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Adult fiction


Our kind of cruelty - Araminta Hall
This is a love story. This is a tragedy. This is a book about a break up so bad that when you put the pieces of the love story back together, what you get is murder. Mike understands that most of us travel through the world as one half of a whole, desperately searching for that missing person to make us complete. But he and Verity are different. They have found each other and nothing and no one will tear them apart. It doesn't matter that Verity is marrying another man. It's all just part of a plan: you see, Verity and Mike play a game together, a secret game they call 'the crave', the aim being to demonstrate what they both know: that Verity needs Mike, and only Mike. Verity's upcoming marriage is the biggest game she and Mike have ever played. And it's for the highest stakes. Except this time in order for Mike and Verity to be together someone has to die... Back

 

Hollow man - Mark Pryor
Dominic is a prosecutor, a musician, and an Englishman living in Texas. He's also a psychopath. His main goal is to hide his condition and lead a seemingly normal life in hopes to pay off his debts and become a full-time musician in Austin's club scene. But on one lousy day his carefully-controlled world starts to shatter: he's demoted at work and accused of stealing a fellow musician's song. He also meets a beautiful woman in a lime green dress--perhaps the biggest threat to his safety of all. At her urging, Dominic hatches a plan to steal a van he knows will be filled with cash. He picks two friends as accomplices, insisting on no guns and no violence. But a security guard catches them in the act and simple theft turns into capital murder. Cracks start to show in the conspiracy and, with no allegiance to anyone but himself, Dominic has to decide whether to stick by his partners in crime, or let his true nature come out to play. Back



Nowhere child - Rachel Abbott

Eight months ago Tasha Joseph ran away, and her stepmother, Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her. Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money - a lot of money - for information about Tasha's whereabouts. Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl. But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first? She can run - but for how long can she hide? Emma, has been searching for her ever since. She is desperate to give Tasha the home and security she deserves. The problem is, Emma isn't the only one looking for Tasha. The police are keen to find her too. She could be a vital witness in a criminal trial, and DCI Tom Douglas has a team constantly on the lookout for her. But Tasha remains hidden, and nobody appears to have seen her. Suddenly, the stakes are raised. Somebody is offering money - a lot of money - for information about Tasha's whereabouts. Tom and Emma know they have never been closer to finding the young girl But they also recognise that she has never been closer to danger. Can they find her first? She can run - but for how long can she hide? Back

 

Two days gone - Randall Silvis
The perfect family. The perfect house. The perfect life. All gone now.What could cause a man, when all the stars of fortune are shining upon him, to suddenly snap and destroy everything he has built? This is the question that haunts Sergeant Ryan DeMarco after the wife and children of beloved college professor and bestselling author Thomas Huston are found slaughtered in their home. Huston himself has disappeared and so is immediately cast as the prime suspect.DeMarco knows-or thinks he knows-that Huston couldn't have been capable of murdering his family. But if Huston is innocent, why is he on the run? And does the half-finished manuscript he left behind contain clues to the mystery of his family's killer?A masterful new novel by acclaimed author Randall Silvis, Two Days Gone is a taut, suspenseful story that will break your heart as much as it will haunt your dreams.  Back



Walking the bones - Randall Silvis
In this gripping follow-up to Two Days Gone, Sergeant Ryan DeMarco investigates a cold case involving seven young girls buried in a sleepy southern town.A year after the gruesome homicide case in which Ryan DeMarco put a bullet through the heart of the madman who killed his only friend's family, he can't face another day on the force. Now, heading out on an extended road trip with Jayme, his former colleague and current girlfriend, DeMarco is ready to let his old wounds heal. But when the pair arrives in Jayme's tiny hometown for her grandmother's funeral, they're quickly recruited to help solve a long-dead case involving the skeletons of seven young girls. DeMarco finds himself once again drawn into an investigation that will demand more of himself than he may be willing to give. Back

 


Kill the angel - Sandrone Dazieri
The second novel from the acclaimed author of Kill the Father, this thriller is multi-layered, complex, full of twists and turns and satisfyingly dark - one of those novels you just have to read late into the night. A high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome, and an horrific discovery in one carriage rocks the city. Preliminary investigations are put in the hands of Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli. The police receive a message claiming responsibility for the act and announcing more murders to come, and they duly turn their attention to a small terrorist group of Islamic extremists. But investigator Dante Torre does not believe this angle. For him, this feels like a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has a far more terrible motivation to continue. The trail leads to Berlin and Venice, where the waters of the Venetian Lagoon will turn blood red... Back

 


The goddesses - Swan Huntley
When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise- they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana's hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana-skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she's ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her. A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers. Back

 


Don't make a sound - David Jackson
You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her.And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet... Back

 


