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Red Dirt Road
  • 9781399137812
  • 16-02-2023
Red Dirt Road (Audio Download)
S.R. White / Helen Walsh

In Unamurra - a drought-scarred, one-pub town deep in the outback - two men are savagely murdered a month apart, their bodies elaborately arranged like angels. With no witnesses, no obvious motive, and no apparent connection between the killings, how can lone police officer Detective Dana Russo - flown in from hundreds of kilometres away - possibly solve such a brutal, baffling case? Met with silence and suspicion from locals who live by their own set of rules, Dana must take over a stalled investigation with only a week to make progress. But with a murderer hiding in plain sight, and the parched days rapidly passing, Dana is determined to uncover the shocking secrets of this forgotten town - a place where anyone could be a killer.

  • 9781399138000
  • 16-02-2023
Expectant (Audio Download)
Vanda Symon / Kirsty Gillmore

The shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman throws the New Zealand city of Dunedin into a tailspin, and the devastating crime feels uncomfortably close to home for Detective Sam Shephard as she counts down the days to her own maternity leave. Confined to a desk job in the department, Sam must find the missing link between this brutal crime and a string of cases involving mothers and children in the past. As the pieces start to come together, and the realisation dawns that the killer's actions are escalating, drastic measures must be taken to prevent more tragedy. For Sam, the case becomes personal when it becomes increasingly clear that no one is safe - and the clock is ticking . . .

The Forcing
  • 9781399138055
  • 16-02-2023
The Forcing (Audio Download)
Paul E. Hardisty / John Chancer

Civilisation is collapsing. Frustrated and angry after years of denial and inaction, a government of youth has taken power in North America, and a policy of institutionalised ageism introduced. All those older than the prescribed age are deemed responsible for the current state of the world, and are to be 'relocated', their property and assets confiscated. David Ashworth and his wife May find themselves among the thousands being moved to the southern deserts. Together, they must come to terms with their new lives in a land rendered unrecognisable. As the terrible truth of their situation is revealed, they plan a perilous escape, lured by rumours of a tropical sanctuary where they can live in peace. But the world outside is more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And for those who survive, nothing will ever be the same again...

Vita And The Gladiator
  • 9781399156653
  • 02-02-2023
Vita And The Gladiator (Audio Download)
Ally Sherrick / Charlotte Strevens

Vita longs to write plays and poetry - but as a high-born girl in Roman Londinium, her fate is sealed: marriage and children. Then her father is murdered, her mother and brother disappear, and Vita flees from a shadowy enemy. Disguised as a slave at the gladiators' arena, she forges an unlikely bond with Brea, a native Briton gladiatrix - and her wolf. Together, they resolve to discover and bring the killer to justice before Vita's identity is revealed...

The Leaning Man
  • 9781399137386
  • 01-02-2023
The Leaning Man (Audio Download)
Anne Harre / Kirsty Gillmore

The city of Wellington is unforgiving and unrepentant. Forget the politicians: they're poor amateurs in deception and crime. It's Saturday night down on the wharf. Celebrations are in full swing for the Westons' fortieth wedding anniversary. Their daughter Stella has returned from London to attend. Once shoulder-tapped as detective material, a few bad decisions and a questionable ethical dilemma saw her leave the police force under a cloud. She's now a private investigator in London, reduced to filming errant husbands for court cases. Later that night her best friend Teri is found dead in a lane in the central city. Her phone is missing. It looks like suicide, but Stella won't believe it. And she's not above taking big risks to find out the truth about her friend and the shady world she appears to have been dragged into...

  • 9781399137904
  • 01-02-2023
Cassandra (Audio Download)
Kerry Greenwood / Lucy Scott & Simon Mattacks

Princess of Troy, sister of Hector and Paris, Priestess of Apollo. Blessed by the Sun God with the gift of prophecy, and then - for rejecting his advances - cursed by him to never be believed. Diomenes, the enemy Achaean with the healing hands, and Cassandra become puppets of the gods. Their passions are thwarted, their gifts rendered useless for the sake of a wager between two immortals. And now doomed, magnificent Troy is burning. If Cassandra and Diomenes find each other, can their love survive the games of malicious gods, victorious warriors and hated kings?

