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What’s new on the shelves this week?

As I have only one new book to add to my shelves this week, but it is the latest title to be published by an author who has been known to me for some time, I decided to make this a combined post.

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, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for November 2012 is: Kathy over at Bermudaonion, the stalwart stand-in host for this great meme.

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Kathy, after all, we all like to receive them!

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!


John Hathaway just wanted a quiet weekend alone with his fiancée.

Instead, he receives a cryptic postcard from a man he’s never met, gets wrapped up in an elaborate art heist and finds himself framed for murder.

And what’s worse, his future in-laws are in town!

The palette is certainly thickening here, and there might be only one person who can rally the muses in time to string it all together: the Master himself, Enescu Fleet, retired private eye.

Sherban Young is another author I first met back in 2011, when he contacted me regarding a review for his new ‘mystery caper’ story, ‘Fleeting Memory’. Now Sherban’s erstwhile character, retired Private Detective Enescu Fleet, is back with a brand new set of problems to solve and I can’t wait to get started on the case with him!!

Sherban Young, splits his time between Maryland and Maine, and has often been called the next P. G. Wodehouse, or at the very least the current Sherban Young.  He has an encyclopedic knowledge of poker, baseball, literature, classical music and film (although, it should be noted that this encyclopedia is a single volume, pop-up book edition).  He enjoys single malt, his MINI Cooper S, Macs and, at times, listing things he enjoys.

Sherban claims to be pretty old school, when it comes to mystery writing, with inspiration from the pens of P.G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie and Rex Stout, urging him on to become an author.

The 37-year-old Ellicott City resident became interested in solving puzzles and mysteries through CD-ROM interactive adventure games, whilst studying at Loyola University, (where he majored in English literature), with his friend developing the graphics and programming  and Sherban writing the stories and puzzles.

Whilst currently his own boss,  in partnership with his father in a Columbia financial planning firm, Sherban has disciplined himself to devote time each morning to writing his mystery capers, although he does confess that not many first ‘writes’ make it into the finished book.

I spend a lot of time rewriting, it’s essential. I think this is not only true at the end of a project but also at the beginning. If you go into a project fully aware that you’re going to rewrite it, you can approach it with a much more relaxed attitude. Then the ideas flow.

But what’s even more fantastic news, is that following some email exchanges between myself and Sherban, about the vagaries of the English language between the US and the UK, he has been gracious enough to include a mention of both myself personally and the Fiction Books blog, on his ‘dedication’ page …..

Thank you so much Sherban, you have no idea just how much that kind thought and deed means to me!!

You can read my thoughts about Sherban’s first book in the Enescu Fleet series ‘Fleeting Memory’, here.

As the book was an author review request, this free Kindle download was sent to me by Sherban Young.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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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Written by Yvonne