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The Locket, by Natalie Meg Evans

TRIGGER WARNING: racism 1942, Suffolk. Irene is desperate to earn enough money to leave her small village and is determined that she will not marry local farmer Norman. She falls in love with a black American GI but the pair face opposition from everyone. 2022, Ruby returns to Suffolk to sort through her late grandmother […]

Murder by Invitation, by Verity Bright

Lady Eleanor Swift is involved in the planning of a community celebration for King George V’s birthday. But the plans go awry when the chair of the committee is found strangled to death by bunting… Murder by Invitation is the 15th book in the Lady Swift series of cosy historical murder mysteries. Each book has […]

Murder Most Unladylike, by Robin Stevens (audiobook read by Gemma Chan)

Daisy and Hazel set up a detective agency at their boarding school but cases are few and far between. Until the two school girls discover a body and begin to investigate the murder of one of their teachers… Murder Most Unladylike is a children’s book aimed at ages 9-12. It is a murder mystery but […]

Murder in the Blitz by F.L. Everett

1940, Edie is keen to rise through the ranks at her newspaper but, even during a war, being a woman holds her up. She is promoted to obituarist but it is the crime reporter role she really wants. Helping out a colleague, she witnesses a death but was it suicide or murder? Murder in the […]

The Family Guest, by Nelle Lamarr

The Merritt family welcome foreign exchange student Tanya into their home and family. But while mum Natalie sees her as their lost daughter, Paige instantly dislikes her and disbelieves her story about her background. Who is Tanya really? The Family Guest is a psychological thriller and family/domestic drama set in LA. The Merritts lost their […]