Aug 022016
 

Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate has reignited the debate about the recent eligibility rule changes for the Man Booker Prize, saying that making US authors eligible for the Man Booker – which unlike some critics of the move he had been “excited” about when it was first mooted –  has turned out to be “disastrous” for the health of the prize.

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Dec 172015
 

A classic murder mystery by acclaimed author Bernard Knight.

When some boys find a human bone in a cave in Cardiganshire, Wales, a case that has gone unresolved for over thirty years suddenly springs back into life. For that grisly find is only the start of things…

When the rest of the skeleton is soon discovered, the disappearance of a local woman decades earlier comes back to public attention. The woman’s husband has recently returned to the area after years out of the country, and he has no explanation as to why his wife suddenly went missing. The local gossips consider him guilty of murder, as do some in the police force…but not everyone is convinced. It’s up to Superintendent Pacey to work out which bits of the whole sorry tale are fact and which are fiction – and there are some unpleasant surprises along the way…

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Dec 142015
 

His Secret Boss – Elizabeth Coldwell

‘You have to admit, Claudia, it’ll be wonderful publicity for you …’

Claudia Anthony, the overachieving owner of a successful hotel chain, is recruited to take part in the reality TV show Secret CEO. Disguised as Jane Ennis, she takes on a job at The Anthony in Aberpentre, a Welsh seaside town that has seen better days. She finds herself working under young, headstrong Rhodri Wynn-Jones, who has no clue of her real identity. Soon, passion flares and although Claudia knows there are lines she can’t cross, she just can’t keep away.

Rhodri is falling in love with Jane – but what will happen if he learns he’s actually having an affair with his boss?

 

 Search and Rescue – Kitti Bernetti

He saves lives, but can she save him from himself?

Gig Briggs is the Search and Rescue Officer you can rely on to save anybody from disaster. What he cannot do is save himself – harbouring a secret that has destroyed his ability to have a fulfilling relationship with a woman.

When he reluctantly walks into the consulting room of renowned sex therapist Desree Cain, he doesn’t believe she can help. However, Desree has secrets of her own, ones that are swiftly coming back to haunt her. She hasn’t told Gig why she had to run away from the city to hide in his New England community.

Can Desree get through to this hero’s damaged heart, and can he save her from the twisted individual hunting her down?

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Dec 132015
 

Face the Wind and Fly

She builds wind farms, he detests them. Can they ever generate love?

After fifteen happy years of marriage, Kate Courtenay discovers that her charismatic novelist husband is spending more and more of his time with a young fan. She throws herself into her work, a controversial wind farm that’s stirring up tempers in the local community. Sparks fly when she goes head to head against its most outspoken opponent, local gardener Ibsen Brown – a man with a past of his own. But a scheme for a local community garden brings the sparring-partners together, producing the sort of electricity that threatens to short-circuit the whole system.

Loving Susie

She thought she knew her husband, but he’s been keeping a secret … about her.

Susie stumbles across some information that rocks her world but not, apparently, her husband’s – Archie has been in on this particular secret for thirty years. Now Susie wonders if she can trust him at all. Soon, unemployed son Jonathan and successful daughter Mannie begin to feel the fallout too, fracturing the family and leaving Susie increasingly isolated.

Troubled by mounting pressure from her family, her Party and the Press, Susie goes into hiding. The Party needs her back for a crucial vote, but more importantly, Archie knows he needs to find his wife quickly if they are to rebuild their relationship and reunite the family.

Maximum Exposure

“Page-turning and thoroughly entertaining. I loved it!”- Katie Fforde

She’s a professional photographer – but is she ready to expose her heart?

Adorable but scatterbrained newspaper photographer Daisy Irvine becomes the key to the survival of The Hailesbank Herald when her boss drops dead right in front of her. And while big egos and petty jealousies hinder the struggle to save the paper, Daisy starts another campaign – to win back her ex, Jack Hedderwick.

Ben Gillies, returning after a long absence, sees childhood friend Daisy in a whole new light. He’d like to win her love, but discovers that she’s a whole lot better at taking photographs than making decisions, particularly when she’s blinded by the past.

When tragedy strikes Daisy’s family, loyalty drives her home. But it’s time to grow up and Daisy must choose between independence and love.

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Dec 122015
 

Jack-Knifed – Wonny Lea

Jack-Knifed is the first novel featuring DCI Martin Phelps and his team, based in the world-famous and vibrant Cardiff Bay.

Mark Wilson, a decent, well-liked gay man, lives alone in a beautiful house in Cardiff. One Saturday evening, his closest friends go to his house for an evening of drinks and catching-up.

Finding no answer, the concerned friends break in – to a horrific murder scene. For Mark Wilson has been brutally, sadistically murdered in his own home.

As DCI Phelps investigates, Mark’s traumatic early life is revealed. Was his killer someone from his past? Was his sexuality a motive? What about his violent, homophobic father – a man who has already killed more than once …

Meanwhile, Mark’s estranged sister Amy broods on the hatred she has for her brother, blaming him for turning their father into a killer. As she sinks further in to the depths of drug addiction, who’s to say what her next move will be?

