The Perfect Poison by Amanda Quick Botanist Lucinda Bromley can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that originate in the botanical kingdom. At the investigation scene of a murdered lord, she picks up traces of a poison containing a species of fern found only in her conservatory. To try and find the real murderer, Lucinda hires Arcane Society member Caleb Jones – and together they are drawn into a dangerous and deadly conspiracy.
Wild Goose Chase: a Quilting Mystery by Terri Thayer A computer techie by trade, Dewey Pellicano would rather swallow needles than be pinned down to a life of quilting. But when her mother passes away, Dewey must learn the quilting business as the new proprietor of Quilter Paradiso. During a national quilt show, quilting celebrity Claire Armstrong offers to buy the shop, but before Dewey can accept, she finds the famous quilter lying dead on the floor.
The Secret River by Kate Grenville Winner of the Orange prize for fiction. Following a childhood marked by poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. He arrives with his wife and children to the harsh land of the infant Sydney town. Among the convicts, the word is that lush land can be claimed by the Hawkesbury River and as Thornhill and family stake their land, battle lines between old and new settlers are drawn.
A Good Woman by Danielle Steel Annabelle Worthington was born into a life of privilege in New York. But the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 altered her world forever. Finding strength within her grief, Annabelle pours herself into volunteer work, nursing the poor, igniting a passion for medicine that will shape the course of her life.
Petals in the Wind by Christina Green Leaving the bustle of London behind to return home to Dartmoor after the death of her father, Alison Bourne finds her stepmother Julia has unwelcome plans for her childhood home.