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What’s New On The Shelves This Week?

It has been a lean week for new arrivals, here at Fiction Books. I hope that you will all bear with me therefore, if I make this a dual purpose post and not only introduce the book to my shelves in the ‘Monday Mailbox’ post, but also include additional information to include both book and author to feature on the ‘New Titles’ page.

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, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for December 2012 is:Suko over at ‘Suko’s Notebook’,

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Suko, after all, we all like to receive them!

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 was exremely flattered that Nancy should contact me about a review for her latest book, after chatting with her fellow author and ‘0n-line friend’, Rebecca Dahlke. I have reviewed the last three of Rebecca’s, slightly tongue-in-cheek mystery stories and also got the opportunity to chat with her, a little earlier in the year. That she had good things to say about Fiction Books to her circle of acquaintances, is fantastic news.


Mags and her gang of renegade octogenarians have a deadline. They have to rob Bayside Community Bank, the bank about to foreclose on the mobile home park where they live, by a week from Friday so they can pay off the mortgage and save their homes. They’ve cased the joint, planned carefully, assembled their disguises, rehearsed their every move — what could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

Some people think they can take advantage of the elderly. They haven’t met Mags and the AARP gang or they’d know better. Sure, they’re older, but not too old for the adventure of a lifetime or to risk everything for the sake of friendship.


Photograph of Cozy Mystery author Nancy Lynn JarvisNancy Lynn Jarvis has been a Santa Cruz, California, Realtor for twenty years.  She owns a real estate company with her husband, Craig.

After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, she worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News.  A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later, time spent as the business manager of Shakespeare/Santa Cruz.

Nancy’s work history reflects her philosophy: people should try something radically different every few years.  Writing is her newest adventure.

In her first series of four books, she invites you to take a peek into the real estate world through the stories that form the backdrop of her Regan McHenry mysteries.  Details and ideas come from Nancy’s own experiences and she is always amused when readers comment how unlikely some of the crimes seem, as after the publication of each novel, she has come across news reports of crimes similar to the ones in her books, debunking any possibility that they are unrealistic, even if the circumstances have been rearranged a little.

Also, if you are one of Nancy’s clients or colleagues, read carefully. You may find characters in her books who seem familiar.  You may know the people who inspired them. You may even see yourself in print, as many of her fictional characters, are in fact based on people she has known, but creatively enhanced.

For her latest book, Nancy has put the realtor crime scene on hold, whilst she ventures a little deeper into the realms of the ‘cozy mystery’, with ‘Mags and the AARP Gang’.

Nancy has this advice for aspiring writers:

“Do it. You will have so much fun. You will have experiences you would have never had any other way… I guarantee, absolutely guarantee that you will have a major adventure. Once you’ve finished writing, go back and edit, edit, edit. Worry less about perfection and more about following your dreams.”

I can’t wait to follow the exploits of this octogenarian group in their planned heist. I keep trying to visualise relatives of my own who fall into this age group having similar ideas and I just end up by chuckling to myself each time. This is going to take the ‘cozy mystery’ to a whole new level for me!!

As the book was an author review request, this free Kindle download was offered to me by Nancy Lynn Jarvis. Unfortunately, due to a slight technical hitch, I ended up by purchasing a copy of the Kindle download, in order to facilitate the review process. I only mention this, as it needs to be declared if I am to publish the review to Amazon.co.uk/.com

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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  • Since I couldn’t help visualizing the octogenarians in my family when reading the description, I look forward to your review. Have a good week, Yvonne!

    • Hi Mary,

      I have also been trying to visualise the octogenarians in my family being faced with the same scenario as this bunch, but I still can’t see them taking the same drastic measures to save their homes somehow!

      This is going to take the term ‘cozy mystery’ to a whole new level and I am not sure whether I shall be shedding tears of laughter or sorrow when this is all over!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

  • Octogenarians robbing a bank? Sounds like an adventure.
    I like the authors advice to try something radically different every few years.
    Happy reading Yvonne 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      It is certainly a different premise for a story, that’s for sure.

      They are either one fit bunch of Octogenarians, or they have an ulterior cunning plan, which uses their age to its full potential!

      It sounds as though Nancy really enjoys what she does and writes for her own entertainment as much as that of her readers. They do say that if you enjoy doing something, then you generally tend to do it better, so I may well use that great thought in my permanent ‘quotes’ block on the right hand column.

