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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

The latest addition to my virtual shelf this time, came about as the result of a lovely email I received from author Barbara Copperthwaite, requesting a review and promotion for her new crime thriller, ‘Flowers For The Dead’, which is due to go on general release next week.

Having now become acquainted with Barbara via Goodreads and her own dedicated website, I see that I have not one, but two excellent books to read, as her debut novel, the psychological thriller ‘Invisible’, just sounds too good to resist (click on the image to find out more) 🙂


Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks he is a saviour. When he murders young women and cuts off their lips, he believes he has done it to make them happy.
How did he become warped from the sensitive four-year-old who adored his gran and the fairy tales she read to him? What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends?
When he meets Laura Weir, Adam weaves a fairy tale romance around them. A tale she has no idea she is part of. As he hatches his twisted plan for their fairy tale ending, can anyone stop him before he creates the ultimate sacrifice to love?


Barbara-Copperthwaite-smBarbara Copperthwaite was raised by the sea and in the countryside, where she became a lover of both the written word and the great outdoors.

A journalist with twenty years’ experience, who has been editor of a number of national magazines in the UK, her fascination with crime really began during a brief spell working in a men’s prison in her early twenties.

It continued throughout her career as a journalist, as she interviewed both victim and perpetrators, and this knowledge is what inspires her novels.

When not writing feverishly she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs while her dog, Scamp, waits patiently by her side.

Catch up with all Barbara’s latest news on her website

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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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    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I am wondering myself, just where the flower bouquets fit into Adam’s plan for his victims, especially as the mutilation of his victims, involves lips, not noses!

      The premise says that he cuts off their lips because he believes it makes them happy, so perhaps that’s his same reasoning with the flowers …. Happy before death, happy after death?

      Adam is one very troubled individual, that’s for sure!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • This sounds chillingly good! I’ll have to go back and check out her debut novel, too.

    I added a book to my Kindle this week: Behind Closed Doors by JJ Marsh.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I think that ‘chilling’ might be one of the most moderate of adjectives to describe this story. I would say terrifying, frightening and shocking, would probably be a bit closer to the mark! I do wonder just how many women Adam has murdered!
      ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is definitely one worth adding to your list and me to mine, in fact I shall do it now whilst I am looking at the page on Goodreads …. Done 🙂
      As you have highlighted the first book in the series, it will be good to get to know ‘Beatrice Stubbs’ as she embarks on her debut case!

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Jo,

      As well as a fair amount of psychology going on in this storyline, I guess cutting off lips is going to be considered quite gory, depending on how he murders his victims and whether he mutilates the body before or after death!

      I did wonder, that as his victims are all women, is his motive going to turn out to be something to do with their constant nagging and talking? … but as they are all young, perhaps not …

      I can’t wait to find out!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your reading this week 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I especially want to thank you for taking the time to stop by, as I know that this book just wouldn’t be one for you!

      Please keep those recommendations coming for your favourite contemporary and romantic fiction reads, as I enjoy reading those as well 🙂

      Have a good week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      I don’t know which is more scary, the fact that Adam thinks he is a saviour and is making the women happy by cutting off their lips; or the potential role his grandmother has had in shaping his personality…. He definitely has issues which are going to take some unravelling!

      A real edge-of-the-seat read for sure 🙂

  • Tee-hee, loving hearing the theories behind my book! Hope you enjoy discovering what makes Adam tick – he is indeed a very disturbed individual, but there is much more to him than that…

    • Hi Barbara,

      Now you have made me think that I am ‘barking up the wrong tree’ entirely with some of my suppositions about the storyline and in particular Adam’s motives for his actions 🙂

      Thanks for the kind offer of a MOBI copy of ‘Invisible’. I shall look forward to reading both books, as well as sharing excerpts and chatting about them, here at Fiction Books 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      I am wondering what Adam does with the lips once he has cut them off?

      Do we have another ‘Buffalo Bill’ character from ‘Silence Of the Lambs’, who skined his victims to make himself a female body suit?

      Perhaps I am letting my imagination run away with me just a little too much … I shall just have to wait and see 🙂

      I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have put the first book in the Sokoloff trilogy on my ‘Want To Read’ list, however I am certain that I shall be adding the others also!

      It sounds as though Alexandra’s female seriel killer, would be a good match for Barbara’s Adam Bourne – one as sadistic as the other.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a good week 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann,

      The premise sounds so good, that I can’t see how I could fail to be drawn completely into the storyline of Adam Bourne’s rather sick and terrifying world!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • This one does sound especially chilling, doesn’t it?

      I wouldn’t want to be in Laura’s place, that’s for sure!

      I wonder if the ‘ultimate sacrifice to love’, is something different to how he has treated his other victims, although I am not sure how it could get much worse than having your lips cut off and then killed, or vice versa, depending on exactly how depraved Adam is!

      I hope you might decide to give ‘Flowers For The Dead’ a try, in the meantime, enjoy whatever book you are currently reading 🙂

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