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February 2013 

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What’s New? A Cottage By The Sea by Carole Matthews Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane A Half Forgotten Song by Katherine Webb Books Reviewed this month Shopping with the Enemy by Carmen Reid

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The Passage by Justin Cronin Custody by Manju Kapur The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver Taboo by Casey Hill Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn Redemption by Will Jordan All editions of Right Guid Read are available on

Reader Reviews Shopping with the Enemy by Carmen Reid Fashion-guru Annie's well-dressed world is falling apart - first she has lost her legendary sense of style, and now her daughter Lana seems to have become her worst enemy. A trip to a luxurious Italian spa seems like the perfect way to forget her problems. But celery juice and Pilates can't solve the disasters that are about to strike . . . Come along to Dalgety Bay Library and hear Carmen talk about her book on Tuesday 26th February at 7.30pm. For more information visit our Reading Room at or to book tickets contact any Fife library.

The Passage by Justin Cronin Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world……..She is. Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row…. He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming…… It is. The Passage was truly one of the best novels that I have read in quite some time. A grand adventure, thriller, horror, love story that should easily stand the test of time and be something read over and over again. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the sequel—The Twelve!

Custody by Manju Kapur Custody tells the story of Raman and his two marriages. From his first, he has two children, but their mother leaves them for another man. After spending a month away, she returns and takes the children back with her. Raman is then left battling to gain access to his children. He then meets his second wife who cannot have children (her first marriage ended in divorce because of it). She instantly bonds with the 18 month Roo, but struggles to build a relationship with the 10 year old son, who has been sent to boarding school by his mother and her new partner, who have moved to New York. A contemporary dilemma seen from everyone’s point of view—the divorcing couple, their children and their grandparents in the context of twentieth century Indian culture. I will definitely read more from this writer.

Reader Reviews Death Sculptor by Chris Carter 'Good job you didn't turn on the lights ...' A student nurse has the shock of her life when she discovers her patient, prosecutor Derek Nicholson, brutally murdered in his bed. The act seems senseless - Nicholson was terminally ill with only weeks to live. But what most shocks Detective Robert Hunter of the Los Angeles Robbery Homicide Division is the calling card the killer left behind. For Hunter, there is no doubt that the killer is trying to communicate with the police, but the method is unlike anything he's ever seen before. And what could the hidden message be? This is the fourth book with Robert Hunter and Carlos Garcia as the main characters and it has not disappointed me. The twists and turns in the book leave you wondering who has committed these crimes right up to the last few chapters of the book. I am looking forward to the next instalment but you don’t have to have read the previous books to enjoy this!

Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham This book is all written as emails and so gives a completely different take on telling a story. What makes it even more interesting is that Holly Denham is the pseudonym of someone who is intimately acquainted with the world of receptionists. Based in an office in the heart of London, they know all the secrets no city girl wants their boss to find out. Really enjoyable!!

Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver A story about the effects of climate change on a small American rural community, and in particular on the main character, Dellarobia. I enjoyed this for its portrayal of contemporary small town America where the local church still plays its part, and of a cash strapped young family in whose life thrift shops loom large.

Reader Reviews Taboo by Casey Hill Riley Steel is a forensics investigator who has recently moved from California to Ireland to lead the Dublin forensics team and teach them some modern methods. Her father, who was born in Ireland, had moved back a few years before, and Riley being near him means that she can keep an eye on her bottle-loving father. Then a young man and woman are found dead on a bed, and Riley is called in to investigate. This is the beginning of a number of horrific crimes by what's obviously a very sick-minded serial killer….. It is a fast paced compelling read from a husband and wife team - Melissa Hill and her partner Kevin. A book for everyone that loves mysteries and thrillers! This title is available in Large Print and Spoken Word from Fife’s Libraries.

Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn I was blown away by Kate Quinn's debut novel, which tells the heart wrenching story of Thea, a Jewish slave, with a strong heart and a spirit that catches the eye of not only Arius, the famous and unbeatable gladiator, but also the Emperor himself! It is an exciting fast paced book that will leave you wanting more! It is a good job that the library has the sequel too!

Redemption by Will Jordan Ryan Drake is a man who finds people who do not want to be found. Once a soldier in the British army, he now works for the CIA, leading an elite investigation team that tracks down missing agents. But his latest mission to free a prisoner codenamed Maras and bring her back onto US soil within forty eight hours—is more dangerous than anything his team has attempted before. Will Jordan is a new Scottish thriller writer whose debut is fast, furious and riveting! My only complaint would be that it was over too fast! Come along to Duloch Library and hear Will talk about his book on Monday 18th February at 7.30pm. For more information visit our Reading Room at or to book tickets contact any Fife library. This title is available in Large Print from Fife’s Libraries.

New Titles A Cottage by the Sea by Carole Matthews Grace has been best friends with Ella and Flick since university. The late-night chats, shared heartaches and good times have created a bond that has stood the test of time. Now in their thirties, Grace is always a bit disappointed about how little time they get to spend together, so when Ella invites them all to stay for a week in her cottage in South Wales, Grace jumps at the chance to see her old friends. She also hopes that the change in pace will help her reconnect with her husband, Harry. Unfortunately for her, Harry isn't as enamoured with Cwtch Cottage as she is. ……….

Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson 1942 and the world is at war. It is a war that has already shattered families and devastated countries. But for some, it will also mean the greatest of adventures. In a burns hospital in Sussex, a beautiful young singer performs to a ward full of injured soldiers. Saba is captivating and one pilot, Dom, shudders as her gaze turns his way. He can't bear her to see his scars but resolves to write to her once they have healed. The world is on the brink of enormous change. Saba's journey as a singer with ENSA takes her to the fading glamour of Alexandria and the heat and decadence of Turkey. This title is available in Large Print and Spoken Word from Fife’s Libraries

You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

A Half Forgotten song by Katherine Webb 1937. In a village on the Dorset coast, fourteen-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing - until the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey, his exotic mistress and their daughters, changes everything. Over the next three summers, Mitzy sees a future she had never thought possible, and a powerful love is kindled in her. A love that grows from innocence to obsession; from childish infatuation to something far more complex.

A Right Guid Read February 2013 Revised edition  

A Right Guid Read is an online reader reviews newsletter compiled by Fife Cultural Trust