Just Friends in Vegas – Lucy Keeling

Mya is determined not to be taken in by Smithy’s considerable charms and she’s not happy that someone so close to her group of best friends knows a secret about her that even they don’t know but when they both find themselves in Vegas at the mercy of the mysterious group, “The Suits” will she be able to keep up with her Ice Queen image or is Smithy the man to melt that facade?

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The Prosecutor – Nazir Afzal

Nazir Afzal worked for the Crown Prosecution Service from 1991 until 2015 and throughout his career has been involved in many high profile cases; including the Rochdale child grooming case, the Stepping Hill Hospital saline poisonings and Dale Cregan’s murders, including 2 Police Officers. He has been an advocate against forced marriage and honour killings and has succeeded in raising awareness of these issues among the wider population.

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Justice for Helen – Marie McCourt

On 9 February 1988, Helen McCourt left work and headed home, probably excited about the date she was going on that night. She never made it home. Her Mum, Marie, raised the alarm immediately and managed to get the Police to start looking for her straight away rather than waiting the usual 48 hours and it’s thanks to this quick action that within days the Police were able to charge a local landlord, Ian Simms, with her murder. Thanks to overwhelming circumstantial and DNA evidence against him a conviction was secured but despite this, Simms has continued to protest his innocence and refused to reveal where Helen’s body is, denying Marie the right to bury her child. This is the story of Marie’s fight to help prevent other families going through the pain she has.

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Wonder – R. J. Palacio

August Pullman is starting the fifth grade and while this may not seem a big deal to most people it is to him. He has never been to school before and he was born with an extremely serious facial abnormality. He feels like an ordinary boy but he knows the other kids don’t see him that. Can he show them that there’s nothing to fear and underneath it all he really is just like them.

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Sealed – Naomi Booth

Alice and Pete have moved away from the toxicity of the city to a rural mountain community in the weeks before their baby is due. Alice is worried about rumours of Cutis, a skin sealing disease, running rife in the cities and hopes they will be safe in the mountains. Once they arrive, however, all is not what it seems and Alice may yet have quite the fight on her hands to see her baby born safely.

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March Round Up

Another month gone by and a year in these crazy Covid times. Time seems to be flying by!

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When I Was Ten – Fiona Cummins

Catherine Allen has worked so hard to be the best wife and Mother, whilst keeping a terrible secret about her childhood; her name is really Sara Carter and when she was ten she was convicted of the brutal murder of her parents and spent years in a secure unit before being given a new identity. Now her sister, Shannon, is appearing in a new documentary about the so called Angel of Death murders and Catherine can feel the life she built for herself starting to slip away.

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The Kennedy Curse – James Patterson

The Kennedy family is known equally for their successes and their tragedies. The closest thing to American royalty, between them they have provided years of public service alongside lives blighted by drug and alcohol abuse, sex scandals, fatal accidents and even assassinations. How can one family have had to endure so much tragedy?

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hollywood royalty, Evelyn Hugo, has agreed to an article with up and coming writer, Monique Grant, to talk about donating some of her most famous dresses to Christie’s to be auctioned for charity in remembrance of her daughter. Monique is confused as to why she’s been chosen and when Evelyn admits she actually wants her to write her life story she’s even more confused. Evelyn Hugo could have had any writer she wanted, so why does she want Monique?

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Later – Stephen King

Jamie Conklin is no ordinary child. The son of a struggling single Mum he has an extraordinary ability; he can see the recently deceased. Is his skill about to get him into more trouble then he could ever have imagined?

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