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New On My Shelf This Week

Another couple of gems sent to me by the lovely folks at Aria Fiction, via the brilliant NetGalley download site.

I shall be taking part in the upcoming Blog Tours for both of these books, on the 6th and 9th May 2018, respectively.


Cover Image Of The Book 'Killing Time' By Author Mark RobertsA young Czech girl, missing for eight days, is found abandoned in a deserted playground. She is so traumatized she cannot speak.

DCI Eve Clay is on her way to interview the victim, when another case is called in. Two Polish migrant workers have been found dead in their burnt out flat. But Clay soon realizes that this is no normal house fire. The men’s bodies were set alight, after the killer had clinically removed both of their hearts.

Then reports come in that the Czech girl’s mother has now also disappeared. As Clay and her team work to make sense of these crimes, they receive a call saying there will be another murder before the day ends.

And this time, the body count will only go up.


Image of Author Mark RobertsMark was born and raised in Liverpool and was educated at St. Francis Xavier’s College.

He was a teacher for twenty years and for the last thirteen years he has worked with children with severe learning difficulties.

Before his first adult crime novel The Sixth Soul was published in 2013, he had spent most of his time as a writer producing three children’s novels and theatre plays, receiving  a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for best new play of the year.

He is the author of What She Saw, which was longlisted for a CWA Gold Dagger.

Blood Mist, the first in his DCI Eve Clay series, went to number one in the Australian kindle chart.

Keep up with all the latest news at Mark’s website

Follow Mark on Twitter

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Cover Image Of The Book 'What Did I Do?' By Author Jessica JarlviFollowing the death of her husband, Kristin quits Chicago for Sweden, armed with a substantial insurance pay out and a plan to start over. But Kristin’s peaceful new life is soon disturbed by creepy, anonymous phone calls. Could they be linked to the threatening letters, accusing her of murdering her husband? Paranoid, she starts therapy to try and make sense of her past, opening up for the first time about her younger brother’s suspicious death. 

With her tormentor’s mind games escalating, Kristin grows increasingly confused, tormented by visions of her brother drowning, her husband gasping for air, and her mother’s twisted, broken limbs draped across the stairs of her childhood home. She feels as though she’s losing her mind.

Was she responsible for her husband and brother’s deaths, her mother’s accident? Could she be a killer and not remember?


Image Of Author Jessica JarlviBorn in Sweden, Jessica moved to London at the age of 18 to obtain a BSc Hons degree in Publishing and Business.

She worked in publishing in the UK for a number of years before heading to Chicago, USA, where she edited a magazine for expats. Back in Sweden, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing.

Since 2010, she has taught journalism and media at a local university, and has spent the last five years as the marketing and PR manager for a British firm.

In 2016, Jessica was one of the winners in the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

She is married with three spirited children, and although she is known for her positivity, her writing tends to be rather dark!

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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.

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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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  • These are both authors I recall you featuring here before. I remember especially being drawn to the earlier book by Jessica Jarlvi and it’s on my wish list at Amazon. This one looks quite good, too!

    I look forward to your blog tour entries. (you’ve been on quite a roll with some great features lately!)

    • I have the lovely folks at Aria Fiction to thank for my recent run of Blog Tour features, as I am pre-approved on Netgalley for all their new releases each month. If I manage to pick out those which interest me and get them downloaded quickly enough, then a Blog Tour spot is also usually available.

      I have books by both my featured authors already filed on my ‘Want To Read’ shelf, so adding both of these new titles was a ‘done deal’ for me!

      I hope that you enjoy the Jessica Jarlvi book if you get to it before I do and have a great Monday 🙂

  • These two sound excellent, Yvonne. Enjoy.

    Hope you enjoyed the nice weather last week? We were in Swansea with our grand-daughter so it was nice to see their uni in the lovely sunshine. Have a nice week.

    • I hate to be a party pooper, but I am not a huge fan of the hot weather. Traditional spring and autumn conditions are much more to my liking, even with the disadvantage of tree blossom and sap hayfever.

      It was nice to see some sunshine however and I’ll bet you had a lovely cooling breeze by the coast. Did you enjoy the lovely light show on Saturday night? I have never known lightning go on for so long and at one stage we had sheet and forked lightning going on at the same time! It wasn’t quite so much fun trying to drive in the torrential downpour though!

      What is your grandaughter studying? I can remember those stressie days with my eldest niece, although for her it was well worth any bad times, as she landed herself a great career and has made some lasting friendships along the way.

