I’ve read a good range of books this month and was pleased to actually read one from my TBR pile and revisit a series I haven’t read for a while!
Books I Have Read
A university reunion gives Emily the chance to finally get her revenge after a major event that changed the course of her life. I really enjoyed this twisty tale of revenge and loved how the plot was slowly revealed in two different time frames.
The Mercy Killings by David Field
The sixth in the Esther and Jack Enright series sees the Victorian detective investigating the discovery of the bodies of young babies. Great characters and an engaging plot.
This Much is True by Miriam Margolyes
An incredibly honest autobiography from the actress who has become a national treasure. Probably known for her often risque comments just as much as her stellar acting career, this book is not for the faint of heart!
A Sliver of Darkness by C J Tudor
This book of short stories by the author of The Chalk Man is a mix of horror, mystery and the supernatural. I loved the dark humour and the unexpectedness of some of the plots. A great quick read for C J Tudor fans.
The Jane Seymour Conspiracy by Alexandra Walsh
The latest in the Marquess House series sees Jane Seymour taking a starring role although with a supporting cast including Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon. Another superb dual timeline novel where the Tudor history we know is well and truly challenged!
Books I Have Acquired
This serial killer doesn’t just want your life. He wants your identity…
No one sees him coming.
A stock-market trader is pushed from a high-rise balcony and falls to his death on the street below. The only clue the police can find is a box of matches.
No one survives for long.
The decomposing body of a member of the Saudi Royal Family is discovered in a car. Evidence suggests the killer took the man’s life, then stole his identity, wore his clothes and lived in his hotel room – before vanishing into thin air like smoke.
Nothing but matchsticks are left behind.
Dr Bloom realizes the only thing linking these murders is a trail of burnt matches and broken lives. Time is running out – and if she isn’t careful, she might be the next to burn …
Marquess House is under threat…
Nineteen-year-old Jane Seymour arrives at court to take her place with Queen Katherine of Aragon. Discovering a court already beginning to divide into factions between Katherine and Jane’s second cousin, Anne Boleyn, Jane finds herself caught between the old world and the new. Determined to have a son, the king appears to be prepared to take whatever steps he deems necessary to secure the Tudor dynasty.
When King Henry VIII finally succeeds in his pursuit of Anne, Jane witnesses the slow unravelling of his interest in the new queen as she, too, fails in her task to deliver a son. Having watched both Katherine and Anne fall from grace, Jane has no ambition for the throne, but when the king begins seeking her out, Jane realises the decision may be out of her hands…
When a set of papers called The Pentagram Manuscript makes its way to Perdita and Piper at Marquess House, they find they have a new mystery to unravel. The manuscript is the tale of five women on a quest to find true love, written while Anne Boleyn was queen. As Perdita begins to unravel the text, she discovers a code that leads to a whole new outlook on Henry’s relationship with Jane Seymour.
But before they have a chance to reveal all, the twins find themselves under threat from a different source. Their second cousin, Xavier Connors, is determined to wrest Marquess House from them. As Marquess House must be passed down through the female line, and Perdita and Piper do not have children, Xavier sees his twin daughter as being next in line. And when Piper is nearly driven off the road, they realise he will stop at nothing to get what he wants…
What really happened to Henry VIII’s Tudor queens? Why was history rewritten?
Will Piper and Perdita be able to unravel all of the secrets before it’s too late…?
DS Cassie Fitzgerald has a secret – but it’s one she’s deleted from her memory. In the 1990s when she was at school, she and her friends killed a fellow pupil. Thirty years later, Cassie is happily married and loves her job as a police officer.
One day her husband persuades her to go to a school reunion and another ex-pupil, Garfield Rice, is found dead, supposedly from a drug overdose. As Garfield was an eminent MP and the investigation is high profile, it’s headed by Cassie’s new boss, DI Harbinder Kaur. The trouble is, Cassie can’t shake the feeling that one of her old friends has killed again.
Is Cassie right, or was Garfield murdered by one of his political cronies? It’s in Cassie’s interest to skew the investigation so that it looks like the latter and she seems to be succeeding.
Until someone else is killed…
Meet Janine Lewis. A single mum of three and Manchester’s newest detective chief inspector. Her cheating husband walked out the day she got promoted. Now she’s six months pregnant with his baby and in charge of her first murder case.
The body of a deputy head teacher is found on a lonely allotment. Gutted — his stomach sliced open — and left for dead.
The only witnesses are a dying elderly man and a seven-year-old girl.
And now the prime suspect has disappeared . . .