Brand New Friend by Kate VaneBrand New Friend

It was the 80s. Parties, protests, benefit gigs. It wasn’t meant to end in murder.

BBC foreign correspondent Paolo Bennett is deskbound in London after his family had to leave their beloved Cairo.

Then Paolo learns that Mark, a friend and fellow activist from his student days, was actually an undercover cop — and his handler has been murdered.

Paolo grabs the opportunity to get out and investigate, but Mark isn’t making it easy, disappearing just as everyone wants answers. And while Paolo is reminiscing about cheap beer and great bands, his old friends remember commitment, conspiracy and a death on campus that was never explained.

Is one of them a killer? As Paolo’s past and present lives collide, what he learns changes everything he thought he knew about his friends — and himself.

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Do you blame her?

Deborah was a respected hospital manager until a tragedy forced her into retirement. Hounded by the media, then bereaved, she is brittle and reserved.

Luca was in prison, now he has hope – a family, a home and the chance to take on Deborah’s garden, neglected since her husband’s death.

Luca, with his youth and grace, has an uncanny ability to know what Deborah needs. He makes the garden live again.

Deborah increasingly depends on him, but the past hasn’t gone away. Luca’s new life is under threat, and some people can’t forgive what Deborah did.

As events escalate, they are both forced to ask, what drives us to protect – and to destroy.

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A child’s evidence convicted him – what if she was wrong?

Nat Keane never forgot her first murder. Sandie Thurston, killed and mutilated in her own bed. Five-year-old Amy beside her, soaked in her mother’s blood.

Nat was the first police officer on the scene. She was the family liaison officer who got close to the family. Too close.

Ten years on she has another life, a partner and a job she loves counselling trauma victims. So why does she agree to go back and work with Amy?

Amy’s evidence was key to getting a conviction. Now the media are hinting she got it wrong. Her father is tortured by a guilt he won’t explain. At fifteen, Amy is alternately needy and hostile – a devoted daughter who deceives her dad, a sheltered child who can’t stop taking risks.

As Nat is drawn into the family’s secrets, is she helping them find the truth or complicit in their lies? Who did kill Sandie?

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This is the story of a drowning, a heatwave and a painting that shouldn’t exist.

The death of octogenarian sea swimmer Maud Smith doesn’t excite much interest in the Devon seaside town of Dormouth, but it changes the lives of three people she never met.

Insomniac Brenda, walking her dog on the beach at dawn, finds Maud’s body and loses a husband. Now her house is falling down.

Jim, reluctant Londoner and heir hunter, loves birds, fresh air and suddenly, Maud’s neighbour. Maud’s tangled past with a local artist might just change his future, but he has a mortgage on a basement and a woman who’s not ready to let go.

Cemetery manager Neil clears Maud’s flat then promptly moves in. He attends the funeral and flirts at the wake but can’t fully account for a painting missing from her estate.

Maud may be dead, but it’s not the end yet…

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