      Thanks for stopping by, great talking with you, as always.

    • Hi Suko,

      I also love that quote from Nancy, although I wasn’t quite so sure about the part where she advocates not worrying too much about perfection. I think there is a real balance needed between simply following your dreams and producing a work that is quallity enough for the audience you are asking to support your deam and buy the book.

      I really enjoyed discovering ‘Suko’s Notebook’ and thanks once again for hosting this month.

    • Hi Mystica,

      My book featured this week is still some way down my review list and I am currently reading ‘Don’t Let Me Go’, a book which I shall be sorry to see end.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you also have a good week, with some great books for company.

    • Hi Diane,

      You never know, they may have hidden talents which will help them execute their mission!

      I think that I am in for a fun read with this one, a bit of lighthearted mystery once in a while must be good for the constitution!

      Thanks for visiting today, it is always good to talk with you.

  • Looking forward to your thoughts on this one. It sounds like one fun cozy!! Enjoy your week Yvonne, and happy reading.

    • Hi Kaye,

      I must admit that I haven’t really read any truly ‘cozy mysteries’ before, so I am not really sure what I am letting myself in for.

      The premise for this book, does seem to take ‘cozy’ to a whole new level, I am still having trouble picturing the scenario without laughing aloud at the thought!

      Thanks for your comments, they are always appreciated.

  • That sounds like a very fun book. Looking forward to hearing what you say. ENJOY!!!

    My Mailbox Monday link is below….hope you can stop by to see my review of THE SECRET KEEPER


    A review and E-book giveaway of MURDER TAKES TIME

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I don’t read many lighthearted books, but once in a while it is good to be able to smile whilst reading a story and I am sure that I am going to hit all the right ‘chuckle spots’ with this one!

      Thanks for stopping by, your visits are always welcome.

    • Hi Pat,

      Thank you for choosing to visit Fiction Books today, it is always good to ‘meet’ new people.

      It sounds as though you already know of Nancy’s books, she definitely seems like a fun lady to know and I have enjoyed our email exchanges to date.

      Have a great week.

      • Hi Pat,

        I know exactly what you mean, some authors are so easy to get along with, even though it is only by email, that they almost feel like old friends.

        Some books have the same effect, if the author has done their job well and, as a reader, I can get right into the story and the psyche of the characters.

        I think that Nancy is definitely going to fall into ‘the old friends category’ and I look forward to reading more of her books.

    • Hi Kathy,

      They don’t really look like a particularly mean bunch, do they?

      Perhaps guile and cunning is more their style, or a few diversionary tactics?

      Thanks for stopping by, always good to see your name in the comments box

    • Hi Tracy,

      On the whole, I don’t ever receive many books direct from publishers for review, most of my requests are from the authors themselves, with many of them being first time authors, with debut novels.

      I guess there are sites where you can sign up, with the specific purpose of receiving review copies from the mainstream publishers, but to be honest, I don’t think that I would be able to keep up with the flow of copy even if I were to join a mailing system.

      I do actually quite enjoy the variety of stories and genres which present themselves when an author makes direct contact, but right now I have a review list a mile long, which needs to be worked through, so I am not complaining about a ‘lean’ spell.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week.

  • I had to grin reading the title of your newest acquisition. I’m not an 80-something yet, but well on my way and already a member of AARP. I better find a copy of this book!!! MY POST IS HERE

    • Hi Judy,

      I do hope that I am not going to be reading about you in the local news, when you plan your next big job!!

      Who needs to be 80, when you can join this organisation as an over 50, here in the UK.


      Since when has being 50 needed special assistance, especially as I qualify and you can’t stop their junk mail arriving periodically!

      Thanks for visiting, it is always appreciated.

    • Hi Holly,

      It doesn’t sound as though, here in the UK, that we have any organisation quite like your own AARP.

      We do however have a couple of organisations, SAGA and the U3A, which both seem to assume that once you reach 50, you are officially OLD!!

      Unfortunately, I am now just eligible for both and, as you so rightly say, the mail just keeps pouring in!!

      I don’t want to be pulling bank jobs when I am in my 80’s, but I still hope to be ‘organisation free’ and independent!

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      I can’t wait to see just how the story plays out in this great sounding book.

      I’m not sure how fast paced the action is likely to be, but I am sure the gang have a plan that doesn’t involve expending too much energy!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, it is always appreciated.

Written by Yvonne