Star rating: ★★★★✰ Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a story that deals with the question of whether quality of life is a better choice than quantity of life. It follows Vitto, a returning WWII soldier suffering from PTSD and his father, Robert, an accomplished sculptor now with Alzheimer's, as they try to come to terms with their respective pasts and with each other.
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: ★★★★✰ In South London, nine children attend their nursery school as normal. But the day is plunged into disaster when three armed men enter the school and take the children hostage, locking the teachers in a room, one with severe head wounds.
Star Rating: ★★★★✰ It’s Christmas Village’s most wonderful time of year when all the inhabitants are preparing for the annual, week-long Christmas Festival. But all is not right at Plum Cottage, as a troupe of entertainers in town for the festival are shocked at the death of their manager, Mr Stipes.
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: ★★★★✰ Zoje Stage’s debut novel Baby Teeth is a disturbingly entertaining look at being a mother to a problem child.
Suzette wants to be a loving mother to her daughter Hanna. She wants nothing more than to have a happy and functional family.
But Hanna has other ideas.