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Her Deadly Secrets

Laura Griffin
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Laura Griffin

With her signature breathless pacing and suspenseful twists and turns, 'Laura Griffin never fails to put me on the edge of my seat' (USA TODAY).A young private investigator finds out the price of keeping deadly secrets when a vicious killer sets his sights on her in this pulse-pounding thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracers series.Private investigator Kira Vance spends her days navigating the intricate labyrinth of Houston's legal world, and she knows all of its shadowy players and dark secrets.On a seemingly normal day, she's delivering a report to her top client when suddenly everything goes sideways and the meeting ends in a bloodbath. Twenty-four hours later, the police have no suspects but one thing is clear: a killer has Kira in his sights.Fiercely independent, Kira doesn't expect - or want - help from anyone, least of all an unscrupulous lawyer and his elite security team. Instead, she launches her own investigation, hoping to uncover the answers that have eluded the police. But as Kira's hunt for clues becomes more and more perilous, she realizes that she alone may hold the key to finding a vicious murderer. And she knows she must take help wherever she can find it if she wants to stay alive...Written with Laura Griffin's signature "gritty, imaginative, sexy" (Cindy Gerard, New York Times bestselling author) style, Her Deadly Secret is an electrifying and scintillating novel that packs a powerful punch.Raves for Laura Griffin:'Desperate Girls is a nail-biting read from the very first page to the final, shocking twist. I could not put this book down' Melinda Leigh'Griffin pulls out all the stops in a phenomenal twist ending that will leave readers stunned' Publishers Weekly

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Stone Cold Heart

Laura Griffin
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Laura Griffin
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Desperate Girls

Laura Griffin
Authors:
Laura Griffin

One of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018!'Desperate Girls is a nail-biting read from the very first page to the final, shocking twist. I could not put this book down' Melinda Leigh'Griffin pulls out all the stops in a phenomenal twist ending that will leave readers stunned' Publishers WeeklyFrom New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin comes a tightly wound, fast-paced romantic thriller that follows a desperate woman on the run as she hides from a killer's symbolic revenge spree. Perfect for fans of Karen Rose, Alexandra Ivy and Kendra Elliot.Defense attorney Brynn Holloran is right at home among cops, criminals, and tough-as-nails prosecutors. With her sharp wit and pointed words, she's a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but in her personal life, she's a mess.When a vicious murderer she once helped prosecute resurfaces and starts a killing spree to wipe out those who put him behind bars, one thing becomes clear: Brynn needs to run for her life.Turning to a private security firm for protection, Brynn can't resist getting involved in the investigation. As the clock ticks down on a manhunt, Brynn's desperate search for the truth unearths long-buried secrets and reignites a killer's cold fury.

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The Island

Victoria Hislop
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Victoria Hislop

***LIMITED EDITION***Includes a new essay by Victoria Hislop on the impact of this million-copy bestseller.The acclaimed number one bestseller from Victoria Hislop is a dramatic tale of four generations, rent by war, illicit love, violence and leprosy, from the thirties, through the war, to the present day.On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more. Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone's throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip...

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Death's Angel: Lost Angels Book 3

Heather Killough-Walden
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Heather Killough-Walden

For fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh and Charlaine Harris, the third novel in The Lost Angels from New York Times bestselling author Heather Killough-Walden. Are you ready to meet the angels of your dreams?As the former Archangel of Death, Azrael has always stood apart from his brothers. Cursed to rule from the darkness, he is not only one of the four favored archangels, but the very first vampire, and king among his kind. Sophie Bryce is a woman scarred by the dark secrets of her past. Though she is overwhelmingly attracted to the brooding archangel, she simply cannot believe that she is the one fated to be with such an extraordinary being.But Azrael has known differently from the moment he laid eyes on Sophie and he will stop at nothing to win her heart - even if he has to fight an army of unimaginable evils to do so...The Lost Angels will compell you into a world of desire, danger and devastation. Read the whole series: Always Angel, Avenger's Angel, Messenger's Angel, Death's Angel, Warrior's Angel and Samael.

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Avenger's Angel: Lost Angels Book 1

Heather Killough-Walden
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Heather Killough-Walden
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Roof Top Book Club: An evening of travel, food and award-winning authors...

‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own Never were truer words said! And never was there a more delectable assortment of authors to discuss food and travel than bestsellers Tasmina Perry, Stella Newman and Jo Thomas at the inaugural Bookends Rooftop Book Club. After sipping champagne cocktails, (the answer to the question ‘Peach or raspberry bellini?’ always being ‘Yes’), I surveyed my surroundings. The roof terrace of Carmelite House, Hachette HQ, is mightily impressive. With views stretching from Tower Bridge, to the Shard, up to the London Eye and beyond, it was the perfect place for industry insiders and keen book fans alike to meet their favourite authors. With the room simmering with excitement, we gathered in front of the authors, budding writers keen to hear their writing secrets. For THE OYSTER CATCHER and her most recent novel, THE OLIVE BRANCH, Jo starts with place, digging into the particular delicacies of an area before trying to find her characters amongst them. Setting is so important to Jo that when she writes, she has to isolate herself in her car, although for her latest novel she upgraded to a campervan! Stella, meanwhile, creates her central heroic character and then draws the story around her. For THE DISH, she wanted a protagonist who was ‘feisty and sharp’; someone to clash with the macho swagger of the many male food critics writing today. However, Tasmina declared that we should be asking those around us about their lives, as ‘they have the most incredible stories’. Her latest bestseller, THE PROPOSAL, was inspired by a trip to a museum and a conversation with her aunt, rendered delightful by her gorgeous modern writing. As a book fanatic, events like these are the highlight of my calendar. I love the chance to connect with authors I love, and meet fellow bloggers and readers passionate about female authors and their writing. Where else could you learn that to research for THE DISH, Stella went to Paris for the day just to sample as many croissants as she could? Or that while travelling in Georgia, Tasmina found her dream home: the Savannah College of Art and Design? To end the evening, each author gave a one sentence pitch of their books. Read Jo’s THE OLIVE BRANCH if you want ‘the feeling of belonging if you are lost’. Check out Stella’s THE DISH if you like the sound of ‘emotional depth and lots of pastries’. And pre-order Tasmina’s THE LAST KISS GOODBYE as ‘Mum cried and said “This is your best one yet”… And mothers know best’. Up on the roof we were treated to a taste of intelligent female characters, heartbreaking secrets, and exotic locations. That certainly sounds like a potent recipe for a bestseller or three… Headline VIPs on the roof top! THE DISH and THE OLIVE BRANCH are available now from Headline Review. THE LAST KISS GOODBYE is on sale 10th September. The next Rooftop Book Club event is on 16th September, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Victoria Hislop’s THE ISLAND. Follow @RooftopBookClub and @TeamBookends for regular updates on all your favourite authors!

THE DIRECTIVE

THE DIRECTIVE is new, high-octane political thriller from Matthew Quirk. It's also our ebook of the month, which is rather nice isn't it? Read an extract here...

Laura Griffin

Laura Griffin is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is a two-time RITA Award winner as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award. Laura got her start in journalism before venturing into the world of romance fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas, where she is working on her next novel. Visit her website at www.lauragriffin.com and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LauraGriffinAuthor and Twitter @Laura_GriffTo hear about new releases, sign up for Laura's newsletter at: http://lauragriffin.com/subscribe/

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THE HEIST

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Inappropriate crushes in the office

