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Today Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution step to the fore in our new books column. Darwin was Right has a title that might make you laugh out loud for its directness, while the story will evoke a range of emotions. In addition to this debut by Denise Harrison, we’ve got new titles from Gabrielle St George, Adele Parks, Jamie Sinclair and Gina Kirkham. Once again, you have plenty of choice – all the way from fiery-tempered serial killers right through to cosy crime fiction for a cold winter’s night.

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Darwin was Right by Denise Harrison

Charles Darwin’s theories about the survival of the fittest come into play in this thriller by American debut author Denise Harrison. FBI agent Emmie Blanchet is on the trail of a serial killer, and when a body is found in Shenandoah National Park near Washington, DC, there are worrying similarities to a cold case that her father solved 30 years ago. She teams up with National Park Ranger Chief Joel McNeil, but a growing attraction between them threatens to scupper their investigation. Which is bad news, especially when Emmie becomes the focus of the killer’s evil intentions… Darwin was Right is out on 16 December.
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How to Kill a Kingpin by Gabrielle St George

How to Kill a Kingpin by Gabrielle St George front cover

Gina Malone has just turned 50 and the bestselling relationship advice author is itching to begin a bright new life. But on Halloween weekend in a tiny tourist town on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron, people are gathering from far and wide to join in Sunset Beach High’s 150th-anniversary celebrations – Gina among them. Some people go to reunions to relive their past, others to exact revenge for it. One former student has a deadly chip on their shoulder, and they blame cool-kid Gina for their years as a loner. Can she get out of the weekend alive? The follow-up to CFL Awards 2022 shortlisted How to Murder a Marriage, How to Kill a Kingpin by Gabrielle St George is out now.
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One Last Secret by Adele Parks

One Last Secret by Adele Parks front cover

Dora is a very successful escort. She’s smart, stunning and discreet – and currently spending the week at a beautiful French chateau with Daniel, as his ‘girlfriend’. Just this one last job and Dora is leaving the escort world for good – she has fallen in love and is planning a very different life for herself. But as the guests assemble, it becomes terrifyingly apparent that putting her past behind her is impossible. She’s created a career out of deception and now one last secret could cost Dora everything, including her life… A heady mix of power, sex, money and revenge, One Last Secret by Adele Parks is out now.
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I Remember You by Jamie Sinclair

I Remember You by Jamie Sinclair front cover

Everything is finally coming together for Alex, and as she moves into her dream house with her loving husband Mike, she has every reason to give herself a pat on the back. But Alex is haunted by the secrets of her past, and the cracks begin to show when she is cold-shouldered by her new neighbours. And then she receives a postcard with a chilling message that reads: “I remember you. I remember what you did.” Alex is terrified but tries to convince herself the message was for someone else – until Mike is attacked and she has no option but to come clean. What will he say when he learns her real name, the lies she has told and the things she has done? A gripping slice of domestic noir, Jamie Sinclair’s I Remember You is out now.
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Murders at the Montgomery Hall Hotel by Gina Kirkham

Murders at the Montgomery Hall Hotel by Gina Kirkham front cover

As pre-Christmas stress levels rise, it’s the perfect time to grab yourself some cosy crime – and Murders at the Montgomery Hall Hotel by former police officer Gina Kirkham is out now and fits the bill nicely. Librarian Prunella Pearce and other members of the Winterbottom Women’s Institute are looking forward to spending Halloween at the Montgomery Hall Hotel murder-mystery weekend but the drama gets a little too real when the local actress hired to play Psychic Selma for the weekend is replaced by an impostor, the weather turns nasty and the bodies start piling up. Pru and her friend Bree have some experience solving mysteries, but they may need a little help from delectable detective Andy Barnes to crack this case.
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Read about last week’s new crime novels here.

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