‘A perfect story to read now the colder weather is drawing in’ - Book Reviews by Claire Do you believe in ghost stories? ‘I’m coming to find you, ready or not.’ There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force.
One little girl, one missing child. One historical mystery colliding with the future. Sophie was afraid of the man in the shadows. He terrified her, but he would always disappear when someone else came. But one day in June 1984, she didn’t escape. He took her.
‘Thriller lovers will be riveted by this novel. Beautifully written, good character description and that twist at the end... you’re gonna love it!’ – SerialReader on Goodreads Don’t go into the woods. Because you’re in for a big surprise...
The Forgotten Cottage, the eagerly-awaited and chillingly terrifying new book in Helen Phifer’s best-selling ‘Annie Graham’ series.
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Lucy watches the doctor leave, then turns to the nameless victim on the table. ‘I promise I will catch whoever did this to you,’ she whispers. In charge of a new team, Detective Lucy Harwin is called out to attend the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned, crumbling church, and is quickly plunged into a case that will test her leadership skills to the limit. With no leads except the crudely-fashioned crucifix the victim was displayed on, Lucy is at a complete loss. That is, until another body turns up: an elderly woman who devoted her life to the church. Faced with a killer stalking the streets of her small coastal town, while also throwing herself into work to forget the love of her life, Lucy’s first case is turning into a nightmare. Linking the killer to the church where her own teenage daughter volunteers, it seems the threat is quickly drawing closer to Lucy and those she loves. Can she catch this monster and prevent a tragedy that will tear her world apart? An addictive and unputdownable crime thriller that will hook fans of Patricia Gibney, LJ Ross and Angela Marsons from the very first page. What readers are saying about Helen Phifer: ‘WOW... Double WOW... What a fantastic book... I could not put it down… twists and turns throughout and what a brilliant ending... a big fat 5* for this brilliant book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Loved this book so much. I read it in one sitting, it’s such a page turner. It’s a fast paced thriller with plenty of twists in the plot, that keeps you guessing to the end... I would give it 10 stars if I could.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'It hooks you right from the start and doesn't let up until the very end when you are left completely stunned... I was totally shocked and definitely didn't see that coming.' Always With a Book, 5 stars ‘I found myself sitting for hours glued to the screen of my Kindle…’ Nigel Adams Bookworm ‘AMAZING book… really pulls you in with every page… this is a MUST READ.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars 'Right to the very last few pages we are kept in suspense! I honestly did NOT see that coming!! One that just has to be read!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Kept me hooked all the way through; full of twists… An explosive storyline and really likeable characters provide a great read and I can't recommend this book highly enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Captivating and thrilling; this one was a hard one to put down. It was extremely well written, it was dark, suspenseful and the twists just kept coming.’ Bonnies Book Talk ‘It was exciting, it was full of suspense and just plain awesome… Basically, I loved it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
There's not much that scares Annie Graham. Not even the horrors she has witnessed during her years on the police force. When she agrees to look after her brother's farmhouse, she finds herself drawn to the crumbling old mansion in the woods nearby. But an innocent exploration of the empty ruin and the discovery of the diary of former resident Alice leaves her more than a little spooked. She knows it holds the secrets to a dark past, and she has to find out more. What was the terrible truth that Alice uncovered? And how could what happened to her over 100 years ago help solve the murders of young women in the town? Annie needs to stop the serial killer before she becomes his next victim - but the past comes back to haunt her in ways she could never have expected. Shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Joan Hessayon Award 2014 Praise for Helen Phifer 'an atmospheric, spooky read, ideal for the season.' - I Heart Reading 'The Ghost House is the most exciting book I have read in a very long time, and would make an absolutely perfect Halloween read! Amazing début from Helen Phifer and I eagerly await more from her!' - Judging Covers The Annie Graham series: Book 1 - The Ghost House Book 2 - The Secrets of the Shadows Book 3 - The Forgotten Cottage Book 4 - The Lake House
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. Styles was Christie's first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. This is also the setting of Curtain, Poirot's last case. The book includes maps of the house, the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will. The true first publication of the novel was as a weekly serial in the The Times, including the maps of the house and other illustrations included in the book. This novel was one of the first ten books published by Penguin Books when it began in 1935. This first mystery novel by Agatha Christie was well received by reviewers. An analysis in 1990 was positive about the plot, considered the novel one of the few by Christie that is well-anchored in time and place, a story that knows it describes the end of an era, and mentions that the plot is clever. Christie had not mastered cleverness in her first novel, as "too many clues tend to cancel each other out"; this was judged a difficulty "which Conan Doyle never satisfactorily overcame, but which Christie would."
