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‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ by Grace Elliot

The latest addition to my shelf this week, is a competition win hosted by Calum AKA ‘The Secret Writer’

I never win competitions, raffles, tombolas, or anything similar (including the lottery unfortunately), so I was quite excited about it.

I received a lovely email from the author, Grace Elliot, who in her own words, leads a double life, as a vet by day and author of intelligent historical fiction by night.


Celeste Armitage has a plan….and that plan doesn’t include marriage.

After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she has sworn to avoid…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him.

Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a facade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fully fury of his nemesis is unleashed…and Ranulf faces a stark choice between family duty and true love.

But when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name… and unwittingly places the woman he loves in mortal danger.

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Mailbox 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 now on tour, with different guest hosts each month. For Decemberyour host is Jenny Q (The Lady Quinlan) at, ‘Let Them Read Books’. So head on over, leave the link to your mailbox page and a comment, and see what everyone else is reading.

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 Mystica,

    I haven’t gotten very far into the story yet, but comparing it with Georgette Heyer, is probably just about the right analogy.

    I read Georgette Heyer many years ago and will still venture into the genre from time to time, as a little light reading.

  • Hello to TheBookGirl,

    I am sure that I shall enjoy it, Grace writes such an amazingly good blog as well, that I am sure the book will be of the same standard.

    Reading it on the PC isn’t ideal, but I’m sure I shall cope. I am afraid that generally, I am something of a technophobe when it comes to e-readers, give me the printed word any day. I just like the tactile nature of handling a book and whilst e-readers certainly have a time and place when they are useful, it’s just not the same.

    I wouldn’t generally search out books that are only available as e-books.

  • Looking forward to your thoughts on this book. I’ve read a couple of short books on my computer but I don’t enjoy it. Have a good week, Yvonne!

  • Hi Violet,

    I spend so much time hooked up to my PC, I have to admit that I do enjoy relaxing with a conventional book, but I guess that I am in the minority these days.

    Obviously an age thing!!!!

    The story is good so far and a gentle stress free read, after my last few intense stories

  • Hello Alayne,

    I am sure that I shall enjoy the book. It is always good to see new authors getting their work published and I hope to be able to leave Grace a good review very soon.

  • Hi Kathy,

    Unfortunately, checking on Amazon, the book is only going to be available electronically, but as Grace was kind enough to provide me with a copy, then I am definitely going to do her the courtesy of reading it and letting her know my thoughts.

  • Hello Mary,

    I shall definitely be posting a review of the book, it just may take me a little longer than usual to read. I like to relax with a printed book and as I only manage to get a few minutes each day to read, a book on the PC is only going to be read intermittently.

  • Hi Charlie,

    I totally agree with you, you can’t beat the feel and smell of the paper page, there is something so tactile and relaxing about it.

    We spend so much of our days stuck in front of one sort of a screen or another, that to pick up a book, curl up and relax for a while, is my idea of heaven.

  • Hi Kaye,

    I think the book is going to be a good relaxed read, but would be so much better if it was on a printed page.

    I am hoping it is going to be in the style of Georgette Heyer, although of course, seeing Grace Elliot’s individual style come through, would be great.

    It is always good to see new authors succeed with their first publication, so fingers crossed.

  • Hi Bibliophile By The Sea,

    I do have a very eclectic mix of books and will give most things a try. It takes a lot for me to give up on a book.

    I don’t always seem to get through books as quickly as many other bloggers, but for me reading is purely for enjoyment, so I don’t feel that I am in a race, although more free time to read would be nice of course.

    I will be adding your site to my blogroll and will be back to visit regularly

  • Hello Bluestocking,

    It always makes you feel good to win something doesn’t it?

    The blogger who hosted the competition has a great site in the making and the correspondence from the author Grace Elliot, was very pleasant and her blog quite entertaining, even if she does like cats!!

  • This book sounds great! Thank you for participating in Mailbox Monday! I’m so happy to be this month’s host!

  • Hello Lady Q,

    Thank you for hosting this month, there are only a couple of meme that I regularly contribute to, and this is one of them.

    It is such a useful meme for getting great book recommendations and of course for keeping in touch with all fellow bloggers who contribute regularly.

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