The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman

Six summers ago, on Long Island, three people were found murdered on the beach with sand dollars placed over their eyes, but the killer was never caught. This Summer, the dead refuse to stay dead as something Mina and Evelyn did back then comes back to haunt them. Literally. The lore around Mina's family and …

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City of Vengeance by DV Bishop

Set in 1500's Florence, City Of Vengeance is the first in a series about Cesare Aldo, an officer for the city's criminal court, in a capacity similar to a detective or policeman. When a Jewish moneylender that he has a connection to turns up murdered, the pressure is on to solve the case and find …

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Kitty Peck & The Child Of Ill Fortune by Kate Griffin

A more fun book this week than usual, a Victorian mystery/thriller about a girl who has inherited a criminal empire from her grandmother and must learn how to use her new power wisely. But as she is coming into her own, her long lost brother asks her to shelter a child, and she soon finds …

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Simon Jay’s Bastardography: a memoir of coming out, bullying, and bipolar disorder.

I first met Simon on a film shoot about 5 or 6 years ago. He was brought in as a writer, and I liked the way he was so intelligent and down to earth. He was funny. Catching a train back into central London together, he surprised me by making little quips about Australian politics …

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