Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Cassandra Sato, the new Student Affairs VP at Morton College in Carson, Nebraska, is having some trouble settling into her new position. But it’s not the cold weather, the less-than-qualified student assistants, or even the argumentative board members that are making it difficult. It’s the suspicious death of Austin Price, a deaf student and lab-assistant, that’s causing her nightmare.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ Harold Fry is recently retired. He lives in a small English town with his wife, Maureen, and most of his days go pretty much the same as every other day. Except for one morning when he receives a letter from an old friend, Queenie. She explains that she has cancer and is in a hospice. Harold decides to write back and scribbles out a letter that he wants to post immediately.
Aisling is 28, has a stable job in PensionsPlus, goes out at the weekend with her best friend Majella, and spends two nights a week at John’s, her boyfriend of seven years and 17th kiss at her 21st. But she wants more. She wants a ring and a wedding. Seven years is long enough to be waiting. But John doesn’t share her plans, and after a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t end in a proposal, she decides enough is enough.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Tess Piper has spent the last 20 years trying to convince herself that her twin sister is alive. Edie went missing when they were both 14 years old, and with no leads and no suspects, the case had gone cold, but Tess couldn’t bring herself to think of her sister as dead. Until she gets a phone call from her father telling her that Edie’s body has been found and she must come home.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ Emily could never have imaged that letting a woman step out of the lift ahead of her would have such an impact on her life. As she watched the woman get hit by a speeding car and die instantly, she could never have thought how much this woman would affect her.
One Little Lie asks the question ‘does a mother ever really know their child?’ It follows the journey of two mothers who have lost their sons, one to murder, and one to prison.
Alice is the mother of a killer. Her son is in prison for murder and she bears the guilt of someone who blames herself. Her support group for parents with troubled children can only help so much. She knows only the forgiveness of one woman will alleviate her guilt.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ In 1809, Lord Francis Marryman has lost his wife. He desperately misses her and, in honour of her, decides to build a Hall in the Devon countryside. Two centuries later, K&K Publishing Company needs a last-minute venue for their New Year’s Eve party. Marryman Hall is the only place available, and when the day of the party arrives, a snowstorm means only a handful of people can attend, soon finding themselves snowed in with no phone or internet.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰ A historical novel with a touch of noir, The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a shamed ex-Pinkerton agent looking to redeem herself. Her stealth and espionage skills lead her to a job with her ex-lover Delphine. Dressed as her alter-ego, Jack Camp, she infiltrates Delphine’s opium smuggling ring to find out where her missing product has been going.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰
A murder-mystery where the main character (and suspect) is a murder-mystery writer, you say? Count me in!
Mystery writer Charlee Russo is having a fairly normal day, or so she thinks. A phone call to say her agent is dead rocks her world in more ways than she could have imagined.
Star rating: ★★★✰✰
Maud Drennan is a carer who has been sent to take care of Cathal Flood, a hoarder who has chased away all of his previous carers, sometimes with a hockey stick. Cathal is mean, angry, and desperate to keep his secrets just that, secret.