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New On The Shelf This Week

Win Number Five!

I can’t believe that this week sees my fifth ‘First Reads’ Giveaway prize, from Goodreads. Especially as I enter so few of the competitions these days, after making the difficult and conscious decision, to only go for books that I really, really wanted to read!

This paperback edition arrived in double quick time from publisher Harper Collins, so thanks to them and of course, the lovely folks at Goodreads.

‘MURDER 101’

Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus have left the chaos of L.A. behind, embarking on a new life in upstate New York.

But working for the Greenbury Police Department isn’t as fulfilling as Decker hoped – and his arrogant young partner is getting on his nerves. Just when he thinks he’s made a mistake, Decker is called to a break-in at the local cemetery: a mausoleum’s stunning Tiffany panels have been replaced by forgeries.

Then, a student at one of the exclusive local colleges is brutally murdered. Hunting down a ruthless killer, Decker is drawn into a web of dark secrets and long-buried crimes.

Suddenly, the job is anything but boring, and Decker will have to draw on every inch of his experience to bring the truth to light …


Image Of Author Faye KellermanFaye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology.

Her first novel, The Ritual Bath, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim, introducing readers to Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, characters which feature in more than twenty of her books.

Faye has also co-authored with her husband and partner in crime, Jonathan Kellerman, a multi-award winning author in his own right. She has also co-written a young adult novel, with her daughter, Aliza.

There are well over twenty million copies of Faye Kellerman’s novels in print internationally.

Her other hobbies include gardening, sewing and jogging if her back doesn’t give out. She is the proud mother of four children, and her eldest son, Jesse, has just published his fourth novel.

Faye and husband Jonathan, divide their time between Los Angeles, California and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Catch up with all Faye’s latest news and happenings, at her website

Like Faye on facebook

When asked recently, “What do you love about being a writer?” … Faye had this response

I love the ability to let my mind explore whatever it wants. When you write it down, it has to be informed and make sense. But if you have an imagination, you can go everywhere. I love that–the inception–having a germ of an idea and building upon it. You can do whatever you want with it. Many writers would say you can play God.

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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    • Hi Lucy,

      I can’t believe I have been so lucky with my wins, this is totally out of character for me, someone who usually finds it difficult to find a gift in a guaranteed tombola win!!

      In fact, Goodreads as a whole has been so fantastic for me and I am only sad it took me so long to find it and join up! I have made a whole host of new friends and there is an excellent sense of community, alongside a comprehensive book listing and author information service, which seems second to none.

      ‘Murder 101’ is the 22nd book in the Decker and Lazarus series, although I have only read one other book to date and that was number 5! It is a good job they work well as stand alone stories.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your Thanksgiving weekend was good:)

  • Wow, you are on a roll – congratulations on yet another win! I’ve not read any of her books and it’s nice to know they can be read as stand-alones since I don’t really want to get started in another lengthy series. I might try one at some point now.

    I added two books to my shelf/kindle from my wish list this week, for differing reasons. It’s nice that I still have a little birthday money left at Amazon, too. 🙂 That should tide me over until Christmas (when hopefully some loving family member will gift me with more).

    Chasing Daylight by Eugene O’Kelly
    Down River by John Hart

    • Hi Kelly,

      There is always that certain buzz and anticipation when I win a book. Waiting for it to thud through the letter box is excitement enough, but then anticipating whether it is going to be a paperback or hardcover version only adds to the surprise.

      The Decker and Lazarus series is quite lengthy (Murder 101 is the 22nd book), however it does seem to follow that all the stories can be read as stand alones, which is great for me, as I am notoriously bad at acquiring series books in any kind of logical sequence!

      I have so many books stored and archived on my Kindle, I shall never be short of a good read, however I do hope that someone in your family takes the hint and tops up your credit. At least you are easy to buy for, which they should be grateful about.

      I know that we have already talked about ‘Down River’, however I just know that I couldn’t read ‘Chasing Daylight’. Back in February, one of our closest friends died when breast cancer spread to her spine and brain. Mercifully, from initial diagnosis to her final passing, was only a matter of a few months, she was only 51.

      I do hope that this one isn’t too traumatic a read and I would only like to hope that I might be as brave and organised as him, were I to find myself in the same unenviable position.

      Thanks for sharing your new finds and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Serena,

      No problem, it is simply that with us here in the UK being at least 5 hours ahead of East Coast USA and even more if you are on the West Coast, I was trying to get a link up before I went off to work. Thanks for putting up my link, but I may have now screwed up the system by adding the link again, as I didn’t check my messages first …. Sorry:)

      I did enjoy the single book I have read from this series to date, however I see that ‘Murder 101’ has met with some pretty mixed ratings and reviews, so I shall be interested to see how it shapes up as a stand alone story.

    • Hi Lorraine,

      I also like Jonathan and Jesse’s writing, it’s a real family affair in the Kellerman household!

      I have only read one of Faye’s previous books, book 5 out of the 22 in the Decker and Lazarus series and I enjoyed that as a stand alone.

