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December 2017
Shadow Man Margaret Kirk
Shadow Man
Read by Steve Worsley

Two brutal killings rock Inverness, and bring ex-Met Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler the biggest challenge of his career … The body of the queen of daytime TV, Morven Murray, is discovered by her sister, Anna, on the morning of her wedding day. But does Anna know more about the murder than she’s letting on? Police informant Kevin Ramsay’s murder looks like a gangland execution. But what could he ... More >

  Thriller
The Anatomy of a Traitor: A History of Espionage and Betrayal Michael Smith
The Anatomy of a Traitor: A History of Espionage and Betrayal
Read by Richard Attlee

In this compelling investigation, Michael Smith explores the critical moment in a spy’s life: that split-second decision to embrace a double life. Through in-depth insider knowledge, he also uncovers new and unknown cases, including ISIS, President Trump’s links with Russia and Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower to offer compelling psychological portraits of these men and women, homing unerr... More >

  Non-Fiction
The Waterway Girls Milly Adams
The Waterway Girls
Read by Maggie Mash

October 1943. Nineteen-year-old Polly Holmes is leaving poor bombed London behind to join the war effort on Britain’s canals. Stepping aboard the Marigold amid pouring rain, there’s lots for Polly to get to grips with. Not least her fellow crew: strong and impetuous Verity, whose bark is worse than her bite, and seasoned skipper Bet. With her sweetheart away fighting in the RAF and her beloved bro... More >

  General Fiction
Every Secret Thing Rachel Crowther
Every Secret Thing
Read by Rachel Atkins

Five friends, newly graduated, travel together to the Lake District. Young and ambitious, they little imagine the events that will overtake them that fateful summer, tearing their fragile group apart. Twenty years later, they return to the same spot, summoned by a mysterious bequest. It’s not long before old friendships – and old romances – are re-kindled. But soon, too, rivalries begin to emerge ... More >

  General Fiction
Before the Fall Noah Hawley
Before the Fall
Read by Jeff Harding

A private jet plunges into the sea. The only survivors are down-on his luck artist Scott Burroughs and JJ Bateman, the four year old son of a super-rich TV executive. For saving the boy, Scott is suddenly a hero. And then, as the official investigation is rapidly overtaken by a media frenzy, it seems he may also be a villain. Why was he on the plane in the first place, and why did it crash?... More >

  Thriller
The Children Ann Leary
The Children
Read by Katherine Fenton

Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mother’s home; the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman. While Charlotte and her sister grew up at Lakeside, their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. But now the grown boys own the estate, which Charlotte’s mother occupies by their grace. When Spin, the youngest and favourite of all the c... More >

  General Fiction
The Boy Made of Snow Chloë Mayer
The Boy Made of Snow
Read by Joe Jameson

In a sleepy English village in 1944, Annabel and her son Daniel live in the shadow of war. With her husband away, Annabel withdraws into long-ago memories of happier times. When mother and son befriend Hans, a German PoW consigned to a nearby farm, their lives are suddenly filled with thrilling secrets. To Annabel, Hans is an awakening from the darkness that has engulfed her since Daniel’s birth. ... More >

  General Fiction
King Solomon’s Curse Andy McDermott
King Solomon’s Curse
Read by Gareth Armstrong

In Jerusalem exploring the ruins of the First Temple, Nina Wilde spots an opening to a hidden chamber. Within it is a model of a mysterious city thought to contain a great yet dangerous power hidden by King Solomon himself. Analysing the clues, Nina believes the city is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most dangerous locations on Earth. Eddie – in England with their daughter... More >

  Thriller
The Woman in the Shadows Carol McGrath
The Woman in the Shadows
Read by Charlotte Strevens

When beautiful cloth merchant’s daughter Elizabeth Williams is widowed at the age of twenty-two, she is determined to succeed in the business she has learned from her father. But many are opposed to a woman making her own way in the world, and Elizabeth could have powerful enemies – enemies who know the truth about her late husband. Then Elizabeth meets kindly, ambitious merchant turned lawyer, Th... More >

