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Paperback:The secret:2016
Author: Diamond, Katerina
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed. If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets - truths she'd never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is - she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her. As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried.
404 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408851784
Paperback:A spy among friends, Philby and the great betrayal:2015
Author: Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, tho. Originally published: 2014 Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone - and then discovered they had not known him at all. With access to newly released MI5 files and previously unseen family papers, and with the cooperation of former officers of MI6 and the CIA, this definitive biography unlocks what is perhaps the last great secret of the Cold War.
xiv, 352 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471168034
Hardback:Our house:2018
Author: Candlish, Louise
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most? Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her - and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth - that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?
438 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
178475367X
Paperback:16th seduction:2017
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Author: Paetro, Maxine
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century 15 months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer's life was perfect - she had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a ruthless criminal who'd detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing 12 people. But Joe isn't everything that Lindsay thought he was and she's still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious, and possibly unnatural, heart attacks strike seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco. Now the bomber she and Joe captured is about to go on trial and his defense raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe's investigation. Not knowing whom to trust, and struggling to accept the truth about the man she thought she knew, Lindsay must connect the dots of a deadly conspiracy before a brilliant criminal puts her on trial.
350 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141384808
Hardback:Marshmallow Skye:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she? Will Skye ever step out of Summer's shadow and find her own chance to shine? Skye and Summer Tanberry are identical twins, and Skye loves her sister Summer more than anyone else in the world. They do everything together, but lately Skye's been feeling like second-best - it's the story of her life. And when her friend Alfie confesses he's fallen not for her, but for Summer, it hurts Praise for Cherry Crush: All the teenage humours of romance, jealousy, friendship and sorrow rage freely in this brilliantly observed story of contemporary life. -- Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk The best book she has ever written amazon.co.uk Praise for Cathy's books: Touching, tender and unforgettable. The Guardian. from 9 to 11.
256 p. ; 22 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:Angel cake:2011
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2009. Anya used to dream of moving to Britain to start a brand-new life. But as she sits in a school where nobody understands her, she dreams of Polish summer skies and the place where she once belonged. Then Anya meets bad boy Dan. He's no angel but she's sure there's a sweeter side to him. Originally published: 2009
207 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141345888
Paperback:Summer's dream:2013:New in Paperback.
Author: Cassidy, Cathy, 1962-
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New in Paperback.
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aspiring ballerina Summer prepares for an audition at a top dance school . Originally published: 2012 Summer has always dreamed of dancing, and when a place at ballet school comes up, she wants it so badly it hurts. Middle school ends and the holidays begin, but unlike her sisters, Summer has no time for lazy days and sunny beach parties. The audition becomes her obsession, and things start spiralling out of control. The more Summer tries to find perfection, the more lost she becomes. Young People.
259 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1474607187
Paperback:IQ:2017
IQ
Author: Ide, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Mulholland Books, 2016 East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighbourhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence. He charges his clients whatever they can afford, which might be a set of tyres or a homemade casserole. To get by, he's forced to take on clients that can pay. This time, its a rap mogul whose life is in danger.
321 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Righteous:2017
Author: Ide, Joe
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: With gun battles, car chases, and many mental puzzles, 'Righteous' is a rollicking, ingenious, and thrilling roller coaster ride. It swerves from the streets of South Central to the hotels of Beverly Hills, from the casinos and massage parlours of Las Vegas to the mountains of the desert Southwest.
326 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099583178
Paperback:The idiot:2018
Author: Batuman, Elif, 1977-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Penguin Press, 2017 Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey turns up at Harvard and finds herself dangerously overwhelmed by the challenges and possibilities of adulthood. She studies linguistics and literature, teaches ESL and spends a lot of time thinking about what language - and languages - can and cannot do. Along the way she befriends Svetlana, a cosmopolitan Serb, and obsesses over Ivan, a mathematician from Hungary. The two conduct a hilarious relationship that culminates with Selin spending the summer teaching English in a Hungarian village and enduring a series of surprising excursions. Throughout her journeys, Selin ponders profound questions about how culture and language shape who we are, how difficult it is to be a failed writer, and how baffling love is.
