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Avalon Castle by Rosemary Craddock Avalon Castle is a disturbing place. Built by eccentric Ambrose Blackwood, and inhabited by the rest of his extended dysfunctional family, it holds some dark secrets. Rachel visits her half-sister in the Christmas of 1867, finding a house of family feuding, hauntings and disappearances. Ambrose and his brother Nikolas are unnerving hosts, and […]

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Angel and the Actress by Roger Silverwood Award-winning actress, Joan Minter, is murdered in front of a gathering of her closest friends. However, nobody knows who the murderer is, nobody saw him or her, and nobody present could possibly be the guilty one. That’s the challenge facing Detective Inspector Angel and his team when they […]

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New non-fiction: The Bishop’s Brothels

 The Bishop’s Brothels Drawing on a wealth of contemporary source material, The Bishop’s Brothels is a fascinating social history of how commercial sex has been bought and sold in London for over a thousand years. The Bankside Brothels, or ‘stewes’, were a celebrated feature of London life since Roman times. Located on the south side […]

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New fiction: Dreams That Veil by Dominic Luke

Dreams That Veil December 1911. Twelve-year old Eliza Brannan eagerly awaits the return of her brother Roderick from university, a welcome but brief diversion from her otherwise cosy existence in the heart of Northamptonshire with her widowed mother and cousin Dorothea. Roderick and Dorothea are growing up fast. They are forging lives and loves of […]

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What We’re Reading in… May

This month in the Hale office, we think about books we’ve re-read, and how these stories have fared over time. Catherine, Design and Production Manager: There are two books that I have re-read several times for pleasure rather than having to re-read them as part of school studies: Dickens’ Hard Times, anyone?! The first is C.S. […]

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New non-fiction: Writers’ Houses by Nick Channer

Writers’ Houses: Where Great Books Began Foreword by Julian Fellowes Step inside the homes of some of the world’s finest writers and experience for yourself the surroundings that inspired them to write. Writers’ Houses reflects Britain’s impressive literary and architectural heritage, offering a revealing insight into how leading British writers lived and wrote. Illustrated in […]

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An Unholy Mess by Joyce Cato In the small Cotswold village of Heyford Bassett, vicar’s wife Monica Noble throws a party for the village’s new residents. The guests include Margaret Franklyn and her philandering husband Sean, a celebrity chef and her cartoonist beau, a retired Oxford Don with a secret, a forty-something divorcee, and the owner of a […]

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