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Monday, 28 June 2021

Counterpoint by Liz Martinson



Counterpoint

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


A retro romance set in 1979 - The story of a disillusioned rock star looking for what seems to be the impossible - a woman who doesn't know who he is - and a shy classical pianist who has little idea of what the rock world is about except it's all bad.

A chance meeting and their worlds collide.

He doesn't intend to fall in love, but she's a lovable person and he feels protective.
She distrusts his secretiveness, seeing it as a cover for possibly criminal activities.
There comes a time when he desperately needs her comfort and help and their tentative love becomes stronger.

Each realises their own worlds aren't that far apart and the most important aspect is their love for each other.


Pages:  228
Genre:   Romance

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Absent Victim by David Roy



Absent Victim

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


No body, no motive, no name…so who did she kill?

When wealthy divorcee Stephanie Kuler asked a private detective to investigate a murder, he told her to go to the police instead. But when she told the rest of the story, he took the case. There was no body, no reason to kill and no name for her supposed victim, but she knew she was the murderer. Solving the mystery meant jail for her and a headache for him. Premonition, false memories, déjà vu…the mind playing tricks or reality distorted through time? The unmissable new thriller from David Roy explores the dark side of memory and its impact on us all.


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Thursday, 24 June 2021

The Visitor by Sara Sartagne



The Visitor

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A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.

US review: "I was hooked almost from the beginning. I knew the lives of the two women would intersect at some point, I just did not know how. And, what I thought might happen - did not."
UK review: "it's a cracking read. Intriguing, appealing characters, funny, very nicely paced, well written."

Two outsiders connected by love. Four hundred years apart. 2019. Trainee teacher Stacie Hayward is spending the summer with her brilliant, academic family. And with her ghosts. It’s a strange gift that she’s had since childhood - and learned to keep quiet about. When Stacie’s parents invite American professor Nate to stay, Stacie’s ghosts suddenly vanish. Then Stacie is visited by the ghost of a young woman who calls her cousin and who offers to protect her. But protect her from what? 1619. Sarah Bartlett, a young healer, is suspected of witchcraft. The only person to defend her is John Dillington, the new parson. But is he in love – or bewitched? And can he save her from the flames? Alone and bewildered, Stacie uncovers more of her past and realises that choices made long ago are rippling through time to threaten her. History may be repeating itself – but this time, it’s Stacie who’s in danger. The Visitor is the first in a new series of Duality Novels that always feature two storylines, somehow connected. If you like contemporary romance interwoven with historical suspense and adventure, explore Sara Sartagne’s new novel today.


Pages: 352
 Genre:   Historical Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Fiction

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Toxic by Jackie McLean



Toxic

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A PREMIER Readers’ Award


Premier Readers’ Award is honoured to books that receive exceptional high evaluations from Chill Readers.

This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.

In the Scottish university city of Dundee, life and all its complications are proceeding much the same as usual.

The recklessly brilliant DI Donna Davenport, struggling to hide a secret from police colleagues and get over the break-up with her partner, is in trouble with her boss for a fiery and inappropriate outburst to the press.

DI Evanton, an old-fashioned, hard-living misogynistic copper has been newly demoted for thumping a suspect, and transferred to Dundee with a final warning ringing in his ears and a reputation that precedes him.

And in the peaceful, rolling Tayside farmland a deadly store of MIC, the toxin that devastated Bhopal, is being illegally stored by a criminal gang smuggling the valuable substance necessary for making cheap pesticides.

An anonymous tip-off starts a desperate search for the MIC that is complicated by the uneasy partnership between Davenport and Evanton and their growing mistrust of each other's actions.

Compelling and authentic, Toxic is a tense and fast paced crime thriller.


Pages: 290
 Genre:  Crime Thrillers 

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A Comfortable Alliance by Catherine Kullmann



A Comfortable Alliance

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Chill with a Book READERS’ Award


Can they open their hearts to something much deeper and passionate? Will their marriage only ever be a comfortable alliance?

Six years ago, Helena Swift’s fiancé was fatally wounded at Waterloo. Locking away all dreams of the heart, she retreated to a safe family haven. On the shelf and happy to be there, Helena has perfected the art of deterring would-be suitors.

Will, Earl of Rastleigh, is the only son of an only son: marriage is his duty. One of the great prizes of the marriage market, he shies away from a cold, society union. While he doesn’t expect love, he seeks something more comfortable. But how to find the woman who will welcome him into her life and her bed, and be a good mother to their children?

When Will meets Helena, he is intrigued by her composure, her kindness and her intelligence. As their friendship develops, he realises he has found his ideal wife, if only he can overcome her well-known aversion to matrimony.

Will succeeds in slipping past Helena’s guard. Tempted by the thought of children of her own, and encouraged by her mother to leave the shallows where she has lingered so long, she accepts his offer of a marriage based not on dangerous love but affectionate companionship and mutual respect.

But is this enough? As Will gets to know his wife better, and the secrets of her past unfold, he realises that they have settled for second-best. Can he change the basis of their marriage? Will Helena risk her heart and dare to love again?

Pages:  285
Genre:   Historical Regency Fiction

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Sunday, 20 June 2021

The Countess Comes Home by Michael Reidy




The Countess Comes Home

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A PREMIER Readers’ Award


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This book is shortlisted for Book of the Month.


In the closing months of the Vietnam, a US Navy lieutenant is seconded to a clandestine agency of the British Ministry of Defence. Ostensibly, his job is to deliver propaganda radio scripts, but he comes to believe there is more to his work when he meets his contact, a mysterious young lady known only as 'the countess."

Pages: 356
 Genre: Literary Fiction


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