06 December 2019

A gripping adventure through the badlands of South Africa

Consultant with the World Health Organisation, South African born Doctor Lily Winters has been in the thick of some of the worst humanitarian disasters across the globe. But when she's posted back to South Africa following the suspicious death of an ex-colleague, she faces the biggest medical mystery she's ever seen. 

The resettled Platfontein San People population is exhibiting a higher than average HIV epidemic, and their people are dying. The cases Lily takes over are baffling and despite her best efforts, the medicine doesn't seem to be helping. To save this unique community, Lily and a policeman from the Kalahari, Piet Kleinman, join forces to trace the origins of the epidemic and uncover the truth. Their search drags them into the dangerous world of a corrupt industry driven by profit while the authorities meant to protect their community turn a blind eye. 

In a race against time Lily and Piet will put not only their careers but their lives on the line.

05 December 2019

She gave you her baby - and then she jumped.

A moment on the platform changes two lives for ever. But nothing is as it seems. 'Take my baby.' The train is approaching at speed. Why is the stranger handing Morgan her baby? And how does she know Morgan's name? When the mother then jumps in front of the train, Morgan is stunned.

Now the police want to know why she is holding someone else's child. No one else saw what happened. Desperate to clear her name, Morgan must discover who this woman was. What drove her to end her life? And why did she choose Morgan?

A trail of dark secrets leads to the truth about that moment on the platform. And to someone who is willing to kill to conceal it. Pulse-pounding. Heartrending, Shocking. This is one thriller you won't be able to stop thinking about.


04 December 2019

The hunter of the dark

Abducted at thirteen.

Returned at twenty-eight.

Is it time to go back into the labyrinth?

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=196644A young woman named Samantha Andretti wakes up in a hospital bed. Samantha was abducted when she was thirteen. She was kept prisoner for fifteen years.

The man by her side, Dr. Green, believes that Samantha's memories contain the clues that will lead to the capture of her abductor. But why does she keep referring to a labyrinth?

Outside the hospital, private investigator Bruno Genko does not have long to live. Bruno was assigned to Samantha's case many years ago, and now it is his chance to make amends.

Can Samantha be persuaded to go back into the labyrinth? And how did the man its the centre vanish so quickly?

02 December 2019

Tried * Tested * Trusted

Cooking in a hurry has never been as necessary - and not just as fuel for our frenetic lifestyles, but also flavoursome, nutritious meals that give us pleasure.

 Each dish in this beautifully photographed book can be created in 30 minutes or less; the same time as waiting for the ping of a ready meal in the oven or knock of a delivery driver. From tasty and cheap chapters such as Vegetarian and Vegan to Cooking for One and Speedy Entertaining, this book has all eventualities covered for a delicious solution for every busy day.

Each one of the 130 dishes in this recipe collection has been Triple-Tested to ensure it works each time and tastes mouth-wateringly fabulous.

29 November 2019

All friends keep secrets. Some are darker than most.

How far will the ties that bind us stretch, before they finally break? 

Everyone knows Melissa Silk and her two best friends in their small Dorset town: a walking poster for friendship and community, people might hate them if they weren't so infectiously likeable. When tragedy strikes and one of the three women, Jenny, is found dead, Melissa can't move on. Although her friends and family urge her to let it go before her obsession and paranoia pulls them all apart, she just can't - she knows, in her heart, that something isn't right... and she owes it to Jenny to find out what it is. 

But what if learning the truth means losing everything she cherishes?

28 November 2019

Reviewed by Ann-Louise @ Hawera LibraryPlus!

I read this lastweekend and loved it. It felt real, and it’s written sensitively with spot-on truth.

Normally I wouldn’t pick out a pink covered book with hearts all over it. But this is a love story and if you liked the Rosie Project it’s similar. Funnily the main character is also called Rosie. 


Rosie likes being alone, feels lost in social situations, where she says or does the wrong thing because she finds it’s hard to read people. She prefers books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked him, but hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now. She’s not sure if he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago…. 

25 November 2019

The tumultuous reality of Anglo-Saxon Britain...

Warrior tells the story of forgotten man, a man whose bones were found in an Anglo-Saxon graveyard at Bamburgh castle in Northumberland.


It is the story of a violent time when Britain was defining itself in waves of religious fervour, scattered tribal expansion and terrible bloodshed; it is the story of the fighting class, men apart, defined in life and death by their experiences on the killing field; it is an intricate and riveting narrative of survival and adaptation set in the stunning political and physical landscapes of medieval England. 

