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June 2018
Summer at Hope Meadows Lucy Daniels
Summer at Hope Meadows
Read by Rosie Jones

Newly qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds – and her boyfriend Simon – to return to the Yorkshire village she grew up in, where she’ll help out with the animals in her parents’ surgery. But she clashes with gruff local Jimmy Marsh, and some of the villagers won’t accept a new vet. Meanwhile, Simon is determined that Mandy will rejoin him back in the city. When tragedy strikes for her best fri... More >

  General Fiction
Two Lost Boys L.F. Robertson
Two Lost Boys
Read by Kate Harper

Janet Moodie has spent years as a death row appeals attorney. Over-worked, underpaid, and recently widowed, she’s had her fill of hopeless cases, and is determined that this will be her last. Her client is Marion ‘Andy’ Hardy, convicted fifteen years ago along with his brother Emory of the kidnapping, rape and murder of two prostitutes, but Janet discovers a series of errors made by his previous l... More >

Sisters at War Milly Adams
Sisters at War
Read by Maggie Mash

Bryony and Hannah are sisters, but they couldn’t be more different, and war has brought even more of a rift between them. Bryony is happiest at Combe Lodge, the family home, while young, headstrong Hannah has fled to Jersey. At Combe Lodge, everyone else is pitching in with the war effort. The family home fills with evacuees and Bryony is doing her bit, flying planes at the nearby Combe Lodge Airl... More >

  General Fiction
A Sister's Bond Kay Brellend
A Sister's Bond
Read by Annie Aldington

After her mother dies, Livvie Bone must support her family and protect her younger siblings from their drunken father. But life in Wood Green in 1913 is hard and dangerous, and one night she needs protection herself. When the mysterious Joe Hunter steps in to help her, Livvie is drawn to him despite his unsavoury reputation. Then Livvie is offered the chance to work at Barratt’s Sweet Factory. Fac... More >

  General Fiction
A Family Recipe Veronica Henry
A Family Recipe
Read by Julia Barrie

Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest, and hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom. But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura feels as though her family is shrinking around her. She turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother’s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Inspired by the old Blitz spirit, Laur... More >

  General Fiction
What We Did Christobel Kent
What We Did
Read by Mary Woodvine

What would you do if you accidentally encountered the man who once abused you? And how would you get away with it? Bridget’s life is small and safe: she loves her husband, her son and works hard to keep her own business afloat. Then one day her world is changed forever. The music teacher who abused her walks into a shop with the teenager he’s clearly grooming. Bridget is sent spiralling back into ... More >

A Good Face for Radio Eddie Mair
A Good Face for Radio
Read by The Author

For millions of listeners to BBC Radio 4, Eddie Mair has been the trusted guide to the world every weeknight at 5pm for nearly twenty years. Prime Ministers, politicians of all hues, captains of industry and captains of football teams have all encountered Mair’s broadcasting style. And they’ve all wondered: who on earth is this? In this diary, you’ll discover who he is, and why, as he chronicles h... More >

Song of the Sea Maid Rebecca Mascull
Song of the Sea Maid
Read by Catherine Harvey

In the 18th century, Dawnay Price is an anomaly. An educated foundling, a woman of science in a time when such things are unheard-of, she overcomes her origins to become a natural philosopher. Against the conventions of the day, and to the alarm of her male contemporaries, she sets sail to Portugal to develop her theories. There she makes some startling discoveries – not only in an ancient cave wh... More >

  General Fiction
Guess Who Chris McGeorge
Guess Who
Read by Tom Lawrence

At eleven years old, Morgan Sheppard solved the murder of his maths teacher when everyone else believed it to be a suicide. Twenty-five years later, Morgan wakes up handcuffed to a bed in an unfamiliar hotel room, with five strangers waking up around him. In the bathroom – a corpse. One of the people in the room is the killer and Sheppard has three hours to solve the murder. If he doesn’t find the... More >

Classic at Bay Amy Myers
Classic at Bay
Read by David Thorpe

The once-notorious cabaret singer Adora Ferne guards a treasure trove of twelve classic Jaguar cars, but hankers over the one that is missing. Enter Jack Colby: Adora’s manager Danny Carter has commissioned him to buy the thirteenth dream car from its owner, the Earl of Storrington. When a murder follows the earl’s rejection of an offer, Jack is determined to find out whether there is a link betwe... More >

Cause of Death Peter Ritchie
Cause of Death
Read by Sean Barrett

When a covert police operation in Northern Ireland goes badly wrong, Grace Macallan is reassigned to the newly formed Lothian & Borders Major Crime Team, and forced to rebuild her career and her reputation. But when a brutal attack on a prostitute turns into a series of murders, the Major Crime Team is under pressure. The tabloid headlines are lurid and the team badly needs a result. With a new li... More >

