This month, I have read a book that will definitely me making it onto my ‘best of the year’ list. One Puzzling Afternoon by Emily Critchley is published by Zaffre in May and can be pre-ordered here – well worth a read!
Books I Have Read
The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths
The last in the Dr Ruth Galloway series (for now) has had fans desperate to know what happens! With long-standing stories being dealt with, it has definitely been worth the wait. Hopefully we do get the opportunity to revisit this amazing series at some point in the future.
The Scarecrow Killer by Margaret Murphy
The second in the Detective Cassie Rowan series is a particularly macabre tale. When effigies are found followed by a real death a short time later, there appears to be a serial killer on the loose. After enjoying the first in the series, it was good to catch up with Cassie again.
What the Shadows Hide by M J Lee
The ninth in the Ridpath series sees the detective enlisting the help of someone else fans of this author will recognise when a genealogical researcher assists in finding the identities of a young male and female. Another great book in this engaging series.
One Puzzling Afternoon by Emily Critchley
I loved this book about an elderly woman with dementia who wants to find out what happened to her friend who disappeared when they were teenagers. A great mystery coupled with a sensitive look at the effects of dementia.
Books I Have Acquired
To love and to cherish, till death did them part…
Two desiccated bodies are found in each other’s arms in the bricked up room of a derelict Victorian warehouse. After six months of work, the police have nothing and Ridpath is finally called in to investigate. Dubbed the Romeo and Juliet murders by the press, so many questions remain unanswered.
Who are they? Why were they there? Who killed them? And why was the coroner so keen for him to work on this particular case?
Ridpath is plunged into his most difficult investigation yet, in a race against time to discover the truth. Has an unknown serial killer been operating in Manchester for the last twenty years?
A luxury cruise liner, abandoned with no crew, steaming into the mid-Atlantic.
And you are the only passenger left on board.
Caz Ripley, a cafe owner from a small, ordinary town, boards the RMS Atlantica with her boyfriend Pete and a thousand fellow passengers destined for New York.
The next morning, she wakes to discover that everyone else on board has disappeared.
And that’s just the beginning. Caz must prepare for a crossing that will be anything but plain sailing …
It was supposed to be a simple case: a young man arrested for armed assault.
But it was just the beginning.
As Rodney Middleton awaits trial, Detective Jack Warr is warned by his mentor DCI Ridley that they have only scratched the surface of the man’s crimes.
Then DCI Ridley is suddenly removed from his post. No one is to contact him – and no one will say why.
As Warr digs into Middleton’s past, Ridley calls pleading for help, now accused of a murder he insists he didn’t commit.
To catch a monster and exonerate his friend, Warr must weed out the lies. But what awaits Warr if he uncovers the truth?
In an underground labyrinth a lost soul wanders, waiting for revenge, waiting for love…
Alice Webster has made the worst decision of her life. When her Aunt Agatha offers her the chance to go on a Grand Tour she jumps at the opportunity to get away from the glare of scandal. Heading off to see the world as the century turns, Alice begins to believe her broken heart can be healed, and a chance encounter on a train bound for Paris changes everything. When their journey takes them to a Cretan house thick with history, and the world-famous dig at Knossos, stories from the past begin to echo through Alice’s life.
London Present Day
Eloise De’Ath is meant to be a grieving widow. But if people knew the truth about her late husband, they’d understand why she can’t even pretend. Needing to escape, Eloise heads to Crete and the house her father-in-law Quinn left her, and slowly Quinn’s home begins to reveal its mysteries. In his office Eloise discovers his life’s work: the study of the Victorian excavation to find the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Fascinated by the diaries of a young woman from the dig, Eloise is drawn into Alice’s tale of lost love and her growing obsession with Ariadne, the princess of the labyrinth.
Three women divided by time but connected by the long-hidden secrets of the past. As their stories join in a golden thread, a terrible injustice might finally be undone…