Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99
The Prisoner by BA Paris
Available from November 3, the author’s latest novels go back and forth as we discover Amélie’s life. Still a survivor, she is alone in the world after the death of her father, her long-lost mother. Knowing that she can only rely on herself, she flees Paris for London and gradually finds friends who really care about her, and eventually lands a job in the magazine industry. Through a series of essential threats to her future, she agrees to marry someone who turns out to be, well, not exactly who he claims to be. All is not well when she wakes up in a room without light and realizes that she has been kidnapped. But by whom? And for what reason ? As she adjusts to her surroundings, Amelia is aware that she feels much safer in her incarceration than married to her new husband. Expect the action to intensify as you race towards the end of the novel.
Catherine Cooper’s Cruise
Posted November 10, Catherine is known for her claustrophobic and contained readings, the modern equivalent of a locked room mystery. Her third book is no different as all the characters live aboard a luxurious cruise ship. It seems idyllic, until one of the ship’s dancers, Lola, disappears at a New Year’s Eve party and her partner is deprived. Fast forward two weeks into the new year and as the ship is out of service, only a reduced crew is on board. However, that doesn’t stop scary things from happening, like missing people… well, don’t exactly show up. No one knows who is responsible for the crimes, why these particular people are chosen, or who will be next. Catherine perfectly mixes life on a luxury cruiser – the lack of glamor if you don’t sleep above the waterline – with the chilling reality of a villain on the crew. Just as tense and enjoyable as his two previous books.
A Killer Christmas at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
Posted Nov. 10, antiques expert and former TV star Kat Sandford is gearing up for a Christmas gala and silent auction at the local estate. But when the ‘help’ left, hostess Lady Lavinia replaced them with a power couple who got more than their fair share of the spotlight. Kat has her own issues, aside from newcomers – who have a keen eye for doing things their own way – her Barbie prize (complete with an emerald necklace) has been pinched. When a stranger arrives in the village and is later found dead in the Victorian stump, he is quickly followed by another corpse and suddenly the neighbors have plenty to do, regardless of suspicious rashes and perpetrators. romantic fiction. And what about the mysterious celebrity who arrives from Monaco as the gala’s guest of honor? One thing is certain: no one lives smoothly in Honeychurch Hall.
Greta Thunberg’s climate book
Allen Lane, £25 (ebook £12.99)
When one of the world’s foremost environmental activists releases a book called “The Climate Book,” you pretty much know what to expect. Still, it makes for compelling reading – Greta Thunberg has called on some of the brightest minds in the fight against global warming (and some high-profile voices you might not expect, like Margaret Atwood) to explain in detail how the climate works, how humanity wreaks havoc, and what needs to be done next. At over 450 pages, it’s not the easiest read – the content is heavy and partly quite scientific – but it’s broken down into small chunks, so it’s really digestible. Thunberg offers some glimmers of hope, but overall it’s a sobering read and it’s clear that much more needs to be done, especially by governments and officials. Review by Prudence Wade.