A classic whodunit from Tilly Bagshawe writing for the first time as MB Shaw. Iris Grey has taken a portrait commission away from home to escape her failing marriage but she finds herself surrounded by intrigue and deception when a dead body turns up: Drowned in the grounds of her subject’s home on Christmas day.
This is the debut novel of Lara Dearman and is a tense crime thriller set on Guernsey, the Channel Island on which Dearman and the book’s protagonist, grew up. Journalist Jennifer Dorey has returned to the island to regroup after a trauma but soon finds herself on the trail of a serial killer who has evaded capture for decades and in even greater danger.
Prefect Dreyfus returns for a second emergency that has the potential to be catastrophic – the advanced technology that is implanted in all of the citizens of the colonies is being used as a murder weapon. In this fast paced sci fi, crime story it is down to The Prefects to find out how and why the murders are being committed and stop them.
The Confession is a new standalone novel from the hugely talented Jo Spain, best known for her Inspector Tom Reynolds mysteries. You are hooked from the shocking opening in which the murderer is revealed in the very first chapter and just have to read on to find out the story behind the murder.
In a dystopian near future Nerissa Crane is aboard a futuristic submarine a survivor of an environmental catastrophe that has flooded the Earth. She is a zoologist in charge of the animals aboard and when one of her charges escape she is forced into greater contact with her crew mates and the revelation of a bigger picture.
The debut novel of writer and broadcaster TP Fielden is a cosy crime set on the Devonshire coast in the late 1950’s. Miss Dimont is a key reporter at The Riviera Express and first on the scene of a suspicious death. Film star Gerald Hennesey has not survived the train journey from London to the idyllic Temple Regis on the Devon coast.
The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman, the fourth in the The Invisible Library series is another fast-paced, page-turner! This installment focuses on the trouble caused by dragon politics spilling over into the world of humans and Librarians.
So we have come to the end of the year and I have found myself reflecting on the top books of 2017. Here is my take on the top books of 2017: my favourite reads of the year that you may not come across elsewhere.
My review of Murder in the Manger by Debbie Young – get in the festive mood with this feel-good cosy mystery! I am loving this series which is set around the key events in the Cotswold village of Wendlebury Barrow’s annual calendar. This one is, of course, set in the run up to Christmas and the school nativity play in particular.