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New On My Shelf This Week / Mailbox Monday

Two great new finds, representing two completely diverse genres, to share with you this week.

Forgetting Ophelia‘, came to me via a direct personal request from its author Julie C. Gardner, who has promised me a Guest Post to share.

Gallows Court‘ is being represented by publisher Head Of Zeus, who are busy putting together a Blog Tour, in which I hope to be included.

FORGETTING OPHELIA‘ (Friendship & Secrets #3) by JULIE C. GARDNER

Cover Image Of The Novel 'Forgetting Ophelia' By Author Julie C. GardnerEver-hopeful Lia thinks she’ll be with handsome, brooding Jake forever. Until one day he completely blindsides her and makes her question everything she knows… 

Lia Townsend is expecting a ring and a trip to Hawaii for her fifth wedding anniversary. Instead, her husband, Jake, walks out on her. Out of the blue. Devastated, Lia vows to win back Jake and the perfect life they shared. 

Because it was perfect, wasn’t it? 

But as Lia searches for the truth behind Jake’s departure, the cracks in the shiny varnish begin to show. And once she uncovers his secret, all that she once knew and believed in crumbles. 

Lia’s eccentric mother, her best friend, and two vastly different men each pull her in new directions, and Lia attempts to push past the pain and start anew. 

But Jake isn’t gone for good. When an accident rocks the lives of their best friends, Lia and Jake are thrown together. Will Lia choose to salvage her old life with the man who broke her heart – or was everything they shared an illusion? 


Cover Image Of The Book 'Gallows Court' By Author Martin EdwardsLONDON, 1930
Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths – the details too foul to print – has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake – the enigmatic daughter of a notorious hanging judge – is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard’s embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she’s on the trail of another killer.

Jacob Flint, a young newspaperman temporarily manning The Clarion’s crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He’s certain there is more to the Miss Savernake’s amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. He’s not the only one. His predecessor on the crime desk was of a similar mind – not that Mr Betts is ever expected to regain consciousness after that unfortunate accident…

Flint’s pursuit of Rachel Savernake will draw him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption. Murder-by-murder, he’ll be swept ever-closer to its dark heart – to that ancient place of execution, where it all began and where it will finally end: Gallows Court.


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  • Even though the second title is far more to my liking, I’ll admit to being quite curious about the first. I welcome any and all future posts you have in the pipeline featuring both!

    • I am most surprised that ‘Forgetting Ophelia’ made it to your radar, but as you also noticed, the seeds have been sown that this may not be a straightforward contemporary romance. I shall be interested to see if Julie’s guest post gives anything else away, or if she throws us off the scent by discussing something completely unrelated!

      I must admit that historical crime fiction does have something about it, if it is well researched and written sympathetically and authentically for the time.
      Martin’s name was already on my radar, when fellow blogger Cathy featured this anthology of Railway Mysteries, which Martin had edited …


      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week 🙂

    • In the day when policing, or indeed any other civil service to the community, would have pretty much been entirely the domain of male officers, I should think that Rachel Savernake would have been percieved as a real thorn in the side, despite her illustrious father’s position. I wonder if we ever get to find out what his views on his daughter’s exploits are?

      Thanks for visiting today and Happy Reading this week 🙂

    • I think that ‘Gallows Court’ would be right up your street – in fact the author is probably one whose style of writing in general, you would probably enjoy …


      Belinda Bauer is an author who has been on my list for some time now, although I haven’t yet found the opportunity to read any of her books. Checking out ‘Snap’, I realise that I need to make time, very soon, as this and many of her other books do sound so good.

      It is good to have you back online and chatting about books again 🙂

    • I must admit that I am a bit of a softie when it comes to author promotion requests for a book. Within reason I will accept most genres, even if the story isn’t necessarily one I would choose to read myself.

      My favourite genres are murder / mystery and psychological thrillers. My least favourite and those I generally pass on are fantasy and science fiction. A good dose of romance, be it contemporary or historical, is fine every once in a while.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

  • Forgetting Ophelia seems a bit different from your usual mystery fare – but it sounds interesting. I’ll be interested in your thought on both. Happy Reading!

    • It sounds as though there might be a plot twist in ‘Forgetting Ophelia’ which makes it a bit more in depth than your usual contemporary romance. Even though the book is billed as #3 in a series, it is obvious from reading the individual premises, that the books are in fact three stand alone stories, brought together under the umbrella of ‘Friendship And Secrets’, which also works well for me, as I don’t need to read them in sequence.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to reading your comments 🙂

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