TODAY’S REVIEW features the latest Richard and Judy winter selection. As always with this husband and wife team a varied and interesting selection of some very good reads. Also recently arrived to be found in our new book section novels that will take you to Venice, Nazi-occupied Europe, 1930’s Burma, Arles in the Camarge and a lemon grove in Sicily. There’s something on offer for everyone’s taste, from romance, thrillers, investigations and of course the odd murder or two.
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THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS – LISA JEWELL
In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up. In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them a hastily scrawled note. They’ve been dead for several days. Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go?
THE SILENT PATIENT – ALEX MICHAELIDES
Alicia Berensen lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago, when she shot her husband five times. Since then she hasn’t spoken a single word. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations – a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….
BLOOD ORANGE – HARRIET TYCE
Described as a psychological thriller. Alison has it all a loving family and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems ….
Obsession, revenge, lust and murder play out on the pages as a female barrister tries to hold her life together while her personality tries to tear it apart. At once shocking and riveting, You won’t be able to stop reading this book.
WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING – DELIA OWENS
For many years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the Marsh she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be loved. When two young men from town became intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
DVD – MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS – DV1306
The film explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart Queen of France at 16, widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry and instead returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. By birth, she also has a rival claim to the throne of Elizabeth I who rules as the Queen of England. Rivals in power and in love, the two Queens make very different choices. Betrayal, rebellions and conspiracies within each court imperil both Queens – driving them apart, as each woman experiences the bitter cost of power.