  Historical Fiction
Buried Lies Kristina Ohlsson
Buried Lies
Read by Andrew Cullum

Five brutal murders in two countries. A woman confesses to the killings, then leaps off a bridge to her death. Her brother insists she was innocent, and wants the case reopened. But how do you vindicate a deceased, self-proclaimed killer? ... More >

  Thriller
The Fields of Death: The Wellington and Napoleon Quartet, Book 4: 1809-1815 Simon Scarrow
The Fields of Death: The Wellington and Napoleon Quartet, Book 4: 1809-1815
Read by Jonathan Keeble

1809. Viscount Wellington and Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte both believe their armies are strong enough to destroy any rival. But in war victory can never be certain. While Wellington’s success continues in Spain, Napoleon feels the sting of failure. Yet despite a disastrous Russian campaign and humiliating defeat at Leipzig, he persists in fighting on. With Napoleon’s power waning, the newly titled ... More >

  Historical Fiction
What She Left Rosie Fiore
What She Left
Read by Meriel Scholfield

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears. But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home. Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradu... More >

  General Fiction
November 2017
A Message from the Other Side Moira Forsyth
A Message from the Other Side
Read by Carolyn Bonnyman

When Catherine moves several hundred miles away from her sister, Helen says, ‘Phone calls aren’t enough’, but they make it easier to edit the truth. Helen can dismiss Gilbert and his enchanted Factory as ‘weird’ when she’s never met him, and Catherine think Helen foolish for loving the unreliable and dangerous Joe. Neither sees the perils concealed in what they have not told each other, or guesses... More >

  Thriller
Christmas on Nantucket Elin Hilderbrand
Christmas on Nantucket
Read by Laurel Lefkow

Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn and his family are busily preparing for the holiday season. Though the year has brought tragedy, the Quinns have much to celebrate: Kelley has reunited with his first wife Margaret, Kevin and Isabelle have a new baby; and Ava is finally dating a nice guy. But when Kelley’s second wife Mitzi shows up on Nantucket, along with Kevin’s devious ex-wife Nora and a da... More >

  General Fiction
The Gingerbread House Kate Beaufoy
The Gingerbread House
Read by Niamh Cusack

When Tess agrees to move into her aged mother-in-law’s idyllic country cottage, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to escape the distractions of the city and start work on a novel. However, life in the Gingerbread House is no fairy tale. Tess is utterly unprepared for the reality of caring for Eleanor, who suffers from dementia. Feeling increasingly isolated, she struggles to cope as Eleanor... More >

  General Fiction
If You Knew Her Emily Elgar
If You Knew Her
Read by Katy Sobey

When Cassie Jensen arrives on the intensive care ward in St Catherine’s hospital, chief nurse Alice Marlowe is fascinated. The young, beautiful woman strikes her as familiar, yet she doesn’t know why. But Alice is astonished to discover something about Cassie that she has been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family; a secret that changes everything. Frank is a patie... More >

  Thriller
The Jewel of Knightsbridge Robin Harrod
The Jewel of Knightsbridge
Read by Jonathan Oliver

In 1836, Charles Henry Harrod was convicted at the Old Bailey of receiving stolen goods and sentenced to seven years’ hard labour in Tasmania. But he miraculously escaped his fate to found what would become the legendary Harrods. His son Charles Digby transformed the shop from a local grocer’s to a department store patronised by the wealthy and famous. Robin Harrod’s fascinating book reveals the p... More >

  Non-Fiction
The Lies Within Jane Isaac
The Lies Within
Read by Tim Bruce

Grace Daniels is distraught after her daughter’s body is found in a Leicestershire country lane. Her only solace is the re-emergence of Faye, an old friend who seems to understand her loss. DI Will Jackman delves into the case, until a family tragedy and a figure from his past threaten to derail him. When the police discover another victim, the spotlight falls on Grace. Can Jackman find the killer... More >

  Crime
Odd Child Out Gilly Macmillan
Odd Child Out
Read by Peter Noble

Abdi Mahal and Noah Sadler have been inseparable since they met. They’ve stuck together, even when their peers have excluded them. But when a horrifying incident leaves Noah in a coma and fighting for his life, Abdi is too traumatised to say anything about what happened. DI Jim Clemo, freshly returned to work after an enforced leave of absence, is tasked to investigate. And against a backdrop of a... More >

  Crime
Then She Was Gone Luca Veste
Then She Was Gone
Read by Jonathan Keeble

Tim Johnson took his baby daughter out for a walk and she never made it home. Johnson claims he was assaulted and the girl was snatched. The police see a different crime, with Johnson their only suspect. A year later, Sam Bryne is on course to be elected as one of the youngest MPs in Westminster. He’s tipped for the very top ... until he vanishes. Detectives Murphy and Rossi are tasked with discov... More >

  Crime
The Mountain Between Us Charles Martin
The Mountain Between Us
Read by John Chancer

On a winter night, two strangers meet at Salt Lake City airport. Writer Ashley Knox is flying East for her wedding; while Dr Ben Payne is returning home from a medical conference. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane and offers the spare seat to Ashley. But the unthinkable happens and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness – on... More >

  General Fiction
Dancing with Death Amy Myers
Dancing with Death
Read by Charlotte Strevens

1925. London’s fashionable Bright Young Things have descended on Wychbourne Court, the Kentish stately home of Lord and Lady Ansley, for an extravagant fancy dress ball and midnight Ghost Hunt. Chef Nell Drury knows she’s in for a busy weekend – but she doesn’t expect to encounter sudden, violent death. When a body is discovered in the minstrels’ gallery during the Ghost Hunt, Nell is determined t... More >

  Crime
The Coal Miner’s Daughter Maggie Hope
The Coal Miner’s Daughter
Read by Claire Jones

Growing up in poverty, one of six siblings, Hannah Armstrong never thought she’d know anything other than her little mining town. But then she falls for Timothy Durkin, a wealthy Oxford student. Following her heart, Hannah sacrifices everything she holds dear and follows her new husband to Oxford. But will her new life of luxury be everything she expected – or will she find that once a coal miner’... More >

  General Fiction
Fireraiser (Oslo Crimes 3) Torkil Damhaug
Fireraiser (Oslo Crimes 3)
Read by Peter Noble

A man obsessed with the cleansing power of fire is destroying everything that reminds him of his youth. He calls himself the Fire Man. That same Easter, a teenager is threatened by his girlfriend’s tradition-bound family. Karsten’s attempts to protect himself put him and his sister Synne at even greater risk. Then he disappears altogether. Eight years later, Synne is determined to find out what ha... More >

  Thriller
October 2017
Now Let's Dance Karine Lambert
Now Let's Dance
Read by Joan Walker

Marguerite had been living a comfortable but dull existence in a suburban town with her straitlaced lawyer husband. When he dies, she realises that life has passed her by. Marcel had been in a loving relationship with Nora since they left Algeria sixty years before. Now that he has lost her, he has lost his way. Marguerite and Marcel live in two very different worlds – one rich, one poor – but whe... More >

  General Fiction
Jack the Ripper: Case Closed Gyles Brandreth
Jack the Ripper: Case Closed
Read by The Author

When Police Chief Macnaghten meets Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle in a Chelsea drawing room, the three men decide to solve the mystery of the most notorious murderer in England and reveal the truth about Jack the Ripper’s ultimate identity. Based on Oscar Wilde’s real-life friendship with Conan Doyle and the extraordinary fact that in 1894 the detective in charge of the Jack the Ripper investi... More >

  Crime
The Visitors Catherine Burns
The Visitors
Read by Emma Gregory

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John, in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar. Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gru... More >

