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Today’s ‘Big Deal’ features 10 books by Donna Leon in the marvellous Commissario Brunetti series
Transient Desires by Donna Leon (Brunetti 30)
When two young American women are badly injured in a boating accident, joy riding in Venice’s Laguna with two young Italians, Commissario Guido Brunetti’s curiosity is aroused by the behaviour of the young men, who abandoned the victims after taking them to the hospital.
As Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, investigate, they discover that one of the young men works for a man rumoured to be involved in more sinister night-time activities in the Laguna. To get to the bottom of the mystery, Brunetti needs to enlist the help of both the Carabinieri and the Guardia Costiera. Determining how much trust he and Griffoni can put in these unfamiliar colleagues only adds to the difficulty of solving this peculiarly horrible crime.
***Books included in deal no’s 1-2, 7-9 and 25-30 – all at 99p each link goes to deal page***
Walking on Sunshine by Giovanna Fletcher
In the darkness, we all need a little light . . .
After Mike loses Pia, his partner of seventeen years, best friends Vicky and Zaza rally round.
But the truth is, in Pia’s absence, they all need more than a little help . . .
Just-engaged Zaza fears the next step. Mum Vicky has lost sight of herself. And Mike can’t figure out how to start again.
Luckily, Pia left a list of loving instructions to help them cope.
Which is why they find themselves trekking in Peru. Stumbling up mountains. Lost in sweltering rainforests. As friendships and hope fray, they cling to their faith in Pia.
Soon they learn anything is possible when you’re walking on sunshine.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life.
Hercule Poirot recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Yet in this exotic setting nothing is ever quite what it seems…
Silenced by Jennie Ensor
A teenage girl is murdered on her way home from school, stabbed through the heart. Her North London community is shocked, but no-one has the courage to help the police, not even her mother. DI Callum Waverley, in his first job as senior investigating officer, tries to break through the code of silence that shrouds the case.
This is a world where the notorious Skull Crew rules through fear. Everyone knows you keep your mouth shut or you’ll be silenced – permanently.
This is Luke’s world. Reeling from the loss of his mother to cancer, his step-father distant at best, violent at worst, he slides into the Skull Crew’s grip.
This is Jez’s world too. Her alcoholic mother neither knows nor cares that her 16-year-old daughter is being exploited by V, all-powerful leader of the gang.
Luke and Jez form a bond. Can Callum win their trust, or will his own demons sabotage his investigation? And can anyone stop the Skull Crew ensuring all witnesses are silenced?
The Curious Case of Maggie MacBeth by Stacey Murray
Sometimes you have to take the law into your own hands…
After losing her high-powered job in Hong Kong, forty-something widow and lawyer, Maggie Macbeth, turns up on the doorstep of her old sidekick, Cath, in the sleepy Peak District village of Archdale. A fish out of water, Maggie comes into conflict with everyone and everything – especially Cath’s awful friend, Tiggy – and rock bottom is just around the corner. But it turns out Maggie isn’t the only one in trouble. When a crisis hits the local community, Maggie has a choice: to give up on life, or go back to her legal roots and fight for justice. But can she save the day as well as herself?
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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