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24 November 2023

Novels, poems, and puzzles

THE church roof wasn’t all that was in danger in Janice Hallett’s The Christmas Appeal (Profile, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-80081-735-7), in which she returns to the cosy-crime milieu of her 2021 hit The Appeal. It is for those who like to scour emails, texts, and the like for clues.

Lemn Sissay’s Let the Light Pour In: Morning poems (Canongate, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-80530-113-4) offers a little daily uplift for readers who like their verse minimalist.

Gareth Moore’s The British Museum Puzzle Book, with more than 250 illustrations, is highly educational and could fill the winter evenings (Thames & Hudson/BM, £16.99 (£15.30); 978-0-500-48091-5).

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