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New On My Shelf This Week

Two new books this week, both from the same publisher, ‘Head Of Zeus’, but managed and promoted by separate communications representatives – Clare Gordon and Blake Brooks respectively.

I have been invited to participate in separate Blog Tours for each book, during April and whilst I hope to secure Guest Posts from both authors, if this is not possible then short extracts will be provided as introductions to the stories.


Cover Image Of The Book 'The Room By The Lake' By Emma DibdinWhen Caitlin moved from London to New York, she thought she had left her problems behind: her alcoholic father, her dead mother, the pressure to succeed.

But now, down to her last dollar in a foreign city, she is desperately lonely.

Then she meets Jake. Handsome, smart, slightly damaged Jake. He lives off-grid, in a lakeside commune whose members practise regular exercise and frequent group therapy.

Before long, Caitlin has settled into her idyllic new home.

It looks like she has found the fresh start she longed for. But, as the commune tightens its grip on her freedom and her sanity, Caitlin realizes too late that she might become lost forever…


‘THE DEATH CHAMBER’ (The Detective’s Daughter Book #6) by LESLEY THOMSON

Cover Image Of The Book 'The Death Chamber' By Lesley ThomsonQueen’s Jubilee, 1977: Cassie Baker sees her boyfriend kissing another girl at the village disco.

Upset, she heads home alone and is never seen again.

Millennium Eve, 1999: DCI Paul Mercer finds Cassie’s remains in a field.

Now he must prove the man who led him there is guilty.

When Mercer’s daughter asks Stella Darnell for help solving the murder, Stella see echoes of herself.

Another detective’s daughter.

With her sidekick sleuth, Jack, Stella moves to Winchcombe, where DCI Mercer and his prime suspect have been playing cat and mouse for the past eighteen years…



Picture of an English red post boxis 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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    • Emma Dibdin is a Londoner, who now lives in New York, where she is a “writer, author and entertainment journalist, specializing in television, film, podcasts and storytelling of all kinds”.

      ‘The Room By The Lake’ is her debut novel and has so far received very good ratings and reviews. So if you don’t mind reading the hard hitting truth about the psychological impact becoming involved with a cult can have on a vulnerable individual, then I think you might well enjoy this one.

      I know I am looking forward to reading it!

      Have a great week 🙂

    • ‘The Detective’s Daughter’ series, has a really intriguing twist to the traditional detective storyline. Whilst the stories can be read as independent stand alones, I would probably recommend reading the first book, just to set the scene and make sure that the originality of the character is fully appreciated, before moving on.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week with your reading 🙂

    • I think that the lines between commune and cult become very blurred in this story and ‘sinister’ is the word which seems to crop up again and again in the published reviews.

      I hope that you too, have some great new books to get stuck into this week 🙂

    • Thanks Carol. We are talking two of my favourite genres here, so I have high hopes for both books.

      Good to have you stop by and I hope that you enjoy a good week 🙂

  • Let me begin by saying I really like the covers on both of these! The Room By the Lake appeals to me the most, in part, because it’s a debut novel and not one from an established series…but also because of its plot. The word “commune” raises red flags that I know will make the story exciting and suspenseful!

    I look forward to your future posts on both.

    • I am getting the impression that a ‘commune’ very quickly becomes a ‘cult’, in this taut psychological thriller, from author Emma Dibdin.

      I definitely agree that it is sometimes nice to be able to read a good one-off story, with strong characters and not to have to cast my mind back to the beginning of a series to engage with the characters and then keep up with how they have evolved and developed along the way as the series progresses 🙂

    • I must admit that I prefer the cover of ‘The Death Chamber’ out of the two books. It is very atmospheric and gives a good visual sense of time and place, in relation to the storyline.

      As this series features the same character, Stella Darnell, throughout, I would have rather liked it if the books had carried a theme of similar style covers, but ‘The Death Chamber’ is quite different to all the others, which is a bit of a shame.

      Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I’m loving the cover of The Room By the Lake – I hope you enjoy it and the other book as well. Have a lovely week, Yvonne.

    • Personally, I’m not so sure that I would have picked up ‘The Room By The Lake’, simply from the look of the cover art, it isn’t really calling to me that much. For me the premise is much more alluring and as a combination, premise and cover work well together.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always enjoy reading other points of view about my book selections. It always makes me revisit the pages to try to see the books from a different perspective 🙂

    • I’m afraid I can’t go too long without my fix of a thriller read and both of these sound so good!

      If you check out the first book in the ‘Detective’s Daughter’ series, you will see why I am so keen to start this series back from the beginning, despite the fact that the books work well as stand alone stories …


      I hope that the most recent snow storm hasn’t turned out to be as bad as predicted … at least you managed to get a rest and read day out of it!

      We have been promised the remnants of the storm will hit us over the Easter weekend, when last year we were basking in almost summer like temperatures!

      Happy Reading 🙂

      • Well, the storm was a pain and we got another snowday out of it so it was nice reading time at least. I hope you get some warm weather by you soon! I like that cover on The Detective’s Daughter too.

        • They are forecasting a third ‘Beast From The East’ snowstorm for us over Easter Weekend, but we can really do without that, after spring has arrived with such warmth and beauty today. Mind you, they are expecting rain for much of the week leading up to Easter, so we shall just have to wait and see.

          The book cover’s for the ‘Detective’s Daughter’ series, are all quite subtle and work well as a suite, with the exception of ‘The Dog Walker’ which seems a bit out of tune. Still, that won’t stop me enjoying them just the same 🙂

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