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  10. Thursday's Children A Frieda Klein Novel by Nicci French

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Reader Reviewed Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Schroder
Amity Gaige
Shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize. Eric has kidnapped his six year old daughter and is now in prison awaiting trial. This narrative is his account of everything from childhood right up to their week on the run to explain...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Bone Jack
Sara Crowe
A haunting story in which Ash and his soldier father are linked by traditions from the past and struggles in the present. When Dad returns from the war, Ash expects him to be a hero. But Dad is far from...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The First Rule Of Survival
Paul Mendelson
April 2014 Debut of the Month. In Cape Town seven years ago three white boys disappeared, now two emaciated and abused bodies are discovered wrapped...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Four Streets
Nadine Dorries
April 2014 Debut of the Month. An appealingly poignant story of family and lost innocence, simply yet artfully told. The opening chapter is unpretentiously descriptive,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
The Crimson Ribbon
Katherine Clements
April 2014 eBook of the Month. Straddling the end of the Civil War and the death of Charles I, this is an interesting portrayal of the period. We follow Ruth, nursemaid to Oliver...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
April 2014 'New Gen' Debut of the Month. An enormous family saga unfolds in this story shot through with magic that is helped on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Beautiful Day
Kate Anthony
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A gorgeously generous, warm-hearted read, which will hold your hand as you face a poignant wave of emotions. Take...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Ruby Slippers
Keir Alexander
April 2014 MEGA Debut of the Month. A remarkable and thought-provoking debut novel, whichimmediately becomes acompulsive read. Written with great eloquence, the tale transports you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
 
 

Author of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Author of the Month
Gallowglass
Gordon Ferris
This is an excellent series. It stars a former World War II soldier now a crime reporter in Scotland, one Douglas Brodie. He becomes involved in some pretty big stories, here uncovering Nazi loot on its way to South America....
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

The Hanging Shed
Gordon Ferris
A riveting and stimulating read, this tenacious thriller grabs your attention and refuses to let it go. Set in Scotland, just after the Second World War, when men who had survived the horrors of conflict returned altered, damaged, different; Ferris...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2011
 
 

Bitter Water
Gordon Ferris
Douglas Brodie is an ex-policeman, an ex-major in the Highlanders during World War II and now a journalist for the Glasgow Gazette. It is 1946 and Glasgow is sweltering in a late summer heat wave and in a wave of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2013
 
 

Pilgrim Soul
Gordon Ferris
Described as ‘the new Ian Rankin’ by the Daily Mail, Gordon Ferris writes disturbingly good post WW2 Glasgow-based crime thrillers with ex policeman turned journalist Douglas Brodie at their centre. Pilgrim Soul is the 3rd and finds a hard up...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
 
 

Guest Editor This month's 'featured books'
Guest Editor
Thursday's Children A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
April 2014 Book of the Month. Writing as Nicci French, husband and wife team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have quickly established themselves as leading lights in the murky waters of psychological crime...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Blue Monday
Nicci French
The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, psychotherapist Frieda Klein is left troubled: one of her patients has been relating dreams in which he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/12/2012
 
 

Tuesday's Gone A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
For Frieda Klein the days get longer, the cases darker... Psychotherapist Frieda Klein thought she was done with the police. But once more DCI Karlsson is knocking at her door. A man's decomposed body has been found in the flat...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/01/2013
 
 

Waiting for Wednesday A Frieda Klein Novel
Nicci French
The third Frieda Klein mystery. She is an insomniac psychotherapist and in this unfortunate case finds herself confidante to both her detective chum and the victim’s son. Other characters from the earlier two books pop in and out and some...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2014
 
 

Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
The Humans
Matt Haig
April 2014 Book of the Month. It’s incredibly difficult to say anything about The Humans other than to encourage you to read it for yourself to discover how utterly delightful, enjoyable...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Jonathan Evison
April 2014 Book of the Month. An American road trip with a difference. Our travelling companions are a surly, wheelchair bound teenager, Trev, with muscular dystrophy and his damaged carer, Ben, a man...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Northanger Abbey
Val McDermid
April 2014 Book of the Month. A modern re-imagining of the Gothic Classic Northanger Abbey by the bestselling crime author Val McDermid. The second book in The Austen Project. In Val's trademark style...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed How to Fall in Love
Cecelia Ahern
April 2014 Book of the Month. Christine, very conscientiously, runs an employment agency where she takes a great interest in her clients, attempting to assist them in every way she can. She is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Sandrine
Thomas H. Cook
How did Sandrine die? There was no forced entry. She had been gradually stockpiling prescription drugs. A lethal quantity of Demerol was found in her blood. But did the beautiful, luminous Sandrine Madison really take her own life? The District...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

Americanah
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
March 2014 Book of the Month. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. On the surface this is a love...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/02/2014
 
 

Ghost Girl
Lesley Thomson
It is a year since her father's death, but Stella Darnell has not moved on. She still cleans his house every day, leaving it spotless as if he might return. Terry Darnell was Detective Chief Superintendent at Hammersmith police station,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/04/2014
 
 

The Unquiet Heart
Gordon Ferris
Gutsy Danny McRae returns ready for action in this dynamic and riveting read, set a few months on from Truth Dare Kill. This can be most definitely be read as a stand alone novel, however you will understand so much...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2012
 
 

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