The Distant Legacy
  • 9781399138192
  • 27-01-2023
The Distant Legacy (Audio Download)
AnneMarie Brear / Caroline Lennon

Bridget Kittrick, headstrong and independent, is ready to show her worth when she's left in charge of her family's estate. She meets Lincoln Huntley, a man with a mysterious past which only heightens her attraction to him. A vicious neighbour, Mr Roache, holds a grudge against the family and orchestrates for Bridget to be kidnapped by wanted men, bushrangers, who take her deep into mountainous country to a hideout. The Boss, Donovan, is unlike any other man Bridget has known and he soon shows her a side to him that pulls at her heart. Only, he is a runaway convict, and she the daughter of a wealthy family. Lincoln Huntley refuses to give up on rescuing her - perhaps her love will be the salve to his wounds, or will he be too late to save Bridget from herself?

Fear And Lovely
  • 9781399147392
  • 17-01-2023
  • DL-OAK
Fear And Lovely (Audio Download)
Anjana Appachana / Esh Alladi & Gurkiran Kaur

Mallika is a painfully shy young woman growing up in the heart of a close-knit, sometimes stifling, New Delhi colony. Though she is surrounded by love, her life is complicated by secrets that she, her mother and her aunt work hard to keep. After suffering a trauma aged 19, Mallika loses three days of her memory and slowly spirals into a deep depression. She must find a way out of this abyss, back to herself and those she cares about. But she must also hide her mental illness from her community. In a narrative that unfolds elliptically from the perspectives of Mallika and the seven people closest to her, the astonishing story of these characters' lives emerges. As each gives voice to contending with their own struggles, secrets and silences shatter.

The Ghost Of Gracie Flynn
  • 9781399137607
  • 05-01-2023
The Ghost Of Gracie Flynn (Audio Download)
Joanna Morrison / Nicolette Chin

Gracie Flynn may be dead. But she's not gone. Three university friends are divided by a tragic death. Eighteen years later, chance reunites them. Robyn is still haunted by memories of her best friend Gracie, and Cohen's heart has never healed. Only Sam seems to have moved on and found success and happiness. But death rocks their lives again when Sam's body is found in mysterious circumstances. And the ghost of Gracie Flynn has a story to tell about the night that changed their lives forever...

The Patient Doctor
  • 9781399137690
  • 01-01-2023
The Patient Doctor (Audio Download)
Ben Bravery / Dr Ben Bravery

At the age of twenty-eight, Ben Bravery woke from a colonoscopy to be told he had stage 3 colorectal cancer. As a scientist, Ben understood the seriousness of his condition. But what he didn't expect was how being a patient would make him FEEL. Why hadn't he been better prepared for the vulnerability of lying naked on the radiation table, or the sheer number of tubes coming out of his body after surgery? Why did it feel like an imposition to ask doctors about his pain on their ward rounds? And why did he have to repeat the same information to them over and over again? During his treatment, Ben felt scared, overwhelmed, sometimes invisible and often alone. As he recovered, it struck him that he couldn't go back to his former career. He needed a change - and wanted to MAKE a change. He would become a doctor...

  • 9781399137850
  • 01-01-2023
Medea (Audio Download)
Kerry Greenwood / Lucy Scott & Simon Mattacks

Sorceress, Princess of Colchis, Securer of the Golden Fleece. Medea - her very name is a byword for infamy. Legend has it that she murdered her own children for revenge. But love in Ancient Greece was often a dangerous game; and legends are not always what they seem. Medea, devoted wife of Jason, was also a loving mother, a loyal friend of Herakles and a brave adventurer with the Argonauts. A woman both betrayer and betrayed, the real story of Medea is strange, sensual and heroic.

Outback Sky
  • 9781399138246
  • 01-01-2023
Outback Sky (Audio Download)
Annie Seaton / Olivia Beardsley

Fallon Malone is a loner, refusing to rely on anyone else for her happiness. She's content being her own boss, working in the skies of the remote Queensland outback. When she begins her contract in the Augathella region for the annual cattle muster, she's unimpressed with the new station manager. Jon Ingram is equally unhappy with this new female bush pilot, hired by Kent Mason, owner of neighbouring Lara Waters. It doesn't help that she seems to be a law unto herself. As the stockman and bush pilot come head-to-head, nature conspires to bring them together. Can Fallon and Jon overcome their differences - and give in to the attraction that refuses to go away?

