July new books

July Recommended Reads

Summer is here, and with the season comes a selection of new reads for us this July!

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The Conditions of Unconditional love by Alexander McCall Smith

In this latest movement in the symphony of her life, Isabel is faced with novel challenges, each of which tests her resolution to do the right thing. Dawn, a nurse in an infectious diseases ward, is let down by her lover and needs a place to live.

Not surprisingly, Isabel offers her a roof over her head. What do you do, though if your house-guest locks herself away and avoids all contact?

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Shadows in the Moonlight by Santa Montefiore

When Pixie Tate is summoned to the wild Cornish coast to unravel a curious mystery at the stately St Sidwell Manor, she knows that something quite extraordinary must be hiding in its shadows.

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This is why we lied by Karin Slaughter

Welcome to the McAlpine Lodge: a remote mountain getaway, it’s the height of escapist luxury living. Except that everyone here is lying. Lying about their past. Lying to their family. Lying to themselves.

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The Midnight Feast by Lucy Foley

In the shadows of an ancient wood, guests gather for the opening weekend of The Manor: a beautiful new countryside retreat.

But under the burning midsummer sun, darkness stirs. Old friends and enemies circulate among the guests. And the candles have barely been lit for a solstice supper when the body is found.

It all began with a secret, fifteen years ago. Now the past has crashed the party. And it’ll end in murder at…THE MIDNIGHT FEAST

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Chris Carter the Death Watcher

When a routine autopsy on what looked like a straightforward hit-and-run leads the LA Chief Medical Examiner, Dr Carolyn Hove, to discover some puzzling inconsistencies, she calls in Detective Robert Hunter of the LAPD Ultra Violent Crimes Unit.

Not only did Dr Hove discover that the death wasn’t caused by a hit-and-run, but she also found indications that the victim had been severely tortured prior to death….. A serial killer is on the run.

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The Wrong Hands by Mark Billingham

Unconventional Detective Declan Miller has a problem. Still desperate to solve the murder of his wife, a young man has just appeared on his doorstep with a briefcase . . . containing a pair of severed hands.  Miller knows this case is proof of a contract killing commissioned by local ne’er do well Wayne Cutler – a man he suspects might also be responsible for his wife’s death.

Now Miller has leverage, but unfortunately, he also has something that both Cutler and a villainous fast-food kingpin are desperate to get hold of….

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The First Wife’s Shadow

He is a widower, gentle, interested, full of admiration for her success and they quickly fall into a serious relationship.  Her friends, Heidi and Gina, are initially delighted, but when Emma gets engaged after just 3 months, they panic.

Matthew says the death of his first wife Becky means he believes in seizing the day. And Emma is in love, that’s all that matters.

And yet, Emma can’t shake the feeling that she is second best. Matthew would not be with her if Becky was still alive…..

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The Moonlight Market by Joanne Harris

Orphaned, lonely, and lost in his photography work, Tom has no intention of falling in love. And yet, love finds him in the shape of beautiful Vanessa, who lives a dangerous double life in the heart of London’s King’s Cross.

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Meet me at Rainbow Corner by Celia Imrie

Meet Me at Rainbow Corner follows the lives of Dot, Lilly and their friends, as they dance the nights away, fall in and out of love, and navigate the horrors of war. Lilly goes on a secret mission with her Colonel to France, and Dot becomes pregnant and returns to Liverpool.

When the war is over, they are re-united, having travelled by boat to the US with countless other war brides to meet their repatriated fiancés again.

Along the way, they uncover a case of inside espionage and learn the true meaning of love.

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Breaking the Dark by Lisa Jewell

The first book in the brand-new Marvel Crime series, introduces fans to a grittier, street-level side of the Marvel Universe.

Meet Jessica Jones: a private investigator and retired super hero based out of Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, who goes from job to job as a hard living, rough talking, loner.