THE BRAMBLE AND THE ROSE by Tom Bouman

THE BRAMBLE AND THE ROSE Tom Bouman (www.tomboumanbooks.com) Faber & Faber (www.faber.co.uk) £8.99 When a headless body, half-eaten by bears, is found in the woods outside the small town of Wild Thyme, Pennsylvania, local policeman Henry Farrell finds himself partnered with biologist and bear expert Dr Mary Weaver, hunting the bear before its new-found taste […]

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THE BURNING MEN by Will Shindler

THE BURNING MEN Will Shindler Hodder & Stoughon (hodder.co.uk) £16.99 When an ex-fireman is doused in accelerant and set alight at his wedding, Detective Inspector Alex Finn finds himself leading the investigation despite the fact that he shouldn’t even be working. The deceased paid for the lavish party out of his own pocket, and when […]

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NO WAY OUT by Cara Hunter

NO WAY OUT Cara Hunter Penguin Books (www.penguin.co.uk) £7.99 A house fire in an upmarket area of North Oxford leads to the gruesome discovery of two dead children. There is no sign of their mother, and their father – who was in London at a conference – isn’t answering his phone, or responding to any […]

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SHE LIES IN WAIT by Gytha Lodge

SHE LIES IN WAIT Gytha Lodge Michael Joseph (www.penguin.co.uk) £12.99 Late summer 1983 and six friends, on the cusp of adulthood, go camping in the forest. Star pupils, this is their last chance for a blow-out before they enter the realms of real life. Aurora Jackson is fourteen, and feels privileged to have been invited […]

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THE TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE by C.J. Tudor

  THE TAKING OF ANNIE THORNE C.J. Tudor (CJTudorOfficial) Michael Joseph (www.penguin.co.uk) £12.99 After almost thirty years, Joseph Thorne returns to the Nottinghamshire town of Arnhill to take up a teaching position at the local academy. There’s more than the promise of employment that brings Joe back home: when he was a teenager, his eight-year-old […]

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THE BELOVEDS by Maureen Lindley

THE BELOVEDS Maureen Lindley (maureenlindley.com) Titan Books (titanbooks.com) £7.99 Betty Stash is a woman for whom bad luck is the only luck. Her younger sister Gloria, on the other hand, is a Beloved, a person for whom everything falls just right and who, as the name suggests, is loved by everyone. When their mother dies, […]

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