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New On My Shelf This Week

Layton Green features heavily in my Goodreads Favourites list, so I am always pleased to have him contact me with details of a new book, as I know I am in for another great reading experience.

This time Layton has chosen to add a new thriller to his portfolio and what could be better than a literary killer as his next nemesis.


Cover Image For 'Written In Blood' By Layton GreenDetective Joe “Preach” Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children. 

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina–a bohemian community near Chapel Hill–than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’. 

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer’s community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed–and one or both of them may be his next target.

Clicking on the book’s title will link you with its dedicated Goodreads page


Image Of Author Layton Green - Updated September 2017Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for several awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Award) and have topped numerous genre lists.

Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, the online magazine of ITW (International Thriller Writers).

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door-to-door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, Layton has traveled to more than sixty countries, lived in a number of them, and has a burning desire to see every country, city, beach, moor, castle, cemetery, twisted street and far flung dot on the map.

When I read and when I write, I need at least one character who is a decent soul—flawed, but striving to be good—to hold my interest, and probably even to drive the story.

Keep up with all the latest news on Layton’s website

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Mary,

      A literary minded, murder by the book, killer – what could be better?

      It’s just a shame that the first victim was the bookstore owner!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing my new find 🙂

    • Hi Geybie,

      Thanks for stopping by this week. I always enjoy ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits and comments will always be welcome and appreciated.

      I do enjoy a good murder/mystery or suspense/thriller and even without the added bonus of the book connection, just the title of this one ‘Written In Blood’, would have had me reaching for it on the book shop shelves.

      I hope that you also have a great read lined up for this week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      It is great to know one of Layton’s fellow fans 🙂

      I always enjoy his excellent sharp style of writing, which at the same time is always very descriptive and inclusive for the reader.

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ in the coming week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      It looks very much as though Layton can come up with great ideas for stories, no matter which genre he chooses to write in.

      I have to admit that the classics have been sadly missing in my reading regime, so I shall be reading this copycat murder with interest.

      Have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You are so right, I don’t think I have ever picked up a mediocre Layton Green book.

      He writes to thrill and engage his readers and he manages to do that very successfully every time, no matter what the genre.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      Layton seems to be able to offer a unique twist to his story lines, no matter which genre he is writing in. This one has so much going for it, from the title and cover art, to the location and modus operandi of the murderer.

      I might just have to push this one up the queue a little!

      Have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      Layton is definitely an author worth reading if you have quite eclectic tastes and enjoy a good mix of genres.

      Any story set in, or involving a book shop, is always going to get my vote.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      Layton is definitely one of my favourite authors and he assures me that there is definitely another ‘Dominic Grey’ adventure in the pipeline, so that’s great news 🙂

    • Hi Evelina,

      It wouldn’t do for us all to enjoy the same kind of books now, would it?

      I mean, I have quite eclectic reading tastes, but offer me a science fiction of fantasy book and I would probably politely refuse (unless there was nothing else handy to read of course!)

      That’s what makes the regular weekly memes so good – You never know when you are going to come across that new ‘Must Read’ story, that you might otherwise have missed!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment. It is always good to speak with you 🙂

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