      I can’t choose betwee these two books, as they both sound great, so I shall be reading them in the order in which they were listed, just to have the decision made for me. Happy Reading 🙂

      • Oh, you’re not a party pooper, Yvonne, I don’t like hot weather either. LOL I love cool spring and autumn temps too, yesterday was just about perfect for instance We’re off to Cornwall in a couple of weeks and are a bit alarmed about talk of a heatwave mid-May…

        We didn’t have a lightshow on Saturday, sadly, just rumbles of thunder. Bit of an anti-climax.

        Ruth is pretty sure she will be going to Swansea uni as long as she gets the A level grades. We’re not surprised as it’s a small uni with a lovely family atmophere. She’ll be doing astro-physics and the physics dept. and people were especially quirky, nice and fun. It will suit her well I think. I’m so pleased it all worked out well for your neice, we’re hoping for that kind of outcome for Ruth.

        • We love Cornwall and try to fit in a trip at least once a year, even if it is only for a weekend.

          There are so many lovely places and gardens to visit, that our NT membership really pays for itself (it also comes in handy for free parking in quite a few places!)

          A heatwave in May eh? Funnily enough, someone came into the shop today and said she had heard that May will be bringing more snow! I wonder which one of us, maybe even both of us, will be right. You can never tell with the English weather!

          I wish your grand-daughter every success with her A level grades – the sciences and maths were always my downfalls – English was always my subject 🙂

  • Both look good Yvonne so I hope you enjoy them. Isn’t NetGalley great? I’ve been able to try so many new authors because of the pre-approval aspect.

    • I am only pre-approved with the one publisher, but that is more than enough for me and Aria Fiction are brilliant when it comes to arranging and managing Blog Tours.

      As you say, it is good to be able to sample work from such a diverse range of genres and authors, and not be too worried if the odd one or two are not to my liking, although I do try and only request books that I genuinely think I might like to read!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • I also have to restrict my NetGalley visits, so I generally either only stop by to post a review, or once a month when Aria Fiction flag that there are more pre-approved titles for me to choose from!

      I have noticed that the amount of books being made available as Goodreads Giveaway Wins, has diminished to almost nothing over the past few weeks, so that is one less temptation for me to worry about!

      I have to say that I find neither cover particularly appealing, although I would definitely choose ‘What Did I Do?’ over ‘Killing Time’ – the dead bird doesn’t really do anything for me, unless there turns out to be a very good reason for it!

      Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Hmm! Killing Time most certainly appeals (it sounds like it could have some interesting twists and turns), I’m not too sure about What Did I Do? though.

    • The psychological thriller that is ‘What Did I Do?’, versus the police procedural of ‘Killing Time’? – Nope! I can’t separate them. Both sound rather intense and deeply disturbing, but I have to agree that the character of DCI Eve Clay, does sound rather appealing as a series character.

      Thanks for stopping by, have a good week and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Jessica’s media and journalistic background, would certainly have stood her in good stead and brought influence to bear in the writing of ‘What Did I Do?’, the follow up book to ‘When I Wake Up’, which was a huge success with readers.

      I now have both books on my ‘Want To Read’ shelf, although I am still not sure which one I shall read first!

      Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • I was hoping that someone else might comment on the cover of ‘Killing Time’, as I am not too keen on that artwork myself! I wonder if the dead bird bears some relevance to the story, if so, I can’t wait to find out what!

      I am aware that I am very much in the minority when it comes to not enjoying the heat very much, I get told that on a daily basis throughout the summer, by friends, family and work colleagues. However, it is what it is and I am lucky in that my husband is almost as bad as I am, so we don’t fall out over never booking a beach or poolside holiday, in the height of the summer season!

      I don’t begrudge you your summer heat though – so enjoy 🙂

    • Yes! I really recommend you check out Aria’s pages at NetGalley.

      They publish from quite a mixed range of genres, so there is generally something for everyone.

      If you fancy getting involved in the odd Blog Tour, there are quite often spaces to be filled and they are uber organised when it comes to sending out content and schedules. You always know where you are at well in advance.

      I hope that you find something you like! Thanks for co-hosting MM and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Thanks Serena, you too 🙂

      I always enjoy my visits to Mailbox Monday and appreciate the time and effort you three ladies put in, to keep it running smoothly 🙂

    • Both authors have been featured here before, with both submitting great author Guest Posts for their respective earlier books.

      The publicist / publisher, Aria Fiction, have once again secured a Guest Post from Jessica Jarlvi, for my spot on the upcoming Blog Tour and I have to say that it sounds excellent.

      Aria have submitted a short extract from ‘Killing Time’, for me to share, which helps to set the scene nicely and still allows me to post further promotional extracts into my regular weekly memes.

      I can’t choose between these two, as to which to read first!

      I hope that you enjoy some Happy Reading 🙂

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