As 2017 is nearing a close, we thought we would review our top fiction books of the year. As well as great reading, they also make great Christmas gifts and stocking fillers. All titles are available from our online store with FREE delivery over £7.99.

1. The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It’s not like they were close. She hadn’t seen him–or her grandmother, the ice queen–in almost 20 years.

2. Love Story

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a new book featuring everyone’s favorite family—the Baxters, which tells the story of how John and Elizabeth first fell in love.

3. The Shack

The powerful bestselling novel, now a major motion picture, of how a grief-stricken man’s encounter with God changes his life forever.

4. The Death Beat

Poppy looked up, her face pale, her hands shaking. What is it, Poppy? Oh my, Rollo, oh my. I think we’ve just struck gold. Poppy Denby is furious with Rollo, who has gambled away his position at the Daily Globe and is being banished to New York. That is, until she discovers he plans to take her with him to work at the New York Times!

5. Manacle

What if your body was not your own? What if you had vast strength, but were used as a weapon? A gripping story about the power of possession, and the power of freedom.

6. Benefit of the Doubt: He fled, danger followed

It was a warning. Back off. Stop helping the addicts. Stop undercutting demand. He had believed they would be protected. But they took her – the girl in the raspberry beret – and by the time they were done he was broken.

7. Enemy Action

Fifty people squashed into a stinking public air-raid shelter all night – babies screaming, old ladies crying, no beds, not even a light to see by. When the all-clear siren sounds, people disperse to home and work. But one man remains. He’s Paul Ramsey, a young teacher, and he’s dead – stabbed through the heart.

8. Local Artist

The police call came at 4:00 am. A possible burglary that turns out to be a particularly nasty murder. Sandra Deeson, the Librarian who finds the bloodied body, is deeply shaken. Then the nightmares begin… because what the police don’t know is that this is not the first time she has found a corpse. One of Sandra’s colleagues is missing.