Here are some fantastic festive reads to curl up to on the long winter evenings. Share your winter favourites @ERCL4 and spread some festive joy.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley: Old friends gather for the New Year at a remote Scottish hunting lodge, with bitter rivalries and toxic dynamics giving way to murder. A hotly-anticipated debut at the time of release, Lucy has written her second novel, 'The Guest List', due to be published February 2020.
The Last by Hanna Jameson: The world has ended in nuclear war. 20 survivors seek sanctuary in an isolated Swiss hotel. Then a body is discovered and the realisation hits that one of the survivors is a killer. A fast-paced thriller as the race begins to find the murderer before someone else is killed.
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths: DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar.
Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris: (The eagerly awaited sequel to 'The Tattoist of Auschwitz'.) In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vorkuta, inside the Arctic Circle.
Twas the Nightshift before Christmas by Adam Kay: Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat . . . but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious, horrifying and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
When all is said by Anne Griffin: I'm here to remember - all that I have been and all that I will never be again.' At the bar of a grand hotel in a small Irish town sits 84-year-old Maurice Hannigan. He's alone, as usual -though tonight is anything but. Pull up a stool and charge your glass, because Maurice is finally ready to tell his story. Over the course of this evening, he will raise five toasts to the five people who have meant the most to him. Through these stories - of unspoken joy and regret, a secret tragedy kept hidden, a fierce love that never found its voice - the life of one man will be powerfully and poignantly laid bare.