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21. No Place For A Woman - Val Wood

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When Lucy's parents are killed in a train crash, her kindly uncle steps in to look after the little girl - to the initial apprehension of his wife and her son. However, Lucy's sweet, spirited charm slowly wins over her new family, and as she overcomes the trauma of her childhood, she grows up inspired to become a doctor, just like her father. But studying medicine in London means she has to battle to be accepted in a man's world. With the First World War, an even greater challenge approaches. Will Lucy be able to follow her dreams - and find love - in a world shattered by war?

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22. A Cotswold Casebook - Rebecca Tope

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Set in the rolling hills and villages of the Cotswolds and brimming with intrigue, this collection of short stories features familiar characters and places from her popular mystery novels. A suspicious funeral, a fatal encounter at a garden centre of all places, and a country walk marred by the discovery of a hidden corpse, are just some of the perplexing situations with which Thea Osborne, her friends and a further cast of characters must contend. In this expanded view of the world of her popular books, Tope reminds us that death and crime will visit even the most idyllic country villages.

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23. The Last Time We spoke - Fiona Sussman

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On the night that Carla Reid plans on celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband Kevin and their grown son Jack, their New Zealand farmstead has never felt more like home. But when Ben Toroa and another aspiring gang member brutally force their way into the house with robbery and more on their minds, the night and the rest of both their lives take a radically different direction. As Carla struggles to come to terms with the aftermath and bereavement of different kinds and Ben faces the consequences in prison, their stories will be forever entwined.

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24. Tom Jones: An Extraordinary Life - Gwen Russell

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The owner of one of the most recognizable faces - not to mention voices - in the entertainment business, Sir Tom Jones is the definition of a national treasure. It has been over fifty years since Jones's breakthrough single 'It's Not Unusual' reached Number One in the UK, but success wasn't always assured for the Welsh entertainer. Having overcome childhood tuberculosis, Tom Jones married his teenage girlfriend at the age of sixteen. With a young family to support, it seemed far more likely that a career as a vacuum salesman was beckoning. Bestselling biographer Gwen Russell charts Jones's journey from young, unsigned local singer to one of Britain's best-loved entertainers.

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25. Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses - Carole Matthews

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Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It's not an easy life but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting, and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking.

Christie can see a future full of hope and possibility for her and Finn - and if the handsome Max is to be believed, one full of love too. It's all there for the taking. And then, all of sudden, her world is turned upside down.

Christie knows that something has to give, but can she really give up her dreams and the chance of real love? Will Christie find her happy ending in . . . Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses.

'A gorgeous novel that will delight' KATIE FFORDE

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26. The Enemy Within - Edward Marston

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Pentonville Prison, 1917. Wally Hubbard is serving a long sentence for arson. But after befriending and tricking one of the officers, Hubbard makes an audacious escape. Inspector Marmion, the detective who arrested Hubbard, is warned to watch his back, but it seems that Hubbard has another target in his murderous sights. However, the investigation is mired in confusion. The identities of killer and victim are increasingly ambiguous. The multiplying manhunts, as well as Marmion's concern for his injured and withdrawn son Paul, leave the detective desperate and perhaps with too many threads to untangle.

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27. The Midwives of Raglan Road - Jenny Holmes

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Summer, 1936. Newly trained midwife Hazel Price returns to the Yorkshire streets of her childhood, only to find that her modern methods and 'stuck-up' ways bring her into conflict with her family and other formidable residents of Raglan Road. Determined Hazel battles on, assisting with home deliveries and supporting the local GP. The days are long and hard but Hazel brings knowledge and compassion to the work she loves. Then tragedy strikes and accusations fly on Raglan Road. Will Hazel's reputation survive? And what of John, the man she is beginning to fall for - whose side will he take in the war between the old ways and the new?

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28. No Safe Place - Matt Hilton

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From the best-selling author of "Dead Men's Dust" A Joe Hunter Thriller (Book 11) Who does Andrew Clayton turn to for help when his wife has been murdered, his child is in danger, and the police think he is responsible? Despite his mistrust of Clayton, Joe Hunter accepts the job of protecting young Cole. But who is he protecting the boy from? And why? It's clear Clayton knows more about his wife's killer, but he isn't saying. And when his silence places Cole in the killer's sights there's... No Safe Place Praise for the Joe Hunter thriller series: “Hard-hitting and fast-paced, I was hooked from start to finish.” (Simon Kernick) “Electrifying.” (Daily Mail) “Matt Hilton delivers a thrill a minute. Awesome!” (Chris Ryan) “Vicious, witty and noir. Hilton is a sparkling new talent.” (Peter James) “Explosive and deadly . . . the prolific penman strikes gold again.” (Crimesquad.com)

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29. Blackwater - James Henry

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January 1983, Colchester CID: A new year brings new resolutions for Detective Inspector Nicholas Lowry. With one eye on his approaching fortieth birthday, he has given up his two greatest vices: smoking, and the police boxing team. WPC Jane Gabriel is the newest police recruit. Her striking beauty and youth have landed her with two obstacles: a young male colleague who gives her too much attention, and an older one who acts like she's not there. January 1983, Blackwater Estuary: A new year brings an illicit shipment, bound for Colchester - 100 kilograms of powder that will accelerate tensions in the historic town.

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30. The Dead Woman of Deptford - Ann Granger

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On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he's seen nothing. Meanwhile, Ben's wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and cannot repay his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector's house in Deptford. When she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question...

