5 new books to read these holidays


From 1964 to 2019 … Under the Tamarind Tree by Nigar Alam explores the pain passed down through generations, and the lengths we go to in order to protect the ones we love. Bedford Square

The Consultant is Korean thriller-writer Im Seong-Sun’s first novel about a consultant who creates simple, effective solutions for … restructuring. Nothing obvious. Nothing that could be suspected of murder. It’s thrilling. It’s razor sharp. And there’s humour thrown in for good measure. Raven Books

Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon is a fun, twisty tale about a grandmother- mother-daughter trio who work together as amateur sleuths to solve a murder in their small coastal town. Delightful characters, lots of mystery, loads of humour. HaperCollins Publishers

Julie Mayhew’s Little Nothings is a terrific thriller, set over the course of a trip to a Greek island by a group of friends … sly and suspenseful, it’s about female bonds turned toxic and the desperate ends a woman will go to to keep her friends close, and her enemies closer. Raven Books

A Nobel prize-winning scientist who’s showing signs of Alzheimer’s. A prestigious biotech conference where technology that could revolutionise medicine forever will be unveiled. A controversial blogger. And events spiralling out of control. Richard Armitage’s Geneva is stay-up-all-night thrilling. Faber