Ten good reads this December

Aqilah Rahman

Whether you’re looking for a light read or a suspenseful story that will keep you up late into the night, there’s something for everyone this December as the year draws to a close.

THE MYSTERY OF MRS CHRISTIE BY MARIE BENEDICT

Agatha Christie’s life was just as mysterious as the stories she wrote. In December 1926, Agatha went missing. No one knew where she had gone.

Eleven days later, Agatha appeared and claimed to be suffering from amnesia. A blend of fact and fiction, this book is a retelling of Agatha’s disappearance by Marie Benedict.

SAFECRACKER BY RYAN WICK

Michael Maven, a thief with morale principles of his own, has been assigned to a seemingly simple mission: steal a rare coin. His mission takes an expected turn when he witnesses the coin owner murdered by a mysterious woman.

Michael escapes and finds himself in another dangerous mission: crack the safe of a cartel boss in Miami. Otherwise, his friends and family will die.

THE INVENTION OF MEDICINE BY ROBIN LANE FOX

Mankind has come a long way, especially in terms of medical breakthroughs that have shaped our lives for the better.

Explore the riveting history of medicine all the way back from the Greek case histories and how medicine has evolved over thousands of years.

MEMORIES IN THE DRIFT BY MELISSA PAYNE

After suffering from a seizure 10 years ago, Claire has since lost the ability to make new memories. She can’t remember anything from yesterday–or even the current day.

Determined to make the best of her situation, Claire keeps a record of everything to remind her of the things that have happened and the people she’s met. Little by little, despite not remembering anything at all, Claire grows as a person surrounded by the people she loves.

THE COUSINS BY KAREN M MCMANUS

Three cousins are invited by their grandmother whom they’ve never met before to spend the summer at their grandmother’s island resort. More than two decades has passed since their grandmother cut off contact from their parents, so it’s a bit strange, to say the least.

THE DISNEY BROS BY ALEX NIKOLAVITCH, FELIX RUIZ

This illustrated biography of the Disney brothers shares how, after the bankruptcy of his first two companies, Walt Disney took the leap to start a new business with his brother, Roy. This book explores the dark side of Walt Disney in the pursuit of unrivalled excellence in animation.

WE THOUGHT WE KNEW YOU BY M WILLIAM PHELPS

A chilling book based on the true story of Mary Yoder who was suspected to have been murdered in 2015. Having had no history of medical illness, her sudden death was initially shrouded in mystery.

The autopsy results revealed a gruesome truth – a lethal dosage of the chemical colchicine used to treat gout. But Mary didn’t have gout. Someone had poisoned her.

THE PARTICULARS OF PETER BY KELLY CONABOY

A light, humourous read perfect for dog lovers or just anyone looking for a good laugh. The writer Kelly first met Peter, who was in need of a new owner, in the spring of 2017. Because of Peter’s lack of bladder control, he needs someone who is frequently at home and “a writer was the natural choice”.

Kelly describes her adventures and daily life with her loyal companion Peter over the past few years, from dance lessons to DNA tests and questioning whether dogs can see ghosts.

THE OPIUM PRINCE BY JASMINE AIMAQ

After years of living in Los Angeles, Daniel Sajadi returns home to Kabul, Afghanistan to head the poppy eradication efforts in the country. While driving home to see his wife, he accidentally kills a young nomad girl.

Daniel is let off with a mere fine, partly because the law doesn’t acknowledge the nomad tribes, and partly because of a mysterious witness who has an ulterior motive.

LAYLA BY COLLEEN HOOVER

In this tale combining a mix of romance, mystery and paranormal, Leeds and Layla’s relationship is going well until Layla suffers a brain injury in an unfortunate incident. Layla eventually recovers, but the emotional and mental impact has brought drastic changes to the way she acts.

Leeds takes Layla to the bed-and-breakfast they first met, hoping that it will bring back the Layla he knows. However, the opposite happens, coupled with a string of inexplicable events.