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The Frozen Shroud
  • 9781399141420
  • 01-01-2023
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Martin Edwards / Julia Franklin

Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England's Lake District, each time on Hallowe'en. In 1914, a young woman's corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost - the Faceless Woman - is said to walk through Ravenbank on Hallowe'en. Five years ago, another woman was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries. Daniel Kind becomes fascinated by the old cases, and wonders whether the obvious suspects really did commit the crimes.

The Camden Murder
  • 9781399142786
  • 01-01-2023
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Mike Hollow / Simon Mattacks

As dawn breaks on a chilly morning in November 1940, a car is found ablaze in an abandoned builder's yard a stone's throw from the Regent's Canal in Camden Town, north London. In the burnt-out vehicle police find the charred remains of a body. The victim is Les Latham, a commercial traveller for the Barings confectionery company. He liked to be known as Lucky Les, but it seems his luck has finally run out. DI John Jago discovers among Latham's belongings a mysterious photograph and some suspicious-looking petrol ration books that set Jago off on a murky trail of deceit, corruption and murder.

Death On The Down Beat
  • 9781399143370
  • 01-01-2023
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Sebastian Farr / Simon Mattacks

As a rousing Strauss piece is reaching its crescendo in Maningpool Civic Hall, the talented yet obnoxious conductor Sir Noel Grampian is shot dead in full view of the Municipal Orchestra and the audience. It was no secret that he had many enemies - musicians and music critics among them - but to be killed mid-flow suggests an act of the coldest calculation. Told through the letters and documents sent by DI Alan Hope to his wife as he puzzles through the dauntingly vast pool of suspects and scant physical evidence in the case, this is an innovative and playful mystery underscored by the author's extensive experience of the highly-strung world of music professionals. First published in 1941, this new edition returns Farr's only crime novel to print to receive its long-deserved encore.

Murder At Aldwych Station
  • 9781399144056
  • 01-01-2023
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Jim Eldridge / David Thorpe

December 1940. With the Luftwaffe pounding the city nightly, Londoners seek refuge in underground stations. Aldwych has been taken out of service to provide shelter for the British Museum's priceless Elgin Marbles, as well as civilians escaping the bombing. When the body of a young man is discovered on the tracks, wearing evening dress but barefoot, Detective Chief Inspector Coburg and Sergeant Lampson are on the case. Before long, more bodies are discovered, and Coburg's wife Rosa becomes a target for the brutal killer. Caught up in a world of underground jazz clubs, abandoned tube stations and looters, Coburg and Lampson must track down the ruthless murderer before it's too late . . .

I'll Take That One
  • 9781399144827
  • 01-01-2023
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Kitty Baxter / Siobhan Dowd with Kitty Baxter

Kitty Baxter was born in London in 1930, the daughter of a road sweeper and a cleaner and one of five children. War broke out as Kitty turned nine and she became one of thousands of children evacuated to the countryside. This would be the first of three times that she was rehoused far from home during the war. Sometimes treated more like a servant than a child, Kitty endured gruelling years cut off from her parents rather than a safe haven from war. She recalls her experiences living with strangers' families in environments radically different to working-class London and how she navigated joyful moments and times of struggle and loss. One of the last generation of women from this era, Kitty's voice remains as whip-smart as her irrepressible nine-year-old self who triumphed over the adversity of a most unusual childhood.

Far Across The Ocean
  • 9781399144933
  • 01-01-2023
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Suzie Hull / Catherine Harvey

December 1913. Clara Thorton won't allow being jilted at the altar to squash her spirit. Against the wishes of her aunt and uncle, Clara decides to travel to Madagascar to learn more about the tragic shipwreck that took the lives of her missionary family and marked her forever. Clara is escorted abroad by Xavier Mourain, a handsome young merchant who works with her uncle. The two of them start off on the wrong foot, but Clara can't help but be drawn to the mysterious Frenchman who helps her unravel the mystery that has always haunted her. But as their love blossoms, war begins. And the world will never be the same again. For Clara, all the answers seem to lie far across the ocean. But some of them might be closer than she thinks . . .

From The Ashes
  • 9781399148474
  • 01-01-2023
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Deborah Masson / Sarah Barron

In the dead of night someone starts a fire in a home for underprivileged children in Aberdeen. The flames spread quickly, and one person doesn't make it out alive. But the victim wasn't found in their bedroom; they were discovered locked inside a secret basement underground. As DI Eve Hunter and her team search the blackened ruins, the case takes them into even darker territory. Soon Eve unearths a horrific discovery at the heart of the property - one that turns the whole investigation on its head. Everyone in this home has something to hide, but who has a secret worth killing for?

