4. Stonemouth by Iain Banks
The most recent paperback by the lamented and wonderful Banks makes a slyly joyful slice of holiday reading. Young man returns to the home town he has left in mysterious circumstances several years before. A slow reveal gradually informs of his apparent misdemeanor, but could there be more to it than that? Genuine warmth and humour intermingled with Scots Casa McNostra, a little light drug abuse…and of course love. Missing Banks already.
5. Weirdo by Cathi Unsworth
Brilliant British crime with a bit of a Broadchurch (British TV series for my non-UK readers) flavour. Set in a small down-at-heel, East Anglian seaside town, still shaken from a brutal school murder which everyone accepts as being long closed, until a private investigator is called in to reopen. Adolescent agnst, paganism, music and a long buried memories haunt a community in denial. Absorbing stuff!
Thank you, Danny, for your intriguing choices. I will be reading all of these too! Of course the books are all available from West End Lane Books.
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