The Tattoo Thief Alison Belsham
The Tattoo Thief
Read by Candida Gubbins

A policeman on his first murder case. A tattoo artist with a deadly secret. And a twisted serial killer sharpening his blades to kill again ... When Brighton tattoo artist Marni Mullins discovers a flayed body, newly-promoted DI Francis Sullivan needs her help. There’s a serial killer at large, slicing tattoos from his victims’ bodies while they’re still alive. Marni knows the tattooing world like... More >

May 2018
Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester Nicola Tallis
Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester
Read by Charlotte Strevens

Cousin to Elizabeth I – and possibly Henry VIII’s illegitimate granddaughter – Lettice Knollys had a life of dizzying highs and pitiful lows. Entangled in a love triangle with Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I, banished from court, plagued by scandals, embroiled in treason, Lettice would lose a husband and son to the executioner’s axe. In the first ever biography of this remarkable woman, Nicola Talli... More >

The After Wife Cass Hunter
The After Wife
Read by Penelope Rawlins

When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever. She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband. Now she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone. But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death. A gift called iRachel... ... More >

  General Fiction
Time is a Killer Michel Bussi
Time is a Killer
Read by Candida Gubbins

Summer 1989. Fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents in Corsica. On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Only Clotilde survives. Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter, hoping the trip will exorcise her past and build a bridge between her and her daughter. But then she receives... More >

Race to the Kill Helen Cadbury
Race to the Kill
Read by Jonathan Keeble

It is the middle of a long night shift for PC Sean Denton and his partner PC Gavin Wentworth when they are approached by a dishevelled-looking woman desperate that they follow her. She leads them to the old Chasebridge High School where they find the dead body of a refugee. The investigation which points to the neighbouring greyhound stadium finds Denton caught up in a world of immigration, drugs ... More >

Summer at the Garden Café Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Summer at the Garden Café
Read by Marcella Riordan

The Garden Café, in Lissbeg on Ireland’s Finfarran Peninsula, is a place where plans are formed and secrets shared. But Jazz – reeling from her father’s disclosures about his marriage to her mother, Hanna – has more on her mind than the café. Isolated from friends and family and fixating on her new job at a local guesthouse, she’s developed feelings for a man who is off limits. Hanna, Lissbeg’s li... More >

  General Fiction
Practical Magic Alice Hoffman
Practical Magic
Read by Laurence Bouvard

As children, sisters Gillian and Sally were forever outsiders in their small New England town, teased, taunted and shunned for the air of magic that seems to sparkle in the air around them. All Gillian and Sally ever wanted was to get away. And eventually they do – one marries, the other runs as far from home as she can manage. Years later, however, tragedy will bring the sisters back together. An... More >

  General Fiction
The Lido Libby Page
The Lido
Read by Clare Corbett

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers … Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life. But now everything she knows is changing, and her beloved husband is gone. Kate is a journalist on a local paper, so when the local lido is threatened with closure, she knows this story could be her big chance. And Rosemary knows it is the end of everything for her. Together they ... More >

  General Fiction
Accused Lisa Scottoline
Read by Katherine Fenton

Fiona Gardner was murdered six years ago in what appeared to be an open-and-shut case. The man condemned pleaded guilty. But Fiona’s sister, Allegra, is convinced he is innocent. As Allegra turns to the lawyers at Rosato & Associates, newly promoted partner Mary DiNunzio knows Allegra’s parents are against revisiting the case. And only the foolhardy would dare to go up against one of the most powe... More >

The Lonely Hearts Cinema Club David M. Barnett
The Lonely Hearts Cinema Club
Read by David Thorpe

Twenty-year-old Jenny is struggling to make friends at university, and moves in to Sunset Promenade to escape her problems. Her roommates are a little older than she was expecting – Sunset Promenade is a private nursing home, taking in students to save money. At first the new residents clash, but when Jenny introduces a movie night the group realise they have more in common than they think. ... More >

  General Fiction
That Old Black Magic Cathi Unsworth
That Old Black Magic
Read by Jon Glover

April 1943: in Hagley Woods, Worcestershire, a dead woman is found in an elm tree, her face stuffed with cloth. Mysterious graffiti appears across the Midlands: ‘Who put Bella in the Wych Elm?’ To Ross Spooner, a police officer working undercover for spiritualist magazine Two Worlds, the words hold a sinister meaning. He’s been tracking a German spy ring involved in black magic, and this latest mu... More >

Her Best Friend Sarah Wray
Her Best Friend
Read by Emma Gregory

Sylvie Armstrong has been running from her past for twenty years – until her mother’s death forces her to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter. Overwhelmed by grief in her childhood home, Sylvie tries to block out the memories that surround her – but then someone leaves a gift on her doorstep: a gold necklace with a heart-shaped locket. This locket belonged to Sylvie’s best fri... More >

Hell Bay Kate Rhodes
Hell Bay
Read by Stephen Perring

DI Ben Kitto needs a second chance. After ten years working for the murder squad in London, a traumatic event has left him grief-stricken. His boss has persuaded him to take three months’ leave, and Ben plans to work in his uncle Ray’s boatyard, on the tiny Scilly island of Bryher where he was born. His plans go awry when the body of sixteen-year-old Laura Trescothick is found on the beach at Hell... More >

