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I KNOW A SE­CRET Tess Ger­rit­sen Ban­tam Press £18.99 HOLY smoke, de­tec­tive Jane Riz­zoli and foren­sic pathol­o­gist Maura Isles are on the trail of a killer tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the gory mar­tyr­dom of saints por­trayed on the stained glass win­dows of a Catholic church. Maura makes the con­nec­tion on a visit to the church where her for­mer lover is now a priest. But she and Jane had no inkling of this when they at­tended the first crime scene. In an apart­ment dec­o­rated with bloody hor­ror film posters, a young woman is found dead with her am­pu­tated eyes in the palm of her hand. Then a young man’s body is found with ar­rows im­paled in his chest. As Jane sus­pects Maura’s the­ory about the mar­tyrs may well be right, the duo dis­cover a woman was burned alive on the day that cel­e­brates =Joan of Arc. Things take an even murkier turn when Riz­zoli un­cov­ers a link to a no­to­ri­ous Bos­ton child abuse case. The Riz­zoli and Isles TV se­ries was a frothy hit on Alibi, but this 12th case re­tains the dark edge and grip­ping writ­ing that makes the books best­sellers, while Riz­zoli’s dry wit is as sharp as Isles’ scalpel. Ter­rific! Re­view by Alex Gor­don. Who played Riz­zoli in the TV se­ries? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Se­cret com­pe­ti­tion by Au­gust 17. THE OLIVE TREE Lucinda Ri­ley Pan £7.99 THIS com­pelling saga trans­ports you to Cyprus with no air­port de­lays. It’s a crack­ing tale by an au­thor who cre­ates char­ac­ters that leap right off the pages and makes you care about them. That’s why she’s sold over 8 mil­lion books. He­lena re­turns to Cyprus, which she’s al­ways SIN­GLE FOR THE SUM­MER Mandy Bag­got Ebury Press £6.99 FANS be­ware, you could be­come the centre of at­ten­tion on the beach – laugh­ing out loud at Bag­got’s lat­est ribtick­ling ro­mance. It’s great fun, light and fizzy and thor­oughly en­joy­able as we see hero­ine Tess’s res­o­lu­tion never to fall in love again tested to the limit. Tess was jilted, so she knows loved, to claim Pan­dora, a now de­cay­ing man­sion left to her by her god­fa­ther. But there are things she hasn’t told hus­band Wil­liam or teenage son Alex and se­crets locked in mem­o­ries within Pan­dora, threaten to spill out. You’ll love it! how a lovelorn pal feels when she sug­gests a girly get­away to Corfu. Nat­u­rally things don’t go to plan when Tess pretends to be hand­some restau­ra­teur An­dras’ girl­friend, just to get his pushy mum off his back. Cupid has other ideas! KUNG FU YOGA Kalei­do­scope, cert 12 DVD £7.99 JACKIE Chan fans re­joice. He’s re­dis­cov­ered his com­edy-ac­tion form in a fast mov­ing ad­ven­ture tale in the In­di­ana Jones mould, mark­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion in film-mak­ing be­tween China and In­dia. Chan shows there’s lots of life left in the old mas­ter yet play­ing Chi­nese ar­chae­ol­o­gist Jack who heads an ex­pe­di­tion to find a long lost trea­sure – one we learn about in an ac­tion-packed pro­logue set in 647AD where Chan por­trays a heroic Tang dy­nasty hero. High­light of the crazily en­joy­able fam­ily fun film is a stun­ning car chase in Dubai. In which re­make did Jackie star with Will Smith’s son? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Kung Fu com­pe­ti­tion. ELEC­TRIC DREAMS Sec­ond Sight, cert PG Blu-ray £19.99 THE ti­tle track by Phil Oakey and Gior­gio Moroder makes this re-mas­tered 1984 hit feel in­stantly fa­mil­iar. The tech­nol­ogy’s quaintly dated, but you’ll still en­joy it. Miles (Lenny von Dohlen), is a hope­less ar­chi­tect whose jeal­ous com­puter Edgar sets out to ruin his life in all sorts of ways as they vie for the at­ten­tion of Madeline (Vir­ginia Mad­sen) a blonde, bril­liant, neigh­bour who plays cello in a sym­phony orches­tra. Edgar may not un­der­stand the mean­ing of hu­man love, but he’s in tune with Madeline, much to Miles’ dis­may. It’s great fun, as are all the 80s’ sound­track hits. Phil Oakey fronted which group? En­tries to Alex Gor­don, Elec­tric comp.

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