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Paperback:Fatal promise:2018
Author: Marsons, Angela
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bookouture
Resource type: Physical
Note: When the body of a doctor is discovered brutally murdered in local woodland, Detective Kim Stone is shocked to discover the victim is Gordon Cordell - a man linked to a previous case she worked on involving the death of a young school girl. Gordon has a chequered past, but who would want him dead? As the investigation gets underway, Gordon's son is involved in a horrific car crash which leaves him fighting for his life. Kim's sure this was no accident. Then the body of a woman is found dead in suspicious circumstances and Kim makes a disturbing link between the victims and Russells Hall Hospital. The same hospital where Gordon worked.
370 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786483971
Paperback:The darkest place:2018
Author: Spain, Jo
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Christmas day, and DCI Tom Reynolds receives an alarming call. A mass grave has been discovered on the island which housed the controversial psychiatric institution St. Christina's. The hospital has been closed for decades and onsite graves were tragically common. Reynolds thinks his adversarial boss is handing him a cold case to sideline him. But then it transpires another body has been discovered amongst the dead - one of the doctors who went missing from the hospital in mysterious circumstances 40 years ago. He appears to have been brutally murdered. As events take a sudden turn, nothing can prepare Reynolds and his team for what they are about to discover once they arrive on the island.
346 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
1444765663
Paperback:Freelance death:2012
Author: Taylor, Andrew, 1951 Oct. 14-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Gollancz, 1987 After the death of his wife, Arabella, Rod Lorton finds papers which reveal unpleasant facts about her. Lorton wants revenge and private detective William Dougal lends a hand, even coming up with a good plan. The object of the revenge is PR chief Ivor Newley, owner of a rare collection of coins, all of which he has obtained by shady means. If the collection were to disappear Newley couldn't go to the police and would be vulnerable to blackmail. But Dougal has miscalculated, and when it is time to collect there is no money - only a corpse.
197 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857525654
Hardback:Once upon a river:2018
Author: Setterfield, Diane
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: A dark midwinter's night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, 'Once Upon a River' is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield's bestseller 'The Thirteenth Tale'.
420 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0751563005
Hardback:If you dare:2016
Author: Spindler, Erica, 1957-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's been three months since that night - the night that Detective Micki Dare almost died. Physically, she's healed but the nightmares remain, and she can't shake the feeling that more happened that night than her partner Detective Zach Harris is telling her. The only thing she can do is try to carry on as normal and solve the latest case she and Z. Originally published: as Triple six. United States: Double Shot Press It's been three months since that night - the night that Detective Micki Dare almost died. Physically, she's healed but the nightmares remain, and she can't shake the feeling that more happened that night than her partner Detective Zach Harris is telling her. The only thing she can do is try to carry on as normal and solve the latest case she and Zach have been assigned to - a string of brutal home invasions are rocking the city and the families targeted have nothing in common. Why were these victims chosen? The deeper Micki and Zach go into the case, the more they realise something isn't right. There's something familiar about the person doing this - and it's a familiarity Micki has been trying to forget.
356 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1842997645
Paperback:Out:2010
Out
Author: Kenrick, Joanna
Author: Page, Julia
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'I think I'm gay' are not the words a teenage girl wants to hear when she's about to confess to her best friend that she fancies him. But Natalie's got to disguise her own feelings for Will when he tells her his secret. Can she help him as he comes out to the rest of their class at school? Adolescent.
56 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
075054113X
Large print:Shadow of the hangman:2015:Large print ed.
Author: Marston, Edward
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher: Magna
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Allison & Busby In this first instalment of the 'Bow Street Rivals' series a riot breaks out in Dartmoor prison, enabling some American inmates to escape. The twin detectives Peter and Paul Skillen catch wind of a projected assassination but the target is unknown. Trouble ensues when a woman from the Home Office vanishes; a mysterious lady turns up at the archery shooting gallery; and Paul's gambling addiction worsens.
