The Himalayas, 1935. Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on Earth. Greatest killer of them all. Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far – and the mountain is not their only foe. As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried. And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.
There’s never a dull moment in the Butler family and when Vinny starts to receive mysterious packages, it can only mean one thing…
There’s never a dull moment in the Butler family and when Vinny starts to receive mysterious packages containing dead creatures, it can only mean one thing. someone is out for blood. For a long time, Vinny Butler and Eddie Mitchell ruled their manors from a respectful distance. Now they’re doing business together and their family has just been united in a way they never expected. But after one murder too many things start to unravel. The past comes back to haunt both families, and it will be the downfall of one of them. Will it be the Mitchells or the Butlers who get what’s coming to them? Who is the backstabber?
Join the waiting list for Dan Brown’s explosive new thriller – out on 3rd October in hardback.
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever”. The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.In order to evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.
Detective Li Yan senses a conspiracy surrounding the fatalities, and finds a female athlete willing to talk. But she will only trust one person: Li’s fiance, Margaret Campbell.
When Campbell’s contact herself vanishes, the gun is fired on a race against time. And Li must now outrun, and outwit, an enemy bent on pushing him beyond endurance.”
This is the long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’s bestselling Amelia Peabody series. The basics had been written before Elizabeth Peters death, and Joan Hess has used this to finish the book.
Having read all the others I did wonder if this would be as good, no worries it is. The same quirky humour, the usual adventures (and misadventures) by all the family. Sethos appears too, also several members of the same family intent on assassinating Amelia.
All based around the search for a priceless, stolen bust of the legendary Queen Nefertiti.
Shame this is the last ever, a series that has amused and entertained me for years!
Reserve The Painted Queen
“A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver’s seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice…”
As part of our tie-in to the detective-themed Summer Reading Challenge, it’s time to recommend a few excellent detective series. If you’re looking for a new series to get your teeth into, here are the first books of three fabulous mysteries:
Elizabeth George’s Inspector Lynley mysteries. Glossing over the rather unsympathetic blurb for book one (Never nice to read a woman being described as “fat and unlovely”, even if she is the prime suspect at a murder scene.), this is where we start Elizabeth George’s dark and suspenseful series. Book one.
Peter May’s trilogy set on the Isle of Lewis. With a wonderful sense of place, this trilogy will transport you to the Scottish Isles as you follow Detective Inspector Fin Macleod’s attempts to get to the bottom of the captivating and sinister mysteries. Book one.
Newly appointed police inspector Domenic Jejeune doesn’t mind ruffling a few feathers. Indeed his success has elevated him into a poster boy for the police. The problem is Jejeune doesn’t really want to be a detective at all; he much prefers watching birds. Recently reassigned to the small Norfolk town of Saltmarsh, located in the heart of Britain’s premier birding country, Jejeune’s two worlds soon collide with the grisly murder of a prominent ecological activist. Jejeune must call on all his birding know-how to solve the mystery and deal with unwelcome public acclaim, the mistrust of colleagues and his own insecurities.
This novel begins with the aftermath of the death of Nell Abbott. Her sister Jules returns to the town for the first time in years, she has not communicated with her sister or her niece in all that time.
Memories begin to haunt her as soon as she arrives and steps into the house on the river. What is the truth of what happened in the past and what is the truth now. The police have decided Nell’s death was suicide.
The story is well written, each person has their own chapters. It flows well builds up to a fitting climax. The characters are brought to life and develop all the time.
There are lies, violence, heartbreak, regrets and much more.
Not as good as The girl on the train but still well worth reading.
Reserve Into the Water