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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Just one ‘newbie’ this week, this an ARC provided by the book’s author, with the book itself due for general release on September 1st 2014. Stan is a well established author in the non fiction world, with a couple of YA fiction titles already under his belt.


Haunted by her past, Detective Francis “Frankie” Ryan must race against time to solve a double homicide and find a sadistic killer, while the press attacks her as a feminist vigilante who takes the law into her own hands.

Besieged from all directions, the only person she can trust is a tabloid reporter who also writes the Midnight Whisperer’s psychic column, Ask Miss Myrna. He finds to his surprise that he not only has psychic abilities, but that only he can see the sexy ghost serving as his rather inept guardian angel. Is he crazy if he develops feelings for a ghost?

As they search for the killer in a sunny seacoast city’s seamy S&M underside, the two worlds collide, as they begin to question everything they know about sexual identity. How can they find the killer before he strikes again when he defies description?

Silent Partner is a paranormal mystery, a police procedure novel with a female detective that will remind you of Harry Bosch, a ghost story that suggests what lies beyond death, and a comic look at a tabloid where the truth is whatever sells.



Image Of Author Stan SchattStan describes himself as a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things.

His curiosity about things might be well born out by the veritable roll call of jobs he has held over the years including: autopsy assistant, police department administrator, salesman, sales manager, literature professor, telecommunications professor, and technology analyst, and research director.

For many years he worked as a technology analyst, covering such diverse areas as green technology, wireless networking, network security, and local area networks. He has written several books on these topics and started Schatt Research as a way for him to publish his views on key technology trends. Because traditional market research firms charge such outrageous fees for their reports, he decided to publish his studies as books online, available at Amazon for a tiny fraction of what companies he worked for sold the same type of material.

Stan is now a  full-time writer and lives in Carlsbad, California with his wife, Jane. He is primarily writing mysteries at the moment when it comes to fiction, together with his technology papers and non-fiction books focusing on careers and retirement.

He is also a volunteer job facilitator for the Jewish Family Service in San Diego, with the goal of finding good jobs for the unemployed.

Catch up with Stan at his website

Check in with Stan on Twitter

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!


I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week

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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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  • I’m not especially fond of the paranormal, so I will probably pass on this….but I’ll admit it has an interesting premise!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have to admit that I chose to accept this book for review more for its premise, than the fact that it has paranormal tendencies, which is not a genre I have ever really explored in any detail.

      I am willing to approach the genre with an open mind and am more than prepared to include it as part of my reading portfolio. However if I don’t get on with this book, I probably shan’t accept any more books from the genre for review and stick more to what I know I enjoy reading.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your honest thoughts.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      At least it is a written column, not one of those late night phone in shows, then the ‘Midnight Whisperer’ might be quite a spooky thought.

      I am not much of a believer in the psychic phenomenon … if I can’t see it with my own eyes, then the chances are it doesn’t really exist!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a good week.

  • I like the cover and premise, but admit I do not care for paranormal driven stories. Hope u love it Yvonne .

    • Hi Diane,

      i just can’t really tell from the synopsis exactly how driven the story is by the parallel make up of a police precedural, ghost story and paranormal experience stoyline. I am hoping for a good mystery above all else!!

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always look forward to your comments.

    • Hi Pat,

      Stan Schatt, the author of ‘Silent Partner’, likens his protagonist Frankie Ryan to that of Michael Connelly’s character, Harry Bosch. I have only read a couple of books in this vast series of some 19 stories, so I won’t really be qualified to comment on the resemblance, however I am certainly hoping that Frankie shapes up well as she walks in Harry’s footprints, as I have nothing but admiration for Michael Connelly’s writing.

      Thanks for taking the time to express your views about this week’s post, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Mystica,

      I shall be hopping over to see what new goodies came your way this last week.

      Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The cover certainly caught my attention as well!

      I do hope that this is not simply the ARC cover and subject to change before publication, as that would be a real shame. I did notice that the book has now been placed on ‘Goodreads’ with this same cover, so I am hoping this is a good sign!

      Thanks for checking out this week’s post and taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Serena,

      I think that anyone with even a passing interest in the paranormal mystery genre, would be intrigued by this premise. I love a good mystery and I am approaching the paranormal aspects of the story with a completely open mind, hoping to discover my love for an as yet unexplored genre.

      Thanks for hosting MM, enabling me to showcase this great new book.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I must admit that the premise for this book is quite intriguing and interesting, although I am not sure whether it is the character of Frankie, or that of the tabloid journalist, which has me most hooked. Tabloid Journo’s are always portrayed as people everyone loves to hate over here in the UK, so I might question Frankie’s judgement if she thinks that is the only person she can trust to help her!!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this week’s post, I always appreciate it.

    • Hi Mary,

      If the entire book is written at the same breakneck pace as this intriguing synopsis, then it sounds as though I am in for one heck of a ride, with action all the way!

      Thanks for the visit and I hope that you too, have a good reading week.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Yes, I think that the author has given a lot of thought to the final outward appearance of the book, with an excellent title and striking cover.

      I am quite liking the sound of the main protagonist, Frankie Ryan, although it seems to me as though all fictional detectives seem to have shady pasts and dysfunctional private lives … I wonder if either of these are traits general to real life police and detectives …. What a worrying thought!

      Thanks for the comment, it is always good to hear from you.

  • Silent Partner sounds like a good thriller and the author looks to have had some interesting jobs. Autopsy assistant is not one I could ever do!
    Happy weekend and happy reading.

    • Hi Naida,

      I am hoping for some fast paced action from this thriller, which is what the synopsis definitely indicates, although I maybe have some slight reservations about the paranormal aspects of the storyline. A fellow Goodreads friend is in the middle of reading the book and does say that the paranormal isn’t too large a part of the story so far, so I am watching her progress and waiting for her review, with interest.

      I used to be able to watch all the TV programmes featuring autopsy work, cold cases etc. and lap them up. Just lately however, I am finding that any explicit content tends to have me turning away until it is all over! I am not sure what that is all about, but I do think that you need to be a special kind of person to work in that environment and I certainly don’t fall into that group I’m afraid!

      It is good to have you back online and have a good weekend.

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