Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni. Published by Thomas & Mercer

A woman’s body has been found inside a crab trap in Puget Sound. Detective Tracy Crosswhite and her crew are in charge of finding her killer, but first they must ID the woman, who appears to have gone to some great lengths to conceal her identity. Did she know she was being hunted? As always, the murder of the woman brings Tracy back to the case of her own sister’s unsolved murder. After what her own family went through, Tracy takes everyone of her homicide cases very seriously. If she can’t find justice for her sister, she damn well intends to find it for her Jane Doe. As always, Tracy’s past and her drive for justice bring Dugoni’s storyline to life


His Bloody Project by Graeme MaCrae Burnet. Published by Skylark

Burnet takes the typical mystery format and turns it on its head in this engaging read. The author, looking into a triple murder in Scotland in 1869, turns up a treasure trove of information about the case, which he then uses to tell his story. Roderick Macrae is only 17 when he’s arrested for a brutal triple homicide in a small Scottish village. Told with the aid of the author’s “found documents”, such as police reports, interviews of villagers, court transcripts and Roderick’s own journal, readers will be pondering whether or not Roderick is actually guilty. I don’t want to say much more because I don’t want to drop any spoilers, but if you are looking for a unique and engrossing mystery, you can’t do any better than this

The Secret by Katerina Diamond. Published by HarperCollins UK

DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are looking for a woman who seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. Where is Bridget Reid? Did she leave of her own accord or has someone taken her? Bridget, meanwhile, is being held captive in a locked room by a captor who knows all of her secrets, things she’s never divulged to anyone. How can that be possible? As the police continue their search for the missing woman, Imogen will uncover some painful and frightening truths about the case that hit a little too close to home for comfort. This is a great mystery with some surprising twists readers won’t see coming

Shackleton’s Heroes by Wilson McOrist. Published by Skyhorse

Everyone knows the story of Shackleton’s doomed Antarctic voyage, the stories of bravery and survival are known to most school children. But few, if any, know the story of the Mount Hope Party. A group of six men, they were entrusted with leaving stores of food and fuel along Shackleton’s route, supplies that were essential to the success of the mission and to the survival of Shackleton and his men. And they took their duties very seriously, Shackleton’s failure was unknown to them. They assumed the voyage was still on target and continued dropping supplies at the designated spots, all at great risk to themselves. Now McOrist writes the story of these intrepid men; men that history has all but forgotten. Using diaries and journals written by the Mount Hope men themselves, readers learn of their sacrifices, bravery and camaraderie. An unforgettable story that has finally been told

Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot. Published by HarperCollins UK

Seraphina East loves her job designing bridal gowns at Brides by the Sea, a charming wedding shop in Cornwall. She’s a much sought after designer by just about everyone – except her own sister, Alice. Alice and Seraphina have never seen eye to eye on anything, Alice isn’t about to ask her sister to design her wedding dress. Seraphina can’t help feeling hurt, but when the dress Alice chose turns out to be a dud, her sister steps in, determined to make her sister’s big day the happiest one of her life. And maybe in doing so, the sisters can mend fences. This is a sweet story that has as much to do with the bond shared by sisters as it does Christmas and romance

All I Want For Christmas by Jenny Hale. Published by Bookouture

Leah Evans is looking forward to spending Christmas at her grandmother’s Virginia plantation. She’s terribly sad that her Nan won’t be there with the family, but now that the house has been left to her, she intends to show her own daughter how magical the house and grounds are, especially at Christmas. But she’s in for a big surprise, because her grandmother has also left the house to David Forester, or Davey as she knew him when they were children. Back then, Davey was her staunchest ally, her fiercest defender. Now? Can she really share her family home with him? It’s been a long time since they’ve seen each other, but the feelings they once had will be awakened in her family home during the magic of Christmas

The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis. Published by Pegasus

19 year old Anne Jaccob is a well to do young woman in 1763 London. With an oafish father, a mother sickly from so many pregnancies and a new baby sister she doesn’t want, Anne is looking for something more. She finds it in Fub, the butcher’s apprentice. All Anne wants to do is plan her future with the man of her dreams, but her father has other plans. He wants to sell his daughter off to the highest bidder and a butcher’s apprentice is not the man he had in mind. Anne, a conflicted young woman with a dubious sense of right and wrong will let nothing stand in the way of her happiness – no matter who she has to hurt. This is a bawdy, bloody romp through Georgian England with a sociopath as your guide