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.
Star Rating: ★✰✰✰✰ Three people living in the same building but barely knowing of each other’s existence. Karen is a doctor and researcher, doing a study on the rising rates of autism. Tam has just lost his job as a policeman and now spends his days between takeaway containers and whiskey bottles. Nick is trying to live independently with his Asperger’s but has to deal with visits from his grandfather disrupting his routine.
Star Rating: ★★★★★ Aiden Bishop wakes up in someone else's body in the middle of the forest, with no idea where, or in fact who, he is. What he does know is that Anna is in trouble and he has to help her.
Star Rating: ★★★✰✰ A tragic event leads Abby Markstein to leave her life in Manhattan behind for the quiet and tranquility of Lewisburg, Indiana. She knows she’s probably just hiding from her problems, but for the time being she’s okay with it.
Jane is a telemarketer. Although sometimes she's Sabrina. Other times she's Nancy. But she's almost always phoning the same person. And with each call he becomes angrier and more threatening. But she persists. And the more she phones this man, the more she reveals about her reasons, her past and why it may not be all she says it is.
Stella Krakus is having a bad week. Her almost-ex-husband is basically stalking her, her glamorous-yet-overbearing mother wants to meet for lunch, and her boss/lover is breaking up their romance as gently as his narcissism will let him. On top of it all, her colleague Paul has gone missing. But he's left behind a map that piques Stella's interest. As she researches into its origins, a mystery opens itself that promises to reveal secrets Stella never dreamed of