As the body count rises, Phelps and his sergeant, Matt Pryor, soon realise they are on the trail of a serial killer…

Guilty – Jane Bidder

Simon Mills, a solicitor, isn’t the kind of man to go to prison. His new wife Claire, an artist, isn’t the kind of woman to have a husband ‘Inside’. But one night, after offering to drive their dinner guests home, Simon is involved in an horrific crash down a narrow Devonshire lane and is sent to prison for two years.

Guilty is written in two parts:  the first deals with Simon’s life in prison and the second, with his life once he’s released. It is told in alternate viewpoints: Claire’s and Simon’s as well as the ghostly voice of Joanna, who died in the crash. This is a haunting modern-day story that could happen to you.

The TV Detective – Simon Hall

The first book in the TV Dectective crime series by Simon Hall.

The TV Detective finds television reporter Dan Groves newly assigned to the crime beat, and in a state of angst about it. He needs a crash-course in police work; the solution is to shadow Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen on a high-profile murder inquiry, which doesn’t go down well with some members of the police force.

The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies that one of the problems the inquiry faces is having a surplus of suspects. Bray is killed at a prearranged meeting, in a lay-by on a dark and storm-lashed night, by a blast through the heart from a shotgun. Adam investigates and uncovers a tantalising question, which seems to be at the heart of the case: why was the killing planned for a different day, but put off apparently because the weather was sunny?

Tensions abound between Dan and the police, and he comes close to being thrown off the case – until the detectives come to realise he might actually be helpful, in using the power of television to tempt the murderer into a trap.

Dead Pretty – Roger Granelli

Mark Richards, having rebuilt his life after a traumatic, deprived past, is a private investigator in London. When his beautiful girlfriend, Lena, is brutally and sadistically slain his life is turned upside down. In his search for her killers, he becomes hunter and hunted, exacting revenge whilst trying to stay alive. His quest turns into a bloody rites of passage, which takes him from London to the Midlands, to the hills of south Wales, and, ultimately, to Amsterdam, where the savage climax of the book is played out amidst the seedy back alleys of the red light district.

Dead Pretty is fast moving, full of dramatic set pieces, a murderous journey with a twist in its tail. Mark Richards finds out more than he ever wanted to know, old demons rear up again in his mind, and he has to reach deep into his soul to survive.

Absent Light – Eve Isherwood

‘Love, guilt, shame, deceit, greed and murder, this novel has it all.’ – Caroline Carver, bestselling thriller writer

Helen Powers was once a scene of crimes officer for the West Midlands Police. It’s four years since the case, involving the death of a young teenage girl, shattered her career. In an attempt to rebuild her life, she now works as a portrait photographer.

But the past is not so easily left behind…

After a series of inexplicable and vicious attacks on her, Helen fears that someone is out to take revenge. For Helen, however, it’s only the start of something more personal and sinister.

Desperate to confront her demons and redeem herself in the face of a formidable adversary, Helen swiftly finds that neither time nor the elements are on her side…

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Dec 112015
 

A Twist of Fate – Demelza Hart

“Intense and seductive, you won’t be able to tear yourself away…” Alice Raine

An attraction that can’t be ignored.

A spoilt little rich girl.
A rough ex-soldier.

When Callie Frobisher and Paul Mason are stranded after their plane crashes, the mismatched couple are forced into battling each other and their feelings…

Callie has it all – rich parents, a private education, and a great job, whilst Paul is harbouring a dark and destructive secret. The trauma of the crash and the harsh media spotlight proves to be challenging for them both.

Can their attraction survive when they return to reality?

 

 Kindred Hearts – Grace Lowrie

For fans of the Untwisted series, Sylvia Day and Fifty Shades of Grey become swept up in this new, all-consuming love affair.

Will the past destroy everything worth saving?

When Natasha Graham lost touch with her childhood friend Celeste Walker, she thought her world had ended. Now, ten years later, they are reunited by chance and Tasha is swept up in Celeste’s glamorous lifestyle.

Still harbouring a long-hidden bond for Celeste’s brother Sebastian, Tasha can’t help but be drawn to him, once again rekindling feelings she thought she’d buried years ago. As Sebastian struggles with his own feelings for Natasha, Celeste struggles with sharing her best friend with her brother, and embarks on a dark, downward spiral that could lead to disaster.

Is there more to Celeste than meets the eye, and can Tasha make the right choice when it comes to matters of the heart?

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Dec 102015
 

Corrupt copper and bad Catholic Jimmy Costello is back, and he’s studying to be a priest in Rome.

But his old life refuses to stay buried…

When a visiting archbishop dies in suspicious circumstances, the Kilburn hard man is asked to drop his religious studies and help local police investigate. Together with his partner Inspector Ricci, Jimmy follows a twisting trail of evidence from the streets of the Holy City to Glasgow and back, where they uncover a sinister plot more evil than they had ever imagined.

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Dec 092015
 

Silent as the Grave – Bill Kitson

A chilling tale of murder, madness, and what happens when ghosts from the past won’t stay in their graves.