Revisit the misty hills of Scotland, where there might be ghosts and there’s certainly a killer, in this thrilling tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham. It seemed like the ultimate moneymaking plan—buy an ancient, run-down Scottish castle and turn it into a tourist destination. Toni Fraser and her friends intend to put on reenactments combining fact and fiction, local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall. But then someone arrives, claiming to actually be Laird MacNiall—a tall, dark, formidable Scot somehow familiar to Toni—just as the bodies of young women are found, dumped and forgotten in the nearby town. How is it possible this laird exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance…yet sinister, lifelike dreams suggest he’s connected to the recent deaths. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But even if she wants to, can Toni trust him when her visions seem to be coming from within the very eyes of the killer himself? Originally published in 2004
“Bloody brilliant.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train Internationally bestselling author Julie Myerson’s beautifully written, yet deeply chilling, novel of psychological suspense explores the tragedies—past and present—haunting a picturesque country cottage. Mary Coles and her husband, Graham, have just moved to a cottage on the edge of a small village. The house hasn’t been lived in for years, but they are drawn to its original features and surprisingly large garden, which stretches down into a beautiful apple orchard. It’s idyllic, remote, picturesque: exactly what they need to put the horror of the past behind them. One hundred and fifty years earlier, a huge oak tree was felled in front of the cottage during a raging storm. Beneath it lies a young man with a shock of red hair, presumed dead—surely no one could survive such an accident. But the red-haired man is alive, and after a brief convalescence is taken in by the family living in the cottage and put to work in the fields. The children all love him, but the eldest daughter, Eliza, has her reservations. There’s something about the red-haired man that sits ill with her. A presence. An evil. Back in the present, weeks after moving to the cottage and still drowning beneath the weight of insurmountable grief, Mary Coles starts to sense there’s something in the house. Children’s whispers, footsteps from above, half-caught glimpses of figures in the garden. A young man with a shock of red hair wandering through the orchard. Has Mary’s grief turned to madness? Or have the events that took place so long ago finally come back to haunt her…?
Heading a group of paranormal investigators for the government, Jackson Crow uses his link to the realm of spirits to help solve the mysterious death of a senator's wife with the help of intuitive police officer Angela Hawkins.
Lady Judith Carew finds herself in the middle of a gruesome murder at the Abbey Court and all the clues point at her direction. Is she the real murderer or is it someone else? How will Inspector Furnival get to the root of the mystery? Annie Haynes was a renowned golden age mystery writer and a contemporary of Agatha Christie, another famous crime writer, which often led to her comparison with the latter, and unfavourably so. Haynes's fictions are now lauded for their quick-pace action and sustaining aura of suspense till the end.
Nancy Caldwell relocates to an old sea captain's house on Cape Cod with her husband and four children. When she discovers an abandoned root cellar in her backyard containing a baby's skull and gold coins, she digs up evidence that links her land to the legendary tale of Maria Hallett and her pirate lover, Sam Bellamy. Using alternating chapters between the 18th and 21st centuries, The Old Cape House, a historical fiction, follows two women that are lifetimes apart, to uncover a mystery that has had the old salts of Cape Cod guessing for 300 years. 2014 Winner First Place in Historical Fiction Royal Dragonfly Awards!
