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Hello Lume readers,

As this difficult year draws to a close, we wanted to take a moment to look back on the successes of December with this helpful round-up of last month’s best books. This includes exciting new releases, bestsellers, upcoming reads to keep your eye out for and a special author spotlight.

Happy reading!

1. The House of Shadows by Pamela Hartshorne

When Kate wakes in hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around her bed, or of her life before the accident. And although memories start returning, they are not her own memories. They belong to a woman who lived and died at Askerby Hall over 400 hundred years earlier…

Returning to Askerby Hall to recuperate, Kate realises that before she can uncover the mysteries of the present, she must first discover the truth about the past.

Read more here*

2. Under the Mistletoe by Jill Barry

Anyone who loves Christmas or romance (or both!) is bound to enjoy Under the Mistletoe, an omnibus edition that brings together two Christmas-themed romances from author Jill Barry.

Featuring a dramatic Christmas cottage getaway and love on the menu in a local bistro, these stories make for perfect festive reading.

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3. The Tin Can Crucible by Christopher Davenport

In 1994, Christopher Davenport travels to Papua New Guinea to live with a group of subsistence farmers. Then, one day, the villagers kidnap, torture, and ultimately kill a local woman accused of sorcery. Devastated, Christopher writes this sweeping account of grief, empathy, and the complex mechanisms of humanity.

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4. The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw

On 6 June 1944, nineteen boys from Bedford, Virginia – population just 3,000 in 1944 – died in the first bloody minutes of D-Day. Later in the campaign, three more boys from this small Virginia town died of gunshot wounds. Twenty-two sons of Bedford were lost in total.

Based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives, as well as diaries and letters, The Bedford Boys is the true and intimate story of these men and those they left behind.

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5. A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet of Cases: Volume 3 by Roger Riccard

Roger Riccard, one of the most respected Sherlock Holmes authors, has again taken pen in hand to bring forth the third set of five adventures in a new series of short stories for your entertainment.

Sit back and enjoy reading this third volume of A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet of Cases, and watch out for Volume 4 (P to T) coming soon.

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The Excellent Doctor Blackwell by Julia Boyd

This is the remarkable story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician.

Taking in the women’s rights movement, the American Civil War and Elizabeth’s own personal tragedy, this fascinating biography thoughtfully showcases an excellent doctor who changed our world.

Read more here

John Hall

John Hall spent many years in the civil service before becoming a professional writer specialising in crime fiction. He is the author of many popular Sherlock mysteries and his book, Death of a Collector, won the Sherlock Magazine’s competition for the best new fictional detective.

Browse a selection of his Sherlock novels for the discounted price of 0.99 below.

*United States and Canada readers only

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