The Camden Murder
  • 9781399142786
  • 01-01-2023
The Camden Murder (Audio Download)
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.

Hope, Mistletoe And A Christmas Promise
  • 9781399144483
  • 16-12-2022
Hope, Mistletoe And A Christmas Promise (Audio Download)
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?

The Great Christmas Cook Off
  • 9781399144094
  • 06-12-2022
The Great Christmas Cook Off (Audio Download)
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 Furies
  • 9781399137485
  • 01-12-2022
The Furies (Audio Download)
Mandy Beaumont / Olivia Beardsley

Cynthia was just about to turn sixteen when the unthinkable happened. Her mother was taken away by the police, and her father left without a word three months later. After that night, Cynthia began to walk in slow circles outside the family home, looking for traces of her sister Mallory. Cynthia knows that she doesn't belong here. Her mother never belonged here either. This is a place of violence. Despair. Blood caked under the nails. Desperate men. Long silences. The place where mothers go mad in locked bedrooms, where women like Cynthia imagine better futures. As a threatening wind begins to dry-whirl around her, seldom-seen black clouds form above, rolling over the golden-brown land. Is that Mallory she can hear in the growling mass? In the harsh, drought-stricken landscape of outback Queensland, women can be lost in so many ways. Will Cynthia be one of them?

The Long Weekend
  • 9781399137522
  • 01-12-2022
The Long Weekend (Audio Download)
Fiona Palmer / Olivia Beardsley

Coming together for a writing workshop with bestselling author Jan Goldstein, four strangers converge upon a luxury forest retreat. But along with their notepads and laptops, each of the participants has brought some emotional baggage. Beth is a solo parent and busy career woman haunted by a tragic car accident. Simone is a successful Instagram star, but she's hiding behind a facade. Jamie is the only man, and a handsome personal trainer - but he looks out of place with a pen in his hand. And Alice is a wife and mum recovering from postnatal depression. She and Jamie soon realise they are not such perfect strangers after all. Only one thing is for sure: on this creative getaway, nothing will go according to script...

Blood & Ink
  • 9781399137652
  • 01-12-2022
Blood & Ink (Audio Download)
Brett Adams / Nicholas Osmond

US exchange student Hieronymus Beck is Professor Jack Griffen's biggest fan. Why else would he inveigle himself into the English Literature course that Jack is running; or devote so much time to chatting with Jack after hours about the anatomy of crime fiction, the roles of heroes and villains, and his favourite true-crime book of all time, IN COLD BLOOD? But everything changes when Jack Griffen picks up a list of five templates for murder that has been written by Beck. This mild-mannered professor, who has never incurred anything more than a parking fine suddenly finds himself in a deadly race to protect those he loves, as he is plunged into Hiero's crime-writer fantasy and the darkness of his student's heart.

The White Priory Murders
  • 9781399143325
  • 01-12-2022
The White Priory Murders (Audio Download)
Carter Dickson / John Telfer

James Bennett, nephew of Sir Henry Merrivale (the cantankerous yet genius sleuth), has been invited to stay at White Priory for Christmas, among the retinue of the glamorous Hollywood actress Marcia Tait. Her producer, her lover, her playwright and her agent are all here along with the haughty master of the estate, Canifes and his daughter. So many suspects they become when Marcia Tait is found dead on Christmas morning in the lakeside pavilion, having been left there alone the night before and with a distinct lack of footprints in the snow to reveal any possible killer. When Henry Merrivale arrives to piece together what appears to be an impossible crime, John Dickson Carr, writing under the pseudonym Carter Dickson, treats the reader to sensational twists, febrile tension between the closed circle of suspects and one of the most perfect solutions in the history of the genre.