Warrior is a classic of British history, a landmark of popular archaeology, and a must-read for anyone interested in the story of where we've come from.

22 November 2019

Four elements...

Four seasons.

Four points on the compass.

Four teenage girls

and one dead body


21 November 2019

A night to remember ...

When Declan Lorne, the last remaining knight in Ireland, dies suddenly, an ancient title passes with him. But his estate on Ireland's rugged south-west coast is left to his three daughters. The two eldest, Ottie and Pip, inherit in line with expectations, but to everyone's surprise, and dismay, it is the errant baby of the family, Willow, who gets the castle. Why her?

https://ils.stdc.govt.nz/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=194340Something unknown, something terrible, made her turn her back on her family three years earlier, escaping to Dublin and vowing never to return. So when Willow quickly announces she is selling up, her revenge seems sweet and the once-close sisters are pushed to breaking point: in desperation, Pip risks everything to secure her own future, and Ottie makes a decision that will ruin lives. It's each woman for herself.

Before moving in, Connor Shaye, the prospective new owner, negotiates throwing a lavish party at the castle just days before Christmas, his hello, their goodbye. But as their secrets begin to catch up with them, Ottie, Willow and Pip are forced to ask themselves which is harder: stepping into the future, or letting go of the past?

19 November 2019

The First Amendment, fascism, and the future of dissent

A hard-hitting expose that shines a light on the powerful conservative forces that have waged a multi-decade battle to hijack the meaning of free speech--and how we can reclaim it.
There's a critical debate taking place over one of our most treasured rights: free speech. We argue about whether it's at risk, whether college students fear it, whether neo-Nazis deserve it, and whether the government is adequately upholding it.


But as P. E. Moskowitz provocatively shows in The Case Against Free Speech , the term has been defined and redefined to suit those in power, and in recent years, it has been captured by the Right to push their agenda. What's more, our investment in the First Amendment obscures an uncomfortable truth: free speech is impossible in an unequal society where a few corporations and the ultra-wealthy bankroll political movements, millions of voters are disenfranchised, and our government routinely silences critics of racism and capitalism.

Weaving together history and reporting from Charlottesville, Skokie, Standing Rock, and the college campuses where student protests made national headlines, Moskowitz argues that these flash points reveal more about the state of our democracy than they do about who is allowed to say what.

Our current definition of free speech replicates power while dissuading dissent, but a new ideal is emerging. In this forcefully argued, necessary corrective, Moskowitz makes the case for speech as a tool--for exposing the truth, demanding equality, and fighting for all our civil liberties.

18 November 2019

Can one good deed redeem a criminal?

David Mitre has a very unusual set of skills, skills he has acquired over a long criminal career. Skills that make him an irritant for people like the FBI. Hiding among the ex-pat community of the Greek islands, his cover is blown when he is witness to a stabbing on a Cyprus beach.

The FBI want answers and David is given an ultimatum; solve the murder or face imprisonment for his own crimes. Coerced into playing detective, David unwittingly uncovers a criminal enterprise far worse than anything he could have imagined.

15 November 2019

One picturebook summer


When he was twelve years old, Adam Ryan went playing in the woods with his two best friends. He never saw them again. Their bodies were never found, and Adam himself was discovered with his back pressed against an oak tree and his shoes filled with blood. He had no memory of what had happened.

Twenty years on, Rob Ryan - the child who came back - is a detective in the Dublin police force. He's changed his name. No one knows about his past. Then a little girl's body is found at the site of the old tragedy and Rob is drawn back into the mystery.

Knowing that he would be thrown off the case if his past were revealed, Rob takes a fateful decision to keep quiet but hope that he might also solve the twenty-year-old mystery of the woods.

13 November 2019

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12 November 2019

The killing in the consulate

After Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was filmed going in to the Saudi consulate in Turkey, he was never seen alive again. 

In The Killing in the Consulate, Rugman pieces together in minute-by-minute detail the events after Khashoggi entered the Saudi diplomatic building on 2 October 2018, expecting to receive the documentation that would enable him to marry Hatice Gengiz, patiently waiting for him outside. Little did they realise, he was entering a trap, as a 15-man Saudi hit squad had just flown in to the country and was waiting for him. Within minutes he had been viciously murdered and his body was quickly disposed of.

The Saudis thought they would be able to get away with it all, and concocted a far-fetched story to cover it up. But what they didn't realise was that Turkey's President Erdogan's security and intelligence agencies had bugged the consulate, and captured the horrific events on tape. 

