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The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill on June 7th, 2022 Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Pages: 288 Format: ARC Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads “The beautifully ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is completely silent one weekday morning, until a woman’s terrified scream echoes through the room. Security guards immediately appear and instruct everyone inside to stay put until they determine there is no threat. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers who had been sitting in the reading room get to chatting and quickly become friendly. Harriet, Marigold, Whit, and Caine each have their own reasons for being in the reading room that morning–and it just happens that one of them may turn out to be a murderer. For readers of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, with shades of The Secret History, THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY is an unexpectedly twisty literary adventure that examines the complicated nature of friendship and shows us that words can be the most dangerous weapons of all” When was the last time you’ve just finished a book and your first thought is, I should read this again… What a thrilling read this was and I can honestly say […]

Posted May 29, 2022
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Cragside: A 1930’s Murder Mystery by M.J. Porter

Cragside: A 1930’s Murder Mystery by M.J. Porter

Cragside: A 1930’s Murder Mystery by M J Porter on April 14th, 2022 Genres: Mystery Pages: 258 Format: ARC Source: The History Quill Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads From the author of The Erdington Mysteries, a classic 1930s murder mystery house party. Lady Merryweather has had a shocking year. Apprehended for the murder of her husband the year before, and only recently released, she hopes a trip away from London will allow her to grieve. The isolated, but much loved, Cragside Estate in North Northumberland, home of her friends, Lord and Lady Bradbury, holds special memories for her. But, no sooner has she arrived than the body of one of the guests is found on the estate, and suspicion immediately turns on her. Perhaps, there are no friendships to be found here, after all. Released, due to a lack of evidence, Lady Ella returns to Cragside only to discover a second murder has taken place in her absence, and one she can’t possibly have committed. Quickly realising that these new murders must be related to that of her beloved husband, Lady Merryweather sets out to solve the crime, once and for all. But there are many who don’t want […]

Posted April 15, 2022
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Trouble in Paradise (The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers #12) by Franklin W.Dixon

Trouble in Paradise (The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers #12) by Franklin W.Dixon

Trouble in Paradise by Franklin W, Dixon Series: The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers #12 on September 1st, 2006 Genres: Mystery Pages: 176 Format: Paperback Source: VCS Buy on Amazon Goodreads ATACK BRIEFING FOR AGENTS FRANK AND JOE HARDY MISSION: The son of Don Ricardo, the UN Ambassador from St. John, has gone missing — and we are sending you to locate him. LOCATION: St. John, USVI POTENTIAL VICTIMS: Esteban Calderon, the son of the ambassador, and whoever else his kidnappers have harmed. SUSPECTS: We have very few clues. The police on St. John have hit a wall in their investigation. THIS MISSION REQUIRES YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ERASED IN FIVE SECONDS. THE HARDY BOYS MYSTERY STORIES, is a series that sure stood the test of time. It was first published in 1927 and to this day, this series and its spin-off series, The Hardy Boys: Undercover Brothers, are popular reads with young and old across the globe. In our little library in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, we have quite a few of The Hardy Boys books and they are very popular books with our Gr4’s and up students. Our library largely consists of donated books, so some […]

Posted April 11, 2022
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The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont Published by St Martin’s Press on February 1st, 2022 Genres: Fiction Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads Nina de Gramont’s The Christie Affair is a beguiling novel of star-crossed lovers, heartbreak, revenge, and murder—and a brilliant re-imagination of one of the most talked-about unsolved mysteries of the twentieth century. Every story has its secrets. Every mystery has its motives. “A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman. It’s a particular feeling, the urge to murder. It takes over your body so completely, it’s like a divine force, grabbing hold of your will, your limbs, your psyche. There’s a joy to it. In retrospect, it’s frightening, but I daresay in the moment it feels sweet. The way justice feels sweet.” The greatest mystery wasn’t Agatha Christie’s disappearance in those eleven infamous days, it’s what she discovered. London, 1925: In a world of townhomes and tennis matches, socialites and shooting parties, Miss Nan O’Dea became Archie Christie’s mistress, luring him away from his devoted and well-known wife, Agatha Christie. The question is, why? Why destroy another woman’s marriage, why hatch a plot years in the making, […]

Posted April 4, 2022
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The Other Side of Silence by Dodie Bishop

