The Muse by Amy Ellis

A surprisingly good novel in verse about the life of a portrait painter, brimming with sensuality & its evocation of attitudes of the time

Murder, Murder, Murder in Gilded Central Park by Cecelia Tichi

An enjoyable historical murder mystery with likeable characters and a steady plot, set in the Gilded Age in New York

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

A lovely book about kind people being nice to each other with a touch of the other worldly and gentle humour

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

A masterful mystery, unique and incredibly well-written – you must read it for yourself to be baffled and wowed.

A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

Taking the emotive subject of abuse perpetrated by priests in Ireland, Boyne’s book is exceptional in its storytelling and its discussion

The Last Stop by Patricia Street

A candid book about addiction related by a mother, drawing on her experiences, emails, Facebook posts, and the writings of the addict