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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)
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)
178211548X
Paperback:The outrun:2016
Author: Liptrot, Amy
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Amy returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey. Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father's mental illness, which were as much a part of her childhood as the wild, carefree existence on Orkney. But as she grew up, she longed to leave this remote life. She moved to London and found herself in a hedonistic cycle. Unable to control her drinking, alcohol gradually took over. Now 30, she finds herself washed up back home on Orkney, trying to come to terms with what happened to her in London.
xiv, 280 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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0718181859
Hardback:The nowhere man:2017
Author: Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: He was once called Orphan X. As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from a children's home, raised and trained as part of a secret government initiative buried so deep that virtually no one knows it exists. But he broke with the programme, choosing instead to vanish off grid and use his formidable skill set to help those unable to protect themselves. One day, however, his luck ran out. Ambushed, drugged, and spirited away, Evan wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, testing his gilded prison and its highly trained guards for weaknesses, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-think, out-manoeuvre, and out-fight an opponent the likes of whom he's never encountered to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him. Or die trying.
389 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1472205294
Hardback:A place called Winter:2015
Author: Gale, Patrick
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Tinder Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Illustration on lining papers A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence - until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything. Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England.
340 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473617200
Hardback:Britt-Marie was here:2016
Author: Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Author: Koch, Henning, 1962-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we? But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes. So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised.
298 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1848667787
Paperback:The girl in the spider's web:2016
Author: Lagercrantz, David
Author: Goulding, George, (Translator)
Author: Larsson, Stieg, 1954-2004
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: "Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium series"--Front cover This translation originally published: 2015 Originally published: 2015 Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time. Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story - and it is a terrifying one. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters - and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.
475 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718181182
Paperback:Me before you:2016
Author: Moyes, Jojo, 1969-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Originally published: 2012 Lou Clark knows lots of things but she doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour.
480 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0091956145
Paperback:The Martian:2014
Author: Weir, Andy
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey
Resource type: Physical
Note: I'm stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I'm in a habitat designed to last 31 days. If the oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death. I'm scre. Originally published: Place of publication not identified: Andy Weir, 2013 Paperback edition of the sci-fi novel about a man who's stranded alone on Mars and must use all his ingenuity to survive. Originally a self-published eBook, it sold more than 30,000 copies in a few months. Film rights have been sold to Fox, with Simon Kinberg producing. 'The best space disaster since Clarke's ]A Fall Of Moondust[.' Stephen Baxter
369 pages, map (black and white) ; 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)
1785655701
Paperback:The mermaid:2018
Author: Henry, Christina, 1974-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Titan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Once there was a fisherman, a lonely man who lived on a cold and rocky coast and was never able to convince any woman to come away and live in that forbidding place with him. He loved the sea more than any person and so was never able to take a wife, for women see what is in men's hearts more clearly than men would wish. But though he loved the freezing spray on his face and the sight of the rolling clouds on the horizon he still wished for somebody to love. One evening after a long day he pulled up his net and found a woman in it. A woman with black hair and eyes as gray as a stormy sea and a gleaming fish's tail instead of legs.
304 pages (pbk)