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31. The Shipbuilder's Daughter - Emma Fraser

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Glasgow, 1928. Margaret lost both of her brothers in the Great War and is now the last remaining child of wealthy and powerful shipyard owner William Bannatyne. Without a male heir to carry on the family business, William expects his daughter to marry well and provide him with a grandson to inherit his business. Margaret loves her father but she has ambitions of her own: to become a doctor. Her father lets Margaret finish her training, but he doesn't count on her meeting Alasdair Morrison, a union man at the shipyard. Suddenly she's faced with an impossible, heart-breaking choice...will she choose love or obligation?

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32. Lord James Harrington and the Winter mystery - Lynn Florkiewicz

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1957. Lord James Harrington and his wife, Beth, run a country hotel in the village of Cavendish, deep in the heart of West Sussex. James and Beth are discussing the latest Cavendish Players production, The Devil Incarnate, when their cleaner informs them that farmer, Alec Grimes is missing. When James finds Grimes dead, he is certain of foul play. But the doctor says he died of natural causes and even good friend Detective Chief Inspector George Lane dismisses his suspicions. So James decides to put his own sleuthing skills to the test?

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33. The Blacksmith's Wife - Anne Doughty

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County Armagh, 1845. Married to the local blacksmith, young Sarah Hamilton spends her days looking after John and his apprentices at the forge. Her happiness is intensified by the steady love of her husband and the beautiful green landscape of her home on Drumilly Hill.

When tragedy strikes, life at the forge is changed for ever and Sarah must find the strength to endure a devastating heartbreak. But as the crops across Ireland begin to fail and the textile industry struggles to adapt to new methods, she knows she isn’t the only one enduring hardships. Along with her friends and neighbours, Sarah lives through loss and disappointment, but along the way discovers love and the power of hope with the help of those dearest to her.

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34. Nobody's Girl - Tania Crosse

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he boom years immediately after the Great War bring nothing but happiness for wealthy industrialist Wigmore Stratfield-Whyte and his wife Clarissa - until tragedy robs them of their greatest treasure. Many years later, a horrific fatal accident brings young Meg Chandler, a spirited farmer's daughter, into their lives. Meg wants nothing to do with them, but Clarissa is drawn irresistibly towards the bereaved girl and will move heaven and earth to help her. Will Meg allow Clarissa into her own shattered life, and can the two share a future happiness together? And will Meg's new acquaintances bring her the contentment she craves - or seek to destroy her?

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35. Essex Poison - Ian Sansom

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October 1937. Swanton Morley, the People’s Professor, sets off to Essex to continue his history of England, The County Guides. Morley’s daughter, Miriam, continues to cause chaos and his assistant Stephen Sefton continues to slide deeper into depression and despair. Morley is an honorary guest at the Colchester Oyster Festival. But when the mayor dies suddenly at the civic reception suspicion falls on his fellow councillors. Is it a case of food poisoning? Or could it be … murder? Join Morley, Miriam and Sefton on another journey into the dark heart of England

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36. A Pinch of Poison - Alyssa Maxwell

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Lady Phoebe, with the tireless assistance of Eva, has organized a luncheon at the Haverleigh School for Young Ladies. But it proves to be a recipe for disaster when the school's headmistress, Miss Finch, is poisoned. The girls at Haverleigh all come from highly respected families, none of whom will countenance their darling daughters being harassed like common criminals by the local police. So Lady Phoebe steps in to handle the wealthy young debutantes with discretion, while Eva cozies up to the staff. But Lady Phoebe and Eva will have to sleuth with great stealth or the cornered killer may try to teach someone else a lethal lesson.

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37. A Life Without You - Shari Low

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Thirty-year-old Dee Harper and her husband, Joe, are blissfully happy - until one day everything changes. Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving the people she loved to deal with their grief in different ways. A marriage is rocked as a parent becomes consumed with seeking justice. A husband struggles to accept the loss of his wife and their future. And a friend discovers that there were shocking secrets that went unshared. But all of them have to learn that the only way forward is to let go of the past.

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38. The Line Between Us - Kate Dunn

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Ifor is the gardener at Nanagalan, an ancient manor house situated on the Welsh borders. It’s here that he meets and falls in love with Ella, the daughter of the house. When the war arrives, Ifor enlists to fight and is one of a small number of soldiers left behind in France after the evacuation from Dunkirk. The British government sends a requisitioned liner to recover the stragglers from St Nazaire in Brittany, but the Lancastria is bombed by the Germans and Ifor is left battling for survival in the icy waters. As he struggles to keep afloat amongst the wreckage, his abiding passion for Ella and his determination to see her again are what help him to survive.

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39. The Girl I Used to Know - Faith Hogan

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Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn't be more different. Amanda seems to have it all. She projects all the accoutrements of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart. By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love. It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward.

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40. The Girls of Mulberry Land - Rosie Clarke

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Maureen Jackson is a prisoner of her father's blackmail. Three years ago, she'd been hoping to marry Rory, the man of her dreams. However, after her mother's death, Maureen was left to care for her overbearing father. Now Rory is back in London with his pregnant wife and reminds Maureen of the life that should have been hers. With the war looming, Janet Ashley hopes to marry her sweetheart Mike, but her father refuses to grant them his blessing. Janet finds herself pregnant and her mother Peggy is determined to hold her family together. One day, four lives on a collision course with destiny...

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