Author: J. New
Published: November 2018 by Phantom Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review
A festive start to a brand new series from the bestselling author of ‘The Yellow Cottage Vintage Mysteries.’
It’s Christmas in Cherrytree Downs and everyone is looking forward to the annual dinner dance at the village hall. But tragedy strikes when one of the villagers dies. Mobile librarian Penny Finch, an avid mystery reader, immediately suspects foul play.
I enjoyed J. New’s Yellow Cottage Vintage Mystery series very much and was drawn to this when I spied it on Amazon.
Author: Susan Buchanan
Published: November 2013 by Susan Buchanan
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Book Review
Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?
Natalie Hope’s job only lasts a month each year, beginning on the 1st December and ending on the 24th. This year she is in Scotland and has chosen to help four people who are not looking forward to Christmas for one reason and another.
Author: Julie Houston
Published: November 2018 by Aria
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Romance, Book Review
Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.
Cassie Beresford’s life was pretty perfect—a handsome, loving husband, two great kids, a beautiful home and she was about to realise her professional dream of the deputy head position at Little Acorns primary school.
Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: September 2017 by HarperCollins
Category: Legal, Mystery, Psychological, Crime, Novella, Book Review
Protecting someone always comes at a cost.
At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn’s childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home – and after that shocking night, Charlie’s world was never the same.
Charlie Quinn has made it her mission to help people who have no one else to turn to by becoming a defence attorney. She has no wish to be a high earner like her father, the notorious Rusty Quinn, defending those who more often than not deserved a prison sentence.
Author: Kendra Elliot
Published: January 2018 by Montlake Romance
Category: Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Book Review
Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.
Mercy Kilpatrick is returning from her hideaway retreat in the woods when a young girl, covered in blood, runs out in front of her car.
Author: Bryan Gruley
Published: December 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
Category: Psychological, Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review
Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.
Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.
The prologue sets the scene for a kidnapping so we know something bad is about to happen, but not who the perpetrators are.
Author: Rob Sinclair
Published: November 2018 by Bloodhound Books
Category: Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Book Review
Ex-intelligence agent James Ryker receives a coded message through a secret drop point, a means of communication known only to him and one other person. The problem is, that person is his ex-boss, Mackie… and he’s already dead.
But the cry for help is real, and it’s a request Ryker can’t refuse.
Ryker receives a message through a channel no-one but his old boss, Mackie should have known about. But Mackie was dead.
Author: Marcia Meara
Category: Urban Fantasy, Novella, Book Review
Jake and Dodger, the first (and so far, only) Emissaries to the Angels, are on the road again.
They’re looking for mortals about to take a wrong turn. You know the ones—the kid thinking about stealing from a corner market or the man planning to lie about a coworker and destroy her career. Yeah, them. People on the brink of making a mistake that could send them down that wrong road and jeopardize their mortal souls.
Jake and his protégé, Dodger are learning more about being Emissaries—and about each other.
Author: LJ Ross
Published; November 2018 by Audible Studios
Performed by a Full Cast
Category: Audiobook, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Book Review
Introducing a new multicast drama by LJ Ross, the author of the international number one best-selling series the DCI Ryan mysteries.
There’s a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to ‘catch me if you can’.
As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined.
The Infirmary is a prequel, filling in DCI Ryan’s backstory pre Holy Island, and how he came to be taking a sabbatical at the start of the series.
Author: Graham Norton
Narrated by Graham Norton
Released: October 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
Category: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Family Drama, Book Review
The mystery of Elizabeth Keane’s father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh – not for lack of speculation.
Now, as Elizabeth returns to the village after her mother’s funeral, bringing with her own regrets and wounds, she finds a thin pile of ribbon-bound letters at the back of a wardrobe that may at last hold the key to her past.
It was the first week in January and Elizabeth Keane had flown from New York to Buncarragh after the death of her mother. Someone had to put her affairs in order and, while Elizabeth didn’t have particularly fond memories of Buncarragh, she felt guilty knowing she’d been all her mother had.
Author: Terry Tyler
Category: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Book Review
‘Out of all the death and destruction has come the freedom to be who we really are.’
A hundred years after the world was devastated by the bat fever virus, the UK is a country of agricultural communities where motherhood is seen as the ideal state for a woman, new beliefs have taken over from old religions, and the city of Blackthorn casts a threatening shadow over the north of England. Legacy travels backwards in time to link up with the characters from Tipping Point, Lindisfarne and UK2.
I’ve really been looking forward to finding out what happened to my favourite, and not so favourite, characters from the previous three books.
Author: Berni Stevens
Performed by Karen Cass
Released: October 2018 and published by Soundings
Category: Audiobook, Christmas Romance, Book Review
Christmas magic doesn’t really exist – does it?
When Annie Berry collides with Nik Knoll in a car park on the day of her sister’s wedding, it feels like all of Nik’s Christmases have come at once. Annie seems like just the sort of woman he’d like to get to know, and the chance nature of their encounter is almost like, well … Christmas magic.
Veterinary nurse Annie Berry has found the perfect dress for her younger sister’s wedding. Never mind that it was barely affordable, it was midnight blue, sophisticated and gorgeous.
Author: Mike Martin
Published: September 2018 by Ottawa Press and Publishing
Category: Cosy Murder/Mystery, Book Review
Darkest Before the Dawn is the latest adventure of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Mountie who finds himself surrounded by a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. There are signs of trouble that may disturb his pleasant life, including a series of unsolved break-ins and the lack of supports for young people in the most trying time of their lives. But there are always good friends, good food and the sense that if we all pull together, we can find a way to get through even the darkest days.
Although Darkest Before The Dawn is the latest in a series of cosy murder/mysteries set in the small town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland, it could be read as a standalone at a push but like any series started half way through means the development of the characters and their storylines are missed.
