Welcome to the new Richard and Judy Autumn 2021 Book Club, featuring six new titles chosen by our favourite book-loving couple to get us reading, thinking and talking about exciting new stories. As usual, we will have everything you need to get the most out of the book club, including reviews by Richard and Judy! Get reading today and join in with the conversation online afterwards.

A Beautiful Spy by Rachel Hore

Minnie Gray couldn’t be further from our traditional idea of what makes a spy. Office secretary, typist… yet the British secret services come to depend on her to penetrate the inner sanctums of the UK’s home-grown communist party and its links to 1930s Russia. A wonderfully improbable tale based on a true story. Moving, exciting, and frequently surprising, this is a real page-turner... Read More

Sugar by Bernice McFaddon

Sugar is an eye catching black hooker who alienates every woman in town when she moves to Bigelow, Arkansas in the 1950s; except for Pearl, who years ago lost her young daughter, Jude, to a vicious rapist/murderer. The killer wasn’t caught but in the Deep South of the 1940s it’s assumed to be a white man’s crime. Sugar, brought up in a bordello, is hard as nails but she and Pearl form an unlikely bond. Poignant and bittersweet, this novel is a joy...Read More

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor

A remote country church in an ancient village riddled with superstition and gruesome traditions. Visions of ghostly young girls set alight in the graveyard. A priest who hanged himself in the chapel. And a new woman vicar with a dark past who is determined to bring her congregation into the light. What’s not to like? If you enjoy the macabre you will love The Burning Girls. We certainly did... Read More

Blackout by Simon Scarrow

Berlin, winter, 1939. The world is at war, yet the real battles have yet to begin: this is the so-called ‘phoney war’. But not in Hitler’s capital. The Berlin blackout has begun, and terrible crimes are being committed under cover of darkness. Can honest cop, Inspector Horst Schenke, get to the bottom of the murders before he is ‘disappeared’ by a Nazi regime suspicious of his refusal to join the party or the SS? A compulsive page-turner...Read More

The Survivors by Jane Harper

A gripping, intimate murder mystery set in a small, faded coastal community on the hippy trail in Tasmania. Who was responsible for the deaths at sea of two young men in a massive storm twelve years ago? And the disappearance of a schoolgirl the same night? Kieran comes home from Sydney to find the whole town still blames him. And another young woman dies the night of his return. What’s going on? This subtle compulsive book wraps itself round you like an octopus and won’t let go...Read More

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

A talking cat. A violent young woman. A stolen child. And the strangest of houses at the very end of Needless Street. To read this story is to enter the mind and world of someone with the most bizarre of psychological disorders. It is utterly, utterly gripping. Catriona Ward deserves to scoop a clutch of awards for her incredible story... Read More