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  6. The Four Streets by Nadine Dorries
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Books of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Books of the Month
Dear Lumpy Letters to a Disobedient Daughter
Louise Mortimer
April 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Month. After the bestselling Dear Lupin, Charlie Mortimer’s sister Louise allows us once again to revel in Roger Mortimer’s prose, the stories of batty friends and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed Arms Wide Open
Tom Winter
April 2014 Book of the Month. A novel of family, identity and aging. Jack and Meredith are non-identical twins of a single mum now rapidly falling into dementia. Their father died before they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/04/2014
 
 

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
 
 

eBook Favourites This month's 'featured books'
eBook Favourites
Soldiers' Wives
Fiona Field
This page-turning soap opera interweaves the stories of three women trying to get to grips with military life. Chrissie, orphaned young, finds solace in her career as a medic in the regiment, but will love for a married...
Format: Paperback - Released: 22/05/2014
 
 

Reader Reviewed Lost and Found
Tom Winter
A charming and poignant debut that draws you into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. A widowed postman approaching retirement and a woman trapped in a loveless marriage form an unusual bond through a series of ‘undeliverable’ letters. With a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2013
 
 

Fragments
Caroline Green
The thrilling follow-up to the award-winning Cracks, Fragments is a taut, suspenseful and fast-paced thriller set in a near future Britain in which the authorities want to crush Kyla's very freedom and brainwash her in order to tap into her...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/03/2014
 
 

The Professionals
Owen Laukkanen
Four friends, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise works like a charm - until they kidnap the wrong man. Now...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/04/2014
 
 

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
 
 

Debuts of the Month This month's 'featured books'
Debuts of the Month
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
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Boy That Never Was
Karen Perry
April 2014 Debut of the Month. A riveting and powerful read, from the very first page to the last you are caught up in this...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
 
 

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
 
 

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 Books This month's 'featured books'
Reader Reviewed Books
Reader Reviewed Lost and Found
Tom Winter
A charming and poignant debut that draws you into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. A widowed postman approaching retirement and a woman trapped in a loveless marriage form an unusual bond through a series of ‘undeliverable’ letters. With a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2013
 
 

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
 
 

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
 
 

Reader Reviewed The Fortune Hunter
Daisy Goodwin
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
 
 

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