What Books Have Made it Into My Suitcase?

So, by the time this is posted, I will have just boarded my flight from Gatwick to New York. My oldest and dearest friend is getting married in New York and I am excited to be a part of her wedding and to get to go back to New York again. I’ll be there for 7 days, so I’m not sure if I’ll get anything posted in the time I’m there or not, as I’m not taking my laptop.

Of course, I couldn’t go on holiday without bringing something to read and let me tell you, it was a struggle to pick which books I would be taking with me. I’m taking my ipad, so I have unlimited use of the Kindle app, but am not included all of that library on this list. I have narrowed my books down and decided on 12 that I’m taking to read. 4 of the twelve are kindle books. The other 8 are paperback books. 4 of which will be in my suitcase, while the other 4 will be carried in my carry-on.

In the rare instance that I finish all 12 books before the end of the holiday, I have some more earmarked on my Kindle app for holiday reading (but those aren’t included in this list either!)

I limited myself to three paragraphs of rambling! I’ll get on with the list now 🙂

  • The Missing Ones: Detective Lottie Parker Book 1 by Patricia Gibney – 529 pages on Kindle

The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. ‘I wonder which one of us will be next?’

When a woman’s body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It’s clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela’s, a former children’s home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

  • Forget Me Not by Claire Allan – 352 pages on Kindle

I disappeared on a Tuesday afternoon. I was there one minute and the next I was gone. They’ve never found my body…

It’s six in the morning during the hottest summer on record when Elizabeth O’Loughlin, out walking her dog, comes across Clare, a victim of a horrific knife attack, clinging onto life at the side of the road.

Clare dies minutes later, but not before whispering her haunting last words to Elizabeth.

When it becomes clear that Clare’s killer has more than one murder on his mind, Elizabeth has to take drastic action or face losing everything.

But what if she can’t stop a killer determined never to be forgotten?

  • Close to Home (DI Fawley 1) by Cara Hunter – 385 pages on Kindle


Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a summer party at her home. No one at the party noticed her leave. Even her parents aren’t sure of the last time they saw her.

DS Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that in nine cases out of ten, it’s someone close to the victim.

When a pair of bloody tights is discovered, Fawley’s worst suspicions are concerned.

Someone knows where Daisy is.

And her time is running out.

  • The Lost: Stone and Oliver Book 1 by Mari Hannah – 416 pages on Kindle

‘He was her child. The only one she’d ever have. It would kill her to learn that he was missing.’

Alex arrives home from holiday to find that her ten-year-old son Daniel has disappeared.

It’s the first case together for Northumbria CID officers David Stone and Frankie Oliver.

Stone had returned to his roots with fifteen years’ experience in the Met, whereas Oliver is local, a third-generation copper with a lot to prove, and a secret that’s holding her back.

But as the investigation unfolds, they realise the family’s betrayal goes deeper than anyone suspected. This isn’t just a missing persons case. Stone and Oliver are hunting a killer.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo – 336 pages in Hardback

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

  • In Safe Hands (A DCI Anna Tate Crime Thriller, Book 1) by J.P. Carter – 368 pages in paperback

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area is in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1 million daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure than someone close to them is lying…

  • The Ice Beneath Her by Camilla Grebe – 400 pages in paperback

A young woman is found beheaded in an infamous business tycoon’s marble-lined hallway.

The businessman, scandal-ridden CEO of the retail chain Clothes & More, is missing without a trace.

But who is the dead woman? And who is the brutal killer who wielded the machete?

Rewind two months earlier to meet Emma Bohman, a sales assistant for Clothes and More, whose life is turned upside down by a chance encounter with Jesper Orre. Insisting that their love affair is kept secret, he shakes Emma’s work a second time when he suddenly leaves her with no explanation.

As frightening things begin to happen to Emma, she suspects Jesper is responsible.

But why does he want to hurt her? And how far would he go to silence his secret lover?

  • The Puppet Show (Washington Poe) by M. W. Craven – 368 pages in paperback

A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of…

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is a part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive…

  • The Teacher (DI Imogen Grey Book 1) by Katherina Diamond – 400 pages in paperback

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You are wrong…

The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.

Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.

As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

But as they are drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.

And once they learn what is motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?

  • The Secret (DS Imogen Grey Book 2) by Katherina Diamond – 416 pages in paperback

Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…

When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back -of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

As the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us that hurt us the most…

  • The Angel (DI Imogen Grey Book 3) by Katherina Diamond – 464 pages in paperback


When a burned body is found in a disused signal box, suspicion falls on lonely teenager Gabriel Webb. There’s no doubt he was at the scene of the crime, but does he really deserve what awaits him in prison?

DS Imogen Grey is certain there’s more to the case than meets the eye. But while she struggles to convince those around her of the truth, her partner DS Adrian Miles is distracted by his own demons.

When a brutal double murder is reported, their investigation is stopped in its tracks. Is the body in the box even who they thought it was? The duo realise Gabriel might have been locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. But with enemies watching Gabriel’s every moved, they may be too late.

  • The Promise (DS Imogen Grey Book 4) by Katerina Diamond – 448 pages in paperback

No one can protect you from your past…

When a young woman is found strangled in her own bedroom, DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles are plunged into an investigation to find a twisted serial killer who likes to date his victims before he kills them.

Determined to stop the horrific deaths, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she get caught in her own trap? As the search for the killer ramps up, attention falls on the strange new boy in town. Why does he watch his neighbours through the windows? And could the truth be closer to home than any of them realise?

And there we have it! I would really like to blog about my time in New York and what book exploits I get up to but it might end up being a delayed blog, depending on how well I get on with my iPad keyboard! It’s been eleven years since I’ve been to New York and I’ve changed a lot in that time. I am looking forward to going back to places I remember and to make some new memories also. I am looking forward to spending some time with my friend Sam, who lives in New York. She has promised to take me on a great night out!

Any recommendations for things to do or places to eat in New York, let me know in the comments!!

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