"The chalk circle man", by Fred Vargas ; translated from the French by Sian Reynolds - Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn't search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with cast-iron alibis; he appears permanently distracted. In spite of all this his colleagues are forced to admit that he is highly successful - a born cop.

book cover of The Chalk Circle Man (Commissaire Adamsberg, book by Fred Vargas

"The Marsh King's Daughter" by Karen Dionne - "I was born two years into my mother's captivity. She was three weeks shy of seventeen. If I had known then what I do now, things would have been very different. I wouldn't have adored my father." No one, not even her husband, knows the truth about Helena's past. But when her father escapes from maximum security prison, Helena suspects she's in danger. She also knows that no one can survive the wilderness better than her father - except his…

I was born two years into my mother's captivity. She was three weeks shy of If I had known then what I do now, things would have been a lot different. I would have been a lot more understanding of my mother.

"The last place you look", by Kristen Lepionka - Roxane Weary is a PI whose life has taken a bit of a downward turn since her larger-than-life cop father died in the line of duty. Then she receives a seemingly impossible case: Sarah Cook, missing ever since the night of her parents’ murders, has allegedly been spotted locally. Sarah’s boyfriend Brad is on death row for the murders, but Brad’s sister hires Roxane to find Sarah in a last-ditch attempt to save her brother’s life.

Kristen Lepionka is a graphic designer and creative problem solver in Columbus, Ohio (specifically, Clintonville). Specializing in print, branding, outdoor advertising.

"The Sweetness at the bottom of the pie", by Alan Bradley - It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. And so it begins.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Mystery by [Bradley, Alan]

"Lying in wait"", by Liz Nugent - The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife. And they certainly don't plan to kill her and bury her in their garden. Yet Andrew and Lydia Fitzsimons find themselves in this unfortunate situation. While Lydia does all she can to protect their innocent son Laurence and their social standing, her husband begins to falls apart. But Laurence is not as naïve as Lydia thinks.

Really enjoyed this novel, dark and thoughtful with well developed characters! Different from the usual psychological thrillers, keen to read more Liz Nugent books now.

A gentleman in Moscow / Amor Towles - Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal. He is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

This is a beguiling portrait of a Russian count who lives large while under permanent house arrest in a Moscow hotel.

"I found you", by Lisa Jewell - East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home. Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one.

I Found You by Lisa Jewell Love Jewell's books as they herald the start of the summer holidays. She never disappoints. My rating -

"Shelter", by Jung Yun - Kyung Cho is the child of Korean parents, married to the daughter of an Irish-American cop. His parents live in the town's most exclusive neighbourhood. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own, Kyung takes his parents in. Tensions quickly mount.

"Shelter", by Jung Yun - Kyung Cho is the child of Korean parents, married to the daughter of an Irish-American cop. His parents live in the town's most exclusive neighbourhood. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own, Kyung takes his parents in. Tensions quickly mount.

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