Vaseem Khan's Inspector Chopra & the Million Dollar Car (published by Mulholland Books) is a fun cosy crime novel set in India. Inspector Chopra has been asked to investigate the disappearance of a luxury car, stolen in the middle of the night - a locked room scenario. The garage owner is panicking as the car is owned by a gangster who is likely to resort to violence when he realises his car has gone missing.
This book can easily be read as a standalone. You don't need to have read any of the full-length novels in the Inspector Chopra series to enjoy this one. It's a fun read, featuring Inspector Chopra, his baby elephant sidekick and a cast of varied realistic characters.
Mark Billingham's Cut Off (published by Little Brown) is a very twisty psychological thriller. After Louise loses her phone in a local cafe, she's relieved when someone gets in touch to return it. But her nightmare is only just beginning.
This is a chilling tale, filled with dark humour, about friendships, relationships, loneliness and our over-reliance on technology and social media. And as for the ending... well you'll just have to read it to find out for yourself.
Quick Reads, run by the Reading Agency, is now in its 12th year and launched yesterday (1st February). Over 4.8 million of these short, accessible books have been distributed so far in the UK, giving the joys and benefits of reading to hundreds of thousands of people each year.
The two books I read were less than 100 pages each and the text was in large print, making it easy to read. Perfect for commuters or anyone who wants to get back into reading but is short of time.
Each book costs you just £1! What bargains!