The Devil’s Claw by Lara Dearman

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I’m not afraid of the darkness … Only what it hides.

Jennifer Dorey thinks she is safe.

Following a traumatic incident in London, Jennifer has returned to her childhood home in Guernsey, taking a job as a reporter at the local newspaper.

After the discovery of a drowned woman on a beach, she uncovers a pattern of similar deaths that have taken place over the past fifty years.

Together with DCI Michael Gilbert, an officer on the verge of retirement, they follow a dark trail of island myths and folklore to ‘Fritz’, the illegitimate son of a Nazi soldier.  His work, painstakingly executed, has so far gone undetected.

But with his identity about to be uncovered, the killer now has Jennifer in his sights.

And home is the last place she should be. 

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Without A Word by Kate McQuaile

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Lillian had phoned, telling her to get Skype up and running.  “I have so much to tell you.”  Then suddenly the knock on the door.  “Sorry, Orla, I’d better see who it is,” she said.  Orla waited.  The seconds became minutes.  She didn’t know how long she waited before she realised that something terrible had happened. 

Ten years later, Lillian’s sudden disappearance remains unsolved and Orla has found it impossible to move on.  Then Orla received an unexpected visit from the detective who led the investigation into Lillian’s vanishing.  Detective Ned Moynihan has been receiving anonymous notes accusing him of having failed to investigate the case properly.  He assumes the notes are coming from Orla, but she knows nothing of them – is somebody trying to tell the truth about what really happened to Lillian that night? 

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My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

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Sometimes strength is not the same as courage.

Sometimes leaving is not the only way to escape.

Sometimes surviving isn’t enough. 

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her with him.

She doesn’t know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done and what her daddy will do when he finds out …

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Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk

The Blurb On The Back:

Two brutal killings rock Inverness, and bring ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler the biggest challenge of his career … 

The body of Morven Murray, the queen of daytime TV, is discovered by her sister, Anna, on the morning of her wedding day. But does Anna know more about the murder than she’s letting on?

Police informant Kevin Ramsay’s murder looks like a gangland-style execution. But what could he have stumbled into that was dangerous enough to get him violently killed?

Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, is ex-Met DI Lukas Mahler hunting one killer, or two? 

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Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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She’s barely seventeen, but Hattori Mariko knows her place in life.

She’s been raised for one purpose: to marry the son of the Emperor’s favourite concubine.

But en route to the wedding her litter is ambushed by the Black Clan. Now Mariko has two choices: she can wait to be rescued … or face her enemies.

She’s done waiting. 

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Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

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A lone ship. A murdered crew. And a clone who must find her own killer – before they strike again. 

In the depths of space, it’s pretty normal to wake up in a cloning vat. The streaks of blood, however? Not so normal.

Maria Arena has been cloned before. Usually when she awakens as a new clone, her first memory is of how she died. This time, she has no idea. Her memories are incomplete.

And Maria isn’t the only one to have died yesterday …

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The Irregular by H. B. Lyle

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The streets taught him.

Sherlock Holmes trusted him.

The Secret Service wants him.

The Empire needs him.

LONDON, 1909: The British Empire seems invulnerable.  But Captain Vernon Kell, head of counter-intelligence at the War Office, knows better.  In Russia, revolution; in Germany, an arms race; in London, the streets are alive with foreign terrorists.

Kell wants to set up a Secret Service, but to convince his political masters he needs proof of a threat – and to find that, he needs an agent he can trust.

Kell needs Wiggins.  Trained as a child by Kell’s old friend Sherlock Holmes – he led a gang of urchin investigators known as the Baker Street Irregulars – Wiggins is an ex-soldier with an expert line in deduction and the cunning of a born street fighter.

Wiggins turns down the job – he “don’t do official”.  But when his best friend is killed by Russian anarchists, Wiggins sees that the role of secret agent could take him toward his sworn revenge.

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Woman Of State by Simon Berthon

The Blurb On The Back:

From 1990s Belfast to the corridors of Whitehall.

To catch a traitor you must first walk among them.

SECRETS

1991, Belfast.  The IRA have their sights set on an undercover British policeman.  Rising star of the movement Joseph Kennedy recruits his 18-year-old girlfriend Maire Anne McCartney as a honey trap.  She is told it is a one-off.  There will be no violence.  But the man is murdered.

To save herself, Maire must flee across the border and take on a new identity.

STATE

Present day, London.  Renowned human rights lawyer Anne-Marie Gallagher is elected as an MP in the UK General Election and fast-tracked to the role of Minister of State for Security and Immigration.

At the same time, the Belfast police receive an anonymous call.  The password is verified from the Troubles, and the co-ordinates lead DCI Jon Carne to a field.  And a body.

BETRAYAL

When the new Minister receives a message from Joseph Kennedy, she realises that the identity she has crafted is at risk of being uncovered.  And when Carne’s investigation brings Anne-Marie to his attention, she must decide where her allegiances lie.  

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Fever by Deon Meyer

The Blurb On The Back:

One man with a dream.

One boy with a gun.

Once chance to rebuild the world.

Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck through a desolate land.  They are among the few in South Africa – and the world, as far as they know – to have survived a devastating virus.

Willem Storm, a thinker and a leader, has a vision for a new community rebuilt from the ruins.  And so Amanzi is formed of a disparate group of survivors: there’s Melinda Swanevelder, rescued from brutal thugs, Hennie Flaai, with his vital Cessna plane, Beryl Fortuin with her ragtag group of orphans and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand.  And then there is Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl that Nico has ever seen, who changes everything.

As the community grows, so do the challenges it must face – not just from external attacks, but also from within.  And Nico will have his strength and loyalty tested to their limits as he undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this brand new world.

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