Big Splash Circus by Karina Choudhrie is set at the greatest show under the sea, The Big Splash Circus, where Lantern Fish is yet to discover his part in the show. Still searching for his special talent, his friends are keen to help as they don’t like to see him sad. Can you help to find his special talent? Get ready for the underwater adventure to begin.
“It’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder.”
Set to be published in 2nd December, You’ll Be The Death Of Me by Karen M. McManus follows Ivy, Mateo, and Cal. They used to be close in middle school. So when Cal pulls into campus late for class and runs into Ivy and Mateo, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn a bad day around. They’ll ditch school and go into the city. Just the three of them, like old times. Why did they stop hanging out, anyway?
As soon as they pull out of the parking lot, Cal knows why. Ivy’s already freaking out about missing class, and the truth is, they have nothing in common anymore. At least they don’t until they walk into the middle of a murder scene. Cal, Ivy, and Mateo all know the person lying on the ground of that building, and now they need to come clean. They’re all hiding something. And maybe their chance reconnection wasn’t by chance after all.
“An atmospheric murder investigation unearths the brutal history of a village where no one is innocent.”
The first book in The Burrowhead Mysteries series, When The Dead Come Calling by Helen Sedgwick sees DI Strachan and her team of local police investigate the murder of psychotherapist Alexis Cosse who is found murdered in the playground of the sleepy northern village of Burrowhead. The investigation soon exposes a maelstrom of racism, misogyny and homophobia simmering beneath the surface of the village. Shaken by the revelations and beginning to doubt her relationship with her husband, DI Strachan discovers something lurking in the history of Burrowhead, while someone (or something) equally threatening is hiding in the strange and haunted cave beneath the cliffs…
“A humorous and heart-warming story about a little elf called Steve and a little girl called May, who help each other find their way.”
Steve the Christmas Elf, written by Billy Dunne and illustrated by Ben Whitehouse, follows an elf called Steve busy making toys in the North Pole for the big day, suddenly wonders: what if the children he’s making toys for don’t exist? It’s not like he’s ever seen them… So on Christmas Eve, Steve sneaks on board Santa’s sleigh, to find out the truth.
“A MISSING CHILD. A GRUESOME DISCOVERY. A SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH.”
Set to be published on 25th November and the first book in the Jonah Colley series, The Lost by Simon Beckett follows firearms police officer Jonah Colley who, ten years ago, was destroyed by the disappearance of his young son. Now, a plea for help from an old friend leads him to Slaughter Quay and the discovery of four bodies. Brutally attacked and left for dead, he is the only survivor. Under suspicion himself, he uncovers a network of secrets and lies about the people he thought he knew – forcing him to question what really happened all those years ago…
The Hideout by Camilla Grebe sees 18-year old Samuel finds himself at the centre of a drug deal gone wrong. Forced to go underground to escape the police and an infamous drug lord, he seeks refuge in a sleepy town in the Stockholm archipelago and takes a job as a personal assistant to a disabled boy. But when Samuel moves in with the beautiful Rachel and her son Jonas, he soon realizes that nothing is quite what it seems . . .
Meanwhile, the bodies of young men have been washing ashore in the archipelago and investigator Manfred Olsson fears that they have a killer on the loose.
“A hidden community… A shocking abduction… A twisting case…”
Set to be published on 28th October, The Cult by Abby Davies is set across two timelines. The first is thirty years ago, in the English countryside, where a commune was set up. Led by Uncle Saviour, it was supposed to be a place of love, peace and harmony. But what started out as paradise turned into hell. Now, two young children have vanished from their home in the middle of the night. Their parents are frantic, the police are at a loss. DI Ottoline is leading the search – her only clue is a mask found in the woods. Could the key lie in events that took place decades ago, when a dream of a new way of life became something far more sinister?
“The lights of her parents’ cabin just visible through the woods, the girl carefully curls up amongst the reeds, her knees pulled tight to her chest. Terrified, the only sound she makes is the pounding of her heart, but she hears the stranger searching… if she keeps silent, will she be safe?”
The third book in Roger Stelljes‘ Agent Tori Hunter series, The Hidden Girl follows Agent Tori Hunter who is urgently called to the murder scene of Dan and Heidi Newman. She finds their throats slit, and Dan tied up: forced to watch his wife lose her life. Desperate to find the monster behind this crime, Tori pieces together the broken chain. But then another local couple is murdered in their isolated home, another husband forced to watch his worst nightmare unfold. As more couples lose their lives, can Tori keep her one witness safe from this vicious killer? And can she track him down before more innocent families are torn apart?
Written by Lily Murray and illustrated by Richard Merritt, That Dinosaur Has Talent! follows Eliza Jane who lives in a town where dinosaurs and humans live happily side-by-side – raptors run restaurants, Troodons are teachers and you can even pay a visit to see a dinosaur dentist. Every dinosaur has a job to do, apart from one shy dino called Parry who always feels like he’s getting in the way. Eliza Jane is determined to help him find his groove but everything poor Parry tries seems to end in disaster. Then, one night, Eliza Jane discovers that Parry has a very special hidden talent and a star is born.
Published on 16th September, The Shadowing by Rhiannon Ward follows well-to-do Hester who travels to a Nottinghamshire workhouse in Southwell after learning of her sister Mercy’s death. Eager to find out how her sister ended up at such a place and haunted by her sister’s ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth. She soon finds out that Mercy was pregnant, and that both she and the baby are said to be dead of cholera. But the workhouse hasn’t had an outbreak for years. So when rumours of children going missing and of a ghostly figure known as the Pale Lady that steals babies in the night, Hester investigates. Is this lady a myth? Or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse?