Author: W.C. Ryan
Published: October 2018 by Zaffre
Category: Historical Fiction, Murder, Crime, Mystery, Espionage, Supernatural, Book Review
Winter 1917. As the First World War enters its most brutal phase, back home in England, everyone is seeking answers to the darkness that has seeped into their lives.
At Blackwater Abbey, on an island off the Devon coast, Lord Highmount has arranged a spiritualist gathering to contact his two sons who were lost in the conflict. But as his guests begin to arrive, it gradually becomes clear that each has something they would rather keep hidden. Then, when a storm descends on the island, the guests will find themselves trapped. Soon one of their number will die.
A House of Ghosts is primarily a tale of espionage during the height of WW1, with a dark and atmospheric supernatural thread.
Author: Owen Mullen
Released: October 2018 by Bloodhound Books
Category: Scottish Noir, Crime Fiction, Book Review
What if you were being stalked and no one believed you?
What if you were abducted in broad daylight?
What if you were chained to a bed and held captive in a cellar?
What would you do?
Mackenzie Crawford screamed.
What if your wife went out at night and wouldn’t say where she was going?
What if she admitted she had a lover?
What if you came home one day and discovered she’d left?
What would you do?
Derek Crawford went to pieces.
What if a woman with an alcohol problem disappeared?
What if there was no evidence of a crime?
What if her brother asked you to help?
What would you do?
In Glasgow, DI Andrew Geddes put the case to the top of his list.
What if someone you loved was in harm’s way?
Author: Doug Johnstone
Performed by Caroline Guthrie
Released: July 2018 by Audible Studios
Category: Murder, Mystery, Thriller, AudioBook, Review
In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch – the new volcanic island – to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey’s life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact – someone who claims to know what she’s done…
Surtsey Mackenzie, a volcanologist studying for her PhD in an imaginatively recreated Edinburgh, is fascinated by an eruption in the Firth of Forth which resulted in a volcanic island.
Author: Emma Heatherington
Published: September 2018 by HarperImpulse
Category: Christmas, Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review
Can a single act of kindness change a life forever?
To many people Ruth Ryans has everything: the perfect job, a home to die for and a loving family. But it’s all lies. As Christmas approaches, Ruth feels lonelier than ever.
Ruth Ryans’ public persona is that of a well known and loved agony aunt who writes a weekly column for the city’s biggest newspaper. In private she’s totally different, leaving her celebrity image at the door to her lonely, sad existence.
Author: Jan Ruth
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Family, Book Review
Imagine living eighteen years of your life around a mistake…
Caroline Walker’s daughter suffers a horrific riding accident. Her distraught parents wonder if she’ll ever walk again, let alone ride. And when Mollie’s blood group is discovered as rare, her husband offers to donate blood. Except Ian is not a match. In fact, it’s unlikely he’s Mollie’s father.
The story is told in chapters alternating between the present and the past, following Caroline Walker’s story over an eighteen year period.
Author: Carol Hedges
Published: September 2018 by Little G Books
Category: Historical, Crime Fiction, Book Review
When a young man’s body is discovered buried deep beneath the winter snow, Detectives Stride and Cully little realise where the discovery will take them. Is his murder a random, one-off event, or could the death be linked to the mysteriously elusive individual who has already brought down one of the City’s long-standing private banks?
Author: Nicholas Nicastro
Published: October 2018 by Endeavour Media
Category: Historical Fiction, True Crime, Book Review
A beautiful girl of 19 disappears from her home after bidding a fateful goodnight to her sweetheart. She is found dead in the Pasquotank River 36 days later. He is convicted TWICE for her murder – but is innocent. So what really happened…?
Ella Maud Cropsey, or Nell as she is more commonly known, and her family live in a small community in North Carolina. Set around the turn of the 20th century, the story is a fictionalised account of her murder, based on the known facts.
Author: T.A. Williams
Published: August 2018 by Canelo Escape
Category: Festive Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Book Review
It’s the dream Christmas: snow, mountains… and, er, an ex-boyfriend. But can Zoe still find love in the Alps?
Dumped on Christmas Eve by her long-term boyfriend, it’s been a rough year for Zoe Lumsley. But then she gets an invitation she can’t refuse: an all expenses paid skiing holiday with old university friends.
Zoë Lumsley had barely stepped into her flat after a few days spent with her parents when the phone rang.
Author: Margaret Skea
Published: July 2018 by Corazon Books
Category: Historical Fiction, Saga, Book Review
1598. The French Wars of Religion are drawing to an end, the Edict of Nantes establishing religious freedom in all but Paris.
For the exiled Adam and Kate Munro, the child Kate carries symbolizes a new life free from past troubles, despite their lingering nostalgia for Scotland and the friendship of the Montgomeries.
After the Turn of the Tide and A House Divided comes By Sword and Storm, the third and final book in the Munro saga.
Author: John Bude
Republished: March 2014 by The British Library Publishing Division
Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Police Procedural, Book Review
The Reverend Dodd, vicar of the quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, spends his evenings reading detective stories by the fireside – but heaven forbid that the shadow of any real crime should ever fall across his seaside parish.
This classic mystery of the golden age of the golden age of British crime is set against the vividly described backdrop of a fishing village on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast. It is now republished for the first time since the 1930s with an introduction by the award-winning crime writer Martin Edwards.
Author: Ann Cleeves
Published: September 2018 by Macmillan
Category: Scottish Crime Fiction, Murder, Suspense, Book Review
Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.
Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.
Helena, a well known knitwear designer, her husband Daniel, an architect, and their children, Ellie and Christopher, are recent incomers to Shetland. They’re leaving behind a hectic existence in London and are hoping for a better quality and more tranquil way of life, but find some of the local community less than friendly.