Based on confidential sources, dramatic new evidence and in-depth research across several countries, Rugman reveals the context behind the murder and attempted cover-up. He shows how a power struggle between Erdogan and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, had such fatal results. The prince had seemed to promise a new and more open era for his country, while also investing vast sums in arms deals with the West.

Inevitably other nations, including President Trump and the USA, were drawn into the affair, which created the biggest crisis in US-Saudi relations since 9/11. Skilfully, Rugman draws together all the strands to tell a gripping story of one man's tragedy that had global consequences.

11 November 2019

Wild wool & colorful cotton quilts

Happy, bold, and whimsical!

Sew house-themed quilts to welcome you home. Best-selling author Erica Kaprow shares three new medallion quilts with playful pieced backgrounds and perky appliqué. Using a mix of cotton and wool fabrics, you'll hand stitch houses, flowers, vines, and more. Basic appliqué instructions and full-size patterns are included. With each border, you'll fall more in love with the these textural quilts infused with color!

08 November 2019

Pressreader - restrictions to the Stuff Ltd titles

As many of you are aware there has been restrictions to the Stuff Ltd titles which took affect on the 1st of November.

The initial communication has been that restrictions would only affect the PressReader app and readers would still be able to read the Stuff Ltd titles through the library website or using their library card as long as it is via the PressReader website (www.pressreader.com). Unfortunately, it was miscommunicated to us with how the restrictions would be implemented.

At request by the publisher Stuff Ltd content will no longer be accessed ‘offsite’ meaning that readers will no longer be able to access Stuff titles using the library website or logging into PressReader using their library card credentials.

To read these titles you will need to visit one of our LibraryPlus sites and connect to the free wifi.

The titles affected are:
• Sunday Star Times
• Sunday News
• Southland Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Waikato Times (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Dominion Post (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• The Press (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Nelson Mail (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Timaru Herald (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Manawatu Standard (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Taranaki Daily News (Weekday & Weekend Editions)
• Marlborough Express
• TV Guide
• NZ House and Garden
• NZ Gardener

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused by these restrictions.

Divided by class, united by friendship

Together can they overcome hardship, poverty and disaster?


Anny Woodvine's family has worked at the ironworks for as long as she can remember. The brightest child in her road and the first in her family to learn to read, Anny has big dreams. The moment she is asked to run messages to the big house, she's ready to grab the opportunity with both hands.

Margaret King, only daughter of the King family, is surrounded by privilege and wealth. But behind closed doors all is not what it seems. When Anny arrives, Margaret finds her first ally and friend. Together they plan to change their lives. But as disaster looms over the ironworks and the King House, Margaret & Anny find themselves surrounded by secrets and betrayal. Can they hold true to each other and find a way to overcome their fate?

05 November 2019

They thought the Sturm were dead. They were wrong

With a ruthless sect of humanity intent on wiping out their species, five intrepid heroes must think like their enemies in this epic sci-fi adventure.

They thought the Sturm were dead. They were wrong. Centuries after their defeat, the enemy has returned with an overwhelming attack on the fringes of human space. On the brink of annihilation, humankind's only hope is a few brave souls who survived the initial onslaught.


Commander Lucinda Hardy, thrust into uncertain command of the Royal Armadalen Navy's only surviving warship; Booker3, a soldier of Earth, sentenced to die for treason, whose time on Death Row is cut short by the invasion; Alessia, a young royal of the Montanblanc Corporation, forced to flee when her home planet is overrun and her entire family executed; Sephina L'trel, the leader of an outlaw band who must call on all of their criminal skills to resist the invasion. And, finally, retired Admiral Frazer McLennan, the infamous hero of the first war with the Sturm hundreds of years ago, who hopes to rout his old foes once and for all - or die trying.

These five flawed, reluctant heroes must band together to prevail against a relentless enemy and near-impossible odds. For if they fail, the future itself is doomed.

04 November 2019

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30 October 2019

Ken Follett calls John Grisham "The best thriller writer alive"

He was framed for murder. Now he needs someone on the outside to save him.

For 22 years Quincy Miller has sat on Death Row without friends, family or legal representation. He was accused of killing Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no witnesses and no motive.

Just the fact that Quincy was black in an all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of his car. A torch he swore was planted. A torch that conveniently disappeared from evidence just before his trial.It made no difference. The police photographs of the torch were enough. In the eyes of the law Quincy is guilty and, no matter how often he protests his innocence, his punishment will be death.

Finally, after 22 years, an innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. Post has exonerated eight men in the last ten years. He intends Quincy will become number nine.But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo's murder. They prefer that an innocent man goes to his death than one of them.

They killed one lawyer 22 years ago, and they'll kill another one without a second thought.