Book of the month

Book of the month

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – April 2024

In 1914, war feels far away to Henry Gaunt and Sidney Ellwood. They’re too young to enlist, and anyway, Gaunt is fighting his own private battle – an all-consuming infatuation with the dreamy, poetic Ellwood – not having a clue that his best friend is in love with him, always has been. ”It was only because Gaunt knew he might die, that he could be so reckless as to kiss him.” An epic tale of the devastating tragedies of war and the forbidden romance that blooms in its grip. // Discuss in the Modern Fiction reading group //  

Mystery Book of the Month – April 2024

It’s a classic setting: big city detective moves to a small country village for some peace and quiet, not getting much of either as he has barely unpacked when the bones of a young woman are discovered. The quiet country life that Jake Jackson envisioned is no more. Sometimes the quietest villages hide the darkest secrets… //  Discuss in the Crime reading group  //  

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – March 2024

Can a small committed group of citizens change the world, and if so – how? Summer Dawidowitz has spent the past year caring for her grandmother, Josie– a lifelong Communist, a dedicated teacher, and the founder of an organization that tutors schoolchildren. When Josie dies, everything that seemed solid in Summer’s life comes into question.    //  Discuss in the Modern Fiction reading group. //

Mystery Book of the Month – March 2024

What if the murder you had to solve was your own? A tautly paced novel in which a young mother who was cloned and brought back to life following her own murder comes to suspect that there is more to the story of her life and death than anyone is telling her. Recommended by Malin! // Discuss in the Crime reading group. //  

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – February 2024

A dazzling story of modern Nigeria and two families caught in the riptides of wealth, power, romantic obsession and political corruption. Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2023.  //  Discuss in the Modern Fiction reading group. //  

Mystery Book of the Month – February 2024

She said yes to a dinner invitation at her old university. Now she’s a murder suspect… A perfect ”locked-room-whodunnit” murder mystery that will keep you guessing.  // Discuss in the Crime reading group. //  

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – January 2024

Graham Patterson’s life has hit a dead end. His career as a comedian is failing. The love of his life recently broke up with him and he literally has no idea what to do next.  With nothing to lose, he buys a new car and hits the road, planning to drive across country and hopefully figure out his next moves before reaching California. But along the way Patterson does something his old self would never have even considered: he gets tattooed by a brilliant tattoo artist in North Carolina. The decision sets off a series of extraordinary events that changes his life forever in ways he never could have imagined. / Discuss in the reading group

Mystery Book of the Month – January 2024

DS George Cross has always wondered why his mother left him when he was a child. Now she is back in his life, he suddenly has answers. But this unexpected reunion is not anything he’s used to dealing with. When a disturbing case lands on his desk, he is almost thankful for the return to normality.   The body of a monk is found savagely beaten to death in a woodland near Bristol.

Modern Fiction Book of the Month – December 2023

Meet Marcellus the Octopus – he has a mystery to solve. After Tova Sullivan's husband died, she began working the night cleaner shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium. Ever since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat over thirty years ago keeping busy has helped her cope. One night she meets Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium who sees everything, but wouldn't dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors - until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova. Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova's son disappeared. A gripping family mystery meets a story of second chances in this warm, feel-good debut.

Mystery Book of the Month – December 2023

Welcome to the nightmare Christmas holiday… Jolted from sleep by the ringing of the telephone, Imogen stumbles through the dark, empty house to answer it. At first, she can't quite understand the man on the other end of the line. Surely he can't honestly be accusing her of killing her husband, Ivor, who died in a car crash barely two months ago. As the nights draw in, Imogen finds her home filling up with unexpected guests, who may be looking for more than simple festive cheer. Has someone been rifling through Ivor’s papers?   /  Join the Crime reading group to discuss this book /
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