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1. How the Light Gets in - Louise Penny

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

In Three Pines, Chief Inspector Gamache investigates the disappearance of a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world, but now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except town eccentric Ruth Zardo.

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2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014.

Rosemary’s just started college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone about her family. Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone - vanished from her life.

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3. A Colder War - Charles Cumming

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MI6's Head of Station in Turkey is killed in a mysterious plane crash. The Secret Intelligence Service wants the incident investigated – quickly and quietly. Arriving in Istanbul to investigate, Thomas Kell discovers that MI6 operations in the region have been fatally compromised. A traitor inside Western Intelligence threatens not just the special relationship, but the security of the entire Middle East.

A Richard and Judy Spring 2015 book club choice.

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4. The Return Of Captain John Emmett - Elizabeth Speller

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A Richard & Judy Summer Read 2011

Captivating and elegant ... both a gripping mystery and an elegy for the tragedies of the Great War

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5. Amy Snow - Tracy Rees

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Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits . . . if only she can unlock the secret.

A Richard and Judy Bestseller.

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6. Taboo - Casey Hill

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Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Crime Fiction Book of the Year 2011.

Our darkest sins are one killer's unthinkable crimes.

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7. The Trespasser - Tana French

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Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she was there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point.

A Richard and Judy Summer 2017 book club choice.

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8. Highland Storms - Christina Courtenay

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Winner of the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the Year 2012.

Betrayed by his brother and his childhood love, Brice Kinross needs a fresh start. So he welcomes the opportunity to leave Sweden for the Scottish Highlands to take over the family estate.

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9. Foreign Bodies - Cynthia Ozick

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Selected for the Orange Prize longlist 2012.

The collapse of her brief marriage has stalled Bea Nightingale's life, leaving her middle-aged and alone, teaching in an impoverished borough of 1950s New York.

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10. 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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11. The Testament of Jessie Lamb - Jane Rogers

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Winner of the 2012 Arthur C Clarke Award.

Nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times. Women are dying in their millions and if the human race is to survive, it’s up to her.

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12. Sarah Thornhill - Kate Grenville

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Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers' Week Book Award 2012.

From the award-winning author of The Secret River.

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13. A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel - Lee Child

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2012.

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14. Swimming Home - Deborah Levy

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Shortlisted for the Specsavers UK Author Book of the Year 2012.

As he arrives with his family at the villa in the hills above Nice, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is very much alive. She is Kitty Finch...

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15. Hope: A Tragedy - Shalom Auslander

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Winner of the JQ Wingate Prize 2013.

Solomon Kugel wishes for nothing more than to be in a place with no past. The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing, and nothing of any importance has ever happened there- so he's decided to move his family there, to start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way...

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16. The Guilty One - Lisa Ballantyne

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

Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy.

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17. Siege - Simon Kernick

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

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18. The Storyteller - Jodi Picoult

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A Richard and Judy Spring 2014 book club choice.

An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author Picoult. Sage Singer becomes friends with an old man who's particularly beloved in her community. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him.

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19. The Carrier - Sophie Hannah

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WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2013

When her plane is delayed overnight, Gaby Struthers finds herself forced to share a hotel room with a stranger: a terrified young woman named Lauren Cookson - but why is she scared of Gaby in particular?

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20. And the Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

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A Richard and Judy Summer read 2014

An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

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