427 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008271046
Paperback:Hush hush:2018
Author: Sherratt, Mel
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It's up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team. All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that's where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren't just any family, they're Grace's family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped. To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust when both sides are out to get you?
x, 384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0091959403
Hardback:Birdcage walk:2017
Author: Dunmore, Helen, 1952-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is 1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzy Fawkes has grown up in Radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Soon his plans for a magnificent terrace built above the 200ft drop of the Gorge come under threat.
406 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1447250974
Paperback:The muse:2016
Author: Burton, Jessie, 1982-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, ready for her luck to change. She has been employed as a typist by the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks a potential Odelle didn't realize she had. When a lost masterpiece arrives at the gallery, Quick seems to know more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth. The painting's secret history lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise comes two strangers, who overturn the Schloss family with explosive and devastating consequences.
445 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Hardback:Hammer of Rome:2018
Author: Jackson, Douglas, 1956-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: AD 80 Gaius Valerius Verrens is back where he belongs, at the head of a legion. But this is no ordinary legion. His command is the 'unlucky' Ninth, tainted by four decades of ill fortune and poor leadership. Valerius leads his men to a devastating victory against the recalcitrant Brigantes, infuriating Agricola in the process. Soon, even greater honours beckon with the death of Emperor Vespasian and the succession of Valerius's friend, Titus. But, back in Rome, the new emperor faces his own challenges, not least from his own brother, Domitian, a man with an insatiable ambition for power and a deadly hatred of Valerius. All Valerius can do is forget the great prizes on offer, concentrate on defeating the savage tribes who lie in the path of the Ninth, and ignore Agricola's intrigues. But watching his every move is the most formidable enemy he has ever faced: mighty Calgacus, war chief of the Northern alliance.
x, 462 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
140915761X
Paperback:The sleep book, how to sleep well every night:2014
Author: Meadows, Guy
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Supported by case studies, background information, exercises, key summaries and client testimonials, and enhanced with illustrations and visual aids, 'The Sleep Book' teaches a revolutionary new method for combating insomnia.
xi, 211 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0340932007
Paperback:That pesky dragon:2008:New in Paperback.
Author: Sykes, Julie
Author: Williamson, Melanie
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New in Paperback.
Publisher: Hodder Children's
Resource type: Physical
Note: Izzy's Dad had a farm. And on that farm there was a goat, a herd of cows, a flock of sheep, a brood of hens, three cats, two dogs - and a dragon! The pesky dragon causes mayhem on the farm as its fiery breath turns the eggs to hardboiled, the wheat fields to toast and the cows' milk to yoghurt! Originally published: 2007 Picture Book
[25] p., chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm (pbk)
0141035269
Hardback:Empire, how Britain made the modern world:2007.
Author: Ferguson, Niall.
Author: Levitt, Steven D.
Year 2007.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
0241330238
Paperback:The librarian:2018
Author: Vickers, Salley
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Viking Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children's librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man - but it's her connection to his precocious young daughter and her neighbours' son which will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat. How does the library alter the young children's lives and how do the children fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0356508366
Paperback:The obelisk gate:2016
Author: Jemisin, N. K.
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: The season of endings grows darker, as civilisation fades into the long cold night. Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.
410 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141199091
Paperback:Bleak House:2012
Author: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Author: Bradbury, Nicola
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Bleak House', Dickens's most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot, challenges the reader to make connections - between the fashionable & the outcast, the beautiful & the ugly, the powerful & the victims. Nowhere in Dickens's later novels is his attack on an uncaring society more imaginatively embodied.
vii, 1082 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008286736
Hardback:One minute later:2019
Author: Lewis, Susan, 1956-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: With a high-flying job, a beautiful apartment and friends whose lives are as happy as her own, Vivienne Shager is living the dream. Then, on the afternoon of Vivi's twenty-seventh birthday, one catastrophic minute changes everything. Forced to move back to the small seaside town where she grew up, Vivi remembers the reasons she left. The secrets, lies and questions that now must be answered before it's too late. But the answers lie in thirty years in the past. Shelley Raynor's family home, Deerwood Farm, has always been a special place until darkness strikes at its heart. When Vivi's and Shelley's worlds begin to entwine, it only takes a moment for the truth to unravel all of their lives.
408 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)