Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch (Book 3 of ‘Rivers of London’)

It begins with a dead body at the far end of Baker Street tube station, all that remains of American exchange student James Gallagher - and the victim's wealthy, politically powerful family is understandably eager to get to the bottom of the gruesome murder. The trouble is, the bottom - if it exists at all - is deeper and more unnatural than anyone suspects . . . except, that is, for London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant. With Inspector Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, tied up in the hunt for the rogue magician known as 'the Faceless Man,' it's up to Peter to plumb the haunted depths of the oldest, largest, and - as of now - deadliest subway system in the world.

We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

About the book Who is to blame for teenage atrocity? Narrator Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-loved teacher who tried to befriend him. This novel is an examination of the effect tragedy has on a town, a marriage and a family. Review By… Continue reading We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

The Lovely bones by Alice Sebold

About the book A huge bestseller in America and the UK  this is a novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. 14-year-old Susie Salmon, now dead, looks down on her family and friends from heaven. Reviewed by Titchfield Reading Group A moving, touching story. All the characters were believable and sympathetically… Continue reading The Lovely bones by Alice Sebold

Self's punishment by Bernard Schlink

About the book Sixty-eight years old; a smoker of Sweet Aftons, a dedicated drinker of Aviateur cocktails, and the owner of a charismatic cat named Turbo, Gerhard Self is an unconventional private detective. When Self is summoned by his long-time friend and rival Korten to investigate several incidents of computer-hacking at a chemicals company, he… Continue reading Self's punishment by Bernard Schlink

The Little stranger by Sarah Waters

About the book In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline. But are the Ayres haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of… Continue reading The Little stranger by Sarah Waters

The Body Wore Brocade by James Melville

The 13th novel featuring Superintendent Tesuo Otani, chief of Japan's largest police department. His wife is moody and irritable, his sister-in-law is having an affair with one of his staff, and then on his day off he's shot in what seems a case of mistaken identity.

The People's Act of Love by James Meek

In the outer reaches of a country recently torn apart by civil war lives a small Christian sect and its enigmatic leader, Balashov. Stationed nearby is a regiment of Czech soldiers, desperate to get home but on the losing side of the recent conflict. Uncertainty prevails.