An Italian Girl in Brooklyn by Santa Montefiore
No Plan B by Lee Child
Love Untold by Ruth Jones
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.
Bournville by Jonathan Coe
If you have read Jonathan Coe before, then you will love this one. If you haven’t, then you are in for a treat. Bournville is a suburb of Birmingham, built by Cadbury for their workers. We follow Mary and her family for the next 75 years of social change and seven milestone. Broadcasts including many royal events and the world football cup final in 1966. “Highly recommended.”
Death in Fine Condition by Andrew Cartmel
A brief prologue introduces Cordelia Stanmer with a dead man at her feet, a scene straight out of James M. Cain and the first of the many noir fiction references with which her story is packed. Just a few weeks earlier, she’s indulging her passion for paperbacks, which she can resell at an astronomical price after forging the author’s name inside. Cordelia’s not above indulging in burglary to feed her paperback habit. Edwin, her laid-back landlord, helps her stay afloat with the occasional loan and with weed. Cordelia’s elder brother Stuart pops in unannounced from time to time to complicate her life further. What she covets most are a series of vintage crime novels under the Sleuth Hound imprint. When Cordelia spots a collection of them in a photograph, she devises a daring and totally illegal plan to obtain them. But the biggest score of all is the cache of Sleuth Hound books she spots in a bag held by mild-mannered Colin Cutterham. Fortunately for her, the man is not only a voracious collector of Sleuth Hound titles, but also a creature of habit. Cordelia undertakes a serious surveillance mission in anticipation of a big score. What could possibly go wrong?