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One Summer in Tuscany

Domenica De Rosa
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Domenica De Rosa

Rivalries and romance in a Tuscan paradise. A relaxing writers' retreat? If only! Perfect holiday reading from Domenica de Rosa, author of the bestselling Dr Ruth Galloway series under the name Elly Griffiths. Previously published as SUMMER SCHOOL.Patricia Wilson's carefully composed ads for the writers' retreat she runs at her thirteenth-century Italian castle promise so much. But while the splendour of their surroundings and chef Aldo's melanzane never fail to wow the guests, huge maintenance bills and bad news from the bank threaten to close Patricia down. It's make or break time for the Castello.Each of her seven aspiring authors arrives with the inevitable baggage alongside their unpublished manuscripts. But this August something is different, and soon lifelong spinster Mary is riding on the back of Aldo's vespa, and smouldering odd-job man Fabio has set more than one heart racing.As temperatures rise, the writers gossip, flirt and gently polish their prose by the pool. But with ghosts, scorpions, and some unexpected visitors to contend with, one thing's for sure: neither the Castello, nor Patricia, has ever seen a summer like this.

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I'll Eat When I'm Dead

Barbara Bourland
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Barbara Bourland
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The Chalk Pit

Elly Griffiths
Authors:
Elly Griffiths

'One of my favourite current crime series . . . a pleasure from start to finish' Val McDermid'A five-star thriller' Daily ExpressWINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. Boiled human bones have been found in Norwich's web of underground tunnels. When Dr Ruth Galloway discovers they were recently buried, DCI Nelson has a murder inquiry on his hands. The boiling might have been just a medieval curiosity - now it suggests a much more sinister purpose.Meanwhile, DS Judy Johnson is investigating the disappearance of a local rough sleeper. The only trace of her is the rumour that she's gone 'underground'. This might be a figure of speech, but with the discovery of the bones and the rumours both Ruth and the police have heard that the network of old chalk-mining tunnels under Norwich is home to a vast community of rough sleepers, the clues point in only one direction. Local academic Martin Kellerman knows all about the tunnels and their history - but can his assertions of cannibalism and ritual killing possibly be true?As the weather gets hotter, tensions rise. A local woman goes missing and the police are under attack. Ruth and Nelson must unravel the dark secrets of The Underground and discover just what gruesome secrets lurk at its heart - before it claims another victim.

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The Woman In Blue

Elly Griffiths
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Elly Griffiths
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The Janus Stone

Elly Griffiths
Authors:
Elly Griffiths

WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. The discovery of a child's skeleton lays bare terrible secret's from Norwich's past in the second gripping mystery for Dr Ruth Galloway. A must-read for fans of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves.'The setting is enticingly atmospheric . . . a really intelligent murder story' IndependentDr Ruth Galloway's forensic skills are called upon when builders, demolishing an old house in Norwich, uncover the bones of a child - minus the skull - beneath a doorway. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? Ruth links up with DCI Harry Nelson to investigate. The house was once a children's home. Nelson traces the Catholic priest who used to run the place. He tells him that two children did go missing forty years before - a boy and a girl. They were never found. When carbon dating proves that the child's bones predate the home and relate to a time when the house was privately owned, Ruth is drawn ever more deeply into the case. But as spring turns into summer it becomes clear that someone is desperate to put her off the scent by frightening her to death...

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Start Your Day With Katie

Katie Piper
Authors:
Katie Piper

A beautiful gift edition of Katie Piper's popular page-a-day affirmations book. 'Positive affirmations helped me in my darkest times to focus on my health and happiness, and to remember I was not alone. I know how well they worked for me in regaining my life, and now I want to share them with you.' Be inspired by the uplifting thoughts, quotes and mantras that helped give Katie Piper courage and hope after her rape and acid attack. They are one of the tools she used to rebuild her life. With Katie's guiding messages, you can begin every day on the right track. Keep this book by your side or give it to a loved one, for positive inspiration and inner strength whenever times get tough.

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The Riot

Laura Wilson
Authors:
Laura Wilson

1958: Notting Hill is sweltering in a heatwave. It's DI Stratton's new manor and a powder keg of racial tension. A rent collector is stabbed and a series of street fights between teddy boys and Caribbean immigrants sparks further unrest. Young runaway Irene, on the verge of prostitution, finds her loyalties lie on both sides of the fight. A race riot breaks out - the worst Britain has ever seen. Stratton must tread a path through the violence and prejudice to find the killer and save Irene before Notting Hill explodes.

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Sinful Dreams

CC Gibbs
Authors:
CC Gibbs

From the erotic imagination of bestselling author Susan Johnson comes a tale of surprising sensuality, sweeping from English sitting rooms to North African markets, from the horse races to the Scottish Highlands. Sinjin St. John, Duke of Seth, charming rogue and bedder of beautiful women, was sure nothing could surprise him. That is until he stepped into his carriage one evening and found it already occupied with the most delectable visitor imaginable. Chelsea Fergusson is a proper young lady with an indecent plan to get out of an unwanted marriage, and she needs an immoral rogue to help her do it. Sinjin looks like he might be the perfect man for the job, but will Chelsea's beauty and spirit leave him wanting something more for the very first time?