Into the night - Sarah Bailey
New York Times bestselling author Sarah Bailey's acclaimed debut novel The Dark Lake was a bestseller around the world and Bailey's taut and suspenseful storytelling earned her fitting comparisons with Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. Into the Night is her stunning new crime novel featuring the troubled and brilliant Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock. This time Gemma finds herself lost and alone in the city, broken-hearted by the decisions she's had to make. Her new workplace is a minefield and the partner she has been assigned is uncommunicative and often hostile. When a homeless man is murdered and Gemma is put on the case, she can't help feeling a connection with the victim and the lonely and isolated life he led despite being in the middle of a bustling city. Then a movie star is killed in bizarre circumstances on the set of a major film shoot, and Gemma and her partner Detective Sergeant Nick Fleet have to put aside their differences to unravel the mysteries surrounding the actor's life and death. Who could commit such a brazen crime and who stands to profit from it? Far too many people, she soon discovers - and none of them can be trusted. But it's when Gemma realises that she also can't trust the people closest to her that her world starts closing in...Riveting suspense, incisive writing and a fascinating cast of characters make this an utterly addictive crime thriller and a stunning follow-up to The Dark Lake. Back

 


The Moscow deception - Karen Robards
The second electrifying novel in the Guardian series, by New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards.Bianca St. Ives makes her living as a high-end thief and a genius of disguise, conning criminals out of the money they stole - and all for the greater good. A femme fatale Robin Hood, Bianca learnt everything she knows from her father, and now that she's taken over running the family business, it's not just her father on most-wanted lists but Bianca, too. After faking his own death, the word is out that Richard St. Ives is in fact alive. Having just pulled off a major heist in Austria, he has a dangerous task for Bianca that will see her travelling to Russia to steal ancient jewels and artifacts. But now all eyes are on Bianca, and the stakes are higher than ever... Back

 


A Southern star - Anya Forest
When heartbroken Christie Mitchell escapes from the city to remote southern New Zealand she meets the disturbing Blake Ryan. Blake's relentless pursuit is not enough to overcome Christie's fear of trusting again, and she realises too late that a far bigger challenge lies ahead, one she must face alone. Only then does Blake realise what he could lose if he doesn't confront his own secretive past. Back

 


A Southern shelter - Anya Forest
Jesse Holt flees south to forget, pursued only by his conscience and the shadow holding on to his soul. Only at a remote southern bay can he find solace, or that's what he tells himself, anyway. Instead he meets Lisa Dillon, who lives for the day - and the night - offering Jesse a way to shut out his memories, temporarily at least. But Lisa's determination to live in the moment is just one of the barriers between them, as Jesse fights to break free of his past and make a new life for himself. Without Lisa, who knows only the sun in life and nothing of the shade - or the real Jesse. The safest thing he can do is keep her a distance, just like he does with everyone, or else risk shining a light on his true self. Because when the sun shines on darkness, shadows still remain...A star cannot shine without darkness. Back


A Southern strait - Anya Forest
"Shes abandoned ship. His secrets haunt him daily. Can two wayward souls keep their love afloat when the winds of change begin to blow? Rebecca Ryans marriage is on the rocks. Shes at an impasse, torn between the stress of fertility treatments and a husband who refuses to love a childless wife. Rebecca hopes a trip to a remote southern coast will clear her mind, but when a storm disrupts her search for serenity, shes left stranded and alone.Fate has never been too kind to Heath Morgan. Haunted by a tragic past and left to roam the Earth in the shadow of his past mistakes, he finally stumbles upon a chance at redemption. For once, he was in the right place at the right time to save a beautiful stranger. Heaths chance encounter with Rebecca could be a new opportunity for romance if hes willing to let his past sink to the bottom of the ocean. Rebecca and Heath feel a pull stronger than any current. But theyll need to confront painful losses if they have any chance at charting a new course toward love" -- Back cover. Back



Harvest - Christine Carrell
Rose McLeod survived the Napier earthquake, navigated her way through University in wartime Wellington and fell in love with a soldier about to embark for Egypt and Italy. Life on his return offers a new start on an Otago sheep farm where Robert's family welcomes her with relief and hope for their future. But it's a tough environment, hampered by poverty, traditional methods and lack of support. Despite their shared efforts, the arrival of children, and a developing sense of belonging, it is not enough. Conflict arises through sharing a home with her in-laws, over farm inheritance, through economic pressures and even within the church over the Geering trial. Rose wants to break out of the confines of what is expected of a farmer's wife. Although her own children are well-versed in the adaptability, resilience and self-reliance of rural people, Rose is challenged to understand her offspring who face difficult decisions in a world massively different from her own childhood. Back

 


