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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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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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