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Hold­ing

BY GRA­HAM NOR­TON

(£20, HOD­DER & STOUGHTON)

THE STORY STARTS IN A RE­MOTE IR­ISH VIL­LAGE WHERE, UN­TIL NOW, IT SEEMS PRE­CIOUS LIT­TLE

HAS HAP­PENED, YET THE LO­CALS ARE UN­DOUBT­EDLY TROU­BLED. SERGEANT PJ COLLINS HAS PILED ON THE POUNDS, EL­E­GANT EVE­LYN ROSS HAS BE­GUN TO FEEL HER LIFE IS POINT­LESS, AND MUM-OF-TWO BRID RIOR­DAN HAS TURNED TO THE BOT­TLE. BUT WHEN HU­MAN RE­MAINS – THOUGHT TO BE THOSE OF AN EX LOVER OF BOTH BRID AND EVE­LYN – ARE FOUND, THE VIL­LAGE'S DARK PAST UN­RAV­ELS AND ANGER, HA­TRED AND SE­CRETS ARE UN­EARTHED. WHILE MANY CELEBS TURN THEIR HAND TO WRIT­ING, NOT ALL GET IT RIGHT BUT GRA­HAM NOR­TON HAS. HIS CLEVER DE­BUT NOVEL IS A REAL PAGE-TURNER AND A SIGN OF GREAT THINGS TO COME. OUT 6 OC­TO­BER.

We Were on a Break

BY LIND­SEY KELK

(£7.99, HARPERCOLLINS)

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE PER­FECT PRO­POSAL, BUT WHEN ADAM’S PLANS GO AWRY, LIV IS GUT­TED AND AS TEM­PERS FLARE, THE COU­PLE FIND THEM­SELVES ‘ON A BREAK’. NEI­THER ONE OF THEM RE­ALLY WANTED TO SPLIT UP, BUT PRIDE, CON­FU­SION AND HORMONES MAKE IT HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO EACH OTHER – AND THEIR FRIENDS AND FAM­ILY AREN’T EX­ACTLY HELP­ING. IF YOU LOVE LIGHT­HEARTED CHICK LIT, THIS SLAP­STICK RO­MAN­TIC ROMP COULD BE JUST THE ONE FOR YOU. OUT 6 OC­TO­BER.

Cold Earth

BY ANN CLEEVES

(£16.99, PAN MACMILLAN)

SU­PER SLEUTH JIMMY PEREZ IS BACK AND THERE’S AN­OTHER MYS­TERY TO SOLVE ON THE SCOT­TISH IS­LAND. A LAND­SLIDE SMASHES THROUGH A CROFT HOUSE THAT EVERY­ONE BE­LIEVES TO BE UN­IN­HAB­ITED. BUT PEREZ FINDS THE BODY OF A DARK-HAIRED WOMAN WEAR­ING A RED SILK DRESS IN THE WRECK­AGE. AF­TER IT EMERGES THAT SHE WAS AL­READY DEAD IN THE HOUSE BE­FORE THE LAND­SLIDE, IT’S UP TO PEREZ TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH OF WHO SHE IS AND HOW SHE DIED. AN­OTHER BRIL­LIANT AD­DI­TION TO THIS LONG-RUN­NING SE­RIES. OUT 6 OC­TO­BER.

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