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Desire Laid Bare

CC Gibbs
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CC Gibbs

The beautiful Rosalind St. Vincent has saved her bookshop from the bailiffs through hard work and fierce determination. But now Fitz Monckton, Duke of Groveland, is set on tempting her away in order to seal a lucrative development deal. This caddish rake has never met a woman he couldn't seduce, but Rosalind must try to resist: these pleasures, however tempting, might be her very ruin if she isn't careful.

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Burning Touch

CC Gibbs
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CC Gibbs

She is a strikingly lovely heiress, born with a silver spoon in her mouth and determined to always get her own way... He is the Harvard-educated son of an Absarokee Native American chief, who possesses the one thing she just can't get her hands on... Boston-born Blaze Braddock has always managed to charm her way into, and out of, anything. When her father lays claim to a piece of land already owned by Absarokee Indian Jon Hazard Black, Blaze assures him she's just the woman to convince the man to sell. But it seems like Blaze might have met her match in Jon, whose confident gaze unseats the spoiled beauty for the first time in her life. Will Blaze's persuasive sensuality convince Jon to sell up, or will the heiress be won by feelings for a man she never could have thought herself capable of desiring?

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Promise Laid Bare

CC Gibbs
Authors:
CC Gibbs

Isolde Perceval, Countess of Wraxall, has no intention of marrying. Not least the odious suitor who is out for her body and her money . . .The luck of Osmond, Baron Lennox, seems to have run out. When a dalliance with his mistress goes awry and the wrong woman is found in his bed, he is trapped at the centre of Isolde's scheme to escape her situation. Marriage now seems his only option but his last desire - something they have in common. But shared passion will draw them closer together than they could have ever imagined . . .

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At Your Mercy

CC Gibbs
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CC Gibbs

An indecent wager means that one Russian beauty could lose more than just her good reputation. Alisa Forseus is a virtuous but unsatisfied beauty, married to a man she doesn't love. Prince Nikolai Kuzan, an established playboy of the aristocracy with a reputation that precedes him, has never once let a female conquest slip through his fingers. When the two come face-to-face, Alisa can't deny the immediate attraction. The feeling is mutual, and Prince Nikolai decides that Alisa will be his last and greatest conquest. But when Nikolai wins the game and takes the prize, he's surprised to discover that he's won more than he bargained for. Bewitched by the lovely Alisa, Nikolai feels the stirrings of a passion in his heart. Suddenly the tables are turned, and Nikolai must fight to win Alisa's hand away from her husband if he is to possess the only woman he has ever truly loved.

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The Sweetest Taboo

CC Gibbs
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CC Gibbs

Andre Duras is France's most celebrated military General.Countess Teo Korsakova is the luscious wife of his greatest enemy.When Teo unexpectedly falls into his possession as a prisoner of war, General Andre knows he cannot afford to be distracted from the campaign at hand. But the General finds it difficult to take take his eyes off her, or his mind from thoughts of what he'd like to do her if he had his way. As the war rages, the conflict moves from the battleground to the bedroom, and Andre concentrates on conquering the succulent Countess on his own terms.

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Mistress at Midnight

CC Gibbs
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CC Gibbs

It's hardly a surprise that Dermott Ramsay, Earl of Bathurst and irresistible libertine, has a new mistress. But this lady is no ordinary coquette. Isabella Leslie is young, beautiful and heiress to an enormous fortune. Every man in England aches to walk her down the aisle. Why should such a woman willingly disgrace herself with the insatiable Earl? The key lies in a family scandal, a welcoming brothel, and a woman determined to do anything to escape a terrible fate.

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The Zig Zag Girl Review

I was so entranced by this book that whilst reading it on the bus I actually missed my stop!" Synopsis: Brighton, 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens finds himself thinking of a magic trick he saw as a boy: the Zig-Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Gang. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, but Max is reluctant to leave his world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind. Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another 'trick', the Wolf Trap, he knows that they are all in danger... Review: If an author is going to write something different to their original series, then 'different' needs to be the operative word to avoid comparisons. Elly Griffiths, creator of the excellent Ruth Galloway series, has written a breath-taking new novel set in the 1950s featuring a brilliantly flawed detective and a sinister setting in the world of theatre and illusion. 'The Zig-Zag Girl' is inspired by real-life events from the author's own family history. Descriptions of magic, post-war Britain and life in the theatre are entertaining and give a great sense of place. The pace is fast and gripping. I love the world of magic and was hooked from the opening page. The murders are deliciously dark, and the underlying sense of evil is the perfect atmosphere as the cold winter nights draw in. I was so entranced by this book that whilst reading it on the bus I actually missed my stop! An excellent novel is a good enough excuse to be late in my opinion. Detective Inspector Stephens is sensitive, intelligent, and personable. Elly Griffiths has created yet another terrific character that can carry a gripping story without stealing the limelight and allowing the story, and subordinate characters, to develop naturally. It's this talent that shows Elly to be a leading voice in British crime writing. I hope we see DI Stephens again. I'm sure Ms Griffiths is capable of juggling Galloway and Stephens. No pressure.

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