The List by Mick Herron

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Dieter Hess, an aged spy, is dead, and John Bachelor, his MI5 handler, is in deep, deep trouble.  Death has revealed that the deceased had been keeping a secret second bank account – and there’s only ever one reason a spy has a secret second bank account.  The question of whether he was a double agent must be resolved, and its answer may undo an entire career’s worth of spy secrets.  

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Rory Branagan: Detective by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

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Hello.  I am Rory Branagan.  I am actually a detective.  Now … People always say: “How do you become a detective?” and I say: “Ahhh, you don’t just suddenly find yourself sneaking up on baddies, or chasing them, or fighting them, or living a life of constant deadly danger – you have to want it.”

So why did I want it?

I just wanted to find my dad …

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The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

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In a quiet and peaceful Savannah neighbourhood, the viciously stabbed and naked body of a woman in her thirties is found on her kitchen floor by her 12-year-old daughter.

As a top crime reporter, Harper McClain stares at the horrific scene and one thought screams through her mind.  This murder scene is identical to the one she discovered as a child.

Her mother’s.

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Horace & Harriet Take On The Town by Clare Elsom

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Harriet is seven.  And a quarter.  Horace is seventeenth century.  And a STATUE!

But after a rather rocky start, their friendship is soon on a very firm footing.  Together they take up the challenge to help Horace (who has come down from his pedestal) get to grips with modern life.

Separated by centuries.  Joined by a common purpose.  Horace and Harriet are rock solid! 

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Rose Raventhorpe Investigates: Hounds And Hauntings by Janine Beacham

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The city of Yorke is in a state of panic.  There’s been a murder!  Rumours are circling that an ancient ghost-hound is the culprit.

Rose Raventhorpe, her friend Orpheus and they city’s secret society of butlers search for clues down dark, eerie skitterways, on the mist-covered moors and atop the ancient walls of the city.  Rose believes that the villain is human, and she’s determined to prove it.

There’s no sweeping this crime under the carpet …  

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London Rules by Mick Herron

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London Rules might not be written down, but everyone knows rule one.

Cover your arse.

Regent’s Park’s First Desk, Claude Whelan, is learning this the hard way.  Tasked with protecting a beleaguered prime minister, he’s facing attack from all directions himself: from the showboating MP who orchestrated the Brexit vote, and now has his sights set on Number Ten; from the showboat’s wife, a tabloid columnist, who’s crucifying Whelan in print; and especially from his own deputy, Lady Di Taverner, who’s alert for Claude’s every stumble.

Meanwhile, the country’s being rocked by an apparently random string of terror attacks, and someone’s trying to kill Roddy Ho.

Over at Slough House, the crew are struggling with personal problems: repressed grief, various addictions, retail paralysis, and the nagging suspicion that their newest colleague is a psychopath.  But, collectively, they’re about to rediscover their greatest strength – that of making a bad situation much, much worse.

It’s a good job Jackson Lamb knows the rules.  Because those things aren’t going to break themselves.

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A Spoonful Of Murder by Robin Stevens

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”A terrible thing has happened, a thing that the Detective Society must investigate.  But this time I am not just a detective, I’m a witness.  And I think that I might even be a suspect …”

When Hazel Wong’s beloved grandfather passes away, Daisy Wells joins Hazel on a visit to her family’s estate in beautiful, bustling Hong Kong.

But they are greeted with a shock: there’s a new member of the Wong family!  As if that isn’t enough, tragedy soon strikes not once but twice.  There’s been a murder and a kidnap and no one is safe from suspicion … not even Hazel.

The girls must work together like never before, confronting dangerous gangs and sinister private detectives to solve the crimes and discover the villain – before it’s too late.

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Summary Justice by John Fairfax

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The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience.  He was a twenty-one-year-old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder.  He’d said he was innocent.  She’s believed him.

Sixteen years later, Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger’s in Spitalfields.  That night she walks back into Benson’s life.  The price of his rehabilitation – and access to the Bar – is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul Harebeton, whose family have vowed revenge.  He’s an outcast.  The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him.  But he’s subsidised by a mysterious benefactor ad a desperate woman has turned to him for help: Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs, accused of slaying her wealthy lover.  It’s a hopeless case and the murder trial, Benson’s first, starts in four days.  The evidence is overwhelming but, like Benson long ago, she swears she’s innocent.  Tess joins the defence team, determined to help Benson survive.  But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own, determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harebeton on a lonely night in Soho.  

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Nancy Parker’s Chilling Conclusions by Julia Lee

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Dear Q

In case they keep it from The Children – this is to inform you there has been A MURDER!  What’s more – I was the one that found him.  Must meet.  Cannot tell when I will be free to speak to you so try to check this place every hour.  Will do my best to get here soon as I can.

N. P.

Nancy has a new job as a lady’s maid, and is accompanying her new employer on a visit to the grand and mysterious Midwinter Manor.  But things take a turn for the worse when Nancy discovers a dead body in the library.  With a house full of strange guests, who could possibly be the murderer?

What secrets lurk in the walls of Midwinter Manor?  Are all of the guests what they seem?  Who does the dead body belong to? 

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Clockwork City by Paul Crilley

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Cop, drunkard and low-grade magic user Gideon Tau is starting from scratch with only his undead boss and his foul-mouthed sidekick dog to help him find his daughter’s killer.

There they’ll have to contend with Fae gangs fighting for territory, the murder-suicide of two Delphic agents and the Seven Deadly Sins … 

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