When former journalist Adam Bailey agrees to spend Christmas at ancient Mulgrave Castle, he knows there is an ulterior motive behind the invitation. His old flame, Harriet, and her husband, Sir Anthony Rowe, want Adam to investigate the legend of an old family curse – a curse said to have claimed several victims, and which may be due to strike again …

The Kaiser’s Gold – Bill Kitson

The second thrilling, chilling instalment in the Eden House Mysteries by best-selling author Bill Kitson.

‘Babes in the wood, babes in the wood, who will be next to be covered in blood?’ For generations, the children of Rowandale have recited that grim rhyme. Now those sinister words are becoming a stark reality …

The last of the influential Latimer family has died and the estate is in dispute. Racehorse trainer Barbara Lewis stands to inherit the prized Latimer racing stables, but not everyone’s happy about that …

When Barbara’s friend Eve Samuels goes to visit her, an intruder is discovered in the stables. The seemingly trivial incident sparks a spiralling chain of intrigue, violence, and murder. Barbara’s ex-husband is found stabbed to death and she is chief suspect – along with a mysterious man who has recently been seen in the area. The local detectives are so inept that Eve and her boyfriend, Adam Bailey, investigate. Are the murders random acts of a deranged psychopath, or are more sinister forces at work?

Vanishing ActBill Kitson

The third volume in the best-selling Eden House Mysteries. Adam Bailey and Eve Samuels are back, and this time they’re trying to find a dead man.

In 1965, Northern Lights were the next big thing in the music world. They could’ve been as huge as The Beatles – but one night their lead singer and creative force, Gerry Crowther, suddenly disappeared without trace.

Now it’s nearly twenty years later. There are new stars on the pop scene, including teen sensation Trudi Bell. When Trudi’s manager is offered a song for her new album, he’s convinced that the performer on the demo tape is none other than Gerry Crowther. Sure that there’s more to it than just musical similarities, he enlists Adam and Eve’s help in finding the truth.

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Dec 082015
 

Five full length novels from best-selling contemporary women’s fiction authors in one boxset 

 

The School Gates – Nicola May

Winner of Best Author Read Award – Festival of Romance 

The school gates are a great social leveller, with parents from all walks of life brought together whether they like it or not at the start and end of their children’s day. For a few, friendships forged there will bring drama, for others consolation, for some romance… 

When single working mum Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she isn’t prepared for the consequences. Dana knows she should be content with her perfect house and perfect husband but finds herself longing for another child and wishing for more fulfillment. Mo’s life has always been hard, but the violence of her alcoholic husband could be the last straw, which only friendship with super-mum Joan can get her through. And what of gay Daddy Gordon? 

Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

 

The Swan Lake – Lisa Ryan

‘Magical…really fabulous.’ Joanne Harris bestselling author of Chocolat 

When Astarte Weaver finds her boyfriend and best friend in her bed, she returns to County Clare in Ireland, a place that holds happy childhood memories, and buys a ruined cottage in an area that the locals call “the Swan Lake.” 

Trying to rebuild her home – and her life – with the help of local builder Flynn, Astarte gradually becomes part of the tightly knit local community, but when tragedy hits the small village, Astarte discovers that the only way to heal the sorrow of the present is to come to terms with the events of the past.

 

Going the Distance – Christina Jones

“A lively romp through rural England.” New Woman 

Book One in the Milton St John Trilogy. 

Maddy Beckett lives in the horse-racing village of Milton St John. Recovered from a disastrous love-affair and running her own small business, she’s happy being single until she meets and falls for the gorgeous Drew Fitzgerald. Everything about Drew is perfect – until his cool and impossibly elegant wife appears on the scene. Maddy loves Drew, but doesn’t know if she loves him enough to become “the other woman”? Morally, it’s out of the question, but physically…? 

Has their relationship got what it takes to go the distance?

 

Off the Record – Alison Rose

This is the chance of a lifetime, so don’t blow it! 

Journalist Kate Armstrong has always known that music icon Johnson Brand’s platinum-selling first album was written about his break-up with her mother, Alexandra. When Kate’s boss sends her out to interview the star himself, her life is turned upside down when her resemblance to Alexandra prompts Johnson to seek out her mother and renew their relationship. 

Kate suddenly has a lot on her plate – coming to terms with Alexandra and Johnson’s rekindling relationship, as well as keeping the two of them out of the public eye, all the while trying to resist the advances of Johnson’s playboy son, Paul. She thinks she has everything under control, until a threatening figure from the band’s past rears its ugly head. 

Will love tear them all apart … again?

 

Straight on ’till Morning – Lynne Barrett-Lee

‘It was then that it struck me, with terrifying clarity. I was going to die at any moment. I was going to die, moreover, in a pair of tartan pyjamas and a grubby black cardigan. For whatever was attached to the headlights in front of me was driving on my side of the road…’

So begins Sally Matthews’ date with destiny. She doesn’t actually believe in destiny, of course – she’s way too busy looking after her husband, arranging her step-daughter’s wedding, and humouring her mum-on-a-mission (which currently involves Tony Blair). No surprise, then, that she’s out late at night to pick up her teenage daughter with nothing but a dog and cricket bat for company. In short, Sally hasn’t time for a near-death experience. However handsome the man who’s about to run her off the road…

 

 

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