The Whitstable Pearl Mystery by Julie Wassmer

The Whitstable Pearl MysteryAn intriguing mystery debut combining seafood (mainly oysters), murder and a multitasking heroine set in Whitstable, Kent.

Pearl discovers the body of local oyster fisherman Vinnie on the eve of the Whitstable Oyster Festival. She’s suspicious that it could be murder, so decides to investigate the crime much to the annoyance of police detective Mike.

Another body is discovered, again by Pearl! What is going on? She has to find out. It gets a bit close to home at times for Pearl.

A well written plot, with subtle clues along the way that culminates in a showdown on the beach.

Definitely recommend this to other crime enthusiasts. Will be looking out for the next one in the series.


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A Death in the Dales by Frances Brody

A Death in the DalesThis is the 7th Kate Shackleton Mystery, another well written interesting book.

It begins with a murder from years ago. As present mysteries merge with the past’s mistakes, Kate is thrust into secrets that Freda, the person who saw the murder, left behind and realises that she has entrusted her with solving a murder from beyond the grave.

It soon becomes clear to her that nothing in Langcliffe is quite as it appears, and with a murderer on the loose and an ever-growing number of suspects, this isn’t the holiday Kate was expecting with her niece Harriet.

Kate’s love interest the local doctor Lucian disapproves of her investigating. He welcomes the arrival of Jim Sykes & Mrs Sugden to help Kate though.

Good plot, moves along at pace, lots of sub plots that all come together at the end to produce a story well worth reading.


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Reviewed: Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue

donoAn unexpectedly touching novel following the fortunes of a 18th century prostitute. We meet Mary Saunders in prison awaiting sentence for her crimes, and the book spools backwards to show us the path that led her there. Emma Donoghue is the prize-winning author of Room, a writer of real talent.

Set in London and Monmouth in the late 1700s, this novel is the story of Mary Saunders, the young daughter of a poor seamstress. Mary hungers for the finer things in life, but her ambitions lead ultimately to tragedy.

Front Runner by Felix Francis

Front RunnerContinues the Jeff Hinkley series.

Jeff an undercover investigator for the British Horseracing Authority, is approached by Dave Swinton the multiple-champion jockey. He wants to discuss a delicate matter, deliberately losing races.

Before Jeff gets to talk to Dave properly he appears to have committed suicide. Meanwhile someone tries to kill Jeff by locking him in Dave’s sauna & turning up the heat.

Jeff’s investigation uncovers other jockeys deliberately loses races, they don’t want to talk. Jeff needs to find who is behind it all & why they are doing it.

A new love interest is introduced into Jeff’s life, much to his sister’s delight.

Good plot, sends you in the wrong direction a few times as good mystery’s should.


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November’s most popular new fiction


Each month, one of our librarians chooses a hand-picked selection of some of the most popular new fiction for your enjoyment.

You can find this month’s picks here. Whether your tastes run more to Stephen King or Debbie Macomber; if you prefer titles like ‘A Cat called Alfie’ or ’22 Dead Little Bodies’, we’re sure to have something you’ll fancy.



The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler

The Solomon CurseAnother adventure featuring husband and wife treasure-hunting team Sam and Remi Fargo.

Why is this bay on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands supposedly cursed? What happened there in the past? Rumours abound, a lost empire where great treasure lies beneath the waters, or atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants.

Remi & Sam set out to find the truth. Rebels start murdering aid workers & stir up the islanders into looting & worse. Blaming it all on foreigners who own rights on the island. Young islanders have been disappearing for years.

Learning the history of the island helps, it was invaded by the Japanese in the war, did they find the treasure?

Al these different pieces are woven into the story to make an absorbing adventure.

The fact you know they are going to survive is reassuring. Or is it?


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Fear in the Sunlight by Nicola Upson

Fear in the SunlightIt is the Summer of 1936 and the author Josephine Tey, joins her friends in Portmeirion to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Alfred Hitchcock and his wife are also staying there and he wants to sign a deal to film Josephine’s  A Shilling for Candles.

During a dinner party, Hitchcock decides to play a rather cruel game with his guests. A game that gets out of hand with horrible consequences for those concerned.


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New out from Ian Rankin: Even dogs in the wild

even dogs“Retirement doesn’t suit John Rebus. He wasn’t made for hobbies, holidays or home improvements. Being a cop is in his blood. So when DI Siobhan Clarke asks for his help on a case, Rebus doesn’t need long to consider his options. Clarke’s been investigating the death of a senior lawyer whose body was found along with a threatening note. On the other side of Edinburgh, Big Ger Cafferty – Rebus’s long-time nemesis – has received an identical note and a bullet through his window. Now it’s up to Clarke and Rebus to connect the dots and stop a killer.”

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainWhat a great story, a psychological thriller from the top drawer. I only read it because everyone told me I must. Glad I heeded them.

From a slow start, a bit like the train Rachel travels on, the tension gradually builds & builds until it explodes at the end.

Involves lies, ex husband, new wife, trains, attacks, murder, misconceptions, red herrings, more trains, more lies, brought all together in a brilliant conclusion.

This shows you that anything you are watching from the outside is not necessarily what is really happening, so beware!


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New from Stephen King:


“A thrilling collection of twenty stories – some brand new, some previously published in magazines, all wholly brilliant and brought together in one book for the first time – with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives readers a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivation…”

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