The Other Side of Silence by Dodie Bishop

The Other Side of Silence by Dodie Bishop Series: Silence and Shadow #1 Published by Next Chapter on January 19th, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 328 Format: ARC Source: The History Quill Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads Against a backdrop of murder and intrigue at the dissolute court of King Charles II, can Susannah and Raphael save their friend and find each other along the way? After a three-year absence mired in anxiety and trapped by her lack of speech, portrait miniaturist Susannah Gresham gathers her courage and returns to Whitehall Palace and her godfather, the King. Encountering Florentine jeweller Raphael Rossi, who appears to her just another court libertine, she is not immune to his appeal. With help from his patron, King’s mistress the Duchess of Richmond, Raphael sets out to win her. When Susannah’s closest friend Sam Carter is sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit, Susannah and Raphael must race against time to uncover the real killer. But nothing is as it seems, for Sam has dangerous enemies who are determined to see him die… Content Warnings: Swearing Blasphemy Adult Content (if you are an innocent white kitten like myself, you will blush […]

Posted March 18, 2022
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The Dangers of an Ordinary Night by Lynne Reeves

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night by Lynne Reeves

The Dangers of an Ordinary Night by Lynne Reeves Published by Crooked Lane Publishers on November 9th, 2021 Genres: Mystery Pages: 282 Format: ARC Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads On a chilly fall evening at the prestigious Performing Arts High School of Boston, best friends Tali Carrington and June Danforth go missing after auditioning for a play. They’re last seen in grainy, out-of-focus surveillance footage that shows them walking side-by-side. Two days later in a town south of Boston, Tali is found disoriented and traumatized by the ocean’s edge, while June is pronounced dead at the scene. Tali’s mother, Nell, is so bent on protecting her daughter from further emotional harm that she enlists the help of Cynthia Rawlins, a renowned therapist for families. Meanwhile, Detective Fitz Jameson is assigned to the investigation and dives into the lives of high-performing students who may be harboring dark secrets. As Nell, Cynthia, and Fitz confront their own contributions to the tragedies and scandals that beleaguer them, their lives turn out to be more deeply intertwined than they’d ever imagined. And they must decide what lengths they’re willing to go to protect the people they love while also saving themselves. For the […]

Posted February 23, 2022
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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie Series: Hercule Poirot #17 on November 1st, 1937 Genres: Mystery Pages: 333 Format: eBook, Paperback Source: My Bookshelf Buy on Amazon Goodreads Agatha Christie’s most daring travel mystery. The tranquility of a lovely cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Who’s also on board? Christie’s great detective Hercule Poirot. He recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Despite the exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems… Some of my fondest childhood memories, is visiting my Granny and my aunt over Summer Holidays and to this day can recall exactly where their vast Agatha Christie Collection was on the shelf. I remember how frightful some of those paperback covers were (why on earth did they ever do that? Did people honestly appealed to those?). Too scared to try to read them, Agatha Christie remained a name on a well-known bookshelf until I was practically an adult. Thankfully […]

Posted February 20, 2022
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The Automobile Assassination by M J Porter

The Automobile Assassination by M J Porter

The Automobile Assassination by M J Porter Series: Erdington Mysteries #2 Published by M J Publishing on November 25th, 2021 Genres: Historical Fiction, Suspense Pages: 253 Format: ARC Source: The History Quill Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads A 1940s mystery Erdington, September 1944 As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case. Called to the local morgue where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man? Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of […]

Posted December 4, 2021
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Over My Dead Body by Jeffrey Archer

Over My Dead Body by Jeffrey Archer

Over My Dead Body by Jeffrey Archer Series: Detective William Warwick #4 Published by Harper Collins on October 19th 2021 Genres: Fiction, Mystery Pages: 384 Format: ARC Source: The Pigeonhole Buy on Amazon Goodreads THE CLOCK IS TICKING IN THIS ROLLERCOASTER RIDE OF A THRILLER… In London, the Metropolitan Police set up a new Unsolved Murders Unit—a cold case squad—to catch the criminals nobody else can. In Geneva, millionaire art collector Miles Faulkner—convicted of forgery and theft—was pronounced dead two months ago. So why is his unscrupulous lawyer still representing a dead client? On a luxury liner en route to New York, the battle for power at the heart of a wealthy dynasty is about to turn to murder. And at the heart of all three investigations are Detective Chief Inspector William Warwick, rising star of the department, and ex-undercover agent Ross Hogan, brought in from the cold. But can they catch the killers before it’s too late? My Mommy says she remembers signing up for The Pigeonhole a couple of years ago and then life got in the way…. She hasn’t used the book club in your pocket in such a long time and actually discovered the app again on […]

Posted November 13, 2021
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After Anna – Alex Lake

After Anna – Alex Lake

After Anna by Alex Lake Published by Killer Reads on July 30th 2015 Genres: Thriller Pages: 309 Format: eBook Source: My Kindle Buy on Amazon Goodreads The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned… A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare. A five year old girl is missing. Taken in broad daylight right outside her school gate.   These things happen. Way to often in this day and age. Thanks to the media, it doesn’t take too much imagination to sketch  a vivid picture in our minds of what can happen when a five year old girl disappears. You hope and pray that the child […]

Posted April 18, 2016
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