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Talking to the Dead

Talking to the dead 
by Harry Bingham

Cover for Talking to the dead by Harry Bingham I didn’t think I liked crime fiction until I read this. It’s really well written and I ended up racing through it – a proper page turner! Set in modern day South Wales, the main character has lots of shadows in her own past that she has to deal with as well as murder cases while she’s at work. It’s a fast-paced thriller without being too gory -  If you enjoy it there’s another 5 in the series to read. Emily Hurt

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The perfect holiday

The perfect holiday
by Cathy Kelly

The cover of the book the perfect holiday A warm, feel good holiday quick read! Definitely recommend for a good summer read.

Summer Reading Journey 2018

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The Lie Tree

The lie tree
by Frances Hardinge​

the lie tree An intriguing idea about a tree that swallows lies and reveals truths, set during the late 1800s when ideas of Darwinism were taking hold.  In addition, a murder mystery and coming of age story all rolled into one! A fast paced read 4/5.  Karen Hithersay

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And then there were none

And then there were none
by Agatha Christie 

Cover for And then there were done by Agatha Christie One of Christies best and most ingenious plots! 10 strangers are brought together on an island, what for and by whom…and will they all survive? If  you have never read an Agatha Christie this is the book to get you hooked. Sarah Woodhall


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The Secret Rooms

The secret rooms
by Catherine Bailey

Cover of The secret rooms by Catherine Bailey A true story about the 9th Duke of Rutland who ended his days in the servants’ quarters of his home. After his death his son ordered the rooms to be sealed and they remained untouched for 60 years. This is the story behind why the rooms were sealed and what secrets lay within. Sarah Woodhall

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South of the Border West of the Sun

South of the border west of the sun
by Haruki Murakami 

Cover for South of the border west of the sun This is a typical Murakami read where you don’t know where it will lead and you don’t care because it’s so exquisitely well written. Jane Corrigan


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All the light we cannot see

All the light we cannot see
by Anthony Doerr 

Cover of All the light we cannot see The poignant story of a German boy and a blind French girl living in the midst of the events of World War II.  Despite the tragedy of war, this book is very life affirming and full of light!  Highly recommended 5/5.  Karen Hithersay

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The secret place

The secret place
by Tana French

The secret place coverA psychological murder mystery set in an exclusive girls' boarding school in Ireland. This book is all about relationships, and as you get drawn into the teenagers' friendships and feuds, as well as the investigating  detectives' personal lives and professional ambitions, you will find yourself hooked - impossible to put down. Eva Thackeray

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How to stop time

How to stop time
by Matt Haig

The cover of how to stop time An interesting, enjoyable and easy read! The story centres on Tom and his journey through history;people he met, loved and lost. I was gripped from the beginning and read the whole thing in one afternoon. Sinead English

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In One Pot

In one pot: fresh recipes for every occasion
by Blanche Vaughan

The cove of In one pot This book gave me some great new ideas for family meals. There are lots of different styles of cooking, from traditional pot roasts to quick and easy veggie teas, even posh stuff for when you want to impress! I especially recommend the recipe for Moroccan New Year Chicken with Couscous. Emily Hurt

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The angel’s game

The angel’s game
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The cover of The angel’s game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Not only have you got plural interwoven storylines for each of the characters, but the backdrop of Barcelona ends up being a storyline in itself. The gothic setting of 20’s and 30’s Barcelona is the perfect backdrop for the dark and gripping tale.  Sinead English

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Wild: A journey from lost to found

Wild: A journey from lost to found
by Cheryl Strayed 

Wild: A journey from lost to found I really enjoyed reading this book, the author takes you on a physical and emotional journey of self- discovery and dealing with grief.  I enjoyed reading about how she finds solace in her isolation. Louisa Halton

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Behind closed doors

Behind closed doors
by B. A. Paris

Behind closed doors This book is one that even though you think you know where the plot is going, you still get sucked into the story.  I found myself keeping wanting to read a bit more to see what else was going to happen and how or if Grace was going to break away from her “perfect marriage”. Ann Green

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A summer at sea

A summer at sea
by Katie Fforde

The cover of the book a summer at sea A pleasant summer read, perfect for a beach book! Warm, humorous and will give you a giggle :) 

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The island

The island
by Victoria Hislop  

A book cover of the island I enjoyed reading this book as not only was it an easy beach read, but it was also very informative. 

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Count Magnus

Count magnus and other ghost stories by M.R. James

The cover of Count Magnus and other ghost stories M.R. James arguably wrote some of the finest ghost stories in the English language.  His heroes are often lonely, not always likelable, bachelors who find themselves threatened by a malicious supernatural entity -- an entity that James never explains to the reader. Unlike a lot of modern horror there is little gore in James' stories. In fact, the supernatural creatures in this book never quite come into view, rather they are felt physically or seen out of the 'corner of the eye'. James always grounds his story in reality; the language he uses appears at first to be dry and academic.  But slowly James creates a sense of psychological unease, using the remote landscapes in his stories to emphasise the feelings of isolation experienced by his characters as they face their nightmares alone. My personal favourites include 'The Mezzotint' and 'Oh, Whistle and I will come to you, My Lad'.  Andrew Craig

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