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Books You’d Leave on a Plane

THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark

The latest of Mary Higgins Clark's thrillers is The Melody Lingers On, in which Elaine “Lane” Harmon, a thirty-year-old widow and mother who’s the assistant to combative old Glady Harper, “the doyenne of interior decorating among the wealthy and the socially ambitious.” Lane is a classic Higgins Clark heroine: she’s been battered a bit by life (her husband was killed by a drunk driver while she herself was pregnant with her daughter Katie) but is also upbeat by nature – in this case, a perfect foil for crusty old Glady Harper, who’s got a new commission she wants to discuss with Lane as the novel opens.

Find out more about the book from Jenny in the Book Show with Exclusive Books.

KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell

R.I.P. Carrie Bradshaw: author Candace Bushnell moves on with a new novel in her new novel, Killing Monica, Candace Bushnell banishes the ghosts of Sex and the City, the column that started in the Observer, for good.

The book features a glamorous novelist, Pandy Wallis, who long ago created a character, Monica, with whom everyone – the whole of New York and Hollywood – fell in love. Monica captured the zeitgeist. So much so that her story becomes a big film franchise, and the screen adaptations eclipsed the fame of the book (and the novelist). Sound familiar?

Find out more about Bushnell's latest offer in the Book Show with Exclusive Books this week.

THE BEEKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Santa Motefiore

"International best-selling author Santa Montefiore writes an epic romance that spans two generations in her new novel, "The Beekeeper's Daughter." Readers are transported back and forth between Massachusetts and England unraveling a timeline that stretches over four decades. It's the story of a daughter's journey to find happiness and a mother's cautionary tale of lost love."

Find out what Jenny has to say about the book in the Book Show with Exlusive Books.

PACKING UP by Brigid Keenan

"A friend of the author once wondered whether, instead of being an EU ambassador and his ‘trailing spouse’, she and her husband actually lived quietly in Bournemouth, coming occasionally to London to regale others with outlandish, invented stories. Sometimes, reading this book, I, too, began to wonder whether it was all made up. Diplomatic Baggage, her previous hilarious memoir of travels with the ambassador, had a similar effect ...

This book is a delight, with snoring and the washing machine treated in the same way as corruption in Europe. She is frank and self-deprecating, describing her career as going from young meteor to fallen star. And heavens, she makes you laugh."

Read the full review on Country Life.

Hear Jenny's opinion on the book in the Book Show with Exclusive Books.

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