  Crime
One Man’s Flag David Downing
One Man’s Flag
Read by Andrew Cullum

Spring 1915. Secret service spy Jack McColl is in India, defending the Empire against Bengali terrorists and their German allies. In England, meanwhile, journalist Caitlin Hanley is rebuilding her life after the execution of her brother – an IRA sympathizer whose terrorist plot was foiled by Caitlin’s ex-lover, the very same Jack McColl. The First World War is giving fresh impulse to those causes ... More >

  General Fiction
The Fourteenth Letter Claire Evans
The Fourteenth Letter
Read by Maggie Mash

One balmy June evening in 1881, Phoebe Stanbury stands before the guests at her engagement party, about to join the renowned Raycraft family and ascend to polite society. As she takes her fiancé’s hand, a stranger holding a knife steps forward and ends Phoebe’s life. Amid the chaos, he turns to her aristocratic groom and mouths: ‘I promised I would save you.’ The following morning, just a few mile... More >

  Crime
Truly Evil Mark Hardie
Truly Evil
Read by Rupert Holliday-Evans

A body has been found dumped on the shores of Southend. Under scrutiny following the murder of a corrupt cop, DS Frank Pearson and DC Cat Russell of the Essex Major Investigation Team are tasked with solving the case. When the victim’s identity is revealed, the list of suspects begins to grow, but one thing is clear: no one is telling the whole truth. Then a shocking tragedy leads Pearson to a sim... More >

  Crime
The Choice Samantha King
The Choice
Read by Emma Powell

Madeleine lived for her children. She’d always believed she’d die for them, too. But on the morning of her twins’ tenth birthday her love was put to the test when a killer knocked on their door and forced her to make a devastating choice: which child should live, and which should die – her son, or her daughter? Now Madeleine stands on the periphery of her fractured family, trying desperately to un... More >

  Crime
Felix the Railway Cat Kate Moore
Felix the Railway Cat
Read by Kate Lee

When Felix arrived at Huddersfield Railway Station as a kitten, no one knew how important she would become. She has a vital job as ‘Senior Pest Controller’ – but Felix is more than just an employee of TransPennine Express. She has changed her colleagues’ lives and saved the day time and again: from bringing a boy with autism out of his shell to comforting a runaway child. When tragedy hits the tea... More >

  Non-Fiction
Blind Alley (Jack Brady 3) Danielle Ramsay
Blind Alley (Jack Brady 3)
Read by Mike Rogers

DI Jack Brady is riding high after the successful outcome of his previous case, but his world is about to come crashing down. There’s a serial rapist plaguing the streets of Whitley Bay. Three young women have been horribly abused, and his boss and the press are screaming for answers. Everything points to his old friend and foe, gangster Martin Madley, though Brady struggles to believe he’s capabl... More >

  Thriller
Blame Paul Read
Blame
Read by Max Dowler

It is the summer of 1989 when Lucas witnesses an event that will tear his family apart. Over a decade later, his estranged father succumbs to a suspected heart attack. Lucas shuns grief and escapes to New York with his colleague Mariana. However, a dark secret from his past threatens to re-emerge and destroy the burgeoning relationship before it has even begun. When his father’s girlfriend fails t... More >

  General Fiction
Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier Britta Röstlund
Waiting for Monsieur Bellivier
Read by Rosie Jones

When a stranger asks Helena Folasadu if she is waiting for Monsieur Bellivier, she finds herself accepting a bizarre mission: to sit in a deserted office and forward coded emails to the mysterious Monsieur. Tunisian shopkeeper Mancebo lives a quiet, ordered life, but when he is approached by a woman asking him to spy on her boyfriend, he agrees. As he observes the man, his own life comes into focu... More >

  General Fiction
The Picture House by the Sea Holly Hepburn
The Picture House by the Sea
Read by Karen Cass

The Palace at Polwhipple, a lovely art deco cinema, nestles in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday, and its only saving grace is Ferelli’s, the family-run ice-cream concession in the foyer. So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli’s, breaks his leg, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help. On arrival, she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she rememb... More >

  General Fiction