THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Elly Griffiths (Quercus £8.99, 368pp)
by Elly Griffiths (Quercus £8.99, 368pp)
Sunday afternoon, former music hall star Verity Malone thinks, is an unimpeachable time of day — a time to doze off — which is exactly what her sleepy husband, theater impresario Bert Billington does. in his chair at their Brighton home.
In fact, Bert is not asleep, but dead. He was 90, so his death isn’t entirely unexpected, but a pathologist’s report reveals that it was rat poison that finished him off.
When the police begin to investigate the case, alongside private detectives Emma Holmes and Sam Collins, their investigation reveals shocking details about Bert’s past and a host of people with reasons to want him dead, starting with Verity. .
The sixth novel in the best-selling Brighton Mysteries series by Elly Griffiths is a thriller with intricate plots.
STRONGER by Gareth Thomas (Ebury Press £10.99, 336pp)
by Gareth Thomas (Ebury Press £10.99, 336pp)
When former Welsh rugby international Gareth Thomas was diagnosed with HIV, he felt his world was “completely over”. Although he immediately started taking medicine to control the virus, he did not tell anyone around him about his diagnosis for several years.
His mental state deteriorated further when a blackmailer told the press. His parents eventually learned he had HIV from a reporter, but that moment marked a turning point.
After coming out once as a gay man, Gareth decided to come out a second time as an HIV-positive man.
His inspiring memoir chronicles the challenges he faced, particularly since his diagnosis, when he completed the grueling Ironman Wales triathlon.
It ends with a celebration of the joy of being an “ordinary person”, surrounded by the love of family, friends and husband.
SILVERVIEW by John Le Carré (Penguin £8.99, 224pp)
by John Le Carré (Penguin £8.99, 224pp)
John Le Carré’s 26th novel, published after his death in 2020, is set in a small East Anglia seaside town where 33-year-old Julian Lawndsley recently gave up a high-flying City career for the quieter occupation to keep a bookstore.
It doesn’t take long before Julian meets Edward Avon, an old book lover who lives in a house called Silverview. Edward claims to have been in school with Julian’s father, a disgraced vicar, but his past life seems rich in mystery. He is married to Deborah, a former intelligence agent, and is quick to ask Julian to deliver a letter to an enigmatic young woman.
Meanwhile, a spy chief in London investigates the source of a leak, whose origins seem to lead him to the town of Julian.
Le Carré’s masterpiece is a posthumous treat for his many fans.