The Lemon Grove: a few Headliners admit to having a touch of Jenn about them…

Sam Eades – Senior Publicity Manager Craig David… It lasted throughout my teens as well. The crush died a quiet death when I met him in person ten years later (and he was still wearing the beanie hat). Vicky Palmer – Head of Digital Marketing My inappropriate crush took hold when I was 14. In Gap. The very high street shop where I spent my teenage years buying Gap-logo-emblazoned hoodies and denim jackets (they were cool at the time, honestly). He was a Calvin Klein model lookalike (in reality he probably looked like a dodgy Take That tribute band member) and it was crush at first sight. I admired him at every opportunity, reluctant friends in tow. The height of it? Spending my entire month’s allowance on a teddy bear I had no need or money for, just so that he could serve me. The very lowest point? Having to fess up to my mother and being dragged back in to get a refund – from said crush. If they’d had hashtags in those days it would definitely have merited an #awkward. Brid Enright – Key Account Manager My inappropriate crush started on a rainy day in September. Week 1 in University, I innocently attended my first ever lecture – Introduction to Literature- and there he was – the man I would have a crush on for the next 4 years. A distinctly average, nerdy looking English professor who very much looked the part. I was the smitten! In 4 years I never missed one lecture given by M Griffin and if he was teaching any of the accompanying tutorials I always swapped into his classes. I bumped into him in a nightclub about a year after I finished University and got my photo taken with him… this embarrassing moment was enough to make me realise that my crush firmly belonged in my university years! Caitlin Raynor – Head of Publicity I don't exactly fancy him but I do think he is totally awesome and a brilliant actor and I have totally stalked him (see photo)! He is Krister Henriksson, he is 67! and is the Swedish actor who played Kurt Wallander in the Swedish version of the detective series before the BBC remade it with Kenneth Branagh in the role. The picture was taken at the Crime Thriller Awards in 2010 and while Sam [Eades] was getting her picture taken with Benedict Cumberbatch I went over and did that classic thing of saying ' I really love you, you are brilliant' and more or less gave him a hug! Darcy Nicholson – Editorial Assistant Two words: Kevin McCloud. The sexiest man in property philosophy. I am drawn to his mystical powers – his ability to predict someone will hugely exceed their budget, his eulogizing on window shape and even his boundless awe at under-floor heating. I once found out that he is a guest lecturer at Nottingham University and tried to go to hear him speak. Fortunately for him, that plan failed. Then I spied him across the room at an event; his voice was a dream but his physical presence was sadly lacking without the camera panning from him to a wide shot of house-filled landscape while the Grand Designs theme tune tinkles in the background. Abigail Mitchell – International Sales Manager I have to confess to being slightly drawn to Bill Nighy, it’s the twinkle in his eye! And he makes me laugh. Bekki Guyatt – Junior Designer and Artworker My flatmate at uni had a crush on Dr Christian from Embarrassing Bodies. The combination of her talking about how fit she thought he was, coupled with the horrific illnesses and injuries on that show made it pretty horrendous viewing. Laura Ricchetti – Sales Administrative Assistant. While the majority of the population were cheering for Leona Lewis in the final of X Factor 2006 I only had eyes for her competitor – Ray Quinn. I fell head over heels for his smooth voice and slick looks, and defended my crush in the face of a torrent of adversity from all of my friends (‘Err, that chubby one who sings like my dad?!’). He is the only person I have ever voted for in a reality TV programme. Cue heartbreak when I recently saw a spread in OK! magazine of his wedding! Emily Kitchin – Editorial Assistant and full time Mick Jagger enthusiast. Mick Jagger. A man millions have obsessed over. I seem to have joined the party forty years later than most of his fans. But it’s never too late to develop a raging crush on a craggy, charismatic rocker, particularly when he’s in such good nick, and with such seemingly boundless energy. Back in the day, it was pretty standard to be a little bit in love with the bad boy frontman of rock. And yet, when I look at old footage of the Stones over the years, it’s actually Keith that I’m drawn to – seriously bad teeth aside, he was the very epitome of rock-star cool (and, dare I say, heroin-chic?!). There’s something a little obscene about younger Mick’s fleshy, sensuous pout and pseudo-mockney accent, not to mention his slender-to-the-point-of-androgynous frame. So why this recent obsession? Which deep, dark part of my soul is it that finds the older, wrinklier version of Mick so much more attractive than the 60s/70s version? Perhaps it’s the fact that his voice and his dance moves are as energetic and outrageous as they ever were. Maybe it’s because the rest of the band, in comparison to Mick, look decidedly, er… ropey. Perhaps it’s the life experience etched onto his face. And here, Bono agrees with me – he recently said of Mick’s face, ‘The wrinkles that run through it have made it even more beautiful. Why? Because he wears those wrinkles well. I love his wrinkles.’ Hear hear. And lastly, watching him three Saturdays on the trot last summer (Glastonbury followed by Hyde Park twice), and then obsessively rewatching the footage, has ingrained Mick’s every vocal nuance and facial expression deep into my mind. Either way, every time he gyrates his narrow hips, it’s like a zipwire of electricity straight to my soul. Mick, I’ll sign off by saying: I love you. If you weren’t too old, I’d have (more of) your children.

26 Oct
Dundee

Maggie O' Farrell at The Dundee Book Festival

2pm

Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear Costa Novel Award Winner Maggie O' Farrell talk about her latest novel, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE. Maggie will be signing after her talk. Tickets: £3/£2 concession