June 1933, and the Edevane family’s country house, Loeanneth, is polished and gleaming, ready for the much-anticipated Midsummer Eve party. Alice Edevane, sixteen years old and a budding writer, is especially excited. Not only has she worked out the perfect twist for her novel, she’s also fallen helplessly in love with someone she shouldn’t. But by the time midnight strikes and fireworks light up the night skies, the Edevane family will have suffered a loss so great that they leave Loeanneth forever.Seventy years later, after a particularly troubling case, Sadie Sparrow is sent on an enforced break from her job with the Metropolitan Police. She retreats to her beloved grandfather’s cottage in Cornwall but soon finds herself at a loose end. Until one day, Sadie stumbles upon an abandoned house surrounded by overgrown gardens and dense woods, and learns the story of a baby boy who disappeared without a trace. An unsolved mystery…Meanwhile, in the attic writing room of her elegant Hampstead home, the formidable Alice Edevane, now an old lady, leads a life as neatly plotted as the bestselling detective novels she writes. Until a young police detective starts asking questions about her family’s past, seeking to resurrect the complex tangle of secrets Alice has spent her life trying to escape…
You can find a hand-picked selection of May’s new releases here. With new books out from Irvine Welsh, S.J. Parris, Danielle Steel, Wilbur Smith and many many more, there’s sure to be something to please everyone…
It starts off like an episode of Downton Abbey, large manor, the family upstairs, the servants downstairs, but goes deeper into the characters lives.
A chance meeting between scullery maid Lizzy Parker and heiress Evie Creswell starts it all off. It leads to more than an enduring friendship and draws Lizzie into a world of privilege and intrigue and delivers her into the loving arms of a killer – or is he?
Lizzie is naive and lots of what she does is misinterpreted, she finds herself caught up in a family history that goes back a long way which she can’t have had any part in.
It is well written, there is love, intrigue, misinformation, misdirection all around. The story has many likeable characters and the plot has lots of subtle little twists, bring the story to a gripping conclusion.
Reserve Maid of Oaklands Manor
“You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? Midsummer night: a thirteen-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? Utterly believable characters, a gripping story and a dark secret buried at its core: this is Lisa Jewell at her heart-stopping best.”
Set in 1955 in Brighton, London & Goodwood, it sets the tone of the 1950’s, people still remembering the 2nd World War and what they lost, but trying to move their lives on.
Mirabelle is rescued from a fire at her home on the Brighton seafront but the blaze takes the life of her neighbour, Dougie Beaumont, a dashing and successful racing driver living in the flat above.
It soon becomes clear that this was arson, which raises questions about Dougie’s death. Mirabelle can’t resist investigating further despite being warned not to by Superintendent McGregor, her lover.
Mirabelle gets involved with Dougie’s family and friends, the world of Fleet Street, the forbidden gay scene, drugs, as well as the glamorous motor racing scene at Goodwood.
The plot develops rapidly, there are some red herrings in there, well-written, keeps you reading right to the end, which has a satisfactory conclusion.
I’ll be reading the others in the series. Just downloaded ebook version of Brighton Belle for reading on holiday.
Reserve Operation Goodwood
Not one but two huge new hardback releases today from those giants of the genre, Peter James and Mark Billingham.
“An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life – to be beautiful and rich. She’s achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she’s working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy, it’s getting rid of the husband afterwards that’s harder, that takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect . . . Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is feeling the pressure from his superiors, his previous case is still giving him sleepless nights, there have been major developments with his missing wife Sandy, and an old adversary is back. But worse than all of this, he now believes a Black Widow is operating in his city. One with a venomous mind . . . and venomous skills. Soon Grace comes to the frightening realization that he may have underestimated just how dangerous this lady is.”
“Every Monday evening, six people gather in a smart North London house to talk about addiction. There they share their deepest secrets: stories of lies, regret, and above all, shame. Then one of them is killed – and it’s clear one of the circle was responsible. Detective Inspector Nicola Tanner quickly finds her investigation hampered by the strict confidentiality that binds these people and their therapist together. So what could be shameful enough to cost someone their life? And how do you find the truth when denial and deception are second nature to all of your suspects?”
New from the award-winning Maggie O’Farrell, out tomorrow in hardback.
“The dazzling new novel from bestselling, award-winning author Maggie O’Farrell, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses time zones and continents to reveal an extraordinary portrait of a marriage. Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway. He is also about to find out something about a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this discovery will send him off-course, far away from wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back? THIS MUST BE THE PLACE crosses continents and time zones, giving voice to a diverse and complex cast of characters. At its heart, it is an extraordinary portrait of a marriage, the forces that hold it together and the pressures that drive it apart. Maggie O’Farrell’s seventh novel is a dazzling, intimate epic about who we leave behind and who we become as we search for our place in the world.”
Louis de Bernières’ Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was one of the most-talked about novels of the 90s – and now he’s back with a brand-new paperback.
In the brief golden years of King Edward VII’s reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent, with their ‘pals’ the Pitt boys on one side of the fence and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed by the apocalypse that will overwhelm their world as they come to adulthood. For Rosie, the path ahead is full of challenges. Torn between her love for two young men – one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace – she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?
New out this week: a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller…
The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner – thinking the Nelsons’ house was empty – stepped through their back door.After the sudden loss of his wife, Michael Turner moves to London and quickly develops a close friendship with the Nelson family next door. Josh, Samantha and their two young daughters seem to represent everything Michael fears he may now never have: intimacy, children, stability and a family home. Despite this, the new friendship at first seems to offer the prospect of healing, but then a catastrophic event changes everything. Michael is left bearing a burden of grief and a secret he must keep, but the truth can only be kept at bay for so long.
Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, I Saw a Man is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. Owen Sheers takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.
Reserve a copy here.
Finally! The Girl On The Train is out today in paperback. It seems like we’ve been waiting for this book to be released for an age!
Pick up your copy in the library, or reserve it here.
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see: she’s much more than just the girl on the train.