Hey guys,

Today I am bringing you a book haul! I haven't done one of these for a while and I have found myself picking up a few books here and there.

The Santa Klaus Murders by Mavis Doriel Hay.  £8.99

This book caught my interest when I saw it in Waterstones. It's a classic crime which is set around Christmas time which made me happy. This is one of three detective Novels that Mavis Doriel Hay wrote in 1930.

Synopsis: A classic country-house murder mystery, 'The Santa Klaus Murder' begins with Aunt Mildred declaring that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gathering at their country residence Flaxmere. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered — by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus —with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. 

Nearly every member of the party stands to reap some sort of benefit from Sir Osmond’s death, but Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have every opportunity to fire the shot, has no apparent motive. Various members of the family have their private suspicions about the identity of the murderer, but in the midst of mistrust, suspicion, and hatred, it emerges that there was not one Santa Klaus but two.            

The Child by Sebastian Fitzek £1.99

My mum actually picked this book up for me and said it sounded like something I would love. It's true it really caught my interest as thrillers are right up my alley. The first book I picked up from The Works. 

Synopsis: My name is Simon. I'm 10 years old. I'm a serial killer. 

Robert Stern, a successful defence lawyer, doesn't know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. To his astonishment, the defendant is a ten-year-old boy - Simon - a fragile child with a chronic illness who insists that he was a murderer in a former life. 

Stern's surprise quickly turns to horror as he searches the cellar Simon has directed him to and discovers the skeletal remains of a man, the skull split with an axe - just as Simon told him he would. But this is only the beginning, as Simon tells Stern where to find even more victims whose bodies have lain undisturbed for years. Suddenly, the present feels murderously dangerous as well...

Her - Harriet Lane  £1.99
I can not lie but it was really the cover that sparked my interest! It's bright yellow and it seems like a psychological thriller which is my favourite genre for books. Also from The Works.

Synopsis: Two women; two different worlds.

Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold.

Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control.

When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn't the first time the women's paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did. 

But what exactly does Nina want from her? 

Orkney Twilight - Clare Carson  £1.99

Another book my mum found for me and which sounded like the premise of a good thing! Also the cover is super pretty. The last from The Works.

Synopsis: Jim is an undercover policeman with alcohol issues and the gift of the gab - but he never talks about his past. His daughter Sam is a rebellious eighteen-year-old with an inquisitive streak. She is determined to find out the truth about her father.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler  £2.50

I found this book when browsing a charity shop. I've actually wanted to read this book for a while but I was unsure if I would enjoy it so I was happy to find it for a cheaper price and it looks like it is brand new!

Synopsis: Rosemary doesn't talk very much, and about certain things she's silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it's been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell.

Now at college, Rosemary starts to see that she can't go forward without going back, back to the time when, aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find Fern gone.

Look Who's Back - Timur Vermes  £8.99
I've wanted this book for a while and finally decided to pick it up when I saw it was buy one get one half price in Waterstones. This sounds wonderfully funny and I can't wait to pick it up.

Synopsis: Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman.

People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen. But the Führer has another programme with even greater ambition – to set the country he finds a shambles back to rights.

After The Crash - Michel Bussi £7.99
This was the other Buy One Get One Half Price pick up and this sparked my interest that I could not leave it in the store (well I could, I just didn't want to).

Synopsis: On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl's hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything - then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone... 

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