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Close Encounters of the Furred Kind

By Tom Cox
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Tom Cox
Have you ever moved house, over a distance of 350 miles, with four cats? If you haven't, and are thinking about it, I'll give you some advice: don't. If you really must move, try to get the cats to arrange their own transport. Focus on yourself instead. You'll have plenty to think about as it is, and the cats will only get in the way with their sarcasm and hairballs. I moved from Norfolk to Devon with four cats and it felt like such an impossible ordeal, part of me believes that I actually died somewhere along the way and am now living in some kind of afterlife: very much like real life, but a little slower moving, and with slightly clearer air. "That's just the West Country," I've been told, but I can't be 100% certain.
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  • The Cheapside Corpse

    By Susanna Gregory
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    Susanna Gregory
    London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear. There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade, and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II's government with no means of paying for the nation's defence.Amid the tension, Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate the murder of Dick Wheler, one of the few goldsmith-bankers to have survived the losses that have driven others to bankruptcy - or worse. At the same time, a French spy staggers across the city, carrying the plague from one parish to another.Chaloner's foray into the world of the financiers who live in and around Cheapside quickly convinces him that they are just as great a threat as the Dutch, but their power and greed thwart him at every turn. Meanwhile, the plague continues to spread across the city, and the body count from the disease and from the fever of avarice starts to rise alarmingly . . .
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    The Child

    By Sebastian Fitzek
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    Sebastian Fitzek
    My name is Simon. I'm 10 years old. I'm a serial killer.Robert Stern, a successful defence lawyer, doesn't know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. To his astonishment, the defendant is a ten-year-old boy - Simon - a fragile child with a chronic illness who insists that he was a murderer in a former life. Stern's surprise quickly turns to horror as he searches the cellar Simon has directed him to and discovers the skeletal remains of a man, the skull split with an axe - just as Simon told him he would.But this is only the beginning, as Simon tells Stern where to find even more victims whose bodies have lain undisturbed for years. Suddenly, the present feels murderously dangerous as well...The Child is a darkly twisting, page-turning thriller that will make your heart pound with adrenaline.
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    Chain of Events

    By Fredrik T. Olsson
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    Fredrik T. Olsson
    Every second could be our last unless one man can rewrite our future...DAY ONE: KIDNAP'We've been looking for you,' they tell William Sandberg when they abduct him. Imprisoned at a secret location, this broken genius can only win his freedom by completing an impossible task.DAY TWO: OUTBREAKOut on the streets, people begin to die horrible, gruesome deaths. Every moment that William fails to complete his task, more will perish.DAY THREE: CHAOSThe search is on to rescue William as catastrophe after catastrophe kills thousands. But soon William realises the answer to the puzzle might be the most terrifying secret of all.
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  • The Corpse Bridge

    By Stephen Booth
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    Stephen Booth
    The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home. When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge. Is there a connection with the Earl's plans? Or worse, is there a terrifying serial killer at work? Back in his job after the traumatic events of previous months, Detective Sergeant Ben Cooper knows that he must unravel the mystery of the Corpse Bridge if he's going to be able to move on with his life. As the pressure builds, Ben doesn't know who he can trust and, when the case reaches breaking point, he has to make a call that could put everything - and everyone - at risk...
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  • The Certainty of Violet and Luke

    By Jessica Sorensen
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    Jessica Sorensen
    THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORIs loving someone enough to guarantee a Happy Ever After?Violet Hayes's life is a mess. Haunted by the past, she constantly feels on the verge of losing it. When some unexpected news comes her way, it's the final straw as she makes a decision that almost costs her life.Afterwards, she makes a promise to get herself back on track and to try and figure out exactly how she feels about Luke Price, the one person that's always there for her. But Luke has his own struggles to overcome. He's fallen in love with Violet, but is afraid to tell her the truth, fearing that it will scare her away, or worse, she won't reciprocate his feelings. Can Luke and Violet ever get enough peace in their lives to conquer their fears and finally tell each other the truth about how they feel?
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  • The Colour of Fear

    By Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
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    Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
    Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.
  • Cold Warrior

    By Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
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    Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
    When impoverished Cuba is attacked, Castro is sure that the U.S. is behind the assault, and he sends a MiG fighter jet to destroy a nuclear power plant in Florida, prompting Remo and Chiun to spring to action.
  • Coin of the Realm

    By Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
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    Richard Sapir, Warren Murphy
    Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.

