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New books in Knowsley’s libraries this February

by Laura Johnston

Another month, another chance to find a new book in Knowsley’s libraries that might just become your new favourite book. Crime stories, feel-good reads, tales of romance…what do you feel like getting stuck into this month?

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Lisa Gardner – Never Tell

A man is dead, shot three times in his home office. His computer has been shot 12 times and when police arrive, his pregnant wife is holding the gun.

D.D. Warren arrives on the scene and recognises the woman as Evie Carter from a case many years back. Evie’s father was killed in a shooting that was ruled an accident but for D.D., two coincidental murders is too many.

Flora Dane sees the murder of Conrad Carter on the news and immediately knows his face. She remembers a night when she was still a victim – a hostage – and her captor knew this man. Overcome with guilt that she never tracked him down, Flora is now determined to learn the truth of Conrad’s murder.

But D.D. and Flora begin to peel away the half-truths and outright lies. They wonder: How many secrets can one family have?

Annie Murray – The Silversmith’s Daughter

It’s 1915 and Daisy Tallis, a headstrong a talented young silversmith, is desperate to make her parents proud. Her father, Philip – with his wife Margaret – has a thriving business next door to Ebenezer Watts’ goldsmiths and the two families are considered to be at the very heart of Birmingham’s jewellery quarter community.

Having studied at the city’s celebrated School of Jewellery and Silversmithing since the age of 14, Daisy is now skilled enough to be a teacher. It is at the school that she meets the notorious old rival of her father, James Carson. Though he’s a married man, beautiful but naive Daisy finds herself dangerously drawn to his flattery.

As war tightens its grip on the country, the jewellery quarter is thrown into turmoil as the men are forced to decide who will enlist. When tragedy strikes can Margaret and Daisy find what it takes to hold both the business and the family together?

Elly Griffiths – The Stone Circle

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to ‘go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there’. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind with Michelle’s baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead…or are they?

Meanwhile, Ruth is working on a dig in the Saltmarsh – another henge, known by the archaeologists as the stone circle – trying not to think about the baby. Then bones are found on the site and identified as those of Margaret Lacey, a 12-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years ago.

As the Margaret Lacey case progresses, more and more aspects of it begin to hark back to that first case of The Crossing Places, and to Scarlett Henderson, the girl Nelson couldn’t save. The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.

Katie Fforde – A Rose Petal Summer

She’s answered an ad in The Lady: being a companion to an elderly gentleman who lives in a country estate could be perfect! Surely it is time to make a change and do something different for a while?

The fact that she may also see Alec, the young man who she met some years previously and who she has always thought of as her ‘one who got away, is of course purely incidental.

Soon Caro is falling in love – not only with Alec but with the stunning house and grounds she is now living in. But the estate is in financial difficulties and it quickly becomes apparent that there is only one way to rescue it.

So begins a magical romantic summer that will take Caro to London to the south of France and back again to Scotland in search of a classic lost perfume that might just restore all their fortunes.

Kimberley Chambers – The Sting

Best friends Tommy Boyle and Scratch always had each other’s backs. Brought up in care and cruelly betrayed by everyone they trusted, they made a pact to fight their way out of the gutter together.

Old loyalties die hard on the streets of London. Tommy throws his lot in with the notorious Darling family even if it means leaving Scratch to the wolves. She’s destined for a different path, reinventing herself as copper Kim Regan.

Now they’re on opposite sides of the law. Running Operation Sting, Kim will rip the heart out of the Darling’s empire and only her old pal Tommy stands in her way.

Carole Matthews – Happiness for Beginners

Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the 25-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated…and then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

Renee Knight – The Secretary

From her first day as Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, Christine Butcher understands what is expected of her – absolute loyalty and absolute discretion. For 20 years, Christine has been a most devoted servant, a silent witness to everything in Mina’s life. So quiet, you would hardly know she is there.

Day after day, year after year, Christine has been there, invisible—watching, listening, absorbing all the secrets floating around her. Keeping them safe.

Christine is trusted but those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price. And eventually Christina will pay.

Yet, it would be a mistake to underestimate such a steadfast woman. Because as everyone is about to discover, there’s a dangerous line between obedience and obsession.

Susan Lewis – One Minute Later

With a high-flying job, a beautiful apartment and friends whose lives are as happy as her own, Vivienne Shager is living the dream. Then, on the afternoon of Vivi’s 27th birthday, one catastrophic minute changes everything.

Forced to move back to the small seaside town where she grew up, Vivi remembers the reasons she left. The secrets, lies and questions that now must be answered before it’s too late. But the answers lie in 30 years in the past…

Shelley Raynor’s family home, Deerwood Farm, has always been a special place until darkness strikes at its heart. When Vivi’s and Shelley’s worlds begin to entwine, it only takes a moment for the truth to unravel all of their lives.

Jane Harper – The Lost Man

He had started to remove his clothes as logic had deserted him, and his skin was cracked. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in death.

Two brothers meet at the remote border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of the outback. In an isolated part of Australia, they are each other’s nearest neighbour, their homes hours apart.

They are at the stockman’s grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family’s quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish.

Something had been troubling Cameron. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn’t, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects…