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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the ninth Kate Shackleton novel from Frances Brody and another triumph in my opinion. Clues and red herrings abound in this book set in 1927 in which Kate, a private enquiry agent, is drawn into investigating the mysterious death of a theatre performer.
This is the second Essex Witch Museum Mystery and a wonderful mixture of scepticism and the supernatural. In this book Rosie and the museum’s handsome curator Sam, have been asked to look into ghost sightings reported at La Fleur an upscale restaurant in the City of London.
A My Chronicle Book Box review of Did You See Melody? by Sophie Hannah, see our blog for the full review.
When Cara Burrows realises she has seen the allegedly murdered Melody Chapa she feels compelled to investigate further in spite of the potential danger. This is a well written novel that you will struggle to put down and will get you thinking.
Charlie has an unusual, and she believed unique, gift; she can enter people’s dreams but now someone much less benevolent has infiltrated Charlie’s dreams. This is an intelligent and interesting read, well paced with some great humour and action scenes. Recommended for Sci Fi and general mystery lovers.