These are the 10 best books to read this month

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There's some cracking books out this autumn, from big names like Maggie O'Farrell to lesser known authors with dazzling debuts. Whether you want a page-turning thriller, a gripping historical novel or a feel-good read, we've got some great choices out this month.

The Marriage Plot by Maggie O'Farrell

Anne Hathaway inspired O’Farrell’s prize-winning novel Hamnet, and another overlooked woman from history is the subject of her latest book. Sixteen-year-old Lucrezia de’ Medici, immortalised in Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess, has been married off to a man twice her age. Now, her life is in danger. A vivid evocation of Renaissance Italy and a fascinating woman.

The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly

One of my favourite writers is back with a gripping thriller about two families connected by a devastating secret. A literary treasure hunt made writer Frank Churcher famous. Fifty years on, he plans to reveal the final missing piece, but things go very wrong when it leads to a murder investigation.

Marple: 12 New Story by various authors

Agatha Christie fans are in for a treat! Twelve authors, including Kate Mosse and Val McDermid, have penned murder mysteries featuring Miss Jane Marple. From an Oxford college to a New York theatre, there’s enough novelty to keep things interesting, but ultimately this is a celebration of one of the greatest literary sleuths ever.

Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A former world number-one tennis player who comes out of retirement in her late 30s is the hero of Jenkins Reid’s newest novel. This is a hugely entertaining read about a ruthless woman who is prepared to do whatever it takes to be a winner.

All The Broken Places by John Boyne

Gretel is 91 and has lived in the same London apartment block for more than 60 years. When a new family moves in, it brings back painful memories from her past. This moving sequel to the children’s book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (this novel is firmly aimed at adults) explores the complexities of guilt and complicity.

The Central Line by Saskia Sarginson

I raced through this sweet, emotionally satisfying romcom. After a chance encounter with a handsome Good Samaritan who rescues her drunk daughter Fran, widow Cora’s life is turned upside down. The only problem is that he’s 12 years younger than her – and Fran has also fallen for him…

The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman

It’s such a joy to be back at Coopers Chase retirement village with the Thursday Murder Club! This time, our four septuagenarian amateur sleuths are looking into the case of a TV reporter who disappeared 10 years before and whose body was never found. Expect intrigue, red herrings and loads of charm.

All That's Left Unsaid by Tracey Lien

After her teenage brother is murdered in a crowded restaurant, Ky, a young Vietnamese-Australian journalist, returns home to investigate. Set in Sydney in the 1990s, this is a powerful read that explores community and racial discrimination.

The Other Side Of Night by Adam Hamdy

This unusual novel starts off as a well-written psychological thriller, but then – pow – it goes off in a completely different direction! I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, but it involves a mysterious message in a book, a discredited policewoman and a case connected to her ex-boyfriend.

Mika In Real Life by Emiko Jean

When the daughter Mika gave up for adoption 16 years before gets in touch, Mika is so embarrassed by her dismal life that she invents a job, home and relationship to impress her. Now, Penny wants to visit and Mika has two weeks to turn things around. An endearing, joyful tale about finding (and accepting) yourself.

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