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The Party House, Lin Anderson
Devastated by a recent pandemic brought in by outsiders, the villagers of Blackrig in the Scottish Highlands are outraged when they find that the nearby estate plans to reopen its luxury ‘party house’ to tourists.
As animosity sparks amongst the locals, part of the property is damaged and, in the ensuing chaos, the body of a young girl is found in the wreck. 17-year-old Ailsa Cummings went missing five years ago, never to be seen again – until now.
The excavation of Ailsa’s remains ignites old suspicions cast on the men of this small community, including Greg, the estate’s gamekeeper. At the beginning of a burgeoning relationship with a new lover, Joanne, Greg is loath to discuss old wounds.
Frightened by Greg’s reaction to the missing girl’s discovery, Joanne begins to doubt how well she knows this new man in her life. Then again, he’s not the only one with secrets in their volatile relationship
The Secrets Of Sainte Madeleine, Tilly Bagshawe
1790: Jean-Yves Salignac wins Sainte Madeleine, a beautiful vineyard in Burgundy, but loses Jero, the love of his life. Heartbroken, he carves the symbol of a butterfly – modelled after a necklace he gave Jero – all over Sainte Madeleine, so that she’ll never be forgotten.
1923: young Elise Salignac loves hearing the stories of her ancestors and Jero’s butterflies, whose magic is known only to the true children of Sainte Madeleine. Elise’s great love is the chateau where she’s grown up, but as she grows into womanhood, her heart is also captured by her distant cousin, Laurent.
Yet the shadow of war comes sweeping over Europe. When revolutionary Laurent leaves France to fight against Franco in the Spanish Civil War, Elise’s heartbreak takes her on a different path.
A Postcard From Capri, Alex Brown
In the Golden Age of Hollywood, Kelly Sinclair is on the cusp of becoming the next big movie star. Until then, she’s spending the summer of 1953 on the magical island of Capri.
Sixty years later, on a visit to her elderly grandmother’s cottage, photographer Maddie Williams unearths a box of old film memorabilia featuring a glamorous and beautiful young woman with platinum blonde hair. She also finds a postcard from the island of Capri, detailing the heart-breaking end of a passionate love affair.
Her grandmother now has trouble remembering anything from all those years ago. So when Maddie is commissioned for a photoshoot in Italy, she visits Capri to see if she can find out the truth.
Can she unravel the mystery and discover what really happened in the summer of 1953, and will her magical island escape hold some surprises for Maddie, too?
Game On, Janet Evanovich
When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen.
And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude whom she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.
Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless. Stephanie may not be the most technologically savvy sleuth, but she more than makes up for that with her dogged determination, her understanding of human nature, and her willingness to do just about anything to bring a fugitive to justice.
The Twist Of A Knife, Anthony Horowitz
‘I’ve written three books and our deal is over’.
That’s what reluctant author Anthony Horowitz tells ex-detective Daniel Hawthorne in an awkward meeting.
The truth is that Anthony has got other things on his mind. His new play, a thriller called ‘Mindgame’, is about to open at the famous Vaudeville theatre in Shoreditch. Not surprisingly, Hawthorne declines a ticket to the opening night.
The play is not enjoyed by the critics. In particular, Sunday Times critic Harriet Throsby gives it a savage review, focusing particularly on the writing. The next day, Throsby is stabbed in the heart with an ornamental dagger which, it turns out, belongs to Anthony, and which has his fingerprints all over it.
The Curfew, T.M. Logan
It begins with a small white lie.
The kind of lie you might tell to keep your child out of trouble – especially when he begs you to confirm that he came home early last night and has been up in his room ever since.
And so you back him up. You give him an alibi. Instead of telling the truth: that he actually crept in at 3 a.m., clothes streaked with mud and bruises on his face. Fear in his eyes and a plea in his voice you’ve not heard for a long time. Please, Dad.
But sometimes a small white lie can be the most dangerous thing in the world. Because five teenagers went into the woods last night. And only four came out.
The Last Party, Clare Mackintosh
On New Year’s Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests. His lakeside holiday homes are a success, and he’s generously invited the village to drink champagne with their wealthy new neighbours. This will be the party to end all parties.
But not everyone is there to celebrate. By midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake. On New Year’s Day, DC Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects. The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbours, friends and family – and Ffion has her own secrets to protect. With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn’t who wanted Rhys dead…but who finally killed him.
In a village with this many secrets, a murder is just the beginning.
Cornish Clouds and Silver Lining Skies, Ali McNamara
Meteorologist Sky Matthews does not like surprises.
Sky monitors her life like she does the weather, carefully and with a scientific eye. So, when she misses out on her dream job abroad and finds herself with no choice but to take a position on a tidal island off the Cornish harbour town of St Felix instead, she feels completely at sea.
Worse still, she has to work alongside TV weatherman Sonny Stevens, who barely knows his storms from his tsunamis. It doesn’t take long for Sky to become enchanted by the strange weather patterns over St Felix. Sonny is convinced they link to local folklore, but Sky knows her science too well to fall for that.
Until she meets Walter, a local weather watcher with no qualifications beyond a lifetime of experience and Sky is forced to question everything she thought she knew about the weather, herself – and Sonny.
Shattered, James Patterson
After returning from his honeymoon, Detective Michael Bennett is greeted with the shocking news that FBI agent Emily Parker is missing.
Determined to track down his former partner, Bennett follows Emily’s investigation into an anarchist group that led her between Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. Lurid rumours begin to surface about Emily’s disappearance, but Bennett will never give up hope of finding her.
After everything they’ve been through together, he owes her that much.
When You Are Mine, Michael Robotham
‘Why won’t he let you go?’ I ask. ‘He thinks he owns me.’
To Philomena McCarthy, being a police officer means never turning your back on someone in trouble.
So when a decorated detective beats his girlfriend and the case is covered up, Phil secretly helps her. But as Phil lets her new friend deeper into her life, sinister things start happening.
And by the time she’s truly afraid, it’s already too late.