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Richard & Judy's Book Club - Autumn Edition

Added 741 days ago. 16 October 2019

Get ready for autumn with a selection of new-season reads, recommended exclusively for WHSmith by Richard & Judy.


The Familiars
by Stacey Halls

Richard’s verdict:

“Stories steeped in mystery and terror – a tremendous read.”

Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Desperate to provide for her husband, Fleetwood places her burden on young midwife, Alice Grey, who promises to deliver her a healthy baby. But when Alice stands accused of witchcraft, both women find themselves at the centre of hysteria. To the backdrop of the looming 1612 Witch Trials, Fleetwood must question, is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

My Sister the Serial Killer
by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Judy’s verdict:

“Fizzing story of sex, lies and sisterhood.”

Korede is always ready to help her sister Ayoola clean-up her messes and she knows the best solutions for cleaning-up blood. But when Ayoola sets her sights on Korede’s long-time secret love, she must ask herself how far she is willing to go to protect her sister. Nominated for the 2019 Booker Prize, Finalist for the 2019 Women’s Prize and Winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller, Braithwaite tackles the age-old question, ‘is blood thicker than water?’

The Sentence is Death
by Anthony Horowitz

Richard’s verdict:

“Quirky, funny, absorbing novel.”

‘You shouldn’t be here. It’s too late… ’ These were the last recorded words of successful celebrity-divorce lawyer Richard Pryce, found bludgeoned to death with a bottle of wine – a 1982 Chateau Lafite worth £3,000. Odd, considering he didn’t drink. Baffled, the police bring in Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, the author Anthony Horowitz. But as Hawthorne takes on the case with characteristic relish, it becomes clear that he, too, has secrets to hide.

The Butterfly Room
by Lucinda Riley

Judy’s verdict:

“Layered, complex, fascinating and deeply satisfying.”

Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday, still living in her beautiful family home, where she spent her childhood catching butterflies with her father. But despite the memories, Posy knows the time has come to sell. Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who left her heartbroken fifty years ago. Already struggling to cope, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal...

by C.L. Taylor

Richard’s verdict:

“A gripping story of tragedy, remorse, guilt and revenge.”

The survivor of a fatal motorway car-crash, all Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia and terrifying night terrors are making it impossible. To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat turns into a nightmare. There’s a murderer staying in the hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna. Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie. Someone will sleep, but they won’t wake up…

My Lovely Wife
by Samantha Downing

Judy’s verdict:

“Unbelievable, but utterly convincing; over-the-top, but totally mesmerising.”

Our story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams – our darkest secrets. And then we got bored. We’re your neighbours, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you mean to get dinner with. We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. 


Get any of the 6 listed Richard and Judy book club picks for HALF PRICE with our unique discount code WFF19 from
T&Cs: This discount code is valid from 8th October 2019 until 31st December 2019. This can only be used on books at RRP and is not valid with any other product or offer. Only available online, not in store. Subject to availability.

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