Wickedly funny, this totally engaging, richly observed first novel by Hannah Rothschild is a tour de force. Its sweeping narrative and cast of wildly colorful characters takes you behind the scenes of a London auction house, into the secret operations of a powerful art dealer, to a flamboyant eighteenth-century-style dinner party, and into a modest living room in Berlin, among many other unexpected settings. In The Improbability of Love we meet Annie McDee, thirty-one, who is working as a chef for two rather sinister art dealers. Recovering from the end of a long-term relationship, she is searching in a neglected secondhand shop for a birthday present for her unsuitable new lover. Hidden behind a rubber plant on top of a file cabinet, a grimy painting catches her eye. After spending her meager savings on the picture, Annie prepares an elaborate birthday dinner for two, only to be stood up. The painting becomes hers, and as it turns out, Annie has stumbled across a lost masterpiece by one of the most important French painters of the eighteenth century. But who painted this masterpiece is not clear at first. Soon Annie finds herself pursued by interested parties who would do anything to possess her picture. For a gloomy, exiled Russian oligarch, an avaricious sheikha, a desperate auctioneer, and an unscrupulous dealer, among others, the painting embodies their greatest hopes and fears. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly uncover some of the darkest secrets of European history—as well as the possibility of falling in love again. Irreverent, witty, bittersweet, The Improbability of Love draws an unforgettable portrait of the London art scene, but it is also an exuberant and unexpected journey through life’s highs and lows and the complexities of love and loss. From the Hardcover edition.
Growing up in rural Georgia during the 1940's, Joseph Vaughan finds himself at the center of a series of mutilations and killings of young girls. Just a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing more murders-and no one is ever caught. Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls; the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over. Desperate and plagued by everything he has witnessed, Joseph sets out to forge a new life in New York. But even there the past won't leave him alone-for it seems that the murderer still lives and is killing again, and that the secret to his identity lies in Joseph's own history.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks' life is shaken to the core when he is unexpectedly pulled into the investigation of a young girl's disappearance in this shattering suspense novel from the hand of a modern master. “Full of twists and surprises....Robinson shows he has only begun to dig into the personality of his tenacious, thoughtful inspector.”—Chicago Tribune When the nude photo of a teenage runaway shows up on a website, the girl's father turns to Detective Chief Inspector Alan banks for help. But these aren’t unusual circumstances, for the runaway is the daughter of a man who's determined to destroy the dedicated Yorkshire policeman's career and good name. Still, it’s a case that Banks—a father himself—dares not ignore as he follows its trail into teeming London. But when a series of gruesome murders follows soon after, Banks finds himself pulled into the past and private world of his most powerful enemy, Chief Constable Jimmy Riddle. Peter Robinson is at the height of his storytelling skills in this twisting novel of suspense that proves one can never escape their pasts—especially when there are sordid secrets waiting to be revealed.
The Legend of the Lost is the first in the magical adventure series about the Savage family and their struggle to re-connect after being torn apart under mysteriously tragic circumstances. The tale begins with two sisters, Holly and Lucy, on a tranquil family holiday at Mermaid Cottage nestled in an idyllic Cornish fishing village. But the chance discovery of a magical Moonstone leads to encounters with enchanted friends and mortal enemies and they soon discover that their past and indeed their very family is not what they had come to believe. The family members and their friends suddenly find themselves drawn on a challenging heroic journey that takes them from the coast through the mighty Ashridge Forest and concludes with an epic battle at the former castle of the Black Prince. During their adventure, the children uncover unique powers, qualities, alter egos and magical artifacts that not only help them solve the mystery of their family’s past but transport them into a world where fairy-folk,humans, changelings and other enchanted creatures overlap. Yet with each new discovery comes a fresh challenge and they soon find themselves at the center of a greater war with dark forces. This threatens to throw the magical world into a terrible conflict with the natural kingdom and humans that will shape their individual destinies and decide the future of their unique family. Ian P Buckingham lives in Nottingham, UK, (a place famous for its own mythical past) and is a widely published author across a range of genres. Winner of various creative writing prizes throughout his education in Africa and England, he has a BA (Hons) and MA from the University of Leeds where he also specialised in children’s literature. He has edited various publications including poetry and creative writing magazines and has written, produced and directed plays. Ian is a proud father of two daughters (who helped a lot with this series) and when not writing is a well known management consultant and MBA lecturer. He is also a great believer in gender equality at work and at home and is a passionate campaigner for shared parenting rights and responsibilities.

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