tragic night, thirteen years earlier, that changed the course of several lives. There’s only one Danny Garvey, they once chanted … and that’s the problem.
A story of irrational hopes and fevered dreams – of unstoppable passion and unflinching commitment in the face of defeat – There’s Only One Danny Garvey is, above all, an unforgettable tale about finding hope and redemption in the most unexpected of places.
Love on The Menu by Jill Barry
Zillah Robinson’s whole life is her new catering company, ‘Mrs Robinson’. Still grieving the death of her beloved husband, Daniel, she finds solace in expertly catering the weddings of young couples in the first days of romance, and minding her neighbour’s cats. Love is the last thing on Zillah’s mind.
Then handsome Hal Christmas arrives in Bath, stealing her precious company name and managing to infuriate Zillah at every turn. Arrogant and aloof, Hal throws Zillah’s personal and professional life into disarray. With a failed relationship and a dull if profitable accounting career behind him, Hal has decided to start an entertainment agency and he’s determined to make it a success. But, despite his arrogance, Zillah finds herself helplessly attracted to him. That is, until he signs up the fun, flirtatious singer Zak Silver, making a love triangle out of an already complicated situation.
Will Zillah be able to choose between the two men? Will she ever trust another man with her fragile heart? And, when her business falls on hard times, will she be able to trust Hal enough to help her when she needs it most? Love on the Menu is a heartfelt romance about taking chances, risking your heart and learning to love again.
These choices are just the books that I’d be tempted by rather than just any books that are on offer.
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