    The Crooked House

    By Christobel Kent
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    Christobel Kent
    One fateful night. One unthinkable family tragedy. One survivor. This is Alison's story.Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Apple Tree Yard, this stunning psychological thriller from the author of The Loving Husband follows one woman's search for the truth about her family history.Alison is as close to anonymous as she can get: with no ties and a backroom job, hers is a life lived under the radar. But once Alison was someone else: once she was Esme, a teenager whose bedroom sat at the top of a remote house on a bleak estuary. A girl whose family, if not happy, exactly, was no unhappier than anyone else's - or so she thought. Then one night violence was unleashed in the crooked house, in a nightmare that only Alison survived and from which she's been running ever since. Only when she falls for the charismatic Paul does Alison realise that to have any chance of happiness, she must return to her old life and face a closed community full of dark secrets.As she seeks to uncover the truth of what happened that terrible night, Alison begins to question everything she thought she knew. Is there anyone she can trust?
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    The Cake Shop in the Garden

    By Carole Matthews
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    Carole Matthews
    ***CAROLE'S SENSATIONAL SEASONAL SEQUEL, CHRISTMAS CAKES & MISTLETOE NIGHTS, IS AVAILABLE NOW ***What readers are saying about The Cake Shop in the Garden:'A novel with heart''Brilliant. A relaxing book to read''I loved reading every part of this book and didn't want it to end''I could not put this book down''Would make a great film!''Carole at her very best'The scrumptious Cake Shop in the Garden is Carole Matthews' bestselling book ever! Perfect for fans of Milly Johnson and Jill Mansell.Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will?Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made.When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay's entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn't know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision - even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.
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    The Catalyst

    By Boyd Morrison
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    Boyd Morrison
    'Kevin, the same men who killed Stein are after me...'When Doctor Michael Ward dies in a suspicious fire, his student Kevin Hamilton is convinced it was no accident. The young Ph.D. student received a cryptic email from Ward just before the fatal blaze, warning him that their recent and supposedly failed experiment had actually brought about one of the most important discoveries of the century: a chemical process worth billions, with the potential to destroy lucrative global industries. Along with his girlfriend, Kevin faces an urgent race to escape some extremely dangerous assassins. He must use all of his wits to protect his top-secret discovery and to prevent a conspiracy that will silence him for ever. And time is running out...This is the classic action-packed thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Noah's Ark Quest.**This book was originally published as The Adamas Blueprint**
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    Cut the Crap

    By Ruth Field
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    Ruth Field
    THE GRIT DOCTOR IS ONE TOUGH TASK-MISTRESS . . . First she instructed us to lace up our trainers in RUN FAT B!TCH RUN Then she told us to clear the clutter in GET YOUR SH!T TOGETHER Now, she is ordering us to CUT THE CRAP and get real with our eating habitsShould you go gluten-free? Does detoxing work? What exactly is a superfood? If you're confused by increasingly complicated (and contradictory) nutritional advice, it's time to call in Ruth Field and her formidable alter-ago, The Grit Doctor. With her familiar tough-love style and wicked sense of humour, The Grit Doctor will demystify and simplify healthy eating, enabling readers to see past the bullsh!t and make practical and tasty choices for themselves and their families. Cutting the crap is just as much about eliminating unhelpful and unhealthy pseudo-science as it is about reducing your waistline. In CUT THE CRAP, Ruth Field will empower readers to ditch faddy diets for good and instead embrace a realistic, sustainable and enjoyable healthy eating plan. This isn't a diet, it's a way of life.____________Readers love CUT THE CRAP: 'Great approach to eating, and life in general' 'Five stars given because this book offers straight forward advice that's easy to digest! The humour and wit keeps it fresh, causing a few chuckles along the way' 'Awesome . . . all her books are!' 'Well worth the price and more likely to change your crap eating habits in a sensible bit-by-bit way than any of the other "diet" books out there!' 'The kick up the rear we needed' 'This book is such a refreshing change from the usual bulls*** boring diet books out there . . . Ruth Field's writing style is extremely funny so you actually enjoy reading the book regardless of whether you want to lose weight or not . . . What a welcome change to all the hundreds of diet books I've attempted to read but are now gathering dust on a spare bedroom book shelf'
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    Casting the First Stone

    By Frances Fyfield
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    Frances Fyfield
    A year after her husband's death, young widow and art collector Diana Porteous listlessly roams the beach near her home. Her friend and agent Saul takes action, introducing her to his stylish, anarchic sister, Sarah, to pep her up.They plan that Di should rediscover her talents as a thief, as well as art expert, to recover stolen paintings - and begin with Steven, the neighbour's son, who is amassing works of art in a strange building in London, including work stolen from his mother.But if Di is interested in his illicit treasures, he is equally fascinated by hers - and in the secrets still held in that house by the sea. . .
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  • A Christmas Killing