A Troubled Course
  • 9781407999784
  • 01-01-2023
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David Donachie / John Telfer

John Pearce discovers that Madrid plans to desert the British-led coalition and join the enemy. In company with Lord Langholm, he has taken a Spanish treasure ship but is forced into a deep bay overlooked by Spaniards who have a cannon aimed at the entrance. Pearce must take the lead and find a way to get Langholm's frigate and the damaged Santa Leocadia through the bottleneck. His orders take him via Gibraltar, then to Admiral Jervis to warn of Spanish duplicity. Jervis sends him to Bastia in Corsica, where the Viceroy is seeking to hold the island for Britannia in the face of Napoleon's successes in Italy. At night he must fight the Francophile Corsicans, who are arming themselves for an insurrection. Will he succeed, or will John Pearce, HMS Hazard, and the Pelicans pay the ultimate price of failure?

Hope, Mistletoe And A Christmas Promise
  • 9781399144483
  • 16-12-2022
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Juliet Archer / Laura Kirman

Pip Smith knows she owes it to her family to hold on to the festive traditions that have been a comfort since the year everything changed - but this Christmas she's going to need a miracle to keep everyone in her life happy. After she's dumped by her fiancé, an invitation to visit a friend in Hong Kong in the run-up to the festive season seems to offer Pip the perfect escape - and she'll be home for Christmas, of course. Except her escape ends up becoming far more complex than she intended, when she becomes involved with arrogant American Ryan Hawke and his niece, Shelby - a little girl whose most heartfelt Christmas wish is for a proper family. Will Pip keep her Christmas promise - or will it be more of a compromise, with the help of a little hope and mistletoe?

Family Secrets At The Inglenook Inn
  • 9781804155233
  • 15-12-2022
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Helen Rolfe / Stephanie Cannon & Thomas Judd

Welcome back to the Inglenook Inn, a cosy and welcoming place that instantly feels like home. Rupert has been the chef at the Inglenook Inn for years. He loves working at the boutique hotel, crafting exquisite meals and fantastic desserts for each and every guest. When his boss, who is practically family, is called away on an emergency, Rupert has to step up and run the place. That would be challenge enough, but when his sister Natalie shows up, she brings a whole lot more baggage than her belongings. Katy is out of a job and out of luck until she lands a temporary job at the Inglenook Inn. With her years of experience, helping to manage a hotel is a challenge she relishes. But there's more drama under the one roof than she ever expected and on top of that she's worried her dad might be making a major decision he'll regret. Rupert and Katy have their hands full, but there's magic in the air at the Inglenook Inn, and as they work side by side they discover something new and unexpected. Is it possible to fall in love in just a few short days?

Hunter
  • 9781802804089
  • 14-12-2022
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Ross Greenwood / David Thorpe

There's a killer on the streets, and no one is safe? First there was the drowned man, but maybe his death was an accident? Then there were the decapitated bodies, the burnt girl, the women pursued in the dark. Finally the police have to admit there's a serial killer on the loose and he seems set on revenge. His name is Abel and his crimes are escalating every day. Dan Flood, Olivia Jones and their two young children are a family at breaking point. The mundane juggle of parenting and work means that the romance is draining away. Living in a community that is growing ever more fearful, just adds to the pressure in their lives. But when Abel turns his attention on Olivia, only Dan can save her...

Celebrity Shopper
  • 9781802805284
  • 12-12-2022
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Carmen Reid / Julie Maisey

She's hit the big time...hasn't she? Personal shopper, Annie Valentine, is presenting her own popular TV fashion series. But despite this being Annie's dream job, success isn't all it's cracked up to be and suddenly Annie is feeling the pressure! Especially as boyfriend Ed is left at home looking after their brand-new twin babies, whilst Annie comes to terms with fame. And as Annie gets more and more sucked into the celebrity showbiz world, she feels like she's losing more and more of who she really is. Could the big break she's always wanted, actually be a big mistake?

