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1. The Cut - George P Pelecanos

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Shortlisted for the Crimefest eDunnit Award 2012.

Spero Lucas is George Pelecanos' greatest creation, a young man making his place in the world one battle and one mission at a time.

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2. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Kate Summerscale

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Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008.

It is a summer's night in 1860. In an elegant detached Georgian house in the village of Road, Wiltshire, all is quiet. Behind shuttered windows the Kent family lies sound asleep. But they wake the next morning to a horrific discovery: an unimaginably gruesome murder has taken place in their home.

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3. The English Monster - Lloyd Shepherd

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A Waterstone Autumn Book Club 2012 title.

London, 1811. The twisting streets of Wapping hold many an untold sin. Bounded by the Ratcliffe Highway to the north and the Dock to the south, shameful secrets are largely hidden by the noise of Trade.

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4. Perfect People - Peter James

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012.

All they wanted was a healthy child... What they got was the perfect nightmare... A chilling novel from the internationally bestselling author.

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5. The Lighthouse - Alison Moore

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012.

Shortlisted for the Specsavers New Writer Book of the Year 2012.

Futh, recently separated from his wife, heads to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. On his circular route along the Rhine he contemplates many troubling aspects of his life, yet his mind continually returns to his mother's abandonment of him as a boy, and the void it left behind.

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6. The Age of Miracles - Karen Thompson Walker

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A Richard and Judy Summer 2013 Book Club choice.

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7. Rush of Blood - Mark Billingham

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Selected for the 2013 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award Longlist.

Three couples on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves.

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8. Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride

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Detective Constable Ash Henderson has a dark secret...

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9. The Never List - Koethi Zan

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A Richard and Judy Spring 2014 book club choice.

For years, best friends Sarah and Jennifer kept what they called the "Never List" a list of actions to be avoided, for safety's sake, at all costs. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride with grave, everlasting consequences. For the next three years, they are held captive with two other girls in a dungeon-like cellar by a connoisseur of sadism.

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10. The Doll's House - Louise Phillips

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Winner of the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Thirty-five years ago Adrian Hamilton drowned. His death was reported as a tragic accident but the exact circumstances remained a mystery. Now his daughter Clodagh, visits a hypnotherapist who uncovers memories of her father’s death. And other memories come to light - the death of her baby sister.

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11. Before We Met - Lucie Whitehouse

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A Richard and Judy Summer Read 2014

Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband fails to come home…

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12. This Dark Road to Mercy - Wiley Cash

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year

A resonant new novel about a father's efforts to rescue his young daughters by the critically-acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home

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13. The Book of You - Claire Kendal

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A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal's debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.

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14. The Versions of Us - Laura Barnett

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Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future - together, and apart - as their love story takes on different incarnations, twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

A Richard and Judy Spring 2016 Book Club choice.

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15. Every Last One - Anna Quindlen

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read 2011

Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. And the premonitions keep coming.

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16. A Boy Made of Blocks - Keith Stewart

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Meet thirty-something dad, Alex. He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself. Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can't solve on his own. But when Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other... Can one fragmented family put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Richard and Judy Spring 2017 book club choice.

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17. Love and Freedom - Sue Moorcroft

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Winner of "Best Romantic Read" 2011.

Romance flourishes against a charming Brighton backdrop, from the bestselling author of Starting Over.

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18. Please Don't Stop the Music - Jane Lovering

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Winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2012.

Winner of the Romantic Comedy Award 2012.

Shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012.

Jemima Hutton is determined to build a successful new life and keep her past a dark secret. Trouble is, her jewellery business looks set to fail - until enigmatic Ben Davies offers to stock her handmade belt buckles in his guitar shop and things start looking up, on all fronts. But Ben has secrets too.

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19. There But For The - Ali Smith

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Ali Smith's dazzling new novel is a funny, moving book about time, memory, thought, presence, quietness in a noisy time, and the importance of hearing ourselves think.

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20. Djibouti LP - Elmore Leonard

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Shortlisted for the Crimefest Goldsboro Last Laugh Award 2012.

In a modern-day pirate story, ambitious documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier LeBo, a 72-year-old African American seafarer, get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa.

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