5-Star Fiction

  • The Stranger Diaries - Hardback - 9781786487391 - Elly Griffiths
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    A Radio 2 Book Club Winter Pick, The Stranger Diaries is a captivating and contemporary Gothic thriller that combines the unsettling tone of Susan Hill with the darkness of Gone Girl.

    Clare Cassidy is a literature teacher specialising in the Gothic writer R.M. Holland. Her work and life tragically collide when one of her colleagues is found dead with a line from an R.M. Holland story by her body.

    The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works hold the key to the case. Clare has no idea who she can trust and fears the killer is someone she knows. As a way of coping, she writes her fears and suspicions in her journal. But then she notices someone else has been writing in her diary...
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    Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries and toxic friendships, Lucy Foley's The Hunting Party is a riveting murder mystery that can count Sophie Hannah and Adele Parks amongst its fans.

    In a remote hunting lodge deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather round to celebrate the New Year. There's the beautiful one, the golden couple, the volatile one, the new parents, the quiet one, the city boy, the outsider and the victim.

    And then a murder occurs... This whodunnit is packed with intrigue and and suspense.
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    Sonia Velton's debut novel Blackberry & Wild Rose is a compelling and intelligent piece of historical fiction that will delight fans of The Miniaturist and The Goldfinch.

    Set amongst the Huguenot silk weavers of Spitalfields in the late 18th century, it follows Esther Thorel as she rescues Sara Kemp from working in a brothel. Sara is not convinced being a maid is much better than a hooker but could not turn down the chance to escape her grasping 'madam'...

    The two women go on to forge an uneasy relationship, with Sara despising how her mistress is blind to the hypocrisy of her household and Esther so self-obsessed that she only sees Sara as a charitable cause.

    Esther is a keen painter and has dreams that her husband will once weave these into reality. However, he's constantly putting her down and eventually she sets in motion events that will change the fate of the entire Thorel household; the price a piece of silk may prove more than either Esther or Sara is able to pay...
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    Stacey Halls' debut novel The Familiars is all about how being a woman in a time of suspicion and accusation could put you at risk.

    17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth and discovers she would not survive another pregnancy.

    She crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, the young midwife who helped her give birth to a healthy baby - and together they decide to prove the physician wrong... Set during the Pendle witch trials of 1612, this is a powerful, important and bewitching read for anyone who loves historical fiction.
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    Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie... C.L. Taylor's Sleep is a creepy and atmospheric psychological thriller that will keep you awake long into the night.

    All Anna wants is to be able to sleep but guilt-ridden night terrors and crushing insomnia are making this impossible. In a bid to escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on a remote Scottish island.

    When she welcomes seven guests, what starts as a retreat becomes a deadly nightmare. Each guest has a secret but one of them is lying about why they're on the island - and it soon becomes clear a murderer has their sights on Anna...

    For fans of authors like Karin Slaughter, Paula Hawkins, Tess Gerritsen
  • MMJS
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    John Simpson, a hugely acclaimed and successful journalist, turns his attention to fiction in this powerful, poignant and witty contemporary thriller.

    A sex game has gone wrong and government minister Patrick Macready has been found dead in his flat. The coroner has ruled it an accident but old-school journalist Jon Swift is certain something doesn't seem right. Days later, Macready's flat is 'burgled' and Swift discover his old friend had been researching a slew of Russian government figures who have wound up dead in similar 'accidental' circumstances...

    With no help on offer from the police, Swift tracks down a contact in Moscow and finds himself drawn into a violent underworld full of conspiracies, assassinations and double-agents crossing each other at every turn...
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    Coffin Road author Peter May returns with The Man With No Face - a powerful psychological thriller about a jaded journalist who is determined to dig up dirt on Europe's major political parties when he travels to Brussels.

    Two British men are found dead as soon as Neil Bannerman arrives in Belgium: one a journalist, the other a cabinet minister. The witness to the killing is the former's autistic daughter and she can remember every detail about her father's killer - except one major moment...

    Bannerman feels compelled to follow his instincts and makes it his mission to expose a murderous conspiracy, protect a helpless child, and unmask a remorseless killer...
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    When a teen shoots a woman dead in the middle of a Glasgow street and then commits suicide, Harry McCoy is certain it wasn?t a random act of violence.

    While investigating the case, McCoy discovers a secret society led by a wealthy family.

    Alan Parks debut novel Bloody January is a taut, violent and addictive page-turner.
  • Crisis - Felix Francis - Hardback - 9781471173110 - Felix Francis
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    Trainee lawyer and crisis manager Harrison Foster is summoned to Newmarket after a fire in the Chadwick Stables kills six valuable horses, including the favourite for the Derby.

    Although Harry knows next to nothing about horses, he soon finds himself thrust into the world of Thoroughbred racing and comes across the notoriously nasty Chadwick family.

    While investigating, Harry soon discovers there is far more to the fire than meets the eye. For a start, the remains of a human have been found in the wreckage, even though everyone has been accounted for....

    This Felix Francis thriller, written by Dick Francis, is full of shocks and surprises that will have you on tenterhooks.
  • Chance Developments - Hardback - 9781846973291 - Alexander McCall Smith
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    Inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith presents a selection of short stories about all kinds of love in Chance Developments.

    With a die-cut jacket and all five black-and-white photographs lovingly reproduced throughout the book, this is a gorgeous gift for any fan of the popular author. He looks at each photo and comes up with stories about the people captured in them.

    From an estate in the Highlands of Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, the stories are captivating from start to finish. They'll make you smile, laugh and cry and hope these characters find the love they're after - whether that be romantic, platonic, passionate or familial.
  • The Man Who Didn't Call - Hardback - 9781509852734 - Rosie Walsh
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    Rosie Walsh's debut novel The Man Who Didn't Call is a charming summer read that finds a whirlwind romance ending in mysterious circumstances...

    Sarah and Eddie enjoy seven perfect days together and fall in love. She's so sure about that but then he leaves for a holiday and promises to call from the airport. This call never comes...

    Sarah's friends tell her to forget all about Eddie, but she knows they're wrong. There has to be a reason for his disappearance. But what if this reason is the one thing they didn't share? The truth...