The Wrong Sister
  • 9781399137560
  • 30-11-2022
The Wrong Sister (Audio Download)
Fiona Palmer / Olivia Beardsley

As she approaches thirty, dedicated nurse Ellie Sutton's life is exactly as she wants it - well, almost. Her younger sister Carrie seems to have it all sorted: a successful hair business, a devoted new boyfriend and a rosy future together. Even Ellie's brother Bodhi is settled with Ingrid, his petite, super-chill chef girlfriend. So why does Ellie suddenly give up her career and family for the red dust and toil of an outback cattle station? She's never run from anything before - it's new territory in more ways than one. But Ellie can't run forever. And a family camping trip to Western Australia's beautiful Karijini country brings her, Carrie and Ingrid together once again. It won't be a dream holiday for any of them. But, one way or another, it will show them the truth...

A Little Christmas Panto
  • 9781399144506
  • 30-11-2022
A Little Christmas Panto (Audio Download)
Angela Britnell / Laura Kirman

Can a little Cornish village panto convince a troubled Hollywood heart throb to act again? Oh no it won't! At least that's what Zach Broussard initially thinks when the eccentric Anna Teague tries to railroad him into helping out with her community pantomime production in the run-up to Christmas. Zach has his reasons for leaving Hollywood behind, and his retreat to the remote village of Polcarne in Cornwall signals the start of a new acting free life for him. But when Zach meets Anna's daughter, Rosey - an ex concert pianist who has swapped Mozart for panto tunes - he starts to wonder whether he could change his mind, and not just about acting. If nothing else, will the residents of Polcarne ensure Zach has a Christmas he never forgets? Oh yes they will!

Penguins Stopped Play
  • 9781399149877
  • 30-11-2022
Penguins Stopped Play (Audio Download)
Harry Thompson / Glen McCready

It seemed a simple enough idea at the outset: to assemble a team of eleven men to play cricket on each of the seven continents of the globe. Except . . . that's not a simple idea at all. And when you throw in incompetent airline officials, cunning Bajan drug dealers, overzealous American anti-terrorist police, idiotic Welshmen dressed as Santa Claus and whole armies of pitch-invading penguins, you quickly arrive at a lot more than you bargained for. Harry Thompson's hilarious book tells the story of one of those great madcap enterprises that only an Englishman could have dreamed up, and only a bunch of Englishmen could possibly have wished to carry out.

Flora's Christmas Of New Beginnings
  • 9781399144117
  • 22-11-2022
Flora's Christmas Of New Beginnings (Audio Download)
Kirsty Ferry / Charlotte Strevens

It was meant to be a romantic Christmas getaway . . . Except Flora's boyfriend Paul is more interested in whether there's WiFi in their holiday cottage than he is in the pretty village of Padcock where it's located. It seems he's incapable of taking time out from his work for gossip mag darling Maxine Marling - or Maxine Marmoset as Flora not so secretly calls her (well, she does look like a marmoset!) - to spend time with his actual girlfriend. But as Flora discovers the friendly and festive community of Padcock with its eccentric but lovable locals - including dreamy musician Geraint Davies - she begins to question her London life and lots more besides. Especially as a certain marmoset becomes ever more present on her Christmas break for two . . . But luckily Padcock is a village where fresh starts happen - and maybe Flora is in line for her own Christmas of new beginnings.

The Hiker
  • 9780008453367
  • 10-11-2022
The Hiker (Ebook)
M.J. Ford

In the wilderness, its kill or be killed... MISSING When Gemma Kline is reported missing after setting off on a solo hike in the remote Pennines, her sister, Sarah, is dumbfounded. How can someone disappear without a trace? PRESUMED Travelling to the isolated town where Gemma was last seen, Sarah discovers its not the first time a young woman has vanished from the hills in mysterious circumstances. As she digs deeper, it quickly becomes apparent that neither disappearance is what it first seems especially when unwelcoming locals share chilling tales about whats really lurking on the moors... MURDERED Whatever has happened to her sister, one thing is clear: this town has secrets someone would kill to keep. But even on the fells, nothing stays buried forever... A gripping and atmospheric crime thriller set in one of the most remote corners of the British wilderness, perfect for fans of Chris Hammer, Jane Harper and Michael Connelly.