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Mondays Book Talk

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For Series 6 of Mondays Book Talk - Starting September 2017
Series 5 
Series 5
Detective Mystery

Six Proud Walkers by Anthea Fraser 
By Ben Kesp
Thriller

The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper
Guest Talk by MikeH
Spiritual

The Diviner by Joe Cassidy 
By Ben Kesp
Adventure

King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard 
By Ben Kesp
Thriller

The Source by Michael Cordy 
Guest Talk by MikeH
Romance

Julia's Chocolates by Cathy Lamb 
Guest Talk by Victoria Libby
Thriller/Suspense

Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer 
Guest Talk by MikeH

Series 4 
Thriller/Suspense
The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker Guest Talk by MikeH
Thriller/Suspense
Call from an Angel by Guillame Musso Guest Talk by MikeH
Historical/Mystery
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón By B.Kesp
Historical/Thriller
The Barefoot Queen by Ildelfonso Falcones Guest Talk by MikeH
Military/Sci-Fi
The Gemini Effect by Chuck Grossart By B.Kesp
Thriller/Mystery
The Last Cato by Matilde Asensi Guest Talk by MikeH 
Historical Romance/Mystery
Landed Estate by Ben Kesp Guest Talk by Imelda 


Series 3
Historical
The Architect's Apprentice by Elif Shafak Guest Talk by Sylwia
Thriller/Detective 
After the Crash by Michel Bussi Guest Talk by MikeH
Historical Thriller/Mystery
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova Guest Talk by MikeH
Mystery/Adventure
Wanted - Leopold Blake Thriller by Nick Stephenson By B.Kesp
Spiritual
Enlightenment Part 0 by D. Alan Holmes By B.Kesp
Thriller/Mystery
Apocalypse by Eric Giacometti & Jacques Ravenne Guest Talk by MikeH
Historical Thriller
Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones By B.Kesp

Series 2

Historical/Factual 
A Brief History of Secret Societies by David V. Barrett  By B.Kesp
Thriller/Suspense
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  By B.Kesp
Historical Adventure
King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard  By B.Kesp
Mythical/Historical
Celtic Myths & Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis By B.Kesp
Historical/Factual 
Fortress Malta - An Island under Siege by James Holland  By B.Kesp
Historical Adventure
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas By B.Kesp

Series 1

Crime Thriller/Suspense
The Girl who Kicked the Hornest's Nest by Stieg Larsson By B.Kesp
Crime Thriller/Suspense
The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson By B.Kesp
Crime Thriller/Suspense
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson  By B.Kesp
Adventure
The Secret Chamber by Patrick Woodhead By B.Kesp
Historical Adventure/Suspense 
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper By B.Kesp
Crime Thriller/Suspense
The Black House by Peter May By B.Kesp
Memoir/Factual
The Boy at the Gate by Danny Ellis By B.Kesp


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