Queen Of Diamonds
  • 9781802800821
  • 09-12-2022
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Gillian Godden / Genevieve Swallow

Is the Diamond reign over? Head of the Diamond family, Patsy is determined to make a success of husband Nick's gangland empire - whatever the cost. Nick was ruthless and cold-blooded, but he built a legacy that Patsy wants to protect. So when a mysterious woman from Nick's past turns up claiming to be Patsy's new business partner, she senses trouble. Karen Duret demands Patsy's help, but it comes with a catch. If Patsy refuses, Karen threatens to expose the Diamond family's darkest secrets... Patsy needs the help of her trusted allies more than ever, but when a rival gang start a turf war, the stakes suddenly become deadly. Torn between loyalties, Patsy knows that blood will be spilled. And as battle commences, the question on everyone's lips is - who will be crowned the queen of diamonds?

Goodbye, Mersey View
  • 9781399129114
  • 08-12-2022
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Lyn Andrews / Julie Maisey

Monica Eustace and Joan McDonald met as next-door-neighbours living in Mersey View in Liverpool. Though theyre both now married, their friendship is as close as ever, and they happily share Monica's grand house on the other side of the city. But war clouds are gathering, casting a shadow over the happy future they dream of with their young husbands. Meanwhile, in London, Joan's half-sister Bella is overwhelmed with the glitz and glamour of the city while she's training as a singer - but will she forget her friends back home? As war descends on Merseyside, can the women make their back-street dreams reality, or will the close-knit families be torn apart?

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
  • 9781804268049
  • 08-12-2022
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Aimee Brown / Patrick Boylan & Stephanie Cannon

Dax Hartley has made flowers his entire life, just like his late father did. When his dad's old florist's shop is up for sale, he has to have it. Only problem is, he'd need to sell a kidney to afford it. The reality show Battle of the Blossoms is the perfect opportunity to win the money he needs, but when his childhood crush blows back into his life, distractions risk taking his eyes off the prize. He needs his head and heart to start working together to ensure he doesn't miss the opportunity of a lifetime. Hollyn Matthews has made some colossal mistakes in life. When she's dumped just as she's expecting an engagement ring, she knows she's put her heart into the wrong man. Hoping for a second chance at being a grown-up, she moves home to stay with her brother and his best friend Dax, a boy whose memory faded as she ran away from her past. Facing the hurt she left behind means facing some home truths about herself, but there's one boy who has always loved her, if only she'd take the time to notice him.

Local Girl Missing
  • 9781804153567
  • 07-12-2022
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J.A. Baker / Gareth Bennett-Ryan & Imogen Church & Hannah Kelly-Turner & Colleen Prendergast

Missing without trace... When local woman Deborah goes missing, her colleagues Adrian, Yvonne and Merriel are all left in shock. Gossip around the office begins to swirl - what could have happened to Deborah? Is she dead or alive? And who could be responsible for her disappearance? Everyone is terrified that they could be next...except the one person who has all the answers. The last person people expect. Because Deborah is being held captive by a monster, a psychopath. But not a stranger...it's someone she knows all too well...

The Great Christmas Cook Off
  • 9781399144094
  • 06-12-2022
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Helen Buckley / Julie Maisey

'Queen of Chocolate' Beatrice Wodehouse, known for her decadent desserts, is ready to go head to head with her social media nemesis, clean lean baking machine Charlie Simmonds, in the Great Christmas Cook Off TV show. Beatrice is fed up of Charlie's sanctimonious attitude and is ready to show him that food is there to be enjoyed. Surely she'll blow his keto, low sugar, low-carb mince pies out of the water with her chocolatey creations? Except filming for the Cook Off turns out to be anything but sugar, spice and all things nice when the contestants realise there's a festive saboteur in their midst - leading to melted ice cream, trifle mishaps and private stories leaked to the press. As the countdown to the final commences, suspicions run high and sparks are bound to fly - and not just from the flaming Christmas puddings!

The Golden Oldies' Book Club
  • 9781801623629
  • 06-12-2022
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Judy Leigh / Phyllida Nash

Deep in the Somerset countryside, the Combe Pomeroy village library hosts a monthly book club. Ruth the librarian fears she's too old to find love, but a discussion about Lady Chatterley's Lover makes her think again. Aurora doesn't feel seventy-two and longs to relive the excitement of her youth, while Verity is getting increasingly tired of her husband Mark's grumpiness and wonders if their son's imminent flight from the nest might be just the moment for her to fly too. And Danielle is fed up with her cheating husband. Surely life has more in store for her than to settle for second best? The glue that holds Combe Pomeroy together is Jeannie. Doyenne of the local cider farm and heartbeat of her family and community, no one has noticed that Jeannie needs some looking after too. Has the moment for her to retire finally arrived, and if so, what does her future hold? From a book club French exchange trip, to many celebrations at the farm, this is the year that everything changes, that lifelong friendships are tested, and for some of the women, they finally get the love they deserve.

