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Murder, mysteries and mayhem … and more than One Good Thing!

A small town. A shocking crime. Our kind of novel. In Robert Gold’s Twelve Secrets, two boys murdered their classmate, Nick, an event that changed Ben’s life in an instant. It was a crime that shocked the nation, and threw Ben and his family into the spotlight. Fast forward 20 years, and Ben is a successful investigative journalist, living back in his home town and part of its close-knit community. But a fresh murder case brings Nick’s murder back into the spotlight, and throws suspicion on those closest to him. And it appears that many, in this small town, have something to hide. Sphere, available at Exclusive Books

It’s the club you’d kill to join, and billed to be the celebrity event of the decade. The opening of Island Home, a forgotten island transformed into the height of luxury. But, as is reported in the Vanity Fair exclusive, no-one expected how tragically things were to go wrong. From the tense opening chapter, The Club by Ellery Lloyd (pseudonym for London-based husband and wife team Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos) is taunt, exhilarating, and completely unputdownable. Mantle, available at Exclusive Books

Pick of the paperbacks. Former fashion editor Jenna is 40, broke, has just been dumped by her fiancé and fired from her job. Begging her arch nemesis for a role at her new online magazine, she’s suddenly surrounded by digital-savvy millennials and is in way over her head. Things get messier, but hey … far more interesting … when she meets the film graduate tasked with shooting her new web series. Totally unsuitable, but irresistible. Sharp, sexy, romantic, The Perfect Find by Tia Williams (of the terrific Seven Days In June) … already Netflix film … but read it first! Quercus, available at Exclusive Books • The 22 Murders of Madison May starts with what appears to be a regular murder … that of a young real estate agent killed by a man during a house viewing. But the reporter covering the story finds nothing is as it seems … the murderer wants revenge for being spurned by Madison, and travels across alternate timelines for the sole purpose of murdering, and re-murdering, Madison May. Not your average murder story, after all! Hodder & Stoughton, available at Exclusive Books

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It sounds a little daunting. Images of brain scans and explanations of brain types and neuroscience. Grief! But Dr Daniel Amen (who’s fab … we follow him on IG @doc_amen) walks the reader clearly and simply through You, Happier, his latest book which promises to make you 30 per cent happier in 30 days … regardless of your age, upbringing, genetics or current situation. He shows you how to protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the noise in your head, and how seven decisions and seven daily questions will enhance your happiness. Yes, there are scans and tables and science-based strategies. But there’s also ‘finding happiness in your spice cabinet’. Hint: Saffron’s up there, so’s cinnamon. Tyndale Refresh, R257 from Exclusive Books

Rose Walsh’s The Love of My Life is an exceptionally cleverly crafted story about a man who finds out his wife, and mother of his child, is not who she says she is. Even her name is false. It’s emotional and gripping and just lovely. Mantle

For a warm, feel-good, uplifting read, we loved One Good Thing by Alexandra Potter, who writes about a woman who, when her husband leaves her for a younger model, moves out to the country to make a new start … and with the help of an elderly rescue dog, a lonely old man, a scared little boy and an angry teenager, finds unexpected happiness. A joy of a weekend read. Macmillan

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