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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Win Number Six!

I can’t believe that this week sees my sixth ‘First Reads’ Giveaway prize, from Goodreads. Especially as I enter so few of the competitions these days, after making the difficult and conscious decision, to only go for books that I really, really want to read!

This signed and beautifully dedicated paperback edition arrived in double quick time, direct from author Gwyneth Williams, so thanks to her and of course, the lovely folks at Goodreads for hosting the giveaway.


How does a seemingly nice middle-class, middle-aged, professional woman come to be involved in murder in one country only to have it follow her back to another country?

Why does her eclectic mix of acquaintances and interests intrigue the police of these two nations so much?

What is it about their mother that, when called upon, her daughters are so willing to bend the rules?

Can friends be trusted?

An intercontinental intrigue that will have you laughing, sighing, and surprised by the end of it.


Image Of Author Gwyneth WilliamsAfter a long and successful academic career, Gwyneth decided to finally write her first cozy mystery-detective novel. She always had it in her and has several more up her sleeve that will be made available before long, to the world of mystery readers.

Although she very much enjoys mysteries, she feels indebted to all the women writers of her youth who inspired her so much. Her own taste in reading has been, and still is, very eclectic. She may love both the more traditional detective stories and the later thrillers, particularly but not exclusively by women, but one must add that she truly adores plunging into the first-class humorous novels that were so characteristic of British writing in the 20th century and are still being published today.

Gwyneth has, throughout her career, won several awards for her work for equality and justice for all, particularly for women, as well as for her contribution both to the recognition of women immigrant writers in Quebec and to the recognition in the rest of Canada of current literary currents in Quebec.

She enjoys films and has a special affinity for old-fashioned cinema with stars such as Ida Lupino, Peter Lorre, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Eve Arden, Steve McQueen (no.1), Sidney Greenstreet, and so many more. Those were the days when women were strong and knew how to defend themselves.

She’s also a great cook, very much in the French and Italian styles but also likes to resuscitate old English recipes and share Welsh recipes inspired by her mother and maternal grandmother.

In fact there are not many things that Gwyneth refuses to enjoy, so she hopes you will find the same enjoyment in her writing.

Fans mean everything to me. Writing for pleasure is extremely satisfying but having readers enjoy my work and want to read more is just wonderful and means so much to me. I love the interactivity and always look forward to hearing from, and writing for, fans!

Catch up with all Gwyneth’s news at her website

Like Gwyneth on Facebook

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 … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

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 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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