The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from THE SHADOW OF THE WIND have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons. Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal and the return of a deadly rival ...

The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

About the book Few places in England are more mysterious yet more friendly than the huge forest that lies by England's southern coast. It provides hunting for England's Saxon and Norman kings, and its ancient oaks are used to build Nelson's navy Reviewed by Sway Literary Society We really enjoyed this book. Being set in… Continue reading The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd

A Casual vacancy by J K Rowling

About the book When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has ever seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and… Continue reading A Casual vacancy by J K Rowling

Everyman by Philip Roth

About the book From the author of 'The Plot Against America', 'Everyman' is a painful human story of the regret and stoicism of a man who becomes what he does not want to be. The terrain of this savagely sad novel is the human body, and its subject is the common experience that terrifies us… Continue reading Everyman by Philip Roth

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

¬†About the book I was to stand trial for my life. I was twenty-two years old. I had been married for ten weeks and a widow for six. In the summer of 1914, the Empress Alexandra, a magnificent ocean liner, suffers a mysterious explosion on its voyage from London to New York City. On board… Continue reading The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The White woman on the green bicycle by Monique Roffey

About the book This novel tells how when George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England George instantly takes to their new life but Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill at ease with the racial segregation and the imminent dawning of a new era. George eventually finds out that Sabine has been keeping secrets… Continue reading The White woman on the green bicycle by Monique Roffey

The lost art of keeping secrets by Eva Rice

About the book Set in the early 1950s, in the aftermath of the Second World War and before the emergence of rock 'n' roll, 'The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets' is the engrossing story of Penelope and her eccentric family. Reviewed by Havers Reading Group Well received, interesting characters, some surprises so no boredom. The… Continue reading The lost art of keeping secrets by Eva Rice

The Charioteer by Mary Renault

About the book After enduring an injury at Dunkirk during World War II, Laurie Odell is sent to a rural veterans' hospital in England to convalesce. There he befriends the young, bright Andrew, a conscientious objector serving as an orderly. Soon their friendship blooms into a discreet, chaste romance. Reviewed by Sheet WI Mixed reception.… Continue reading The Charioteer by Mary Renault

The Interpretation of murder by Jed Rubenfeld

About the book The Interpretation of Murder' is an inventive tour de force inspired by Sigmund Freud's 1909 visit to America, accompanied by protege and rival, Carl Jung. Reviewed by Forest Arts The group enjoyed the descriptive passages concerning the building of New York. Not many sympathetic characters - plenty of corruption, even the coroner… Continue reading The Interpretation of murder by Jed Rubenfeld

In a dry season by Peter Robinson

About the book During a hot summer, drought has depleted Thornfield Reservoir, uncovering the remains of a small village called Hobb's End, hidden from view for over 40 years. A boy finds a human skeleton, and DCI Alan Banks sets out to uncover the murky past. Reviewed by Shipton Bellinger WI A detective story with… Continue reading In a dry season by Peter Robinson