Grace after Henry - Eithne Shortall
Grace sees her boyfriend Henry everywhere. At her counselling group, on the street, at the graveyard. She doesn't really, of course, because Henry is dead. He died six months earlier, leaving a huge hole in Grace's life and in her heart. But then Henry turns up to fix the boiler one evening, and Grace can't decide if she's hallucinating or has suddenly developed psychic powers. Grace isn't going mad - the man in front of her is not Henry at all, but someone else who looks uncannily like him. The hole in Grace's heart grows ever larger. Grace becomes captivated by this stranger, Andy - to her, he is Henry, and yet he is not. Reminded of everything she once had, can Grace recreate that lost love with Andy, resurrecting Henry in the process, or does loving Andy mean letting go of Henry? Back

 


Exile - James Swallow
MOVE OVER JASON BOURNE, MARC DANE IS HERE ... A vicious Serbian gang whose profits come from fake nuclear weapons. A disgraced Russian general, with access to the real thing. A vengeful Somali warlord, with a cause for which he'd let the world burn. A jaded government agency, without the information to stop him. Only one man sees what's coming. And even he might not be able to prevent it ... Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the incredible new action thriller from the internationally bestselling author of Nomad. Back

 


Ghost - James Swallow
A terrible threat from the depths of the dark net. A devastating betrayal at the heart of a covert strike force. A deadly pursuit across a digital battlefield. A ruthless terrorist fuelled by revenge. As devastating attacks unfold across the globe, Marc Dane must call on all his skills and ingenuity to track down the mysterious figure behind it all - a faceless criminal known only as 'Madrigal'. Before they plunge the world into war... Back

 


The hunt - Bear Grylls
William Jaeger is a former SAS soldier who has spent years thwarting attempts to revive the Nazi movement in the modern world. With international security restored, he is reluctantly thrust back into action when he uncovers evidence a horde of uranium has been stolen from an old Nazi bunker in the mountains. All the signs point towards the chemicals being turned into bombs which will devastate the world. Jaeger knows an attack is coming, and this time there will be nowhere for anyone to hide. With no idea where to turn, and with the world relying on him to find the bombs before it's too late, Jaeger is certain of only one thing: THE HUNT IS ON. Back

 


The outsider - Stephen King
When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man. Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day.As Anderson and the District Attorney trace the clues, the investigation expands from Ohio to Texas. And as horrifying answers begin to emerge, so King's propulsive story of almost unbearable suspense kicks into high gear.Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy but there is one rock-hard fact, as unassailable as gravity: a man cannot be in two places at the same time. Can he? Back

 


The killing habit - Mark Billingham
From multi-million-copy number one bestseller Mark Billingham comes a twisting, unbearably gripping DI Tom Thorne and Nicola Tanner thriller inspired by a dramatic real-life case.How do you catch a killer who is yet to kill?We all know the signs. Cruelty, lack of empathy, the killing of animals. Now, pets on suburban London streets are being stalked by a shadow, and it could just be the start.DI Tom Thorne knows the psychological profile of such offenders all too well, so when he is tasked with catching a notorious killer of domestic cats, he sees the chance to stop a series of homicides before they happen.Others are less convinced, so once more, Thorne relies on DI Nicola Tanner to help him solve the case, before the culprit starts hunting people. It's a journey that brings them face to face with a killer who will tear their lives apart. Back

 

Non-fiction


Drawing for the absolute beginner - Carole Massey
If you have always wanted to learn to draw but lack the confidence to start, Drawing for the Absolute Beginner is the book for you. The author, Carole Massey, is an accomplished artist with many years' experience of teaching and demonstrating, and even the most hesitant of beginners will soon pick up the skills and techniques needed to start drawing. The book is a complete drawing course, designed to help you progress from simple techniques such as lines, circles, squares and ellipses through to capturing landscapes, figures and buildings. There are numerous simple step-by-step demonstrations as well as larger projects, and outline tracings are provided of the more complex drawings that you can transfer straight onto your paper, if you wish to use them. Most of the artworks in the book are created using pencil, but the author also uses ink, ballpoint pen, pastel pencil and watersoluble pencils to encourage you to experiment with other media too. By the end of the book, you will have learnt all you need to know to take your drawing skills further and become an accomplished artist in your own right. Back

 


Eat happy - Melissa Hemsley

Eat Happy is packed with over 130 easy and delicious recipes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. Frugality, simplicity and indulgence are at the heart of this flavour-packed food, with plenty of ideas for batch cooking, miraculously transforming leftovers, cutting down on kitchen waste, and meals that can be enjoyed for dinner and then as a packed lunch. Uncomplicated dishes featuring supermarket ingredients are designed to see you through the whole day, from tempting breakfasts to family dinners and lunches, as well as party food, snacks, baking, desserts, drinks, and simple versions of takeaway favourites. Amongst the 130 brand new recipes are Sesame Salmon with Miso Veg Traybake, Breaded Chicken Katsu Curry, Roast Carrots with Pomegranate Molasses and Pistachios, Coconut Chocolate Clusters and Ginger Fruit Loaf. These are delicious alternatives and nourishing treats that encourage even the most time-poor cook to take pleasure in healthy food that puts taste first. Back