    By Richard Montanari
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    Richard Montanari
    Meet the young Detective Kevin Byrne, rising star of the Philadelphia police force.Christmas Eve, 1988. Partnered with streetwise veteran Frankie Sheehan, Byrne is called out on a freezing night to investigate the brutal assault of a young woman in a crime-ridden neighbourhood, The Devil's Pocket.There, with the rest of the city celebrating, relentless rookie Byrne must step out from his partner's shadow to outwit a terrifying predator on the same vicious city streets he will later revisit with his future partner, Jessica Balzano.This ebook-exclusive short story also includes the opening of Richard Montanari's terrifying new novel, The Doll Maker.
  • The Corvette

    By Richard Woodman
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    Richard Woodman
    The frozen splendour of the Arctic Ocean and the absorbing drama of a nineteenth-century whale hunt unfold in The Corvette. Rewarded by promotion for his services at the Battle of Copenhagen, Commander Drinkwater is dispatched in haste to replace the captain of the Melusine, who has been shot in a duel. The ship sails as an escort to a whaling fleet on its annual expedition to the Greenland Sea. During the whale hunt the loss of one of the vessels sets off a chain of misfortune. Disaster, death and treachery result. To repair his ship, Drinkwater seeks shelter off the Greenland coast and finds more hazards than the Arctic alone can produce, and it is here that Drinkwater makes the most difficult decision of his career.
  • The Christmas Party

    By Carole Matthews
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    Carole Matthews
    Louise Young is a devoted single mother whose only priority is providing for her daughter, Mia. Louise has a good job in a huge international corporation and she's grateful for it. The only problem is her boss who can't keep his hands to himself, but Louise can handle him. What she really doesn't have time for is romance - until she meets the company's rising star, Josh Wallace. Louise usually says no to evenings out but she's decided to let her hair down tonight. It's the office Christmas party, she has a pretty dress to wear and she's looking forward to some champagne and fun. She's completely unaware that others around her are too busy playing dangerous games to enjoy the party - until she's pulled into those games herself . . . Romance is in the air and secrets are about to be uncovered. It's going to be a night to remember at The Christmas Party.
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  • Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

    By Jenny Colgan
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    Jenny Colgan
    Includes mouth-watering recipes!Curl up with Rosie, her friends and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas . . .Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie? Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan's heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.
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  • Chained Reaction

    By Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
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    Warren Murphy, Richard Sapir
    The city of Norfolk, North Carolina, is invaded in a highly coordinated attack and fourteen men are kidnapped. The victims are young, unemployed - and most ominously - African American. The reports coming into top-secret government organisation, CURE, all point to the same terrifying conclusion, and the enemy may be a little too close to home. But the head of CURE has a bigger problem: his two field agents are MIA. Will they resurface before these rebels rise again? Breathlessly action-packed and boasting a winning combination of thrills, humour and mysticism, the Destroyer is one of the bestselling series of all time.

    Covenant with Death

    By John Harris
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    John Harris
    Stirringly told from the view of everyday soldiers, Covenant with Death is acclaimed as one of the greatest novels about war ever written. With a new foreword by Louis de Bernières, author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.They joined for their country. They fought for each other.When war breaks out in 1914, Mark Fenner and his Sheffield friends immediately flock to Kitchener's call. Amid waving flags and boozy celebration, the three men - Fen, his best friend Locky and self-assured Frank, rival for the woman Fen loves - enlist as volunteers to take on the Germans and win glory.Through ramshackle training in sodden England and a stint in arid Egypt, rebellious but brave Fen proves himself to be a natural leader, only undermined by on-going friction with Frank. Headed by terse, tough Sergeant Major Bold, this group of young men form steel-strong bonds, and yearn to face the great adventure of the Western Front.Then, on one summer's day in 1916, Fen and his band of brothers are sent to the Somme, and this very ordinary hero discovers what it means to fight for your life.'Laden with knowledge yet sparely written, Covenant with Death is the work of an author immersed in the lives of those who fought'The Times'The last line ought to be carved in stone somewhere . . . Find it. Read it. You'll be a better person for having done so'Peter Hitchens, Daily MailAn anti-war book right up there with Remarque's All Quiet on the Western FrontShortlist (The Greatest War Novels of all Time)'Covenant With Death . . . showed with unbearable actuality what happened to a newly formed Sheffield regiment on the first day of the battle of the Somme'Christopher Hitchens, Guardian'The blood and guts, the nightmare stink of cordite . . . appalling realism'The Times'Only one novel about the war since 1945 has the power and feeling of veracity to compare with the works of the 1920s and 30s . . . Covenant with Death by John Harris'The Western Front Organisation'A superb novel'Daily Mirror'John Harris's neglected masterpiece of a novel, Covenant With Death, is the success that it is because it follows a group of Sheffield workers from their flag-waving sign-up to the hecatomb on the Somme'The Atlantic'True and terrible'Observer'An outstanding achievement'Sunday Express
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