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New On My Shelf

I have these 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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First up this time, my thanks go out to the lovely Noelle, representing publisher, Bookouture, for reserving my April 2021 spot on the Books On Tour spot.

SAVE HER CHILD (Jericho and Wright #3)

by C.J. LYONS

Cover image of the book 'Save Her Child' by author C.J. Lyons“She held her baby in her arms and she knew in that moment that he’d be coming for her. She couldn’t tell anyone her name, she couldn’t let him find her. She had to keep her child safe”

In the summer heat at the Craven County Fair in rural Pennsylvania, Dr Leah Wright is shocked to find a pregnant woman hiding from view and in labor. Leah manages to deliver the baby safely, but the woman won’t reveal her name. She’s terrified, running from someone, and days later both she and her newborn son go missing…

Desperate to save them, Leah turns to Detective Luka Jericho for help. Eager for Leah’s help with a complex case of his own, Luka asks Leah to interview the widow of a man who has just been murdered. Soon they uncover a shocking connection between the two cases: the widow’s lawyer, a local minister, Reverend Harper, was spotted driving the missing mother away from hospital. Is this the man she was so afraid of?

When Reverend Harper refuses to talk, Luka and Leah turn to the only person who he might speak to: his daughter and Luka’s newest detective, Naomi Harper. But Naomi’s childhood in her father’s stark white house up in the mountains was more painful than Luka and Leah could ever have imagined. Is it already too late to save the woman and her baby?

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Next up is one of the NetGalley ‘Read Now’ offers, with copy supplied by publisher Quercus Books, which I am seldom lucky enough to grab!

MADAM by PHOEBE WYNNE

Cover image of the book 'Madam' by author Phoebe WynneLet the fire burn…

For 150 years, above the Scottish cliffs, Caldonbrae Hall has sat as a beacon of excellence in the ancestral castle of Lord William Hope. A boarding school for girls, it promises a future where its pupils will emerge ‘resilient and ready to serve society’.

Rose Christie, a 26-year-old Classics teacher, is the first new hire for the school in over a decade. At first, Rose feels overwhelmed in the face of this elite establishment, but soon after her arrival she begins to understand that she may have more to fear than her own ineptitude.

When Rose stumbles across the secret circumstances surrounding the abrupt departure of her predecessor – a woman whose ghost lingers over everything and who no one will discuss – she realises that there is much more to this institution than she has been led to believe.

As she uncovers the darkness that beats at the heart of Caldonbrae, Rose becomes embroiled in a battle that will threaten her sanity as well as her safety…

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This time I have to thank the lovely Vicky, representing publisher Aria Fiction, for reserving my space on the July 2021 Blog Tour for this book.

THE RUNNER by P.R. BLACK

Cover image of the book 'The Runner' by author P.R. BlackHe abducts lone joggers and forces them to run for their lives.

When he catches them, he pulls out his blade…

Now he’s locked away and will be in prison for years.

They call him a psychopath, a murderer, the ‘Woodcutter Killer’.

But what if you just found out you’re supposed to call him father?

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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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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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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16 comments
  • ‘Save Her Child’ sounds like one of those ‘edge of your seat’ type scenarios. And I’m already very curious about the outcome. Look forward to your review when you get to it. ‘Madam’ also sounds very good and I do like a good ‘school’ based mystery. ‘The Runner’ might, I suspect, be a bit too psychologically creepy for me although I’m better at reading that type of thing than watching it on the TV. Some good books there, Yvonne. Enjoy.

    Hope all is well with you and your husband?

    • Hi Cath,

      I have enjoyed a short run of fairly ‘nice’ easy reads, however this little selection is definitely taking me back down the ‘creepy’ road again.

      I am hoping that ‘Save Her Child’ works okay as a stand alone story, as I see that it is book #3 in a series. However I find that if you are not too ‘precious’ about any ongoing backstory and simply enjoy each individual case as it comes along, then things generally work out okay!

      Dave and I are both fine, thanks for asking, although going a little stir crazy for some good fresh air. My SIL is currently in ICU with Covid, so we are keeping everything crossed right now. She is a kidney transplant survivor and has been shielding, however she had pneumonia a couple of weeks ago and was admitted to hospital then for a couple of days, so we can only assume that she picked up the virus whilst she was in there!

      I hope that all is well with both of you too! Stay Safe 🙂

      • I know what you mean, I would kill for a stroll along a North Cornish cliff-top, I really would. There’s a spot near Padstow that we love or near Bude. St. Agnes, further down. Dream on. Don’t laugh, I went online and ordered some lovely Cornish pasties to remind me of Cornwall.
        Yvonne, I’m so sorry to hear about your SIL. What a terrible situation to be in, you must all be so worried. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that she comes through and is home soon. We were so fortunate that when Peter went in with pneumonia it was June and the virus had retreated quite a lot. There weren’t many Covid cases in Exeter hospital then so he was much safer. If he had to go in now I’d be terrified. Which is why we’re shielding now and not going out at all. Managed to get a Tesco slot for the shopping, what a relief!
        You take care too.