 


The eczema detox : the low-chemical diet for eliminating skin inflammation - Karen Fischer
More than 90 percent of eczema sufferers are sensitive to a range of artificial chemicals but did you know natural food chemicals also trigger eczema? This is why regular detoxes and healthy eating programs, which are rich in phytochemicals, can cause red, flaky skin that is incredibly itchy. The Eczema Detox shows you how to cut your total chemical load, love your liver and create healthy, clear skin from the inside out. The book contains three effective programs to suit a range of individuals from babies to adults with mild to severe skin rashes, including the following: eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, hives (urticaria), red skin syndrome, topical steroid withdrawal, hidradenitis suppurativa, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and more. Based on a decade of intense research and first-hand experience working with hundreds of skin disorder patients, The Eczema Detox features: insightful questionnaires, the itchy dozen worst foods for eczema, top 12 foods for eczema, skin disorder supplements - the dos and don'ts, 50 delicious low-chemical recipes, and more. If you have tried everything and you still have skin rashes, The Eczema Detox is the answer you've been wishing for. Back

 


Educated - Tara Westover
For readers of The Glass Castle and Wild, a stunning new memoir about family, loss and the struggle for a better future #1 International Bestseller Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school. Westover's mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn't have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school--ever--and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought. Back

 

New Zealand Non-fiction


The hunters : the precarious lives of New Zealand's birds of prey - Debbie Stewart and Nicola McCloy
From an extinct giant eagle and an owl that sounded like the devil, to the morepork we hear calling at night, the falcon that appears on our $20 note and the hawks we see swooping on the grisly remains of dead critters on the road, this book takes a close look at these fascinating birds and the people who are working to keep the species that are still with us safe. Filled with facts and great stories of rescued birds being nursed back to health, this book also has many amazing close-up photographs. Find out about the ancient art of falconry, how damaged feathers critical for flying can be replaced with temporary ones, how you can help an injured bird, and how birds can be released back into the wild. Back

 


Island nurses : stories of birth, life and death on remote Great Barrier Island - Leonie Howie and Adele Robertson
Island Nurses is a story about two remarkable women and how they forged their careers in a remote place; a story of community and the births and deaths that shape its ups and downs; a classic story of making do and overcoming adversity; and a story of hope and new life. Leonie Howie and Adele Robertson live and work on remote Great Barrier Island--so called because it faces the full brunt of the wild Pacific weather and acts as a barrier for the mainland about 100 kilometres away. With a population of around 1000, no reticulated electricity, no ATM machine, no street lights and one pub, this is a wildly beautiful place. It has a long history of farming, whaling and fishing, and the people who live here are a resilient lot, proud of their community. Midwifery and nursing on a remote island bring a wide range of dramas and emergencies, and Adele and Leonie share the islanders' stories--sometimes tragic, sometimes happy, sometimes funny--from over 30 years of challenging yet uplifting work. Back

 


It won't happen overnight... : creating wealth through New Zealand property - Mike Pero and David B. Weusten
'It won't happen overnight...' takes you through the process of getting started in property investment in New Zealand. Mike Pero and David Weusten step you through almost everything a successful property investor needs to know to succeed, from the basics of budgeting through to tips on selecting property, exercising due diligence and managing the buying process itself.

They also cover managing debt and cash flow as these are critical elements to successful property management.

Those who invest in property are often criticised in the media for being greedy, self-serving and a blight on the country. Yet without the people looking to create wealth for themselves through property investment, and providing the capital to house those who can't or chose not to own their own property, it would be left to the government, local bodies or charitable organisations to provide rental housing resulting in higher taxes for all New Zealanders.

Mike Pero and David Weusten offer the essential handbook to equip new property investors and provide reassurance to those already in the market. Although it won't happen overnight with the wisdom and experience this book provides you can be assured it will happen! Back

 


Jock's country : a celebration of rural New Zealand : the cartoons and paintings of David Henshaw

A long-time resident of Tamahere in Waikato, David communicated with farmers for more than 40 years through his cartoons - his main character, Jock, is recognised as a national identity. His cartoons appeared in the New Zealand Farmer for 34 years and on the Jock calendar for the past 17 years. The cartoon was popular with rural folk and city dwellers who had a link with the land. In 2011, he became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a cartoonist. Back

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