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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This week’s new addition to the shelf, here at Fiction Books, features not only another new to me author in one of my favourite genres, but an excellent sounding new character for me to get to know and the icing on the cake is that ‘Tell Tale’ is book number seven on my ‘Goodreads Giveaway’ competition wins list!

The fact that the reviews and ratings tally of over 40, is averaging well over the 4 star mark, is even better news and I can’t wait to get started on this book for myself.


Five years ago, someone murdered DI Charlotte Savage’s daughter and got away with it. Now the secret’s out.

But before Charlotte can get her revenge, disturbing events start to unfold on Dartmoor …

A woman’s naked body is found near an isolated reservoir on the bleak winter moors. When the woman’s housemate also goes missing, Charlotte knows she must move fast.

But in a police force tainted by corruption, Charlotte’s hunt for the killer won’t be easy.

And resisting her own urge to kill will be even harder …


Photograph Of Author Mark Sennen… Was born in Epsom, Surrey, UK, living and spending his school years in nearby Guildford. Late teenage years were spent on a smallholding in Shropshire in the middle of nowhere. A visit to the cinema involved a forty mile round trip and nights out consisted of “dances” in village halls with the boys on one side of the floor and the girls on the other.

He went to the University of Birmingham and read Cultural Studies, although following a half-completed a Ph.D at Brighton in Sussex, he decided that life as a post graduate wasn’t quite as much fun as being a regular student (too much work and not enough sex, drugs and rock and roll).

Mark has had a number of occupations, being variously, a reluctant farmer, an average drummer and a pretty good programmer. These days, his hi-tech web developer’s suite, otherwise known as a shed in the garden, has been converted to a writer’s den and he writes almost full-time, leaving room for the occasional programming project.

Home now is not far from Plymouth (DI Savage’s patch) in rural Devon, with his wife and family, living close to the sea where it rains so much he sometimes wonders if they don’t live in the sea.

Catch up with all Mark’s news at his website

‘Like’ Mark’s Facebook page

Follow Mark 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!

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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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  • Hmm, not sure about this one, I’d have to know more. That said it is probably something I’d pick up were I to spot it in the library, I’m just not sure its one I’d buy.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The only part about the synopsis for this book which had me a little concerned was the very last line …

      “And resisting her own urge to kill will be even harder …”

      I’m not quite sure that is the attitude I would expect from the police, no matter how personal the circumstances, but then given some of the actual police behaviour which has come to light in our news just recently, who knows!

      Also, as many of the fictional detective characters are ‘damaged goods’ and have some very difficult private lives and this is the fourth book in the Charlotte Savage series, I am really not a party to her past history.

      Definitely one I am looking forward to reading 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed this lovely day!

    • Hi Pat,

      I do love a good murder/mystery, or suspense/thriller, so entering the competition for ‘Tell Tale’ was a no-brainer for me!

      The only slight reservation I have, is that I am joining the series for the fourth installment, so I am hoping that I can pick up the ongoing personal storyline for Charlotte and that the story as a whole, works well as a stand-alone episode.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, I appreciate it and always look forward to catching up with what you are reading 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      Yes! When I think about it, the title of the book is quite spooky and sinister really, isn’t it?

      I hadn’t even really considered the title until you mentioned it, so thanks for bringing another dimension to the conversation and taking people’s minds off onto another tangent.

      I hope that you have a good week 🙂 It looks as though summer is back for another couple of days here, although for all the over-eager gardeners, there is a frost forecast for tomorrow night!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      Another blogging friend must have already recommended author Eleanor Kuhns to me, as I have the first book in the ‘Will Rees Mysteries’, ‘A Simple Murder’, already on my Want To Read list at Goodreads.

      As ‘Death In Salem’, the fourth installment of the series sounds so good, I have also added this one to the list …. and just for good measure, I though “what the heck” and added numbers two and three!!

      I really must stop listening to all you great folks who keep recommending such excellent books … I am adding them so much faster than I could ever hope to read them … Bring it on ! 🙂

  • This is a genre from which I’ve read more than my share and I’ll admit it sounds quite interesting to me. I’ll wait and see what you think of it, but if I decided to jump in to the series, of course I’ll have to start with book one. 😉

    It was an extravagant week for me in that I purchased five books! (some at greatly discounted prices, so perhaps not TOO extravagant) Two for my Kindle and three “real” books, one of which won’t arrive until tomorrow.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m afraid I’m not as disciplined as you about series reading 🙂

      I like to be able to dip in and out of a series and still be able to catch up with what has happened in the intervening episodes, so for me each book has to work well as a stand alone story.

      I seldom buy books for myself these days. Between author and publisher review requests, the regular NetGalley offers and my lucky Goodreads Giveaway competition wins, I have more than enough reading material to keep me going for the rest of my life.

      I only tend to buy books for my very elderly father, but most of those are at charity shop prices and then he gives them back for me to read!

      I look forward to hearing about your great new finds, in due course and I hope that you enjoy them all 🙂

    • Hi Katherine,

      This series sounds like it has a pretty strong main character and some quite gritty storylines, so all should be well if the writing style of the author is of the same high standard.

      My reviews are usually some way behind my actually finishing the book, however I do review every book I read, so please be patient 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to check out this week’s post and for commenting, I really appreciate it and I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I’m not sure if the murder of Charlotte’s daughter and her current case of the two women on Dartmoor, are connected, or if they run as parallel stories … Whichever it is, this certainly sounds like a story full of intrigue and tension!

      Thanks for visiting this week and I hope that you have some great new finds to get stuck into 🙂

    • Hi Lucy,

      It must be very difficult, if not almost impossible, to maintain an objective career in the police, when tragedy has struck that close to home!

      It sounds as though Charlotte is still hell-bent on revenge and to harbour that hatred for so long, doesn’t bode well for future events if the murderer is ever identified, assuming she doesn’t already suspect who it might be.

      This sounds like an exciting, rollercoaster ride and a great new character for me to follow.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and it is good to catch up with you 🙂

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