        • Cornwall! That sounds like heaven, but I guess when all this is over, everywhere which is even slightly touristy is going to be jam packed with visitors, especially if the flights are still grounded. I’m not sure that even with a vaccination I would be happy risking big crowds. Anyway, as we are in tier 6 and 7 respectively and assuming a 12 week wait for the second jab, that’s going to be most of the summer done with anyway! Have you heard about your vaccination dates yet?

          Thanks for your kind words about SIL. She was in hospital about 3 weeks ago with a bout of pneumonia, but got kicked out for her own good when they started getting busy with Covid patients. We can only assume that she picked Covid up in the hospital because she went back in a week later and tested positive. They hadn’t been out anywhere as she is a double transplant survivor, so was shielding. Apparently the second kidney has now stopped working and she is back on dialysis, but they have taken her off the ventilator and she is now on CPAP, so fingers crossed she has turned the corner. I’m sure she is teflon coated as she just deals with whatever life throws at her!

          You are really lucky to get a Tesco slot. We are now regulars there so things aren’t as difficult as they were. They release dates for four weeks ahead, so we are always sure to have our slots booked as far out as possible. We are now sorted until the end of February.

          It’s really come to something when the highlight of the week is getting a Tesco slot and then a delivery 🙂 🙂

    • Hi Lorriane,

      Whilst all three of my books this time have quite different storylines, I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy them all equally. However I know exactly what you mean about ‘Save Her Child’, there is just something about the premise which is very alluring and intriguing and I think that one is also first on my Review Schedule, so not long to wait to read it now!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I have read and featured a couple of this author’s previous books, so I know that ‘The Runner’ is going to be a psychological thriller, with extra chills. Unfortunately, the Blog Tour for this book isn’t up until July 2021, so I shan’t be posting my review before then. The upside is that I have plenty of time to read it, so no excuses for leaving it until the last moment!

      Take care & Stay Safe 🙂

  • Madam is the one that stands out for me in this group. When is your blog tour spot for it? Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to hear more about it!

    • Hi Kelly,

      There is no official Blog Tour for ‘Madam’, as this was one of those Publisher / NetGalley, ‘read now’ offers, which come up so seldom and which I was lucky enough to grab.

      As part of me getting my act together 🙂 🙂 I am trying to schedule all my new books for reviews as soon as they hit my desk / kindle, so that I don’t add to my TBR mountain of unread and lonely titles any more. I have provisionally booked it for some time in March, but please don’t hold my feet to the fire on that date!

      Reviews and ratings have been rather mixed, however just by reading the premise and then by checking out what others thought about the book, there seems to be a school of thought that the storyline is reminiscent of ‘The Stepford Wives’ and I can see parallels with Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’

      I’m keen to get reading 🙂

    • Hi Kay,

      Anything with a bit of mystery, suspense and murder, will always do me just fine, so I won’t be choosing a favourite that’s for sure!

      Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

  • I think all of them sound very interesting. I’m curious to know what the reverend did. Is he the father of the new baby? Hmm…
    Also, a boarding school for girls with a dark secret, that’s intriguing.
    Lastly, a serial killer for a father, that’s something to deal with. Although I imagine that this can easily turn into “no matter what he is your father, so you need to bla-bla”.
    I can’t wait to read the reviews. 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      This is a good mix of murder / thriller storylines and there is enough space between one review date and another, that I don’t need to read the books one after the other, so that I can fit a few different genres in between.

      In ‘Save Her Child’, it sounds as though the reverend’s daughter, who just happens to be a police officer, had a pretty terrible childhood, so no matter whether he is the father of the baby or not, he sounds like a not very nice person.

      In ‘Madam’, the situation that Rose finds herself thrust into, sounds reminiscent of Rebecca’s dilemma in the Daphne du Maurier book.

      In ‘The Runner’ we have no idea who is supposed to be calling the ‘Woodcutter Killer’ father, might it once again be an officer of the law, or one of his victims?

      Watch this space!! 🙂

  • Woah – all three sound intense. I think Save Her Child gets my top interest of these. I’ll be interested in how you like them all. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

    • Hi Martha,

      All slightly different takes on a thriller / crime theme, and all equally intense I think!

      ‘Save Her Child’ does seem to be a quite popular choice this week and the one which has evoked most interest.

      They are all scheduled in for reviews, so you can take another look then and see if you still like the sound of it!

      Hope that all is well with you 🙂

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