      Views about ‘Murder 101’ have been quite mixed, with some saying that after 22 adventures, the characters are becoming a little jaded and lack-lustre. Perhaps those who have been following the series are all done with Decker and Lazarus, so if I approach this as another stand alone story, I may see the characters through fresh eyes?

      Thanks for stopping by, it was good to hear that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend and I hope that you have a good week.

  • Congratulations on another great win! I’ve only won one book on GoodReads but I haven’t entered there in a while.

    I’ve never read any of Kellerman’s books but I’m familiar with them since my sister is a fan. I had no idea she’s so smart – a doctorate in dentistry?! Wow! It really sounds like I need to try one of her books. I hope this one is a hit for you, Yvonne.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I always enjoy a good murder mystery, which is why I entered this giveaway competition, so I have high hopes for ‘Murder 101’.

      When I first joined Goodreads, I was like a child in a sweet shop, at the sight of all those giveaways listed every day. I then made the difficult, yet conscious decision, to only enter the competition for books which I really, really wanted to read. I guess I have just been very lucky since then and I have been over the moon with all the new additions to my shelves.

      The Kellerman family are not new to me as authors, although if I had been Faye, I am not so sure that I would have taken my degrees in both mathematics and dentistry and then turned to writing fiction novels. Then again, I have never had to face the choice of either pursuing a career I am qualified to do, or taking the career path of doing something I enjoy, so I am no real judge … All I know is, she is one smart lady!

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

  • Congrats on another win, Yvonne. While I don’t usually enjoy murder mysteries I have to say this sounds pretty good. I like that the detective has to get used to a small town police force and a difficult partner. I hope you like it.

    • Hi Mary,

      I am guessing that this book is going to be taking a slightly different direction from the previous 20 or so in the series, with our protagonists giving up the hustle and bustle of city life, for rural peace and tranquility.

      It must be a huge transition for someone who is used to having a demanding, full-on job, to find themselves in a situation where everything moves at a much slower pace and where established employees might feel their positions threatened by the arrival of an outsider.

      I wonder how Pete’s new partner will react when an incident occurs, which is obviously going to force him right out of his comfort zone, but play right to Pete’s strengths?

      I do love a good murder / mystery.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    • Thanks Mary Ann. I am certain that I can’t keep up my winning streak for much longer, although I shall still be disappointed when it comes to an end!

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You’d better believe it!! … I just received notification that I am a winner for a 6th time, so I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the postman with ‘Last Step’, hopefully before Christmas!


      My winning streak must surely come to an end soon though, so it will be back to all you long established Goodreads members then:)

      The Kellerman family are prolific authors and with Faye, husband Jonathan and son Jesse, all writing in the murder / mystery / suspense genres, I am certainly spoiled for choice!

      I hope that all is well with you and thanks for stopping by.

    • Thanks Vicki,

      There is no-one more surprised than me when those emails hit the inbox, believe you me!

      I know there are plenty of sites I could visit to download free books, but I have to admit that the anticipation of waiting for the result when I have entered a competition is so much more rewarding:)

      I hope that you have a good week and thanks for taking the time to stop by.

  • Congrats on the win, and a good book to get too! I rarely enter the goodreads giveaways anymore – only if I stumble across one while adding it to my to-read list. And then it’s a pleasant surprise if I do win it.

    • Hi Leslie,

      I have to admit that I scan the Giveaway list every day, however I am very choosy about the books I enter to win, so there might be several days in a row when I don’t bother at all, until a little gem like ‘Murder 101’ comes along that is!

      My ‘Want To Read’ list, is another matter entirely. That just seems to have a life of its own and is growing longer by the day …. I wonder what Goodreads limit is, before they expect you to either stop adding, or actually read some of the list!! 🙂

      Thanks for helping to continue keeping MM alive and well, it is such a great meme.

    • Hi Sheila,

      I am quite open to trying a new to me genre from time to time, although I do enjoy my regular dose of historical fiction and historical romance. My first loves however, are and will always be, the genres of murder / mystery and suspense / thriller.

      The Kellermans are masters of these genres, so for them to put ‘Murder 101’ forward as a giveaway on Goodreads, was a dream, especially when my name came up as a winner!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate your comment.

  • One of if not possibly my favourite crime writers, I love how the author combines crime with tales of Jewish life. Congratulations on your wins and happy reading.

    • Hi Tracy,

      You sound like an avid follower of the Decker & Lazarus series, whereas I have only read one previous book in this series and that was number 5 out of a series which to date tops 20 titles.

      In ‘False Prophet’, I did notice the Jewish life references to which you allude, although I didn’t take that much notice of them at the time. However having now checked out some of the other titles, I can see the recurring theme which runs through the stories.

      I guess that is one of the downsides of joining a series mid-way through, even when the stories themselves work okay as stand alones.

      Thanks for the heads up on this good piece of information, I’ll be looking out for it in ‘Murder 101’

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