April 2018
Friends and Traitors John Lawton
Friends and Traitors
Read by Lewis Hancock

It is 1958. Newly promoted Chief Superintendent Frederick Troy of Scotland Yard is on a Continental trip with his older brother, Rod, who is taking the entire family on ‘the Grand Tour’ for his fifty-first birthday. After a concert in Vienna, Frederick Troy is approached by an old friend – Soviet spy Guy Burgess, who says something extraordinary: ‘I want to come home.’ MI5 send an agent to de-brie... More >

The Hygge Holiday Rosie Blake
The Hygge Holiday
Read by Rosie Jones

It’s autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the last shop on the high street has just closed down. Then Clara Kristensen arrives. She’s on holiday, but sees the potential in the pretty town, so rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. But then Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out what is happening with his mother’s shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and sure... More >

  General Fiction
Hangman Daniel Cole
Read by Andrew Wincott

Eighteen months after the ‘Ragdoll’ murders, a body is found hanging from Brooklyn Bridge, the word ‘BAIT’ carved into the chest. In London a copycat killer strikes, branding their victim with the word ‘PUPPET’, forcing DCI Emily Baxter into an uneasy partnership with the detectives on the case, Special Agents Rouche and Curtis. Each time they trace a suspect, the killer is one step ahead. With th... More >

Certain Signs that You are Dead Torkil Damhaug
Certain Signs that You are Dead
Read by Peter Noble

Every killer leaves a trace. In Akershus University Hospital, a patient disappears into thin air. That evening, his body is found in a basement box-room, his throat cut. When retired forensic pathologist Jennifer Plåterud is called in to examine the dead man, she has no idea of just how closely she is involved in the murder herself. And in the merciless heat of summer, she will be forced to make c... More >

Finding Alison Deirdre Eustace
Finding Alison
Read by Caroline Lennon

No one in Carniskey has ever understood what led local fisherman Sean Delaney to risk his life in a high storm in the dead of night. Three years on from that tragic night, his wife Alison is struggling with grief and increasing financial worries.She has grown distant from her daughter and estranged from her friends and fellow villagers, particularly her best friend Kathleen who harbours a secret o... More >

  General Fiction
Bitter Francesca Jakobi
Read by Charlotte Strevens

It’s 1969, and while the summer of love lingers in London, Gilda is consumed by the mistakes of her past. She walked out on her beloved son Reuben when he was just a boy and fears he’ll never forgive her. Yet she hopes desperately they can mend their shattered relationship. When Reuben marries a petite blonde gentile, Gilda takes it as the ultimate rejection. Her cold, distant son seems transforme... More >

The Other Couple Sarah J. Naughton
The Other Couple
Read by Pippa Bennett-Warner

It was meant to be the perfect honeymoon. A five-star beach resort in Vietnam, with white sands, private villas and world-class cuisine. A chance for newlyweds Amber and Ollie Graveney to recover from a tragedy that has left them on the verge of collapse. Except things don’t go as planned. When Amber wakes up in hospital after a brutal attack, her husband is nowhere to be found. And paradise has t... More >

A Year at Hotel Gondola Nicky Pellegrino
A Year at Hotel Gondola
Read by Jane McDowell

Kat is an adventurer, a food writer who travels the world visiting far-flung places and eating unusual things. Now she is about to embark on her biggest adventure yet – a relationship. She has fallen in love with an Italian man and is moving to Venice where she will help run his small guesthouse, Hotel Gondola. Kat has lined up a book deal and will write about the first year of her new adventure: ... More >

  General Fiction
Eve's War Evelyn Shillington
Eve's War
Read by Charlotte Strevens

In 1935 Evelyn Shillington started a diary, little knowing the years of turmoil it would cover. Eve joined her beloved husband, Captain Rex Shillington, whenever she could on his postings giving her a unique view into army life. Through the abdication crisis, to the turbulent years of the Second World War, Eve documented it all with an inimitable spirit and brave humour. The diaries lay forgotten ... More >

Death and the Olive Grove Marco Vichi
Death and the Olive Grove
Read by Tim Bruce

April 1964, but spring hasn’t sprung. The bad weather seems suited to the bad news coming to the police station. First, Bordelli’s friend Casimiro insists he’s discovered the body of a man in a field above Fiesole. Bordelli races to the scene, but finds no sign of a corpse. A few days later, a little girl is found at Villa Ventaglio – strangled, with a horrible bite mark on her belly. Then another... More >

Down the River Unto the Sea Walter Mosley
Down the River Unto the Sea
Read by Ben Onwukwe

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD’s finest investigators, until he was framed for assault and imprisoned. A decade later, King is a private detective. When he receives a card from a woman admitting she was paid to frame him, King decides to find out who on the force wanted him gone – and why. Running in parallel with King’s investigation is the case of a black radical journalist accused of killi... More >

The Bone Keeper Luca Veste
The Bone Keeper
Read by Jonathan Keeble

What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as a child was real? Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned. Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper. Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical coll... More >