The Cellar
  • 9781804263730
  • 03-12-2022
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John Nicholl / Jake Urry

Nurse. Protégé. Murderer. Marcus Gove has been all these things. He's reached the pinnacle of his art and now it's time for him to take a protege. Lovely Lucy is perfect for the role, or she will be... Artist. Teacher. Daughter. Lucy Williams is just like everyone else. She's had some success as an artist, not so much success in love, but she's getting by. But soon she's going to have to become something else if she wants to be a survivor. Detective. Ex-husband. Underdog. Ray Lewis's career isn't heading anywhere. But he's a solid detective and he's determined to find Lucy no matter what the upper brass throw at him. Three people. Ten days. Who will live and who will die?

A Snowfall By The Sea
  • 9781399113342
  • 01-12-2022
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Isla Gordon / Katy Sobey

Cleo loves winter in Wavebreak Bay. As the tourists leave, the temperatures drop, the fairy lights go up and it really starts to feel like home again. It also happens to be the time of year that her best friend Eliot comes back from San Francisco. Though the seasons change, not much else in Cleo's life does. She's spent so long thinking about everyone around her that she's lost sight of what she wants. And she wants Eliot. And she's decided that, this year, she's finally going to tell him. But as the snow settles, Cleo's Christmas-for-two is disrupted by the arrival of her entire family. As Cleo works hard to make sure everyone else is having the most wonderful time of the year, will she finally pluck up the courage to stand up for herself . . . and to follow her heart?

Skelton's Guide To Blazing Corpses
  • 9781399124294
  • 01-12-2022
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David Stafford / John Telfer

It is November 5th, Guy Fawkes Night, 1930. Bonfires are blazing, rockets burst. In a country lane, revellers discover a car that has been set on fire. At first they assume that this is the work of vandals taking the Guy Fawkes spirit a little too far, then they notice, sitting at the wheel, a body, charred beyond recognition. The initial assumption is that the owner of the car, Mr William Hodge, a successful travelling vacuum cleaner salesman has taken his own life by flooding the car with petrol and lighting a match. The post-mortem, however, reveals that Mr Hodge was either unconscious or dead before the fire was lit. When Tommy Blamire, a local criminal, is charged with the murder, barrister Arthur Skelton believes him to be innocent, so sets out to prove as much and ensure justice is served.

The Glassmaker's Daughter
  • 9781399126731
  • 01-12-2022
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Catherine Cookson / Anne Dover

Annabella LaGrange was the only child of a wealthy family, owners of a glassworks in the North-East of England. When Annabella was seven, she thought the world a delightful place to live in, and only occasionally wondered why her parents never took her beyond the gates of their magnificent country estate. When she was ten she decided that the seclusion didn't really matter because when she grew up she would marry her handsome cousin Stephen and never be lonely again. But when she is 17, Annabella learns something so shocking about her past that she flees her childhood home and is forced to embark upon a new existence with an invented past. Suddenly she must unlearn everything she has been taught about class and love.

Winter's Daughter
  • 9781399128391
  • 01-12-2022
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Val Wood / Anne Dover

Hull, 1856. James Ripley and his wife Moira have always looked out for the poor of Hull. When, during one stormy night, there is a flood in a nearby cellar - a popular shelter for the homeless - James rushes to help. Among those rescued is a dark-haired little girl who speaks a language no one can understand. Some say that she came to the cellar with her mother, but no one knows where the mother is now. Concerned for the child's safety, James is unsure of what to do. Where has the girl's mother disappeared to? And what can be done to help the homeless who have lost the only shelter they knew?

Sisters At War
  • 9781399128537
  • 01-12-2022
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Ros Rendle

England, 1913. Eighteen-year-old Rose Strong has loved childhood friend Michael Redfern for as long as she can remember. However, believing that Michael loves her beautiful but aloof younger sister, Delphi, Rose vows to keep her feelings hidden. When war breaks out, Michael enlists, and Rose fears for his life as he heads to the trenches in France. As the war rages on, Rose strikes up a friendship with Thom, a budding engineer. And when Thoms feelings for her grow warmer, Rose must decide whether she is prepared to betray her heart. And with Delphi joining the Womens Legion while Rose remains at home, it seems Michael and Delphi may grow closer. But Delphi is harbouring a secret of her own...Will Michael make it home safely? Is he destined to be with Delphi?