Harlequin - Bernard Cornwell
Thomas of Hookton is one of those archers. When his village is sacked by French raiders, he makes a promise to God: to retrieve the relic stolen from Hookton's church. Escaping his father's ambitions, he becomes a wild youth who delights in the life of an army on the warpath. Driven by his conscience and protected by his fearsome skills, he enters a world where lovers become enemies and enemies become friends, where his only certainty is that somewhere, beyond a horizon smeared with the smoke of fires set by the rampaging English army, a terrible enemy awaits him. This enemy would harness the power of Chistendom's greatest relic: the Grail itself. Here, in the first book of a new series, the quest begins. It leads him through the fields of France, to the village of Crecy where two great armies meet on the hillside to do battle.
Lifeless - Mark Billingham
To friends and enemies alike, it looks as though Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Depressed by the recent loss of his father and berated for seriously overstepping the mark on his last case, he's been encouraged to take 'gardening' leave. For an ambitious detective - especially one without so much as a window box - it's a fairly dire situation. But not as dire as the situation for London's homeless. Three men, sleeping rough on streets paved with anything but gold, have been murdered - each victim kicked to death and found with a £20 note pinned to his chest. Were these men just random alcoholics, junkies and jetsam? Or were they targeted for a reason?
Thorne is perfectly placed to find out, and is seconded to the streets. Not as a policeman on the beat but as one of life's rejects. It fits: he looks the part - and feels it aswell. In a harsh and harrowing netherworld, with its own rules and moral code, Thorne discovers the horrifying link between the homeless victims and the perpetrators of a fifteen year old atrocity. Those that know are saying nothing. But the word on the streets is that the killer is a cop. A policeman, it seems, was sniffing around long before Thorne came on the scene...
Death on the Holy Mountain by David Dickinson
1905 sleuth torn between Ireland and England is sent to Investigate some odd occurences in Ireland.
Strong Poison by Dorothy L Sayers
a Peter Wimsey novel about a trial of a crime writer accused of murdering her lover.
Hide by Lisa Gardner
Bobby Dodge, once a sniper for the Massachusetts State Police and now a police detective, gets called to a horrific crime scene in the middle of the night by fellow detective and ex-lover D.D. Warren. An underground chamber has been discovered on the property of a former Boston mental hospital containing six small naked mummified female bodies in clear garbage bags. The suspense builds as the police uncover links between patients at the hospital and long-ago criminal activities. Through expert use of red herrings, Gardner takes the reader on a nail-biting ride to the thrilling climax. (From Amazon).
Diamond and Daises by Bernadette Strachan
Novelist Sunny Parkinson might write scorching romances, but her own life is decidedly lacking in passion. A knicker-snatcher is at large in her block of flats. Her best friend's marriage is crumbling over a luncheon meat scandal. She lives with a spherical couch potato and a workaholic virgin. And an Irish nun has just moved in to their spare room. But one night at the launderette she meets Count Fabio Carelli -- a man so traffic-stoppingly sexy he could have stepped straight from the pages of her latest novel...Candlelit dinners, luxury spa dates and weekends in Paris are a far cry from the weekly pint and pork scratchings with her ex-turned-TV-gardener. Sunny is understandably dazzled. But is this the happy ending she's always craved or is it too good to be true?
A Quiet Belief In Angels by RJ Ellory.
1939. In the small rural community of Augusta Falls, 12 year old Joseph Vaughan hears of the the brutal assault and muder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will blight the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect Augusta Falls against the evil in their midst and form The Guardians, but the murderer evades them and they watch helplessly as one child after another is taken.
Even when the killings cease, a shadow of fear follows Joseph for the rest of his life. The past won't stay buried, and 50 years later, Joseph must confront the nightmare that has overshadowed his entire life.
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City of Dark Hearts by James Conan.
It is 1893 and Anna Zemeckis, a young New Yorker, goes missing in America's most dangerous city: Chicago. Home to the World's Fair, Chicago is a city of glitz and razzmattazz - a city intoxicated by its own spectacular wealth - but beneath the sophisticated facade lies a sinister underworld of pornography, prostitution and violence. It's a lethal place for the weak or vulnerable - and Anna isn't the first young woman to disappear without trace.
Emily Strauss, an inexperienced but ambitious reporter from the New York World, is given a treacherous assignment: to find out what happened to Anna, and to the other missing women. Against a punishing deadline, alone in a dangerous and unfamiliar world, she faces a near impossible task. And, she soon discovers, a powerful enemy....
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Sorry missed this
A Metropolitan Murder by Lee Jackson.
Morning all, here are my suggestions.
A Metropolitan Murder.
The last train of the night pulls into Baker Street underground station. a young woman is found strangled, her body abandoned in a second-class carriage.
The Pillars of the earth
Set in the turbulent times of twelfh-century England when cival war,famine,religious strife and battles over royal succession tore lives and families apart, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the building of a magnificent Cathedral.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Before her eyes the garden changed. Weeds and brambles, decades in the growing receded. Leaves lifted from the ground, revealing paths and flowerbeds and a garden seat. Light was permitted entry once more………..
1913 On the eve of the first World war a little girl is found abandoned after a gruelling ocean voyage from England to Australia. All she can remember of the journey is that a mysterious woman she calls the Authoress had promised to look after her. But the Authoress has vanished without trace.
Now an old lady, Nell travels to England to discover the truth about her parentage. Her quest leads her to Cornwall, and to a beautiful estate called Blackhurst Manor, which had been owned by the Mountrachet family. What has prompted Nell’s journey after all these years?
On Nell’s death her granddaughter, Casandra, comes into a surprise inheritance. Cliff Cottage in the grounds of Blackhurst Manor is notorious amongst the locals for the secrets it holds – secrets about the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is at Cliff Cottage, abandoned for years, and in its forgotten garden, that Casandra will uncover the truth about the family and why the young Nell was abandoned all those decades before.
Sepulchre Kate Moss
1891. 17 year old Leonie Vernier and her brother abandon Paris for the sanctuary of their Aunt’s country house near Carcassonne the Domaine de la Cade. But Leonie stumbles across a ruined sepulchre – and a timeless mystery whose traces are written in blood.
2007. Meredith Martin arrives at the Domaine de la Cade to research a biography. But Meredith is also seeking the key to her own complex legacy and becomes immersed in the story of a magic love, a missing girl, a unique deck of tarot cards and the strange events of one cataclysmic night a century ago.
Please add your suggestions for June/July. Two books each as usual. vote to be Wednesday/ Thursday. Don't forget to give a synopsis of each story thanks.