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New On My Shelf

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I have these three lovely new books to be added to my shelf this week.

I am still trying to be good and schedule all the books I receive, so as not to increase my toppling TBR pile, and so far it is working, although it’s quite a close call!

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As I am NetGalley auto approved by publisher Head of Zeus, I grabbed myself a copy of this book just as soon as it was released


Cover image of the book 'Passenger 23' by author Sebastian FitzekOn average 23 people a year disappear from the world’s cruise ships. They are written off as accidents or suicides. But what if they’re not?

Five years ago Martin Schwarz, a police psychologist, lost his wife and son. They were holidaying on a cruise ship when they simply vanished. A lacklustre investigation was unable to shed any light on what happened – murder-suicide being the coroner’s verdict. It is a verdict that has haunted Martin ever since, blighting his life. But then he is contacted by an elderly woman, a writer, who claims to have information regarding their fate and wants him to come on board The Sultan of the Seas immediately.

She explains that his wife and son are not the only mother and child pair to have disappeared. Only a few months ago another mother and daughter also vanished. She believes there may be a serial killer on board.

But when the missing daughter reappears – carrying the teddy bear of Martin’s missing son – it becomes apparent that the truth could be much, much worse…

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Thanks go to Sarah, representing publisher, Bookouture, for sending me this complimentary review copy for my Blog Tour spot

MYSTERY BY THE SEA (Lady Eleanor Swift #5)


Cover image of the book 'Mystery By The Sea' by author Verity BrightA magnificent seaside hotel, striped deckchairs, strawberry ice cream… and a rather familiar dead body? Lady Swift is on the case!

Spring, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, explorer extraordinaire and accidental sleuth, hasn’t had a vacation since she arrived in England a year ago. Being an amateur detective can be a rather tiring business and she is determined to escape any more murder and mysteries. So she books into the Grand Hotel in the fashionable resort of Brighton for some fresh air, fish and chips and, of course, a dip in the ocean.

Eleanor is enjoying her view of the waves and trying to find her bathing suit when calamity strikes: a guest has been found dead at her beautiful hotel. The distraught manager, who can’t afford a scandal, asks Eleanor to solve the case as swiftly as possible. Thank goodness she has her partner in crime – Gladstone the bulldog – to help her sniff out the dastardly culprit.

But when Eleanor enters the dead man’s room, she receives a shock big enough to make her forget even the finest ice cream sundae. The body is that of her husband, who supposedly died six years ago on the other side of the world. Has he been alive all these years? Why does he have a copy of their wedding photograph with a cryptic message written on the back? If Eleanor can keep herself safe long enough to find her husband’s killer, she might discover that everything is not quite as it seems beside the seaside…

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Sarah, representing publisher, Bookouture, also found me a March 2021 spot on this Blog Tour

THE FRAGILE ONES (Detective Katie Scott #5)


Cover image of the book 'The Fragile Ones' by author Jennifer Chase“Please Mommy, can Tessa and I go play on the swing by the creek?” the little girl begs, pushing a blonde curl from her eyes. “We’ll stay together, and we promise to be safe.” Hours later, their mother waits anxiously for her darling girls to arrive home with a list of reasons why they are late. But the front door never opens…

When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Has this twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?

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Mailbox Monday’ is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all 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 Mary,

      These are all titles which have yet to be officially published, which is why my Blog Tour dates are well into next year – Yikes!

      ‘Passenger 23’ is the second Sebastian Fitzek book on my TBR pile for review, as I have still yet to feature ‘The Package’, so I am looking forward to reading them both.

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

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I know that by reading ‘Mystery By The Sea’, I am coming into the Lady Eleanor Swift series at book #5, however these stories sound so much like the cases Agatha Christie would have written for Hercule Poirot, that I am sure I shall be able to read this as a stand alone quite easily and not feel too left behind with the backstory!

      I seem to be reading from such a wide variety of genres since I began working alongside the lovely ‘Bookouture’ team, and to be honest, I am really enjoying myself!

      Great to have you stop by and I hope that all is well with you and yours 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Publisher ‘Bookouture’, are an e-publisher and all their titles also come up for request on Netgalley, so if you like the look of any of the three books featured this week, you should be able to check them all out there!

      Which is really good and convenient – almost too convenient – as it makes adding books to my TBR pile almost too easy!!

      I really do have review dates scheduled for all these, but at least one of them is not fixed, so has the potential for being pushed back a little if I need to!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading this week 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I guess this statistic is something I have never given any though to, as I have no interest in cruising. The thought of being out there on all that water for days on end, trapped with people I may not care for or wish to mix with, has no appeal for me in the slightest!

      I did try and check out Sebastian’s numbers online, however results seemed to vary between 13 and 30, depending on which site you read. Some are put down to suicide, others to passengers falling overboard, some to people not actually going missing but just not wanting to be found, so I guess not all get included in that ‘disappearing’ statistic!

      I have the feeling that this story isn’t simply about ‘disappearing’ people though, it sounds much more sinister if you read the last paragraph of the premise and I am really looking forward to reading it!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your support 🙂

    • Hi Veronica,

      Agh! Now I didn’t say I was keeping my TBR down exactly, did I? 🙂

      I have just started from scratch with any new enquiries or opportunities which come my way. I still have shelves and shelves of physical books all around the house, hundreds in total, and a Kindle with almost 1,000 books on it, none of which I have read!!!

      Even under my new regime I am finding that things are beginning to get a bit out of control, as I just can’t say ‘no’ to anyone.

      I am also beginning to read from a more varied selection of genres, which is making things more interesting.

      It was great to have you visit this week and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • Each one of these sounds good! (and pretty much right up your alley) I honestly can’t say which one appeals the most since they all have an interesting little twist to them.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Yes! They all sound a little different, so there’s probably nothing much to choose between them, apart from the author’s style of writing and narrative.

      I have to say that ‘Mystery By The Sea’ sounds so Agatha Christie in style, that I am quite looking forward to reading that one, but I don’t really mind which order they crop up in.

      I have literally just started a cozy mystery, ‘Prove It: Murder In The Mix’ which I think is going to move along at a fair pace and which features a new mum as the amateur sleuth.

      Thanks for stopping by, as always I appreciate your support 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      There are some excellent ‘period’ traditional murder/ mysteries out there right now, and I want to sample a few of them as part of my next year’s reading plan to mix up my reading genres as much as possible.

      You are never going to take the thriller gene out of me though, so both of the other titles are also scheduled into my reading too!

      Thanks for visiting and Happy Reading 🙂

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