The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant. Published by Harper Impulse

Helen and her husband, Gary are excited about their move to Germany. The International School will be a place where she’s sure to make friends among her fellow expat teachers, but things don’t go according to plan. The neighbors, who seem to be so nice at first are…off. Something about them just isn’t right. Then a child disappears and Helen’s husband begins to act in a way that has both Helen and the local authorities wondering if he is somehow involved. Helen finds herself alone in a foreign country, not knowing up from down or whether her own husband has done something unspeakable. A real roller coaster ride for readers, I enjoyed this pacey mystery


Fade to Black by David Rosenfelt. Published by St. Martins

This is a sequel to Blackout and continues the story of cop, Doug Brock, a New Jersey cop shot in the line of duty. Suffering from amnesia after the shooting, Doug is finding his way in a new reality. He’s getting some of his memory back and is back with his fiancée, and leaning on his friends in an amnesia support group. Things are going along well until a support group member, Sean approaches him with a shocking story. Sean has found a scrapbook in his attic, a scrapbook about a murdered girl. Sean has no memory of the book, how it came to be in his attic or the girl. Doug takes the information to his department where the case of the murdered girl is reopened. But what will the truth reveal about the man Doug has come to call a friend. More importantly, what will it reveal about Doug himself and the man he has become. Rosenfelt grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go in the follow-up to Blackout, which I liked even better than the first book.

The Patchwork Bride by Sandra Dallas. Published by St. Martins

When June tells her grandmother, Ellen, that she’s canceling her upcoming wedding, Ellen shares a story about Nell, a woman looking for love in the late nineteenth century American West. Nell falls head over heels for a cowboy who breaks her heart. Nell, believing she will never find love again, turns tail and runs. Not wanting to have her heart broken again, Nell refuses to allow herself the luxury of falling in love and turns away several offers of marriage. But life still has a few surprises for the stubborn Nell and she finally finds her forever love. Dallas, who always includes a quilting theme in her stories, tells a story of love, forgiveness and taking a leap of faith

A Mother’s Lie by Jo Crow. Published by Relay

What would you do to save your child’s life. For Clara, the decision is not easy, but she will do anything to get her son the medical attention that will save his life. And that includes letting a film crew interview her and talk about the horrific night that her parents disappeared. Popular opinion was that Clara was involved with her parents disappearance, or even their death. Now, she will have to face her darkest fears to try to uncover what really happened to her parents. This was both a new author and a new publisher for me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m so glad I took the chance and read this book, it bowled me over. Crow is a gifted storyteller

Come Out to Play by Dylan Young. Published by Bookouture

A girl is dead, brutally stabbed to death and most of the local police force believe it’s the same offender who committed an identical killing years before. While they pursue every avenue to see the man they believe guilty locked away for good, Detective Anna Gwynne is sure her colleagues have the wrong man. She needs to find the real killer, and fast. To do that, she’ll have to sell her soul to the devil and get inside the mind of convicted killer Hector Shaw. I really liked Anna, she was strong and independent and not afraid to follow her own instincts. A strong, British police procedural

Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley. Published by Quercus

In modern-day England, Ruby is packing up her parents things after their sudden deaths when she comes across information about her family that send her on a trip across Europe to uncover the truth about the parents she thought she knew. In 1939, Julia follows her family’s plea and enters a convent in Barcelona in 1939, the only way they believe she will be safe during the War. But the convent practices what Julia considers to be unsavory adoption practices, something the young novice cannot accept. This is a reprint, the book was originally published a few years ago. I had already read it, but the cover design was new, so it threw me off. A really enjoyable read that plays the past off the present

Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green. Published by Severn House

Ishmael and Penny are at the grand reopening of Tyrone’s Castle, a Cornish inn with a dark smuggling history. The guests at the inn are having a wonderful recounting tales, legends and ghost stories. It’s all fun and games, until one of them disappears. Is there really  a curse on the inn? Has a ghost snatched one of the guests? Or is there something more logical, and more deadly to blame?  I love Green’s books, they always have such an atmosphere, a miasma of doom, retribution and dark secrets forced into the daylight