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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

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 July 2013 is: Tasha over at ‘Book Obsessed’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Tasha, 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!

I have just recently taken the plunge and joined NetGalley and ‘Anonymous Sources’ is the first book I have requested from them. I have only so far resisted the temptation to join, simply because I have so many hundreds of books on my own TBR shelves and an increasingly large stack of author and publisher review copies to fulfil. However, as one of my authors had only made his book available on Netgalley, I had to join up in order to download a review copy. I have so far managed to not to respond to NetGalley emails, offering numerous suitable books for review, although I do always take a sneak peek at the books they are featuring …. just in case.  So, of course the inevitable happened and I was unable to say no to a book with such a great synopsis as ‘Anonymous Sources’. This sounds like an excellent debut conspiracy thriller, from an already much respected correspondent and reporter.


Thom Carlyle had it all: the rowing trophies, the Oxbridge education, the glamorous girlfriend. But on a glorious summer evening in Harvard Square, Thom is murdered—pushed from the top of a Harvard bell tower. The New England Chronicle sends a beautiful but troubled reporter named Alexandra James to investigate. It is the story of a lifetime. But it is not what it seems. Alex’s reporting takes her abroad, from the cobbled courtyards of Cambridge, England… to the inside of a network of nuclear terrorists… to the corridors of the CIA… and finally, to the terrorists’ target itself.

As she unravels the threads of the story, Alex the hunter becomes Alex the hunted. An assassin sent to kill her only narrowly misses. Her laptop disappears. Her phone is tapped. And she begins to grasp that Thom Carlyle was killed to hide a terrifying conspiracy.


Image of author Mary Louise KellyMary Louise Kelly  is a native of Georgia, although she presently lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband  and their two children. She was educated at Harvard University and at Cambridge University in England and her first job was working as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), which is the only major daily newspaper in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, .

Mary spent two decades travelling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her assignments have taken her from grimy Belfast bars to the glittering ports of the Persian Gulf, and from mosques in Hamburg to the ruined deserts of Iraq. As an NPR correspondent covering the spy beat and the Pentagon, she reported on wars, terrorism, and rising nuclear powers.

It was as I sipped tea inside the headquarters of Pakistan’s legendary ISI spy agency, listening to the Generals spin their lies, that I first toyed with the idea of writing a thriller. It took me another three years to pluck up the courage to start writing one. There was the fact that I knew nothing about writing fiction, and there was the problem of finding the time. I was mother to two young children, and I had a full-time job covering national security for NPR News. I dreamed up a feisty protagonist and I named her Alexandra James, after my sons Alexander and James.

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link

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    • Hi Elizabeth,

      This does sound like a pretty explosive read and one I am looking forward to. Correspondents and journalists tend to write their fiction quite descriptively and in great detail, which will always hook me in.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the comment and have a great week.

    • Hi Mystica,

      I love a good thriller and I am hoping that, as this is written by a journalist and correspondent, there will be a certain amount of fact mixed in with the fiction, just to add to the authenticity and power of the storyline.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your time and the lovely comment.

      Have a good week

  • Finally able to comment…yea!!
    This looks like my kind of book. I love books that take you to far away places and have lots of suspense/action. I hope you enjoy it and can’t wait for your review!

    • Hi Vicki,

      Not sure what the glitch was, but you are here now and I appreciate your persistence.

      This does sound like a story which is choc full of both suspense and action and should be all the better for having been written by an author who knows her subject matter inside out, doing what she does best!

      The review may still be quite some time away, as this book is right down my review pile, but I shall certainly be watching with interest, its progress towards the top of the heap!

      Have a great week.

    • Hi Sam,

      I have to steel myself against reading all the emails which land in my box from NetGalley, or I just know that I would be ordering far more books than I could ever hope to read, especially as my author / publisher review stack, is almost at breaking point … but some synopses are just too good to ignore!!

      It has got to the point now where I am having to cull my physical TBR shelves, without ever having opened a page of the books. There is almost a physical pain as I load the books into boxes and bags for the charity shop and delete them from my library index on the PC!

      You sound as though you know from personal experience, just how addictive something like NetGalley is?

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

    • Hi Pat,

      NetGalley is certainly worth joining, if you want to review loads of free books. It does take a while to get approved by authors and publishers when you first sign up, but within a week or so the emails should start arriving regularly from the guys and gals at NetGalley, with all the latest releases which you may be entitled to download to your e-reader, in return for you posting your review on the NetGalley site.

      The trouble is … it is very addictive and you might well find yourself downloading more books than you could ever hope to read!

      Check it out and have a great week,



    • Hi Kathy,

      It does sound like a real page-turner, doesn’t it? I particularly like the sound of ‘Alex the hunter, becomes Alex the hunted’ ….

      NetGalley is something which I am going to have to exert some extreme control over, or I can see me with a Kindle full of books that I stand no chance of ever reading! I have been very selective in the categories of interest I have declared and even more careful when opening those enticing emails from the NetGalley folks!

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

    • Hi Mary-Ann,

      This is definitely going to be a real page-turner, with some exciting non-stop action, by the sound of things. It is one of those books that I am going to see on my review list for some time and keep willing it to get to the top of the pile more quickly than it will in reality.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate the visit and comment.

  • Sounds like one you’ll like, Yvonne. I’ve used NetGalley almost since their beginning. It takes a bit of discipline on my part but I love getting eGalleys. Have a great week!

    • Hi Mary,

      I must admit that it is all too easy to just go on and download every book that the guys at NetGalley offer up, but when I am as disciplined and selective as I would be if I were having to pay for the book, then the volumes of suitable books are actually quite small and it doesn’t take any time at all to copy a review onto the site.

      ‘Anonymous Sources’ is definitely an excellent NetGalley recommendation, I am looking forward to this one.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and I hope that your week is going well so far.

  • I’m not familiar with Netgalley which is probably just as well as it sounds like another source of temptation.

    A fan of conspiracy thrillers, Anonymous Sources sounds like my kind of read.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I don’t think that NetGalley would be too much of a source of temptation for you, as I seem to remember you saying that you didn’t read ebooks and all of the NetGalley offers are downloads for an ereader.

      ‘Anonymous Sources’ is the first of what is probably going to be many such downloads for me, I’m never one to turn down a free book, if it is from a genre a enjoy! I am just going to have to become quicker at writing up reviews!

      Hope that you are enjoying this very hot burst of summer and thanks for stopping by.

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