A Twist of the Knife by Peter James

A Twist of the KnifeThis is a must for all those who enjoyed Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected.

Great stories where you don’t see what’s coming (most of the time). It would spoil it if I told you the content of the stories.

They include ghosts, revenge, the number 13, macabre stuff and a couple of stories featuring Roy Grace.

Thoroughly enjoyed these stories.

Eileen

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Dersingham Village Read reviews

Here’s what our customers thought of our latest reads … I am pilgrim by Terry Hayes and The one plus one by Jojo Moyes

The one plus one…theoneplusone

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and stayed up half the night reading it. Not as thought provoking as Me before you, but in the same easy read style (Mary)

A good story and easy to read, with the odd amusing situation here and there (Anita)

The sort of book which creeps up on you and gets better and better as you read. Real triumph of faith over adversity, with smiles (Dee)

Really enjoyed this book and cared about the people in it, made you want things to go well for the Thomas family and loved Norman! (Jean)

Delightful, easy read, with good characters and realistic plot (Anna)

I love this book. The dysfunctional family is so lovable. I found myself laughing and crying along with them. Brilliant (Claire)

Very disappointed – it did not live up to its glowing reviews. A depressing story which just redeemed itself in the end (Joy)

and I am Pilgrim…iampilgrim

Brilliant (Joan)

Excellent book. Gripping start to finish (Brian)

Well written though a little lengthy. Very readable and entertaining (John)

Bit heavy and slow early read, but what a story it turns out. Amazed how authors come up with these stories (Jim)

Outstanding – totally absorbing and unable to put it down. Gripping storyteller (Joan)

 

 

 

 

 

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester

ribchesterAn energetic whodunnit which merges into a political thriller. Set in London in the early 1900s, we are hurled headlong into a world of trapeze artists, suffragettes, journalists and corset fetishists. At very nearly 500 pages, this book could possibly have been a little shorter to help it maintain the momentum- but it’s an enjoyable historical read. It has a great reading list at the back to  help readers find out more about some of the fascinating real-life characters featured in the book.

Anonymous

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New on the shelves from Liza Marklund

MARKLUNLiza Marklund returns with the 10th in the Annika Bengtzon series:

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A family torn apart. Another trying to find a way to be as one. Ingemar Lerberg had it all: successful businessman, politician, husband, father. Until he is found, brutally beaten and left for dead, in his mansion in a fashionable district of Stockholm. His wife, Nora, is missing. With no alternative, his children are taken into care. In one night, a family has been ripped apart. Journalist Annika Bengtzon is assigned to the case. As she delves into the horrifying details of this family’s fate, she grapples too with the change in her own. With her new boyfriend she must patch together a family from their respective children and stepchildren, and find a way for them all to live harmoniously. Family matters above all else, but all is never as it seems. Behind the scenes, darkness lies.

The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes

furyA gripping book centred around the grief of a young woman and the relationships she develops with a group of young people at a Pupil Referral Unit. Challenged by the young people to engage them in something more stretching than making collages, she works with them to explore classic Greek plays. Blinded by her own grief she is unable to see the impact such bloodthirsty tales of revenge are having on her vulnerable young charges – and the story unstoppably rushes towards its conclusion.

Anonymous

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Out now in paperback: Victoria Hislop’s latest

hislopVictoria Hislop returns with another very well received novel.

‘Vibrant… Hislop brings history to life in this compelling tale’ (Tatler)

Fascinating and moving… Hislop writes unforgettably about Cyprus and its people (The Times)

Intelligent and immersive… Hislop’s incisive narrative weaves a vast array of fact through a poignant, compelling family saga (The Sunday Times)

Adroitly plotted and deftly characterised, Hislop’s gripping novel tells the stories of ordinary Greek and Turkish families trying to preserve their humanity in a maelstrom of deception, betrayal and ethnic hatred (Mail on Sunday)

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Ozkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city’s facade of glamour and success, tension is building. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.

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Review: The Boy I Love by Lynda Bellingham

The Boy I LoveSally Thomas heads off for her first season in repertory as a supporting actress & as Assistant Stage Manager at the beautiful old theatre in Crewe. She quickly learns that actors are adept at stabbing each other in the back!

When her friend Jeremy falls in love with the son of the theatre’s main backer, Sally needs to support him. A shadow falls over the theatre though, a tragedy is gathering pace in the darkness behind the stage.

Well written story of a season in a provincial theatre. Ups & downs of the characters, much deviousness lots of rivalry. Lots of loving, both straight & gay.

Must be based on Lynda’s experiences.

Very enjoyable.

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Find it in your local library: Karin Slaughter’s latest

slaughterGillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, has this to say about today’s featured book: “Karin Slaughter is simply one of the best thriller writers working today, and Cop Town shows the author at the top of her game – relentless pacing, complex characters, and gritty realism, all set against the backdrop of a city on the edge. Slaughter’s eye for detail and truth is unmatched . . . I’d follow her anywhere.”

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“As a brutal killing and a furious manhunt rock the city, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the police force will also be her last. For life is anything but easy in the male-dominated world of the Atlanta Police Department, where even the other female cops have little mercy for the new girl. Kate isn’t the only woman on the force who is finding things tough. Maggie Lawson followed her uncle and brother into the ranks to prove her worth in their cynical eyes. When Maggie and Kate become partners, and are sidelined in the search for the city’s cop killer, their fury, pain, and pride finally reach boiling point. With the killer poised to strike again, will Kate and Maggie have the courage to pursue their own line of investigation? And are they prepared to risk everything as they venture into the city’s darkest heart?”

Review: By its cover by Donna Leon

By its coverThis crime is close to my heart, how dare someone steal pages from library books & even worse whole books? I hope that Commissario Brunetti will find the culprit!

Who is involved, well he suspects an inside job as no one can leave the library without having their bags searched. He looks at the library regulars: an ex-priest Franchini; an American Professor; a passionate reader of ancient Christian literature; & what about Contessa Morosini-Albani, the library’s chief donor.

What he finds is more than just theft, murder follows & he has to delve into the dark secrets of the black market of antiquarian books.

With his usual team of Ispettore Vianello and Signorina Elettra, he looks into Franchini’s past and into the mind of a book thief in order to uncover the truth.

Well worth reading.

Eileen

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Out now: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

bittersweetOne perfect family. Too many perfect lies. Mabel Dagmar has always been ordinary. She is used to being invisible. So she is surprised and flattered when college roommate Genevra Winslow invites her to spend the summer with her prestigious family in Vermont. The Winloch estate is usually closed to outsiders, but this is Mabel’s lucky day. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, and for the first time in her life, the feeling that she belongs. But as Mabel becomes an insider, she makes a horrifying discovery. Soon Mabel must choose: expose the truth about the Winslows and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and endure the consequences.

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