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DUMA KEY, by Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 18.99) If The Shining had you on the edge of your seat, then Duma Key will have you turning pages faster than you can say 'Redrum'.

Duma Key is a terrifying read. This, being a Stephen King novel, leads to all kinds of horrors creeping from the sea.

Duma Key is part redemption tale, part art scene novel and part spine-chilling ghost story.

This is no bad thing, as it makes the inevitable horror scenes all the more potent, set as they are against a backdrop of sunshine and champagne. A very scary ghost story.

7TH HEAVEN by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro (Century, pounds 18.99) 7th Heaven is the latest instalment in the Women's Murder Club, a series so popular it's been made into a TV programme in America - although like many US shows at the moment, it is on hold until the writers' strike is resolved.

This new offering once again follows the lives of four women in San Francisco - a homicide detective, an assistant District Attorney, a medical examiner and a newspaper reporter - who come together to use their expertise and talents in their respective fields to solve murder cases.

LESSONS FROM THE LAND OF PORK SCRATCHINGS by Greg Gutfeld (Simon & Schuster, pounds 9.99) Take one high-achieving New Yorker with a dream job, life membership at the gym, a stress overload and a therapist and transport him to the UK - and what do you get?

Answer: One happy, overweight, lazy, booze-obsessed Yank with a love of pork scratchings, bacon sarnies and all things guaranteed to expand the waistline.

Greg Gutfeld is the Bill Bryson for the Loaded generation, and his view of Great Britain is seen through the bottom of a beer glass.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 10, 2008
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