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Here are some of our highlights from April. From true crime, thrillers and a cosy murder mystery coming out soon – there’s plenty to choose from in the search for your next favourite read!

1. Too Secret Too Long by Chapman Pincher

Chapman Pincher, the Cold War and the spy scandals which shocked the nation.

Chapman Pincher, the “lone wolf of Fleet Street”, is now regarded as the godfather of investigative journalism. During the Cold War era he became notorious as a relentless investigator of spies, uncovering the shocking extent of Soviet infiltration of the British Secret Services – and the collusion and incompetence at the heart of the British Establishment.

Too Secret Too Long paints a riveting picture of Cold War espionage, of corruption within the British Secret Service and the cover-ups by successive governments.

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2. Stars in Your Eyes by Emilie Loring

When Kay headed to Mexico, she left behind the man that she planned to marry. Little did she know what would happen soon after…

Forced to marry a stranger, she thinks her previous life in America has gone forever. Only when she discovers the real identity of her new husband, and the challenges that face them both, does Kay realise that she must now make some very difficult decisions indeed …

Stars In Your Eyes is a classic Emilie Loring romance, blending adventure and romance into the life of a bright and likeable heroine. This book is bound to entertain lovers of classic romance in general, and Emilie Loring fans in particular.

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3. Wilde: An Introduction to Oscar Wilde and his World by Jonathan Fryer

This is the story of how Oscar Wilde pierced the bubble of Victorian pomposity.

Oscar Wilde, self-styled master of the bon mot turned Victorian bogeyman, was resurrected by a more liberal age as St Oscar, slayer of the dragons of pomposity, hypocrisy and cant. The fat Irishman with the golden tongue had posthumously proved that the world is not black and white.

Jonathan Fryer’s Wilde is more than just a meticulously-researched biography. It accurately contextualises a man who has, in some ways, become part of the literary establishment himself with the passing of time, and brings a freshness and vivacity to his story. This is a must-read for all fans of Wilde, and those who enjoy fine biographies.

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4. No Grave For A Lady by John and Emery Bonett

Her name was Lotte Liselotte. She was a world-famous German actress and a onetime flame of Adolf Hitler. And she had come to the lovely Channel island of Lyonesse to ‘get away from it all.’

Then British publisher Andrew Adams, his charming wife Ashe, and assorted other tourists on the island found, to their consternation, that Fraulein Liselotte had indeed got away from it all – by getting herself murdered.

First published in 1959, No Grave for a Lady is a murder-mystery novel from the genre’s golden age.

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5. In Holy Terror by Simon Winchester

Of all the periods of violent unrest which have beset Northern Ireland’s brief history, there was none more tragic and divisive than the bout of killing which began in the summer of 1968.

In 1969, as a young reporter, Simon Winchester was sent by the Guardian as their man in the troubled province. This book records his experiences through the most traumatic months of this agonizing era. The thirty months which he spent reporting from Northern Ireland for the Guardian remain the most important, the most historic months of the crisis. They include Bloody Sunday, of which he was an eyewitness.

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A Deadly Coincidence by Keith Finney

In sleepy Lipton St Faith, the locals are getting used to their new rationing books and blackout curtains. The Second World War has brought much change to the small Norfolk village, as well as Lieutenant Eddie Elsner, on a mission all the way from America. But when the local postman is found dead, suddenly the war feels much closer to home…

The police are quick to declare it an unfortunate accident, but young, spirited Anna Grix is less convinced. After striking up a fast friendship with the newly arrived American, she teams up with Eddie to dig into this apparent accident.

Full of unexpected twists and turns, A Deadly Coincidence is the perfect read for fans of LJ Ross, Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and Elizabeth Edmondson.

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The Watchman by Rob Parker

One last mission for an old friend. What could go wrong?

It’s sold as an in-and-out jaunt to The Big Apple, to pick up a harmless envelope. But when Ben Bracken is offered the assignment, he’s a little hesitant. He’s a family man now, with a duty to stay alive for his loved ones. 

So begins his American road trip, one that takes him from the city that never sleeps to the misty swamps of Florida. All in pursuit of one highly coveted envelope. Because it turns out, this job isn’t the walk in Central Park it was promised to be. 

The Watchman is packed with action, underpinned with believable conspirative intrigue, world-class writing and twists you just won’t see coming. 

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Above and Beyond: Secrets of a Private Flight Attendant by Saskia Swann and Nicola Stow

Brace yourself for a turbulent read in this hilarious and scandalous memoir, filled with shocking true stories that give a rare insight into life behind the scenes of a private jet’s cabin crew.

Heavily in debt, and earning peanuts as a ‘trolley dolly’, Saskia Swann desperately needed to get her life back on track. After a chance meeting, she landed a job as cabin crew – but this time on a private jet. Saskia soon realised that the job wasn’t quite what it seemed though: her billionaire boss expected far more from his hostesses than just cocktails and nibbles…

In this gripping exposé, Saskia Swann pulls back the first-class curtain on the lifestyles of the mega-rich and famous. 

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Firepower by John Cutter

White supremacists have climbed their way to the top. It’s his job to bring them down.

Vince Bellator decides to infiltrate their ranks a highly dangerous faction of white supremacists who call themselves The Brethren

As he delves deeper into their ranks, Vince uncovers the group’s sickening plot, an act of national terror that will wreak devastation on America and all it stands for.

With the FBI unconvinced and government officials colluding with Brethren leaders, can Vince stop the terrorist cell before it’s too late?

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Christopher Nicole

‘Well-researched…Evocative descriptions of scenery and edifices, and exact period dialogue’ – Historical Novels Society

“Told with smooth authenticity” – Publishers Weekly

“Fast-paced, entertaining, appealing!” – Library Journal

Christopher Nicole’s novels have been read by millions all over the world. Born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana, he later attended colleges in Guyana and in Barbados. In his long prolific career, Nicole has published over 200 novels and non-fiction works.

6 of Christopher’s greatest novels, each the first in an exciting series, are now only 0.99 each. Click the link on the covers below to grab your copy!

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