“The perfect getaway – to get away with murder…”
How To Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliot follows Georgie, Lissa and Bronwyn who have been best friends since they met on their college swimming team. Now, Lissa is dead – drowned off the coast of the remote island where her second husband owns a luxury resort. But could a star open-water swimmer really have drowned? Or is something more sinister going on?
Brought together for Lissa’s memorial, Georgie, Bron, Lissa’s grieving husband and their friends find themselves questioning the circumstances around Lissa’s death – and each other. As the weather turns ominous, trapping the guests on the island, it slowly dawns on them that Lissa’s death was only the beginning. Nobody knows who they can trust. Or if they’ll make it off the island alive…
“She has spent her whole life protecting the ones she loves, but to find this killer Nikki might have to risk everything…”
Published earlier this week, Lost Angels by Stacy Green is the third book in her Nikki Hunt series which sees Special Agent Nikki Hunt called to the Boundary Waters near Stillwater, Minnesota, where the body of a young woman has been found frozen beside a remote lake. This time, Nikki is devastated to see that the victim is her childhood friend Annmarie, and she recognizes the velvet ribbon tied in her hair as the hallmark of a serial killer who she has been hunting for years.
Desperate for justice, Nikki throws herself into the case. But she is shaken by what she finds at Annmarie’s home: a photo of Nikki’s mother that no one has ever seen. Has the murderer at large been in Nikki’s life since she was a child? Nikki soon realizes that the key to unlocking this case is in her own family, but digging up the past could put her own daughter in danger.
“Some lessons can be deadly…”
Published earlier this month, For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing follows Teddy Crutcher who has just won Teacher of the Year at the prestigious Belmont Academy. Everyone thinks he’s brilliant. They all smile when he tells us his wife couldn’t be more proud – though if they stopped to think about it, they would realise no one has seen her in a while. They’re impressed when he doesn’t let anything distract him – even the tragic death of a school parent. Even when the whispers start, saying it was murder.
“One little girl. Two little girls. But Mother only needs one.”
The 2020 book by Abby Davies, Mother Loves Me follows 13-year-old Mirabelle whose mother loves her. She’s her ‘little doll’. Mother dresses her, paints her face, and plaits her hair. But as Mirabelle grows, the dresses no longer fit quite as well, the face paint no longer looks quite so pretty. And Mother isn’t happy. On her birthday, Mother arrives home with a present – a new sister, 5-year-old Clarabelle, who Mother has rescued from the outside world. As it dawns on Mirabelle that there is a new ‘little doll’ in her house, she also realizes that her life isn’t what she thought it was. And that dolls often end up on the scrap heap.
“Why would you pretend your life is a dream when you’re living a nightmare?”
Her Sister’s Secret by SE Lynes follows Scottish-born sisters, Annie and Isla. Isla thought that her sister was happy, that Annie led a perfect life with her husband, Dom, in a lovely cottage in a quiet village by the sea. But Isla didn’t see the nights when Annie would sit waiting for Dom to come home. She didn’t see Annie smiling through her tears. She didn’t know what the perfect couple were hiding. So when sirens break the silence of the night and flames rise against the dark sky, and Isla gets the call she never expected, she’s left with a simple burning question: who was to blame?
Out now on kindle and hardback, The Lost Girls by Heather Young is set over two timelines. In 1935, six-year-old Emily vanishes from her family’s vacation home on a remote Minnesota lake. Her disappearance destroys the family, who spend the rest of their lives at the lake house, keeping a decades-long vigil for the lost child.
Sixty years later, their grandniece, Justine, moves to the lake house to escape her manipulative boyfriend and give her daughters the home she never had. But the long Minnesota winter is just beginning. The house is cold and dilapidated, and her only neighbour is a strange old man who seems to know more about the summer of 1935 than he’s telling.
The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry follows married couple Sarah and Tom who must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child. Sarah always thought of herself and her husband as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police. As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision: Save her son, or save herself?
“How had I got here? What day was it? I couldn’t remember anything. But I knew I had become the fifth woman to be abducted.”
Released on 28th June, Invisible Victim by Mel Sherratt follows journalist Eva, the fifth victim of a silent abductor who wakes to find herself in a small room and in someone else’s clothes. Everything looks just like the others described: a small hole in the door, a mattress and a narrow window allowing only a small chink of light. Just days before, she had interviewed the third victim for the local paper. Her story was the same as those before her: an ordinary woman, locked away for ten days then released with no explanation, and no apparent link her to the others. Eva tells herself that she’ll be safe in ten days, but she can’t help thinking of the fourth victim who is still missing.
“It’s over, my angel. Today I’m going to die. Just like her. He’s won.”
Sleepless by Romy Hausmann follows Nadja who, after her release from prison, wants nothing more than to live a normal life. It’s been years since she was convicted of a cruel crime. But when a murder occurs at a remote house in the woods, Nadja’s past makes her the perfect victim. And the perfect murderer…
“Everything she touches breaks…”
Published on 10th June, Fragile by Sarah Hilary follows runaway Nell Ballard, a former foster child with a dark secret. All Nell wants is to find a place she can belong. So when a job comes up at Starling Villas, home to the enigmatic Robin Wilder, she seizes the opportunity with both hands. But her new lodgings may not be the safe haven that she was hoping for. Her employer lives by a set of rigid rules and she soon sees he is hiding secrets of his own. But is Nell’s arrival at the Villas really the coincidence it seems? After all, she knows more than most how fragile people can be – and how easily they can be to break…