Frances Finkel and the Passenger Pigeon by D. M. Mahoney

A nice, heart-warming read about teenager Frances Finkel and her yearning to become a fighter plane pilot in the Second World War

The Ice Barn by Ian Pateman

A tale of a frontier town and the promise offered by gold prospecting – dark, threatening and thrilling, and excellently told

The Hotchkiss by Pierre Lawrence

Short but definitely not sweet, this novella holds all the hallmarks of a good short story and is threaded with dark humour throughout

The Truth Together by Kelly Rodgers

A tension-filled historical novel of the Deep South, with characters to love, family relationships, corruption, and the legacy of slavery

Bone Necklace by Julia Sullivan

A contentious piece of American history taken and woven into a well-written and evocative historical novel with vivid characterisation

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

An exceptionally good book, set mainly in Alaska, of exploration and discovery, love and friendship, spirit magic and natives. Recommended!

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

Trading Dreams at Midnight by Diane McKinney-Whetstone

The story of four women in Philadelphia and the dynamics in their family relationships, exacerbated by the shadow of mental illness