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Month: October 2017

The Child (October 2017)

By Fiona Barton

October 1, 2017

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance.  But for three strangers, it’s impossible to ignore.

For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.

For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.

And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.

The child’s story will be told.

Origin (October 2017)

By Dan Brown

October 1, 2017

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever’.  The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world.  This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.

But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed.  With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal.  Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Against an enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate the labyrinthine passageways of the city.  On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face to face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.

Don’t Let Go (October 2017)

By Harlan Coben

October 1, 2017

A double suicide?  Or murder?

Fifteen years ago in small-town New Jersey, a teenage boy and girl were found dead.

Most people concluded it was a tragic suicide pact.  The dead boy’s brother, Nap Dumas, did not.

Now Nap is a cop – but he’s a cop who plays by his own rules, and who has never made peace with his past.

And when the past comes back to haunt him, Nap discovers secrets can kill…

The Cuban Affair (October 2017)

By Nelson Demille

October 1, 2017

Set sail for Havana for thrills, suspense and secrets

Daniel ‘Mac’ MacCormick has a good life.  Aged thirty-five and a decorated US Army veteran, he whiles away his life in stunning Key West, Florida, running forty-two-foot charter fishing boat The Maine.  A ladies’ man and rule-breaker, Mac has it all – apart from the money to hold on to his beloved boat.

Then Mac is approached by a hotshot Miami lawyer called Carlos with an apparently irresistable offer: a fee of $2 million to run the boat into Havana and smuggle out $60 million from a stash hidden from the Castro government – cash once owned by the family of a beautiful Cuban-American woman named Sara Ortega.

With the political ‘Cuban Thaw’ underway, it’s only a matter of time before someone finds the stash.  But Mac knows if he accepts this job, he’ll walk away rich … or not at all.

Strap in for a ride full of tension, set in simmering Havana on the eve of Fidel Castro’s death – this is the blistering new novel from America’s greatest living thriller writer, Nelson DeMille.

The Beach Cafe (October 2017)

By Lucy Diamond

October 1, 2017

Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family – a dreamer and a drifter, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters.  She’s tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out.  Now she’s stuck in temp hell, with a sensible, pension-planning boyfriend.  Somehow life seems to be passing her by.

Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy – her precious beach cafe in Cornwall.  Determined to make a success of something for the first time in her life.  Evie heads off to Cornwall to get the cafe and her life back on track – and gets more than she bargained for, both in work and in love …

A Column of Fire (October 2017)

By Ken Follett

October 1, 2017

The saga that has enthralled the millions of readers of The Pillars of the Earth and World Without Endnow continutes with Ken Follett’s magnificent, gripping new story.

Christmas 1558, and young Ned Willard returns home to Kingsbridge to find his world has changed.

The ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn by religious hatred.  Europe is in turmoil as high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty and love, and Ned soon finds himself on the opposite side from the girl he longs to marry, Margery Fitzgerald.

Then Elizabeth Tudor becomes queen and all of Europe turns against England.  The shrewd, determined young monarch immediately sets up the country’s first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions and invasion plans.

Elizabeth knows that alluring, headstrong Mary Queen of Scotrs lies in wait in Paris.  Part of a brutally ambitious French family, Mary has been proclaimed the rightful ruler of England, with her own supporters scheming to get rid of the new queen.

Over a turbulent half-century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed, as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva.  With Elizabeth clinging precariously to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents, it becomes clear that the real enemies – then as now – are not the rival religions.

The true battle pitches those who believe in tolerance and compromise against the tyrants who would impose their ideas on everyone else – no matter the cost.

Force of Nature (October 2017)

By Jane Harper

October 1, 2017

What has happened to Alice Russell?

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track.  Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building.  At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker.  Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case.  She knows all the secrets: about the company she works for and the people she works with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, Falk is told a tale of violence and disintegrating trust.  And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers run far deeper than anyone knew.

Munich (October 2017)

By Robert Harris

October 1, 2017

September 1938.  Hitler is determined to start a war.  Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.  The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there.  Munich.

As Chamberlain’s plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own.  Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anit-Hitler resistance.  Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven’t seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier.  Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again.

When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray?  Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

Nice Work (If You Can Get It) (October 2017)

By Celia Imrie

October 1, 2017

Tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the red carpets of Cannes, Bellevue-Sur-Mur seems like the perfect place for an enterprising band of inhabitants to open a restaurant.  Happily exiled from demanding families, they have found peace and Provencal cooking in the cobbled streets and azure vistas of their new home.  But all is not as rosy as it seems, for it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to sabotage their project.

Meanwhile, the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing.  Celebrities are flying in, luxury yachts arriving.  As the excitement spills over into Bellevue-Sur-Mer, the residents realise they are embroiled in something much murkier than they could have imagined – and the race is on to get the restaurant open in time…

A Legacy of Spies (October 2017)

By John le Carre

October 1, 2017

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, has retired to his family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London.  The reason?  His Cold War past has come back to claim him.  Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.  Somebody must be made to pay for innocent blood once spilt in the name of the greater good.

Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own story, John le Carre has given us a novel of superb and enduring quality.

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