422 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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1444798197
Hardback:The Zealot's bones:2017
Author: Mark, David John, 1977-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: From Hell, Hull and Halifax, may the Good Lord deliver us. In 1849, Hull is a city forgotten and abandoned; in the grip of a cholera outbreak that sees its poorest citizens cut down by the cartload. Into this world of flame and grief comes Mesach Stone, a former soldier, lost upon his way. He's been hired as bodyguard by a Canadian academic hunting for the bones of the apostle Simon the Zealot, rumoured to lie somewhere in Lincolnshire. Stone can't see why ancient bones are of interest in a world full of them - but then a woman he briefly loved is killed. As he investigates he realises that she is just one of many - and that some deaths cry out for vengeance.
247 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Ragdoll:2017
Author: Cole, Daniel
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: A body is discovered with the dismembered parts of six victims stitched together, nicknamed by the press as the 'Ragdoll'. Assigned to the shocking case are Detective William 'Wolf' Fawkes, recently reinstated to the London Met, and his former partner Detective Emily Baxter. The 'Ragdoll Killer' taunts the police by releasing a list of names to the media, and the dates on which he intends to murder them. With six people to save, can Fawkes and Baxter catch a killer when the world is watching their every move?
376 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:The travelling bag and other ghostly stories:2017
Author: Hill, Susan, 1942-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Profile Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly in this collection of ghost stories from the author of 'The Woman in Black'.
320 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008173060
Hardback:Dragon teeth:2017
Author: Crichton, Michael, 1942-2008,
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America's western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. Against this backdrop two paleontologists pillage the Wild West for dinosaur fossils, while deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars. Into this treacherous territory plunges William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition. But Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, and abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. Soon William joins forces with Cope and stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.
295 pages, maps (colour) ; 25 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Sleeping in the ground:2017
Author: Robinson, Peter, 1950-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: A shocking mass murder occurs at a wedding in a small Dales church and a huge manhunt follows. Eventually, the shooter is run to ground and things take their inevitable course. But Banks is plagued with doubts as to exactly what happened outside the church that day, and why. Struggling with the death of his first serious girlfriend and the return of profiler Jenny Fuller into his life, Banks feels the need to dig deeper into the murders, and as he does so, he uncovers forensic and psychological puzzles that lead him to the past secrets that might just provide the answers he is looking for. When the surprising truth becomes clear, it is almost too late.
374 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Rattle:2017
Author: Cummins, Fiona
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he's just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family's macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt. Jakey Frith and Clara Foyle have something in common. They have what he needs. What begins is a terrifying cat-and-mouse game between the sinister collector, Jakey's father and Etta Fitzroy, a troubled detective investigating a spate of abductions. Set in London's Blackheath, Rattle explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge. It is a glimpse into the mind of a sinister psychopath. And it's also a story about not giving up hope when it seems that all hope is already lost.
486 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Holding:2016
Author: Norton, Graham, 1963-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Duneen is a quiet place, far enough from the big towns to have kept its own rhythms. Its residents include castdown policeman PJ who lives a lonely, uneventful life punctuated only by the next meal - until now; the beautiful and mysterious family of three spinster sisters each with their own secrets and sorrows; and of course, the town's gossip who think she knows the answers. When a grim discovery is made on a building site up by the old school, it becomes the catalyst for long buried secrets and rivalries to come to light and this silent, once innocent and repressed-seeming town is revealed to have a much darker, hungrier undertow.
312 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1409163369
Paperback:Thin air:2017
Author: Paver, Michelle
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 The Himalayas, 1935. Kangchenjunga. Third-highest peak on Earth. Greatest killer of them all. Five Englishmen set off from Darjeeling, determined to conquer the sacred summit. But courage can only take them so far - and the mountain is not their only foe. As the wind dies, the dread grows. Mountain sickness. The horrors of extreme altitude. A past that will not stay buried. And sometimes, the truth does not set you free.
233 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)