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Paperback:The boy that never was:2014
Author: Perry, Karen, 1974-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Michael Joseph Five years ago, 3-year-old Dillon disappeared. For his father Harry - who left him alone for ten crucial minutes - it was an unforgivable lapse. Yet Dillon's mother Robin has never blamed her husband: her own secret guilt is burden enough. Now they're trying to move on, returning home to Dublin to make a fresh start. But their lives are turned upside down the day Harry sees an 8-year-old boy in the crowd. A boy Harry is convinced is Dillon. But the boy vanishes before he can do anything about it. What Harry thought he saw quickly plunges their marriage into a spiral of crazed obsession and broken trust, uncovering deceits and shameful secrets.
349 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406356743
Hardback:We meet again:2014
Author: Pastis, Stephan
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods are throwing him curve balls: for starters, he's on a trial period in school and to keep his place he has to get good grades and really behave. The fabled Miracle report will be the key to his success.
258 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1447238974
Paperback:The danger game:2014
Author: Brooks, Kevin
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 14-year-old Travis Delaney is trying to get his life back on track following the crash that killed his parents last summer. The police called it an accident, but Travis isn't fooled. His parents were on to something, and whatever they were investigating ended in their murder. Since Travis's Grandad took over Delaney and Co, things have finally started to look up. But when his private investigation partner, Courtney, is attacked following a routine inquiry into a local business, Travis can't help but get involved. But what he discovers draws him into more danger than he ever could have realised.
359 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406652180
CD:Get into Spanish, the ultimate interactive learning experience:[2008?]
Author: BBC Active
Author: Utley, Derek
Author: University of Cambridge.
Year [2008?]
Language: English, Spanish
Media class: CD
Publisher: BBC Active
Resource type: Physical
Note: Course book written by Derek Utley Title from slip case Published in conjunction with the University of Cambridge In box 20 x 14 cm Designed for people on the go, the flexible approach of 'Get Into Spanish' puts you firmly in control of how, when and where you learn.
1. - v.(143 p.), col. ill. ; 19 cm
digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in + 1 sound disc :
col ; 4 3/4 in + 1 computer optical discs :
0751549266
Paperback:The silkworm:2015
Author: Galbraith, Robert
Author: Rowling, J.K.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. Originally published: 2014 When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him. And when Quine is found brutally murdered in bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before.
580 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0593078195
Hardback:Past tense:2018
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: "The new Jack Reacher thriller"--Book jacket Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?
403 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
184845435X
Paperback:The curious charms of Arthur Pepper:2016
Author: Patrick, Phaedra
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Arthur Pepper discovers a mysterious charm bracelet in his late wife's wardrobe, he sets off on a journey to discover, charm by charm, her secret life before they met.
352 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0316726737
Hardback:The food of love:2004
Author: Capella, Anthony
Year 2004
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Time Warner
Resource type: Physical
Note: Laura Patterson is an American exchange student in Rome, who, fed up with being inexpertly groped by her young Italian beaus, decides there's only one sure fire way to find a sensual man: date a chef. She meets Tomasso who pretends to be a chef, however he is only a waiter.
309 p. ; 21 cm (hbk)
0751572853
Hardback:Lethal white:2018
Author: Galbraith, Robert
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.
649 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0857500074
Paperback:The visitor:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Bantam
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2000. Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were aquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Originally published: 2000
509 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0718183002
Hardback:The secret diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 years old:2016
Author: Groen, Hendrik
Author: Velmans, Hester
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Dutch Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an expose: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.
375 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1472205995
Paperback:The life I left behind:2015
Author: McBeth, Colette
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: She's dead but she's the only one who knows what really happened; what your friends have said. What the police missed. Who attacked you. So if you want the truth who else are you going to turn to?
380 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0349142114
Paperback:The dry:2017
Author: Harper, Jane
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2016 Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.
401 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
BX01166538
Hardback:The Great Zoo of China:2015
Author: Reilly, Matthew
Year 2015
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Gallery Books
Resource type: Physical
1409170675
Paperback:Th1rt3en:2018
Author: Cavanagh, Steve
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: They were Hollywood's hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. All the evidence points to Robert's guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie's mind. What if there's more than one actor in the courtroom? What if the killer isn't on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?
357 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409152359
Paperback:The plea:2017
Author: Cavanagh, Steve
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 When David Child, a major client of a corrupt New York law firm, is arrested for murder, the FBI ask con artist-turned-lawyer Eddie Flynn to secure the case and force him to testify against the firm. Eddie is not someone who is easily coerced, but when the FBI reveal that they have incriminating files on his wife, he knows he has no choice. But Eddie is convinced the man is innocent, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. With the FBI putting pressure on him to secure the deal, Eddie must find a way to prove his client's innocence. But the stakes are high - his wife is in danger and not just from the FBI.
380 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509826572
Hardback:Little deaths:2017
Author: Flint, Emma
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her two young children missing. After a desperate search, the police make a horrifying discovery. Noting Ruth's perfectly made-up face and provocative clothing, the empty liquor bottles and love letters that litter her apartment, the detectives leap to convenient conclusions, fuelled by neighbourhood gossip and speculation. Sent to cover the case on his first major assignment, tabloid reporter Pete Wonicke at first can't help but do the same. But the longer he spends watching Ruth, the more he learns about the darker workings of the police and the press. Soon, Pete begins to doubt everything he thought he knew. Ruth Malone is enthralling, challenging and secretive - is she really capable of murder?
311 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0857523473
Hardback:The heart's invisible furies:2017
Author: Boyne, John, 1971-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
589 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)