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This Month’s Picks

The Ipcress File

Len Deighton

About

Published in 1962 during the Cold War, the novel reflects the paranoia of the time. His unnamed working class spy (later named Harry Palmer and immortalised by Michael Caine) must find a missing biochemist which embroils him in a dark and deadly conspiracy...

LJ's thoughts

One of my all-time favourite spy thrillers, I love all of Deighton's novels and this one in particular!

Where to find it

The Beauty of Broken Things

Victoria Connelly

About

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer Orla Kendrick. However, Orla lives alone in a remote Suffolk castle doesn’t want to be found...

LJ's thoughts

This is a lovely, uplifting novel that's beautifully written!

Where to find it

Previous Picks

The Beekeeper’s Promise

Fiona Valpy

About

Join Abi Howes as she travels to Château Bellevue for the peace of the French countryside, where she soon finds herself drawn into the remarkable story of Eliane Martin, who lived in the Château in 1938 – their stories become entwined, the past mingling with the present, but how does each woman overcome their own challenges?

LJ's thoughts

This is a warm, beautifully written novel with a wonderful sense of place – I loved it!

Where to find it

The Lighthouse

P.D. James

About

Head to Combe Island off the Cornish coast in this classic PD James novel. One of the well-to-do guests has been murdered, so Commander Dalgliesh must solve the mystery quickly and discreetly, whilst nobody can leave the island. The team have hardly begun to unravel the complicated motives of the suspects when there is a second brutal killing…

LJ's thoughts

This is one of my favourite classic crime novels – PD James never disappoints!

Where to find it

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